For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituaries for those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


CLEGHORN, Don Cecil - (27 Dec 1939 - 28 Dec 2017 It is with heavy hearts that we announce Don passed away December 28th, the day after his 78th birthday, with his loving family at his side. Our dedicated, strong family leader and provider is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, June ; Daughter Trina (Chris), Son Geoff (Nova) and Grandsons, Trent, TJ, Devin and Jordan. Born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Don joined the Navy in 1957, met June in 1962 and they moved to Powell River. Don married June, the love of his life January 6th, 1963. Don worked in the mill for 38 years. Don had a passion for his family, football and poker. Papa attended as many of his Grandsons activities as he could which brought him so much happiness. He was so proud of all of us and we are all so proud of him. We are so very fortunate and truly grateful for having him in our lives. Don will live in our hearts forever and all those that he touched in so many ways. With all our love, your wife, daughter, son, son in law, daughter in law and grandsons. A celebration of life for Don to be held at the Carlson Club in which he was an active member, Saturday January 13th, 2018 from 12-2pm. (Powell River Peak 05 Jan 2018)

EVANS, Lester (Les) (09 Jul 1924 - 01 Jan 2018) - passed away at the Grey Nuns Hospital at the age of 93. Born in Edmonton, as one of 4 children to Llewellyn and Margaret Evans, Les grew up in Alberta and BC. He joined the Navy in 1941 at the age of 17. After his tour of duty was completed, he returned to Edmonton where he met and married Phyllis Creasy. Les began his career with the Edmonton Fire Department in 1950, retiring as Fire Captain in 1978. Les and Phyllis owned and operated Half Moon Lake Resort from 1955 to the late 90's. Les is survived by his children, Pat, Doug, Shirley and Eileen; his grandchildren, Amanda, Brittney, Morgane, Sophie, Jessica, Mitchell, Amy and Helen; his great- granddaughters, Brooke and Olivia; and his brothers, Bob and Art. Les was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis; his granddaughter, Lilo; and his brother, Llewellyn. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Glenwood Memorial Gardens & Funeral Chapel, 52356 Range Road 232 (across from Salisbury Greenhouse). A viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the service at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 3:00 p.m. During the service there will be an opportunity to come forward and share stories of Les. (Edmonton Journal 06 Jan 2018)

HAFFEN, John Bramwell (07 Sep 1943 - 01 Jan 2018) - Dad died on New Years Day, his family surrounding him with love at Hospice House as Ave Maria played. Dad will be missed by everyone who met him. Especially missed by my Mom, Marieke, his wife of almost 49 years, and me, his daughter, Nikki, and his great son-in-law, Blaine. He will be remembered as the "bestest" Opa by Mikayla and Luke. Dad will be dearly missed by his brothers; Earl and Sylvia, Ralph and Judy, and Randy and Jennifer. His two aunties, who were like sisters, Louise and Carol and Walt. Dad was much loved by his second family, his in-laws, Annelies and Bill, Nico and Pat, Lidi and Eric, and Tom and Karen, as well as his many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle John. Dad was born in St. John's Newfoundland and grew up in Little Heart's Ease. He lost his Mom when he was 13 and then became a mother to his baby brothers. Dad joined the navy in 1965 and toured the world on HMCS Bonaventure where he found his passion: helicopter engineering. He then spent 43 years doing what he loved. Dad's love for all of us was evident to everyone who met him, he was constantly telling stories of me, and then his fabulous grandkids. His love for Mom was like a storybook, from meeting on a bus to their nearly 49 years of marriage, their love was that of dreams. Faith was so important to Dad even in his last days when he was receiving the sacrament he was responding to prayers almost until the end. He enjoyed being an usher and ringing the bells every Sunday for Mass. Dad always greeted everyone with a big smile, a hug, and maybe even a kiss. Some people knew him as John, or Haffen, but to all the kids (young and old), he was Opa. Thank you so much Dr. Dan Obedkoff, who was an amazing doctor and support for the whole family. Thank you also to ALL the staff at Hospice House who looked after not only Dad, but all of us. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish at 1:30 pm on Saturday January 6, followed by a reception/party (he loved his parties) at the Cove Lakeside Resort following Mass. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the SPCA as Dad loved all of his "woofer-pussy-kitties", to Hospice House for their exceptional care, or to Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, which was so close to his heart. We miss you Dad, love you a bushel and a peck. XOXO (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group (04 Jan 2018)



KOCIUBA, Orest Nestor (08 Jun 1938 - 01 Jan 2018) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Orest Kociuba, on Monday January 1, 2018 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, following a 9 month battle with liver cancer. He was 79 years old. Orest's strong faith and love of family was evident to all who knew him and is what carried him through until his passing. Orest was born on June 8, 1938 in the Revelstoke Hospital to Harry & Sophie Kociuba. He lived his early life in the Mt Cartier area before moving on to Vernon and then Vancouver. After graduation, he spent some time in the Navy before he began studies in Meteorological Technology and finally his 35 year career with the Liquor Distribution Branch. In 1960, he met and married the love of his life, Doris Spilchen and they settled in Vancouver. Over the next 12 years, Orest and Doris became the proud parents of 6 children. Besides Vancouver, they also lived in North Delta, Bella Coola and Westbank. After Doris' death in 1990, Orest moved to Clinton, where he retired, then followed that with moves to New Westminster, Cranbrook, Anglemont, Pinantan Lake and then finally, Salmon Arm. Orest was predeceased by his parents and his wife Doris. Left to mourn his passing are his 6 children: Greg (Evelyn) Kociuba of Salmon Arm, Patricia (Ashley) Rattee of Penticton, Andrew Kociuba of Coquitlam, Veronica (Pete) Hoops of Salmon Arm, Colleen (Harold) Haining of Clive, AB and Peter (Sheri) Kociuba of Salmon Arm. Orest's pride and joy were his 9 grandchildren: Mark Haining, Barrett Hoops, Austin Haining, Brennan Hoops, Cassidy Hoops, Tyson Hoops, Kaitlin Haining, Connor Kociuba & Natasha Kociuba. He also leaves his two brothers, Walter of Vernon, BC and Peter (Mary Ann) of Edmonton, AB as well as numerous in-laws, nephews and nieces. Prayers will be recited on Thursday January 11 at 7:00 PM at the Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna, BC. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday January 12 at 10:00 AM with Celebrant Reverend Father Joe Ostopowich and assisting Clergy, followed by interment at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are through First Memorial Funeral Services – 250-762-2299. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Red Cross Loan Cupboard in Salmon Arm or the Palliative Care Ward of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital. The family wishes to thank everyone involved in the final months of Dad's journey especially Dr. Joan Bratty, the palliative care team and Pastor Dave from Sun Ridge Estates.

MURDOCH, Robert Denis (1929-2017) - In his final years railed against so many difficulties and following a tenacious battle he paid the debt of nature peacefully passing away, surrounded by his family on December 30, 2017. Beloved husband of Evangeline Mary Murdoch (nee Jollymore). Loving and devoted father to Bobby, Pamela and daughter-in-law Christine. Cherished grandfather to Jimmy, Ashleigh, Michael, Holly and Harly and great-grandfather to Luke, Leyton, Jake and Aidan. Fondly remembered by Pamela and Brian Elliot. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Loretta. He was a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and a respected Engineer. As per Roberts wishes, a private family ceremony and burial will take place at Pine Hills Cemetery. A Celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Branch 13 Royal Canadian Legion, 1577 Kingston Rd., all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Birchcliff Bluffs United Church Food Bank, 33 East Rd., Scarborough or Covenant House. "Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!" Naval Hymn, William (Toronto Star 04 Jan 2018)



MUSTARD, Gordon Alexander - 90, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018. He was born March 17, 1927 in Brucefield, ON, where he lived until joining the Navy in 1944, stationed in England. Upon his return, he attended Ryerson University where he studied business and eventually went on to spend 30 years as a Manager for various Ontario Government ministries. Gord met his wife, Marian, through her father, and these true 'soul mates' were happily married for 39 years. Together, they delighted in their extended family, renovating and decorating their homes, travelling, golfing, reading and amassing an impressive collection of slides from all their adventures. He is survived and will be missed by his children, John and Mary Lawson, Michelle and Stephen Smyth; his grandchildren, Alysa and Harold Kim, David and Mara Ashby, Megan and Patrick Luckie, Jennifer and David Ferris, Paul Dolan, Connor Smyth and Ian Smyth; ten great-grandchildren; and his siblings, George and Margaret Mustard and Colette Mustard. He was predeceased by his other siblings; his beautiful wife, Marian Mustard; and his children, Judi and Stan Ashby; and his grandson, Ryan Lawson. At Gord's request, there will be no funeral service, but he will join Marian in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The family will hold a private celebration of life on January 7th at the home of Michelle and Stephen Smyth. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society. Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 6, 2018

POLLITT, Stanley - Passed away peacefully in his 102nd year on December 27, 2017 at the Westbury Long Term Care. Loved and greatly missed by sons Jack (Ruth) and Jim (Janis); grandchildren Jon and Susan; great-grandchildren Mackenziey and Jasmine; loving sister Florence Smith; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased in July 2017 by Vera, his loving wife of 76+ years; parents George and Annie Pollitt; brothers George and Bill; sister Nellie. Stanley owned and operated Pollitt's Dry Goods in Lakeview for many years. He served in the navy in WWII and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Dad will be remembered for his love of singing and was actively involved in several singing groups. He enjoyed painting, golfing, fishing, square dancing and dividing his time between Mississauga, Florida and Nova Scotia. Many thanks to the staff of the Westbury and personal caregiver Denise, for the kindness and care given to both Stanley and Vera. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at 14th St., between Islington and Kipling Aves., 416-259-3705), on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate the lives of Vera and Stanley will begin in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. (Toronto Star 02 Jan 2018)

WOODS, Merrill Maxwell, Telegraphist -  Peacefully passed away in the presence of his family at the Village of Sandalwood Park Nursing Home in Brampton on December 29, 2017 at the age of 96. Beloved husband of the late Betty Woods (nee Scott) who passed away in 2014. This special couple was married for 69 years. Devoted father to Don (Valdina), Howard (Bonnie) and Rob (Gayle). Loving grandfather of Scott, Craig (Erin), Shaun (Terra), Brandie (Nathan), Shannon (Pat), Rachel and Ryan. Fondly remembered by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Scott. Special uncle of Brenda (Chris) and Brian. Merrill cherished all his family, especially his four great-grandchildren – Georgia, Colton, Dahlia and Niya. Longtime friend and colleague of Dick Overland of Toronto. Merrill was a WWII Veteran who served in the Canadian Navy as a Morse Code Operator on a Corvette ship. Thanks to Veterans Canada for their support. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1945, Merrill worked at Canadian Pacific Railway until his retirement in 1983. The family is very grateful for the exceptional care Merrill received from the kind and devoted staff including Dr. Earle at The Village of Sandalwood Park Nursing Home. Staff members took care of Merrill like he was one of their own and often called him "Dad." Private Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel" (289 Main Street North) on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. A Memorial Service will commence at 11 a.m. in the Scott Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment at Brampton Memorial Gardens to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Merrill to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated by the family. (Toronto Star 06 Jan 2018)

