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)


BRIMICOMBE, Robert Earl (Rob) - 61, Shubenacadie, passed away surrounded by family members with an abundance of love on March 22, 2011, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Truro, March 28, 1949, he was the son of the late Robert Henry and Florence Daphne (Crockett) Brimicombe. He was a devoted father, grandfather and brother. Robert retired after serving 29 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Rob enjoyed many things including playing darts, cards, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp with family and friends. He was a past president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch III, Shubenacadie. Rob is survived by his loving children, sons Jim Brimicombe (Shelly), Waverley; Colin Brimicombe (Natalie), Enfield; daughter Becky Brimicombe (Darin Barbrick), Shubenacadie; grandchildren Kiana, Kenzie, Kamryn, Ashlyn and Ava; siblings Jacqueline (John Hann), ON; Mike Brimicombe, ON; Paul Brimicombe (Donna), ON; Jean (Bruce) Harvey, Shubenacadie; Susan (Allen) Gill, Urbania. He was predeceased by an infant brother Frederick Brimicombe. Visitation 7-9 pm, Thursday with a Legion service at 7pm. A funeral service 11AM, March 25th, 2011, Friday all in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Hwy 2 Shubenacadie, M. Dale Crawford DLM officiating. Family interment in Admiral Rock Cemetery. Thanks to Dale Crawford, the nurses at the Colchester Regional Hospital. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Shubenacadie.


Robert Brimicombe at HMCS Cornwallis

FLETCHER, Doug, RCN - Died Jan 2018, Kingston, ON



HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure 1963 - 1964

HMCS KOOTENAY - Drafted to Kootenay in 1967

DAWE, James Bernard (Jimmy), C2RM, RCN/C.A.F. - Sable River, passed away on January 28, 2018. I was born in South Bar on August 4, 1938, the eldest of eight children to Harold A. Dawe and Alice G. (Young) Dawe. I attended Holy Redeemer School in Whitney Pier and New Victoria High, before enlisting in the R.C.N. in 1955. I enjoyed a very fulfilling 33-year career as a Radio Communicator/ Technician and retired a C.P.O. in 1988, having served in 14 ships and establishments. I worked as a Commissionaire at CFS Shelburne from 1990 until 1995. I joined the Masonic Lodge in 1995, Albert No. 30 in Shelburne, then transferred to Zetland No. 9 in Liverpool in 1996. I also joined Rossignol No. 6 Chapter of the Royal Arch; EBN Cocohran Council of Royal and Select Masters and W.G. Young Royal Ark Mariner's Lodge. I served in the East in all four concordant bodies, twice in Zetland, where I received the Meritorious Service Medal. I served as District Grand Director of Ceremonies for the Blue Lodge as well as Grand Master of the 3rd Veil in Provincial Executive Royal Arch Masons, both for one year. I was a member of the Shelburne Kinsmen Club for 22 years and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 50 years. I kept in regular contact with my shipmates through membership in the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers Association in Halifax as well as the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association in Bridgewater. My principal hobby has been my woodworking shop from which I spent many happy hours renovating three homes and various other projects. I have been very happily married to Margaret Nelson-Dawe for 44 years and we were blessed to raise five wonderful children: Kathy (John), Vicky (Bruce), Marla (Doug), Tony (Bonnie) and Julia (Jamie). My wonderful family grew to include nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. My siblings are Ron (Linda), Winnie Roy, Terry (Sandra), Harold (Louise), Sharon Doke, Ken and Robert (Joanne). At the end of my life I ask for compassion from those I have wronged. I sincerely regret and apologize for any and all injury I have caused through my selfishness and thoughtlessness. I thank the good Lord for the many wonderful friends I have enjoyed and for those I have loved and who have loved me. Please pray for me one and all. Cremation has taken place under the direction of H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Shelburne. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 31st from 7-9 p.m. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Shelburne. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church, Shelburne. Family flowers only. Interment of ashes at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Sable River Fire Department or Roseway Hospital Ladies Auxillary.


REID, William Grant, Fire Controlman, RCN / C.A.F. - Died Aug 2017. William Grant Reid, after a sixteen year courageous battle with cancer, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family Wednesday August 30, 2017 at Hospice Simcoe. He will be lovingly remembered by Cheryl his wife of nearly 30 years, his daughters Sarah and Kelli, his grandchildren Addison, Jacob, Reid and Lucy, his nieces, nephews, sisters, and brother as well as a large circle of relatives and friends, co-workers. Grant was a proud Navy veteran, police officer, hunter and motorcycling enthusiast. He will be greatly missed by all. A Celebration of Life for Grant was held Sunday Sept 4 from 1-4 at the Stroud Curling Club, 7883 Yonge St, Innisfil. Dress code: Hawaiian shirts or bright clothes. It truly is a celebration!


HMCS KOOTENAY - William Reid was serving in Kootenay as an AB.FC at the time of the explosion.

CARTER, Harry (Jack), CPO2, NS - 68, Dartmouth, passed away suddenly at home Friday, February 29, 2008. Born in London, Ont., he was a son of the late Violet Hawkes, and was raised by his aunt, Elaine. Jack was a Chief Storesman in the Royal Canadian Navy 1958-1990. A dedicated husband, father, grandfather with many friends. An avid sportsman who was a member  of Run Nova Scotia, he was inducted into the C.F. Sports Hall of Fame for boxing for the following accomplishments: Atlantic Command Lightweight Champion, two-time Canadian Featherweight Champion, Canadian Lightweight Champion Finalist, World Featherweight Championship Finalist. With a professional record 44 fights 39 wins, three losses and two draws. He was also a coach for his grandson which he enjoyed immensely. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Deanna Carter, Dartmouth; children, Reginald (Diane) Johnson, Shelley (Art) Boutilier, Joe (Nancy), Jacklyn (Reg) MacKinnon, John (Judy), Amanda (Terry) Creelman, Angela (Scott) Lyons; adopted son, Ken (Dawn); brother, David Benstead; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; special companions, Sam and Tyson. He was predeceased by his brother, Peter. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, where visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial service 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, Rev. James Haughn officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, best wishes to wife Deanna. (Halifax Herald, 2008)

LEAL, Ernest Reginald (Ernie), C2ERA, RCN/C.A.F. - Born January 12, 1937, to Ernest Frank and Margaret Phyllis Leal) Reilly) in Hamilton, Ont., where he spent his first 17 years and met his future wife. In 1954 Ernie joined the Royal Canadian Navy under the Ordinary Seaman Apprenticeship Program (OSAP) graduating as a PO2ER3 and was posted to Halifax, where he spent almost his entire 25 year career before retiring in 1979 with the Rank of CPO2, "ERA not a stoker" (his words). He served on many HMC ships including the aircraft carrier Bonaventure. After retiring he worked for the Halifax Shipyards and then the Saint John Shipyards Ltd. on the Canadian Patrol Frigate project. His final employer was the Corps of Commissionaires working at the Carleton Center Halfway House. He married his wife Beverly (Burrows) in Hamilton in 1957. The first of three children, Michael, was born in 1959, with David following in 1962 and Karen in 1963. Ernie joined the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 160 while it was in its infancy and spent many many hours, with other members, renovating its various temporary locations before finally settling in its present 703 Main St. building. He was an avid reader and never missed an opportunity to do the crossword puzzles from the local papers. He passed on his love of words to all his children and grandchildren. he also spent many hours playing cards with various members of his family was was only too willing to hand out a lesson in 'cardology' (one of Dad's many words). Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Bev; son, Michael (Tracy); grandchildren, Kathryn and Rachel; son, David (Donna); grandchildren, Brian, Natasha, Daniel, Heather and Tanya; daughter, Karen (Bill); grandchildren, Christopher, Jessica and Andrew; sisters, Suzanne (Wayne), Judy and Marilyn (Martin). He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Jim and sister, Barbara. Ernie passed away peacefully July 3, 2009. Thank you to the nurses and doctors of the Halifax Infirmary Cardiovascular ICU for all their efforts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and Canadian Diabetes Association. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home and Crematorium. A memorial service will be held at Centennial Legion, 703 Main St., in Dartmouth Friday, July 10, at 2 p.m.



