For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

WARD, Vernon Miller, AB, 2275, RCN, died - 20 Oct 1940, HMCS VIERNOE - Born 01 Nov 1990.  Able Seaman V. M. Ward died when on leave at Hunters Mountain, New Brunswick, he suffered a massive heart attack and death was almost instantaneous. 

 

Vernon Miller Ward latterly of Sackville, New Brunswick was born at Amherst, Nova Scotia, on November 01, 1909. He was educated at the public school of Amherst and Sackville, and later (1925-26) at Mount Allison Academy. Able Seaman Ward's death, which occurred while on leave, was reported on October 25, 1940. He had seen long service, joining the R.C.N. at Halifax in September, 1928. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Melbourne Ward of Sackville, New Brunswick.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FUNDY, HMCS VIERNOE

LOWER, William Charles, AB DEMS Gunner, 3498, RCN - MPK - 28 Nov 1940, S.S. LISIEUX - Born 14 Aug 1921, son of William J. and Gertrude May Lower, of Kingston, ON.

 

Able Seaman W. C. Lower was a D.E.M.S., Anti-Aircraft Lewis Gunner. He was killed when S.S. Lisieux foundered through stress of weather on the high seas approximately 500 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. It is presumed that Able Seaman Lower lost his life while attempting to abandon ship with the rest of the ship's company. Unfortunately the lifeboat he was in was struck by the Lisieux as the ship sank. All those in the lifeboat were lost. 

 

Able Seaman William Charles Lower has been with the Canadian navy for 1 year, 3 months. Before enlisting he was a deckhand on the Wolf Island Ferry. He served as a gunner aboard a defensively armed merchant ship. Mr. and Mrs. William Lower, Rideau Street, have been advised by the Department of National Defence that their son William Charles Lower was missing following the wreck of S.S. Lisieux, 400 miles north east of St. John's Newfoundland. He was 19 years of age and was born and educated in Kingston, Ontario. He attended the Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy a few weeks previous to the start of WW2. After taking his course at the naval training centre at Halifax he went to sea. Charles Lower was aboard one of the ships in the British convoy when the armed cruiser Jervis Bay fought a German raider in mid-Atlantic. When the young sailor reached Halifax, after some members of the Jervis Bay crew were able to make their escape, he telephoned his parents to let them know that he was safe and sound. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Richard and Alfred, and two sisters, Mildred and Loraine. 

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

S.S. LISIEUX (Cargo Steamer Transport)

POLLIN, Bruce Richard Anthony, AB, V34378, RCNVR - Died in 1975 at age 49.

 

HMCS DONNACONA

GLEASON, Joseph Martin (24 May 1925 - 26 Nov 2017) - Joe was born in Colonsay, Saskatchewan, he spent his early years in a number of west Saskatchewan towns. The family moved to Regina in 1939 and Joe joined the Navy in early 1943. He was initially employed by the Hudson's Bay Company and then by the Federal Government, Meteorological Branch where he retired in 1981. While with the government, he enjoyed postings of a few years duration in the Canadian Arctic, Nova Scotia and the State of Illinois. His retirement years were spent in Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Winnipeg and Carman, Manitoba. Joe was predeceased by his parents, his wife Joyce, his son Bill, sister Mary, brother John, and Meg's mother Liz. He is survived by his daughter Mary Ellen, grandchildren: Alanna, Bryce, Laurissa, Kailey and Meg, his sisters Aileen and Bernadette, and brother Pat. Interment at Assumption Cemetery in the spring. And this is what death should be, a quiet choice, made joyfully, because the body has been kindly used to help along the journey home to God. The body is thankful for all the service it has provided, I am also thankful there is no further need to walk the world of limits. The Christ no longer seen in the hidden forms and seen only in lovely flashes. I can now behold him without blinders. It is called death but it is a liberty now I go in peace to free air and gentler climate, where it is not hard to see the gifts I gave were saved for me. (Winnipeg Free Press 02 Dec 2017)

ROUSE, Allen (07 Aug 1925 - 27 Nov 2017) Peacefully, at the River Ridge Transitional Care facility, Allen Rouse left us at age 92. Al is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen (Babiniec), his daughter Allyson, and his grandchildren William, Joshua (Ashley), Mercedes and Jonathon. As well, Al leaves behind numerous relatives, and friends made from a lifetime of almost continuous work and volunteer service. Al was born in Moose Jaw but spent nearly all his life in Winnipeg. He was employed by the Province of Manitoba for 43 years in the Department of Justice Court of Queen's Bench, where he was the Prothonotary-Registrar, Clerk of the Peace and Magistrate. He was also Provincial Administrator for the Federal Court of Canada. Al volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Navy as a 17 year old during the Second World War, where he spent the last three years of the war patrolling the European and South Pacific waters. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion - Henderson Branch 215 and a member of the Winnipeg White Ensign Naval Club. Al was president of the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan, founder of the Kiwanis Key Club, Lt. Governor for Division II of Kiwanis, president of the Manitoba Government Employees Association, board member and treasurer of the Elmwood-Kildonan YMCA, board member of the Concordia Hospital Foundation, Provincial Chairman and Governor of the Youth Bowling Council of Canada. He served as a school trustee in East and North Kildonan for 25 years, 12 of those years as board chairman of the River East School Division. Al was also a table officer of the Canadian Association of School Trustees representing the Western Canada provinces. He was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Education Association and a past president of the Manitoba Association of School Trustees. Al served as vice chairman of the Manitoba Blue Cross board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation. He was a trustee of John Black Memorial Church and a member of the church foundation board. Al has received many awards including the Canadian Centennial Medal, Kiwanis International President's Award, City of Winnipeg Community Award, Concordia Hospital Foundation Award, Elmwood-Kildonan YMCA Award, Order of the Buffalo Hunt and Sports Excellence Province of Manitoba. There is also a cove located in North Kildonan that bears his name. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Manitoba Teachers Society, Manitoba Government Employees Association, Canadian Education Association, Manitoba Association of School Trustees and the Henderson Branch 215 Royal Canadian Legion. Al also had a passion for many sports. He wrote a sports column for the community newspaper and managed to find time to play hockey, elite soccer, coach women's hockey, coach youth bowling for 30-plus years and even play some golf with his wife and friends. In between all of those activities, Al performed many marriage ceremonies as Justice of the Peace and even played the part of Santa Claus for family and community children. Al lived life to the fullest and was known for his matinee smile, friendly nature and work ethic. He will be missed. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. at John Black Memorial United Church, Henderson Highway and Leighton Avenue, East Kildonan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John Black Memorial Church Foundation, 898 Henderson Hwy., Winnipeg, MB R2K 3T4. (Winnipeg Free Press 02 Dec 2017)

PELLETT, Herbert (Buck), PO, RCN - Born 29 Jan 1881, Hastings, England - Died 26 Oct 1962, Brighton, England - aged 81 years. Herbert served in the Royal Navy form 1899 to 1911, then then joined his brother in Canada. He was called up 1914 for RCN crew to take HMCS Earl Grey to Russia. Herbert joined the RCN as an AB spent most of 1915 on HMCS Margaret as a Leading Seaman. On 03 Jan 1916 he was dis-rated to AB for Smuggling. He spent 9 months on depot ship Niobe. He was transferred to W.H. Lee, possibly using his Diver qualification from the RN. By Jan 1917 he was promoted back up to Leading Seaman and 01 Oct 1917 he qualified as PO and was promoted 01 Nov 1917, rated Electrical Artificer.

 

Letter and form for recovery of messing funds for transport on SS Port Lincoln - page 1   page 2

 

Discharge form

 

HMCS EARL GREY, HMCS MARGARET, Depot ship NIOBE, Tug W.H. LEE, HMCS CANADA

BRUNT, Alan Robert, P2SN / NAC OP, CF  - passed away peacefully at his home in Calgary, on August 30, 2000, at 43 years of age. Alan is survived by his wife Janet Marjory (Leo), his son Jason Robert Brunt and his daughter Melissa Ryan Brunt. Al is also survived by his favourite sister Kim (Shawn); all of whom were with him to the end. Alan was born on 13 January 1957, in Prince George, British Columbia. Always an athletic individual, Al loved to play softball, rugby, and football, a love that he carried throughout his life. Al was a Level IV coach and coached junior teams in Victoria (hornets) and in Calgary (Colts). He unfortunately will never achieve his dream of coaching in the CFL. Alan was also passionate about golf, an activity that he maintained almost to the end. Alan joined the Canadian Navy in 1976, as a Sonarman, and then as a NAC Op. In what is known as a hard Navy trade, Al spent most of his 20 year career at sea, aboard the Qu'Appelle, three times with the Kootenay (his favourite ship), the Saskatchewan, twice with the Huron, and his final ship the Regina. Alan and Janet moved to Calgary in 1997, in search of a new career and lifestyle. They choose Calgary as it offered great opportunities for Al to work and to continue his football coaching. He was a co-founder of the Bach Group, a multi-media company and he also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation, as a technical writer. Alan was a strong man, throughout his life. Those who really knew Al, admired him for his convictions and his determination to follow the paths that he had chosen over the years. Never one to shirk from adversity or a challenge, Al bravely fought his leukemia through to the end. A memorial service will be held for Alan, at 1 p.m., on Thursday, the 7th of September, 2000, at All Saint's Anglican church, on Renfrew Road, NW. It will be followed by a reception at the Fos'cle Club, HMCS Tecumseh, 1820 - 24th St. S.W. Another memorial service will be conducted in the future, in Victoria, where Alan's final resting place will be. In lieu of flowers, and for those friends who wish to make memorial donations on Al's behalf, they may make them to the Tom Baker cancer Centre, 1311 - 29th St. NW, Calgary, AB T2n 4N2. Message may be sent either to michael.scott@cdcgy.com or to the Ship's Office at HMCS Tecumseh. Alan's family wishes to thank the many people who assisted him during these troubles and especially to Dr. Chaudhry and the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS HURON, HMCS REGINA

BABINEAU, Douglas Bernard, CPO / LCdr (LD), RCN - Died 07 Oct 2000

BINGHAM, Harold Wesley, RCNVR, C2BN4, RCN (11 Oct 1920 - 01 Feb 2001) - passed away peacefully at James Bay Lodge on February 1, 2001 after a five year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Beatrice May (Maisie), sons grant (Elvira) and Stafford, Grandchildren Lisa (Denis), Bridget (Kaven), Ryan (Julie), Eroc, Alex and great-granddaughter Stephanie. Bing is also survived by his sisters Beth (Jack), Merle (Cam) and Mae (Dennis) and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Bing was born in 1920 and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He joined the RCNVR during the second World War and met and married Maisie on the East Coast. After the war, they returned to Winnipeg and he remained active in the Naval Reserve while working for his father as a painter / decorator for 8 years. He then joined the Navy where he continued his military career in various postings throughout Canada and at sea until his retirement as a Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, in Victoria in 1970. He then began work for BC Provincial Government as a security guard completing his second career as the Chief Security Officer with BCBC in the Legislative Precinct upon his retirement in 1985. Bing was athletic and played hockey and tennis for years and he loved to garden and bowl. His wit, keen sense of humour and dedication were appreciated by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 23rd at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Road. Flowers are gratefully declined but gifts may be made in Bing's memory to the Alzheimer Society of BC.