COOPER, Robert Irwin -  "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you could…" - Luke 17:5,6. "Bob" entered peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Saviour, at Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his loving wife, Martha Finlay Caldwell Cooper, of 52 years and his great-grandson Cody Vagg. Father of Jean Milligan and her husband Cecil and Ruth Cooper, all of Rochester, NY; Elizabeth Cooper of Hamilton; Cheryl Lufbery and her husband John, Sharon Low and her husband John, all of Fl. Grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Ainslie Cooper of Brantford. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bob served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII aboard the HMCS St. John in the North Sea. Attended Emmaus Bible College after discharge. Bob and Martha served the Lord faithfully for 58 years, 30 as missionaries in Puerto Rico. A memorial service will be held at Bethany Gospel Chapel, 155 Gage Ave. North, Hamilton on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors at 2:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, please send donations to Campamento CVV, c/o Esther Frey, P.O. Box 29232, 66 Inf. Station, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 00929. (Hamilton Spectator 07 Jan 2018)



PARSONS, Gordon, J., L/Stoker, V26728, RCNVR - age 72 of Fruitvale died suddenly at his residence. He was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia on June 29, 1918. Gordon had been a resident of the Beaver Valley since coming to Fruitvale in 1948. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Betty. Also survived by two sisters, Mildred in Vancouver, Margaret in Nova Scotia, two brothers, Ken also in Vancouver and Willis also in Nova Scotia. Gordon was predeceased by a brother Clarence and a sister Ethel. A private family service was conducted in Carberry's Memorial Chapel on Thursday, June 13, 1991 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Bob Simms officiating. Interment took place at Fruitvale Memorial Cemetery. Those wishing may make a memorial donation to the charity of your own choice and would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Carberry's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Portrait of L/Sto Parsons     Article on L/Sto Parsons reported missing


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Survived the sinking of ATHABASKAN. Captured by German naval forces - became a POW for the remainder of the war.


NICHOLS, Roderick Clyde - age 87 years of Grandview Manor in Berwick and formerly of Lawrencetown, passed away peacefully on February 14th, 2013. Born in South Berwick on June 15th, 1925 to the late Clyde and Winifred (Warne) Nichols. Rod grew up in Aylesford, served in the Navy overseas during World War II and spent the majority of his career serving in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Telecommunications technician. He was a member of the Lawrencetown Legion Branch # 112, he had a passion for Ham Radio and belonged to the Radio Amateurs of Canada (VE1AYP and Silent Key- his call sign and showing that he has passed on and no longer transmitting). After retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces he started a small hobby farm of his own which he had a great passion for. Rod also really enjoyed helping out all his friends and family through many labours of love. Survived by the love of his life Sophia Patricia Nichols of Grandview Manor, whom he married 66 wonderful years ago; sons Brian Nichols (Lynne Campbell) of Dartmouth, NS and Mark (Sherry) Nichols of Hereford, Arizona; daughters Gail Nichols (Richard Cherry) of Aventura, Florida, Leslie Jordan (Neil) of Chipman Corner, NS and Shelley Baltzer (Garry) of Clarence, NS; brother Ben Nichols of Riverview, NB; sister Geri Fowler (Jim) of Calgary, AB; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; also by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Joyce Sterling, Laura Bushey and sister in law Merna Nichols. A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. from the Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home Chapel in Berwick with Rev. Judith Saunders officiating. Burial will take place in the Aylesford Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rod may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of N.S. Arrangements entrusted to Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home and Crematorium.



STEVENS, Harold, C1BN4, RCN - Born 1920  Died 1985


Post wartime photo of Chief Stevens





HMCS MATANE - Served in Matane post war as Torpedo Coxswain




HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser 1965 - 1966

JOSS, Gerald (Jerry) (28 Jun - 01 Jan 2018) - With broken hearts, we announce the tragic and sudden passing of someone loved so dearly. Jerry was immediately surrounded by the love of his family and he left us peacefully. He was 74. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Nadine (Randy), Donna (Chris), Kevin; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife of 51 years, Rose, and grandson Cody. Jerry had the biggest heart. He was so generous, he'd drop everything and give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He would even predict and meet your needs before being asked for help. He was always kind and very understanding. He served in the Armed Forces, first in the Royal Canadian Navy, and then the Air Force. After retiring, he worked as a civilian on the Air Force base. He again retired and worked part time with Sears and Piston Ring, making many friends along the way. Jerry helped to care for his wife in Deer Lodge Center till she passed away, and he remained a regular volunteer for the next year. Jerry was Veteran, and an active Legion member. He loved playing the VLTs and socializing with his many friends. He loved music, spending time with family at the cottage, fishing, and eating together, attending church, and watching all sports. His favorite place to be was in the stands, cheering with intense emotion as family members played. He was their biggest fan and faithfully attended most events. Jerry is already deeply missed, but we are comforted knowing he is with God, in heaven and at peace. The family wishes to thank the EMS, staff of Health Sciences Centre ER and MICU for their compassionate care. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held in Fisher Branch, MB. A celebration of Jerry's life will be held Friday, January 12, 2018, at St. James Legion, 1755 Portage Ave. - Upper level. Family and friends are welcome to come anytime between 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 06 Jan 2018)

CURTS, Alexander (Al), Sto PO, V4893, RCNVR - Al was born 08 Jan 1916 in Winnipeg to Albert Kurtz (Curts) and Ida Dean. They moved to High Park area of Toronto around 1918. Al married Florence Coe of Swansea (Toronto) in Sep 1944. He died 14 Sep 1946.


Service records for Al Curts:   Page 1   Page 2   Page 3


Photo of Florence Coe



HMCS WETASKIWIN - Served in Wetaskiwin 06 Oct 1942 - 14 Apr 1943 as a Sto 1c

HMCS GANANOQUE - Served in Gananoque 27 Aug 1943 - 26 Apr 1944 as a L/Sto

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville 12 Oct 1944 - 31 Jul 1945 as a A/Sto PO

KIDSON, Kenneth W., RCN (1920-2018) -  Ken passed away at home on January 6, 2018 at the age of 97 following a long and active life. He is survived by his wife Doris of 75 years; children Gary (Rita), Brian, Christine (Dale), and Karen (Allan), grandchildren Robert (Cindy), Sandra, Peter (Kerrie), Luke (Abby), Jessie (Charlene), Jonathan (Kate), Julie, Joshua (Chantelle) and Blair, and eight great-grandchildren. Ken was born at home in Clam Bay Nova Scotia to Harold and Sarah Maie Kidson on September 19, 1920 the third of seven children. He served 22 years in the RCN joining before the start of the 2nd World War. Upon retiring from the Cdn. Navy, Ken became a commercial fisherman (troller) from the early 1960's to 1977 and was a past president of the Pacific Trollers Assn. Ken was a loving husband, devoted to his family and an avid hunter and fisherman, introducing his children and grandchildren to fishing. Following his retirement from fishing he contributed his talents to the construction of various Kingdom Halls on Vancouver Island. Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service at the Kingdom Hall in Cobble Hill, B.C. at a later date in January, 2018. (Victoria Times Colonist 10 Jan 2018)

BURNETT, John Alexander (Jake), DEMS Gunner, RCNVR - from Wheatley, Ontario passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2018 at the Chatham Hospital at the age of 92. Jake will be missed by his wife of 70 years, Alverna, his sons Sandy (Brooke), David (Susan), Paul (Carolyn), Tim and James (Sheena), his grandchildren Catherine, Davida, Tamara, Hailey, Bree, Christen, Karen, Tracy, Andrew, Heather, Allison, Alexander and Christine, and his great-grandchildren Cody, Christian, Liam, James, Janelle, Bryony, Ainsley and Aiden. Born in Toronto, Jake joined the Navy at the age of 17. One of Canada's WWII veterans, Jake served as a gunner with the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS). After the war, Jake served his apprenticeship at The Globe & Mail. As a pressman he worked at the Toronto Star, Toronto Telegram, Ottawa Journal, Ottawa Citizen, and The Windsor Star. The funeral will be held on Friday, January 12 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Wheatley, Ontario. Visitation at 12PM and Mass at 1PM. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of your choice. (Ottawa Citizen 10 Jan 2018)


CLARKE, John William (Jack), RCN, RCAF (22 Sep 1930 - 24 Dec 2017) - a decorated Korean war veteran, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at the age of 87, surrounded by his family. John was born in Quebec City and raised in Montreal. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1948, a career that included a tour of duty in the Korean war, as well as deployments to ports of call all over the world. After Korea, John transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed with Fay and their children at several Canadian bases as well as overseas in France and Germany. Upon retirement from the Air Force John continued to serve his country for seventeen years as a public servant. John and Fay settled in Calgary to be closer to their daughters and families. John was an avid gardener and fisherman. He will be remembered for his constant support of his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted, caring, family man, whose presence will be truly missed. John will be lovingly remembered by Fay, his wife of 63 years, his daughters Debby Stuart (Kevan), Janet Flesch (Steve) and his four grandchildren Clarke, Jack, Brady and Kirsty. He is survived by his sister Lois Goudie and sister-in-law Beverly Clarke. A Celebration of John's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Inurnment to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 1112, In living memory of John Clarke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 13 Jan 2018)

SAVE, Norman, RCN (11 Jul 1937 - 23 Dec 2017) - passed away peacefully with his loving wife Diana and son Paul by his side. He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and courageously fought it as best anyone could. The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at VGH. Norman always loved the sea which lead to serving in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1954 to 1959. Norman is predeceased by his Parents Elizabeth and Swan Save and his 5 brothers and 1 sister. He was a loving husband and father and will be remembered for his sense of humour and love of cooking. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 13 Jan 2018)