SHELTON, John Robert, CPO1, RCN/ C.A.F. - Mr. John Robert Shelton, husband of Mollie Irene (Green) Shelton of St. George, N.B., passed away unexpectedly at his residence on January 23, 2007. Born in Ingersoll, Ont., he was a son of the late John and Helen (MacLagan) Shelton. A loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, John is survived by his wife, Mollie; sons, John Jr., (Jessie), Halifax; David (Renata), Annapolis, Md.; Thomas (Jana), Oak Bay, N.B.; and Gary Shelton, Dartmouth; daughters, Judy Shelton, Chilliwack, B.C.; Joanne (Gerry) Flagg, Grand Manan, N.B.; and Lori (Mike) Shelton-Krewski, Ottawa, Ont; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Russell, Pocologan, N.B.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Helen, and by brothers, Gordon and James. Known as Dick in the local community, he was a well-known and respected man. Dick was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years. After leaving the navy he began working at Saint John Shipbuilding until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of St. George Lodge No. 12, Past Master Mananook Lodge No. 389 on Grand Manan, Past District Deputy Grand Master District No. 5, Past First Principal of Carleton Royal Arch Chapter No. 1 in Saint John, Past Masters Unit Luxor Temple and Saint John Shrine Club and Charlotte County Shrine Club, Council of the Holy Order of High Priesthood of New Brunswick, Preceptor of St. Stephen Preceptory No. 115a, St. Stephen Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch Masons, Past Masters Association Districts 2 and 5 of Calais, Me., Granite Chapter No. 15, Order of the Eastern Star, in St. George, Past Vice-president, Royal Canadian Legion on Grand Manan Island, and also a member of the St. Croix Branch No. 9 RCL, St. Stephen, N.B. A Masonic and Eastern Star service will be held in St. George Funeral Home, 26 Portage St., St. George, N.B., on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. respectively, in the Gary E. Waycott Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Lorne MacLeod officiating. Interment will take place in North Head Cemetery on Grand Manan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory to the Shriner's Hospital would be appreciate by the family.

CALDWELL, John Heron Ordinary Signalman, V5823, RCNVR - from Bedford, born on November 13, 1916 and died on April 24, 1998. He will be greatly missed by his wife Madeleine (Caron) a son, John Gordon (Kimberley Roy) a daughter, Sherley (Réjean Archambault) of Ste-Julie as well as his four beloved grandchildren, Jessie, Thomas, Johnathan and Matthew, he is also survived by his sister Constance Mudie of Farnham. John (jack) served in the Royal Canadian Navy on HMCS Weyburn for five years during World War II, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #82 of Philipsburg, Quebec. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railways over a period of thirty-five years in Montreal, Farnham, Newport and Richford, VT. A memorial funeral service will be held on Monday, May 4, 1998 at 4 p.m. at the Dion's Funerals Home, 215 River Street, Bedford, visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


Photo of Seaman Caldwell


HMCS WEYBURN - Survived the sinking of HMCS Weyburn.  He was an O/Sig at the time of the sinking

ROBERTSON, James Everett, CPO Shipwright, RCNVR - The death occurred at Murray Harbour on February 13, 1988 of J. Everett Robertson in his 79th year. He was born in Murray Harbour, the son of the late James and Isabel Robertson. During World War II he served in the Merchant Navy and the RCNVR risking to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was a well known carpenter and a builder of fishing boats. He also served as Postmaster in Murray Harbour for several years. He was a member of Albert Masonic Lodge in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. His wife, Muriel Buell, predeceased him in 1978. He will be sadly missed by his son Jim; daughters Lorna, Connie and Evie; grandchildren Ian Robertson; David, Glen, James, Lorne, Barbara and Michelle Sanders and Ellen Douglas. He is also survived by his sisters Annie Gosbee and Mae Beck and his brothers Raymond and Preston Robertson as well as a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters PEarl and Margaret and his brother Stewart. The funeral was from the MacKinnon Funeral Home in Montague with interment in Murray Harbour Cemetery. The Reverend Roger MacPhee of Belfast Presbyterian Church officiated. Masonic services were held by members of St. Andrew's Lodge of Montague. Pallbearers were Elmer Brehaut, Wheaton Gosbee, Victor Gosbee, Bert Jordan, Elmer White and Lester White.


His career in the Merchant Navy was short but eventful. He made one trip from Halifax bound for the Clyde on the tanker Frederick S. Fales, convoy HX-72. The trip was cut short by a couple of torpedoes from U 100 which sank the Frederick S. Sales in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland.. The attack was not unexpected as the U Boat pack had attacked the convoy the previous night. He said that he had finished his watch on the bridge and was in his cabin fully dressed with his bag packed. (Maybe he was a bit optimistic as I don’t believe that he abandoned ship with his bag.) She was on her way to the bottom about 5 minutes after being hit and he didn’t get into a lifeboat and ended up hanging on to a float until they were picked up sometime the next day. However he did make it to the Clyde as the survivors were landed at Greenock. He returned to Canada on a Dutch ship Edam and joined the RCNVR as a shipwright. At his funeral, one of his pallbearers, Bert Jordan, who is from our village, was also a sailor, said his ship docked in Londonderry in the middle of the night with the other ships from the escort group. The next morning he looked over at the Prince Rupert as they were alongside each other and he spotted my father hanging his clothes to dry. They had crossed the Atlantic together and hadn’t known that until they reached Londonderry - Submitted by James' son James Robertson


Portrait of PO Robertson


Tanker FREDERICK S. FALES - Survived the sinking of the Frederick S. Fales on 21 Sep 1940 by U-100


STEWART, Glen, RCN (served 1955-1956) - Born 1933  Died 1958.  After graduating High School, Glen attended the Radio College of Canada. On completion of his course and graduation he joined the RCN and went to HMCS Cornwallis for New Entry training in 1955.  While at Cornwallis he became stricken with a blood borne disease (believed to be Hepatitis).  He remained in hospital until medically released in 1956. With treatment, Glen survived until 1958 - a young man who took the oath to serve his country and passed too early in life.


Photo of Glen at the Naval Hospital at HMCS Cornwallis

McPHEE, George Lorimer, Lt, RCNVR - Rev. George Lorimer - While in the loving care of family on January 25, 2011 at 87 years of age. Beloved husband of 65 years to Audrey Jean (nee Magrath). Loving father of Marilyn and Joe Czachor, Carol and Rainer Schindler, Marjorie and Nello Paolini, George and Janice McPhee, Bradley and Pat McPhee. Grandpa of Lesley, David, Nina, Michaela, Jason, Meghan, Angie, Khrystye, Sante, Kelly, Meredith, Heather, Melina, Joshua, Madeline and great-grandpa of Noah, Mya, Emma, Audrey, Max, Hayden, Everett, Issac, Rebecca, Aiden, Emma, Adrienne, Evan, Ava, Mia, Brett, Ella, Sofia, and Adriana. Predeceased by sisters Peggy Gillespie and Mary Essery. Rev. George was a veteran of WWII serving with the Royal Navy as a Submarine Lieutenant. He retired from Chrysler Canada in 1978 as Manager of Salaried Personnel. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Toronto and was Ordained as a United Church Minister. Rev. George served many congregations across Ontario until September 2010. He was an avid reader, active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed his summers at his cottage in Tobermory. If you so desire, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Cremation was held. Friends are invited to join the family on Saturday, February 19, 2011 after 10am followed by Memorial Service 12 noon at Tecumseh United Church 333 Lacasse Blvd. Tecumseh, Rev. Sharon Willis-Whitwell officiating. Veteran's Memorial Service under the auspices of Windsor Veteran's Memorial Service Committee will be held on Saturday February 19th at 9:45 am (Prior to memorial visitation) Funeral arrangements entrusted to Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave, South Windsor.








HMCS U-190 - Served in HMCS U-190 as XO

HMCS U-889

ADAMS, Alan Alexander (22 Jan 1924 - 15 Jan 2018) - passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on January 15, 2018, in Courtenay, BC, with family by his side. He was predeceased by his wife Florence and brother Ray. Family members left to mourn: sister Marion (Art) Ferguson; daughters, Judith (George) Webster, June (Alan) Wade; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Dad lived a very full life surrounded by family and friends. He was born on January 22, 1924, and grew up in the Wolseley neighbourhood of Winnipeg. He was active in musicals, bands and sang in many choirs. During high school he played the cello, which he continued with in the University Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Westminster Church and it was there that he met and married his wife Florence Erickson. After marriage, they moved to St. Vital where they had two daughters, Judith and June. They joined Regents Park United Church, where Dad was an accomplished singer and baritone soloist in the choir. He sang at many weddings and funerals and produced two CD's during the last 20 years of his life that the family all cherish. Upon moving to Comox in 2007, he joined the choir at his assisted living residence and continued his solo career until 2017. In 1941, Dad signed up with the Navy and served on the frigate HMCS Prince Rupert. The military doctor noted that Dad had "above average night vision" and was assigned to the "crow's nest" for night watch duty! After returning from military service, he completed his last two years of law school and was called to the Bar on October 1, 1947. Dad and Mum were married in 1950. Dad practiced law with Tupper & Adams, from 1947 to 2005. He was President of the Canadian Bar Association from 1979 to 1980. He gave of his time and legal talents to numerous people over the course of his career and is fondly remembered by many colleagues as a true mentor. The major passion of Dad's life was his family and extended family. Dad and Mum hosted numerous parties over the years and were loved by all. There were many happy times at the family cottage in Matlock and later at Sioux Narrows. Dad loved swimming and boating and was very patient with all of the kids teaching them how to water ski! Every year, Dad organized a "cousins curling event" that we all loved. Dad was a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations, Scottish Rite, and a founding member of the Rotary Club of St. Boniface / St. Vital. He also belonged to Westminster and Regents Park Churches and served on many Boards over the years. In October of 2017, Dad moved from his residence at "The Berwick" to "Glacier View Lodge" in Courtenay. We will miss Dad dearly, and especially for the many acts of kindness that he practiced on a daily basis. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charitable organization of your choice. No service upon request. (Winnipeg Free Press 27 Jan 2018)



