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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)

 

SUFFIDY, Edmund Roy (29 Oct 1928 - 21 Dec 2017)

 

He’ll sail out when

The moon is full  Upon the Salish Sea

 Ashes in a flimsy craft;

No course, no destination.

 

Roy lived a long and productive life. Including time in the navy, during the Korean War period, he was with DND for 37 years. For many of those years he travelled out of Ottawa as conference chairman leading teams of specialists. Though a self-effacing man, he spent much time in the limelight. He did his best to present Canada positively in foreign countries. He loved his family: Therese his wife and friend of almost 50 years; his son Stephen Graham and his daughters Monique Girling and Danielle Graham. They grew up accepting the fact that his work entailed absences from home, though there was some concern regarding his Middle East trips. Roy was fortunate to finish his career as Head of the logistics technical division in CFB Esquimalt. After retirement he volunteered with Veterans Affairs and the Legion. He was delighted with the uniqueness of Victoria and his opportunity to retire here. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the nurses, staff and volunteers on the 3rd floor of Victoria Hospice, including Dr. Saiger, Dr. Black and Dr. Eastbrook for their exceptional care and compassion. There will be a Celebration of Life announced at a later time. Donations in Roy’s memory would be appreciated to the Victoria Hospice. (Ottawa Citizen 26 Dec 2017)

EASTICK, David Charles, C2RM, RCN (31 Oct 1940 - 31 Dec 2017) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Charles Eastick. Dave passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of December 31. Dave leaves behind his wife Pauline, Children Barry (Sandra), Lori (Rick), Dave (Rhonda), Kim (Morley) and Tim (Ming). As well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, long time friends and other family members. Service to be held on Friday January 12/2018 at the Sidney Legion, 1660 Mills Rd 1pm to 4pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Sidney Legion, Branch 37. Published in The Times Colonist on Jan. 7, 2018

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE.

SEBASTIANO, Frank C., V43113, AB.AA3, RCNVR - Died 1974

 

Service records for Frank Sebastiano - Page 1    Page 2    Page 3    Page 4

 

MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR, HMCS AMBLER, HMCS CHARNEY, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS DONNACONA, HMCS YORK

OLSON, Clarence Joseph, OS, 3326, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 11 May 1919, son of Ludvik and Bertha Olson, of Invermay, SK.

 

Ordinary Seaman Clarence Joseph Olson of Ottawa, Ontario, was the son of Ludvik and Bertha Martha (Brune) Olson, a Norwegian couple who came from North Dakota to farm in 1904, and was among the earliest settlers in the Invermay area. Clarence was born at Canora and was farming in the Ottawa area when he enlisted, April 20, 1939 at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

OLSON, Ole Adrian, Sto 1c, 21555, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 30 Apr 1919 son of Ole and Elizabeth Olson, of Robsart, SK; husband of Jane F. Olsen, of Cambridge, England.

 

Stoker Ole Adrian (Ogie) Olson of Robsart, Saskatchewan was the only son of Ole and Elizabeth (Bessie) Olson who came from North Dakota to farm northeast of Robsart, Saskatchewan. Ole Sr., a Navy veteran of World War I, later bought grain at Robsart. Ogie, who was a trucker when he enlisted on October 03, 1938 at Esquimalt, British Columbia, left a wife Jane F. at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Ole "Ogie"Olson survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

OVERY, Ernest Kenneth, Sto PO, 21344, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 25 Sep 1911 in Victoria, BC, son of Henry G. and Louisa Overy, of Errington, BC; husband of Winnifred Evelyn Overy, of Victoria, BC.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

PEGNEM, John Charles, PO, 3227, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 19 Nov 1904 son of Patrick and Clara Pegnem; husband of Gladys M. Pegnem, of Montreal, QC.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

PENNEY, Selby Jack, AB, A991, RCNR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 03 Oct 1902 son of Ambrose and Mary E. Penney, of Napadogan, NB. Husband of Naomi Penney, of Trinity Bay, NFLD.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

PONDER, Harold Russell, AB, 3632, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 30 Mar 1919, son of Isobel Ponder, of Smithers, BC.Harold Ponder transferred from the R.C.N.V.R. (service number V15135) to the regular Royal Canadian Navy (service number N3632) on March 03, 1940.

 

Portrait of Harold Ponder     Portrait of Harold Ponder

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS MARGAREE

POPE, Rufus Campbell, Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 May 1915 son of Desmond Ives and Olive Pope, of Cookshire, QC.

 

Rufus Campbell Pope, was drafted to HMCS Fraser on Feb. 20, 1940 as Lt, RCNVR. He survived sinking of Fraser. Reported missing presumed died on Oct. 22, 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

POWELL, Stephen Bruce, OS, 3333, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 23 Jan 1922 son of Ernest John and Cora Irene Powell, of Sarnia, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

READING, William Joseph, Sig, 3634, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 01 Dec 1920 son of Henry James Reading and Margaret E. Reading, of Victoria, BC.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

MALONEY, Charles David - 91 years passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 11, 2011. Best friend and loving husband for 63 years to Gertrude. Loving father to Janis Maloney of Timmins, and Jill and Pat Beadow. Beloved grandfather to Colette Carter and partner Monica Merrill of Kirkland Lake and Ryan Beadow of Oshawa. Son of the late Doris and Jack Maloney and stepson of the late Alfred Stainton. Predeceased by Jack (Elinor) Maloney, Margaret (Louis) Hamilton, Mac Rae Maloney, Harold Stainton, and niece Johanne Spring. Survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Maloney and Hermina Stainton and many special nieces and nephews. David retired from Detroit Diesel Allison, was an avid golfer, a member of Essex Golf & Country Club, a Mason and a Shriner. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII, was a radio operator on a minesweeper in the invasion at Dieppe and is a member of R.C.L. Br#157. Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Richmond Terrace, Hotel Dieu Grace 7th Floor and all of his family, friends and neighbours. At David's request cremation has taken place. Interment will take place on Saturday Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Windsor, Ontario. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. (Windsor Star 15 Oct 2011)

Wood, Rupert Wainman, Lt, RCN - Born 1897, Cowichan Bay, BC. Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS CC-2, HM S/M D-4 (as Slt, RCN, NavO), HMS/m D-4 (`1917 as NavO), HMS/m E-38 (01 Apr 1918 as 1st Lt, Lt, RCN), HMS/m H-27 (1919, as 1st Lt, Lt, RCN) HMS ROYAL ARTHUR, HMS/m K-8 (as 1st Lt, Lt, RCN),  HMCS CH-14, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS NADEN

HORNE, Leslie, M.I.D., AB, V9632, RCNVR, MPK - 16 Jun 1942, HMCS NANAIMO - Born 06 Mar 1916 son of Joseph Benn and Elizabeth Mary Horne, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

From Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Ralph Brown, Issac Newton and St. John's Tech schools. He was an avid soccer player. He played on the Manitoba All Stars Team that met the Charlton Athletics of the English League. He also coached several soccer teams for youth. In addition, he was a keen golfer. Described by all I communicated with as a "great guy". Lost when the Port Nicholson sank. Had a lake, in northern Manitoba, named for him, according to Mrs. Pennington the second wife of Buzz's brother-in-law. She also states that he was drafted aboard the ship to replace someone whose mother was ill.

 

HORNE, Leslie, Able Seaman, V9632, (Posthumous) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Nanaimo - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 28 November 1942 and London Gazette of 25 November 1942. "For gallantry and supreme devotion to duty in connection with convoys."

 

The sinking of the Port Nicholson - The Port Nicholson formed part of convoy XB 25, one of the coastal convoy routes between Halifax Harbour and Boston. She was under the command of her master, Harold Charles Jeffrey, and was carrying a cargo of 1,600 tons of automobile parts and 4,000 tons of military stores. The convoy was tracked by the German submarine U-87, commanded by Joachim Berger. At 4.17 hours on the morning of 16 June 1942 he fired a torpedo at the convoy, which was then 100 miles (160 km) off Portland, Maine. He fired a second torpedo a minute later, but the gale conditions at the time prevented him from observing the results accurately, and he recorded that while one torpedo had hit a ship, the other seemed to have missed. In fact, both torpedoes struck the Port Nicholson, the first in the engine room, the second in the stern. Two men in the engine room were killed immediately, and as the Port Nicholson began to settle by the stern, the remaining crew abandoned ship and were picked up by the Royal Canadian Navy corvette HMCS Nanaimo. The Port Nicholson did not sink immediately, and by dawn was still afloat. Her master returned to the ship, accompanied by the chief engineer, and Lieutenant John Molson Walkley and three ratings from Nanaimo, to see if the ship could be salvaged. While they were aboard, worsening weather caused the ship to suddenly start to sink. The party abandoned her, but their boat was overturned in the suction as Port Nicholson went down, drowning Jeffrey, Walkley, the chief engineer and a rating. The two surviving ratings were rescued by Nanaimo, which landed the survivors from Port Nicholson at Boston.

 

Newspaper article on Leslie Horne's death

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS NANAIMO

McFARLAND, Walter (Spike) - He was born in 1910 and raised on a small farm in Pugwash, Nova Scotia on Northumberland Straight. He was educated there but moved west during one of the harvest excursions of about 1928. He went to Edmonton where he had uncles and cousins. Things were really tough in those days but Walter was a good worker and he always managed to get by. He found work with The Canadian Pacific Railway, at saw mills etc. During this period he took out a homestead in Rocky Rapids near Drayton Valley and got title in three or four years. In 1930 he got a job as a locomotive watchman with the Northern Alberta Railway Company and headed out to the area from Hythe to Dawson Creek, where the railway was extending the track. During the next few years he worked in many places on the railway, but made his home in McLennan, until joining The Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and went off to the east coast. While in the Navy, Walter spent most of his time on corvettes in convoy duty and saw a lot of the world before getting his discharge in 1945, when he returned to McLennan. Walter was promoted to engineer in 1946 and railroaded until the middle of the sixties when he left to farm a section of land on White Mud Creek, just south of the Little Smokey River south west of McLennan. Walter was a good legion member and when he passed on in 1972 a legion service was, of course, held for him.

 

HMCS NANAIMO

NORMAN, Lewis (Les), Sto - Joined as Stoker 1/C due to his shore experience at the Archer Memorial Hospital in Lamont, Alberta prior to the war. After leaving NANAIMO Lew went to trade school in HMCS STADACONA where he took an SPO's course and then was drafted to HMCS COBALT another corvette. In June 1945 he was drafted ashore to STADACONA, then on to PEREGRINE and finally NONSUCH for demobilization on 4 July 1945. Lew, his wife and two sons returned to his home in Lamont, Alberta, following the war. He and his brother Ray started a plumbing and heating shop, which they ran for some years. The partnership broke up and Lew ran the business himself for some time. Meanwhile the family grew by two more girls, both born in Lamont. Lew and his family built a new home with the help of V.L.A.. This home was built on acreage just south of the town of Lamont. Lew worked in Edmonton and commuted back and forth each week while Dorothy worked as a switchboard operator and raised chickens. (25 - 3500 of them for eggs). All the while Lew was taking night school and correspondence courses. Interestingly, when he died he had six valid trade certificates. He held certificates of qualifications as a steam engineer, an electrician, a linesman, a plumber, a tinsmith and as a radio and television technician. Lew and his family moved from Lamont to Edmonton and back two times before the family moved to Grande Prairie. During this time Lew had many and varied jobs always seeming to be unfulfilled in his work. After moving to Grande Prairie Lew seemed to have found his job and special niche. He often remarked that when you came over the hill towards Grande Prairie you didn't have to wonder where the town got its name.  Lew was an avid fisherman and hunter. There was little doubt as to why he enjoyed the area as much as he did. It abounded with good hunting and had several good fishing lakes within driving distance. Lew was also very musical and played the guitar, banjo, ukulele and base guitar. He taught Hugh Ashcroft, as Hugh put it,  "The only guitar chords I ever knew"! Lew lived in Grande Prairie until he died in 1981. When he passed away he was one of the partners in Frontier T.V..

