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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

DAY, Stanley Gordon, L/Victualling Assistant, 40513, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Feb 1919, son of Richard Thomas and Phoebe Day, of Victoria, BC; husband of Eileen Violet Day, of Victoria, BC.

 

L/VA Stanley Gordon Day, age 21 was born and educated at Victoria High School, Victoria, B.C. He joined the Navy on 01 Sep 1937 and was a star basketball player for the Navy team. He is survived by his wife Eileen Violet Peden and a three week old daughter Sharon.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

DICKENS, Alex James William, OS, V9575, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - born 15 Mar 1921, son of James William and Millicent Dickens, of Winnipeg, MB.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

DONALDSON, William, LS, 2816, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 10 Sep 1917, son of William Geddis and Margaret Donaldson, of Kamloops, BC; husband of Theresa Ellen Donaldson, of Kamloops, BC.

 

Leading Seaman William Donaldson was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Geddis Donaldson and Margaret Donaldson, of Kamloops. He was saved when HMCS Fraser was sunk only to lose his life on HMCS Margaree. He was married during his last leave, November 24, 1939 to Theresa Ellen Martin, of Kamloops.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

EDWARDS, Norman Wyndham, OS, V6372, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 01 Feb 1921, son of John Wyndham Edwards, and of Sarah Edwards, of Ottawa, ON.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

ESTABROOKS, Vernon Williams, AB, 2870, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 07 Jan 1920, son of Archibald James Estabrooks and Gertrude Sophia Estabrooks, of Sackville, NB; husband of Irene C. Estabrooks, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

FEAREY, Charles Edgar, OS, 3251, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Dec 1921, son on of Charles Edgar and Lillian Fearey, of Regina, SK.

 

Born at Morse, SK, Ordinary Seaman Fearey Jr. was the son of Charles Edgar and Lillian Fearey. He attended Scott collegiate and was a student when he enlisted on October 03, 1938 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, BC.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

FENERTY, Morris, St George, Petty Officer Telegraphist, 2153, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 23 Apr 1909, son of Arthur Wellington and Edith Fenerty, of St. Margaret's Bay, NS; Husband of Pearl May Fenerty, of Halifax, NS.

 

Petty Officer Telegraphist Morris George Fenerty, formerly of Halifax, NS, was born in this City on April 23, 1909. He was educated at the Bloomfield High School at Halifax, and later at Portsmouth, England. Pty.-Off Fenerty had served in the Navy for some years, joining at Halifax in November, 1925. He was lost on HMCS Margaree, which was sunk during a collision on the night of October 22nd, 1940. On September 27th, 1929, he married Pearl May Dawe, by whom he is survived at Halifax, together with four children, Joan, Gordon, George and Jackie.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

FERGUSON, Robert Scott, OS, 3239, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 01 Aug 1921, son of Duncan and Elizabeth Jane Ferguson, of Regina, SK.

 

Ordinary Seaman Robert Scott Ferguson, son of Duncan and Elizabeth Jane Ferguson, was born at Glasgow, Scotland. Robert attended Scott collegiate and enlisted on October 03, 1938 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, BC.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

FLEMING, Ronald Joseph, Victualling Assistant, V25157, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 Jan 1919, son of Walter T. Fleming, and of Stella Fleming, of Norton, New Brunswick.

 

Ronald Fleming lived in Norton, NB his entire life until enlisting. Ronald joined the 9th Hussars and served with them from 20 Jun 1938 until 03 Nov 1939 before transferring to the RCNVR on 06 Nov 1939. Ronald served at HMCS Stadacona from 06 Nov 1939 until 17 Jan 1940 before being drafted to HMCS Fraser. He survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser on 25 Jun 1940. On 06 Sep 1940, he was drafted to HMCS Margaree, along with many other survivors of the sinking of HMCS Fraser.  On 22 Oct 1940, OS Fleming lost his life when HMCS Margaree was sunk in a collision with a merchant ship. He was survived by his parents and 8 siblings, his sister Margaret being the youngest at age 14 when her brother Ronald died.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

FRANCIS, James Augustine, Cook (S), A938, RCNR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 31 Jan 1909, son of James A. and Mary E. Francis, Sydney Mines, NS; husband of Rachael Francis, Halifax, NS.

 

James Augustine Francis was born a Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, on January 31, 1909, and was reported on October 26, 1940 as "Missing, believed killed." Officer Francis was on HMCS Fraser when it was lost in a collision, but he was one of those to survive this ordeal. However, when HMCS Magaree was lost in a collision with a large merchant ship in the North Atlantic Ocean during the night hours of October 22, 1940, he was lost. James was educated at Notre Dame School and Sydney Mines High School, and joined the service at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 20, 1939. On July 22 1935, he married Rachael Higham, by whom he is survived together with two children, Roy and Frankie, who reside at Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

FRANKHAM, David George, AB, 3313, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 Aug 1921, son of Charles F. and Ethel Frankham, of Esquimalt, BC.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

FRAYER, Donald Lauren, AB, 2809, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 08 Aug 1919, son of Lauren W. and Nora Grace Frayer, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Able Seaman Donald Lauren Frayer son of Mr. and Mrs. Lauren W. Frayer, 3361 West Tenth Avenue, Vancouver, was another Vancouver seaman who escaped death in the sinking of HMCS Fraser. He was later to be killed when HMCS Margaree was sunk. He joined the Navy at Esquimalt in 1937, as a boy of 17. His first ship was HMCS Fraser. He also served aboard HMCS Assiniboine and later on HMCS Ottawa. Donald attended Kitailano High School. He was born in Vancouver.

 

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HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

FROST, Lawrence Valentine, AB, A1777, RCNR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 14 Feb 1918, son of Garnett Wolseley and Ethel Beatrice Frost, of Westport, Ns.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

FULLER, Raymond Harold AB, 3273, RCN MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 25 May 1919, son of John Edward and Ada Irene Fuller, of Victoria, BC.

 

Able Seaman Raymond Harold Fuller, age 21, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward and Ada Irene Fuller, 66 Wellington Avenue. He was born and educated in Victoria. He was prominent in sports circles football, basketball and baseball before he joined the Canadian Navy in September, 1938. He was the grandson of the Rev. John Robson, Methodist minister in Victoria.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

GOLDSMITH, William Edward, AB, 3180, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 25 Sep 1919, son of Thomas Charles and Lillian C. Goldsmith, of White Rock, BC.

 

Able Seaman William Edward Goldsmith, was seriously injured when HMCS Fraser was sunk on June 25, 1940 and was in the hospital for three months. He was taken aboard HMCS Margaree after he was released from hospital. He is now missing and feared dead in the loss of HMCS Margaree. Able Seaman Goldsmith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Charles and Lillian C. Goldsmith, 1855 Buena Vista Road, of White Rock, British Columbia. He attended John Oliver High School in Vancouver until June 1938, when he entered the Navy at Esquimalt. The Fraser was his first ship he qualified as a gunner. A brother is serving aboard HMCS Ottawa. His father, Major Thomas C. Goldsmith, is a retired R.C.M.P. inspector. He was a member of the Sea Scouts and was born in Regina 1919.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

GILL, John Henry Ordinance Artificer 4c, 40657, RCNVR MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 Mar 1917, son of John Gill, and of Elizabeth Gill, of Verdun, QC.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

GRAY, Harold Frederick, Sto, V248, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 21 Oct 1918, son of Frederick Louis Gray, and of Margaret Gray, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

GUTTRIDGE, Neville Howard, Sto PO, 21314, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Sep 1911, son of William Edward Guttridge, and of Bertha Guttridge, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Stoker Petty Officer Neville Howard Guttridge, age 29 lived at 45 West Thirteenth Avenue, was in the water for more than an hour before he was rescued from the Fraser sinking, and only to lose his life when HMCS Margaree went down. He joined the Navy 11 years ago, after attending Mint Pleasant and Florence Nightingale schools in Vancouver and completing his education at Penticton, B.C. His mother Bertha Guttridge told the Sun that she had expected him home for Christmas.

 

Newspaper article on the death of Neville Guttridge

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

EMBURY, Charles Winston - died 1989 in Victoria, BC. He was married to Barbara ELL. He had two children, Mike and Dorothy; and three grand children

 

HMCS LA HULLOISE

FRASER, Robert Boyd, P2RT, RCN - passed away suddenly at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on December 12, at the age of 80. He was born April 23, 1937, in Lethbridge, Alberta, and he joined the navy at 18, serving throughout the Pacific and Europe. He retired in 1980 and his final post was CFB Aldergrove. Bob is lovingly remembered by his wife Joyce, of 44 years, children Doug, Lesley (Wolfgang), Daryl (Sue), David, and grandchildren Zac, Cameron, Shae, Kelly and Summer; as well as many family and friends. He is predeceased by his step-son Al (Darlene). A celebration of life will be held at a later date. If so desired, memorial donations may be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Lung Association.