MADDEN, Edwin Gorden (MEDINSKI)- 91 of Winnipeg and Stonewall, MB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family members on January 28, 2018. He has left to mourn and remember, his wife of 69 years, Joyce, son, Gregory (Angela) Madden, daughter, Deborah (James) O'Neil, grandchildren Kelly Pynenburg, Erin O'Neil, Michael O'Neil, Owen (Cheryl) Madden, Garth (Lisa) Madden and Dirk (Michelle) Madden, nine great-grandchildren, sister Joyce Lamont of Vancouver and niece and nephews. He was predeceased by parents John and Amelia Medinski, step-father Walter Martyniuk, his youngest daughter Denise Pynenburg and brothers Edward Medinski and Cal (Rudy) Madden. Dad was born in Winnipeg on September 21, 1926. He served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War and the American Army during the Korean Occupation of 1945. He lived in Hamilton, ON. after the war and in Stonewall, MB. Dad was a long time (45 years) member of the Stonewall Legion Branch 52 and liked to reminisce with fellow legion members. Dad was also very interested in Unions, being a political activist, and woodworking spending many an hour at each. The family would like to thank the nurses and support workers at Deer Lodge Centre Tower 6 for their kind and considerate care during his stay. Is it very much appreciated. Thank you. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial will take place at a future date. (Winnipeg Free press 31 Jan 2018)

BRILL, Rosslyn (Jack), Sgt, C.A.F. - (18 Jan 1935 - 11 Jan 2018) - Jack Brill, UE, of Lower Sackville, died suddenly and unexpectedly in Halifax on January 11, 2018, one week shy of his 83rd birthday. A Westerner by birth but a proud Nova Scotian by choice, he was born to Margaret Barkworth and Cedric Brill in Winnipeg, Man., on January 18, 1935. He married Mary (Ihasz) Brill in Sydney, on September 3, 1960, and together they had three children: Margaret (Chris) Haché, Louis (Dr. Yvette Scattolon) and Carol Brill. His grandchildren, Charlotte, Chris, and Arianna provided him with much love, pride and joy. He cherished going to their concerts, recitals and sporting events. Through Jack's three careers, there was much of which to be proud. Joining the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a teenager, he served his country for 20 years in the Postal Corps, retiring as a Sergeant. Memorable postings included Germany, Cyprus, aboard the HMCS Protecteur and Alert; he always had plenty of captivating stories to tell. Jack then worked for Canada Post - he started as a letter carrier and rose up through the ranks becoming the last Postmaster at the Bedford Post Office before its closure. Later he retired as superintendent of the Halifax post office located on Bedford Row, one of Nova Scotia's busiest. During his postal career Jack was elected as President of APOC-NS, the Association of Postal Officials of Canada, for eight consecutive years. For his third career Jack entered politics and served six years as a municipal councillor for Sackville ending with the HRM amalgamation. He was extremely proud to represent the people of Sackville and truly enjoyed his time on County Council. Over the years Jack lent his leadership talent to numerous community endevours becoming known as a detailed researcher, loyal partner and fierce advocate. He was relentless and once he took on a challenge he simply did not quit. Often described as a 'Dog with a Bone' Jack's passion for community development spans 50 years. To share a few highlights...In the early 70's Jack was a driving force in starting the Sackville chapter of CAMR now known as the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). He was instrumental in the creation of Anchor Industries, now known as Building Futures. Building Futures continues to provide meaningful employment and life skills training to adults who have an intellectual challenge. He was, quite rightfully so, very proud of this accomplishment. He was the driving force behind First Lake Village for over 10 years, an effort to create a long-term care facility to serve the Seniors in Lower Sackville. Jack was passionate that the seniors of Sackville deserved a first-class opportunity to remain in the community they loved. After a diagnosis with Prostate Cancer at the age of 64, he became a tireless ambassador spreading the news about detecting the dreaded disease early and saving lives. When he was diagnosed there was little information available and even less support. He vowed to change that and became a key person in the creation of an information package called the Reef Knot Kit which then became a tool used by other cancer organizations across the country. Jack also teamed with a wonderful band of good men to create numerous support groups across Nova Scotia. Hundreds of men and women have gained comfort and valuable information through this ongoing effort. Jack had a dry sense of humour and loved silly puns, making loved ones groan and roll their eyes. He also devoted his energy to a genealogy project in his spare time. Jack discovered that he was a descendant of Christain Wehr, a United Empire Loyalist. The love of Jack's life was his wife of 57 years, Mary. They were loving partners, wonderful parents and amazing grandparents. His dog, Cedric, was a source of great pleasure and often found by his side. Along with his parents, Jack was predeceased by his brothers, Harold, Ron and Bob. He is survived by his sister, Linda Mitchell, Drayton Valley, Alta., his brothers-in-law, Vince Ihasz, Dartmouth, and Louis (Mary) Ihasz, Baddeck. He truly loved his many nieces and nephews and extended family around the world and took great joy in connecting with them in his travels. A memorial service for Jack will be held in Knox United Church, Lower Sackville, at 2 p.m. on January 20th, with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack can be made to Knox United Church, 567 Sackville Dr. (PO Box 210), Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S9.



WAKUNICK, Gerald, CPO1, RCN/C.A.F. - 80, of Dartmouth, passed away on September 5, 2011, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Welland, Ont., he was a son of the late Mary Ann and Adam Wakunick. Gerald served in the Navy from 1950 until 1987 as Chief Petty Officer First Class. Upon retirement, after serving for 37 loved years in the navy, he enjoyed many hobbies, including hunting, fishing and most of all, spending time at his beloved cottage. Gerald is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Jerry (Karen); sisters, Sylvia and Evelyn; brother, Steve (Barb); grandchildren Crystal (Brian) and Candy (Rob); great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Vivian; brother Walter; grand-son John. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 19 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony's Parish, 26 Courtney Rd., Dartmouth with a reception to follow in the hall. Donation in memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Canada.

COOPER, Elmer Francis, CPO1 - Peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, ON, on Monday, December 17, 2012, in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Barb (nee Hillier). Loving father of Michael, Kimberley and Darin (Samantha). He will be sadly missed by his 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Visitation to be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E. in Cobourg on Friday, December 21, from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, December 22, at 10:30 a.m. Interment at St. Michael's Cemetery in Cobourg. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

BROWN, Clifford C. (Cliff) - age 46, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 8:14 A.M., Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Cliff was born May 4, 1971, in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Arthur and Jean (Pickrem) Brown. He married Sharon L. (Glenn) Doty on August 1, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Brown of Mattoon, IL ; one daughter, Jessica Brown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; two step-sons, David Bennet of Millett, Alberta, Canada, and Nicholas Doty of Mattoon, IL; two grandchildren, Elijah Clements of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ava Crane-Bennett of Millett, Alberta, Canada; his father, Arthur Brown of Elliott Lake, Ontario, Canada; two sisters, Karen Doiron husband Jean Claude of Escuminac, New Brunswick, Canada, Brenda Tresidder and husband Jim of Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada. Clifford is preceded in death by his mother. Cliff honorably served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy as an electrician. He was a proud sailor who showed his patriotism for his country. He enjoyed woodworking and model making figures, such as ships, planes, and Lego. Cliff devoted his life to his family, children, and grandchildren, who will sadly miss him but his legacy of kindness and love will live through them.



HEINSMA, Stanley (1942-2018) - age 75, of Martha Street, Pictou, passed away January 26, 2018 in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Kubaard, Holland, he was a son of the late Sjoerd and Johanna (Tjalsma) Heinsma. An industrial electrician by trade, he was a long time employee of Michelin Tire, and was a man of many interests. He enjoyed working on projects like boats, planes, and broken equipment. He was also an avid amateur radio operator. Stan is survived by his wife of 53 years, Brenda (Smith); sons, Donald (Verna), Pictou and William, Montana; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Lynda) Heinsma, Ontario; sisters, Renske (Tom) Hartolt, Ontario; Diety (Dennis) McBrearty, British Columbia; Betty Ann (John) Hughes, Ontario; many nieces and nephews; and he will be dearly missed by his mother-in-law, Eleanor Smith, Pictou. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at his request.




LEONG, Kam Way, PO.ET (14 Jun 1948 - 17 Jan 2018) - Passed away in Victoria B.C. Celebration of Life Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:00 p.m.