 

HMCS NANAIMO, HMCS COBALT, HMCS NONSUCH

NORMAN, Raymond (Ray), 10074-E, RCN - Ray served in HMCS NANAIMO and was in her when she arrived in Vancouver to be paid off in 1945. He remained in the navy and served in HMCS CAYUGA during the Korean conflict. He went to work for H.M.C. Dockyard in Esquimalt following his release from the Navy and lived in Victoria, B.C. Ray passed away in 2000.

 

HMCS NANAIMO, HMCS CAYUGA

PICKLES, Aubrey Ravening, LCdr, RCN - Aubrey was from Port Arthur, Ontario. While in NANAIMO he was a LS and captain of the guns crew and remained in the service after the war. Having Commissioned from Ranks, he served with Hugh Ashcroft in 1959-1960 and again when he had command of HMCS NEW GLASGOW. Hugh Ashcroft served under him as engineering officer in NEW GLASGOW. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He died in  Toronto 26 Feb 1984.

 

HMCS NANAIMO, HMCS NEW GLASGOW

SOMMERVILLE, Wilfred J. (Puffy),  L/Sto, RCNVR / C1ER, 21782, RCN - Died 1996. Puffy, served in HMCS Nanaimo Mar 1942 - Nov 1943. He joined the ship as she was coming out of a boiler clean in Halifax as a stoker first class but had finished and passed his stoker P.O.s course. In October of forty two he was promoted to a leading hand. NANAIMO went into refit, Puffy had been doing P.O.'s duties for quite a while. When his acting P.O. came through he left the ship.

 

NANAIMO was the only corvette he ever served in. He went on to serve in HMS PUNCHER, HMCS WARRIOR, commissioned HMCS SAULT STE MARIE, then HMCS SIOUX (during Korean War), HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS CAYUGA (came off her qualified as a Chief E.R.A),  re-commissioned SUSSEXVALE as Chief E.R.A., then HMCS JAMES BAY, served a year on a diving unit and finished in HMCS CAPE SCOTT. When he left the navy he did so as a Chief E.R.A. and decided not to follow the career of a steam engineer. He went on to do accounting for twenty years.

 

Puffy tells the following story of NANAIMO entering St. John's, Newfoundland under the command of T.J. Bellas - There were two of them, both R.N. or R.N.V.R.. Bellas and Kitely were on the bridge when we were going into Newfoundland one time. I'm sure they were both "p____d" out of their minds. They were arguing; we were in a heavy fog; one yelling "Newfoundland is over there", the other returning with "No its right here". Luckily we finally did find the opening for Newfy.

 

He also spoke about a signalman who slept under the boilers and was sea sick from the time they left harbour till they were tied up again. He was finally drafted ashore by the Old Man, but can't remember the sigs name.

 

HMCS NANAIMO, HMS PUNCHER, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS SAULT STE MARIE, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS JAMES BAY, HMCS CAPE SCOTT

SWIMM, Waldo G., Seaman - Date of passing unknown.  Waldo was from Clark's Harbour, NS. He was a lobster fisherman before the war and returned to that after WW 2. Waldo, Hugh Ashcroft and Lew Norman were wingers.

 

HMCS NANAIMO

TEDFORD, Jack, Sig - Date of passing unknown.  Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, one of six brothers, he tried unsuccessfully to join air crew and later joined the Navy on 30 June 1941. He enlisted as an ordinary seaman for visual signals. He was sent immediately to signal school without basic training. This training was done at "Stadacona II", which was located at the corner of Almond and Windsor streets in Halifax. On completion of the course he was sent to St. John's, Newfoundland with other signalmen and drafted onto NANAIMO 19 November 1941. Jack comments, "At this time, although I was a maritimer, I didn't know the front end of a ship from the back end. When I reported aboard and the quartermaster told me to report aft to the cox'n; I was completely lost".

 

Jack served in several other ships including: VILLE DE QUEBEC, CANSO, DIGBY and MIRAMACHI. He spent his longest tour, some sixteen months, aboard NANAIMO. Jack left NANAIMO in March 1943. Jack signed up for duty in the Pacific after VE day; however, while he was on leave, before reporting to signal school in St. Hyacinth, P.Q. VJ day was declared. During this leave Jack got married. Jack reported to Signal school and was then sent to HMCS PEREGRINE for demobilization. Jack reached the rank of Ldg/Sig VS3.

 

Jack worked for a while in Truro then decided to use his rehabilitation credits by going to university. While he was attending Acadia University the Korean War broke out and Jack enrolled in COTC, Canadian Officer's Training Corps, and finished his university. By this time Jack's family had increased to four. He went to Korea and also served in Japan. Jack remained with the army and retired with the rank of Major in March 1971.

 

After retiring Jack went to work for D.S.S. in Halifax. He lived in Halifax and curled with Hugh Ashcroft. Neither knew the other had served in NANAIMO at the same time until 1990 when the subject came up, over a few drinks, while the two were at a bonspiel. He was one of the sea boat's crew that went to PORT NICHOLSON.

 

HMCS NANAIMO, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC, HMCS CANSO, HMCS DIGBY, HMCS MIRAMICHI

REID, Robert Benzie, Ordnance Artificer 4c, 21639, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 17 Oct 1918 son of William and Helen Reid, of Hamilton, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

ROBERTSON, William Dalton, Sto 1c, 21566, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Feb 1920 son of William A. and Della Robertson, of Swift Current, SK. Stoker Robertson was born at Moose Jaw and was a student when he enlisted on 03 Oct 1938 at Esquimalt, BC.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

ROWE, Frederick Edward, LS, 2719, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 04 Jan 1918 son of Edward Alonzo Rowe and Lillian Mae Rowe, of Halifax, NS; husband of Rita Winnifred Rowe, of Halifax, NS.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

ROWSE, Edward Grant, LS, 2926, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 15 Apr 1919 son of Edward Henry and Ida Gertrude Rowse, of Calgary, AB.

 

Leading Seaman Rowse was a survivor of the sinking of the destroyer Fraser. HE was rescued in that disaster and spent his leave in England until placed on the Margaree. Born in Moose Jaw he moved to Calgary with his family when quite young. He attended Connaught public school and graduated from Central High school. He joined the navy in May, 1937, and trained at Esquimalt.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

ROY, Joseph Wilton Rouer, Cdr, RCN, Commanding Officer, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 14 Apr 1901 son of Joseph R. and Edna P. Roy; husband of Eileen P. Roy, of Victoria, BC.

 

Commander Roy was one of our bright officers who would have gone a long way," Admiral P. W. Nelles, chief of naval services, declared today of Joseph W. Roy, skipper of the Canadian destroyer Margaree, lost at sea with her captain and all but 31 of her 171 men. In the spring of 1940 Commander Roy was sent from Ottawa on a "secret naval mission," and performed his task most satisfactorily. Before he left Canada in August he had acted as director of naval operations at Naval Service headquarters, Ottawa, directing the movement of ships in the Royal Canadian Navy. He sailed on the lone boat for England with his brother, Major Arthur Roy, of Vancouver, member of the Canadian Permanent Force, and now serving in the United Kingdom. He was born in Ottawa in 1901, the son of Joseph Roy, one-time civil engineer and inspector-general of the Dominion department of public works, and the former Edna Harvey of Victoria. His mother died before he reached his second birthday, and he was brought up in Montréal. He was educated at Loyola college, and upon graduation from that institution entered the Royal Canadian Naval College of Canada in 1916, where he remained until 1918. After attending the Royal Naval Staff college in England, he saw service in HMCS Skeena, Fundy and Patriot; the British Navy vessels Aaron, Royal Sovereign, Benhew, Excellent, Valerian, Vivid and Pembroke, and also at the Canadian dockyards at Halifax and Esquimalt. He married Miss Eileen Pamela Shaw, of Victoria, in July, 1929. They have two children, Louise, nine, and Richard, three. Mrs. Roy is at present residing in Halifax.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS PATRIOT, HMS ERIN (1919, Midshipman, RCN), HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN, HMS BENHEW, HMS EXCELLENT, HMS VALERIAN, HMS VIVID, HMS PEMBROKE, HMCS MARGAREE 

SANDERS, Leslie, AB, 3494, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Aug 1918 son of Francis Alfred and Edith Sanders, of Toronto, ON; husband of Evelyn Ruth Sanders, of Toronto, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

SIMPKIN, Donald Harry, Leading Victualling Assistant, 40525, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 23 Oct 1919 son of Mary E. Simpkin, of Halifax, NS.

 

Leading Victualling Assistant Donald Harry Simpkin of Halifax was to celebrate his 21st birthday the day after the collision. His family had been expecting Donald home in time for a big birthday celebration.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

SKINNER, Edward Lomas, AB, 3306, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Sep 1920 son of William John and Frances Beryl Skinner, of Sidney, BC.

 

Able Seaman Edward Lomas Skinner age 20, was born in Pinkham, near Kindersley, Saskatchewan, and lived in Sidney, British Columbia, for 14 years. He was a graduated from North Samish High School, where he was prominent in sports. He joined the Navy two years ago and was one of the Fraser survivors. He was confined to hospital for five weeks after the sinking of the Fraser and had just joined the Margaree. On October 22, 1940 he was serving as a sailor aboard the destroyer HMCS Margaree (formerly HMS Diana). Several hundred miles west of Ireland she was involved in a collision with the freighter M.V. Port Fairy, which was part of the convoy that Margaree was charged with protecting. A total of 142 crewmembers of HMCS Margaree lost their lives, one of whom was Able Seaman Skinner. His body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Halifax Memorial.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

SMITH, Cedric De Herries, L/Sig, 2533, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 15 Aug 1913 son of Augustus De Herries and of Maria Ann B. Smith, of Edmonton, AB.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MARGAREE

SMITH, George Burnett Electrical Artificer 4c, V5469, RCNVR MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Jan 1916 son of James and Catherine Smith, of Montreal, QC.

 

Electrical Artificer George Burnett Smith of Holt Ave., Rosemount, Montréal, was another in the list of the crew's dead. The casualty list struck sorrow into Canadian homes of 37 cities and towns from coast to coast. Every province but New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island was represented in the toll of lives lost on HMCS Margaree. George Burnett Smith joined the RCNVR in 1937 and was called for active service on November 20, 1939. He was educated at Rosemount School and also the Montréal Technical School. Petty Office Smith once before was reported missing when HMCS Fraser foundered. A few days later word was received by his family that he was among the survivors. Shortly before his last trip he visited Scotland to visit his aunt in Glasgow as a letter to this effect had been received by his parents just a week before the Margaree went down. As a boy he entered the Angus shops in 1930 and two years later was a machinist`s apprentice.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

BLATCHFORD, Harry Lloyd (28 Jul 1921 - 03 Apr 2002) - As the sun came over the yardarm, dad left us April 3, 2002 with his beloved wife and daughters by his side. Harry’s life is celebrated by his wife of 54 years, Emily (nee Baldock), his six children: Rob (Barb), Kerry (Carol), Joanne (Jim), Patrick (Debbie), Tony (Nirm) and Tammi (Penny). Fourteen grandchildren: Jan, Jolie, Clinton, Greg, Kevin, Michael, James, Alicia, Bradley, Jennifer, Thomas, Natasha, Danielle, Matthew. Four great-grandchildren: Jessica, Kelti, Nichole and Dayton. Dad was born in Assiniboia, Sask., and joined the Navy at 18 to fight in WWII. He met and married Emily May in Bamberton, B.C. in 1948, moving to Youbou in 1959 to work in the sawmill as the head first aid/time keeper. He taught first aid classes and was on call to attend the sick and injured both in Bamberton and Youbou. Harry and Em retired to Ladysmith in 1986. Dad’s greatest joy was his family. A memorial tea was held on Sunday, April 7, 2002 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Ladysmith Legion Branch 171 Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Telford’s Mortuary.