 

HMCS BEACON HILL

ELWOOD, Thomas Hamilton, Medic - Born: 19 Mar 1915  Died: 16 Apr 1984

 

Photo - Elwood Thomas in 1943

 

RCN Memories - Wartime memories from a sailors daughter

 

HMCS SWANSEA

 

DAVIS, Edward McKeown (Ted), RNVR, RCNVR, LCdr, RCN (28 Dec 1921 - 27 Nov 2017) - died peacefully on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, in his 96th year. He was married to the late Yahne Featherstonhaugh of Ottawa and leaves his son Tony (Elana) of Toronto, daughter Lynne (Jim Crouch) of Fenelon Falls and grandchildren Ryan (Paulina Garcia del Moral) and Janine, Tim and Peter (Elizabeth Dutton). Ted was educated at Appleby College and the University of Toronto prior to enlisting in the Royal Navy in 1942. As a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm during service in the Far East Fleet, he took part in bombing attacks on enemy installations in Sumatra and on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. At the end of 1944 his squadron returned to the UK and he came back to Canada on leave. Returning to England in March 1945, the ship in which he took passage was torpedoed and sunk. He was hospitalized due to injuries, and hostilities had ceased by the time he was released for further duty. Appointed to HMCS Warrior, Canada's first aircraft carrier, he served in naval aviation until the end of 1960 before retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Canadian Navy. Ted became a volunteer with the Red Cross in Oakville, retiring after thirty years as a driver for the frail, elderly and disabled. During this time he was awarded the Order of the Red Cross for his services to the community. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30th at St. Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville. All further arrangements have been entrusted to Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville. If desired, donations to the Sunnybrook Foundation, "Veterans' Comfort Fund" or St. Jude's Anglican Church would be appreciated.

 

Portrait of LCdr Davis

 

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS STAR, HMCS PATRIOT, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS HURON

BEURLING, Richard Frederick - It is with my deepest regrets that I announce the passing of my best friend, Richard Frederick Beurling. On November 30th, 2017 around 2130, Richard Beurling, while performing his rounds at River Park Glen, suffered a fatal heart attack and passed. Rick was born in October in North Bay Ontario. Upon graduation, Rick joined the Canadian navy. After serving 13 years as a marine engineer, Petty Officer Beurling retired to open a framing shop in Victoria. In 1996 to facilitate his love for fishing Rick, joined his best friend Larry in many different ventures from guiding fishing in northern B.C., bouncing in a bar in Williams Lake, to running a horse riding service and home to underprivileged children on Vancouver Island, Ricks final move was to Fort McMurry, where he was involved with the legion and many community services. Richard is survived by his wife Christina Kenny, and his Daughter Christina Lyngard, Loved and missed by mother, Virtue Beurling and siblings, Anne (Alan Montgomery), David Beurling and Heather (Dallas Siggelkow). Loved and missed by his fishing partner Larry Farough. He will be fondly remembered by extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father David Beurling. Several services are planned. Wednesday the 6th of December there is a private service at the legion for his veteran members from 1900 to 2100. Thursday the 7th of December there will be a public viewing for any who wish to say farewell at Robert Anderson Funeral Serives at #115 190 MacAlpine Cresent, Time will be from 1700 to 2000 Saturday December 9th from 1700 to 2100 there will be a celebration of life to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 in Fort McMurray for anyone who wishes to attend. In lieu of flowers or if anyone wishes to make donations to the family we request you make the donations to the Rick Beurling fund at the Royal Canadian Legion 165. 

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS PROVIDER

COX, Edward Cecil McIntyre, PO1, RCN - of Dartmouth, passed away December 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born on February 7, 1931, in Ottawa, Ont., he was filled with a lifelong sense of wonder of the mysteries of the world we live in. Fueled by that deep sense of curiosity he was an avid reader and lifelong learner from a young child to the end of his life. His quick wit and humour always put a smile on faces and brought about many chuckles. He was a committed and devoted husband, father and grandfather and a favorite and well-loved uncle and grand uncle to many nieces and nephews. He loved God and served Him all of his adult years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Dartmouth and loved being part of that community of believers. He left his childhood hometown of Brockville, Ont. and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1948 serving for 38 years before retiring as a Petty Officer First Class, Canada Decoration. He went on to work for Parks Canada for 10 years as a quartermaster at Citadel Hill, Halifax. He mixed the gun powder for the noon gun and we often teased that he used too much powder on days when the blast was particularly loud. He loved to build and tinker and enjoyed woodcarving, traveling and contributing to the community wherever he could. He loved to spend time at the family cottage which he designed and built on Big Tancook Island. A lifetime of happy memories were made there with his wife and family that he adored. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruby (Heisler) Cox; mother, Helen (McIntyre) Cox; stepfather, Thomas Cox; half-brothers, Thomas Cox and Douglas Cox. He leaves behind his sons, Tony (Jeanette) Cox, Jeff (Mary Ellen) Cox; daughter, Annette Cox; grandchildren, Derek (Whitney Camm) Cox, Adam Cox, Melanie Cox, Keith Cox and Mila Cox; and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building QEII, Cedar Crest who cared for him during the final months of his life with exceptional care and compassion. Visitation will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12th, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. A celebration of his life and reception will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church, 100 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth, Rev. Martin Zwicker officiating. Interment to follow at 2:30 p.m. in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, 767 Main St., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church, Dartmouth Building Fund or Canadian Baptist Ministries Sharing Way.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

WAUGH, Peter Cyril E., RCN - of Belnan, crossed the bar on November 30, 2017 to reunite with his late parents, William Waugh and Christine Groulx; sisters, Margaret Rose and Dorothy; brother, Robert; and son, Allan. He will be fondly remembered by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Margaret (Michael); granddaughter, Rhonda; brothers, Jack and Frank; sisters, Gail, Thora and Carol Ann; neighbours, Navy buddies and Litton co-workers. Peter served his country for 10 years in the electrical branch of the Royal Canadian Navy. As crew onboard the HMCS Iroquois, he was present at Kingston, Jamaica on Independence Day. He then joined the workforce of Litton as an electronics engineer. After retirement in 2004, he spent many leisurely hours working his model railroad, walking the dog, and watching his favourite old time movies. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Barbara will receive family and friends in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Hwy. 2, Shubenacadie, on Wednesday, December 6th at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Canon David Fletcher will officiate the memorial service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in Sandy Hill Cemetery, Belnan. Special thanks to the staff of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro who provided excellent care and comfort to Peter during his final days. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

KENNEDY, Donald James II, RCN - Born February 15, 1940 passed peacefully November 22, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital after a short battle with cancer. Leaving behind his loving wife of 51 years Margaret (Asprey), daughter Sherry (Robert Comrie), sons; Donald (Steven Andrews), Mark (Alexa Langille) and Daddy’s beautiful girl Allisha. Sisters: Donna (John Muise), Kathy (Kevin Webber), Karen (William Mills), Grandchildren: Katelyn, Alyssa, Kyle (Grace) and great grandson: Gage. He had many nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his mother Dorothy (Godfrey), father Donald James Kennedy I and brother Jack (Viola). Donald was a retired Navy Veteran who took great pride in his service to our country. The family would like to thank the staff of Capital Health for their support and care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Down Syndrome Society.

KUBLEK, Charlie, MWO - On November 24, 2017 the world became a lesser place, as Charlie Kublek left this earth to be with his wife in heaven. While family held his hand and surrounded his bedside, Charlie peacefully passed away at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. There was no man like him on this planet. He was a gentleman who cherished his wife, Sandra, until the very moment she left him to be with Jesus. That was four short months ago, and Charlie has missed her every day since. If you believe that people can die of a broken heart, then that is exactly what happened to him. Charlie is at peace now, and he and Sandra are once again reunited. Charlie was born August 19, 1943, Glace Bay NS, to the late Charles & Eleanor Kublek (Proctor). At the age of 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Naval Air Service as an aircraft maintenance technician. During his 25-year career, he sailed on HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Ottawa, and enjoyed postings to CFB Goose Bay and 12 Wing Shearwater where he retired as a Master Warrant Officer. He went on to dabble in entrepreneurship as the owner of a general store & gas bar located in Meagher’s Grant, NS. While managing this family-run business, he also worked at IMP and after 17 years he finally retired. In his retirement, he and Sandra ‘moved home’ to Irish Vale where he passionately tended to his flower beds, shrubs, and trees, creating a yard that would rival Halifax’s Public Gardens. Over the last few years his focus changed to caring for his ailing wife, a task that was completed to an exacting standard. Charlie is survived by his daughter, Tracey (Ross); son, Charles (Rhonda); grandchildren, Chandler, Ryan, Brianna, and Raeleigh; sisters, Ellen Ann MacIntosh (Rodney); and Priscilla Latimer (Allan). He was predeceased by his youngest sister, Alice Marie Pyke (Daniel). He was a loving & devoted husband, father, grandfather, mentor and all-around great friend to everyone he met. He will be missed forever and a day. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big Pond. Fr Richard Philipolski officiating. A reception will follow at the Fire Hall next to the church. Interment will follow the reception.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS OTTAWA