SCHMITKE, Edmund G. (Ed), C2ST, RCN / C.A.F. (29 Nov 1926 - 02 Jan 2018) - passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital at the age of 91. Born in Moosehorn, Manitoba, Ed spent 25 years of his career in the Royal Canadian Navy (1949 - 1974) and served in the Korean War in 1952. He travelled the world and climbed the ranks to Chief Petty Officer. In 1966, he took a post in Inuvik, NWT where he and his family lived for two years. Following the Navy, Ed worked as a bookkeeper for the Corp. of Commissionaires for 15 years. Ed's favourite pastime was curling. He curled for 50 years, many of which were as skip. He loved the camaraderie and competitiveness of the sport. He also enjoyed cards, golf, travelling and he was an avid reader. He was a gentle, sweet, caring man with a subtle sense of humour who loved his family and was loved and respected by them. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Joanne. He leaves behind his four children: Carol (Jim), Brian (Shane), Heather (Howard) and Lori, grandchildren Christopher (Lisa), Correne (Martin), Kimberly (Nick), Kevin, Maleah, Cole, Colin (Jaclyn) and Sam, great-grandchildren Brett, Cassidy, Hayden, Tyler, Madeleine, Mallory, and many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to caregivers Kate, Anna, Gazette, Vasa, and the medical staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Cedar Hill Golf Club, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria, BC In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross Society or a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Jan 2018)



SMITH, Ronald Frank (1922-2018) -  Our dear Dad passed away on Monday, January 8th. Born at home, Ron grew up in a very different Toronto; there was an orchard next door to his house, no sewers and one of his jobs was collecting eggs from the backyard chickens. He slept in the kitchen as a child and almost burned the house down one night when he over stoked the coal burning stove. Ron attended East York Collegiate before starting his first job at Duplet as a tool and die maker for 14 cents an hour. He met his beloved Charlotte on a train coming back from a YMCA ski trip and offered to repair her broken ski. After Ron served in the Navy as a steering engine mechanic during WWII, our parents were married in 1945. They made their home in Don Mills, Canada's first planned subdivision. Active in the community, they helped spearhead the planting of flowering apple trees in the 50s that circle the Donway and continue to bloom every spring. Ron and Char were a creative team. If Ron couldn't buy a tool for what he needed, he'd fashion one. In 1951, he started his career at IBM in the test equipment area where his ability to fix anything was indispensable. Over a 34 year career, he rose to management and during the late 60s was transferred to the Bombay plant in India. The opportunity to travel the world and experience different cultures with his family was a highlight of his life. Our home was filled with treasures collected from around the globe. Predeceased by his wife Charlotte and siblings Audrey and Albert, Ron is lovingly remembered by his daughters Lisa (Doug) and Susan (Alex), as well as his six grandchildren James, David, Becky, Mike, Peter and Elisabeth. They were the bright light for our Dad, especially when his light was growing dim. We would like to thank the beautiful staff at the Veteran's Centre where our Dad spent the last few years of his life. Their kindness and support enriched his days when he could not do much for himself anymore. He was well loved for his gentle spirit. Before he died, he was still wishing his daughters a safe drive home. We wish you a safe journey Dad. A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held at Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to support the Veteran's Garden, a place our Dad so enjoyed. Please specify that the donation should be directed to the Veteran's Centre Comfort Fund – K Wing Garden. (Toronto Star 13 Jan 2018)

SYKO, Boris James (Bud) - age 80 of Toronto passed away at the Humber River Hospital on Saturday, January 6, 2018. It is with sad hearts that he left behind his wife Joan, son Michael (Linda) of Halifax, NS, daughter Anne (Anthony) of London, ON and children Patricia (Don), Donna (Sean) and Bobby of Toronto, ON. Also, survived by brother Gary Sauve (Deborah) of Vancouver, BC. and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bud will be missed by his special Aunt Nellie, many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents Lou and Anne (Fedorchuk) Sauve and Steve Syko. Bud was born on August 2, 1937 in Roblin, MB. After a short career in the Navy, he became a successful business owner of MH Office Furniture, in Toronto. For many years, he was a member and strong supporter of Alcoholic Anonymous. Bud had a big heart and helped others whenever he could. A celebration of life will be held Thursday, January 11th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at G.H. Hogle Funeral Home, 63 Mimico Avenue, Etobicoke. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CNIB or Canadian Lung Association. (Toronto Star 09 Jan 2018)

WILMOT, Michael D., RN, RCNR (05 Feb 1930 - 05 Jan 2018) - Just one month shy of his 88th birthday Mike passed away at Evergreen House after a long struggle with ill health. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Sheila, two daughters, Sharon and Lorina, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mike was born and raised in Northampton, England where he joined the Royal Navy at the age of seventeen. While in the Navy he became a journeyman industrial electrician and had many adventures on board ships in the Persian Gulf. At the age of 22 he met, fell in love, and married Sheila. Mike's love of travel led them to emigrate to Canada aboard the Empress of Australia along with 15-month-old daughter Sharon, docking in Montreal. They then took the train across the prairies to Yorkton, Saskatchewan to be close to Sheila's sister. Soon after, they moved to Winnipeg where Mike found work as an electrician with the Canadian National Railway and another daughter Lorina was born. Winnipeg remained home until 1968. While in Canada Mike became active in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves and was a proud member of the Canadian Legion for 41 years. Over the years Mike's career took the family from Winnipeg to Saskatoon, Calgary and finally Vancouver where he retired as the Manager for Health and Safety Programs for the western region of Canada Post. Mike and Sheila enjoyed life in North Vancouver for 40 plus years. Mike retained his passion for travel and he and Sheila explored much of the world. He was also a tour guide extraordinaire for any friends and family who visited, and was always excited to show off his city. There will be no funeral at Mike's request but he would appreciate it if friends and family would enjoy a toast with a tot of rum to a life well lived. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Kates and Dr. Asef Gholamabbus Javen for many years of excellent care. Also, a big thank you to the staff and volunteers at Evergreen House who provided dad with expert and compassionate care in his final days. Sharon and Lorina would particularly like to thank mom for her loving and devoted care to dad that enabled him to remain at home for as long as possible. (North Shore News 10 Jan 2018)

RUTHERFORD, Cecil T., CERA, RCN - Born 1922  Died 1992. Buried Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Dartmouth, NS.


Photo of Cecil Rutherford's headstone


HMCS GATINEAU - Served in Gatineau c1966 as a P1ER

NADEAU, Gerard - Born 08 Jan 1928  Died 16 Oct 1997


Photos:  Gerard on jetty in Esquimalt with unknown frigate in the background     Gerard (left) and friend     Gerard in Esquimalt

CHOPPE, Nicholas - date of passing unknown


Family memorial for Nicholas Choppe


Surrender of U-190 - Front page of the Daily News, St. John's Newfoundland, 15 May 1945 - HMCS Victoriaville and HMCS Thorlock was detached from convoy to escort U-190.



LECK, Glen Elroy, Lt (LD), RCN - passed away March 7, 2011, Truro, NS. Born in Shubenacadie May 10, 1929, the elder son of Norman Bruce & Grace Elizabeth (Dillman) Leck. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Elizabeth “Betty” (Brownlie) Leck & their sons: Bruce [(Janice) Joseph, Matthew, Jessica & Vanessa]; David [(Richelle) Connor]; Alan [(Barbara) Krista (Dennis) & Glen]; Paul [(Diana) Erika & Monika]; Steven (son Robert). Sister-in-law Glynis Leck (Debra & family), many cousins including Jim Little [(Alexis) Alexander & Catherine], Laverne & Blair, Edith & Morley, as well as Leck & Dillman relatives in NS & across Canada, and his wife’s relatives in Ontario. Many friends here & across Canada, including very close friends in Quebec & Ontario (Almonte, Ottawa & Burlington area). Besides his parents, Glen was predeceased by his Aunt Rachael (Dillman) Frank Dickie, his brother Verne, nephews Thomas & Robert. Glen served his country for 32 years in the Royal Canadian Navy & now in death he will serve again by donating his body for the advancement of medical education & research (Dalhousie). Family & friends will be notified at a later date when a graveside service will be held. Donations in memory to VON, CNIB or a charity of choice. A gathering for family and friends in remembrance of Glen's life will be held at Brookfield Baptist Church today from 7 pm to 9 pm.



BROOKER, Clarence Jerome  (Jerry), Cdr, RCN (10 Feb 1932 - 18 Jan 2017) - Age 84 of Bedford passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Wednesday January 18 2017. Born in Amherstburg, Ontario he was a son of the late Mary Loretta (Mahon) Bobeach and step-father Alexander Bobeach. Jerry served in the military for 35 years retiring at the rank of Commander. He then was employed with IMP Group as Vice President of Production. Surviving are his wife Margaret (Gowen); daughters Mary (Jerry) McCarthy, Bedford, Anne (Roy) Cairns, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; sons Patrick (Eileen), Ajax, Ont., Michael (Shelley) Wolfville; sister Laura (Rob) Bondy, Amherstburg, Ont.; brother Robert (Vicky) Winnipeg, MB; grandchildren Matthew (Paola), Anthony, Kortnie McCarthy, Benjamin, Christopher Cairns Ashley, Steven Brooker, Amanda Harwood, Kaitlyn Brooker; great-grandchildren Natalia, Matteo and Ella. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Friday January 20 in T.K. Barnard Funeral Home, 85 Sackville Cross Road, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Funeral Service will be 2 pm Saturday January 21 in St. Ignatius Church, Bedford. Family flowers only donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

HART, Harold J. - date of passing unknown. Family lived in Toronto during the Second World War.


HMCS MARGAREE - Survived the sinking of HMCS MARGAREE



MEDDINGS, Stanley, CPO.TGM, RCN - W.W. II Veteran and Platoon Chief, City of York Fire Department. Passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Saturday, April 25, 2009, in his 90th year. Stanley, beloved husband of the late Frances (nee Smith). Loving father of Eric (Debra) Meddings and Penny McKeown (Ray Prachun). Cherished grandfather of Christopher and Mark McKeown, Erin Jarvis and Tyler Meddings. Great-grandfather of Hunter and Mattie Jarvis and Isabel and Daniel McKeown. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 27 Apr 2009)


HMCS MARGAREE - Survived the sinking of HMCS MARGAREE



WATSON, Douglas K. - date of passing unknown. Family lived in Toronto during WW2.


HMCS MARGAREE - Survived the sinking of HMCS MARGAREE



PORTER, William Henry (Bill) - 16 May 1925 - 20 Aug 1996 - Bill was a crew member of HMCS Longueuil. When the war was he sailed on the Longueuil to the west coast of Canada via the eastern seaboard and through the Panama canal up the western seaboard to Victoria B.C. He returned to London Ontario and returned to his job on the CNR from which he retired after 45 years service. He then moved to Tobermory Ontario built a log house and lived out his remaining years with his wife Valerie by his side. Bill's name is on the memorial for war veterans in the Dunk's Bay Cemetery.