 

HMCS TECUMSEH, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NADEN, CFS ALDERGROVE

DARK, Donald Blair, Electrician, CPO, Electrician, RCN / C.A.F. (03 Sep 1933 - 12 Dec 2017) - Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Donald Blair Dark passed away at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Ellen (nee Green). Dear brother of Ross (Lucille) Dark and brother-in-law of John Green, Sharon (Craig) Jackson and Alexis Green. Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Wellington and Phyllis Dark and by his siblings Charles (Pauline) Dark and Lloyd Dark. Don served 36 years in the Canadian Navy. He was an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and a devoted member of Temple Baptist Church. Don loved spending time outdoors, camping, golfing, running and biking. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Temple Baptist Church , 1410 Quinn Dr., Sarnia, on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., with family and friends being received one hour prior at the church. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society, VON, Bluewater Health Foundation or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home , 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

 

HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS ALGONQUIN

HILLIER, William C. (Bill) - age 69, of Enfield, passed away suddenly on December 16, 2017 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born in North Sydney, he was a son of the late William and Evelyn (Kendall) Hillier. Bill was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years and upon retirement he served as a Commissionaire. He loved travelling the world and was privileged to serve on the first Canadian Navy ship to enter Russian waters. Bill was a do-er and liked to keep busy, often helping others. He and Dorothy enjoyed travelling across Canada. Bill was devoted to his family and friends. He will be forever loved and missed by his wife and best friend, Dorothy (Riley); his son, Robert (Emily Genge), Victoria, BC; his daughter, Mary-Ellen (Justice Potter), Dartmouth; sisters, Linda (Brian) Hirtle, Cambridge; Cathy Finney, North Sydney; brother, John (Belinda) Hillier, North Sydney; nine nephews and seven nieces; special aunt, Margie Ramsey, North Sydney. Bill was predeceased by his mother in law, Mary Riley; many aunts and uncles. Visitation will be held 1-3pm, Thursday, December 28 in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie. Legion members are asked to gather at 230pm for a legion service to be held at 245pm. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 3pm, Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Lung Association of NS or a charity of your choice.

SANFTLEBEN, Melvin (Mel) - The family of Mel Sanftleben sadly announce his passing on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Mel will be dearly missed by his wife of 50 years, Joan and his children Kathleen (Warren) Schick, Keith (Amber) Sanftleben, Jane (Mark Godlien) Sanftleben, Laura (Kevin Bowes) Sanftleben and Linda Sanftleben; granddaughters Kristen Schick and Amanda Spiers; grandson Tuloro Sanftleben and great-granddaughter Makenzie Spiers. Also left to mourn are his brother Howard (Phyllis) Sanftleben, sister Lois Wernicke, brother-in-law James (Lorraine) Banner, Aunt Ann Ford, Aunt Gen Fletcher and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George and Hazel Sanftleben and brother-in-law Walter Wernicke. After spending 13 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, Mel moved to Melville, SK where he farmed and worked on the CNR. He was very active in his church communities, an avid gardener and a voracious reader. All who knew him will miss his quiet and gentle manner. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 in St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 3337 15th Avenue, Regina. His ashes will be interred in Calgary, AB at a later date. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff on the Palliative Care Unit at the Pasqua Hospital, as well as to the doctors and staff at the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina, SK S4P 2R3, or Regina Palliative Care Inc., 4F-4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK, S4T 1A5.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

CAVERLY, Roderick John - Passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in his 93rd year. Predeceased by his wife of 66 years (Muriel) Norma Kilburn and survived by daughter Alexandra (Sandra), son-in-law Richard (Lowery) and many nieces and nephews from Montreal and Calgary, as well as Rosemary and Tom Matier. WWII Veteran (HMCS Fort Erie and Cape Breton), retired after 47 years service with Northern Electric (Northern Telecom), active in organization with TelecomPioneers of Canada and in establishing the Oakville Place Mall Walkers Association. Lifelong involvement in Anglican Churches (Adult Christian Education) in Montreal (South Shore and West Island), London, Belleville and Oakville. Known by family, friends and colleagues as a man of great integrity, deep faith and great organizational ability, with a heart of generosity and service to others, not to mention his sharp mind, wit and humour, he will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all those whose lives he has touched. Visitation at the Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Road West, 905-842-2252, on Wednesday from 1 - 4 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 154 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, on Thursday at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to The United Way or World Vision. (Toronto Star 19 Dec 2017)

 

HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS CAPE BRETON

 

JOHNSTON, Benjamin Arthur (Art) (1925 - 2017) - Art passed away peacefully in Comox, BC on Monday, December 11. He will be missed by his wife Joy (née Habens); children, Hilary (Les Shiell) and Brock (Karin [née Huissman]); and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Norman. Art served aboard HMCS Prince David on D-Day and later in the Mediterranean. Together with his business partner, Charlie Styles, Art cofounded Mayfair Dental Lab. He was active in the Unitarian Church of Edmonton and, after 1974, in the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship. He and his wife Joy owned and operated Killarney Resort at Saratoga Beach on Vancouver Island for twenty years. Canada was not ready for the green burial Art requested. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, December 29 at 3:00 P.M. Comox United Church, 250 Beach Dr, Comox, BC V9M 1P9. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to one of Art's favorite charities: The Nature Conservancy of Canada; Child Haven International, Diamond Jubilee Endowment Fund; USC Canada; Egale Canada - Human Rights Trust; Medecins Sans Frontières, Canada. (Victoria Times Colonist 23 Dec 2017)

 

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HMCS PRINCE DAVID

FORTNUM, Norman Jack (21 May 1926 - 18 Dec 2017) - passed away peacefully in his 92nd year after a long and healthy life. Jack was born in London, Ontario, where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Myrtle (Carruthers). Jack will be lovingly remembered by his four children, Dianna (Merv Henwood), Brenda (Doug Fry), Dennis (Ruth Conroy) and Jack (Rosemary Armstrong), his eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and countless friends and other family who were blessed to know him. He was predeceased by his three brothers Russell, George and Jerry. Jack was a World War II Veteran, joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. He was a founding member of Knob Hill United Church in 1955 and his dedication to the community and others around him would continue throughout his life. Many will remember Jack as a volunteer at the Toronto Zoo, where he would give tours to school children, others will remember him as the Veteran selling poppies at the entrance to the Toronto Zoo and many more will remember him as the co-lead of the Remembrance Day Services at the Toronto Zoo for the last 21 years. Jack received many awards for his volunteer work including the Lieutenant Governor's Volunteer of the Year Award. Jack touched many lives with his big smile, big laugh and big heart. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Jack's life. He will be resting at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home - 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham - visitation will be held on Thursday, December 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday, December 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A service celebrating Jack's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Central United Church - 131 Main St., Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Toronto Zoo or the Veterans Poppy Fund. (Toronto Star 20 Dec 2017)

KELLY, Patrick Neil (Pat), AB.Tel, RCN (05 Jul 1924 - 14 Dec 2017) - died with his dance card still full and we, his family and friends, mourn his passing. Pat was predeceased in 2014 by his loving wife Betty and in 2006 by his son Bill. Left to remember him are his two sisters, Ellen Hill and Florence (Rick) Kerley; children Patricia Smith (Lee), Ann Smreciu (Nick - deceased), Joe (Karen Scott), Eileen Sled (Greg), Paul (Renee), Peter (Karen), Margaret Kelly (Mike Holt) and Shelagh Scholtens (Mike); grandchildren Tim (Natalie Percy) and Greg (Christine Matte) Smith, Olivia and Nathan Smreciu, Arli Kelly (Ryan), Kasey (Tyler) Field, Shannon Sled (Mike), Miranda (Liam) and Rachel Kelly, Jamie Kelly; great-grandchildren Huxley Percy, Noelle Smith, Sofia and Evelyn Field. Pat will be sadly missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends. Pat was born in St. Albert, AB in 1924 but at the age of ten, moved with his family to Cherry Point/Mill Bay, BC where he stayed until joining the Royal Canadian Navy as a wireless operator. After the war, Dad continued his work as a "sparks" on naval auxiliary vessels for the balance of his working life. Although often away for long absences, he still found time to be very involved in the lives of his children including PTA and Scouting. Together with Mom, they planted and grew a garden that sustained their large family with always lots left over to share with others. In later life, he joined the Victoria Genealogical Society and was a long-time volunteer at the Saanich Fairgrounds, where he hammered, sawed and painted as needed. His home workshop was a highly-raised bar for its organization and tidiness. He and Mom enjoyed some years of travel, often to places where reconnections with family could be made. His thirst for knowledge, especially history, was unparalleled and never diminished. He kept the library hopping for requests of books long since out of print. He wrote stories of telegraph pioneers and shared these with magazines and interested listeners. The Peninsula in Sidney was his home for the last two years and he was always complimentary of the staff and the friends he made there. To them, we are sincerely thankful for the respect and care shown to Dad. A Funeral Mass will be held on January 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Sidney, BC. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Times Colonist Christmas fund or to a charity of your choosing. Religious Service Information St Elizabeth's Parish 10030 - 3rd St. Sidney, BC V8L 3S6. (Victoria Times Colonist 23 Dec 2017)

MCCAMBLY, William Robert (Bill), RCN (08 Jul 193, Lethbridge, AB - 17 Dec 2017, Calgary, AB) - beloved husband of Marion J. McCambly (nee Hodgdon) of Calgary, AB, passed away on December 17, 2017 at the age of 84 years. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy for six years and was a Korean War Veteran. He was a broadcasting engineer for CJLH in Lethbridge, and then moved to Calgary at CFAC which later became Global Television. Bill enjoyed his retirement in 1996 after forty- one years in broadcasting. Besides his loving wife Marion, of sixty years (sixty-one years on December 29), Bill is survived by his children, Michael (Patricia) and Brian (Karen); as well as his grandchildren, Mitchel, Brendan, Marcus and Megan. Bill was predeceased by his parents Robert and Kathleen and his sister Irene McGillis. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.). In living memory of William McCambly, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park (Edmonton Journal 20 Dec 2017)

MENARD, Joseph Lionel (Joe), Aviation Technician, RCN - died 1993, Ottawa, ON.