CLARKE, Henry Makepeace - of Victoria, on September 22, 1982, in his 61st year. Survived by his wife Irene; son Patrick, Victoria; three daughters: Judy Perfect, Lake Cowichan; Wendy Davis, Sooke; and Debbie North, Victoria; eight grandchildren; one brother Mike; and a brother-in-law Bill Mattick. Henry was a member of the Columbia Lodge # 2 I.O.O.F., Victoria, and Chief Petty Officers Association. He was a veteran of the Second World War, and reitred from the navy in 1966 after 25 year's service. Funeral service Friday September 24, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive. Rev. C. Barner officiating. Interment Ross Bay cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the B.C. Heart Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of B.C. and First Memorial Services.

COLES, Richard Cecil, RCN - Suddenly in Victoria, BC at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, on September 13, 1982, Richard Cicil Coles in his 81st year, born in Victoria, BC. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Margaret; his son, Richard John (Dick) of Victoria; his daughters, Anne Alice Jones of Mountain View, California, Evelyn Shirley McMillan and Diana Doris Murphy of Victoria; 14 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. Richard retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945 as a Warrant Officer First Class and had been a life member of the Chief's and Petty Officers Association and a member of the Silver Threads, Hampton Rd. Our thanks to the ambulance attendants and Dr. W. Cavers. Mass will be celebrated in St. Jospeph's Church, 745 W. Burnside Rd., on Friday, Sept. 17 at 10:00 am.m with the Rev. R. Caldwell celebrant, followed by cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations, if desired, may be made to the Heart Fund, 1008 Blanshard St., Victoria or to the charity of one's choice.

CADDELL, Richard A., P1SM, 22011-E, RCN - Died 29 Sep 1966

CALDER, W.M. (Mack), P2VS, 27336-E, RCN - Died 18 Apr 1980

COCKRILL, Cecil R., CPO, 2629, RCN - Born 1911  Died 1981

CROPP, James Ernest - Peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospice, on October 8, 1983. He leaves behind his loving family, his wife Dawn, daughter and son-in-law Cathryn and Leonard Rawluk, son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Marg and two sons Richard and Jim and foster son Brian at home and three granddaughters Tammy, Valeria and Jacqueline. Ernie served with the RCN for twenty years and was a life member of the Chiefs and PO's association also with the C.N.A.V. Oshawa and Endeavor for nineteen years until retirement also a member of the Masonic United Service No. 24 Lodge and a member of the Juan-de-Fuca Resources society and very active in the Community Food Bank also been a foster parent for the last thirty-five years. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 1:30 p.m. Naden Anglican Chapel. Flowers gratefully declined those so desiring to make donations may do so to the Hospice or Community Food Bank, 8-657 Goldstream Avenue.



COGHILL, George A., C2RM, RCN - of Nanaimo, BC. Born 06 Nov 1923  Died 28 Oct 1985.

CHUDYK, Albert Edward - died suddenly at home on May 12, 1986. Born in Gault, Ontario in 1920. He loved and was loved by his family. He leaves his wife, Eileen (Hustler); sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Margaret and grandson, Colin of Smithers, John adn Barbara and grandson, Tom of Victoria; daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Kim Douglas-Tourner of Victoria, his brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Blance Chudyk of Cambridge, Ontario; many nieces and nephews, his dear friends, Herbert and Sadie Watson of Victoria and many others relatives and good friends. Bert was in the RCN for 7 years during the second World War and served in both the North Atlantic and South Pacific as a Chief Petty Officer. He sold heavy equipment in Edmonton and the Peace River for several years before moving to Victoria in 1958 where he was active in the construction business until the time of his death. A private family service will be held on Friday. Friends who would like to celebrate Bert's time with us are invited to a wake at his home, 528 St. Charles Street on Sunday, May 18th at 3 pm. Donations to the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers please.

CAMPBELL, Alexander Hilton, CPO, RCN - at 82 yrs passed away Sunday, March 1st, 1987 at Lady Minto Hospital after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by his wife Jean in 1985, he leaves to mourn on brother, George, in Toronto; one sister Margaret in Florida; dear friend Effie; several nieces and nephews. A navy funeral service will be held in Ganges United Church on Wednesday, March 4 at 2 pm. Goodman-Jones in care of arrangements. Cremation.

CHARTRAN, Andrew (Andy), C1PT, RCN - of Peterborough, ON.  Died 06 Mar 1987

CONWAY, Charles Henry, C1ER, RCN - passed away at home in Victoria on July 16, 1987, aged 69 after a courageous struggle with cancer. Born in Esquimalt on August 15, 1917, he was the son of one of the original pioneering families. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Doris; his three daughters, one son and their families. Betty and Bill Stewart of Nanaimo, Sandy McNicol of Pitt Meadows, Janice and Richard Anderson of Victoria, Gilbert and Gloria Conway of Port Moody, and seven grandchildren. Also by his sisters - Doreen Richards, Eva and George Harris both of Victoria; his brothers - William and Edith of Victoria, Arthur and grace of Duncan; a sister-in-law Jean Conway of Victoria; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Naden Chapel on July 20, 1987 at 2:00 p.m. for family and friends, then the immediate family will attend a burial-at-sea off Saxe Point. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Red Cross.

CUBBON, Roy, PO.NS, RCN / C.A.F. - of Vancouver, BC. Born 24 Feb 1932  Died Nov 1987

WELLS, Eric Lloyd, RCN / C.A.F. (12 Mar 1931 - 25 Jan 2018) - Dartmouth-It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Eric Lloyd Wells, age 86, on Thursday January 25, 2018 at Willow Hall in Dartmouth. Eric was born in Horwood, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland to the late Elias and Eleanor (Hickman) Wells. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 and retired in 1976. While in the service Eric studied for his second career as a commercial underwriter and worked at Commercial Union of Canada for an additional 15 years after leaving the service. Eric enjoyed photography and especially loved capturing the beauty of Shubie Park where he and his wife, Betty, walked for many years. He was an avid reader who enjoyed golfing, playing darts, building/fixing things with his hands and working outdoors. Eric loved to spread his joy of music through his accordion, which he learned to play as a boy in Newfoundland. Eric is survived by his wife Betty; children Marina (Douglas) Perrault and Donna; grandchildren Samuel, Timothy, Sarah, Matthew and Zachary; sisters Annie Hodder and Madge Penney and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Wesley, Walter, Raymond and Jim; sisters Bessie Hodder and Florence Mercer. Arrangements are under care of Dartmouth Funeral Home. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Willow Hall and, on behalf of Eric, offer a final "God Bless". He was loved and will be missed by many. Memorial donations may be made to Willow Hall.


LOGAN, John Wellington (Deke, Jack), RCAF/ RNVR / LCdr, RCN - passed away on January 29th at his home in Berwick House in Victoria, B.C. with family at his bedside, and a smile on his face. John was born in Stanley, N.S. on Oct. 9, 1923 to Hugh and Elizabeth Logan, the second of six siblings. John was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Joan (Whalley), his brothers, Carson, Don and Hugh. He is survived by his sons, Ian of Edmonton and Hugh (Peggy) of Lakeside, P.E.I., his two grandsons, Daniel (Kelsey) and Sean of Edmonton, sisters Gertrude and Kay (Bill), and sisters-in-law Marthe and Peggy. John had a distinguished career in the Canadian Navy as a pilot, during his 26 years of service. He retired to the Annapolis Valley in N.S. in 1968 and later became a real estate broker until his second retirement in 1990. He and Joan moved to Victoria later in 1990 to join both relatives and naval colleagues. Soon after Joan passed in 2005, John moved in to Berwick House seniors' residence where he enjoyed his final years with many dear friends. The family would like to express appreciation to the staff and personal care workers at Berwick House for their exceptional care of John. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Feb 2018)


HMCS WARRIOR - Served in Warrior c1945-1946

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1950 as Flight Deck Officer and in 1954 as Commanding Officer VF-871 SQN

HMCS MICMAC - Served in Micmac in 1953

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in Restigouche in 1962 as Deck Officer

HMCS CHAUDIERE - Served in Chaudiere in 1963 as X.O.

GREEN Michael Steve - Passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in Mackenzie health Hospital on January 30, 2018 with his family by his side. He will be forever missed by his siblings, Kathy Stock (Tom), Helen Williams (Ralph), Al Green (Eloise), Betty Francis (Dave), Gigi Green (Collin), Marc Levesque (Katherine), Cathy Levesque. Michael will also be missed by Sarah Macdonald (Colin), Meghan Sykes, David Francis (Mar9e); cousin, Mabel Macdonald and his many nieces and nephews. Mike was a long-time employee of IBM Canada Limited and served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve for  many years. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Diabetes Canada. Arrangements have been entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ont.