Portrait of Seaman Porter     Certificate of Honour presented to AB William Porter from the City of London, Ontario in 1946



BENJAMIN, Gordon, CPO.TAS / C2CD, 28729-E, RCN / CF (served 26 May 1954 - 16 Oct 1986) - of Kaledan, BC. Born 25 May 1937  Died 18 Apr 2013



CARSON, Kenneth I. (19 May 1922 - 10 Jan 1928) - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. Dad was born in Fort William, ON. Dad served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII, aboard a Corvette class ship in the North Atlantic. Ken applied his trade as a master electrician until his retirement in 1983. In 1986, he and his wife Margaret moved to Qualicum Beach where they made many friends, especially on the golf course. Dad continued to play golf up until a few months ago. Dad is lovingly remembered by his children John (Sandi), Mark (Val). Grandchildren: Shane (Tanya), Justin, Tom (Jessica), Chris, Katie (Joey). Great grandchildren: Atley, Gage, Theo, Beau, Brady, Arie, Logan, and Kara. Extended family: Robin Cano (Brianna & Claire) and Tyler Manning (Veronika) children Chloe & Liam. Predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2002, his brother Grant and sister Thelma (Clifton). In keeping with Dad's wishes, no service will be held. Those wishing to honour Dad's memory, a donation may be made to Canadian Kidney Foundation and/or Heart & Stroke Foundation. Dad will be forever remembered for his outgoing personality and his zest for life. We will miss him tremendously – he was a great friend too.

MacINNIS, Allan Michael Ernest, Lt (N), RCN (17 Sep 1934 - 17 Jan 2018) - passed away suddenly in Toronto. Loving husband of Clara Landers and loving father of Dwight, Bradley, Christopher and Neil, and dear father-in-law of Meredith and Ann. Cherished grandfather of Gregory, Marion and Lydia. Allan was predeceased by his eldest son, Gregory (1972) and parents Carmelita (nee McDonald) and Malcolm MacInnis. He is survived by his brothers, Malcolm Vic MacInnis (Antigonish, N.S.) and David MacInnis (Sydney, N.S.). Allan was a graduate of College Sainte-Anne and Saint Francis Xavier University, where he obtained his Education Degree. Early in his working life he was a Captain in the Canadian Navy, teaching French from coast to coast, and then became a high school teacher. He was an avid hockey player in his youth and enjoyed the game all his life. At retirement age, he worked with interest in the Law Courts in Toronto. A man of multiple interests, he also enjoyed cycling, skating, gardening, playing piano, listening to classical music, and reading a broad range of subjects. He began learning Italian at the age of 80. There will be a Celebration of Allan's life at Trull Funeral Home , 1111 Danforth Ave., Toronto on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. A donation in Allan's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

MacLEAN, William Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - peacefully on January 12, 2018 at the Regency Retirement Residence in Mississauga, Ontario, his home for the past year. Bruce was in his 107th year. Bruce was born in Toronto on April 30, 1911, the son of William James MacLean and Jeanette Trimble. He had an active childhood excelling in school, participating in sports of every kind and working to assist his family. He attended McMaster University, graduating in 1933 with a BA in Mathematics and Physics. At McMaster he met Wilma MacGregor whom he married in 1936. They settled in North Toronto where they lived until 1980 when they moved to Bruce's family's home on Lake Ontario in South Etobicoke. Together Bruce and Wilma had two daughters Linda Ann Jewell (David) and Janice Fairweather (Jim). Their marriage of 63 years ended with Wilma's death in 1999. During the war years (WWII) Bruce served as Lieutenant Commander at His Majesty's Canadian Signals School in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, where he helped develop the radar training program for Navy personnel, teaching and recruiting university graduates in Physics to be his fellow instructors. After the war, Bruce pursued his mathematics teaching career at Lawrence Park Collegiate and North Toronto Collegiate, University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and finally at the College of Education (U of T). Bruce stayed in touch with many of his former students over the years – right up to the end of his life. He was humbled by the many expressions of respect and appreciation from former students (many of whom he also coached in hockey) who gave him credit for making a difference in their lives back in their high school years. During his teaching career Bruce co-authored a total of 28 mathematics textbooks geared for students from Grade 1 to 13. At one point these textbooks were being used in all 10 provinces of Canada. Bruce retired in 1972. His 45 years of retired life were full and productive. Travelling with Wilma in their Airstream trailer and his involvement in the Wally Byam Caravan Club International were the focus in the early years of retirement. Horseback riding, sailing, wintering in Florida and golf became his later pursuits. His last game of golf was this past summer at Centennial Golf Club in Mississauga, Ontario. Bruce will be greatly missed by his daughters, four grandchildren Leslie Tempest (Scott), Blair Jewell, Jenny Fairweather and Kari Fairweather-Brown (Fraser) and four and a half great-grandchildren Paco Jones-Jewell, Kira Tempest, William Tempest and Flora Jewell and soon-to-be-born Baby Boy Fairweather-Brown. Bruce was predeceased by his sister Flora Voisey (Stanley). The family would like to acknowledge the support to Bruce by his caregiver/friend of almost eight years, Elizabeth Rutter Fleming, who spent many hours by his side at his home in Etobicoke, on the golf course and latterly at the retirement residence. His former neighbours Angela and Peter Campbell have also been loyal friends and a constant support right to the end. The staff at the Regency Retirement Residence has been extremely caring and helpful to Bruce this past year. Special thanks go to Donna Campbell for her patience and daily support. Bruce appreciated so much the kind attention of his longtime physician Dr. Gary Morningstar. A Celebration of Bruce's Long and Remarkable Life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave., Toronto, Ontario, where Bruce was a member since 1950. There will be an opportunity for friends and family to meet prior to the Celebration starting at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morley Bedford Funeral Home in Toronto ( In lieu of flowers, donations to Glenview Presbyterian Church (Toronto), Knox Presbyterian Church (Bracebridge) or the Evangel Hall Mission, 552 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3W8 (which Bruce has supported for many years) would be appreciated by the family. (Toronto Star 15 Jan 2018)

NEVINS, Robert F. (Bob), Lt, RCN(R) (10 Oct 1927 - 12 Jan 2018) - of Pointe-Claire passed away peacefully on January 12, 2018. Bob is survived by his wife Diana (Arrell), children Jim (Jan Nevins), Margot and Cindy, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother William Nevins. Bob graduated from McMaster University with a BSc in Chemistry and Physics. While at McMaster and after graduating, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves. Bob met his future wife Diana, a Hamilton resident, at McMaster. The couple subsequently moved to Quebec, finally settling in Pointe-Claire where he lived for fifty-eight years. Working in the medical/pharmaceutical industry, Bob's final position until retirement was Director, Sales and Marketing Planning and Development at Johnson and Johnson Inc. His community involvement included volunteering with NOVA West Island, the West Island Volunteer Bureau and The Chemical Institute. Bob acted as Chair of the Pointe-Claire Association of Pools in the early sixties. The Association proudly achieved its key goal of establishing a first-class swimming facility in Pointe-Claire, which fostered national and international champions. Bob enjoyed membership along with Diana in the Pointe-Claire Bowling Club and the Pointe-Claire Curling Club. The family wishes to thank the staff of Maison Herron for their years of care, and to the staff of the Gerontology Unit at the Lakeshore General Hospital. A private service will be held on January 21, 2018 with interment at a later date. In remembrance of Bob, donations in his name can be made to NOVA West Island or to The Alzheimer's Society of Canada.

POOLE, Alfred Jack Montgomery, C1ER, RCN (01 Feb 1925 - 02 Jan 2018) - passed away peacefully in Chilliwack, BC on January 2nd after a short illness with cancer. He was predeceased by his son Leslie, his wife Florence, and his brother Norm. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends. His loss is deeply mourned by his partner of many years Phyllis Turner. Jack was the proud father of two daughters. His eldest, Beth and her husband Bill, and their children and partners Jennifer (Russell) and Ian, Jeff (Russell) and Neda, and Kevin (Russell) and Tanya will all mourn his loss. Miraculously, Jack's granddaughter Jennifer and her partner Ian welcomed their son, Loke Jack to the world on January 2, 2018. Also missing him deeply are his daughter Bev and her partner Wing and his cousin Jim Poole and his family. Jack grew up in Burnaby, BC and he joined the Navy in 1942 when he was only 17 years old, where he served on destroyers patrolling the Atlantic in WW2. He served until 1967 in Victoria, BC and after leaving the Navy the family moved to Vancouver and Jack began a new career in Vibration Technology. In 1980 Jack and Flo moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and then to Saudi Arabia. After his retirement in 1985, Jack began his sailing adventures on his beautiful ketch, the Ma'as-salama, sailing to the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic single-handed, the Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal, Hawaii, and Vancouver. Upon his return to BC, Jack started his own technical engineering company and lived in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island before settling in Chilliwack where he lived until he died. After his second retirement Jack enjoyed travelling with Phyl, playing golf, gardening, and cooking gourmet dinners to the delight of his family and friends. Jack's beautiful roses were greatly admired by everyone. The family would like to thank many people who helped Dad remain in his own home in his declining years, including the Fraser Health Chilliwack Home Support workers and team. The family would also like to thank the nurses, care workers, and staff at Eden Care Centre and Dr. Markey and Dr. Wolff who provided excellent medical care to Jack. A celebration of Jack's life will be held in the Spring in his memory. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jack's memory to Covenant House or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Please send an e-mail to if you would be interested in attending the service. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 19 Jan 2018)

HILL, Arthur George (Art) - Passed away peacefully at Hamilton Extendicare on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Ida Marie Hill. Predeceased by his parents Myrtle and Jack Hill as well as brothers Joseph Hill and Kenneth Hill. He was a long-time employee of Dofasco. At Art’s request, cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 305 E 37th Street, Hamilton on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. Urn enichment, Our Lady of Victory Mausoleum in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Art are asked to please consider a charity of choice.