RACIOPPA, Leonard Joseph - On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in his 93rd year. A "family-first" gentleman, who lived a remarkable love story with his wife Agnes (Raponi) of 65 years. Loved and respected by his children: Michael and Kim Racioppa, Thomas and Ada Racioppa, Lenore Ursini, Donna-Marie and Stephen Forrester, Rosanne Racioppa, Gina and Jordan Rose and Paul and Lisa Racioppa. Cherished by his grandchildren: Kael and Jessica, Mark and Emily and Aaron (Mary) Racioppa; David and Lisa Racioppa; Michelle, Alicia and Antonio, Jon- Michael and Alexa and Rachel Ursini; Christopher-Ryan and Lindsay and Daniel-James and Heather Forrester; Blake (Naomi), Nicole, Spencer and Tyler Rose. Adored by his precious great-grandchildren: Bianca, Julia, Jon-Marco and Benjamin. Brother of Lorraine and Anthony. At 18 years of age, Leonard volunteered to serve with the Canadian Navy during World War II. Leonard was a hardworking and dedicated husband, father and grandfather and a beacon of joy and strength for all of us. He was a mentor who led by example. We have been blessed to have a lifetime of his wisdom, love, positivity and friendship. You will be missed by all of us but your memory will be in our hearts forever. In recognition of Leonard's military service, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Foundation - Veterans Wing, 2075 Bayview Avenue, KGW-01, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, (416-480-4483), or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1300, Box 2414, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4, (416-489-7111). The family will receive friends at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road East (west of Bayview Avenue), from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27th. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place within the funeral home in the Chapel of St. Joseph on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The Final Rite of Committal and interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill). (Toronto Star 23 Dec 2017)

STANGER, Edgar Thorne (Peter), Lt, RCNVR - It is with heavy hearts the family of Edgar Thorne "Peter" Stanger, loving husband of the late Helen (Edgar) Stanger, announces his passing at the Centre Hospitalier du Comte de Huntingdon on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Born in Montreal, QC on September 19, 1923 he was a son of the late Edward A. and Audrey (Thorne) Stanger. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II as a decorated Lieutenant and Navigational Specialist. Before retirement Peter was the President of Canadian Bronze Powder (Canbro) Valleyfield , QC. Peter was an accomplished figure skater and was founder of the Valleyfield Skating Club some 50 years ago, as well as a founder of the Club Nautique de Valleyfield where he spent his summers on his sailboat. Peter will be greatly missed by his children: Mona (Ann) (Robert Pratt) of Anacortes, WA, USA, Wendy (Daryl Prefontaine) of Toronto, ON; and Cheryl (Scott Barr) of Franklin Centre, QC; siblings: Joan Lewis of Portland, ME, David Stanger of Barrie, ON, and Michael Stanger of Victoria, BC; grandchildren: Melissa, Brian, Alicia, Richard, Jory, Gibson, Elise, Sam and Olivia; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Heather (three months), parents, wife and grandson Jory. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan's Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424). A Memorial Service will happen at a later date both in Saint John and Franklin Ctr QC. For those who wish, remembrances in memory of Peter may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice. (Montreal Gazette 23 Dec 2017)

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

FAIRBRIDGE, Albert, SD, RCNVR - age 89 years, formerly of Rita Street, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 in Pioneer Ridge with his family by his side. Born and raised in Fort William he received his education there and as a young boy Al learned the importance of the Boy Scout movement. He shared the values of the Boy Scouts as a leader and later as the Thunder Bay District and Regional Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of Canada. At the outbreak of WWII, he joined the navy and served as a submarine detector until the end of the war. When he returned home, he worked for Eaton's, Cochrane Hardware, and Manpower Employment Services where he retired as the Special Placement Officer. He was a life member of Federal Superannuates National Association, Local Branch, and the Naval Association. Al also kept busy in his later years volunteering with the Mission to Seafarers. Al was an ardent hockey fan and it was at a hockey game where he met his wife Ada (Easton). They were married on November 25, 1940. She predeceased him on November 17, 1994. Al was a man of integrity, always and gentleman, had a great wit and sense of humour, an impeccable work ethic, and was always a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and companion. He is lovingly remembered by his children Dennis (Terry) Collingwood, ON, Karen Wintermute, and Craig (Shelley) Leduc, AB; grandchildren Janet (Steven), Leigh, Jeff (Angela), Jolene, Nicholas (Marilyn), Melina and Brendan; and great-grandchildren Lindsay and Derek. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Vi Ewing and Irene Lampi, his special friend Olive Ede and many nieces and nephews. Al was predeceased by his parents William and Elizabeth Fairbridge, his wife Ada, and brother Ted (Cora). Funeral services for the late Mr. Albert Fairbridge will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 in the Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, with Rev. Ed Swayze officiating. Friends and family may gather one half hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Cancer Research, The Naval Heritage Fund, or a charity of your choice

 

HMCS HUSKY

KENNEDY, Lyman Cameron, Tel, RCNVR - formerly of Little Britain, ON, died 20 Jan 1994, Lindsay, ON.

 

HMCS HUSKY

WARE, Frederick Cecil (Fred), Tel - At Sakura House on Saturday, June 26, 2010, Frederick Cecil Ware of Woodstock in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Joyce D. (nee Wilson) Ware (1983). Dear father of Fred Ware (Melanie) of Simcoe and Bart Ware (Julie) of Woodstock. Loved grandfather of Brandon (Jessica), Jonathon (April), Arron (Rachael), and Christine (Jerry) and great grandfather of Isadora, Lennon, and Aliana. Dear brother-in-law of Belva Bullock, Howard Wilson (Jean), Betty Blackburn (Jack), and Ruth Wylie. Predeceased by his brother Tom. Fred was a member of the Navy Club (Haida HMCS Association) and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55 Woodstock. Cremation has taken place and a private time of remembrance will be held by the family at a later date. If desired, contributions to Sakura House would be appreciated.

 

HMCS HUSKY

PASSMORE, Jim - date of passing unknown

 

HMCS HUSKY

BLANNIN, William Jackson (Jack) - Born in Vancouver, BC on December 28, 1924 and passed away on June 14, 2017 in Kamloops, BC. Jack and Al were married for 62 years and he wanted to be with his wife whom he missed dearly since her passing in April. Leaving behind to share stories and memories of his antics are daughters, Carol, Kathy (Bruce) and Donna (Miran). Also left to mourn are his granddaughters, Sandra (Ryan) and Lisa (Kevin); great grandchildren, Griffin, Ruby, Jackson and Terry, who loved their “Great Grandpa Jack”. There are numerous family and friends who will miss him including a special family in Germany who he loved to visit and be visited by: Bernard, Mia, Holli, Christa, Lucilla, Jule, Farina, Josephine, Dirk, Louise and Alice. Dad will be remembered for his wit, practical jokes and infectious smile. He was generous to a fault with his time, handyman skills, advice and friendship. Jack bravely served in World War 2 for the Navy on a Corvette. He did not talk much about his experiences, but when he did you listened with pride at his bravery. He was the ship’s photographer which included a lot of pictures of the ship’s dog. After leaving the Navy, he worked all his adult life for BC Tel, which he took an early retirement from. They moved from North Vancouver in 1984 to their home on the 108 Ranch where they lived until 2014 before moving to Kamloops. He spent time with his granddaughters, fishing, camping, volunteering and travelling. He was always busy in his shop fixing or creating something. There is no service as per Jack’s request but you can certainly tip your glass and toast him as he will be doing it in return. Messages can be sent to the family at mac@bcinternet.net  (100 Mile House Free Press)

HANCOCK, Sydney Clarence, PO, 2622, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 03 Jun 1915, son of John Walter and Gertrude Ethel Hancock, of Irondale, ON.