DELUCA, Robert James, OMM, SSM, CD, Capt (N) (MARS), RCN / C.A.F.  - age 81, of Halifax. Born in Toronto, Ont., August 5, 1936, he passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the Halifax Infirmary. Claus predeceased by his wife, Marion (Johnston). He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Catherine, of Vancouver, B.C. and grandchildren Maxim and Nicole; Cheryl (Steven) Masters of Halifax and grandson Alexander; and Diane, of Connecticut. Robert is survived by his sister-in-law, Joann Scott; sister, Marjorie Hind, of Toronto, Ont.; brother, George, of Burlington, Ont. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Marjorie Deluca; and brother, Frank, of Toronto, Ont. His Royal Canadian Naval career spanned from his enrollment as a Seaman Electrician in 1954 to his retirement as a Captain (N) in 2001. He was selected for commissioning and graduated from the venture Officer Training Plan in 1957. He navigated HMCS Quinte and Iroquois; and was the Operations Officer of HMCS Athabaskan and Inch Arran. After graduating as a specialist in Naval Operations, he was Operations Officer of HMCS Restigouche and the OIC of the Tactical Information Section of the Fleet School in Halifax. He was an Honours graduate of the CF Staff College. Robert was the Commanding Officer of the destroyers HMCS Mackenzie, Restigouche and Huron. He also served in NDHQ Ottawa and on the staff at NATO HQ , Brussels. He was appointed by the Governor-General as Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 1985. He held staff positions in Personnel and Plans at Maritime HQ, Halifax until his retirement from the Regular Force in 1991. He continued to serve as Convoy Commodore to the Admiral with Primary Naval Reserve until 2001 for which he received a Maritime Commander’s Commendation, completing 47 years of continuous service to the Queen and Canada. On retirement, he pursued his hobby of photography, and was a Past-President of the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place on Friday, February 2nd from 3-6 p.m. and Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, February 3rd at 10 a.m., both to take place in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. Interment to take place in Fairview Lawn Cemetery Columbarium. On completion, friends are invited to meet with the family in Royal Artillery Park, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust - HMCS Sackville, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice.






HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - 9th Commanding Officer

HMCS MACKENZIE - Served as X.O. 1971-1972.  9th Commanding Officer

HMCS HURON - 5th Commanding Officer


ECCLES, John Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - Passed away at Grand River Hospital-Freeport Site on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in his 99th year. Devoted and loving husband for 73 years of Florence (Adair) Eccles. Proud father of Bonnie Eccles of Toronto, Beverley Schofield (Lawrence) of Medicine Hat and Brenda Eccles-Jardine (Will) of Thamesford. He has left wonderful memories for his grandchildren Todd Schofield (Dalyce), Janine Thompson, Jeff Barclay (Amanda) and great-grandchildren Ashlyn, Owen, Brynn and father Paul Thompson, Hailey, Ava, Brayden, Cohen and Jayce. Dear brother Clarence (Betty) of Waterloo, and the late (Sylvester) Eccles and Mary Carroll. Born in Galt, Ontario, John graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1940 and was a Lieutenant in the Mid-Ocean Escort (RCN) during World War II serving on the HMCS Fergus. He had an exceptional career at the University of Guelph and was recognized for his service with a building dedicated in his name. His passion for the campus was evident both during and after his retirement. He was a stalwart member of the Norfolk St. United Church and served in many capacities in his over 60 years there. John was a charismatic fellow and a lover of all sports especially baseball, curling and golf. John's greatest forte and perhaps a key to his longevity was his interest in and interaction with people. A Celebration of his Life will be held at Cutten Fields 190 College Ave. E. Guelph on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation, then at a future date, inurnment at Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Alumni Association of the University of Guelph or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


Portrait of Lt Eccles



DRISDELLE, Laurie M., RCN - WWII Veteran. Former Employee of the NCC. Peacefully Sunday November 26, 2006 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Doreen Drisdelle (nee Bourdeau) for 59 wonderful years. Loving father of Faye (Alex MacLeod), Allan (Sandra), Claire (Dick Blais) and Peter (Colleen). Dearest poppa of Kate, Andrew, Thomas, Scott, Gary, Jordan, Jesse, Julia, Kyle, Corey and great grandfather of Jacob, Josh and Lola. Dear brother of Bernice Connor and Jeanette Melanson. Predeceased by his parents and by 18 siblings. Brother-in-law of Grace Knapp. Laurie will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. A special thank you to all of the nurses of the ICU at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital for their special care, especially to Tracey Kent and to dear friend Deacon Bob Russell. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home 2313 Carling Avenue (west of Carlingwood) Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday to St. John the Apostle Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. Interment Pinecrest Cemetery. In memoriam donations to the Union Mission appreciated. logo Funeral Home Kelly Funeral Home - Carling Chapel 2313 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON (Ottawa Citizen 29 Nov 2006_

HALL, William Joseph (Bill), RCNVR - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a truly gentle man, our dad, Bill Hall on March 12, 2007 after a noble battle with cancer at his home in Nepean. An accomplished Old Tyme fiddler, Bill was a proud and active member of Ottawa's Old Tyme music community, WWII veteran as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, Volunteer Reserve from 1944 to 1946 and a 35 year employee of Ontario Hydro from which he retired in 1983. Born April 25, 1926 in Smiths Falls, he was predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret. Loving father to Suanne (John), Brian (Laurie) and Nancy (Randy). Cherished grandpa to Chelsey, Hannah, Chloe, and Aidan. Survived by his sister June (Bob) Lumsden and brother Ron (Fran) and many brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother John. Dear friend of Donna Crate. Special thanks to the Palliative Care Outreach Program, Dr. Robert MacRae and staff of the Ottawa General Hospital. Friends may visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue at Richmond Road on Thursday, March 15, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 11:30 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Outreach Program or a charity of ones' choice. (Ottawa Citizen 14 Mar 2007)

PALKOVIC, John - Passed away shortly after his 92nd birthday at Parkwood Institute, Veterans Care, London on February 7, 2017. Devoted husband of the late Anne Noel Gemmell Leduc (1995) and the late Margaret Siman (1980). Cherished father of the late Carol Dale Marsh (1999) and Jenny (Raymond) Kennedy, Raymond (Sabine) Leduc, Laurence (the late Janet) Leduc and Chris Leduc. Beloved grandfather of Laurie (Quinn) Pratt, Christine Kennedy, Bryce Kennedy, Ryan Leduc, Jessica Leduc, and Sydney Leduc. Proud great-grandfather to Mason Pratt and Ryder Pratt. Dear brother of Andrew Palkovic and the late Steve Palkovic (2014). He will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends. John served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and was a dedicated employee of General Motors Diesel Division for 35 years. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program.

LAURIE, John Ross (07 Apr 1923 - 19 Apr 2015)  April 7, 1923 - April 19, 2015 Jack, to all who loved him, passed away peacefully in Claremont, CA after recently celebrating his 92nd birthday with cake, a little whiskey, friends and care-givers. Jack was a special man with a big heart - he would do anything to help a friend, and people gravitated to him. He was always a gentleman, appreciated kindness and treated others with respect. Jack was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and spent his childhood in Smithers, then Prince Rupert, B.C. He joined the Merchant Marines and later joined the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2. After the war Jack and his wife Bernice (nee Chipelski) moved to Vancouver and later to Boston Bar, and operated restaurants in both towns. But California beckoned them and a new adventure began. Bernice passed in 1987, and Jack settled into re-building his life. Doreen Keith later joined Jack's life and the two of them shared many adventures through the years. Jack loved to play golf, had many "holes in one", and he frequently shot his age when in his 70's. Jack was pre-deceased by his parents James and Grace, and brothers, Robert, Jim, and Ken (Jacqueline). Jack is survived by Doreen, his sister-in-law Elsie (Jim), nieces Barbara (Marvin), Shirley-Anne (Tony), nephews Jordan and Aaron, cousin Frank Whiteley, and the rest of the Erickson family of cousins. Jack also leaves behind all his cherished friends and neighbours at Mountain Village Apts. - too numerous to list- who made his life rich with friendships. A special thank-you to the VNA Hospice and his caregivers at 'At Open Arms' who truly made the last months of his life dignified, comfortable, and loved. We will miss you Jack. Love you. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 27 May 2015)

LAURIE, John Dougald (Jack), RCNVR (14 Oct 1920 - 11 Jan 2008) - Peacefully at Carpenter Hospice, Burlington after a long and dignified battle with lung cancer. Beloved husband of the late Marguerite Devona Wright Laurie. Loving father of J. Garth and partner Ruth. Cherished grandfather of Catherine Devon Carrington Laurie. He warmly welcomed Nicole and Katelyn into his life and family. Predeceased by brothers, Gordon and Stuart and sisters, Anne Bellingham and Betty Becker. Jack was a veteran of WWII, serving five years in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve on convoy duty in both the North Atlantic and Pacific theatres in ciphers and communications. He was committed to the preservation of naval traditions and remembrance of the significance of war through his long membership and executive duties in the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, Burlington, on Thursday, January 17, 2008 from 12 noon until the time of Service of Remembrance at 1:00 p.m. Private Interment. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Carpenter Hospice would be appreciated by the family in remembrance of the loving care during his final days.