BURNS, Graham Alexander, RCN - age 77, Wine Harbour, Guysborough Co. It is with great sorrow that the family of Graham Alexander Burns, announces his passing on Monday, November 27, 2017 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. He was a son of the late Frank and Rita (Kaiser) Burns. Graham had many careers including the Canadian Navy, working on an ice breaker, Fisheries officer, dredgemaster, construction worker, woodsman, and lobster fisherman. He was a hard worker and devoted to his family, especially proud of his four grandsons and was so pleased to meet his great-granddaughter, Sophia. Graham was known for the twinkle in his eye when telling a story, and working with his hands on many projects such as fly tying, boat building, and tying decorative knots. His smile, humour and kind heart will be missed. Please do a random act of kindness in memory of Graham. Graham is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Maureen (Charles) Fraser, Sherbrooke; Tracy Burns-Gagnon (Ross), Fall River; grandchildren, Matthew (Emily) Fraser, Kelley Fraser (Bonnie MacDonald), Cooper Gagnon, Cohen Gagnon; great-granddaughter, Sophia Fraser; brothers, Gordon (Patsy), Bradford (Mary); sisters, Marjorie (Kenneth) MacDonald, Audrey (Harold) Jordan; sister-in-law, Jo-Anne Burns; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Melvin. Funeral service will be held Friday, December 1st, at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Sherbrooke with Rev. Alphonsus Iwuji officiating. Following the service, a private family interment will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wine Harbour. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home Ltd., St. Mary’s Chapel, 34 Main St. Sherbrooke.

SHIELDS, Ronald David (Hank), RCN - age 84, Halifax, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017. Born in Chatham, N.B., he was the son of the late Wynonah Shields. Ron left home at an early age to join the Canadian Armed Forces. He served in Korea on many ships for 32 years in the Canadian Navy. He was a well-known musician forming his own band, 'Special Blend', while still in the Navy. He got his start in music at CKAD Radio in Victoria, B.C., as a disc jockey. After retirement he worked at the Damage Control School as an instructor. Ron’s happiest times were with his children, grandchildren, family and friends; playing his guitar and having singalongs. He is survived by his supportive wife, Cecilia; son, Ronnie (Cathy); daughters, Wanda and Danielle Tanner Craig; numerous stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen (Donny) Parker, Edith (Bob) Parker and Sadie Delong; sister- in-law, Audrey Doucet, Bathurst, N.B. Cecilia and family offer their sincere and heartfelt thanks to the 4th floor staff of Melville Gardens. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., where a Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

MULDER, Donald Hazen, CPO2, RCN - age 75, of Lake Loon, passed away on November 23, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Harrow, Ont., on June 28, 1942, he was a son of the late Erwin and Thelma (Grayer) Mulder. Don served his country as a member of the Canadian Navy for 35 years until his retirement. Don was an avid sportsman who played football, softball and golf. He was a softball umpire in the Dartmouth area for more than a decade. He is survived by his wife, Marion (Bernard); daughters, Crystal and Tracey, Lake Loon; son, Kendall, Kitchener, Ont.; sister, Judy (Ronald) Taylor, Kingsville, Ont.; brother, Terrance (Katherine), Harrow, Ont.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Charles and John. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 28th, from 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at 1 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Repast to follow in Atlantic Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. We would like to thank the medical staff on the 4th floor of Dartmouth General Hospital for their kindness and compassion.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

 

SCHLEIHAUF, Brian Alexander, MWO - It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Brian Alexander Schleihauf of Porters Lake, beloved husband (CMITW), father and grandfather, on November 22, 2017. Brian passed away with his loving wife and children by his side. Born in Calgary, Alta., on October 4, 1945, Brian was a son of Thelma (Theriault) Schleihauf and the late Otto Schleihauf. At age 17, Brian joined the Royal Canadian Navy achieving the rank of Master Warrant Officer. During his 27 years of service, Brian sailed the world aboard HMCS ships and had a passion for Sea King helicopters. After his retirement from the forces, Brian was Chief of Technical Publications at IMP Aerospace for 22 years. Brian’s family was his pride and joy and he always put them first. He could fix anything and his children learned many things holding a flashlight. He was the backbone of our family and was always available to help in any situation. Old westerns and war movies were his favourite. He was a great hunter and fisherman with a special love for deer and goose hunting. He enjoyed nature and taking pictures of the wildlife that frequent his backyard. Brian will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 49 years, Irma (Smith) Schleihauf (SBGDLSRBPSAPSB); his loving daughters, Pam (Peter Jeffrey), Janice (Mike Trider) and Michelle (John MacFarlane); his awesome son, Robbie (Megan Bellefontaine); his granddaughters, Christy and Jenny; his grandsons, Kyle, Jake and Josh; step granddaughter, Jordan; step great-granddaughter, Darcy; his mother, Thelma, Calgary, Alta.; his sister, Gloria Olsen, Calgary, Alta.; and his brother, John Christopher (Jodi), British Columbia. Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 2nd, 2 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society.

HEARNS, Tom, RCN (Naval Air) / CAF (served 1955-1980) - was born in Trenton, Ontario and passed away at the Comox Valley Seniors Village on November 19, 2017 at the age of 81. Tom is predeceased by Norma Diane Hearns, his loving wife of over 56 years.He is survived by son Thomas Alan Hearns, daughters Lianne Czindl (George) and Lori Whitlock (Rob), grandchildren Cassandra, Cody, Jennifer, Christopher, Chelsey, Dawson and Austin and great grandchild Lauren. Tom joined the Navy in 1955 and retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in Greenwood, NS in 1980. Upon his retirement Tom and his family moved to the Comox Valley. Tom was a kind, loving, wonderful man who always had a smile and time to chat. If you lived in Tom's neighborhood you knew Tom. He had a never-ending wit and was always a gentleman. His retirement years were filled with many camping adventures both local and "down south". Tom loved being in the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. His family is comforted in knowing that their parents are together again.Donations in Tom's memory made to the Alzheimer's Society of BC would be greatly appreciated. A private cremation was held.

LaROSE, Denton (Denny), MS  CK, RCN / CAF -  age 81. Denny crossed the Bar on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Born in Sudbury, Ont., he was a son of the late Harry and Marie La Rose. Denny served in the Navy for 27 years. Sailing on HMCS Bonaventure, Cayuga, New Waterford, Ottawa and Terra Nova. He also served as a peacekeeper in Egypt in 1976. He enjoyed fishing, his garden, was an avid sports fan and later collected coins. Denny is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rita (Thompson); stepsons, Gary (Brenda) and Glen; daughter-in-law, Sonia LaRose; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, David (Sharon), Larry and Albert. He was predeceased by his son, Greg LaRose; sisters, Joan and Betty; brother, Mervin. Special thanks to Ashley and the staff of Point Pleasant Way Parkstone. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax, where visitation will be held on Sunday, November 26th from 2-5 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 27th at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with a reception to follow. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS NEW WATERFORD, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS TERRA NOVA

PARKIN, John Arthur (Art), RCN - of Avonport, Kings Co., passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Mount Hebron, N.B., he was the youngest son of the late John W. 'Jack' and Edith A. (Hillary) Parkin. During his lifetime Art was a sailor, soldier, millwright, locksmith and school bus driver. He served in the RCN on the Haida, Sioux and Mic Mac during the early 50’s. Art enjoyed spending time in the woods, hunting and trapping, and reading westerns, especially books by Louis L’Amour. He was a mini-farmer who spent many hours working his gardens and raising pigs, goats and cattle. Art was very proud of his family and their accomplishments. He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Stevens; his children, John (Lorraine), Ruth (Doug) Gallupe and Stephen; grandchildren, Matthew and Madison Gallupe. He was predeceased by brother, Bill (Edna) and sister, Annie. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902798-8317). There will be a private family interment in Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport. A memorial service celebrating Art’s life will be held Saturday, November 25th at 2:30 p.m. in Avonport Baptist Church, 508 Oak Island Rd., Avonport, Rev. Wayne Fevens officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ElderDog Canada, 907 Feltzen South Rd., Rose Bay, NS B0J 2X0, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 or a charity of one’s choice. 

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS MICMAC

YOUNG, Frederick Ross, RCN - age 85 of Eastern Passage, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2017 while in the great care of the loving staff at Ocean View Continuing Care Centre in Eastern Passage. Ross was born November 25, 1931 in Halifax, and was one of four sons of the late James and Annie Young. While serving in the Canadian Navy, he met and married Mary (Donaldson) on September 27, 1952. Together they had two children and set roots in Eastern Passage. After his naval service concluded, Ross then worked at Sears in Halifax for over 25 years. Ross was very active within the community, as he was a member for many years of the Knights of Columbus, the Eastern Passage Volunteer Fire Department, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164 as well as the Eastern Passage Seniors Club. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; son, Fred (Tammy); daughter- in-law, Debbie; granddaughters, Jacqueline and Jill; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Emma; brothers, Ian (Evelyn) and Harry (Debbie); and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to niece Patsy, whose care and support during the past years has been cherished and invaluable. Ross was preceded in his death by his parents; son, James 'Bob' Robert Young and brother, Lester (in infancy). Visitation will be Sunday, November 26th from 1-3 p.m. in Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home, 5 Cow Bay Rd., Eastern Passage. Funeral mass will be Monday, November 27th at 10 a.m. in St. Andrews Roman Catholic Parish, Eastern Passage. Family flowers only. On-line condolences may be made at:

TAYLOR, Arthur Stewart, RCN - age 92, Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., passed away on November 20, 2017, in the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Wittenburg, Colchester Co., July 24, 1925, he was a son of the late Clifford and Jean (Stewart) Taylor. He was a member of New Heights Baptist Church, Arcadia, and a veteran of the Second World War serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was an electrician for 30 years with Canadian National. Stewart was a man of great faith. He did beautiful woodworking, was an avid reader, and was a lifelong gardener. Using whatever he had available, he could fix or create just about anything he set his hand to. He had a quick dry wit, and was a teller of countless stories. He was a beloved husband, pa, grandpa, and great-grandpa. Stewart is survived by his wife of nearly 71 years, Kathleen (Fraser); daughters, Sharon (Ronald) Baxter, Port Williams; Susan (Dan) Gibson, Canning; Deborah (Dennis) Kaye, Hebron; Anne (Don) Hebb, Labelle; Barbara (Hoyt) Price, Edmonton; Elaine (Tom) Earle, Pleasant Lake; MaryDale Taylor (Len O’Brien), Dartmouth; son, Hugh (Denise) Taylor, Darlings Lake; brothers, Keith, Robert and Dennis; 20 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Frances, Mildred, Thelma and brother, Malcolm. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sweenys Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. As per request there will be a memorial service at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Gideon Bible Society or charity of your choice.