HUE, Lewis Bowden - of Halifax, passed peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Hospital Halifax Nova Scotia December 20, 2010. Born in Oxford, the 24th of May 1922, he was a son of the late Lewis Sibley and Nellie (Bowden) Hue. "Louie" moved to Halifax at the age of 13, he attended Bloomfield School and worked in many capacities until he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on board the HMS Burlington during the Second World War. He was employed with the Cape Breton Wholesaler's Sydney; Stuart House International of Halifax and Atlantic Lotto until his retirement. He was a member of the North West Travelers Association of Canada (56 Years), a member of the Masonic Order (Duke of Kent Lodge No. 121) and a member of St. Paul's United Church. Dad will be remembered fondly for his sense of family and fun, strong work ethic, concern for others, and ability to make lasting friendships. The last surviving member of his family, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Frances Dunn; brothers, George, Reginald and Frederick. He is survived by his daughter Marilyn Bowlby of Halifax; son, David (Norma) Hue of Shubenacadie, grandsons Christopher and Graham (Shauna) Bowlby, Scott and Nichols (Vivian) Hue and great grand daughter Hannah Bowlby of Halifax and great grandson Thane Hue of Shubenacadie; many dear nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their great appreciation to the staff of 4 East, Veteran's Memorial Hospital for their excellent care and care of our father. We will celebrate his life in St. Paul's Untied Church, 173 Old Sambro Rd. Spryfield 11 a.m. Thursday December 30th 2010. Reception is to follow in the Church hall. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery Melvern Square Annapolis County at a later date.


Portrait of Lewis Hue



HUE, George Edward, CPO, RCN - 65 of 6528 Bayers Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, died Tuesday in the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Oxford, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, he was a son of the late Lewis and Nellie (Bowden) Hue. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy in January of 1936. He was a Chief Petty Officer at the time of his retirement in 1956. After his naval service, he was a fitter at HMS Dockyard for 17 years before retiring in 1974. He was a charter member of the Edgewood United Church and a life member of the Chief and Petty Officers Club. He was a member of the Acadia Lodge No. 14 and a member of the International Association of Machinists Workers Local 1250. He was a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Vimy Branch. Surviving are his wife, the former Audrey Blackadar, a son George Edward Jr., of Lower Sackville, Nov Scotia; three daughters, Beverly (Mrs. James Campbell) of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Barbara (Mrs. John Elford) of Dartmouth , Nova Scotia and Patricia (Mrs. Bruce Duffet) of Halifax, Nov Scotia; three brothers, Frederick of Georgetown, Ontario; Reginald of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Lewis B of Spryfield, Nova Scotia; five grandsons and three granddaughters. The body is in R. D. Lindsay Funeral Home, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., Reverend John Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Camphill Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edgewood United Church Memorial Fund or to the Nova Scotia Lung Association. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 20 Feb 1980)



BOND, James Manson, CD, MA, LCdr - age 91, of Dartmouth, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018 in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Born May 11, 1926 in Regina, Sask., he was the only child of the late Melvin and Jessie (Manson) Bond. He grew up in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where he joined the RCNVR at Saskatoon in June 1944. He was a crew member of HMCS Prince Robert in the Second World War during the relief of Hong Kong in 1945. After the war, he attended the University of Alberta, graduating in 1950 with a BA in Psychology. While there, he was a member of the University Naval Training Division and was promoted to Sub Lt. In 1950, he joined the RCN for Personnel Selection and Executive Branch duties, serving in HMC ships Magnificent; as the first XO of Cowichan (1957); the last XO of Cayuga and XO of Gatineau. In 1965, he established the first full-time Service Conditions and Welfare Office in HMCS Stadacona. In 1968, he was Commanding Officer of the CF Personnel Selection Unit (Atlantic). While in the Navy, he received a Bachelor of Education Degree from Saint Mary’s University, and in 1973 joined the Nova Scotia Department of Adult Vocational Education where he was involved with Job Readiness Training Programs. During this time he received a MA (Education) Degree from SMU and was awarded the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Gold Medal. Upon retiring in 1986, he joined the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust and was with the working group restoring HMCS Sackville. He was her Commanding Officer from 1991 to 1994. He was also a member of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association. He had a lifelong interest in flying. He obtained a Private Pilot’s License at age 52 and was the last President of the Halifax Flying Club. He was also a life member of the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation and Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum. For many years he judged Nova Scotia High School Debates, and later was a member of the Navy League of Canada, which sponsors Sea Cadet Corps. In later life he greatly appreciated the company and kindness of Sherry and her friends. Surviving are his sons, Richard (Serena), Kelowna, B.C.; Ian (Janet), Dartmouth; one niece; three granddaughters; two grandsons; two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by Evelyn, his wife of 53 years. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. 'Oh bury me not on the lone prairie. Don’t bury me in the cold cruel sea. Just place me under the bright blue sky. Where the breezes waft clean and free.'



HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert in 1945


HMCS COWICHAN - Commissioning crew.  1st XO


HMCS GATINEAU - Served in Gatineau as XO

GREENLAW, William Albert (Bill), OMM, CD, CPO1 ERA / LCdr, RCN/CF - (1943-2018) - It is with great sadness that that the family of William 'Bill' Greenlaw announces his passing, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the age of 74 years. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Sharon; and his children, Jeff (Margaret), Todd (Kelly), Bryan (Patricia), and Krista (Ryan) Richards. Bill will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Zachary, Brett, Hailey, Emma, Claire, Will, Nolan, Julie, Jack, and Cameron. Bill is also survived by mother, Elizabeth Greenlaw (just turned 100); and his siblings, Janet McCoy, Barbara Greenlaw, Ruth Greenlaw, John Greenlaw, and Eva Ratzburg (Greenlaw). Bill joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engine Room Artificer in 1960 at the early age of 17. A consummate professional, Bill quickly rose through the ranks and in 1975, while serving in HMCS Athabaskan, he was promoted to CPO 1st Class and appointed as the Chief Engine Room Artificer. At that time, at the age of 32, he was also recognized as being the youngest ever Chief Warrant Officer in the entire Canadian Armed Forces. Shortly thereafter, Bill was commissioned as a Marine Engineering Officer, where eventually served as Engineering Officer of both HMCS Saguenay and Sea Training Atlantic. In 1986, Bill’s professionalism and dedication was recognized by an appointment by the Governor General of Canada to the Order of Military Merit. In 1988, Bill retired from the Navy after 28 years of dedicated service to his country. Shortly thereafter, Bill went to work for General Electric Canada, where he was employed supporting the Navy’s Halifax Class Frigates Gas Turbines. In 2004, after 16 years with General Electric, the Royal Canadian Navy presented Bill with a special retirement certificate that recognized his combined 43 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the Canadian Fleet. A celebration of life ceremony will be held on January 24th at 2 p.m. in Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverley Rd., Dartmouth, Rev. Ivan Gregan officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Those who so desire, may make a memorial donation in memory of Bill to the QEII Health Sciences Foundation.


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan in 1975 as CERA. Commissioning crew as a C2ERA




ROGERS, David William (Dave) (1944-2018) - age 73, passed away peacefully at home in Halifax January 17, 2018. He was born May 9, 1944 in Copper Cliff, Ont., to Lewis and Ellen Rogers. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Davida 'Dee' Rogers; and his son, Derek Rogers; brothers, Stan and Lew Rogers, Ontario; along with a large extended family in the Sudbury area. Dave grew up in Copper Cliff and served in the Royal Canadian Navy on both coasts and internationally before returning to Sudbury for a 30-year career with INCO. Dave will be remembered as a welcoming and hardworking man, quick with a smile and always willing to help. He loved his family, his friends and enjoyed his camp on Manitoulin Island. Dave will be missed immensely by all who knew him, especially his family. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held in Lower Sackville this Sunday, January 21st at 38 Crossfield Ridge from 2-4 p.m. The family greatly appreciates the condolences and messages of support.

STEWART, Ronald Jarvis - age 92, Truro, passed away January 14, 2018, at home. Born in Lyttleton, N.B., he was a son of the late R. Ambrose and Cora (Matthews) Stewart. Jarvis was a veteran of the Second World War. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1943, and served on loan to the British Navy for one year on a minesweeper in the English Channel and North Sea. He also took part in the D-Day Invasion at Juno Beach, Normandy, and served on Canadian Destroyer, HMCS Haida until discharged in 1946. He then operated a White Rose Service Station in Stewiacke for a number of years, and then operated it in partnership with his brother-in-law, Bob Kent for 10 years. Jarvis drove the first school bus for Colchester County School Board, a 1948 Reo 43 passenger, which he drove for 16 years. In 1966, he went to work with his brother, Raymond, in the lumber business for 20 years, and then sold real estate for three years before retiring. He was a member of Stewiacke Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years, and a long-time member of Stewiacke United Baptist Church. He was a member of Stewiacke Lodge 98 AF-AM, and also had been a member of Truro Branch No. 26, Royal Canadian Legion. Surviving are his daughters, Janie, Truro; Wendy (Kathy Walker), Hall’s Harbour; sister, Betty (Robert Kent), Long Beach, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Lillie K. (Woodworth) Stewart; sisters, Elsie, Sadie; brothers, Herbert, Ambrose Jr., Menzie, Mac, Raymond. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life and interment of ashes in Pine Grove Cemetery, Stewiacke East, will be held in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to Colchester Chapter SPCA, 408 Industrial Ave., P.O. Box 914, Truro, NS B2N 5G7; or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida in 1945


PEASEY, George Leslie (Les) (1939-2018) - age 78 of Shubenacadie, passed away January 10, 2018 in Debert Court, Debert. Born in Orangeville, Ont., he was a son of the late Ernest and Edith (Scott) Peasey. Les served for 27 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon retirement he worked at the Gays River Mine and Kent Building Supplies. Les was an avid fisherman, curler, bowler and skiier. He was a dedicated community volunteer. He served as director of the Shubenacadie Tin Smith Shop, Director of the Shubenacadie Community Development Association and a dedicated volunteer to Shubenacadie United Church. He will be missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Margaret (McFarlane); sons, Chris (Anne), Greely, Ont.; Mike (Laura), Newmarket, N.B.; daughter, Michele, Milton, Ont.; grandchildren, Mikayla, Zachary, Katharine, Lauren, Alexandra and Jaxson; sister, Marlin (Ernie) Hagen, Vineland, Ont. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. A Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 14th in Shubenacadie United Church; Rev. Martin Reid officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will take place at a later date. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at East Cumberland Lodge, Pugwash and Debert Court, Debert for their outstanding care given to Les. Donations may be made to Shubenacadie United Church, Diabetes Canada or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.