RUTHERFORD, Charles, RCN - Veteran WW2, at Perth, Ontario on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 in his 90th year. Beloved husband for 58 years to Doris I. (Echlin). Dearly loved father of Linda (Allen) Fair and cherished grandfather of Devon and Lacie-Mae. He was predeceased by his brothers Argyle, Ron, Wilfred, Jim, Gordon, Donald and his sister Isobel Beverley. Charlie will be fondly remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, the Echlin family and all his family and friends. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W. Perth on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. James Anglican Church, Perth on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to Community Living Association, Lanark County or the Perth & District Food Bank would be appreciated. Royal Canadian Legion will hold a Veteran's Service of Remembrance Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (Ottawa Citizen 25 Sep 2010)

CRONE, Eric Stuart, C2ERA, RCN (1920-1988)- in Victoria, BC, in his 68th year. Born in Victoria on 17 Sep 1920. He is survived by his wife, Helen; brother, Dean, of Las Angeles; and many nieces and nephews. Eric served in the Second World War and Korea with the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring in 1966 after 25 years. He was a member of Camoson Lodge #14 AF & AM B.C.R., Britannia Lodge #7 AF & AM, B.C.R., Western Gate Preceptory #30 and the Victoria Shrine Club. HE was District Manager for the Daily Colonist and was past president of the Victoria Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association and a member and past president of the Chief and P.O. Association. Funeral service will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, on Friday, June 24, 1988 at 2:30 p.m. with Padre R. Brown officiating. Interment in Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations, if desired, may be made to the First Open Heart Society, P.O. Box 4123 Victoria, BC V8X 3X4, Cardiac Catheterization Lab., Victoria General Hospital, 35 Helmcken Road, Victoria, BC or The Pacific Diabetes Association, R.R. #1, PO Box 2429, Sidney, BC, V8L 3R9

CHARLES, Ernie, P1PH, RCN - date of passing unknown

COURVILLE, Joseph Leopold (Leo) - passed away August 24, 1988 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, born August 3, 1900 in Hull, Quebec. Predeceased by his wife, Florence, March 3, 1979, Leo leaves his only daughter, Marie and her husband, Wally Fletcher; three sons, Art, Paul and his wife, Neil of Victoria, John and his wife, Helen of Campbell River; also nieces and nephews in Eastern Canada; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Leo was a retired Chief Petty Officer from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945. Lifetime member of the Chief's and Petty Officer's Association and an employee with BC Packers for twenty-one years. A special thanks to the staff of Sunset Lodge for the care and attention of our father, these past seven years. Funeral service will be held Friday, August 26 at 2:30 p.m. in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium. Flowers are gratefully declined and those so wishing may make a donation to the charity of ones choice.

CARROLL, Raymond Marshall, PO, RCN - passed away on April 1, 1989. He leaves his loving wife, Valeria of Cobble Hill; two daughters, Dorothy and husband Robert Denniston of Victoria; step-sons, James, Daniel, Terrance, Robin, David, Shawn and Alfred; step-daughters, Joyce, Sherri, Janis and Christine Hall; one brother, Ellison of Calgary. Former member of the Armed Forces serving 21 years in the Navy, retiring in 1969 with the Rank of Petty Officer. Member of Chief's and PO's Mess at Naden. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 1989 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sands Funeral Chapels, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Naden - St. Andrew's Protestant Chapel with Major, The Reverend W. G. Shields officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Heart Fund, 1009 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC.

CRAWFORD, Ronald Charles, CPO1, Master-at-Arms, RCN - aged 69, passed away at his home after a long illness, on June 24, 1989. Predeceased by his first wife, Hazel; and sons, Dennis; he is survived by his loving wife, Isabel; daughters, Jean Nelson, husband, Victor, Wendy Ralstrick and husband Tony; son, Ronald and his wife, Elaine, seven grandchildren; brothers, Bill, of Sicamous, BC, Dave of Kamloops and Mina Lister of Sorrento, BC. Ronald was born in Arran, Saskatchewan on December 7, 1909. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in Jun 1938, and served on the high seas and the coast of France during the Second World War. Retired on February 26, 1967 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He had been an active member and Director of the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, since 1951, and was immediate Past president of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, and an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion #37. Funeral service will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, with Reverent H. Silvester RCN retired, officiating. Interment at the Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 2206 Richmond Avenue, Victoria, B.C, or the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, PO Box 505, Stn. B, Ottawa, Ontario. 

CROWE, Don (D.J.), C1WU, RCN - Peacefully at his residence on June 27, 1989, age 55 years, born in Peterborough, Ontario. He leaves his loving family: wife Marilyn, at home; sons Michael, Wayne and David and their families; brothers Fred, Ed and Wayne, sisters Margaret and Theresa and their families. Don served with the RCN for 30 years retiring as a C1 (CWO), was a member of Prince Edward Branch, Royal Canadian Legion, Lodge No 24 AF & AM B.C.R.; Chief and Petty Officers Association. Funeral service will be held at the Church of the Advent 510 Mount View Road, Colwood, BC on Tuesday, July 4 at 1:00 p.m. Reverend H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. If friends wish, donations may be made, in Don's memory, to the Canadian Cancer Society.

COOMBS, James F., Chief TGM, RCN - of Kennewick, WA. Born 03 Nov 1910  Died 18 Dec 1989

STEWART, James, C2ERA, RCN - Born 1918  Died 1974


Portrait of CPO Stewart


HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert in 1941 as an ERA

HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux during her 3rd Korean War tour


HMCS MIRAMICHI - Commissioning crew

PIPE, Ernest A. (Mickey), Stoker, RCNVR (served 1940-1945) - Born 1917  Died 1996. A World War 2 veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, Stoker Ernest Pipe served in HMCS Napanee and HMCS Lachute - one of his duties during action stations was the depth charge throwers.


Ernest "Mickey" Pipe enlisted in 1940 and married 20 year old Hilda on August 31, 1940 (ironically, the same day when the Napanee was launched from the Kingston shipyard). Off he went to the Battle of the North Atlantic, and Hilda, as a 'bomb girl', to the ammunition factories in Montreal, so critical to the war effort. He returned home in summer 1945 after V-E day.


Ernest died in May 1996, just shy of his 79th birthday. With full credit to the fine military people who run our armed forces, on the day after HMCS Kingston (700) was commissioned in Kingston (from the very same dock as the Napanee in 1940), her first official duty was to steam out into the waters of the mighty St. Lawrence River on that sunny but cold autumn morning of Monday September 22, 1996 at 09:30 hrs.  With his wife Hilda (1920-2009) and family aboard, the ship's engines were shut down, and with chaplain and bagpiper doing their duty, the ship's company at full attention and flag at half mast, his ashes were scattered into the cold, clear Canadian waters off Kingston - where he was born in 1917 - flowing eventually into the North Atlantic, the location of his stories to his sons of life on a bobbing corvette on escort duty in the middle of this cold ocean, doing the 'Murmansk run', fighting the memorable battle of Christmas 1942 (ON 154) where they lost so many ships and men (although sinking a U boat in return) had a lasting effect.



HARPER, Doris Catherine, WRCNS -  Peacefully in her 97th year on Saturday January 27, 2018 at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre. Doris was the beloved wife of the late John (Jack) and the treasured mother of Judith, David (Anna), John (the late Nancy) and Deanna Mahood (Paul). Their Nanny's memory will also be cherished by her grandchildren, Alex Campbell (Jackie), Cheryl Campbell (Derek), Nick Harper (Ivania), Dan Harper, Jeff Mahood (Andrea), Greg Mahood (Leigh), Jennifer Charles (Matt), her great-grandchildren Adrienne, Josh, Emily, KaiLin, Desmond, Nate, Peter, Molly, Connor and Abigail. Predeceased by her parents Trevor and Gertrude Cale of Lethbridge, AB. Also predeceased by her brothers Art, Lloyd and Glynn, and her sister Olive. Doris will also be remembered with love by many nieces and nephews. Born at Trostrey, near Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales, Doris grew up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, joined the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) in 1942 and served in Galt, Toronto, Halifax, St. John's and Sydney. She married Jack in Halifax on board HMCS Warrior in 1946 and happily moved with him as the navy decided for the next 22 years, raising their children in Victoria, Sorel, Dartmouth and Ottawa. She worked in the Registrar's Office of Carleton University from 1970 to 1985, and travelled extensively with Jack in retirement until his death in 2002. In recent years, she lived in Park Place, Richmond Road and Redwoods Retirement Residence, Draper Avenue in Ottawa. Family will receive relatives and friends in the Hall of Colours, Beechwood National Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) on Monday February 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. Funeral service in the Sacred Space at 11 a.m. Interment in the National Military Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions to the Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre Foundation, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, ON, K1G 5Z6, would be gratefully appreciated. The family thanks the staff of Rideau 2 south and Gatineau 1 North for their care and support. (Ottawa Citizen 31 Jan 2018)