 

Petty Officer Sydney Clarence Hancock age 25 formerly lived on Wellesley Street, and Alpha Avenue, Toronto. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Walter and Gertrude Ethel Hancock, of Irondale; a brother, John, also in the navy, and two younger brothers Arnold and Wilfred. A cousin Joe Hancock, of Irondale, who is also in the navy.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

HARRINGTON, Edgar, Sto 2c, 21680, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 03 Sep 1920 son of Freeman and Sarah Alice Harrington, of Parrsboro, NS.

 

Stoker Edgar Harrington, Age 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman and Sarah Alice Harrington, Parrsboro, was reported missing in HMCS Margaree disaster. He joined the R.C.N in January, 1940. Two brothers Charles at Aldershoot and John at Amherst are on active service. Two other brothers are Percy and Kenneth at home. His sisters are Jean and Gladys at home and Mrs. William Adams, Truro, whose husband is in England.

 

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HARTLEY, Ernest Ovila, Sto 1c, V5395, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 15 Jan 1918, son of Elsie Hartley, of Montreal, QC.

 

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HEALE, Renfred Charles, AB, 2689, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 Apr 1917, son of Lionel and Ruth Heale, of Crabtree Mills, QC. Husband of Marlowe Florence Heale, of Portsmouth, England.

 

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HEAN, John Davies, L/Sig, 2278, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 12 Jan 1912, son of John Davies and Mabel Hean, of Sanitarium, ON; husband of Mary Anne Zoe Hean, of Gravenhurst, ON.

 

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HENDERSON, James Marvin, Sig, 2939, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 24 Oct 1919, son of Iris U. Henderson, of Washington D.C., USA.

 

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HEYCOCK, Selwyn Reese, AB.SD, 3283, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 02 Mar 1919 son of Bethuel A. and of Mary Heycock, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Able Seaman Selwyn Reese Heycock, age 21, resided at 1164 Comox Street is another HMCS Fraser survivor. He was picked up after more than an hour in cold English Channel waters. He lost his life when HMCS Margaree went down after a collision with another ship. Able Seaman Selwyn Heycock was a submarine detection expert. He was a member of the naval reserve in 1937, and was called up for service in October 1938. He served on the destroyer HMCS St. Laurent before transferring to HMCS Fraser. He was a student at Carleton School.

 

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HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

HOLLAND, James Robert, Sig, 2882, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 25 Apr 1920 son of William C. and Beatrice Holland, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HOLLOWAY, Arthur George, Cook (S), 40487, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 03 Oct 1915 son of Arthur George and Elizabeth Holloway, of Victoria, BC; husband of Theodosia B. Holloway, of Victoria, BC.

 

Cook Arthur George Holloway, age 25 was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur George and Elizabeth Holloway, 214 Russell Street, of Victoria. He was born in Edmonton and had lived in Victoria 15 years, attending Boy's Central and Victoria West Schools. His wife Theodosia B. Holloway lives in Halifax. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Lula Gibberson, Victoria. He was an HMCS Fraser survivor only to be killed on the loss of HMCS Margaree.

 

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BOWERS, Norman Bruce - My beloved husband of almost 63 years, Norman Bruce Bowers, passed away at the age of 82 at his home with family by his side on October 24, 2014. Norman was born on March 5, 1932 in Fort William, living here all his life except when serving in the Navy and Armed Forces. From 1951-1956 Norm served aboard the frigate HMCS Jonquiere 318 and aboard the tribal class destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, where he fought during the Korean War. He was part of the famous Train Busters Club that would destroy coastal enemy trains. He was awarded the United Nations Medal and Korea medal. Norman also served with the Infantry Regiment Queens Own Rifles of Canada from 1956 - 1963 becoming a medic in 1959. "Once a Queen's Own, Always a Queen's Own." Norman retired at the age of 55 from the Canadian Grain Commission. He spent his time with his family who he lived for. His hobbies were wood-working, crossword puzzles, especially the Sunday edition; talking politics and watching the news over and over again just in case he missed something. During Norman's early years, he wasa very talented and skilled hockey player. He played left wing for the Fort William Canadians. The Montreal Canadiens bought his rights should he ever play in the NHL. He continued to play during his working years for the Grain Commission. Norm volunteered for many organizations during his life including the Aids Committee of Thunder Bay, where he received honors for Volunteer of the Year in 1990. He also coached little league baseball which was a passion of his. He helped and donated his time to his community, as well as numerous other organizations. Norman was predeceased by his father William Bowers, mother Annie Bowers and sister Betty McTaggart. Norman is survived by his wife Marion, his son Bill (Dodi), daughter Linda Gambee and son Richard (Cathy); grandchildren Cheri Whitehurst (Paul), Jason (Maria), Richard, Geoffrey Gambee (Carly), Karson, Mitchell, Kaden and Kacy; great-grandchildren Jade, Isabella, Nikko, Mackenzie, Hannah, Jack and Maddie, as well as his sisters Doreen McNabb, Sheila Workman (Peter) and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers (which he thought a wast of money), if family and friends so desire, a donation in his name to P.R.O. Kids Thunder Bay or the True Patriot Love Foundation would be much appreciated. A celebration of Norman's life will be held on Saturday November 1st, 2014 from 2-5 pm in the Solarium at the Slovak Legion on Atlantic Avenue.

 

Portrait of Seaman Bowers     Seaman Bowers at HMCS Cornwallis

 

HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS ATHABASKAN

HOPPER, Jack Herbert, Sto 1c, 21763, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 17 Jan 1919 son of James Ernest and Jessie K. Hopper, of Brackley, Northamptonshire, England.

 

Stoker Jack Herbert Hopper a former Winnipeg boy is believed to have lost his life when the Canadian destroyer HMCS Margaree sank in the North Atlantic, following a collision with a merchant vessel. He was born in 1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and attended Cecil Rhodes School until 1934, when he accompanied his father to England. He joined the British Navy in 1936, the same year he asked and received a transfer to the Canadian navy. During the evacuation of Dunkirk he was a survivor of H.M.S. Frances, which sank off the Zeebrugge canal.

 

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HUOT, Robert, Leading Cook (O), 40443, RCN, killed - 07 Sep 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 08 Oct 1916, son of Albert and Aline Huot; husband of Florence Elizabeth Huot, of Victoria, BC. He is buried in Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham, England.

 

Leading Cook Robert Huot was killed in an enemy bombing raid. He was walking with another Canadian seaman on Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town, London, England, when an enemy bomb fell and exploded in a house beside which they were walking. The wall of the house fell into the street covering Robert Huot with about 3 feet of debris. He was at once removed from this and taken to a first aid post in Dockland Settlement where he was pronounced dead on admission by the attending medical officer. 

 

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JAINES, George F., A/L/Stoker, P/KX 88543, Royal Navy, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE

 

HMCS MARGAREE

JONES, Ackland Hubert, OS, 3421, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Mar 1922 son of Hubert and Margaret Jones, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Ordinary Seaman Ackland Hubert Jones, age 18 saw action throughout the Dunkirk evacuation and escaped death in the sinking of HMCS Fraser. He was killed when HMCS Margaree was lost due to a collision with another ship. He was born in South Wales and came to Vancouver as a lad of eight years old. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Jones, 5023 Cypress Street. Ordinary Seaman Ackland Jones attended Magee High School and joined the Canadian Navy at Esquimalt in 1939 as a boy seaman.

 

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JONES, Alfred Ernest, OS, 3422, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940 - HMCS MARGAREE - Born 01 Aug 1922 son of Isaac and Lily Jones, of New Westminster, BC.

 

Ordinary Seaman Alfred Ernest Jones was a hero when the Canadian destroyer HMCS Fraser was sunk last June and four years ago when he rescued three people from drowning in two separate near fatalities at White Rock and Vancouver. Ordinary Seaman Jones, age 17, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac and Lily Jones, of New Westminster, British Columbia. He is believed to have died in the sinking of HMCS Margaree. Young Jones saved hundreds of lives when he defused depth charges on HMCS Fraser that would have exploded had they hit the water. Four years ago he rescued Arthur Oxenham and Lisa Scott from drowning at White Rock and Jean Oxenham from a similar fate at Second Beach.

 

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KEEPING, Robert, AB, A1178, RCNR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Apr 1900, son of Henry and Lavinia Keeping; brother of Isobel Munden, of Burnt Island, Newfoundland.

 

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KELLY, James George, ERA 3c, 21390, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 22 Nov 1912, son of Joseph George and Lilian Kelly, of Marigold, BC; husband of Eva Jessie Kelly, of Victoria, BC.

 

Engine Room Artificer James George Kelly, age 28 was born and educated in Victoria. He Joined the Navy in 1934 and was an HMCS Fraser survivor only to lose his life when HMCS Margaree was lost. His wife lives in Halifax.