SCHULTZ, Gordon Frank - age 74 of Cole Harbour. Passed away with his family by his side on Friday January 5, 2018 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Ottawa, he was a son of the late Henry and Mary (Olsner) Schultz. Gordon grew up and attended school in Ottawa. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1963 retiring in 1998. Gordon enjoyed curling, bowling and was a lifetime member of the Dartmouth Lawn Bowling Club. He was a member of the Royal Sussex Lodge of the Masons and the Daytime Fairview Lodge. Gordon was a handyman to all friends, family and neighbours. He was always willing to help anyone he met and had a genuine kindness that is hard to find. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Anne (Hiltz); sons, of whom he was proud, Raymond (Cathy Lavender), Petite Riviere, David, Cole Harbour, Lawrence (Trisha), Gaspereau; granddaughters, whom he truely adored, Kiersten and Emma; sister, Elsie (George Hickey), Osgoode, Ont.; brother in law, Jim Saunders; sister in law, Francis Schultz and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Betty and brother, Fred. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9pm, Thursday, January 11th with a funeral service 1pm Friday, January 12th both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or charity of your choice.

PARSONS, David Raymond - born on July 29, 1935 in Hagersville, Ont., he passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, January 1, 2018. Dave served for 25 years in the Navy and retired as a Petty Officer Second Class before returning to the reserves to teach weaponry. Dave was predeceased by his first wife, Gwendolyn (Skeir) Parsons in April of 1994; and second wife, Beverly Anne (Janes) Parsons in May of 2017. Dave is survived by sons, Carlos (Myla), Dana (Crystal), Kurt (Sheila); daughters, Tina (Anthony), Nadine (David); grandchildren, Torrell, Taylor, Nakiah, Danae, Tamara, Brandy, Tina, Jasmine, Brittany. Dave had a passion for hunting and fishing with his best friend (brother) Frank 'Spud' Noonan and also enjoyed bowling and playing pool. Dave volunteered his time with several organizations in the Valley Regional and was a member of Centreville Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life will be held in Centreville Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 12th, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Steven B. Hopper. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Centreville Baptist Church.



TARRANT, James Edward Sauvé (Bud), Rev. - age 86, Harmony, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Montreal, Que., he was a son of the late Kenneth and Violet (Sauvé) Tarrant. Bud spent a few years working with the Bell Telephone Company, and then in the Navy as an electrician during the Korean War and later as a Protestant Chaplain on the West Coast. The majority of his life, however, was spent as a United Church Minister, serving charges in Gaspé, Que., Dartmouth, Fredericton, N.B., Nackawic, N.B., St. Stephen, N.B., Truro, and New Mills, N.B. from where he retired in 1996. Bud is survived by his loving wife, Bunnie; daughters, Chris Greek (Bob), Norman Wells, N.T.; Peggy, Edmonton, Alta.; grandchildren, Rachael Verville (François), Robbie Greek, Teddy Greek (Carolyn), and Jay Tarrant; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Tina Verville, and Riley, Anna, and Lizzie Greek; many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mae (Ken) McPhatter; brother, Vance (Marilyn) Tarrant. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 13th, Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating, Reception will follow. Interment will be held at a later date in Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Bud’s memory to the Mission and Service Fund of United Church of Canada or a charity of choice are welcomed.

THIERAUF, Herbert Leslie, CPO2 (23 Nov 1943 - 21 Dec 2017) - Born in Port Alberni, raised in Duncan, BC, Herbert passed away at home surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his wife Peggy of 53 years as well as his son Murray, daughter Cheryl (Darren) Jordan, sister Gail (Tom) Hewitt, brother-in-law Stewart Murray as well as several nephews and a niece, great nephews and a great niece. He retired after 35 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as CPO2. He travelled the world, loved boating, building boats, especially Just Rite. Herbie also loved hunting, camping with his buddies (you know who you are) and playing guitar. Thank you to Dr. Terlien, Cowichan District Hospital Chemotherapy Unit and his nephew Jason. He put up a brave battle until the end.



HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in Restigouche in 1973 as a LS.SW

McWHINNEY, Earl E., RCN - After a brief illness, Earl passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on October 7, 2015 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of 62 years to Helen (nee Doucette). Loving father of Kevin (Wai Lin), Karen, Ruth (Jeff) Wilson, and Dave (Vishy). Awesome grandpa to Mathieu, Timothy, Dave, Ryan, Steven, Mark, Andrea, Aaron, Carly and Ben. Dear brother of Aileen Rainhard and predeceased by Ivan McWhinney and Georgina Walker. Brother- in-law to Mary Jane Brazeau and predeceased by Fred and Jerry Doucette. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Earl was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and was the owner of Custom Heating in Amherstburg. Visitation at James H. Sutton Funeral Home, 401 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg (519-736-2134) on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 5 - 9 p.m., with a R.C.L. Service at 6 p.m. Visiting will continue at Christ Anglican Church, 317 Ramsay St., Amherstburg on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Rev. Bill Strang officiating. Cremation to follow. In kindness, memorial donations made to Christ Anglican Church would be appreciated. (Windsor Star 09 Oct 2015)


HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka during the Korean War

FOX, James Fredrick, RCN - Passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2012 at the age of 77 with his loving family at his side. Beloved husband of Marie for 54 years. Predeceased by parents Joe and Frances Fox, brother Billy, brother-in-law Don Holmberg. Loving father to Rick (Linda), Lynn (Rick) Sinasac, Randy (Donna), Rob (Nicole). Loving grandfather to Karrie (Wes) Thrasher, Christina (Dustin) Sinasac, Bob (Melissa) Fox, Jessica, Nickolas Fox and great-grandchildren Grayson and Cooper Thrasher. He will be missed by his sister Patricia Holmberg of Sault Ste. Marie and brothers Dr. Frank (Colleen) Fox and Dan (Anne) Fox. Jim served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a lifetime member and Past President of the Legion Branch 157 in Amherstburg. Retired from Ford Motor Co., worked at Ranta Enterprises and was a member of Hoisting Engineers IUOE and CAW Local 200. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. Special thanks to CCAC and St. Elizabeth's especially Annie, Frankie, and Tina for their care and compassion also Megan and the staff of Proresp. Visitation at the James H. Sutton Funeral Home, 401 Sandwich St., South, Amherstburg on Friday November 9, 2012 from 5 p.m. until the time of the Legion Service at 7:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. (The Windsor Star 08 Nov 2012)



STUEBING, Charles Roger (Chuck), Hull Tech, RCN (28 Apr 1942 - 07 Dec 2013) - Reunited with his sweetheart Cheryl (2010), peacefully at the farm after a brief illness. Dear old dad of Sydney and Terry Stuebing (CaryJo) of Amherstburg, Stephanie Stuebing (Brent) of Blenheim, Cathy Miller (Kevin) of Huntington Woods and Chris Reed. Beloved Grandpa to Shane, Tari, Hunter, Lyndsi, Dallas, Jessi and Natalie. Predeceased by his parents Lorne and Catherine Stuebing (nee Langlois). Big brother to Nancy Atkinson (Bill) and Jimmy Stuebing (Joyce). Chuck was a longtime member of the Local 793 and Royal Canadian Legion Br. # 157. Lifetime resident of Busy Bee Corners. Everyone who knew Chuck has a story and his sunny disposition will be so very missed. Visitation at James H. Sutton Funeral Home 401 Sandwich St. South Amherstburg (519-736-2134) on Tuesday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Legion service at 7:30 p.m. A chapel service will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. If so desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. (Windsor Star 09 Dec 2013)



HURST, Virgil S. Sr., RP, RCN - Went on to glory at the age of 72 on August 5, 2011 at home peacefully with family by his side. Loving husband of 51 years to June (nee MacLean). Dear father of Raymond, Virgil jr, Darcy and daughter Sheri Riley (Paul). Loving Grandpa to 4 grandchildren, Ashley (Josh), Pree, Sierra and grandson Paul jr, one great-granddaughter Savannah. Dear brother of Maynard (Marva), Delores Bradford (Earl), Evonne Goodin, Carole Pearson (Curtis), Wayne, Priscilla Felton (Louis), Beverley Haddock (Richard), Larry (Rhonda) and Calvin (Joanne). He was predeceased by his parents, Lornie & Evelyn, brother Lornie Leonard and a son Derrick. Also Predeceased by his Mother and Father in law Colin & Dorthy MacLean. Missed by a host of brother and sister in laws, nieces and nephews. Virgil retired as a Lab Tech from Ford Motor Company after 43 years of service. He loved his job and was a proud Ford man. He loved his trucks and always had the best. He also served in the Navy for 6 years. Virgil was a devote member of Mt Beulah Church and loved and served the Lord with all his heart. Visiting at the James H. Sutton Funeral Home, 401 Sandwich St., South, Amherstburg on Tuesday from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Visiting will continue Wednesday, August 10th , 2011 at Wesley United Church, 365 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Paul Riley officiating. Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy donations to Hospice of Windsor would be greatly appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Virgil in the Sutton Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2011. All are welcome. (Windsor Star 08 Aug 2011)



NOWLE, Anthony (Tony), C2RP, RCN (19 May 1930 - 31 Oct 2017) - passed suddenly following hip surgery. He is predeceased by his wife Donna in 2015; survived by sisters Angela and Stella; brother-in-law Bill; children Susan, Cindy (Lawrence), Michael and Jerry and good friends Monika and Gary; 4 grandchildren Lucas, Jordan, Reece and Stacey and many friends, pets and treasured egg customers. You are missed Dad and will always be our role model. No service by request.



SOPHONOW, P2WS, RCN - Born 1940  Died 2017



SMYTHIES, Katherine E., WRCNS (04 Nov 1918 - 07 Jan 2018) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Betty Smythies. She died in the early evening of January 7th after a long battle with old age. Katherine Elizabeth Brydie Smythies (nee Gardner) was born 1 week before the end of the first world war, on November 4th, 1918, in Yorkton Saskatchewan. She was raised in Montreal and attended Stanstead boarding school, where she excelled at ice hockey, field hockey and basketball. Betty graduated from the Montreal General Hospital school of Nursing in 1941. She joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a nursing sister in February 1945, where she met and married Charles Smythies on December 9th, 1947 in Victoria. She left the navy in December 1948 to raise their children. The family of 7 moved to Nanaimo in 1965, where Charles ran a successful land surveying business and Betty ran the home. Betty was also a very active volunteer in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Auxiliary, serving as president and various other positions. She organized many "work parties" and events, continuing well into her 80's. She also volunteered weekly as an admitting hostess and was an active volunteer in the Nanaimo Life line program. Betty loved to knit and sew and made many sweaters and blankets for her family and arriving grandchildren. A good game of bridge was always welcome recreation. Betty is pre-deceased by her husband and best friend, Charles in 1981. She is survived by her 5 children (George, Barbara Windecker, Dave, Doug, Rob) their spouses, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. We celebrate a life well lived, and are better for having been part of it. At Betty's request, there will be no service. Her ashes will be scattered at sea where her husband's have already been for 36 years.