 

HMCS WEYBURN

CHARBONNEAU, Walter L.. OS, V1919, RCNVR - WWII Naval Veteran It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful death of Walter Charbonneau on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Hull Hospital at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Rita Quintal and son of the late Lorenzo Charbonneau and of the late Florida Maheux. He leaves behind his loving children; Denis (Carol Vezina), Lynn (Ken Vye), his cherished grandsons; Mark, Michael and Nicholas. He also leaves his two sisters Jacqueline and Madeleine, his brother-in-law Roger (Vivianne), his sister-in-law Noella (John), nephews, nieces and friends. Private family service and interment was held on Saturday, September 20, 2008. Donations to the Parkinson Society would gladly be accepted in his memory. (Ottawa Citizen 23 Sep 2008)

 

HMCS WEYBURN

JENKINSON, John Wylie  - passed away on December 22, 1999, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimers Disease. A native Calgarian born on December 6, 1921, Wylie proudly served his county with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Haida from 1940 to 1945. In 1946 he married Kaye, his wife and best friend for fifty-three years.  He was the loving father of Donna (Russ) Piche, Wendy (Stewart) Scalf and Bill  Jenkinson, all of Calgary. A much-loved grandpa of Myles Picke. Also survived by a sister Elva (Tom) Tyson of Calgary; sisters-in-law, Sue Kahler Ellis and Ruth Kahler; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Wylie was employed as an electrician with Cominco for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1982. he was an active member of the Calgary Naval Veteran's Association, HMCS Haida Association and the No. 285 Legion. Family wishes to thank Dr. Gladman and the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre 2 East Staff for their loving care. Memorial Services will be held at Foster's Garden Chapel, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary on Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Service note:  Wylie serving in HMCS Haida when she rescued the survivors of HMCS Athabaskan G07

 

HMCS HAIDA

KAHLER, Lawrence John (Larry), CPO1 (served 1946-1977) - Born 10 Nov 1926 in Stewart Valley SK.  Died 12 Sep 1985 in Calgary, AB.

 

HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

HARPER, John C.F. - died 1990

 

HMCS LONGUEUIL

 

EBY, Robert V., Slt, RCNVR - Born in Kitchener, Ontario in 1921, he passed away at Sunnyside Home, surrounded by family, on Monday, August 4, 2008. Beloved husband of Patricia Ann (nee McGarry) for 63 years. Loving father of Brian Patrick Eby (Laura), Kevin Ann Reinhart (David), Mary Pat Alarie (Ray), Shawn Patrice Eby and Roberta Jane Borrillo (Angelo). Grandfather to David (Meghan), Meaghan, Patrick, Matthew, Colleen, Amy, Ben (Khrista), Maggie, Rob, Lizzie (deceased), Peter, Louis and Tom.. Great-grandfather to Charlotte. Robert was predeceased by his brothers Gordon, Donald and his sister Mildred. Proud alumnus of Waterloo College (Laurier) and the University of Western Ontario, Robert, as the City Treasurer, dedicated 37 years of faithful service to the City of Kitchener before retiring in 1983. Robert served in the North Atlantic on corvette duty for the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II- attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Our Dad and Grampa also held the roles of Family Archivist, Poet Laureat, Songster and Story Teller. 

 

The backroads beckon - 

For brook trout await!

“As you were, men.”

 

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 7-9 PM and on Friday from 10-10:45AM at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Catholic service will be celebrated by Father Mark Sullivan in the funeral home chapel at 11AM. A luncheon reception will follow. As an expression of sympathy, a donation to Community Living Guelph Wellington (Shawn’s Group Home) would be appreciated.

 

Portrait of Slt Eby     Memorial plaque at Wilfred Laurier University wartime service Waterloo College graduates.

 

HMCS RIVIERE DU LOUP

NORTON, James Arthur (Jim), C.E.R.A., RCN - 86, Kingston passed away peacefully on Saturday October 9, 2010. Born in Mackayville, Quebec he was a son of the late Albert and Violet (Walton) Norton. Jim was retired from the Canadian Navy - Chief E. R. A. after 25 years of service including serving during World War II. Following his retirement he was General Manager for Trizec Properties, (Halifax Shopping Center) for 20 years. Jim was an avid golfer. Jim is survived by his wife Catherine-Cathy (Bowers); sons James-Jim (Gerry), Kentville, William-Bill (Anne), Halifax; grandchildren Chris, Greg, Gillian, Matthew and Michael Norton; great-grandchildren Ryan, Joshua, Jacob, Miles and Maria Norton and great-great grandson Landon Norton; stepchildren Robert Gibbs and Christine Gibbs, Halifax. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held Wednesday October 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home, Berwick with Rev. Matthew Sponagle officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Middleton. In lieu of flowers donations in Jim's memory may be made to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Building Fund. Jim's family would like to thank Dr. Christina Mercer for her loving care; friends and neighbors Gail and Del for their support and kindness; Katrina from the Annapolis Valley Palliative Care; the VON Annapolis Valley; Patricia Lunn from Continuing Care and the Red Cross.

NORTON, Rexford Lewis - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Rexford Lewis Norton in his 92nd year on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Predeceased after 40 years of marriage by our mom Velma in 1988. Devoted father of Bruce (Elaine), Brenda (Dan Brown), Howard, and Phyllis. Cherished Grandfather of 13 Grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren. Survived by his sister Reta Turner of Picton, Ontario. Retired after 37 years as a Locomotive Operator at Stelco. Prior, Dad was a Veteran of The Royal Canadian Navy on The HMCS Hawkesbury. Also a member of Paramount Drive Alliance Church. A special thank you to the staff of Extendicare Hamilton. As per Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date. 

 

HMCS HAWKESBURY

PINKNEY, John William, CPO, RCN - was born in Broomhill, Manitoba, October 22, 1922 and passed away peacefully at the Hospice in Victoria, March 28, 2010. He is survived by Margaret, his dearly beloved wife of 63 years, his daughters Maureen (Douglas) and Sheila, his nieces, nephews and their families. John was very proud of his Navy career of 25 years. He joined the RCN as a boy seaman September 16, 1940 and served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic until December 1945. He was home on Pacific Leave when the war ended. In peacetime he served as an Armourer in various capacities aboard the Ontario, Quebec, Crescent and Assiniboine among others and ashore as Senior Weapons Instructor at the Ordnance School, Naden. After retiring from the RCN as a Chief Petty Officer in 1965 he went on to work for the Royal Bank of Canada for 19 years, retiring once again in 1984. In recent years he enjoyed golfing, travelling and time spent in his yard and garden. John was a very patient and quiet man who inspired respect from those who served and worked with him and who was loved dearly by all who knew him. He is predeceased by his parents, Clifford and Jean, his sisters Ruth and Audrey and his niece, Terry. A Service will be held at McCall's Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson & Vancouver St., Thursday, April 8th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Victoria Hospice. (Victoria Times Colonist 01 Apr 2010)

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

HANCOCK , Jack Gordon - passed away Thursday, September 3, 2009 at the age of 71 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Jack is lovingly remembered by his wife Thelma; children Cheryl (Stuart) Dickie, Bruce (Becky) Hancock, Wendy Scudder, Terry (Valerie) Hancock, Christine (Gary) Russell, Shelly (Gary) Hurst, Lisa (Jeff) Smith, and Paul McDonald; grandchildren Shaun, Brent, Jill, Scott, Ryan, Tara, Jordan, Nicola, Lance, Jennifer, Mark, Nicholas and Christopher; sister Gloria and brothers Reg and Wally. He was predeceased by parents Jack and Marge Hancock and son Glenn McDonald. Jack began his career serving Canada in the Royal Canadian Navy at age seventeen, and was a Canadian Legion member for forty-two years. A decade later, Jack moved to servicing aircraft as an avionics technician, a pursuit that he loved and would perform until his retirement only a few years ago. Jack was an avid musician, camper and pool player and thoroughly enjoyed his retirement. Thelma and the rest of Jack's family want to say a very special thank-you to the devoted staff of Unit 41 at the Peter Lougheed Centre. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Visitation at South Calgary Funeral Centre, 12700 Macleod Trail South, Calgary on Monday, September 7, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 5604 Madigan Drive N.E. on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m with reception following at the Royal Canadian Legion, 755 - 40 Street S.E. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, Suite 1200, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8. (Calgary Herald 05 Sep 2009)

MOORE, Melvin John (03 Apr 1925 - 07 Feb 2015) - With much sadness we announce the passing of Mel Moore of Hamiota, MB on February 7, 2015. Mel passed peacefully at the St. Boniface Palliative Care Ward with his family at his side. He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen (nee White) in November 2007, after 56 years of marriage. He will be greatly missed by his son Cole (Dianna), his daughter Erin Thompson (Tom) and his grandchildren Remi (Ashley), Mason, Desmond, Dalis, Brayden, and Lauren. Mel was born in Oakner, MB and lived on the family farm until he joined the navy in 1943. He eventually settled in Winnipeg working construction and took up studies at United College (University of Winnipeg) where he met his future wife Ellen...the librarian. Mel began his sales career at T.S. Taylor Machinery Co. and then Behr Manning (Norton Abrasives) as their territory rep for 15 years. He became a successful businessman for 31 years after purchasing Borton's Sales and Saw Service in 1967 and in 1988 Canadian Woodworker Ltd. In 1998 he sold his companies to his two children and retired back to the family farm in Oakner with Ellen. Mel was an amazing man, businessman, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was the type of person who openly shared his roaring laughter, his love of family, his intellectual mind and his ethics and honesty. Mel was always there when family or friends were in need and in later years was still the backbone behind the success of the family business. Even in his last days, his bright spots were spent talking business with Cole and Erin. Mel enjoyed amazing health his entire life and until recently you could still find him in his workshop, renovating his home or riding his lawnmower cutting over 10 acres of grass. Mel held a very special place in his heart for the staff at Hamiota Hospital, not only for their care of his wife in her final days but also for his own care. His last couple months were spent at Erin's home in Winnipeg and finally at the St. Boniface Palliative Care Ward. The care and support he and his family received in both hospitals was exceptional and beyond words of thanks. A small family service will take place in warm weather in Hamiota, MB where Mel will rejoin Ellen, just up the road from their most favourite place.