 

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KIRKWOOD, Thomas Andrews, OS, 3499, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 08 Jul 1922 son of Thomas Robert and Elinor Kirkwood, of Outremont, QC.

 

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LAAK, Mike, LS, V13193, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 19 Feb 1916, son of Charly Laak, and of Annie Laak, of Kelowna, BC.

 

Mike Laak entered the RCNVR in 1932. He was educated at St. Angela School and formerly made his home in Calgary, Alberta. This young man served in the Navy for some years, and at the time of his death he was a crew member of HMCS Margaree. This ship was lost in a collision with a large merchant ship in the North Atlantic during the night of October 22, 1940. On October 26, Laak was reported `Missing, believed killed.` He is survived by his family, who reside at 620 Sixth Ave. E. Calgary, Alberta.

 

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McMILLAN, William Donald (13 Nov 1925 - 19 Dec 2017) - It is with great sadness that the family of Don McMillan announces his passing on December 19, 2017. Don is survived by his loving children: son Kirk (Verla), granddaughter Rebecca (Grant) and great-granddaughter Heather; son Kevin (Rhonda), granddaughter Aynsley (Martino), great-granddaughters Olivia and Caroline, and granddaughter Jayne (Spencer); nephews Jeff (Margo) and Chris (Jennie); and cousins Jeff Black (Lois) and Patty Johnstone. He valued his many friends and family, including the Korlak and Dell'Oro families. He was predeceased by his loving wife Frances; his parents Earle and Dorothy; brothers George (Ruth), Brian and Earle; sister Marjory; nephew Bruce; nieces Leona and Carolyn; and cousin Lainy Rubin. Don served in the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Charlottetown during the Second World War. He was a member of the RCNA Winnipeg White Ensign Naval Club and Royal Canadian Legion. He retired from CP Rail in 1985 after 43 years of service. Don and Fran enjoyed many years of wintering in Texas and Victoria, and spending their summers at the cottage he built near Ignace, Ontario. He was an avid golfer. Special thanks to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Don. At Don's request, cremation has taken place. There will be no formal service. (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Dec 2017)

 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

WEBSTER, Andrew Ralph (05 Jun 1925 - 14 Dec 2017) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Andy Webster on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the age of 92 at Deer Lodge Centre. Andy was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and is survived by his two children, Jack and wife Val and Donna and husband Tom Racine and grandchildren, Chad (Valerie) Racine, Richard (Ashley), Kaylea (Thomas) and Kari Webster and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Colton Racine and Laine and Wren Webster. He is predeceased by his loving wife Doreen, parents, George and Josephine, brothers, Vincent (Molly), James (Evelyn), Allen (Phyllis), and David, sisters, Virginia (Ted) and Doris (Walt) and is survived by sister-in-law Joan, many nieces, nephews and friends. Andy joined the Royal Canadian Navy when he was 16 years old and served until the end of the Second World War; after the war he joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he was stationed in Shilo, MB until he joined the Winnipeg Police Force where he worked for 35 years. Dad and Mom moved to Matlock, MB in their retirement years and loved to spend the winters in Maui, HI and Apache Junction, AZ. After Mom's passing Dad moved to Selkirk, MB where he was a life time member of the Selkirk Legion and formed many lasting friendships. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed time spent puttering around the yard and for many years he volunteered to care for the gardens at the Selkirk Legion. Dad also really enjoyed working around the marina at Rainy Lake, ON and talking with the customers. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who devoted his life to family. He will be sorely missed by us all. We would like to extend our gratitude and special thanks to all of the Tower 5 staff at Deer Lodge Centre for their care of Dad during the time he lived at the centre and their compassion and kindness during his short illness. A private family gathering has taken place. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made to the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3. (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Dec 2017)

COCHRANE, Adam, V14252, RCNVR / C1GI, 4934, RCN (served 02 Feb 1937 - 09 Apr 1964) - born in North Vancouver on September 9, 1920, passed away at home in Victoria on September 13, 2004. Adam was predeceased by his wife, Ena on December 26, 1997 and his elder son, Michael Adam on July 14, 2001. Adam is survived by his son, Larry (Barbara), grandchildren Sarah and Andrew of Duncan and Michael's daughters, Dana (great-granddaughter, Hannah) and Megan, of Vancouver. Adam is also survived by sister-in-law Vera Spracklin of Vancouver and very special friend Margaret Allan of Salt Spring Island. Dad served in the Royal Canadian Navy, was proud of his service in WWII and after 25 years retired as the Senior Drill Instructor at Royal Roads Military College. Many thanks to all Dad's long time friends and wonderfully supportive neighbors. Following Dad's wishes there will be no service. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Sep 2004)

 

HMS ARCHER, SS FOWBERRY TOWER (DEMS), HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS ONTARIO

 

SERIGHT, Harry, P1RT, RCN - Born 1926  Died 1994 - age 68 years, passed away suddenly in Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC on Jun 11, 1994. He leaves in great sorrow: his wife, Doe; son, Sam (Joanne); and granddaughters, Erin and Emily. Also a brother, Ian in Calgary. "Happy sailing - the skies are blue and the wind and sea are calm". I love you, Dad. Sam.  There will not be a service. He did not want one.

 

Portrait of Harry Seright     Portrait of Harry Seright     Photo of Harry Seright     Newspaper article on Harry Seright joining the navy - for the 2nd time

 

ML Q121, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS ST CROIX

LAMB, Thomas Henry, ERA 4c, 21552, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 26 Jul 1917 son of Frank Benjamin and Fanny Lamb, of Saanich, BC.

 

Engine Room Artificer Thomas Henry Lamb is the third Edmontonian reported from the sinking of HMCS Margaree. He escaped death last June when the Canadian destroyer HMCS Fraser sank after a collision at sea. He was educated at the Edmonton Technical School and joined the R.C.N. in September, 1938. ERA Lamb's brother is also serving on Convoy duty. He was unmarried and his survived by his parents.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

LANGHAM, Edward M., A/L/Sto, P/KX 56315, Royal Navy, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE

 

HMCS MARGAREE

LEGAULT, Marcel, Sto 1c, 21416, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 28 Jan 1918 son of Modeste Legault, and of Lesia Legault, of Montreal, QC.

 

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LEMIEUX, Joseph Edward, Sto PO, D.S.M., B.E.M., 21248, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 29 Oct 1910, son of Honore and Annie Lemieux, of Ottawa, ON; husband of Evangeline Margaret Lemieux, of Victoria, BC.

 

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LEWIS, Bernard Arthur, Commissioned Gunner, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 29 Jan 1905 son of Arthur J. and Margaret Ann Lewis; husband of Dorothy Ruth Lewis, of Victoria, BC.

 

Bernard Arthur Lewis was born at Margate, England, on January 29, 1905. Gnr. Lewis was educated at King George School at Calgary, Alta., and the Edmonton Technical School. He had been in service for a number of years, joining at Halifax, N.S., in 1922. Gnr. Lewis married in 1931, Dorothy Ruth Lane by whom he is survived at Oak Bay, Victoria, B.C., together with his two daughters, Margaret and Doreen. His father Arthur Lewis was killed in the First World War.

 

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LINDSAY, James, Sto PO, 21289, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 23 Sep 1911 son of Alexander and Isabel Lindsay, of Halifax, England. Husband of Elizabeth V. Lindsay, of Halifax, NS.

 

Stoker Petty Officer James Lindsay was born in Hamilton, Scotland. He lived in Finch, Ontario and was a farmer before he enlisted into the Royal Canadian Navy on March 22, 1930. In 1931 he married Elizabeth Finch, by whom he is survived at Halifax, N.S., together with three children, Margaret, James and Alexander, His parents live in England

 

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MACDOUGALL, Gordon Willard,  Shipwright 4c, 40667, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 08 Mar 1916 son of Edward A. and Annie F. MacDougall, of Spryfield, NS.

 

Shipwright Gordon Willard Macdougall transferred from the RCNVR (service number V25019) to the regular Royal Canadian Navy (service number 40667) on May 03, 1940.

 

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MACKIE, Ronald, AB, 3263, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 28 Nov 1919 son of William M. and Violet Mackie, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Able Seaman Ronald Mackie age 21 joined the navy in 1938 and was a survivor of HMCS Fraser sinking only to die when HMCS Margaree was lost. His mother resides at 66 East Fortieth Avenue.

 

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MARTIN, Jean Marie, L/Sto, 21407, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 23 May 1915 son on of Adhemar and Lydia M. Martin, of Montreal, QC.

 

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PALMQUIST, Rolf Challinor (Pelle), Sto PO - Born 1917  Died 1975.  Rolf "Pelle" Palmquist served aboard HMCS Minas during WW-II in the North Atlantic, primarily on escort for "The Triangle Run", which was the western third of the Atlantic crossing. He also participated at D-Day in Normandy clearing the approaches to the beaches.