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index

COTNAM, Florence, Lt Nursing Officer - of Deux Rivieres, Quebec, died 1994 age 93. Florence nursed her whole life and is buried in the Deux Rivieres Catholic Cemetery.


Hospital Ship LADY NELSON - Served in Lady Nelson as a Lt Nursing Officer

DIXON, Anthony (Bud) - 1925-1992.  Bud is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario.


Photo of Bud in front of 564 Homewood Ave, Niagara Falls, ON     Photo of Bud and Molly - 1942



LeBLANC, Emile - date of passing unknown. Served in the RCN during WW2.

MARKLE, Howard Wallace, LCdr, RCN - Passed away at Alexander Place, Waterdown, on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 92. Loving husband of the late Phyllis (1995). Caring father of Paul (Pauline), Ann King (Robert), and Tracey Fuller (Peter). Grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of six. Donations can be made to The Royal Canadian Legion in memory of Howard. Cremation has taken place.



SAMSON, Walter, Lt (N) - Died 19 Mar 1980 age 30


CFAV WOLF - Served in WOLF (YFP 308) in the 1970s

CFAV VIXEN - Served in VIXEN (YFP 317) in the 1970s

CFAV HEATHERTON - Served in HEATHERTON (ATA 527) in the 1970s

FORGERON, Peter Hubert, CPO, RCN - WW 2 Veteran, Born 1920  Died 2001. Husband of Margaret Rose Doiron, father of Jeffrey Forgeron (Florence LeJeune).

MURY, Joseph Rene, RCN - Born 1916  Died 1997. WW 2 Veteran. Husband of Mary Neil.

STARKEY, Edward James (Ted), AB.BN, RCN - 74, West Arichat, passed away peacefully at his home, on April 15, 2007. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was the son of the late Walter and Jean (Burling) Starkey. Ted was a former employee of Stora Forest Industries for 32 years he was a member of the Lawrence Kavanaugh Council 4607, West Arichat, the Immaculate Conception Parish Council, West Arichat Community Hall and was a life time member of the Isle Madame Branch 150 of the Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Mary (Babin) Starkey; daughter, Connie Boudreau (Andre), Hatchetts Lake; sons, Terry (Wanda), Dartmouth, Dennis (Vivian), Pictou, Ronnie (Debbie) Porters Lake, Dean (Danielle) West Arichat; sister, Barbara Hopps (Vern), Cambridge, Ont.; brother, Ron (Terri), Ottawa; twelve grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Shirley; brother, Bill; sister- n- law Gwen, brother- n- law, Don. Visitation will be in the C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home in Arichat on Wednesday from 6-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday morning at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church in West Arichat, with Rev. Duaine Devereaux officiating; burial to follow in the Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery, West Arichat. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations in memory of Ted can be made to the Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the C.H. Boudreau Funeral home in Arichat. All members of the Isle Madame Branch 150 RCL are asked to meet at the Funeral Home in Arichat at 8:15pm on Wednesday evening to attend a Legion Tribute at 8:30pm, for there late Comrade Edward James “Ted” Starkey.

THERIAULT, Amedee Joseph, RCN (1911-1995)- WW 2 Veteran. Husband of Emile Jane Theriault.

WALKER, Herman, LS, Steward, RCN - date of passing unknown


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois 14 Apr 1961 - 20 Sep 1962 as the Captain's Steward then as Wardroom Steward.

HMCS KOOTENAY - Herman Walker was serving in Kootenay as a LS.SW at the time of the explosion

BARR, Paul Joseph, CPO - age 84, of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Born in Kingston, Ont., 1933, he was a son of the late Arthur and Maybelle (Lawless) Barr. Paul joined the RCN in 1950 and served over 24 years retiring as a CPO2 in 1974. He was then employed for a further 18 years with the federal government, retiring in 1993. He served in Korea on HMCS Haida and also on many other ships of the RCN/CAF. He was a life member of Calais No. 162 RCL and a member of the Atlantic CFPO's Association. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, son, Michael (Jennifer), Dartmouth; daughter, Karen, Sackville, and his pride and joy, grandson, Nicholas Barr. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Catherine Agnes (Bonin) Barr; sister, Carole (Cy) Cook, and brother, Michael (Maureen). No visitation by request. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 11 a.m. in St. John Vianney Church, followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. All are welcome to join the family in Calais No. 162 RCL for a reception following the interment. Family flowers only. If desired, a donation to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or SPCA would be appreciated. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 27 Jan 2018)


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida during the Korean War

SPENCER, Brian Roff, Rear-Admiral (E), RCN - Born 08 Jan 1907, Alberni, BC. Died 22 Jan 1961, Ottawa, ON.




HMS EMPEROR OF INDIA (Midshipman, RCN, 1925)


HMCS SAGUENAY - Appointed to Saguenay 15 Mar 1932 as Lt (E), RCN. Served in Saguenay in 1936.

HMCS CHAMPLAIN - Served in Champlain in 1935 at Lt (E), RCN, Engineering Officer

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena in 1939 as LCdr (E), RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1945 as Cdr (E), RCN

BODNARCHUK, Jerry Alexander, RCN (13 May 1927 - 21 Jan 2018) - It is with great sadness we announce Jerry passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90 years, with his wife by his side. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis: 5 children: Gerry (Vikki), Bill (Deb), Brad (Carla), Beth (Mike), Scott (Val); his sister Mary McClelland (late Allan); 16 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and friends.


Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Katryna: siblings: Stephan (Retta), Dora (Steve), Gordon (Evelyn), Elizabeth (Frank) and Walter (Alyce).


Jerry was born in Roseisle, Manitoba. He served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian National Hotels and the Department of National Defence. His passions were his family, his church and his community. He remained active for decades in the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree). The family wishes to express their appreciation for the exceptional care provided by Dr. David A. Hasinoff.


A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church 13136 – 86 Street NW Edmonton, AB, T5E 3B5.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthew's Catholic Church Building fund. (Edmonton Journal 24 Jan 2018)

IRWIN, Allan Charles - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allan (Al) Irwin on January 18, 2018 in Victoria, BC. Al was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on December 9, 1939. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Kathleen Irwin. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Roberta, "Bert", his three children, Cathy (Sandy), Sandra (Mike), and Brian (Emily); his cherished grandchildren, Jamie, Kelli and Emily; and his siblings Bob (Brenda) and Pat. He will also be missed by his extended family and close friends. In a bid to see the world, Al joined the Navy at the young age of 17 and retired seven years later due to seasickness. At the age of 18, by way of a phone call and a chance encounter he met and married his "wifey" Bert in 1961. Al adopted Victoria as his new home, working a few jobs in construction and the shipyard before landing his long-term career at BC Hydro in February 1966. He started as a meter reader and retired 33 years later, in April 1999, as a service planner. His favourite time of day was 4:00 p.m. (quitting time). Even in his retirement, he would smile when his watch beeped at 4:00 p.m. In his younger years Al found a passion for camping with family, friends and colleagues, graduating to the "glamping" life with his 27 foot home away from home. After retiring he and Bert spent months at a time at their favourite spot C-11, in Parksville. You would often see him rolling along the seaside boardwalk in his scooter with his cat, Chloe, on his lap and Bert walking by his side. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour, his love of family gatherings and his enthusiasm for sing alongs with the guitar (as long as there was a John Denver tune). The family would like to extend their thanks to the ICU nursing staff at VGH, Dr. Porayko and a special thanks to nurse Jane for her kindness. A private celebration of Al's life with family and close friends will be held at a later date. (Victoria Times Colonist 26 Jan 2018)



POIRIER, Henry (Hank), RCN (10 Oct 1935 - 25 Jan 2018) - beloved husband of 60 years to Sylvia Poirier passed away at Covenant Care - St. Teresa Place, Calgary on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the age of 82 years. Hank was born in Fernie, BC and had many accomplishments throughout his hard working life and career. He was the loving and supportive father of Cindy (Will) of Calgary, AB, Ken (Sandy) of Chilliwack, BC and Michele (Mark) of Radium Hot Springs, BC. Hank will also be lovingly remembered by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. He was predeceased by his son Richard (Brenda) in 2012. He served in the Canadian Navy for five years, based out of Victoria, BC where he met and married Sylvia. He moved to Calgary in 1960 and eventually settled in the community of Mayland Heights where he raised his family and lived for 50 years. The family shared great experiences and built precious memories camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Hank worked as a refrigeration mechanic and went on to develop and instruct the refrigeration mechanics program at SAIT. He obtained his private pilot's licence and took the family on many trips in his Cessna. Hank also enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, cycling, and sipping on a beer or two at the Forest Lawn Legion, where he also volunteered with the Poppy Fund campaign. Hank was a good man with a big heart. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. At Hank's request, no service will be held at this time. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." (Calgary Herald 27 Jan 2018)

ROGERS, Frederick - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, husband, and brother on January 6th, 2018. A life well lived up to his 92nd year. Fred grew up in Courtenay a descendent of a pioneer family in the Comox Valley. After a few years in the navy he married Marguerite and began a long career in the federal service. He continued to pursue performing in various bands. Thank you Fred for gracing us with your talent and love. Fred is predeceased by his parents Blodwen and Reese Rogers, and his brother Norman Rogers. He is survived by his wife Marguerite Rogers, brother Raymond Rogers (Elsie), sister Iris Fowler, daughters Margo Roberts (George), and Gale Britten (Dan), grandson Patrick Britten. A special thank you to Dr. Swanson and all the care givers. A celebration of life will be held at the Courtenay Legion on February 10th from 1 - 4pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. (Victoria Times Colonist 23 Jan 2018)

SNEYD, Ralph Morgan (22 May 1922 - 19 Jan 2018) - With great sadness, we announce the passing of Ralph Morgan Sneyd, in his 96th year, at Richview Manor, in Maple, Ontario. Ralph lived a very full life and died in peace, without ever suffering. He was the son of the late Ruth and Howard Sneyd, the beloved husband of the late Annette Marie (Normand) and the loving, supportive father of Normand (Maryann), Nancy Rudow (Bill) and Rodney (Patti). He was the ever loving and caring grandfather to Ian (deceased), Andrew (Mais), David, Jeffery (Lisa), Alexander and Nicholas. Ralph found great enjoyment from his great-grandchildren Josie, Sadie, Vanessa and Izabelle. Ralph will be missed by brothers Neil (deceased), (Norma), John (Margaret), Thomas (Jean), Douglas (Shirley, deceased) (Heidi), as well as sisters Suzie (John, deceased) and Linda (Paul). Ralph served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. Following that, he had careers in banking, financial institutions and transportation. He was an incredible and generous individual, who gave so much of himself to help so many family and friends. He will be dearly missed by everyone so fortunate to have had him in their lives. As per Ralph's wishes, there will not be a funeral but instead a celebration of his life for family and friends. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Richview Manor who made his last years enjoyable and comfortable. (Toronto Star 25 Jan 2018)