PENNER, Herbert (1924 - 2007) Passed away peacefully, at Forest Heights Long Term Care Centre, on Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at the age of 82 years. Herb was the husband and best friend of Mary (nee Hubert) for 59 years. Beloved father of Debbie and her husband Doug Koegler and Tim Penner and his wife Pat. Proud Papa of Joanne and her husband Mike Roberts, Stephanie Koegler and her friend Ryan Schurr and Scott, Chris and Gillian Penner. He had a special place in his heart for his great-granddaughter, Allison Roberts. He will also be lovingly remembered by his brother, Rudy Penner and his wife Judy and sister, Erica and her husband Rev. Henry Dick. Herb was predeceased by his daughter, Sandy Penner; parents, Henry and Maria (Thiessen); brother, Victor Penner and sisters, Helen Goerz and Anita Carroll. Herb was born in Russia in 1924 and came to Canada as a baby. He was a longtime and active member of Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo. He was a Veteran of the Second World War, having served Canada in the Royal Canadian Navy. Prior to his retirement, Herbert enjoyed a 30 year career as a State Farm agent in Waterloo. He and his wife were avid golfers and enjoyed spending time at their home in Fort Myers, Florida. Friends are invited to share their memories of Herbert with his family at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Herb's life and faith will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bruce Sweet officiating. A reception will take place following the service in the funeral home's Fireside Reception Room. Interment will take place at Woodland Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. Condolences for the family and donations to KidsAbility can be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445. In living memory of Herb, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home. (The Record 04 Jan 2007)

 

DESJARDINS, Robert (Bob), P2SG, RCN / CF (Navy) - died at the QEII Hospital in Halifax on January 1st, 2018 at the age of 67. He was born to the late Raoul and Lucienne (Sarrazin) Desjardins in Montreal, QC and was the 7th of 9 children. The Navy brought him to Halifax where he lived for most of his life, although Montreal was always home. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Shirley Paige, his former wife Nancy Cook, his cherished children Robert (Jennifer Moir) and Danielle (Iain MacLeod), stepdaughter Angela Lajoie, the lights of his life; his grandchildren Flynn, James and Vada as well as step-grandchildren Rowan and Kenna to whom he will always be fondly remembered as Grandpapa (Papa) Bob. He is also survived by siblings Claudette (Gilles Dépelteau), André, Yolande, Guy (Line Tremblay), Lucie (Raymond Drouin), many nieces, nephews and other family members. He is predeceased by siblings Gilles, René and Jacques. Bob spent his early career in the Royal Canadian Navy, joining the reserves in 1966 and later the Regular Forces in 1968. He retired from the Navy in 1985 as Petty Officer 2nd Class having worked as Naval Signalman. He later worked for I.M.P. Group in their Technical Publications Department until the early 2000s. Bob also worked as a bookkeeper for many small business owners for almost two decades. Many of his clients became friends and important people in his life for many years. In retirement, Bob most enjoyed travelling near and far with Shirley as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved summer life at the campground that he shared with Shirley in Bridgewater, often hosting friends and family for visits there. He enjoyed reconnecting with old friends from his school years and fellow veterans from his days in the Navy. He had a knack for entertaining and took great pride in cooking wonderful meals for his family to come together at. Bob’s family is grateful for the many extra years he was given thanks to the excellent care from the Heart Function Clinic at the QEII and his family physician Dr. Cooper Stacey among other health professionals who helped him to be able to enjoy life to its fullest over the last few years. A service will be held on Monday January 8th at 1:00 PM in Atlantic Funeral Home located at 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville. Internment to follow for family only. Donations in Bob’s name, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Heart Function Clinic at the QEII Hospital. Online condolences can be made by visiting www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com and selecting the Sackville location.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS SKEENA

SMITH, Gordon Elsworth, AB, V3220, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 16 Jun 1912 son of George L. and Esther Smith; brother of Mrs. Romeo Thiboutot, of Quebec city.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

SMITH, Robert, AB, 3317, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Jul 1920 son of Peter Robert and Emma Smith, of Winnipeg, MB.

 

Ordinary Seaman Robert Smith, 20, joined the navy at Esquimalt, on September 14, 1939 and was among the survivors of the Destroyer Fraser when it sank off the coast of France after colliding with another vessel. Smith was born in Winnipeg and attended Cecil Rhodes school. His last visit to Winnipeg was for three weeks in June. His mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Smith live at 2100 Gallagher Ave. he has three sisters and three brothers, Iva, Annie, Rhea, and Jabie, Joe and Gordon. His brother Jabie, now on active service, has been in the Navy for the past 11 years.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

SMITH, Robert Borden, OS, V266, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 21 Dec 1919 son of Sydney James and Mary Smith, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

SNOWSELL, Ernest Walter, AB, 3308, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 13 Apr 1920 son Son of Henry and Hilda Snowsell, of Kelowna, BC.

 

AB Ernest Walter Snowsell was born at Kelowna, BC, on April 13, 1920. He was educated at the Junior and High Schools in this city. He joined the RCN at Esquimalt, BC, in October, 1938, and, for seven years previously, had been a member of the Grenville Corps of Sea Cadets. Snowsell was first a survivor from HMCS Fraser, which was sunk off the Coast of France in June, 1940, and shortly after that he spoke over the BBC from London. He was lost aboard HMCS Margaree, which was sunk in a collision on the night of October 22nd, 1940, in the North Atlantic Ocean. He was unmarried and is survived by his parents, who reside at RR 3, Kelowna, BC.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

STANDING, Thomas, LS, 2415, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 06 Jan 1913 son of Thomas J. and Agnes Standing, of London; husband of Alice Standing, of Vancouver, BC.

 

Leading Seaman Thomas Standing of Saskatoon was the son of Thomas J. and Agnes Standing of Leeds, South Yorkshire, England, and left a wife Alice at Vancouver. Thomas Jr. was born in South Yorkshire, England on a farm where he was a labourer when he enlisted on September 23, 1929 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, British Columbia.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

STARK, Horace Garner, Tel, V6408, RCNVR, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born19 Mar 1920 son of James S. and Laura B. Stark, of Carleton Place, ON. Brother of Bevis Stark.

 

Horace Garner Stark joined the RCNVR at Ottawa in September, 1939. He was born at Finch, Ontario, on March 19, 1920, and was lost on October 22, 1940 while on duty aboard HMCS Margaree when that vessel collided with another vessel M.V. Port Fairy in the North Atlantic Ocean. Telegraphist Stark was educated first at Finch Public School, and later Carleton Place Public and High School, obtaining his Honor Matriculation and later at the Canadian Electronics Institute. Immediately after his enlistment he was assigned to duty at an Eastern Canadian Port. He joined the HMCS Fraser, which was sunk in June, 1940, off the Bordeaux Coast of France, but luckily escaped. Telegraphist Stark was an accomplished pianist, and had played over the C.B.C. in naval Musicales from Halifax. He was unmarried and is survived by his parents at Carleton Place, where he formerly made his home.

 

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HMCS STADACONA, HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

STEPHENS, Richard Henry, Stoker 1c, V5387, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 21 Oct 1912 brother of Mrs. Theas Annear, of St. Austell, Cornwall, England.

 

Stoker Richard Henry Stephens was another Montréal boy added to the list of those reported missing in the loss of HMCS Margaree today when it was learned the First Class Stoker Richard H. Stephens, 35, listed as from Liverpool, has lived here for the last five years and was a close friend of Ernest O. Hartley, 22, also a stoker lost in the Margaree. Mrs. Hartley, who lives at 407 Sherbrooke street west and was considered by Stephens as his foster mother, received letters today from her son and Stephens, in which they both expressed pleasure at being together again, having just gone aboard the Margaree. Young Hartley's letter was dated October 10 but Stephens' was not dated. "They both joined the RCNVR five years ago," Mrs. Hartley said today, "and were inseparable. Stephens had no mother and signed his letter to me 'Your foster son'." In the list of missing, Stephens' next of kin was given as Theo G. Stephens, sister, and his address as care of Mrs. Tickle, 315 Dingel Park road, Liverpool, England. (The Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust)

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

TODOS, William, AB, 3398, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 02 Jan 1920 son of Roman Todos, and of Mary Todos, of Saskatoon, SK.

 

Able Seaman William Todos, age 21, son of Mrs. Mary Todos, Regina. He was on HMCS Fraser when it was sunk and he was in hospital for 22 weeks with a broken arm, ribs and injuries to his head. His mother received his last letter yesterday, shortly before a wire informing her he was missing and believed lost at sea. The letter said he was feeling swell after his long rest in hospital and that old country people treated him very well. He was a student when he enlisted on April 24, 1939 at Esquimalt, British Columbia.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

UNDERWOOD, John Comber, AB, 3072, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 07 Aug 1920 son of Peter and Annie E. Underwood, of Victoria, BC.

 

Able Seaman John Comber Underwood, age 20, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Underwood, 1215 Pembroke Street, Victoria, BC. He was born in Stettier, AB and went to Victoria in 1927. He joined the Navy as a boy seaman at the age of 17.

 

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HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

LAMBE, Henry Joseph - (10 Apr 1954 - 19 Oct 2017) Age 63, passed away at his residence on October 19, 2017. Henry was born on April 10, 1954 in Marystown, N.L. He was a son of the late Philomena and Henry Lambe (of Newfoundland). Henry settled in Dartmouth, NS. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ann (MacRoberts) Lambe; daughters, Serina Duquette (Frenand), Sonia Lambe (Luke); grandsons, Brandon Duquette, Spencer Duquette, Logan Lambe and granddaughter, Claire-Sharon Duquette. Henry is also survived by brothers, Brian and Lawrence; sisters, Joan Coody (Bill), Bridget Hanrahan (Phil), Florence Walsh (Dan), Mary Power(Tom), Suzanne Keating and many, many nieces and nephews. Henry was predeceased by brothers, Ken, Joe, Richard. Henry retired as a PO2 in the Navy. He served on HMCS Protector and HMCS Preserver as an engineer. Henry was working for the Commissaries of Nova Scotia. Henry will be missed by his family members and all who knew him. There will be a Celebration of Life at 4858 Highway 7, Porters Lake on Sunday, October 29th, at p.m.

 

HMCS PROTECTEUR, HMCS PRESERVER

LAWRENCE, Richard Marc - Age 61 of Cole Harbour, NS passed away on October 22, 2017. He was the son of the late Bill and Doris (Collins) Lawrence. He is survived by his wife Theresa (Boyle) and sons William and Josh, brothers Tony (Jody) Langley, BC, Steven (Lorna) Red Deer, AB, Laura (Dusty) Saskatchewan, sister-in-law Louise, Red Deer, AB and step-mother Pat, Innisfail, AB. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sons Christopher and Ricky in infancy, brothers Todd and Jason. Marc served in the Canadian Navy and later joined the Corp of Commissionaire's. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed reading and listening and sharing a variety of music. He was a faithful member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, a member of Knights of Columbus. Many thanks to all his Doctors, Nurses and the VON. Cremation has taken place under the care of Dartmouth Funeral Homes. Visitation 6 - 9 pm, Tuesday, October 24 at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Cole Harbour with a funeral mass on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 am. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to The Canadian Celiac Association or the St. Vincent de Paul Society Dartmouth.

 

HMCS OKANAGAN

LABRIE, Gervais Lionel (Gerry), CPO - (16 May 1932 - 19 July 2011) It is with sadness that we announce the death of Gervais Lionel 'Gerry' Labrie, after a long and courageous battle with COPD, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Born May 16, 1932 in Rimouski, Quebec, he was the son of the late Lionel and Stella (Belanger) Labrie. Gerry retired as chief petty officer from the RCN after 23 years of service. After leaving the navy, he was employed by Dow Chemical in Sarnia, Ont., Port Hawkesbury, N.S. and Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company, Hantsport, N.S. Gerry enjoyed travelling, hiking, hunting, fishing and reading. He especially enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Big Beach, C.B., playing 45s and having a good drink of rum with friends. He is survived by sisters, Pierrette (Claude) Marman, Michelle (Vince) Hunt; brothers, Camille (Yvette), Alain (Claudette); sister-in-law, Velma Labrie and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by the love of his life, best friend and wife of 50+ years, Marion (Burke) Lebrie; brothers, Giles and Claude. We would like to thank the staff of the Northside Community Guest Home for their care and devotion. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel with Fr. J.A. MacNeil officiating. Donations in Gerry's name may be made to the Northside Community Guest Home.