NOWE, Bazil St. Clare, LCdr, RCN - age 91, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2017 in Parkstone Enhanced Care. Born in Lunenburg in 1926, he was a son of William and Ardella Nowe. He was predeceased by his sister, Alice; brother, Everett; and his son, Richard. Bazil is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Maxine (Michael), Claudia; son, Andrew (Colleen) and six grandchildren. Bazil attended St. Frances Xavier, Kings College, and Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. An avid 'HAM' operator (VEIATF). He had a distinguished career as a Lt. Commander in the armed forces for over 25 years. After military retirement he taught at Dartmouth Vocational, and NSIT. He was a founding member of the Halifax Royal Astronomer Society. His many hobbies were reading, painting, camping, gardening and going home to Lunenburg. Donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 161, 6644 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Head of Chezzetcook. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, November 21st at 11 a.m. in Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth, officiated by Frank Kohler; reception to follow. Interment will be held in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenberg at a later date.

HOBSON, David Patrick -  age 85, of Cambridge Kings Co., passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, surrounded by his family. Born in Dartmouth, he was a son of the late Edward and Cecilia (Smith) Hobson. He served in the Canadian Navy retiring after 23 years. He later worked as a salesman with Cornwallis Chev Olds for many years. David was an active member of St. James Anglican Church, Kentville and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Laurel Chapter 67 and Valley Masonic Lodge No. 90, both in Berwick. He was a former member of the New Minas Lions Club. David was a loving husband and father. He loved to hunt and fish and also enjoyed special times at Tupper Lake. He is survived by his wife of 63 and a half years, Gladys (Hutt); daughter, Tracey Hobson, Kamloops; sons, Michael (Diann), Dartmouth; Steven (Carolyn), Oakfield; Barry, Kamloops; David (Connie), Coldbrook; grandchildren, Janet, Lorraine, Lindsay, Robert, Maggie, Shanon, Jacob, Miranda, Jessica, and Tamara; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. David was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was predeceased by brothers, Edward 'Teddy', John, Harry, Gerald and Harold; sisters, Mary, Kay and Helen. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, November 17th, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, beginning with an Order of the Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge service to be held 7 p.m. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 18th, in St. James Anglican Church, Kentville, Rev. Dr. John Roddam and Rev. Catherine Desloges officiating. Burial will take place in Garden of Rest Cemetery, Kentville. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to St. James Anglican Church, Kentville. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

O'LEARY, Paul Cameron, PO1, Yeoman of Signals, RCN / CAF- The family and friends of Paul Cameron O’Leary, age 76, regret to announce his passing on November 7, 2017 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish after battling numerous health issues. Paul proudly served 26 years in the Royal Canadian Navy on many naval ships and bases. He was officially released from his naval duties on November 7, 1986 and released from his biggest battle on November 7, 2017. After his retirement, Paul worked at the Royal Canadian Legion as bar steward, served as Branch President, and volunteered much of his time on many committees. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy; children, Steve (Ann), Antigonish; Keitha, Antigonish; Craig (Sarah), North Bay, Ont.; grandchildren, Alyssa, Jared, Bailey; greatgrandchildren, Jeslyn and Jase; brother, Michael (Anna), Clydesdale. He was predeceased by his parents, Senator Clem O’Leary and Evelyn O’Leary. The family would like to thank all the nursing staff and doctors for their kindness and dedication to Paul. There will be no visitation by request. A graveside service will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lochaber on Friday at 2 p.m. Donations in memory may made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59, Antigonish.

 

HMCS YUKON, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS ATHABASKAN

KIMBER, Thomas Ralph, RCN (16 Dec 1944 - 04 Nov 2017) - born December 16, 1944 in Halifax (Hydrostone neighborhood), he was a son of Thomas W. Kimber and Dorothy Stanhope Kimber (both deceased). He was predeceased by his wife, Helen (Gates) Kimber and brother, Robert 'Bobby' Kimber. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Robinson (Brian) of Edmonton and Janet Kimber of Toronto; grandchildren, Michelle and Alexander Robinson; common-law partner, Ruth Turner; and siblings, James 'Jim' Kimber, Anne King (Douglas) and George Kimber (Corinne); as well as many nieces and nephews. Tom served three years in the navy on HMCS Bonaventure, and 31 years in the Halifax Dockyard as a mechanical fitter repairing ships and submarines. He died after a two-year battle with leukemia that he felt was the result of his workplace industrial exposure to various chemicals and pollutants. Tom owned a camp on College Lake in Dean Settlement that he loved very much, where he shared many good times with family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing and chopping wood; and the times he spent with his buddies doing the same. He will be sadly missed. Special thank-you to the staff at Dartmouth General Hospital and Parkland At The Lakes for the great care they provided over the past few months. One of the special memories Tom’s family wants to share at this time was his passion for directly and anonymously helping individuals and families during the Christmas season, who were struggling with financial, sickness or other hardships. Each Christmas season, he asked around his circle of family, friends and neighbors; to find deserving people truly in need. He then arranged for a direct cash gift, enough for Christmas dinner and gifts for the entire family (especially the children), and anonymously signed it 'from your Christmas Angel'. So, in lieu of flowers or donations to formal charities, please consider becoming your own Christmas Angel this year in Tom’s memory. The family is hosting a 'Celebration of Life' gathering in Atlantic Funeral Homes, Dartmouth Chapel, 771 Main St., Dartmouth on Saturday, November 11th starting at 2 p.m. Everyone who knew Tom is welcome to attend. 

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

LAVOIE, Gerard Roger (Gerry), RCN - age 63, of Dartmouth, passed away on October 31, 2017, peacefully, at home, with his loving wife at his side. Born in Petit Saguenay, Que., he was a son of the late Georgette and Cyrille Lavoie. Gerry served over 20 years as a cook in the Royal Canadian Navy. After retiring, he continued to work in various fields. He loved to read and watch movies. He always enjoyed going for drives with Debra. He loved cooking and would always prepare meals for family events. He will be remembered for his famous seafood chowder, his wacky sense of humour, and his willingness to help others. Gerry is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debra (Sampson); mother-in-law, Velma 'Mom'; and will be missed by his many in-laws who loved him like a brother; and goddaughter, Nola 'Melany'. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Regis; and father-in-law, Arthur Sampson. Cremation has taken place. A private interment service will take place in Oakridge Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses of the oncology and thoracic departments of the QEII.

LaFOSSE, Roland (Rollie) (02 Dec 1932 - 28 Oct 2017) - age 85 of Dartmouth. Passed away on Saturday October 28, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Cape La Hune, NL, he was a son of the late Thomas and Ethel (Baggs) LaFosse. Rollie started working as a fisherman in Newfoundland, he then joined the military in August 1955 and served for 25 years, with the Canadian Guards, PPCLI, Army Service Corps, 2nd Battalion and HMCS Algonquin. He also served on Peace Keeping duties in Germany and Cyprus and served at Petawawa, Kingston Ontario, Winnipeg, Dana Sask. and CFS Millcove. Rollie retired from the Canadian Armed forces in 1980 and went to work with the Federal Department of Fisheries and retired in 1985. He was a member of Music and Friends which entertained seniors in Nursing Homes. He was an accordion player and played with many groups at dances. He was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church, Westphal. Rollie was predeceased by son Calvin, in infancy, Clyde; sister, Mary, Maude; brothers, Edgar, George. Rollie is left to mourn his wife, Gwen of 64 years; sister, Jessie, Robinsons NL; brother, Tom (Millicent), St. John’s and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held 1pm Tuesday, October 31st in St. John’s Anglican Church, 1215 Main Street, Westphal. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Westphal.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

WALSH, William (Bill), CD, Capt., RCNR / RCN / CAF - Crossed the Bar on October 30, 2017 on his final voyage. He was born in Holyrood, N.L., on December 29, 1931. He was the oldest son of the late Bernard and Hannah (Best) Walsh. Bill joined the RCNR at HMCS Cabot in St. John’s, N.L., in 1950, then transferred to the RCN as an OSPWR in 1951. He was commissioned from the ranks in 1964. He was the Naval Representative Tri Service Team that researched and implemented a revised Public Fund Accounting System which was applicable to all three services. He served on various ships and shore establishments. In 1960 he commissioned the HMCS Columbia and in 1973 he commissioned the HMCS Algonquin (DDH283) as Supply Officer. He served as Squadron Supply Officer when Algonquin was Flag Ship in Stananforlant. After retirement from the military he served as a Supply Officer in the Canadian Coast Guard. He was Counselor for Annapolis County, representing District 6 for nine years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Clementsport and was also a member of the C& POs’ Association. Ever the Captain, he was strategic in charting the course for his final voyage, ensuring that his XO and crew were safe and secure. He leaves Peggy (Hogan) his beloved wife and XO of 62 years, to man the helm; assisted by crew of sons, Billy, Clementsport; Gary (Judy), Calgary, Alta.; Anthony (Linda), Edmonton, Alta.; Christopher (Tracey), Beaver Bank; Jeffrey (Noreen), Calgary, Alta.; and only daughter, Suzanne (Greg), Fredericton, N.B. He is also survived by brother, Harold (Rochelle), Winnipeg, Man. He was predeceased by sister, Loretta Stevens (of Kelligrews, N.L.). He leaves his grandchildren, Falon, Kira, Emma, Catrina, Alexia, Wyatt, Steven, Garrett, Vincent, Courtney, and Jaime (Felicia) and great-grandchild, Jacob. He also leaves his loyal and constant companion, Benji. Special thanks to the Health Care Team of Valley Regional Hospital. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Clementsport Branch No. 122 or St. Louis Catholic Church in Annapolis Royal. A naval service will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m. in Royal Canadian Legion, Clementsport with reception to follow. A private family service will be held at a later date.