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index

HARPER, John (Jack), RCN - Date of passing unknown



BROWN, Joseph William, LS.EM, RCN - of Summerland, BC passed away peacefully January 21, 2018 at the age of 88 years. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 67 years, Olga 'Charley'; children Susan of Parksville, BC, Janet (Felix) of Calgary, AB, Robert (Rose) of Richmond, BC and David (Nena) of Coquitlam, BC; grandchildren Shane, Chris, Amanda, Shaun, Alex, Meagan, Derek, Lindsey, and Maya; great grandchildren Mackenzie, Harrison, and Harper; and siblings Agnes (Richard) of Langley, BC and Doreen (Gordon) of Sherwood Park, AB. He was predeceased by sister Joan Potter. Joe's accomplishments and skills were many. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends that he made during his time in the RCN, as a member of the Vintage Car Club, building his live steam locomotive, his career in DND, and during retirement participating in and teaching round dancing. The family truly appreciates all of you. Godspeed Joseph, Joe, Dad, Grandad, and Great Grandad…it was a pleasure. A private family service was held at Canyon View Cemetery in Summerland, BC. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 03 Feb 2018)



CAVERS, Gerald Arthur (04 Jan 1926 - 22 Jan 2018) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend. He passed away peacefully at home. He was predeceased by his Parents, infant Son, Grandson, three brothers and two sisters. Jerie is survived by Lila, his wife of 68 years, sons Duncan, Bruce (Deann), Jack (Patti) and grandsons Shawn, Casey and Jake and sister Donna KITSON of Victoria. Jerie grew up in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. After serving in the R.C.N. he worked in Pine Falls, Manitoba before moving to Crofton (B.C.P.F). Jerie loved family, friends, all sports and Manitoba. With a special affinity for all of his nieces and nephews. He will be missed. No service by request (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Feb 2018)

ALLATT, Robert Gordon (30 Oct 1924 - 29 Jan 2018) - Passed away peacefully on January 29, 2018 at Lisaard House. Devoted husband of Jean Isabel (nee Preston) for 69 years, loving father to Linda (Greg) Elkins of London, George (Charlene) of Smithville and Barbara (Andrew) Buntin of Cobourg, proud grandfather to seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and dear brother to Dave. Bob will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his extended family and friends. Bob served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Bob was an active Church and Probus member and an involved member of the Heritage Meadows Community. We are grateful for Dad's 93 years as a loving family man. In keeping with Bob's wishes, a private celebration has been held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Lisaard House. Our family would like to express our appreciation to the staff and volunteers of Lisaard House for their devotion to Dad's care, we are indebted to you all. A special thank you as well to Cindy Shobrook and the palliative care team.


BUCKBORO, Kelvie Andrew - of Calgary, AB, born in Winnipeg on May 30, 1924, sadly passed away after various health battles on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the age of 93. Kel was a Navy veteran with many tales to tell and he worked as a geophysicist for the remainder of his career. Kel and his wife Christie had four children who were raised in northwest Calgary. They retired to Summerland and then to Penticton where he enjoyed golfing and going out on the boat fishing. Kel was also a Canadian champion swimmer who coached many young swimmers. He was always admired for his beautiful yard and took great passion in his home football team, the Calgary Stampeders. He was affectionately named Grumps by his first grandchild, due to his red-headed temper, and it stuck! He loved and enjoyed every moment with all his grandchildren, whether it was playing crib, tobogganing, fishing, telling stories, or teasing. He was often told that he was the one who was responsible for the big family, to which he would say "I'm sorry" in his humorous way. Kel will always be remembered by his children Sandi (John) Magnusson, Dallas (Ken) Loschuk, Deane Buckboro, Sallee (Boyd) Williams; grandchildren Kristie (Eric) Magnusson, Shauna (Mike) Weckl, Becky (Paul) Johnston, Bret (Fabby) Loschuk, Kelsey (Sam) Williams, Riley (Charmaine) Williams, Vikki Buckboro, Megan Buckboro, Brandon Buckboro, and his great-grandchildren Tamsyn, Bryony, Aidan, Lilly, Vailynn, Cohen, Dean, Reese, Ryder, and Lennon. Kelvie was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Elsie Christie in May of 2016. He was also predeceased by his parents Blaine and Christian Buckboro, brother Norm, and sister Jean Victor. Funeral Services will be held at Calgary Crematorium Chapel, 3219 – 4th Street N.W., (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery) on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Veteran's Food Bank, 1 – 4539 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403)265-6304, or to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 MacLeod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110, The family would like to thank the staff at the Carewest Colonel Belcher for their amazing care.


Portrait of Seaman Buckboro




DONALDSON, Norman Joseph - (27 Oct1926 - 01 Feb 2018) -  91 years of family, hard work and lots of fun, now Norm has joined the love of his life Georgette. A great father to Gloria (Fasan) Weathers and husband Bill Weathers; Beverly Thornton and husband John Welch; and Cynthia (Baron) Knowler. Pre-deceased by his son-in-laws Mike Knowler and Jean-Guy Labrecque. Wonderful Grandfather of: Brent Thornton (pre-deceased), Lisa (Thornton) Francia and husband Jae Hou, sons Eric and Ryan, Tanya Thornton, Kelly (Thornton) Bornais and husband Bill Bornais, Christopher Fasan, Micheal Fasan and wife Courtney (West) Fasan, Patrick Fasan, Tamara (Baron) (Oglesby) Leeming and husband Mike Leeming, Karilyn Knowler and Kenny Knowler. Loving Great-Grandfather of: Taylor Francia, Ethan Thornton, Jarrod Bornais, Emily Bornais, Daytona Oglesby, Michael Oglesby, Winston Leeming, Sasha (Knowler) Stoilijkovic, Jackson Fasan. A World War II Navy Veteran, he retired from the Government of Canada Customs Drawbacks and Excise at age 55. He retired from the Windsor Raceway and has been a Legion member. He has travelled on cruises with Georgette, and Rving for over 25 years. They were active members of the Rose City Travellers, Twin Seas Caravan Club and the NCHA. He resided at Sunrise Retirement Home and then Chateau Park LTC enjoying his later years making new friends and watching the ships sail by.


Portrait of Seaman Norman Donaldson     Group photo at HMCS Cornwallis


Photos of Norman Donaldson on unknown aircraft carrier - photo 1    photo 2    photo 3    photo 4

GALBRAITH-McTAVISH, Ian Alexander, ABBN, RCN (15 Jun 1991 - 27 Jan 2018) - It is with great sadness that the family of Able Seaman Ian Galbraith-McTavish announce his passing on January 27, 2018 in Victoria, B.C. Ian enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2013 as an Artillery Soldier and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as a Boatswain in 2017. He previously served at CFB Gagetown prior to CFB Esquimalt. A dedicated Boatswain who loved mountain climbing and being outdoors, Ian could always be counted on to help out his shipmates with kindness and understanding. Ian will be lovingly remembered by his parents Heather Galbraith and her husband Chuck Uhl; by his father William McTavish; his siblings Chris and his wife Reese; John, Brian, and Billie McTavish; step-brothers Jacob and Jason Uhl; his nephews Colby and Rylan; his nieces Layla and Charlie, as well as family and friends across Canada. A military service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 with a visitation scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 between 6-8 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Our Place Society, Victoria B.C. (Victoria Times Colonist 03 Feb 2018)

GELLATLY, Colin Clark -  born Sept. 17, 1923, passed away peacefully Jan. 20, 2018 in Langley. He is survived by his daughter Anitra (Brian); son David (Jackie); grandchildren Shawn, Tyler, Colin and Jennifer. He was predeceased by wife Gwen in 2006. Colin served in the Royal Canadian Navy overseas between 1942 and 1946. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, March 3, at 11:00am at Henderson's Langley Funeral Home, 20786 Fraser Highway, Langley. Reception to follow. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 01 Feb 2018)


GONZALES, Raymond Julian - Raymond Julian Gonzales, born December 30, 1941, passed away peacefully January 26, 2018 at his home in Chilliwack, BC. He is survived by his loving wife Pamela of 50 years; sister Rita (Sandy) Cline of Ontario; nephew Brian (Sharon) Cline of Florida; niece Michelle (Thomas) Wallace of Ontario; sister- in-law Muriel Emsley of England. Ray had many cousins, Linda (John) Stewart of Nanaimo, Ron (Kathy) Read of Agassiz, Carol (Gary) Marquette of Kelowna; as well as dear friends Beverley (David) Nadin of Chilliwack and Dale Wanek of North Vancouver. Ray was predeceased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Britania Rodriques of Vancouver, BC. Ray grew up in Niagara Falls and went to school there. He worked in an Iron Foundry there and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia until 1967. He then became an employee of BC Forest Products as a logger in Franklin River, Port Alberni and Pitt River. Ray also worked as a roofer at which time he suffered a serious accident and thus retired in 1983. Ray was also a member of the Army and Navy Club in North Vancouver. Ray and Pam met in North Vancouver and they were married in 1968. It was love at first sight and they had many wonderful years together living in North Vancouver. In 2001 they decided to move to Chilliwack and had many happy times there as well. Ray was a very knowledgeable man and loved to read about many subjects. He also loved to cook. He was an exceptional cook and provided Pam with some excellent dishes. Ray also loved to talk with people on many a good subject right up to the end. He will be sadly missed by all. We would like to thank Dr. David Fitzpatrick and Fran for their kind attention, and also the BC Paramedics, CGH, and his caregivers from Fraser Valley Health for their kindness to Ray in his latter years. Ray's wishes were that there would be no Memorial Service or floral donations of any kind. Any donations in his memory can go to a charity of your choice. Thank you. (Vancouver Sun /  The Province 02 Feb 2018)