STOCKING, Malcolm William, WU Tech, RCN - (11 Apr 1935 - 29 Oct 2017) Peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Welland Hospital at 82 years of age. Beloved husband of Winifred for 52 years. Loving father of Brian, Lorraine (James) Rutledge. Dear Papa of Ashley and Kyle and great Papa of Alison and Carter. Dearest brother of Margaret Brooks and uncle of Harvey, Robert, Alice and Kevin. Malcolm served in the Navy for 30 years, mostly submarines. He taught Lakers at Niagara College, First Aid-Firefighting and was a Regional Representative for the St. John Ambulance. A special thank you to Dr. Lovegrove, Dr. Moniz and Dr. Danny Lagrotetta and the Dialysis Team for your care and compassion. In honouring Malcom's wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2000 Merrittville Hwy., Fonthill (corner of Hwy. 20 and Merrittville) on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. Memorial donations to Heart and Stoke Foundation or the Dialysis at the Welland Hospital would be appreciated by the family. 

 

HMS/m ANDREW, HMS/m ANCHORITE, HMCS OJIBWA, HMCS ONONDAGA

MITCHELL, Arthur Blake - (05 July 1923 - 21 April 2013) 89, Oyster Pond, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Blake was born July 5, 1923, in Oyster Pond. He was the eldest son of the late Morris and Emma (Blakeney) Mitchell. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Marion Webber and brother, Garnet. He is survived by daughter, Christine, Oyster Pond; sister, Una Hingston, Dartmouth; as well as several nieces and nephews. As a young man Blake worked for Imperial Oil in Dartmouth. In 1942 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he served as chief stoker on the HMCS Preserver, operating in the Battle of the Atlantic for the duration of the war. Afterwards he and his father owned and operated a sawmill. He later became an electrical, plumbing, and heating contractor. Blake was known for his easygoing gentle manner, generous spirit, and dry sense of humour. He was a founding member of the Oyster Pond and Area Volunteer Fire Department, and belonged to St. John's Anglican Church and Four Harbours Legion (East Ship Harbour). He had a passion for genealogy and was a respected historian in his community. He spent many hours researching and compiling information on the computer. In earlier years he loved to travel with relatives and friends to explore historical sites of interest. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 25th in St. John's Anglican Church, Oyster Pond at 2 p.m. Rev. Tricia Ingram, Rev. Mike Foley, and Pastor Aubrey Deslatte officiating. Committal will be in St John's Anglican Cemetery with a catered reception to follow in the Oyster Pond Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Church, Oyster Pond, as well as Lake Charlotte Heritage Society. The family wishes to thank the staff of Dartmouth General, 3 East, those who gave assistance over the last few weeks, and the many others who have been friends to Blake over the years, especially the 'Coffee Crowd'. We wish to also acknowledge the compassionate care of Emergency Health Services.

 

HMCS PRESERVER

CHASE, Carrie Elizabeth (Betty), WRCNS (1925-2017) - Age 92, of Truro. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother and grandmother on Friday, November 3, 2017. Betty was born in Bay Bulls Arm (Sunnyside) N.L., a daughter of James and Sarah Jane Hutchings. Betty left Newfoundland in 1943 to join the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon being discharged at the end of the war, she moved to Kentville where she met her future husband Harry. They settled happily in Truro to raise their family. She was loved by many and made friends wherever she went. Betty will be sadly missed by her daughters, Debbie (Gordie) Crowell and Shelley (Cal) Buechler; grandchildren, Matthew (Shawna), Jon (Lisa), Jennifer (Corey), Zoe and Seth; great-grandsons, Jamie and Nathan and many nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Harry; beloved daughter, Linda and sisters, Winnie, Gladys and Judy. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at later date on a beautiful sunny Donations in memory of Betty be made to the charity of the choice. Burial will be in Terrance Hill Cemetery, Truro, Nova Scotia.

 

When tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart, For every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart.

GOODWIN, Dennis C. (1925-2017) - of Moncton, passed away at The Moncton Hospital, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the age of 92 year's. Dennis retired from the NB Liquor Corporation with 23 years service. He attends St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. A veteran of WW. II he served overseas with Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 - 1945. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. # 6 Moncton, The Riverview Veterans and Armed Forces Association, the Canadian Navy Association, the air Force Vets Club and the Combines Operation Association. He is survived by his wife Wanda MacPherson-Goodwin; daughter Nancy Roberts (Myles) of Riverview; step-children Linda Bourdage (Danny), Orva Smith (Late Terry), Sally MacPherson, James MacPherson (the late Florence), Lorne (Karen), Harvey (Diane) and David (Sheri); several grandchildren, great grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by wives Nelda (Smith) and Roberta (Comeau), sister Margaret Firth; brother Jack Goodwin; and by a son Douglas Goodwin and his wife Betty. Visitation will be held at Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home on Wednesday November 8, 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm & 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a Veteran's service on Wednesday at 3:50pm at the funeral home. The Funeral service will be held at Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00am with The Venerable Rev. Brent Ham officiating. Interment will be in Fairhaven Memorial Gardens. Donations in Dennis' memory made to the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church building fund would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB (506) 857-8564.

VENNE, Joseph Raoul Georges, Victualling Assistant, 40502, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 12 Jun 1916 son of Jean Paul and the late Mathilda Venne, of L'Assomption, QC.

 

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HMCS MARGAREE

WATKINS, Harry, Sig, 3031, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 14 Mar 1920 son of George and Harriett Watkins, of Winnipeg, MB.

 

Ordinary Signaller Harry Watkins, 20, joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 16 as a boy seaman. He graduated from Kelvin high school in June, 1936, and in July was in the navy. He worked up to the rank of ordinary signaller and at the outbreak of war was on service in Great Britain. He came back to Canada on HMCS Assiniboine and for a while he served in HMCS Saguenay. After the sinking of HMCS Fraser, young Watkins was transferred to HMCS Margaree which replaced the ill-fated Fraser on active service in the war zone.

 

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HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE

WEBB, Horace Merle, LS, 2822, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 30 Apr 1917 son of Frederick Henry and Ethel Louise Webb, of Victoria, BC.

 

Leading Seaman Horace Merle Webb, age 23, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Henry and Ethel Louise Webb, of Victoria. He was born in Winnipeg and attended Lord Selkirk primary and St John's Technical School. For six years he was a paper carrier for Winnipeg Free Press. He Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1936 and was one of the first to be called for service the next year. He was a survivor of the Fraser sinking, a brother is aboard the destroyer HMCS Ottawa.

 

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WEBB, Valentine Gordon, Sto PO, 21195, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 05 Nov 1907 son of Mrs. George Burland, of San Jose, California, USA; husband of Mary Eileen Webb. of Vancouver, BC.

 

Stoker Petty Officer Valentine Gordon Webb, age 32 leaves his wife; Mary Eileen Webb, of Vancouver an eight year old daughter and three-year old twin sons. They reside at 4321 Cambridge Street. Stoker Petty Officer Webb joined the navy as a lad of 14 and had just passed his examinations for chief petty officer. He left Vancouver when the war started, and joined the destroyer HMCS Fraser. He was trapped in the engine room when she sank off Bordeaux. For more than an hour he stood in water up to his neck, and survived only to die on HMCS Margaree when it went down.

 

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WEISER, Lincoln Edward, Stoker 2c, 21672, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 31 Dec 1920 son of Nicholas Albert and Clara Weiser, of High River, AB; husband of Ada Jean Weiser, of High River, AB, father of two children.

 

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WHEELER, Victor Spencer, AB, 3268, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 11 May 1919 son of Cyril H. and Freda Wheeler, of Nanton, AB.

 

Victor S. Wheeler was born at Nanton, Alberta, where he was educated and was the first to make the supreme sacrifice from this city. He joined the navy at Esquimalt, B.C., in October, 1938. Seaman Wheeler was an excellent athlete and took many prizes and trophies at high school sports meets. He was unmarried and is survived by his father, Mr. C.H. Wheeler, Postmaster at Nanton, Alberta.

 

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WIGHT, Allan Ernest, Stoker 2c, 40555, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 07 Mar 1920 son of Frank Harold and Gertrude Wight, of Ottawa, ON.

 

Stoker Allan Ernest Wight is a survivor of the sinking of HMCS Fraser. Before enlisting he attended a business course at Ottawa High School of Commerce. Allan served first in the Canadian Navy as a victualling assistant on HMCS Skeena. Nine months ago he was made a stoker and shortly after the outbreak of the war he served on an Atlantic minesweeper. After he recovered from his wounds suffered on the Fraser he was discharged from the Royal Naval Hospital, Portsmouth. He joined the crew of HMCS Margaree. He lost is life when HMCS Margaree was lost on October 22, 1940.

 

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WILLIAMS, Robert John, AB, 2805, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 09 Oct 1919 son of Edward and Rachael Williams, of Esquimalt, BC. Robert's brother James died while serving in HMCS SIOUX.

 

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WILSON, Charles McNeil, PO, 2371, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 27 Mar 1909 of Charles H. and Elizabeth E. Wilson, of Vancouver, BC.

 

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WILSON, George Reynolds, ERA 4c, 25041, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 22 Jul 1914 son of John and Beatrice Maud Wilson, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Engine Room Artificer George Reynolds Wilson enlisted in September 14, 1939 with the RCNVR official Naval Number V25041 and later transferred to the RCN official Naval Number 21651.

 

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WOOD, Stanley Edmondson, AB, 3094, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 02 Jul 1919 son of Percy Gordon Wood and Olive Mary Wood, of Vancouver, BC; husband of Lola Blanche Wood, of Vancouver, BC

 

Able Seaman Stanley Edmondson Wood of Ogema, Saskatchewan, who was lost with HMCS Margaree. Able Seaman Wood was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Wood, of Ogema, where Mr. Wood is Royal Bank manager. Besides his parents he is survived by his wife and 11 months old son, Gordon, in Vancouver. Born in Eastend, Saskatchewan, on July 02, 1919. He attended schools at Moosomin and Ogema. He joined the navy at Esquimalt in September 15, 1937. He served on the Fraser, later a mine sweeper. In England waiting for HMCS Margaree to be fitted he was attached to land Defence force in charge of a Lewis Gun.

 

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YOUNG, Alfred, AB, 3007, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Born 31 Mar 1920 son of George Chesley Young and Jessie C. Young, of Regina, SK.

 

Able Seaman Alfred Young of Regina was the son of George Chesley and Jessie C. Young, attended Scott collegiate and was a student when he enlisted on July 12, 1937 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, British Columbia. Young survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser.

 

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BIELBY, Victor, LSAA - peacefully passed away August 29, 1989 at the age of 65 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Betty); also two daughters, Jan (Gary) Peever and Maureen (Mike) Leroux, all of Victoria; four grandchildren, Gary, Tanya, Kathleen, Steven plus one sister, Vi of Regina and one brother, Jack of halifax. Memorial service to be held Thursday, August 31 at St. Andrews Chapel, CFB Esquimalt at 2:00 p.m. Padres Ken Benner and John Wilcox officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Lions Society for Crippled Children, 3937 Quadra Street, Victoria. Cremation.