 

Photo of Pelle Palmquist - believed to be taken on leave while in Montreal early in WW 2

 

HMCS MINAS

MARTIN, Merle Garnet, Cook(S), V25198, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 21 Mar 1919 son of William J. and Carrie Ethel Martin, of Halifax, NS.

 

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MARTIN, Sidney Francis, PO Cook(S), 40406, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Jan 1913 son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin, of Ashington, Northumberland, England. Husband of Mary Ruth Martin, of Calgary, AB.

 

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MATTHEWS, Thomas H., AB, 3136, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 05 Mar 1918 son of Leonard Austin and Mary Matthews, of North Vancouver, BC.

 

Able Seaman Thomas Howard Matthews, age 22 was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Austin Matthews and Mary Matthews, 338 East Kings, North Vancouver. He worked for the Union Steamship Company before enlisting in the Navy on June 1937. After serving on HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Restigouche and HMCS Fraser, Able Seaman Matthews was taken to hospital suffering from a major infected wound on his arm just 30 minutes before HMCS Fraser left port for the Mediterranean. The seaman who took his place died when the Fraser went down. When he recovered, Able Seaman Matthews went to England to join HMCS Margaree. He lost is life when HMCS Margaree was lost. His younger brother is an aircraftman.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

MAYNARD, William Henry, Steward, A826, RCNR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 01 Nov 1915 son of Lily J. Snow, of Halifax, NS.

 

Steward William Henry Maynard joined the Canadian Navy for 1 year and 1 month before his death. He was a steward on Lady Nelson before his enlistment. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

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McALISTER, William James, AB, 3389, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 06 Apr 1920 son of Donald McDonald and Catherine S. McAlister, of Eston, SK.

 

Able Seaman William James McAlister was the son of Donald McDonald and Catherine S. McAlister who homesteaded north of Eston, Saskatchewan. William was educated at Prouse School and at Eston, Saskatchewan and was working as a stenographer when he enlisted on April 27, 1939 at Esquimalt, British Columbia. He survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser.

 

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MCCONNELL, James Clifford, Sick Bert Attendant, V6389, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Jun 1912 son of Mrs. Amerila Campbell. Nephew of George Campbell, of Ottawa, ON.

 

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MCILDOON, Edward, LS, 2819, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Aug 1917 son of George and Margaret McIldoon, of Edmonton, AB; husband of Isabel McIldoon, of Esquimalt, BC.

 

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MCKINNON, Desmond Scott, Chief Stoker, 21202, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Nov 1906 son of Ralph and Mary Ann McKinnon, of Vulcan, AB; husband of Mary E. McKinnon, of Victoria, BC.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

MCLUSKIE, William Richard, Victualling Assistant, V25209, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 02 May 1917 son of Daniel C. and Jean McLuskie, of Halifax, NS.

 

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MCMURTRY, Alexander Eric, Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 24 Apr 1918 son of Alexander Ogilvie and Isabella Dora McMurtry, of Montreal, QC.

 

Alexander Eric McMurtry was born at Exmouth, Devonshire, England, April 24, 1918. Lieutenant McMurtry was educated at Westmount High School, and Royal Military College, Kingston, where he won first prize in all military subjects. On graduating from R.M.C. in December, 1939, he entered the senior service at Montréal. When HMCS Fraser was sunk off the Coast of France during the evacuation in the summer of 1940, Lieut. McMurtry was serving on this ship. After being rescued himself, he put a carley float overboard padding about in the wind and darkness rescuing several others, until he was ordered aboard for fear he would be blown out to sea. Later with several others he volunteered to board the floating remains of the ill-fated ship to set the time bombs, sending the wreck to the bottom. Later he served aboard HMCS Margaree. During the night hours of October 22nd she collided with a large merchant ship in the North Atlantic Ocean and was sunk. This time he was lost. On October 26, 1940, he was reported "missing, believed killed." He was unmarried, and is survived by his parents in Westmount, Québec

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

MELANSON, Louis M. (Louis), Chief Stoker, RCN - Died 1975, Dorval, QC

 

BOYD, Gerald Earl (Buster), Sto 3c - was born August 5, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta. The eldest son of Earl and Betty Boyd. He was nicknamed Buster, by his Uncle Gardiner, and like all the other family nicknames it stuck.  Buster and his family moved from Wainwright, Alberta when he was twelve years old. They settled in the town of Royalties, south of Turner Valley, where he attended school, played hockey and made a lot of friends. He began his Oil Career at the age of sixteen, working for Pacific Petroleum. Royalties at that time was a boom town, better known as little Chicago. But unlike your typical Chicago gangster, Buster was a shy, retiring man with strong social and moral conscience. At eighteen, Buster joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served as Third Class Stoker aboard HMCS Quesnel - destroyer escort - on the North Atlantic Run for the duration of the Second World War. Following the war, in 1945, Buster returned to Turner Valley where he married Mabel Halbert of Trochu. In 1953 Buster and Mabel moved to the Shaunavon-Dollard area with their three young children. A fourth child was born here in Shaunavon. Buster's employment in this area began with Tidewater Associate Oil Company as Production Foreman. In 1955, he became District Superintendant and continued in that capacity with several successor companies, the latest being Encor Inc., until his retirement. During his fifty years in the Oil Patch, Buster was actively involved in hockey and served several years on the Shaunavon Town Council, including a term as mayor. Among his many accomplishments during that time, possibly the most remembered was the tree planting program. Thirty years later the trees remain a standing legacy. A heart attack in 1982 forced Buster into early retirement. But retirement for Buster meant many dedicated years helping to upgrade the Ferguson Bay Recreation Area where he lived. In contrast to earlier years when Buster was an avid sportsman, hunting deer, antelope, and gamebirds, his later years saw him helping to preserve the wild birds and animals near his home on the Gerguson Bay Bird Sanctuary. He thanks God the Creator for providing such beautiful, tranquil surroundings in which to live. Buster was predeceased by Mabel, his wife of forty years. He later married Kathy Fehr, a childhood sweetheart, with whom he spent his many happy remaining years. Following a sudden illness Buster passed away on February 25, 1992 after six weeks in the Saskatoon University Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his wife Kathy, his friends, relatives, children and step-children. Gerald (Buster) Boyd was predeceased by his parents, Betty and Earl Boyd, his two sisters, Vi Warke and Shirley Hanson, and by one brother, Bud, all of Alberta. He is survived by his second wife, Kathy, his four children, Sharynne Thomas (Richard) of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Gary (Robin) of Lacombe, Alberta, Mary Jean Voll (Rodger) of Innisfail, Alberta, and Scott (Donna) of Drayton Valley, Alberta, his younger brother, Archie (Joyce) of Calgary, Alberta, thirteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held from Centre Street United Church at Shaunavon on Saturday February 29, 1992 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Ed Hedlin officiating. A musical tribute was performed by his granddaughters, Shanna and Shalee Voll. Cremation followed. Binkley's Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were all grandsons, Jay Boyd, Jeff Boyd, James Boyd, Boyd Thomas, Brandon Thomas and Scott Thomas.

 

HMCS QUESNEL

MCTAGGART, David Alexander, Tel, 2710, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 Oct 1917 son of James Henry and Emily McTaggart, of Moose Jaw, SK. David was a student when he enlisted on January 05, 1935 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, BC.

 

Photos of seaman McTaggart

 

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HMCS SKEENA, HMCS MARGAREE

MEADOWS, Charles Blackburn, Tel, 3012, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 17 Jan 1920 son of Ernest W. and Elizabeth Meadows, of Victoria, BC.

 

Telegraphist Charles Blackburn Meadows whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. and Elizabeth Meadows, of Victoria is among the victims of the Margaree. He always displayed a keen interest in wireless and when he joined the Navy three years ago his superiors immediately marked him for telegraphy. He was slightly injured when the Canadian destroyer HMCS Fraser was sunk last June. He was unmarried and is survived by his family, who reside at 313 Edward St., Victoria, B.C.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

MILLAR, James Ralph, OS, 3475, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 10 Mar 1922 son of Ralph E. and Nettie L. Millar, of Smith Falls, ON.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

MILLER, James Bertram, AB, 2592, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 22 Mar 1914 son of Robert James and Mabel Miller, of Calgary, AB; husband of Frances D. Miller, of Esquimalt, BC.