WANSBROUGH, Thomas Lloyd - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom Wansbrough on January 18, 2018 in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Maribeth Wansbrough for 69 years. Dear father to Nanci (the late Henry Forfellow), Wendy (Warren Cimarno) and Tom Wansbrough. Loving grandfather of grandson Chris. He is fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and many friends. Tom was a generous, personable man who lived his life true to himself. Tom was always thinking and doing good deeds for others. He was fiercely independent to the end. His time in the Navy left a lasting impression and we will all miss his stories. This is how we learned about bravery. Tom volunteered in many organizations including working with special needs youth, The Aurora Legion and 20 years as a volunteer at Southlake Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Pearl and Michelle from King City Medical as well to Kim and the exceptional care givers at Hadley Grange. Also thanks to the team at Margaret Bahen Hospice whose comforting care for Dad and the family gave us great support during our loss. Please join us on Friday, April 27, 2018, welcome at 1:30 p.m., with a Military Service at 2:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at The Royal Canadian Legion Aurora Branch 385, 105 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora L4G 4C4. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Margaret Bahen Hospice, Newmarket. (Toronto Star 27 Jan 2018)

JARVIS, Robert A., Lt, RCNVR - Died 17 May 1993, Doncaster, UK.



HMCS LOUISBURG - Survived the sinking of HMCS Louisburg.  Robert was a Lt at the time of the sinking.

HMCS SHERBROOKE - 3rd Commanding Officer

HMCS STELLARTON - 1st Commanding Officer

WRIGHT, William Richard, Lt, RCNVR - date of passing unknown


HMCS LOUISBURG - Appointed to Louisburg 28 Apr 1942 as SLt, RCNVR. Survived the sinking of Louisburg

PARKS, Burnette Fredrick - Died 27 Feb 1992, St Catharines, ON.


MTB 462 - Served in MTB 462 with his twin brother Blanchard Parks

MABB, Larry Thomas, LSER, RCN - Suddenly and sadly at Victoria Hospital on Monday, July 30th, 2012, Larry Thomas Mabb of London at a young 70 years of age. Beloved husband of Connie Mabb for 47 years. Loving father of Tanya (Mike) and Tisha (Kevin). Survived by grandchildren Kurtis, Tyler, Jasmine and Jamie. Larry is survived by sister Linda Hilker (Reg Gleason and the late Allan Hilker) and Mary Horning (Barry). Larry served in the Canadian Navy from 1959-1964. He was a long-time member of GoodLife Fitness. Larry enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest spending time with family and friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Friday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.


HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure in 1959


HUTCHINSON, Robert John (Hutch), RCN (09 Jun 1941 - 14 Nov 2016) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Robert John Hutchinson. Surrounded by love with his family and friends Hutch passed away peacefully at Georgian Bay General Hospital, in Midland, Ontario on Monday, November 14, 2016. He was welcomed into the loving arms of family and friends who have passed before him. He will be deeply missed by his best friend and loving wife of 35 years Colene Hutchinson and children Patrick Hutchinson, of Joshua Tree, California, Heather Hutchinson (Doug), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marsi Blevins (Scott), Hamilton, Ontario. Stepchildren Heather Stone, Kitchener, Ontario, Nick Swain (Paula), Cambridge, Ontario, Jody Sutton (Paul), Barrie, Ontario, Joanne Swain, Barrie, Ontario. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren, Brieanna Swain, Kristen Blevins, Kayden Mackey, Kaitlyn, Sutton, Courtney Sutton, Quincy Sutton, Emma Sutton, Brooke Moreau, Kelsea Moreau and Jade Moreau. Great-granddaughter Charlotte Timmins. Sister-in-law Bonnie Meyer (Larry), Bright, Ontario, Randi Ray Mugford (Manning), Lethbridge, Karen Hauser (Ray), Orange, Florida and dear brother-in-law Lorne Ray, Cambridge, Ontario. At his request, cremation has taken place with LeClair Cremation Centre, Midland Ontario. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association or Georgian Bay General Hospital would be greatly appreciated if desired. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Baxter Ward Community Centre 279 Honey Harbour Rd. Port Severn, Ontario from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Waterloo Region Record)


Photo of OS Hutchinson arriving home on leave after graduating from HMCS Cornwallis


HMCS GATINEAU - Served in Gatineau in 1959


HOWSE, George Leonard - Born 1924. Passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital, at the age of 87. Loving father of Mary Anne Howse and Susan Howse (Ed Hornyak). Brother of David (Beatrice) and uncle George to many beloved nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife; Anne, son; George, and brothers; Frank and Percy. George was a Veteran of WW II, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 124. He taught for many years at Princess Margaret School in Niagara Falls. During his career he served on the Niagara District School Board for 3 terms. George also served on Niagara-on-the-Lake Town Council for 2 terms, was a serving member of the Order of St. John and was a founding member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club. The family will receive friends at Morgan Funeral Home, 415 Regent St., Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 7-9 p.m.. A service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 6:45 p.m. A service to celebrate George’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 323 Simcoe St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to either St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church or to Unicef.


Portrait of Seaman Howse, HMCS Star, 1943



JENKINS, Donald, CPO1, RCN - Don was born in Coles Island on May 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Aaron Hetherington Jenkins of Chester, NS and Sarah Clarkson of England. During his 35 year career in the Navy, Don served Canada with honour and dedication. He was on many different ships including the HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Wallaceburg, two tours of duty on the Nookta and the Bonaventure, the first air craft carrier for Canada. Don was called to Ottawa and was involved in the planning and the buying of the "Sea King Helicopters". Forty helicopters were bought over a two year period and Don was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was a teacher at Borden when the Army, Air Force and Navy joined together. He then went on to join the Devil Program in Ottawa in 1970 and then off to Egypt for a year, returning to the Devil Program in 1976. After his retirement, Don attended the Algonquin College, obtaining his Business Administration Degree and then on to the University of Ottawa. In 1982, he was called to Saint John where he became involved in building the Frigates along with the Engineering Department over the next eight years. Don was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sussex Branch #20 and a member of the Shriners. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Don will live on in the hearts of his wife Mary Beatrice (Daly) Jenkins; his sister Margaret Yurkiw and her husband Peter of Halifax, NS, two step-daughters: Susan and her husband Dr. Jack Bromley of Red Deer, AB and Cathy and her husband Rev Kevin Borthwick of Shediac; his step-sons: Scott Boyd and his wife Chantel of Norton and Clifford Boyd and his wife Sandy of Saint John; his step-grandchildren: Mark and his wife Sarah, Jennifer and her husband Joe, Lisa and her husband Tristen, Andrew (Justine), Shane, Lewis and River; his step-great grandchildren: Madi, Elli, Lennon, Lily, Ike, Grayson, Sophie, Charlotte and Liam; as well as several nieces and nephews: Judy Banks, Sharron Hughes, Phillip Fanjoy, Garry Fanjoy, Roberta Fanjoy, Sarah Fanjoy, Shelly Yates, Madeline Egers, Jacqueline Michaud, John Wheaton jr., Mary Ann Yurkiw, Joan Yurkiw and Peter Yurkiw jr.; and Alex Boel, his "little brother" and his wife Melanise and their daughter Kate. Donald Herbert Jenkins of Sussex passed away at the Saint John Regional Hospital on October 25, 2015 at the age of 87. He is predeceased by Vera Myers his companion for many years, his sisters: Marcelle Fanjoy, Alice Wheaton, and his three brothers: Jason, Robert and Aaron Jenkins. Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Drive, Sussex, where visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 28th from 1-3 and 6-8pm. Royal Canadian Legion Sussex Branch #20 will hold a tribute Wednesday evening at 5:45pm followed by a Masonic Tribute hosted by Zion Lodge #21 F &AM at 6:00pm. A service celebrating Mr. Jenkins’s life will be held from Trinity Anglican Church on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:00 am, followed by a reception in the Church Hall. A private family interment will take place at Coles Island Cemetery. If you are considering making a memorial donation the family has recommended Codys Baptist Church, Saint John Seafarers' Mission or memorial of donor's choice.



CAMPBELL, Alexander Alexander, 21335, C1ERA, RCN (1906 - Jun 1975) - 69, Five Island, died Thursday at Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Surviving besides his wife, Florence, are; two brothers, George, Victoria, BC; Marrie, Winnipeg, Man,; three sisters, Nan (Mrs. Chris Hill), Lupton, Mich,; Mrs. Margaret Smith, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Betty (Mrs. J. Thorkelson), Dowling, Ont.; two daughters, Georgina (Mrs. Donald Cameron), Oromocto, NB.; Sandra (Mrs. Francis Din), St. John's, Nfld.; two sons, John, at home; and Wayne, Petawawa, Ont.; two step-daughters, Dorothy (Mrs. Dennis Carson), Dartmouth; and Betty (Mrs. David Thornsett), Chester; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. The body is at the Cruikshank's Funeral Home where funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.


There's a beautiful journey awaiting us all.

An adventure that's brave and free

On a ship that sails swiftly and surely along

To a harbor our eyes cannot see...

There - our loved ones enjoy only peace and content;

There - soft winds, bring the balmiest weather

And those who've sailed on wait for those left behind,

Knowing someday we'll all be together


Portrait of CERA Alexander Campbell



HAZELL, Douglas John, PO1, RCN - passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at the age of 72 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Norval, ON, he was a son of the late Victor and Margarie Hazell. Leaving behind are his loving wife Beverly of 53 years; sons, Victor (Kerry), Belleville, ON; Grant (Melanie), Dartmouth; Doug (Shannon), Debert; daughter, Lisa (Dale), Belleville, ON; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He will also be sadly missed by his loving dog, Missy. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin; grandson, Billy; granddaughter, Jennifer. Doug served 25 years with the Canadian Navy and was a commissionaire for 20 years at CFS Debert, Crossley Carpet and the Truro Hospital. He enjoyed long walks and working in the yard. No visitation or flowers by request. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, January 17, at the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, with Rev. Brian DeLong officiating. Interment at a later date in the Camden Cemetery. Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #26 Truro.


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