 

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LOCKWOOD, Cornelia (Corrie), WRCNS - Age 70 of Mill Village, Queens Co., passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, she was a daughter of the late Karel and Wilhelmina (Nouwland) van Baarsel. Corrie served with the Canadian Armed Forces in the Navy for over 12 years as well as in the civil service following her military career. She was a member of Bethany United Church and the UCW. She is survived by her husband of 44years, Michael; her daughter, Melissa (Jack) Robinson of Western Head; her son, James (Tracy) of London, England; her stepdaughters, Debra (Donnie) Swartz of Plympton; Vicki Sguigna of Mill Village; her stepson, Kevin (Cavell) Lockwood of Airdrie, Alta.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson; her brother, Karel (Gail) of Windsor, Ont. Besides her parents, Corrie was predeceased by her sister, Ineke Roberts. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 2nd, at 11 a.m. in Chandlers' Funeral Chapel, Liverpool, Lay Minister Peter Anthony officiating. Reception to follow. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to Bethany United Church, Mill Village or to Mill Village Community Cemetery.

PERIGORD, Denis Edward - (05 Oct 1941 - 01 Dec 2017) Age 76, of Aylesford, Kings Co., passed away peacefully on December 1, 2017, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Marie LeBlanc; his daughters, Danielle MacIntyre and Nadine Laybolt; son, Jared Perigord; grandchildren, Ian MacIntyre and Ross MacIntyre; sisters, Lucille Panco and Suzanne Perigord. Everyone knows what a practical joker Dad was. He never indicated if he had a motto for life but if we had to guess, it would be 'Always leave them laughing'. During this time, our family is remembering all those silly stories and smiling. We invite you to do the same. There will be no visitation or service. Donations in his memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St.

 

MANNING, Vivian Clarence (Vic), RP, RCN - (09 Jun 1933 - 09 Dec 2017) It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Vic Manning, of Grand Desert, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather at the age of 84. He died peacefully on December 9, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Vic was born June 9, 1933 in Devonport, England. He lost both his parents during the Second World War. When he was 16 he came to Canada. A year later he joined Her Majesty's Royal Canadian Navy and volunteered to serve in the Korean War. After returning to Canada Vic was posted to Halifax where he served as a radar plotter on HMCS Ontario, Athabaskan, Huron, Buckingham, Annapolis, Qu'Appelle, Magnificent, Bonaventure, and Skeena. He met the love of his life, Veronica Julien, at a dance hall in Halifax. They were married on July 16, 1955. From the day he met Veronica, her happiness always came first. Vic was very involved in his parish church, St. Anselm's, as a Eucharistic Minister, reader, and serving on Parish counsel. He was also a very dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus. After retiring from the navy he worked for Canada Post. Vic was very proud of his four children and instilled in them the importance of family. He would do anything for his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Family always came first. Vic was predeceased by his parents, Edwin Arthur 'Alf' Manning and Winnifred Elsie Kathleen (Virgo); brother in infancy, Edward; and sisters, Barbara Bradbury, Mavis Johnson, Dorothy Blaney and Margaret Whittaker. He is survived by his loving wife, Veronica (Julian); children, Craig (Stacie Fowler), Scott (Wendy Miller), Blair (Susan Saunders), Loretta (Wayne Matheson); grandchildren, Olivia, Carli, Gillian, Isabella, Nicole, Mitchell, Tyler and Lindsay and great-grandchildren, Lily and Amelia. Thank you to Dr. Laukkanen and nurses, Department of Radiation Oncology Halifax Infirmary, and to Dr. Smith, nurses and staff, Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. In particular, we would like to thank charge nurse Shannon, Palliative Care nurse Melanie and dining room staff Shelly for their compassion and kindness throughout Vic's admission and in particular during his last few days. Memorial mass will be held in St. Anselm's Parish at 11 a.m. on December 16th, Highway 207, West Chezzetcook. Reception to follow in St. Anselm's Church hall. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. 

 

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MORRISON, Ivan - Passed away peacefully December 9, 2017 at the age of 79 years. Born in Manchester South, Smithington, England, he was the son of the late Walter and Ruby (Bates) Morrison. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and served aboard the HMCS Truro as well as the HMCS Bonaventure (Aircraft Carrier) during the 1950's and 60's which had a lasting impact on his life as he loved anything to do with the sea. Ivan became an accomplished artist which, of course, included works depicting navy vessels of all types and more recently paintings of historic rural churches. He was Commanding Officer of the 88 Truro Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps for many years and ran the family business, White Sail Draperies in Truro until his retirement. He is survived by his partner, Doris Pyke; sons, Jon (Betty) and Peter, and daughter, Nancy; grandchildren, Brendan, Kate, Maggie, Joy and Eva; and great-grand children, Weston and Chloe. He is also survived by his former wife, Donna MacLellan (Crowe). He will be missed by all. A celebration of Ivan's life will be held on Friday, December 15th, at 11 a.m. in Church of St. Andrew, 2 Circassion Dr., Cole Harbour, NS B2W 5C2 with Rev. Catherine Boubonniere officiating. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Cremation is taking place under the care of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd.

 

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Webmaster's note: Ivan Morrison obituary indicates he served in HMCS Truro, however, the Truro was paid off in 1945 when Ivan would have been about 8 years old and there has been no ship named HMCS Truro in the RCN since. The ref to HMCS Truro may be to the sea cadet corps RCSCC Truro.

MERCER, William Lorne - age 71, Halifax, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2017 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born on Bell Island, N.L. IN 1946, he was a son of the late Llewellyn and Florence (Squires) Mercer. William had served with the Royal Canadian Navy, last ship to have served on was the HMCS Saguenay. He was a long-time employee of the Halifax Shipyards. He is survived by son, Robert; daughters, Shelly Ford, Lorna Harnish (Dwayne), all of Halifax; brothers, Wallace (Sandra), Noel (Jill); sisters, Florence Varanese (Mike), Linda Basher-Kerr (Ray), Marg Gomm (Gary), Karen Goldman, all of Ontario; sister-in-law, Shirley Mercer; grandchildren, Darrian, Jordan, Jennessa, Tyler, and Lyndsay and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Constance; brothers, Robert and Raymond. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. No visitation or service by request, interment to take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

 

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GOTTFRIED, James Alan (Jim) - age 56, Prospect, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017. Born in Kitchener, Ont., he was a son of Elizabeth (Robertson) Gottfried and the late Douglas Gottfried. Jim served in the Navy for ten years aboard the HMCS Saguenay and several other ships. He attended DeVry College and received a degree in Computer Science, later working for Manulife until 2006. He loved science fiction, computers and anything to do with electronics. Jim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ann Marie; brothers, Bill (Lois), Don, Terry (Robin), Randy (Louisa) and Chris; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Mike Gottfried. In keeping with Jim's wishes there will be no visitation or service.

 

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FORBES, Ross H., Signalman - (29 June 1920 - 07 May 2016) Passed away peacefully at Parkwood Veteran's Hospital, London, Ontario on Saturday, May 7th 2016 joining his wife Isabella Smith (Anderson) Forbes on the anniversary of her birthday. Ross was in his 96th year. Ross will be greatly missed by his son Ross (Una) Forbes and his daughter Barbara (Len) Boychuk. He was loved by his six grandchildren Derek, Kim, John, Pam, Jason and Victoria and fondly remembered by his ten great grandchildren. Ross served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII as a signalman on the Drumheller. He was a dedicated employee of Sarnia's Ethyl Corporation where he worked for over 25 years. During his life Ross was an active member of the Noruh Grotto club of Port Huron, a regular competitor at the Woodstock Curling Club and a proud veteran who completed more than 70 years of active Royal Canadian Legion membership. Visitation will take place at the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004), Saturday May 14th 2016 from 10 - 11am, where a complete service will take place at 11am. A private family interment will take place at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55 or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated and can be made through Brock and Visser Funeral Home.

 

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FOWLER, Robert Allan, CPO1, RCN (20 Mar 1942 - 04 Nov 2017) - Bob, Pa, Pappy, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2017 at the age of 75 with his wife and children by his side. He died as he had lived - saw there was a job to do so he "got at 'er and got 'er done." True to form, he was cracking jokes and extending kindness as he departed. Sailor, artist, engineer, woodworker, storyteller, angler, crib player, dart shark, mirth maker. He loved his family deeply and will be dearly missed by his wife Rosemary (nee Hemstreet), children John (Rena) and Sara (Matt), grandchildren Athena and Shota, brother Ray (Bev), sisters Margie Parham (Tom) and Marie Osier (Jerry) and sister-in-law Jacquelin, as well as extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Jim and Anita, sister Fran, and brother Jimmy. We thank him for the limitless love and knowledge he shared with us. Bob and his family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the "angels" on staff at the Royal Jubilee Respiratory Health Unit. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob's name to The War Amps. All ashore that's going ashore.

 

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McNUTT, David Roy - (08 June 2017) Age 65, died peacefully at home in London, Ontario, on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 with his loving wife, Anna, by his side. Born in Owen Sound Ontario, he was the son of Harold McNutt (Truro, Nova Scotia) and the late Dorothy (Burrows) McNutt. Dave grew up in Canso, Nova Scotia, followed by 30 years in the military in Halifax, most of that time as a Submariner. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting and outdoor sports, cottage life on the lake and ski-doing with his family. His retirement years were spent in London, Ontario enjoying life travelling with Anna and playing golf. Dave will be sadly missed by his wife of 33 years Anna (Moss) McNutt; by his Nova Scotia family: father, Harold McNutt; sisters, Donna (Dan) Dodge, Karen (Sid) Lomond, and Linda McNutt; brothers: Alvin (Jill) and Bruce (Margie); and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Larry. Dave will also be fondly remembered by his Newfoundland family: Lorne and Verna Moss (Powell); brother in-law Jeffrey Moss; sisters in-law: Sharon (Paul) Moss, Glenda and Barbara Moss; nieces and nephews. Dave's family would like to express thanks to the doctors, nurses and support teams at the London Health Sciences Foundation for their excellent care and compassion during his illness. Special thanks to his family practitioner, Dr. Henry Chapeskie, Dr. Adam Power and the Vascular team, and Dr. Faisal Rehman, Nephrology. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be returned to the East Coast, at a later date, at which time a celebration of his life will be held. Donations in Dave's memory may be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation - Vascular Surgery Department at www.lhsf.ca

 