 

HMCS CABOT, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS ALGONQUIN

 

ELLS, Frederick Kempton (Bunk), RCN - the family and friends of Frederick 'Bunk' Kempton Ells are sad to announce his passing in Digby General Hospital on November 6, 2017, at the age of 95. He lived most of his long life healthy and happy either beside, or on, the sea. Born on April 3, 1922, in Baxter’s Harbour he was a son of the late Fred and Bessie (Irvin) Ells. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a proud Second World War veteran. A man of free and determined spirit, Fred resided most of the past 50 years on what-was-once his fishing boat. That’s what he wanted, and that’s the way he liked it, and he did so until September of this year. He will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances in and around the safe and welcoming harbours of Digby, Hall’s Harbour, Scot’s Bay and Annapolis Royal - all places where he could call home for weeks or months at a time. Fred was the last surviving member of a family of nine children. He is survived by daughter, Sandy Jacobson (partner, Phil Buchanan); three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of New Jersey; numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States and the many wonderful friends who included store-owners, restauranteurs and a generally compassionate community who cared about his well-being. He was predeceased by siblings, Leonard, Mary, Austin, Perry, Henry, Leona, Clarence, and Maisie. There will be no visitation by request. A combined Royal Canadian Legion service and funeral service with a reception will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 9th, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. Gary Manthorne officiating. Burial will take place in Baxter’s Harbour Cemetery. Donations to Baxter’s Harbour Community Hall. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

 

HMCS MAYFLOWER, HMCS GRANBY, HMCS LOCH ACHANALT

GRADY, Peter Harold, RCNVR / LCdr (O), RCN - The passing of Peter Harold Grady, of Fredericton, NB, husband of the late Caroline Rosina Annie (Durrant) Grady, occurred on October 25, 2017 at the Veterans Health Unit in Fredericton. Born on November 23, 1922 in Edmonton, AB, he was a son of the late Harold and Florence (Wood) Grady. Peter was an officer with the Royal Canadian Navy and a veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict (HMCS Iroquois). He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Treasurer for the Malagash, NS Royal Canadian Legion, and a life member of the Wallace Area Development Association. Among his WWII duties, he was on loan to the Royal Navy as the navigator on a two-person bi-plane (the Swordfish) flying off a small escort carrier (HMS Vindex) while protecting convoys to Murmansk, Russia. Peter was at the heart of the Cuban missile crisis while on the Admiral`s staff in Halifax. During the latter part of his service in the RCN he was captain of the frigate La Hulloise. Peter is survived by his children, Peter Grady of Oshawa, ON, Chris Grady (Louise) Grady of Island View, NB, Jane Grady of Malagash, NS, and Rosina Louise Grady of London, England; his grandchildren, Geneviève, Jake, and Isaac Grady, Kathleen Grady-Thompson, and Morgan Hamilton; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bernard Grady. There will be no services by request. The family is planning a memorial and a celebration of Peter’s and of his wife, Caroline’s life to be held in Malagash in early summer. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #97, Malagash, NS, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

HMCS STAR, HMCS WETASKIWIN, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS MICMAC, LA HULLOISE

SMITH, Kenneth Russell (Ken), RCNVR - age 94, of Halifax, passed away on October 16th, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Tantallon, he was the sixth of seven children of the late Hiram and Grace Smith. Like many Nova Scotians of his generation, he volunteered at 17 to leave behind the quiet and peace of our country for service in the Second World War. Ken served overseas with the Royal Canadian Volunteer Reserve, 'Wavy Navy' seeing action overseas while involved in convoy escort and submarine hunting. After the war, he returned to Nova Scotia and attended the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and completed training for marine engineering. Born a stone’s throw from the ocean, he would spend the next 35 years on the water working on a variety of DND auxiliary vessels, most notably the St. Charles. Despite travelling extensively throughout North America and the Caribbean, his heart and soul were firmly planted in Nova Scotia. Finding and marrying the love of his life, Mary Anna Kenty in 1948, they would enjoy a rich and loving relationship for close to 70 years. Ken built by hand the family home at 31 Piers Avenue in Halifax a home that would see four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren come and go along with countless friends and neighbours dropping by over the course of 58 years. Dad was a caring and loving father to Kenny, Judy, Sherry and Kerry. He was most comfortable and happy in the company of family at home and in particular, spending time with his beloved wife Mary. Despite being a country boy and marrying a city girl, Ken and Mary were inseparable throughout their life enjoying a passionate loving marriage, evidenced by their affection and devotion to each other. Ken excelled as a carpenter and put those skills to use throughout his retirement devoting himself to projects for his wife and family. Always willing to tackle any project well into his 80’s, Ken showed tireless energy caring for Mary in her later years as she fought her battles with cancer and dementia. Always calm, thoughtful and determined, he looked after the family with a steady devotion that left a lasting impression on his children. All members of our family are saddened by the passing of Dad, and so very thankful for all the wisdom, care, and love he gave to us. Ken is survived by his children, Kenneth of Nigeria; Judith Arthur of Dartmouth; Sherry Gouthro of Dartmouth, and Kerry of Nanaimo, B.C.; grandchildren, Sean, Ryan (Tara), Laura, Holly and Carson; greatgrandchildren, Harrison, Frankie, Avery, Charlie, and Griffin; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Anna in 2015; and all of his siblings. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, October 20th, in Atlantic Funeral Home, Ocean View Reception Room, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

BATH, Donald M., RCNVR, V41784 / C1ER, 18348-E, RCN (served 26 Jun 1942 - 31 Jan 1969) - Born 24 Jan 1925. Date of passing unknown

BLACKSTOCK, William Harold, Sto PO, RCNR (served 01 Oct 1940 - 01 Oct 1945),- born October 5, 1920, passed away March 1, 2001 in Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Victoria, BC. Survived by his loving wife, Helen and brother, Warren (Margaret) 150 Mile House; son, Michael; step-son, Hugh Nelson (Alana); stepdaughters: Sharon Balanow (Bill), Susan Nelson (Bob); grandchildren: Nathan, Ryan and Megan Blackstock, Nicholas and Tsander Balanow, Duncan and Jamie Nelson and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Bill will be sadly missed by many friends in Sidney, Saanich and Bella Coola. Memorial service to be held in Bella Coola, BC at a later date. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated.

BURNETT, Marshall, J., DEMS Gunner / C2LR, RCN (17 Jun 1918 - 01 Feb 2001) - Served RCN / DEMS during WW 2. Joined in 1938, left in 1958. He was 1 of 9 to survived on a raft for 3 days, early in the war, off the coast of Trinidad. Served aboard Athabaskan in Korea.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

BOWMAN, Harry James, PO.CK, RCN (served 02 Feb 1940 - 10 Feb 1947), suddenly on April 18, 2001, at the Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, BC. Born July 21, 1917, in Liverpool, England, emigrating to Victoria when he was two years old. He is survived by his loving family; his wife of 63 years, Sophie; daughters Sonia Solunac and Ruth Bowman; son Larry Bowman, grandchildren Alex Solunac, Christopher (Joanna) Bowman and Jean Bowman, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and many good friends. Harry spent seven years in the RCN during the Second World War as a Petty Officer. He served on HMCS Prince Henry, serving in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean theatres, and was part of the Normandy landing on D--Day. Harry worked for BC Hydro and retired after 28 years. He was Very Worshipful Brother and Past Master of Malahat Lodge #107 A.F. & A.M. and had just received his 50 year pin. He had a lifelong love of ships and trains. A memorial service will be held in Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, B.C., on Monday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations may be made in Harry's memory to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

CLARK, Aubrey Ernest, V44814, RCNVR - Born 1924  Died 2000

 

HMCS PENETANG

BUCK, Stanley J., AB, V27655, RCNVR - Born: 01 Feb 1923  Died 28 Jan 2006.  Stanley survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07. He was rescued by the cutter from HMCS Haida.

 

Portrait of Stanley Buck

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

ABRAHAM, John Edward, LCdr, RCN - of Dartmouth, died Sunday in Camp Hill Hospital. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Mrs. Alice B. (Shields) Abraham and the late Arthur William Abraham. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1970. At the time of his death he was employed with Trizec Equities as manager of Park Victoria. Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Whebby; three sons, John Murray, Port Angeles, Wash.; Michael, CFB Esquimalt; Anthony, at home, a daughter, Catherine, Dartmouth; two grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur W., Moncton; Rev. J.M. Abraham SJ, Kurseong, Northern India; two sisters, Betty (Mrs.. F.L. Perry), Calgary; Clare (Mrs. B.E. Carreau, Waverley. The body is at Dartmouth Funeral Home. Funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church. Burial will be in Mount Hermon cemetery, Dartmouth.