 

Able Seaman James Bertram Miller, age 26 was born in Calgary and had resided in Victoria for 10 years. He joined the Navy a decade ago and was a survivor of the Fraser sinking, only to die when HMCS Margaree was sunk.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

MILLS, Frederick John, OS, 3231, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 31 Aug 1921 son of Frederick Charles and Margaret Mills, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Ordinary Seaman Frederick John Mills, whose mother resides at 4014 Cambridge Street. He joined the navy in 1938 as a boy seaman at the age of 17. He left for Halifax on HMCS Fraser in August 1939 and work on convoy duty all that winter. He was seriously injured when the Fraser went down suffering a broken jaw and head injuries, torn arm ligaments and was in the water two and a half hours. His last letter home arrived on September 16, 1940. Ordinary Seaman Fred Mills had just recovered from his injuries and was back on duty for the first and was transferred to HMCS Margaree which went down on October 22, 1940.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

MOORE, Ronald Joseph, AB, V273, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 20 Sep 1920, son of James and Mary Moore, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

MUNRO, Gordon Whitney, LS, 2995, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 23 Jun 1920 son of Henry Fitzpatrick and Violet Cora Munro, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

MURRAY, Wallace Haig, Stoker 1c, 21569, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 11 Jun 1918 son of James de Pas Murray and Youla M. Murray, of Cloverdale, BC.

 

Stoker First Class Wallace Haig Murray, 2324 Heywood, West Vancouver, survived the Fraser disaster to lose his life in the Margaree. Since the Fraser was lost, he ahd been waiting in London to join the new ship. In recent letters, he told of sleeping on the London docks, working 48 hours on and 48 off, according to his father Jarus de Pas Murray. He had been looking forward to coming home for Christmas. Wallace Murray was 22. He was born in Winnipeg and was educated in West Vancouver and Kitsilano High School. He was a diesel engineer at Goldfield, and enlisted in the navy two years ago.

 

Wallace Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. James de Pas Murray, 2324 Haywood Avenue, was one of the fortunate survivors from the crew of HMCS Fraser, escaping uninjured. Donald Gillies, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Gillies, 1365 Clyde Avenue , was at one time a member of the crew, but was transferred some months ago.

    Survivor of HMCS Fraser describes escape from Ship. One of the first eye-witness accounts of the dramatic sinking of the "HMCS Fraser" in the coastal waters of Bordeaux, France, has reached this city.

    The story of how men trapped in the interior of the Canadian destroyer made their way to safety through a hole blasted in the ship's side is described in a letter from a member of the crew, Wallace H. Murray, to his mother, Mrs. James Murray of 2234 Haywood Avenue, West Vancouver. "It all happened so suddenly it seems like a bad dream," the letter states. "I was asleep in my hammock when the disaster came". Murray, who is a first-class stoker, discovered that six of his messmates were killed in their efforts to gain safety. He forced his way through the gaping hole in the ship's side and found himself tossing in the rough Atlantic waters. Men all about him were struggling in the sea which was covered with a thick layer of oil. It clung to clothes and face alike, making it doubly difficult to breathe and to keep afloat. Rescue boats came with the approach of lifeboats from another Canadian ship which accompanied the "Fraser". "I lost everything I owned," Murray's letter continued". Only my watch escaped, because it was on shore, being fixed at a jeweler's we are in England, but we don't know what they are going to do with us yet." Mrs. Murray first learned that her son had escaped the fate that overtook scores of his shipmates when she was listening to a broadcast from London on July 01. "The first I knew was when I heard a familiar voice coming all the way from London," Mrs. Murray recounted. "It was a great thrill to hear him say 'Hello, mother." Murray is 22 and joined the crew of the "Fraser" at Esquimalt two years ago.

    Comment from Tom Taylor's book "Glimpses", The paper then went on to list the 140 officers and men. Among them: Stoker First Class Wallace Haig Murray, R.C.N., 21569, son of James de Pas Murray, 2324 Haywood Avenue, West Vancouver. One of the men who did escape from the Margaree was Sub-Lieutenant Bob Timbrell. He reported that the fore part of the ship had been cut in half by a freighter in mid-Atlantic and sank in forty seconds. Destroyer HMCS Fraser sank after colliding with HMS Calcutta in the estuary of the Gironde River during the evacuation of Bordeaux. Fifty-nine crewmen were lost.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

MYLREA, Russell Edward, Stoker 2c, 21597, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 28 Mar 1919, son of Philip Douglas and Margaret L. Mylrea, of Swift Current, SK.

 

Stoker Russell Edward Mylrea of Rosetown was the son of Phillip Douglas and Margaret L. Mylrea who homesteaded southeast of Battleford, later farmed at Rosetown and finally moved to Swift Current. Russell was born at North Battleford, attended Scott collegiate at Regina and was working as a clerk in a general store when he enlisted on April 24, 1939 at Esquimalt, British Columbia. His brother Douglas served in the Army, Canadian Artillery.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

 

NORRIS, Cyril Anthony, Tel, 2686, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Feb 1917 son of John Francis and Emma Louise Norris, of Halifax, NS.

 

Leading Telegraphist Cyril Anthony Norris was born at Halifax, N.S., in 1917, and was lost at sea on the night of October 22, 1940, while aboard HMCS Margaree when that ship was sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean. Leading Telegraphist Norris was educated at St. Patrick's Grammar and High School at Halifax, N.S., and joined the Royal Canadian Navy on January 05, 1934. He belonged to the Nelson Sea Cadets for five years, and was a member of St. Patrick's Church. Norris was unmarried and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Emma L. Norris of Halifax.

 

Portrait of Tel Norris

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

LINDAHL, A. Holger - passed decades ago having never fully escaped his experiences on the Woodstock. He talked with great detail about a time while being moored at dockside in Britain, a number of ships abreast, during an air raid. The ship closest to the dock then the next and the next and the next were hit and obliterated and the stick of bombs ran out before the Woodstock... The certainty of death, the sheer inevitability affected him for the rest of his life. He experienced a host of post-war procedures he did not talk about (to treat what we now call PTSD). He was a fabulous uncle but an uncounted casualty of World War Two - who never really left the Woodstock.

 

HMCS WOODSTOCK

McCALL, Albert James (Jim) - aged 92 passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Pioneer Ridge. Born to David and Dorthy McCall on May 12, 1925 in Fort William, Ontario. He married Ruth Jacobsen when he was on Atlantic leave on June 19th, 1945 and they spent 72 years of marriage together in 2017. Jim spent all of his life in Fort William with the exception of three years when he was in the Navy during World War II on convoy duty in the North Atlantic on the HMCS Dundas. He volunteered for the Pacific Theatre on the HMCS Micmac. He worked with his father in the oil business “D. J. McCall & Sons” for a number of years and then with MTO until his retirement in 1990. Ruth and Jim wintered many happy years in Texas where they volunteered at the American Legion and received many awards for their help. Jim enjoyed singing karaoke at the Legion and the Texas Road House. He was an avid sports fan. He played and coached hockey and baseball including the Club 17 fastball team. Jim is survived by his wife Ruth, children David (Francine), Ann Mckenzie (Jerry), Karen Cousineau (Charlie), brother Bob (Shirley), brother-in-law Ron Jacobsen (Vi). Grandchildren Jason (Sherri), Donnie (Michelle), Mandy, Maggie (Jason), Wally and Grand daughter-in-law Andrea (Sam). Great grandchildren Patrick, Mitchell, Alicia, Emily, Jesse, Casey, Karsyn and Kensington. Great Great grandchildren Mason and Carmella. Also many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by parents David James and Dorothy McCall, grandson David McCall Jr., son-in-law Wally Cousineau, daughter in law Gail McCall. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held Sunday May 6th, 2018 (The Commemoration of the Battle or the Atlantic) at the Legion branch 5 Van Norman Street. A reminder confirming particulars will be published at a later date.

 

HMCS DUNDAS, HMCS MICMAC

WOODS, Eugene, RCN - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Eugene Woods at Wilkes Terrace in Terrace Bay, Ontario on December 23, 2017 at the age of 88. Loving father of the late Debbie Burry and lovingly remembered by his children Barry, Brian (Anna), Dolly (Dan) and Mark. Beloved Grandfather of Amber (Chris), Alea, David, Joel and Breanne. Great grandfather of Carter. Will be sadly missed by his brother Jack (Cathy) Woods of Montreal, Quebec and his sister Diane (Serge) Arsenault of Calgary, Alberta. Gene was predeceased by his sisters Betty Weeks and Joan Belanger. Gene was born in Noranda, Quebec on January 10, 1929. Gene served in the Navy from 1949 to 1954 on HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Algonquin. In his younger years he played both baseball and hockey, and remained an avid sports fan. Gene married Joan Dempsey on August 9, 1956 and they eventually made Terrace Bay their home in 1977 with their five children. Gene worked at Kimberly-Clark as an electrician until his retirement in 1993. Gene and Joan settled in Sault Ste.Marie for their retirement and lived happily there until Joan's death in 2013. Gene moved back to Terrace Bay and eventually became a resident of Wilkes Terrace. Gene stayed loyal throughout the years to his favourite teams The Toronto Maple Leafs and The Toronto Blue Jays. Gene was a great dart player, loved cribbage and playing cards. Gene loved doing card tricks for an audience, especially his grandchildren. Gene said he felt like the star of Wilkes Terrace with his amazing card skills. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday December 28, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Terrace Bay. The family would like the thank Dr. Hannah Shaheen, the nurses, PSWs and staff at Wilkes Terrace for the care Gene received during his stay there. We would also like thank the hospice workers for their care and compassion during this difficult time. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ALGONQUIN