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STINSON, David Arnold, AB (25 Sep 1925 - 05 Nov 2017) - WW2 Veteran, age 92, died at home in Ohio, Antigonish County, surrounded by loved ones, on November 5, 2017. Born on September 25, 1925, to Marguerite Coles and Arnold Stinson, in Toronto, Ontario, David led a full life. In his youth, he attended University of Toronto Schools, and spent summers working at the family lumber mill and as a farmhand. During WWII, David joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served as an able seaman in the North Atlantic. After the war he attended medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated with honours in 1949. He then completed his masters in Biophysics at McGill University in Montreal, where he met his first wife Anna Cichanowicz. Returning to Toronto, he specialized in Cardiology and was the chief of Outpatient and Emergency Department services at the Toronto General Hospital. During his time in Toronto he was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Vice President of the Royal Canadian Institute, President of the University of Toronto Medical Alumni, and the physician-in-chief of the Runnymede Hospital. In 1969, he took an interest in Zen Buddhism, studying under Suzuki Roshi. Subsequently, he studied Tibetan Buddhism with Choyam Trumpa Rimpoche and helped to establish the first Dharmadatu in Toronto. He met his second wife, Janey Humphreys, at a retreat and they moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1984. Settling in the Ohio Valley, he followed his dream of being a farmer- herding goats and growing vegetables. He started a holistic medical practice and was a Shambala meditation instructor in Antigonish. Common threads through David's life were a love of people, nature, water, art, and music. His curiosity and passionate interest in people and their stories made him an astute diagnostician. The joy he took in meeting new people and forming friendships made his home a place where all were welcome - practitioners, artists, friends, animals, foreigners, and neighbours alike. He was drawn to water, sailing out of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, swimming and canoeing at Red Pine (Haliburton, Ontario), and later, walking the beaches of Nova Scotia. Inspired by nature and his Buddhist practice, his focus in art changed from landscape sketches and watercolours, to performance art in the 1970s, and then to a practice of zen calligraphy. From his childhood singing as a choir boy at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, he continued delight in music and embraced the musical tradition of Nova Scotia, playing the bourdon. In his later years, he would sit by the fire in his cabin overlooking the garden, meditate, read, write, listen to music, and take joy in the people around him. With his passing, we celebrate a brilliant and caring physician, teacher, father, storyteller, and World War II veteran. David is survived by his sister, Mary Watt; his children, Johanna, Michael, Trevor, Frederick, Julie, and Laura Stinson; his grandchildren, Jeremy Lee, Jordan Stinson, Laura Stinson, Noah Cassidy-Stinson, Hannah Bates; his nieces and nephews, Kathy Morrison, David Stinson, and Peter, John and Robert Watt. He was predeceased by his brother, Fred Stinson; nephew, George Stinson; and grandsons, Forest Priestley and Zoe Cassidy. David was buried in St.Joseph's Cemetery, Antigonish, NS on November 6th, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Joseph's Lakeside Community Centre on Saturday, November 11, at 3 pm. In Memoriam, donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the All of Us Society for Art Presentation ("ASAP Artist Run Centre") appreciated. Online condolences.

MacKINLAY, Russell Anthony - (26 Sep 1918 - 14 Dec 2017) Passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017 surrounded by his family. Russell was born on September 26, 1918 in Trenton. He graduated from Mount Allison University and Technical University of Nova Scotia with his Bachelor of Engineering. During his time at Mount Allison University, Russell attended the Officers Training Program and then served in the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic during the Second World War. After the war, he worked in Quebec as a Mechanical Engineer and returned to Nova Scotia to go into business with his father- in-law at Patterson's Store in Berwick. Russell also worked for Marlite Enterprise before he began his teaching career at Central Kings Rural High School. He taught for nearly 20 years before retiring. Russell was a passionate educator and shared his enthusiasm for learning with everyone he met. Russ and Barb were world travelers, and shared a particular love for Barbados where he enjoyed his winters for more than 25 years. His last trip was in 2014 at the age of 96. He spent the last three years of his life in Sutherland Harris Veterans Unit in Pictou. Russell was predeceased by his parents, Bella (Munroe) and Sam MacKinlay; his sister, Mae (Roy); his wife Barbara (Patterson), and daughter, Margaret, known lovingly as Meg. He is survived by his children, Hartt (Carolyn), Ian (Marilyn), Catherine MacLean (Stirling); his grandchildren, Patrick (Janine), Wendy (Jason), Colin (Lauren), Rory, Ryan, Lindsay (Robie), Gillian (Jeremy), and Barbara; and his great-grandchildren, Logan, Jayden, Kohen, Piper, Adriana, Jude, Emmett, Lane, Kinley and Elliott. Thank you to the entire care team and volunteers at the Pictou Veterans Unit and the Aberdeen Hospital, and to Drs. Cooper, George, Schnare and Kwasnik. Russell has been cremated under the care of R.H. Porter Funeral Home in New Glasgow. Interment will be in the family plot in Aylesford.

MORGAN, Maurice Richard (Dick), RN / Cdr (SB) (Meteorology), RCN (14 July 1917 - 14 December 2017) Retired Meteorologist and Oceanographer, Ph.D. from Exeter University at age 83, Member of the Naval Officer's Association, Member of the Royal Canadian Meteorological/ Oceanographic Society. It is with great sadness that the family of Maurice 'Dick' Morgan announce his passing on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 in the Belmont Long Term Care Facility, Belleville, Ont. at the age of 100. Dick Morgan, of Belleville, Ont. formerly of Ottawa, Ont., Halifax and Cornwall, England, was the son of the late Harry Morgan and Winnifred (Anning)and loving husband of the late Pamela 'Pam'(Wilkinson). Dick was the beloved father of Liz Marshall (Christopher) of Belleville, Ont.; Sheila Evans (Owen) of Ottawa, Ont.; and Veronica Leonard (Colin) of Belleville, Ont. He is survived by his only sister, Barbara Lavers of Maidenhead, England. Dick was the cherished grandfather of Michael, Jason, and Lucas Marshall; Steven Tor, Storm, and Adam Boswick; Zoe Beaulac, Bronwen Gagne, and Geoffrey Leonard; and by his 13 great-grandchildren. Uncle Dick is fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews in England. In keeping with Dick's wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of John R. Bush Funeral Home, 80 Highland Ave., Belleville, Ont. (613-968-5588). A Celebration of Dick's Life will be held at a later date. A complete history of Dick's life and career can be found at http://bulletin.cmos.ca/cmos-founding-member-dick-morgan-turns-100/ Dick's ashes will be returned home to Cornwall, England, where they will be scattered at sea. Donations in Dick's memory can be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Hospice Quinte, or to a charity of choice. 

FLEMING, Ruth, WRCNS - (09 Aug 1919 - 17 Dec 2017) Age 98, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2017 in St. Vincent's Nursing Home, Halifax. Born in New Liskeard, Ont., she was a daughter of the late Donald Stewart and Minerva Ester (Hansman) Stewart. Ruth lived life to the fullest. She was married to Paul Fleming on August 2, 1944 in Montreal before moving to Halifax where she continued to lead an active life while raising their four boys. Ruth was employed with the Northern Telephone Company in 1938. She served in the Women's Royal Naval Service as a Wren Tel in the Second World War; a former member of Fairfield Chapter, Windsor, Order of the Eastern Star, member of Athena Temple, Daughters of the Nile, Halifax. She was a long time member of All Saints Cathedral, and the Anniversary Group of the Anglican Church Women. Along with her husband, she loved to travel, socialize and entertain. She was an avid reader, loved to knit, sew, quilt, a good crossword puzzle and her cat. Ruth is survived by her sons, John (Heather), Lakeside; Charles, Amherst; cherished grandchildren, Brandan, Kelsey, Angela and Christopher; great-grandson, Nicolas. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. R. A. P. Fleming; sons, David and Robert. She was a long-time resident of Oxford Court, Halifax before entering St. Vincent's Nursing Home just a couple of years ago. Cremation has taken place under the care of J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Drive, Halifax. A private family Memorial Service will be held in All Saints Cathedral. Interment in All Saints Cathedral Columbarium. Many thanks to the 5th Floor staff of St. Vincent's Nursing Home and all those who helped take care of Ruth.

MALONE, Gerald Richard (Bugzy), Stwd, CF (Navy) / MSE Op, CF (15 Nov 1957 - 21 Dec 2017) Age 60 of Surf Lodge Nursing Home, Lockeport, formerly of Bible Hill, Truro, passed away in Roseway Hospital on December 21, 2017. Born in Yarmouth, he was a son of the late Radford and Virginia (Nickerson) Malone. In 1977 Jerry joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served aboard the HMCS Margaree as a Stewart. Two Years later he remustered to MSE Op and subsequently served at CFB Gagetown, N.B, CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany, CFS Penhold, Alberta, before retiring from CFS Debert in 1997. Following his retirement he opened Bugzy Malone Driving School. This enabled him to have many hours of enjoyment teaching young and old the driving rules and regulations and the proper techniques. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Alfreda; special daughter, Prattana Tapannon; brother, Michael (Judy); sisters, Shirley Proctor, Barbara Nickerson, Mary Ellen (Courtney)Ross, and Debbie Waybret; Sisters in- law, Ellen Suttle and Mary Collishaw; brothers-in-law, Walter (Noreen) MacDonald and Greg D'entremont as well as multiple nieces and nephews who were all special in their own way. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Gary 'Bo' and sister, Janice Atkinson. He will be sadly missed for his kind and generous heart. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 29th from 7-9 p.m. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Lockeport. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 30th at 2 p.m. in the United Church, Lockeport with Rev. Kevin Cox officiating. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Lockeport and Area First Responders or Lockeport Cemetery Fund.

 

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JOHNSTON, Gordon William (1947-2017) - age 70, Port Hawkesbury, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2017, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by his loving family. He was a son of the late William and Margaret (Fleming) Johnston. He is survived by the his loving wife of 48 years, Freda (Richardson) and his beautiful daughters, Juanita (Dave) and Tracy (Lucien), of Port Hawkesbury, as well as his handsome grandsons, Jordan Bissonnette, Jacques Gerroir and Andre Gerroir, who were his pride and joy. Also surviving are his sisters, Heather (Donnie) Broome, Joyce Johnston and Nancy (Kevin) Stewart. He was predeceased by his brothers, Jack and Kenny and is survived by many nieces and nephews. Born in Edmonton, Alta., he was raised as an 'Air Force Brat' and lived in many parts of Canada. He did a short stint in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Provider and then aboard the CGS Chebucto with the Department of Fisheries. In 1972 he began a 30 year career with Nova Scotia Power at the Point Tupper Generating Station finishing his career as the Senior Operations Supervisor. After a brief retirement he decided to go back to the payroll as Chief Power Engineer at St. FX University. Besides being a dedicated son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and uncle, he was a dedicated volunteer in the Strait Area. Gordon served as a tireless and dedicated volunteer for over 30 years with Port Hawkesbury Lions Club. Provincially he served as the District Governor for Nova Scotia in 1990-1991 and nationally as Chairman of the Board for the Lions Foundation of Canada where they honored him as a lifetime member of their foundation. In his own community of Judique, he served on the board of the Judique and Area Development Association and the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre. His love of sports lead him all over the province to enjoy watching his grandsons play. Gordon loved the game of golf with his 'buddies' but more recently his love for genealogy and photography occupied his days. Many thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at St. Martha's Regional Hospital, PCU and the nurses in the Chemo Department at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Special thanks to his go to doctors, Dr. Maude MacInnis and Dr. Kate MacInnis. Visitation will be Friday, December 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral service will be Saturday, December 30th at 11 a.m. in St. Marks United Church, Port Hawkesbury. Burial at a later date. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Centre at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.