 

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(1) John E. Abraham meets with his sisters on returning to Canada after the sinking of HMCS Windflower  (2) John E. Abraham at home with his sisters

Photos courtesy of John M. Abraham

 

HMCS WINDFLOWER

 

TURNBULL, Roderick Glen (Rughead), P2ET, RCN (21 Apr 1943 - 02 Dec 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce Glen's passing. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda, sons Richard, Gregory (Michelle), treasured grandchildren Melany, Riley, & Finley, mother Thelma, sisters Ruth (Rod), Sheryl (Donald), Carole (Darren), step-brother Larry (Mary), and numerous nieces and nephews. Glen served 22 years in the RCN as an electrician, followed by 15 years in Dockyard. A celebration of life will be held at the Chief's & PO's Mess in Esquimalt on January 14th, 2018 from 1 - 4 pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Dec 2017)

 

Memorial service pamphlet

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS KOOTENAY

WHITEHOUSE, Ernest Raymond, LCdr, RCN(R) - Died 31 Oct 1996, Victoria, BC

CONRAD, William A. (Bill), RCN - age 86, passed away peacefully December 7th, 2017 in the Veteran's Memorial Hospital, Halifax. He was born November 15, 1931 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to the late Kenneth and Stella Conrad. A veteran of The Royal Canadian Navy, the Korean War and Canadian peacekeeping efforts in Egypt, Dad received the Canadian Peacekeeping Medal for his international peacekeeping missions abroad. Dad enjoyed success and fulfillment in all his endeavors over the years. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from him during his 86 years of wisdom, among them: "Don't wait, just go for it" and "enjoy lobster, clams and a cold beer whenever possible". Words cannot express his exuberance and love of life. Dad was a caring, impulsive, passionate man known to dance a spontaneous jig if he caught wind of a familiar tune and loved to be a snowbird in Vero Beach, Florida for over 20 years, thereby creating a community of now over 30 Nova Scotians who frequent Vero because of his love and energy of the community. At his 64th wedding anniversary gathering, Mugga turned to his great grandson and said, "If I don't see you again, look up to the sky-I'll be there." The family asks that you spend time with your children & loved ones, raise a glass and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. That is what Dad would wish for everyone. Bill is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 64years, Barbara (nee Mahar), his children, Jack (Wendy), Patsy (Larry), Susan (Steven), Tom (Alice) and Vicki (Mark). Dad was known as Mugga to the joys of his life, his grandchildren; Tracy (Jordan), Daniel (Laura), Jacquelyn (Melvin), Stephanie (Brad), Dominic and Jared and his great grandchildren, Chloe, Rylan, Addison, Carter, Enzo and Laurenn. Bill was the last surviving member of his family of 9 sisters and 1 brother. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 from 6-8pm with a Celebration of Life on Thursday, December 14th at 11:00am both at JA Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Dr., Halifax. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to QEII Foundation in recognition of the continuous care of our father.

COOTE, Joseph (1925-2017) - Passed away peacefully on December 3, 2017 in the presence of family. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor Coote (née Hirschfield). Cherished father of Terry (Galina), Laura (James) and Doreen (Fabian). Loving partner to Suzanne, and step dad to Shelly and Leigh. Dear brother of Catherine Burns. Proud grandfather of Alexandra (Mason), Tyler and Marina; step-grandfather to Eric and Jean-Luc and great-grandfather to Isaac. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews. Will be missed by many family, friends, and by his favourite dogs, Minnie, Willow and Jovie. Joseph proudly served in the Canadian Navy WWII. Friends are invited to visit at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Pinecrest Chapel. A reception will follow. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. (The Ottawa Citizen 06 Dec 2017)

FRASER, Donald Eugene - It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Donald Eugene Fraser, resident of Nanaimo, B.C. formally of Thunder Bay, Ontario, at the age of 60. Donald was born June 15, 1957 in Fort William, Ont. And Passed away at his residence on Nov. 25, 2017. He spent 40 years in the Canadian Navy stationed in CFB Esquimalt, B.C. retiring in 2014. He is survived by his wife Terrie of Nanaimo, Daughters Bryony and Candace, Son Christopher (Leeanne), Granddaughters Isabella and Paige of Victoria B.C., Mother Iris Fraser, Sisters Gail (David), Barb (Richard), Betty, Brother Wayne (Arlene), and numerous nieces, nephews, Aunts and Uncles of Thunder Bay. Predeceased by his wife Dawna, Father Raymond Fraser. Nephew David R.J. Franklin and numerous family members. Don enjoyed spending time with his family and had an enormous love of sports. A Celebration of Life will be held in Don's honor on December 8, 2017 at the Westfort Prosvita on Gore St (Upstairs) from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of Donald to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

 

POSTLEWAITE, Robert (10 Nov 1936 - 28 Nov 2017) - Bob passed away quietly on the morning of the November 28, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, 3 sons, 2 grandchildren, 1 grandchild, brother and sister. Bob was a Canadian Navy veteran, city of Saskatoon firefighter, Molsons sales rep, car salesman, Commissionaire. He loved his golfing and fishing and a good game of cards, and was a Avid curler for most of his life. The family wishes to thank the St. Paul's dialysis unit for extending his time with us. At his request there will be no public service, in lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Paul's dialysis program would be appreciated. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 04 Dec 2017)

PROKOPOW, Thomas Knox, C2RP, RCN (21 Dec 1931 - 29 Nov 2017) - It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Thomas Knox Prokopow. Tom was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Tom was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Ewayne. He was also predeceased by his brother Lionel, his sisters Emily (Alec) and Nadia (Don), and his parents Wesley and Ann. Tom served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 26 1/2years. He was also the Bar Manager of the Esquimalt Royal Canadian Legion for over 20 years. Tom was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 172. Tom is survived by his three children, Alan (Kim) of Drayton Valley, AB, Bryan (Shirley) from Calgary, AB and Christine Welch (Bob) of Coquitlam, BC. He will also be missed by his three grandsons Patrick Welch (Karen), Erik Prokopow (Kenedi) and Carter Prokopow. His only surviving sibling is his sister Myrna (Roy) Merriman of Edmonton, AB. Tom leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and his many dear friends. Tom was one of the nicest, most loyal, stubborn, loving men to walk this earth. He will be truly missed. Celebration of Life to take place 1pm Friday, December 8th at the St. John the Baptist Heritage Church at 537 Glencairn Lane in Colwood. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 06 Dec 2017)

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS CORDOVA, HMCS SAULT STE MARIE, HMCS CEDARWOOD, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS GATINEAU

ROBSON, Tom, PO (served 06 May 1941 - 11 Dec 1945) It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Tom Robson on December 7, 2017 at 94 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Clara (nee Fougere- 2007). Loving father of Tim (Marj) Robson, Marlene (Terry) Coote, the late Ron Robson (2016) and the late Larry David Robson (1949). He will be sadly missed by his daughter-in-law Judy Robson and many thoughtful caring friends. Son of the late Angus and Charlotte Robson. Treasured grandpa of David (Melissa), Carrie (Bill) Deehan, Tom, Jim (Nicole), Jessica, Chris, Carla, and Carmen Coote. Great-grandpa of Jessica, Connor, Blake, Jack, Ava, Colin, Lainey and Emmett. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters; Clarence, Alvin, Eldred, Albert, Leslie, Beverly, Ida and Eleanor. Lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Tom enlisted in the Canadian Navy on May 6, 1941 and served as a Petty Officer in World War II. He was discharged on December 11, 1945. Tom was also a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 201-Essex since 1942. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 67 years and a long-time member with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He retired from Chryslers with 30 years of dedicated service. Recently Tom was honoured as the Citizen of the Year in Essex for his years of exemplary service to our community. Tom was a wonderful volunteer in every sense of the word. As well, he was a loving father, grandpa and friend to all who knew him. Tom is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. with a Legion service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues Monday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Parish, K of C and St. Vincent de Paul prayers Monday at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, friends are invited to meet the family after 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Parish (146 Talbot St. S., Essex) followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (Windsor Star 09 Dec 2017)

ROSE, Warren Miller (27 Oct 1961 - 30 Nov 2017) - It is with heavy hearts that we the family announce the sudden passing of Warren Miller Rose on November 30, 2017. Born in Germany on the Canadian Military base, he was the son of Warren and Mona Rose who now reside in Ontario. Warren served 21 years in the Canadian Military spending most of his time as a sailor in the Navy and upon his retirement he worked in management at the Field Aviation in Calgary. In 2007 Warren moved to Cape Breton to take the love of his life Wanda home to her family, after living a military's wives life. Upon moving to Cape Breton Warren found a great passion for Cross Roads, who became his extended family, volunteering countless hours of his time helping anyone who needed him. Warren had a big heart which he extended to animals, he is now reunited with China and sadly missed by Cuddles. Warren was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78 (Dominion) were he finally found a true Navy Friend Wayne Hynes, with whom he enjoyed playing cards with and going to Friday Night mixed darts at the Legion. Warren is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Wanda; proud Dad of his son Jason (Bryanne); his pride and joys granddaughters Tiffany and Serenity; parents Warren and Mona Rose; sisters Darlene and Terry (Rick); brothers Pat (Lydia) and Mark; parent in laws Winston and Olie Timmons; sisters in law Wenda (Darren), Heather (Gerry), Marlene (Jimmy) and Marie; brothers in law Bernie (Loretta) and Raymond (Lillian) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Warren was predeceased by his sister Cindy Rose. Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 5,2017 from 2-4 and 7-9pm in Patten Funeral Home 71 Union St Glace Bay. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday December 6 at 11am in Immaculate Conception Church with Father Devereaux officiating. Family flowers only, in lieu of flowers donations in Warren's memory can be made to Cross Roads. 

TAYLOR, William Edward (Bill) (14 Mar 1922 - 05 Dec 2017) - Passed away peacefully at Etobicoke General Hospital. Predeceased by his beloved wife Valerie (1999). Loving father of Donald (Lois) and dear grandfather of Jonathan (Carolyn) and Matthew. Bill served his country during WWII in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was the proprietor of Taylor's Meat Market on Dundas St. in Etobicoke from 1946 to 1965. He was Chief of Security for the former The Ontario Jockey Club, Standardbred Division during the 1970s and 80s. Bill will be missed by many, including caring neighbours from the Lion's Gate community (where he lived from 1981 to 2015) and his special friends from the Dorking, Ontario area. Many thanks to the wonderful and loving staff of Westside Long Term Care, where Bill lived for the last two plus years of his life. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Bill's Life on December 12th at 2 p.m. at St. Giles Kingsway Presbyterian Church (in the lower hall), 15 Lambeth Road, Etobicoke. Enter the church through the parking lot side doors and proceed down stairs. Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 9, 2017