KITCHEN, Earl Charles  - loved by his family born June 26, 1926 in Brantford passed away peacefully on December 28, 2017 at the John Noble Home in Brantford at the age of 91. A Veteran of WW II, Earl served as a Stoker in the Navy stationed in Eastern Canada. He was employed at Massey Ferguson until the closure and retired from the Ford Motor Company Oakville plant. He his predeceased by his parents George & Mrytle (nee White) and siblings David, Jean, Irene, Iona, Harry, Bill and Ronald and is survived by sister in law Ida. His wife Anna (nee Evans) of 67 years passed away in 2015 and he is also predeceased by his son Buddy (1952) and daughter Carol (2002). Loved and surviving children Donna (Ron), Beryle (Jack), Sherry (Yvon) and Jim (Jacqueline). Grandchildren Michael (Melissa), Carrie (Cormac), Sherrie (Shawn), Cory (Sarah), Chris, Melissa (Sean), Matt (Sara), Mallory. Earl was also blessed with 12 Great Grandchildren. He will be remembered by many nieces & nephews and friends at the nursing home. The family would like to thank all the staff at the John Noble Home & especially the nursing staff on the Cockshutt ward for the loving care and support of our father. A Graveside Service for family and friends will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery Waterford in the spring of 2018. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society or your local food bank. Arrangements entrusted to the Thorpe Brothers' Funeral Home & Chapel

KNOX, Charles - Peacefully, with his loving wife and family by his side, Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the age of 92. Charles Knox Jr, of Manotick, Ont. Born to Charles Sr. and Annie (nee Murray) of Montreal, Que. Cherished and adored husband of Janet (nee Markey). Proud and loving father of Deborah Lantos (Peter) and Valerie Sirotek (Norman), devoted grandpa to Ryan (Sasha) and Adam (Beki) Lantos and devoted "papa" to Charles Sirotek. He will be remembered by four great-grandchildren, Ava, Savannah, Emelyn and Austin. Charles is predeceased by his five siblings Rita, Ronald, Audrey, Leo, Murray and sister-in-law Mary Lacelle. He is survived by sisters-in-law, Alice Knox (Late Ronald), Norma McManus (Paul), Joanne Houlahan (Late Roy), Donna Maheral (Allan) and many nieces and nephews. Charles was a WWII Veteran, having served with the Royal Canadian Navy and British Navy on the HMS Nigeria and HMS Jamaica escorting convoys during the Murmansk Run; he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Manotick. Charles was an accomplished athlete; he played for the American Hockey League, with the Baltimore Clippers and Fresno Falcons. He retired from the Federal Government in 1985 and sold real estate with Royal LePage. Charles was an avid golfer and spent the last 45 summers enjoying his cottage on the St. Lawrence River, where he will be dearly missed by his neighbors and friends. He will also be dearly missed by the Gutierrez family of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Charles was a man of principle and strong character, a man of integrity and kindness, and a man as good as his word. He will be missed and fondly remembered by those who loved him and those who appreciated his friendship. Thank you to Dr. David MacMillan and the Queensway Carleton ICU for the care and kindness Charles received. Funeral arrangements in the care of Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery 3700 Prince of Wales Drive 613-692-1211 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Leonard's Church, Manotick on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12 noon. Interment Capital Memorial Gardens.

 

HMS NIGERIA, HMS JAMAICA

 

McQUADE, Shawn Michael, P1NWT, CD - aged 51 of Wedgewood Park, Halifax – Shawn's family is beyond crushed to announce his sudden and unexpected passing on Friday, Dec 22, 2017, due to complications related to Addison's decease.

     Born in Halifax in June 1966, Shawn was the middle son of Walter & Kathleen (Laughlin) McQuade of Novalea Drive. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Melissa Ann in 1997; his uncle James (Jimmy) Laughlin; his aunt Heather (Laughlin) Oakes; his grandparents Joe & Ellen (Wilson) McQuade of Fairview and James & Corrine (Currie) Laughlin Whitman of Novalea Drive and by his father-in-law and close friend, Clyde Grantham.

     Shawn in survived by his wife & high school sweetheart, Nancy (Grantham) and their children Matthew (18), Benjamin (15), Megan (14) and Nicole (11), all still living at home; his parents; brothers Randy (Bernadette) and Troy (Cathy); aunts Edythe (Laughlin) Smith (Howard) and Mary (Martin) Laughlin; nephews Nick, David and Brandon; nieces Alexandra, Hayleigh, Maddison and Laura; his mother-in-law Carol (Rowe) Grantham and her children: Daniel Grantham and Shelley (Fleming) (Denis); many close cousins and many, many friends who were like family to him.

     Shawn graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Halifax in 1984. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in February 1987 where he made many great and lasting friendships, travelled all over the world and proudly served his country for more than 27 years. He served aboard H.M.C. Ships Ottawa, Athabaskan, Algonquin, Iroquois and Preserver and in shore postings to The Canadian Forces Fleet School, FMF Cape Scott and to The Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School, all in Halifax. Shawn was a proud Canadian, a proud Sailor and an even prouder Naval Weapons Technician! He loved the sea and the navy and attained the 3rd-highest rank possible for a non-commissioned member, before his retirement in September 2014. Most recently, Shawn was employed as a Quality Control Inspector at Irving Ship Building in Halifax where he was excited to be part of the next generation of Canadian navy ships. Shawn loved to play. He loved a good competition and a challenging opponent and was involved in sports his whole life starting with hockey and baseball as a child and continuing into his school and military years with football, broomball, softball, scuba diving, skiing, surfing, swimming, fly fishing and hunting, to name a few. But the best fun he ever had was always with our 4 children, whether it was with our youngest daughter watching their 'special shows' on Friday nights, taxiing our middle 2 back and forth to hockey and volleyball or play-wrestling with the 4 children and our 2 Labs – usually in the middle of the kitchen floor after supper!!

     Shawn was a fair but tough and gentlemanly sportsman and was thrilled when our sons started playing hockey with The Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association in 2009. He served as a volunteer coach or assistant/trainer for every team our sons played for. Most recently he was Head Coach for the MMHL Midget team, The Halifax Tropics; a Board Member and the association's Equipment Director. He loved hockey and made many friendships with other parents, but his main goal was always to make a difference by challenging his players to play smart and to be good sportsmen. Shawn was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and for many years was a driving force on their Property Maintenance Committee and he also served for many years on the Church Council.

     You will be forever in our hearts, Shawn. You will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew you, especially your children. Fair winds and following seas, my love. Rest easy, sailor, I have the watch. XOXO Nancy

     Visitation will be held at Wednesday, January 3, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at JA Snow's Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. The celebration of Shawn's life will take place Thursday, January 4 at 1pm at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, corner of Windsor and Allen Streets in Halifax. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing may make a donation in Shawn's memory to the post-secondary education trust fund for our children held by The Canadian Scholarship Trust. Please visit www.cst.org or call 1-877-333-7377.

 

HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS PRESERVER

NEID, Larry - Long-time resident of East Kelowna Larry Neid passed away December 19, 2017 at Kelowna General Hospital, he was 91. Larry was born in Beausejour MB February 14th 1926 and moved to East Kelowna at an early age. He attended East Kelowna Elementary and Kelowna High School; he served with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. After the war Larry continued to work in Kelowna and married Dede Dickie in 1950. Shortly after their marriage - due to the death of Larry's oldest brother (Ed) and sister-in-law (Anne) - Larry and Dede fostered his nephews Allan and Michael. Larry was predeceased by his wife of 56 years Dede, daughter Lori and 12 siblings two of which died at a very young age. Larry is survived by Allan and Michael, numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends. A service and Celebration of Life will be in mid spring. An announcement will be made closer to the date. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 30 Dec 2017)

PACEY, John William (Jack) - 25 Oct 1925 - 22 Dec 2017) - Jack passed away peacefully at the age of 92 years. Reunited with his beloved wife Frances (nee Martin 2014),with whom he would have celebrated 69 years of marriage. Cherished father of Penilou (James Payne) and Susan (James McAree). Grandfather to Colin McAree (Christie),Martin Payne (Kasia), Heather Lamar (Lee), Lee Payne, 7 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Jack served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. He worked for the S.W. and A as a bus driver before joining the Windsor Fire Department, retiring as District Chief after 35 years. He loved sports, enjoying baseball, hockey golf and bowling. He was a member of the Kingsville Golf and Curling club for 54 years and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 188 for 35 years. Many thanks for compassion and support from agencies of CCAC, Richard & Joan Hartley and Velda MacDonald. Visitation will take place at Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre (1969 Wyandotte ST. E. 519-252-5711) on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. At 3:30p.m. there will be a prayer service conducted by The Windsor Veterans Memorial Service Committee. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday December 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Victoria Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Fire Fighters Association.

 

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