 

HMCS PROVIDER

POWER, John Kevin, Lt (S), RCNVR / Capt, RCN (07 Jun 1922 - 27 Dec 2017) Age 95, died peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII on December 27, 2017. Born and educated in Montreal, he was a son of Nicholas Power and Bridget Elizabeth 'Lillie' Callaghan. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Madeline (Fitzgerald) (of Halifax); his parents; his brothers, Walter (Montreal); Bishop William (Antigonish); his sisters, Ruth (Montreal); Sisters Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary of the Religious of the Sacred Heart (Halifax). He is survived by his children, John (Nadine), Charlottetown; Nicholas, Toronto; Brian (Sharon Scott), Markdale, Ont.; Sarah, Toronto; Jeffrey (Marion), Halifax; Robert, Calgary; Jane Power-Grimm (Brian), Annapolis Royal, and Jennifer (Eric Flanders), Halifax; sister-in-law, Nancy (Elliot) Whitby; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was enrolled into the RCNVR in December 1942 as an Acting Pay Sub Lieutenant and on graduation from McGill University (B.Com) in April '43, he was sent to Esquimalt, B.C. for training and employment, following which he commissioned with HMCS Victoriaville as its Supply Officer in October 1944. The ship was then employed in the Battle of the Atlantic until the war's end. Following the war he transferred to the Regular Force of the RCN where he served for 32 years. During this period he had a very successful and enjoyable career in a variety of positions at sea, on both coasts and Headquarters in Ottawa in the RCN and the Unified Service. Of special interest to him were his appointments as Supply Officer HMCS Bonaventure, OIC Naval Supply Depot Halifax, Director of Pay Services and Co-Chairman of the Treasury Board - DND Task Force on Military Compensation. His final appointment before retiring in 1974 was Chief of Staff (Administration and Resources) at Maritime Command Headquarters Halifax. Following his retirement he won the competition for the position of Atlantic Regional Director for Statistics Canada. He held this position for 13 years, retiring in 1987. He and Madeline enjoyed travel and visits from their many children. He was active in many Naval, community, and athletic affairs. One of the original Trustees of the Canada's Naval Memorial HMCS Sackville, he was also a member of the Naval Officers Association, Royal United Services Institute, Probus Club, Hartlen Point Golf Club, the Waegwaltic Club, and was very active in his church. The family would like to thank the staff at Camp Hill, especially those of V4 Eastwood. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Friday, December 29th in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1725 Oxford St. at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30th. A reception will be held following the Mass in the church hall. Burial for family members only at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Family flowers only, donations can be made to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, or charity of choice.

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE, HMCS ALGONQUIN

LAFRENIERE, Gilbert, CD, PO1, Clearance Diver (27 Jan 1963 - 11 Dec 2017) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert. He was predeceased by his parents, Real and Claudette. Survived by his wife of 30 years,Anna; daughters, Alexa 'Aj' (Brendan) and Gilann (Bill); stepdaughter, Janelle (Tony); grandchildren, Hailie, Jacob and Cynthia; siblings, Luc (Josee), Lise (Jean Marc), Monique, Ginette (Alain), Sylvie (Bruno), Julie (Guy); and many nephews and nieces; in laws, Thelma, Jack (Joan), Doreen, Violet (Harold), Bob (Marie), Joan (Ted), Judy (Tom), Donna, Brenda (Doug), Sandra (Bob), Boyd (Barbara),Barry; many nephews and nieces in laws. Gil was born and raised in Hull, Que. and at the age of 20 joined the Navy where he became a Ship's Diver and then a Clearance Diver. Having proudly served 31 years in the 'MOB' and reaching the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class he decided to 'pull the plug'. He certainly loved being a diver and his diving family. Gil loved all sports and as a toddler his parents put a pair of skates on his feet and his love of hockey was born. He turned out to be pretty good at the game his team mates loved him - the other team certainly did not. He was also a referee for many years. Woodworking was a passion of his and he made many beautiful pieces over the years. But his greatest love was his wife and children. An outstanding father and husband, Gil was patient, kind, respectful, considerate and graciously accepted whatever life bought his way. He will be missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on January 9th, at Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic, 176 Marine Parade Dr., Shearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. 

 

Portrait of PO1 Labreniere

McCLURE, Darrell Thomas, Clearance Diver, RCN - It is with great sadness, Darrell's family regretfully announces his passing on December 26, 2017 at age 69. He was the eldest son of Joseph Thomas and Shirley Brenda (Jollymore) McClure (of Kentville). Darrell (Tom) had a lifelong love of art and began his artistic studies as a young man helping and learning from the staff at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. His passion for the sea led him to join the Royal Canadian Navy at 17 years of age, serving as a clearance diver. After leaving the navy, he studied at the Vancouver College of Art. While in British Columbia, he also spent time on Coast Guard vessels. Darrell returned to the East Coast in the 1970's to attend NSCAD, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture. His passion for technical knowledge and his natural artistic talent proved to be invaluable assets to his fellow students and friends. Darrell was a tireless worker, often helping others with art supplies or technical design problems. In 1976 he married his fellow art student, Margaret Abel. Together they moved to the Annapolis Valley where he took a position as Graphic Design instructor with the Nova Scotia Community College. Upon retirement, Darrell immersed himself in his many passions, carving, woodworking, and collecting objects of interest, only to name a few. Always carrying No. 8B pencils, he was infamous for his art creations on every flat surface, from his studio walls to place mats at the restaurants he frequented. Darrell was a voracious reader of technical, historical and science-fiction books. His generosity to his family was legendary and he will be greatly missed at our family gatherings. Darrell was predeceased by his parents; brother Kirk; and infant son, Andrew. He is survived by his daughter, Lesley Anne; friend and former wife, Margaret; sister, Karen (Purcell) Stockley; niece, Kaitlyn, and nephew, Nathan. 'Grumpy Darrell' will be especially missed by his grandsons, Drew and Jaxson. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Middleton Funeral Home 398 Main St., 902-825-3448. A remembrance gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.

LOGAN, Wilfred R. (30 Sep 1924 - 23 Dec 2017) - It is with profound sadness the family of Wilfred R. Logan of Halifax, announces his passing in Parkstone Enhanced Care, at the age of 93, on December 23, 2017. Wilf was a devoted and loving husband to Ethel for 64 years until her passing in 2014. He was an extraordinary man, an amazing father, and a loyal friend. Wilf was a patient, kind and gentle soul who would offer anyone he met a warm smile and a firm handshake. He was a true gentleman who always put his family first. He was a gifted teacher and taught at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology for over 30 years until his retirement. Prior to that, he proudly served on active duty at the Royal Canadian Navy as a Merchant Marine and also worked as a machinist at the Halifax Dockyard. Together with his wife, Wilf enjoyed many activities and lived life to the fullest. He was a lifelong member of Bethany United Church, and generously gave of his time in many ways. He always fondly recalled the years he served as a Scout Leader. Wilf and Ethel were avid square dancers for many years, and were also very active with Meals on Wheels. Other interests included traveling to sunny destinations, gardening, and doing crossword puzzles. Wilf was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ethel; and brothers, John 'Jack' and Paul. He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Bill) Champion, and Sandra (Richard) Logan; grandchildren, Emily Clarke, Alex and Mitchell Champion; sister, Ruth Lively and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. The Funeral service will be held in Bethany United Church on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2 p.m., Rev. Kevin Little officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bethany United Church. 

FEDERAL, John L., L/Sig - Born 1922  Died 1979

 

HMCS BOWMANVILLE

WEBB, Cecil Thomas (Bill) - born Feb 1921 in Calgary, AB. Though his given names were Cecil Thomas, he did not like either and went by Bill his entire life. After the war, Bill married Doreen as soon as he got home in September 1945. He was one of the first petroleum landmen in Calgary's post-war oil patch boom, working his way up to various management roles until he retired in 1982. He died peacefully in Calgary in Nov 1991. 

 

HMCS MIRAMICHI, HMCS ORKNEY

LEARY, James (Jimmy), Telegraphist - Died 30 Mar 2004, Vancouver, BC.

 

HMCS KAPUSKASING, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT

RITCH, William James (Bill) (06 Feb 1923 - 01 Jan 2018) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Ritch. After a brief illness, he passed in his sleep on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Dufferin Oaks Extended Care Home. He will now sleep eternally with his late wife, Jean Catherine (nee Corbett) who passed away in September, 2015 Bill served aboard the Corvette HMCS Collingwood during WWII as an Able Seaman. After the end of the war, Bill spent the next 25 years as a photographer for The Royal Canadian Air Force until his retirement. His second career was with the Etobicoke Board of Education as an Audio Visual Technician at Etobicoke Collegiate until his retirement. Bill was the proud father of Murray (Lorabeth), Barry (Nina) and Wendy Sheedy (Mark). Cherished Poppa to Stuart, Collin (Kara), Megan, Kaitlyn, Courtney and Cameron. He is also fondly remembered by his many extended family members and friends. Our Family would like to express heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Dufferin Oaks Extended Care Home for their tremendous care and assistance to Bill over the past two years. He often expressed his deep gratitude for the thoughtfulness of everyone at the Residence. Dad's infectious laugh and humour will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. A Memorial Service celebrating his Joy of Life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Westminster United Church in Orangeville, 247 Broadway (Reception to follow). Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the HMCS Sackville Memorial Trust Fund or the Westminster United Church Orangeville (Music Fund).

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD

LANYON, Leonard (26 Mar 1925 - 22 Dec 2017) - It is with great sadness that the family of Leonard Lanyon announces his passing after lengthy illnesses, on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the age of 92 years. Len was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His family worked on the Railway. Len was in the RCAF and RCN from 1943 - 1949. He then spent the next 30 years as a Locomotive Engineer with the CNR. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, visiting flea markets, running second hand and antique stores part-time, and also played a very good game of poker. After retirement he took up Tai Chi and piano tuning. He loved watching both Johnny Carson reruns and almost any comedians on television. Len was predeceased by his sister Vera, his brother, Roy and his son, Gary. Len is survived by his wife Doreen, his son Stan (Susan), his grandson Philip (Marie), Trevor and Paul (Aly); by his granddaughter Sara, and by his great grandson, Oliver. He is further survived by his sister Iris and his nieces Cheryl, Norma, Daria, Gilda and Vicki. There will be no service. The family requests no flowers or donations. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 06 Jan 2018)

BECK, John Francis Allen (Jack) - Peacefully with his wife at his side on December 24, 2017, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease at Tall Pines Nursing Home at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Bernice. Dear father of John Beck (Cynthia), Joanne Isabella (Gary, deceased), Theresa Shaw (Chris), Victoria Massingberd (Paul), Christina Donn (Doug) and John Shaw (Karen). Cherished grandfather of Kimberley (Sean), Michael, Jason (Rachel), Melissa, Jonathan (Krystle), Christopher, Carolyn, Victoria (Mitch, fiance), Sarah, Justin, Jared, Daniel and Matthew. Loving great-grandfather of Henry, Mia, Charlie and Sawyer. Remembered by his brother Oliver Donald Beck (Patricia). Predeceased by his two sisters, Ruth and Anne. He will also be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends. John was born and raised in Toronto. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring June 28, 1957, as an Airframe Mechanic, receiving an award as Top Man. He then joined Avro Aircraft until it was closed in March 1959. John's application to the Etobicoke Fire Department was accepted shortly after. He found his passion and rose in the ranks, achieving the distinction of District Chief. After 33 years of faithful and dedicated service John retired in 1992. During this period he joined Stanley Lodge No. 426 G.R.C. and was appointed Worshipful Master in 1975. John and Bernice retired to their cottage on Lake of Bays in 1994. During this period, he assumed a number of roles and volunteer positions including Fire Chief of Lake of Bays, Assistant Building Inspector, People's Warden of St. James Anglican Church and Director of the Port Cunnington Community Centre. John and Bernice shared a passion for travel and made a lifetime of memories with friends, relatives and family. Visitation will be held at St. Joseph of Nazareth, 290 Balmoral Ave., Brampton, on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon, followed by a memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. (Toronto Star 06 Jan 2018)

 

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