WOOLGAR, David E., MS.ER, RCN / CAF (25 Jun 1930 - 04 Nov 2017) - David passed peacefully on Nov 4 at 3am at the Macaulay Lodge in Whitehorse. Born in Creston Valley Hospital to his parents Jenny and Ernest Woolgar. He was 3years old when he moved to Vancouver where he grew up. In 1948 he joined the Navy Reserve and in 1951 joined the Navy. He started as a stoker and worked his way up to Master Corporal, Marine Engineer when he retired in 1978. He traveled the world with the Navy and was on Destroyers, Cruisers, Mine Sweepers and a short time on the submarine, Grilse. When he retired from the navy he became a barber and had his own shop in Nelson, BC. This is where his talent for singing took off and participated in a barbershop quartet. He sold his barbershop and headed north landing in Dawson before settling down in Mayo where he built his own house and sold. He moved to Whitehorse in 2010 and came to live in Macaulay Lodge in 2015. He participated in the music programs and loved to sing. Thank you to all the caregivers in his life; Dr Seal GP, Merle Juste his Social Worker, Gillian, Macaulay Co-workers and Volunteers from Hospice. The Celebration of Life tribute held on Nov 10th at the lodge was assisted by Keitha Clark, Oliverier de Colombel, Rob Renald and members of the Royal Canadian Legion Joe Mewett and Red Grossinger; also Keitha and Gang who sang and wrote a special song for David. He leaves behind his only daughter, Terry and Terry's CL Mark who has been a great support in all this sadness. David was a wonderful person; full of hopefulness and song and will be greatly missed by all especially his daughter, Terry Published in The Times Colonist from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2017

 

HMCS GRILSE, HMCS THUNDER

BROWN, Walter James (Dicky), AB, 3211, RCN, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Walter James (Dicky) Brown was born September 05, 1920 at Oswestry, Shropshire, England, and came to Canada with his father Fred Brown (a WWI veteran) to a farm just north of Springside at the age of six (his mother Mary died of tuberculosis when he was just three). He farmed before enlisting on June 09, 1938 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, British Columbia, and was the Yorkton area's first casualty of the war. His father Fred later moved to Oakville, Ontario. The Bras d'Or was an auxiliary minesweeper completed at Sorel, Québec, in 1926 as a lightship. On the outbreak of war she patrolled the approaches to Halifax and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In October 1940 while shadowing a Romanian freighter she disappeared without a trace between Anticosti Island and Sydney.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

HACKER, John Winston, Sto PO, 21339, RCN, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 09 Mar 1912, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William John Hacker, of Nanaimo, British Columbia; husband of Hazel Catherine Hacker, of Calgary, AB.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

JONES, Hugh John Frederick, PO, 2568, RCN, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 19 Jan 1911, he was the son of Hugh and Lilla Jones, of Montreal, Quebec. Husband of Jean Marguerite Jones of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

ARMES, Walter Garnett, OS, V8307, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 14 Apr 1921, he was the son of Ethel Armes, of Hamilton, ON.

 

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HCMS BRAS D'RO

BRENTON, George Winsor, Telegraphist, V25013, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 19 Dec 1916, he was the son of Captain David Brenton and Mary Julia Brenton, of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

BURTON, Joseph Philippe Lawrence, Skipper, O10864, RCNR MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 03 Oct 1901, he was the Son of William and Maria Burton, of Ste. Luce, Province of Quebec; husband of Marie A. Burton, of Ste. Luces.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

CHADDOCK, Harold Gilbert, Stoker, V25186, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 29 May 1920, he was the son of Horacio and Gertrude Chaddock, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

CLANCY, Harold Garfield, AB, A1137, RCNR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 18 Oct 1920, he was the son of John William and Mary Elizabeth Clancy, of Prospect, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

CONRAD, Elward Rupert Mate, O15224, RCNR MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 16 Feb 1903, husband of Pearl M. Conrad, Lunenburg, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

D'ENTREMONT, Joseph Fulgence, LS, A1088, RCNR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 01 Feb 1894, he was the sSon of Fulgence D'Entremont, and of Elizabeth M. D'Entremont, West Pubnico, Nova Scotia; spouse of Mary Adelle D'Entremont, West Pubnico, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

BENJAMIN, Carman Luther (Bennie), C2CK - 86, Halifax, passed away April 28, 2001, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. Born in Berwick, Kings Co., he was a son of the late Luther and Elizabeth (Sarsfield) Benjamin. In 1940, he joined the RCNVR (Wavy Navy) as a cook until 1946, when he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy until his retirement in October, 1964. During his career as a cook, he performed his duties from the Lower Deck to the Wardroom and was personal senior officer's cook on board the following HMC ships: Assiniboine and Restigouche (1940), Prince David (1945), Warrior (1946) and Magnificent (1949); PO on the Magnificent (1952), CPO2 on the Bonaventure (1958) and Athabaskan (1960). He also served  ashore in HMCS Stadacona, Montreal, York, Shelburne, Summers Isles Bermuda, Cornwallis, Niobe, Star, Patriot and Shearwater. he was honoured with the RCNVR (1940-46), CDI, Three Stars (1939-45), CVSM Clasp (1943) medals. On his long volunteer time, he was a recipient of one of the highest Red Cross awards, achieving 100 blood donations and for the last 20 years, he assisted patients at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII and other associations. He was a life member of the Atlantic Chief Petty Officers Association and Royal Canadian Legion, Scotia Branch 25. He is survived by sister, Gloria Fisher, Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Margaret McKeigan; sisters, Kathryn, Phyllis, Mary; brothers, Avon, Marvin. Visitation was 204, 7.9 p.m. Monday, Legion and funeral service 2 p.m. today, May 1, all in J.A. Snows' Funeral Home, Halifax, Rev. Bruce Atkinson officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS MONTREAL, HMCS YORK, HMCS STAR, HMCS PATRIOT

BENNETTS, Henry James, C2RT 3271, RCN / LCdr (LD), RCN - on Jun 18, 2001, in Victoria General Hospital, while the birds welcomed the dawn, "Hank" passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, gallantly borne. Predeceased by his brother Leslie. Remembered by his loving wife Krystyna; children Valerie (Richard), Anne, Garry (Sylvia), Henri (Sharon) and Janina; grandchildren Robert, Jessica, Sophie, Angie, Terri-Lynn, Jurrien, Aniane, Ruan and Rudi and great-grandson Ethan. Hank was born July 21, 1920, in London, England, and came to Canada as a young boy. In 1938 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served in action during the Second World War, sending the last radio distress call from the "Unlucky Lady" (HMCS Athabaskan). After retiring as Lt Command from the forces in 1970, he worked for many years as a Senior Technican for the Federal Department of Seismology. In later years he enjoyed boating, his gardening and keeping in touch with his Navy colleagues. They will all agree that he was always ready to lend a helping hand, generously letting others take credit for his work There will be a celebration of Henry's life held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Dr., on Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

DOHERTY, William James, AB, V7365, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 26 Aug 1911, son of William James Doherty and Elizabeth Doherty, of Toronto, ON; husband of Ethel I. Doherty, of Toronto, ON.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

ELLIS, Gerald Kenneth, Cook, V25057, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 13 Nov 1919, he was the son of Edward Henry and Kathleen Elizabeth Ellis, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

GORDON, Gilbert Bernard Steward, V25119, RCNVR MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 19 Jul 1915, son of William G. and Mary Gordon, of Halifax, Nova Scotia; husband of Cecilia Gordon, of Halifax.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

HILL, Leonard, Engineman, V7814, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 17 Mar 1897, son of John and Helena Hill; husband of Mary Hill, of New Toronto, ON.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

HILLIER, Walter William, AB, A982, RCNR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 05 Sep 1890, son of John and Catherine Hillier; husband of Florence M. Hillier, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

HORNSBY, Charles Avery, Lt, RCNR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 11 Feb 1896, husband of Nora Hornsby, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

KEATING, William Dougald AB, A1041, RCNR MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 17 Nov 1919, son of Henry K. and Mary J. Keating, Grosse Isle, Magdalen Islands, QC.

 

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HMCS BRAS D'OR

KORNING, Ib, Telegraphist, V5582, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Oct 1940, HMCS BRAS D'OR - Born 29 Jun 1921, Telegraphist I.B. Korning was a native of Denmark and came to Canada with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Korning, in 1924 at the age of three years old. Educated at the St. Lambert High School, Korning was well known in amateur radio circles. At the outbreak of the war he volunteered with the Royal Canadian Navy and was immediately taken on as a telegraphist. His elder brother Joern Korning, 22, is also at sea as second mate on an Imperial Oil tanker. The family resides at 337 Notre Dame Street, St. Lambert.

 

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ASHWIN, Gilbert, LS, VR4509, RNCVR - MPK - 12 Dec 1916, HMCS GRILSE - Age 33, Son of Gerald and Ada M. Ashwin. Husband of Ethel G. Ashwin (nee Martin) of Outremont, QC. LS Ashwin was lost at sea when, along with 5 other men, he was swept overboard off HMCS Grilse in a storm off Nova Scotia.

 

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HMCS GRILSE

CLEMENT, Ernest, W/T, VR58, RNCVR, MPK - 12 Dec 1916, HMCS GRILSE - Age 19, son of Thomas H. and Margaret A. Clement, of 84, Burton St., Hamilton, ON. W/T Clement was lost at sea when, along with 5 other men, he was swept overboard off HMCS Grilse in a storm off Nova Scotia.

 

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HMCS GRILSE

HARRIS, Albert John, AB, VR4506, RNCVR, MPK - 12 Dec 1916, HMCS GRILSE - Age 39, son of William Henry and Thurza Harris, of Shebbear, North Devon England. Husband of Mary A. Manby (formerly Harris), of Tullysleva, Ballina, Ireland. AB Harris was lost at sea when, along with 5 other men, he was swept overboard off HMCS Grilse in a storm off Nova Scotia.

 

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HMCS GRILSE

McAULIFFE, Henry William, Signalman, ONC/226, RCN, MPK -  12 Dec 1916, HMCS GRILSE - age 20, Son of John and Mary McAuliffe, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Signalman McAuliffe was lost at sea when, along with 5 other men, he was swept overboard off HMCS Grilse in a storm off Nova Scotia.

 

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TRIMBEE, Walter, CPO, VR1942, RNCVR, MPK - 12 Dec 1916, HMCS GRILSE - Age 36, husband of Frances A. Trimbee, of Toronto, ON. CPO Trimbee was lost at sea when, along with 5 other men, he was swept overboard off HMCS Grilse in a storm off Nova Scotia.

 

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HMCS GRILSE

WILKINSON, Robert, Artificer Engineer, 16065, RCN, MPK - 12 Dec 1916, HMCS GRILSE - age 32, son of James Edward and Jane Wilkinson, of Roker, Sunderland, England. Artificer Engineer Wilkinson was lost at sea when, along with 5 other men, he was swept overboard off HMCS Grilse in a storm off Nova Scotia.

 

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HMCS GRILSE

BURTON, George, PO, VR3229, RNCVR - Born 14 Nov 1882, South Shields, England. Died 01 Jan 1946. George enlisted in the RNCVR n 29 Dec 1916. He was invalided on 26 Nov 1918.

 

George Burton Service Certificate     George Burton Active Service or Training record     RNCVR group photo - G. Burton, rear row, 2nd from left

 

George Burton Service document - record of medals and prize money

 

Portrait George and Hellen Burton

 

HMCS SHEARWATER, HMCS NIOBE, HMS VICTORY (25 Jan 1917 - 08 Jan 1918 - While attached to HMS Victory he was loaned to HMS ARGONAUT, HMS DIADEM, and HMS REDOUBTABLE), HMS VIVID (09 Jan 1918 - 09 May 1918), HMS RAINBOW

BURTON, George Robert, PO, V30133, RCNVR - Born 31 Oct 1912  Died 09 Oct 1981, age 68. George served in the RCNVR during WW 2 from 03 Sep 1939 till Dec 1945.

 

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(1) George and Georgina Burton  (2) Letter from George to his wife on July 9, 1944 while serving in HMCS Kokanee  (3) George and Georgina Burton  (4) George Burton with his 2 daughters  (5) George and Georgina Burton  (6) PO George Burton - note the background in photo 6 is the same as photo 3 when George was wearing square rig.  (7) George Burton (left) at St. John's, Newfoundland, with U-190 in background  (8) St. John's, Newfoundland  (9 & 10) George Burton with his 2 daughters  (11) George and Georgina Burton on their wedding day  (13) Newspaper clippings - Eileen Roy and Betty Burton raise $5 for Red Cross  (14) Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

 

HMCS ARMENTIERES, HMCS SUDBURY, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS KOKANEE, HMCS QUESNEL, HMCS QUATSINO

FREES, William Kitchener (Bill), Sto PO, A2712, RCN(R) / C1ER, 22215-E, RCN - Born June 9, 1916, died on April 7, 1989. Pre-deceased by his wife, Lillian, in 1978. He is survived by his beloved family; sons, Kerry; daughters, Joan Norton and Rosiline Smith; sons-in-law, Phil and John; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill will be sadly missed by his best friend Shirley Sutherland. Also survived by his brothers n New Brunswick; Albert, Clarence, Robert and Doug and their families. Bill retired after 25 years of service with the RCN and was a member of the Chiefs and POs Association and the G07 Association. Memorial service Thursday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Protestant Chapel at CFB Naden (Admirals Road) Padre Harry Silvester officiating. Cremation. Committal at sea at a later date. In lieu of Flowers, Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

Remembering Bill Frees - by Len Burton:  I met Bill in the 1980s while working in Shop 02 (the diesel shop) in CFB Esquimalt Ship repair. We were working on the Port Forward Generator on the HMCS Saskatchewan. Within about an hour Bill started telling me stories of the Murmansk run and where he was when the Athabaskan was torpedoed off the coast of Normandy. Bill had just come out of the engine room and stepped onto deck when the torpedo struck blowing him overboard. What he remembered of the explosion was he was on deck one moment then in the water the next, the skin lining the inside of his mouth hanging loosely, he had inhaled at the time of the explosion severely burning the inside of his mouth. The next thing he remembered was being in the water watching the Athabaskan drifting away from him, then she was gone. The next thing he remembered was watching the sun come up then being picked up by the Germans, treated for burns, being interrogated then being sent to the POW Camp where he spent the rest of the war until the POW Camp was liberated. He said the only time he ever feared for his life wasn't when he was in the water but when the Allies were doing bombing raids. Bill went to Korea on the newly commissioned Athabaskan. He was career Navy.

 

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BURTON, Lou, CPO, RCN - date of passing unknown. CPO Burton was on board HMCS Teme when she was rammed by the escort carrier HMS Tracker and also when she was torpedoed by U-315 losing 60 feet of her stern.

 

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NEWTON, John Douglas, C1BN, RCN / CAF - Age 88, passed away suddenly on December 8, 2017 at his home in Halifax. Born in Hamilton, Ont., he was a son of the late Harry and Jean Newton. Big John was a Merchant Marine, RV technician, lumberyard foreman, Gilwell Scout, trucker and gardener’s helper (wheelbarrow engineer). But it was 25 years of honourable service in the navy (1950-1975) that provided him worldly experiences and adventures to fuel his passion for storytelling. He served in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships, Ontario, Micmac, Quebec, Athabaskan, Swansea, Algonquin, Skeena, Annapolis and Cormorant. Climbing the ranks to Chief Petty Officer First Class, he was the last Chief Boatswain’s Mate of the aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure. From the lost generation of sailor! s, he fought the Cold War, struggled through Unification, and conducted patrols during the Cuban Missile Crisis and frequent overseas deployments. He revelled in commanding naval tenders, sailing and working on small boats. He displayed courage and grit as a deep-sea diver during his early career, then as an inexperienced crew during the coastal transfer of the sail training vessel HMCS Oriole in 1954. It was during a port visit in Norway that he was introduced to downhill skiing. Repatriating this exhilarating sport for his entire family to enjoy, he purchased a chalet in the Wentworth Valley, and served for decades as a volunteer ski patroller then professional ski instructor, a passion he finally had to give up at 86 years of age. Survived by his loving wife, Esvelda (Pennachiette) of 66 years; sons, Paul (Sherry Hudson) and John (Tara Purcell); daughters, Lynette, Julie (Paul Smulders) and Sarah (Rory Luxmoore), and adopted daughter, Beth Guptill (Bruce Jollimore! ); brother, Peter (Betty); sister-in-law, Joan Newton; 12 most! -loved grandchildren, Laura, Erica, Ezekiel, Alysia, Cecilia, Lucy, Angus, Olivia, Celeste, Anthony, Nelson, Alexandra, and great-grandchildren, Zane, Theo and Xavier. He was predeceased by his brother, Ken; his niece, Jane Haines; and nephew, David Newton. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 15th, in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 45 Radcliffe Dr., Halifax. His ashes will be scattered at sea at a later date. Donations can be sent to St. Benedict’s Parish, The Salvation Army or a charity of choice. No flowers please.

 

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BRAIN, Walter Raymond, C2QR / LCdr, RCN / CAF (Served 30 Sep 1940 - 30 Sep 1973) - Dearly loved husband and father passed away August 24 at home with family at his side. He leaves in mourning his loving wife, Ruth, his sons, Richard (Edmonton), Ronald (Victoria), daughter, Janis (St. Albert), and their families. Proud grandfather of Michael, David, Ryan and Gregg. Also leaves his brother, L. Roy Brain (Calgary) and sister Dorothy Empey (Parksville). He is predeceased by brother Sydney F. Brain. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of Walter's care givers, with special thanks to Dr. S.T. Grewal and Judith Knoop, RN, for their care and compassion. At Walter's request, there will be no service. Private family memorial. Flowers gratefully declined.

BARCLAY, James Alexander, P1FC, RCN / CAF (served 12 Jun 1957 - 22 Jul 1978) - born 17 May 1939, passed away November 12, 2001. He will be sadly missed by his wife Dorothy (Josie) and his sons Ron ((Butch) (Carolyn), Andy (Corrie); his daughters Carrie (Dale), Sandi and sherry; grandson Brennan; granddaughters, Sophia, Jenna, Amanda, Josie, Holly, Sage and Tessa. Jim served in the Canadian Navy for 20 years, then worked at Dockyard until he retired. Approximately 25 years ago he brought back the Scottish Black Face Sheep to BC and spent time improving his flock. He had a great love for his working Border Collies, which he worked on his farm and on different golf courses patrolling geese. Jim also enjoyed competing in Sheep Dog trials. Cremation. No service by request.

BERNIER, Marcel Joseph, V81412, RCNVR (served 03 Mar 1944 - 15 Apr 1946) / C2ST, 8934-E, RCN (served 15 Sep 1950 - 24 Dec 1974) - A long-time Victoria resident, at Langley, B.C. on November 9, 2001, aged 75 years. Predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Irene; his brother, Jean-Guy and his sister, Jennie; Marcel is survived by Iris his loving wife of 20 years. He leaves also his son, Pierre; step-son, Byron and his wife, Linda and their sons, Scott and his wife, Nyp and Jeffrey; great-granddaughter, Calista; his brother, Gilles; nieces, nephews and many dear friends. A veteran of the Second World War, Marcel served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #265, 26607 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, B.C. Reverend Ken Dean officiating.

BRIGGS, James Edward (Ed), PO Gunner, V10187, RCNVR (served 26 Jun 1933 - 18 Jun 1945) - passed away April 15, 2002 at TCU, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, B.C. Born in Stockton on Tees, England, August 19, 1902. Immigrated to Canada in 1929. Predeceased by his wife, Grace Ethel, he is survived by his loving family; daughters, Carol Pinalski (Milco), Victoria; Laurie Howard (Doug), Calgary; sons, Edward (Louise), Calgary; Dough (Gayle), Vernon; 13 grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. Second only to his love of his family was his beloved Navy. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, 10947 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

BARNES, Robert B., C1BN, RCN (served 06 May 1940 - 06 May 1947 / 05 Apr 1955 - 31 Jul 1972) - passed away peacefully in Nanaimo on Feb 17, 2002. Born march 17, 1922. Bob is survived by his loving family. Sisters; Beullah Falls, Shellah Malanchuk (Joe), Brother Blair (mary), son Richard (marilyn), Grandsons Ryan & Darren, and numerous Nieces and Nephews, Relatives and Friends. No Funeral Service at Bob's request.  I shall pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show another human being, Let me do it now and not defer it. For I shall not pass this way again. Hats off to a real gentleman.

BUZZARD, B., P1MED A - died 11 Mar 2002

 

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