GORMAN, Francis Ronald  - It is with great sadness the family of Francis (Frank) Ronald Gorman (Halifax) announce his passing on February 1st 2018, surrounded by his family. Frank was born at home in Halifax on Pepperell Street, April 19th, 1923 to William and Hazel (Hodges) Gorman. His family moved to Merigomish when he was 10 years where he enjoyed hunting and fishing his brother, John. When he was 17 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at the start of World War 2 and served for the duration of the war as a Naval gunner. During the war he met and later married the love of his life, Mary (Whalen) Gorman. After the war, he joined the Halifax Police Department where he served in the police force for 37 ½ years and welcomed his 3 daughters (Anne, Frances, and Geraldine) into the world. Frank was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Knights of Columbus, Cape Breton Club, Retired Police Association of Nova Scotia. Frank enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, going for drives to Cape Breton, having fun at the Casino and horse races, singing songs, reciting poetry, and sharing good times and his humour with friends and family. Frank is predeceased by his parents William and Hazel (Hodges) Gorman, brother John Gorman, sister Mary (Gorman) Doucette ,beautiful wife, Mary (Whalen) Gorman, and daughter, Gerri Gorman. Frank is survived by his daughters, Fran Gorman and Anne (Gorman) Watson, nephews and nieces Sandy (Sonia), Rhys, Teaghan, Arianna, David (Christa), Brandon, Gerri, Jessica, Brad (Kelli), Warren (Stephanie), Ethan, Ben, Lee (Lee), Tara (Trevor), Ella and Alex. A celebration of life will be held for Frank and will begin with a wake on Wednesday, February 7th, 2017 from 6pm-9pm at Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street Halifax and a service on Thursday February 9th 2018 at 11am in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1725 Oxford Street, Halifax; reception and internment to follow.

ROSE, William G., C1RP, 12760-H, RCN / Lt, RCN - Bill passed away peacefully in hospital. Bill was born in Tweed, Ontario. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 where he served for 38 years. He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer first class and later took his commission retiring as Lt(N). While serving in the Navy Bill enjoyed visiting many foreign countries and had many entertaining stories to tell about his adventures. After Bill's Navy years he went on to work as a commissionaire for several years. Bill was happiest socializing with family and friends and especially enjoyed his weekly visits to the Chiefs and Petty officers Assn. Bill was a long time member of over 40 years, of the Royal Canadian Legion. He Loved hockey and curling and had an eclectic love for music and enjoyed a good tune. Bill was known for his unique way with words which always seemed to make you laugh. Predeceased by his father Malcom Roger Rose, mother Shirley Ellen Rose (Rainbird) and wife Bernice. Bill leaves behind his sister Judith and children Amber, Roger, Shelley, and step children Dean, Randy, Kevin, Joanne and many grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Victoria General Hospital (6th floor North) for all the kindness shown to Bill in his final days. There will be no service at Bills request. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to your local Royal Canadian Legion. (Victoria Times Colonist 01 Feb 2018)

WASHBURN, Robert Neil, Lt, RCNVR (06 Jun 1922 - 29 Jan 2018) - With profound gratitude for his peaceful passing after a long and fulfilling life, enormously well-lived, our family bids a sad but fond farewell to Bob, proud and loving husband of Marion, his cherished "bride" of 72 plus years. Bob was the son of the late Frederick and Elsie Washburn, brother of the late Frances Shaw, all of Hamilton, dear father of Pat (and her husband, the late Bob Reid), Peter (and partner Glady), John (and partner John), proud Papa of Kim, Michael (Vera), Scott (Kerrie), Jenny (Blake), Jill (Noel) and Neil, beloved Great-Papa of Owen, Nate, Jack, Elli, Gwyn, Evan and Lauren – all great joys in his life and now the entrusted caretakers of his honourable legacy. For his extended family of "in-laws and outlaws," Bob and his playful sense of humour will long be remembered with great affection. Born in Chippewa, Bob grew up in Hamilton, a Delta lad, a McMaster University graduate and an ever-loyal Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan. Bob served in World War II as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon discharge after the war, he began what was to be a very accomplished business career at Bell Canada, retiring as Vice President in 1983. Bob and Marion have been members at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club for 48 years. Both were ardent curlers and golfers. Summers were spent with the family at Jack Lake where Bob loved to feed the birds, sweep down the spiders, observe the action from the deck or his favourite chair and at night, play cards. For 34 years, winters were enjoyed at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida. Bob and Marion truly valued their rich and enduring network of great friends and the best of times shared with them from Hamilton, to Toronto, to Sudbury, to Montreal, to Toronto, to Sarasota and finally to Oakville. "Enjoy your flight," dear man. The family extends its sincerest thanks to Dr. Robert Gabriel and the nurses at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the CNIB or the charity of your choice are welcomed. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10 N of QEW) on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. Funeral service in the Chapel on Monday, February 5th at 1:00 p.m. Interment Springcreek Cemetery.  (Toronto Star 02 Feb 2018)

YOUNG, James Christopher Frederick, RCNR - Dr. Christopher Young of Guelph passed away peacefully on January 29, 2018. Born April 1, 1940 in Charlottetown, PEI, he was the son of the late Merrill and Irene (nee Corkum). He is survived by his loving wife Margaret. Favourite brother of sister Gretchen (Bill) Warren, Gravenhurst. From his first marriage, Chris was the proud father of Scott (Michelle), Edmonton, Rebecca (Jay Charette and his daughter Emily-Anne), Ottawa, and Stacey Andrea, Ottawa. Loving grandfather of Benjamin Young. Fond stepfather of Joy (Steven) Prime, Saskatoon. Dearly loved Gramps of Stephanie and Michael Prime. Fond step-grandfather of Jasmine (Klaus) Lachnitt, Kim Swain. Loved great-grandfather of Nicole, Jenna and Katelyn Shank, Kaden and Violet Lachnitt. Chris grew up in Sackville, NB, where he attended Mount Allison University and studied chemistry (1960). He simultaneously earned an officers commission in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve. He then moved on to Hamilton to attain a M.Sc. in organic chemistry at McMaster University (1962). Next, Chris tried his hand at teaching chemistry; first for two years at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School and then for two years at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. He continued his formal education with a PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971). Post doctoral studies followed at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse (1972) and Mass Spectrometry Research Unit, University College of Swansea, Wales UK (1992). In 1972, he joined the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. Much of his research was devoted to providing analytical support to his colleagues' studies. While in Ottawa he worked on methods for removing mycotoxins (toxic chemicals produced by fungi) from contaminated wheat and corn. After 25 years in Ottawa, Chris was transferred to Guelph to help establish the Guelph Food Research Centre. In Guelph, he helped colleagues identify beneficial compounds in fruits and vegetables. See, mom was right when she said "eat your fruits and vegetables because they are good for you". After 39 years of having fun at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, he hung up his test tubes. Chris was an active member of the West Ottawa Rotary Club. He faithfully served as a committed member of Sackville United Church, NB, Westboro United Church, Ottawa and Dublin Street United Church, Guelph. However, his greatest activities were devoted to the study of the history of the families who left Germany, France, and Switzerland 1750-1752 and settled in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He chaired the organizing committee of the Grand Family Reunion of 2003, which celebrated Lunenburg's 250th anniversary. He also wrote five books on Lunenburg family history and his personal memoirs. One of the challenges of his later life was dealing with Parkinson's disease, diagnosed at age 62. He chose to respond to the philosophy Parkinson's lives with me, I do not live with Parkinson's. Chris's remains have been cremated and will later be placed in the waters near Lunenburg. A memorial service and reception to celebrate Chris' life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:30 a.m. at Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St West, Guelph, N1H 2J2. Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel. Margaret is most grateful for the support of the Guelph Wellington Alzheimer Society and to Wellington Terrace Long Term Care Home, Fergus, Ontario for their marvelous care of Chris. If desired, donations may be made to them. (Ottawa Citizen 03 Feb 2018)

CAREY, Beverley James (B.J.), P1VS / LCdr, RCN - at Kingston, Ontario, March 26, 1990. Born June 1, 1930. Survived by a sister Patricia Carey, Toronto, father of Diane, Kirby and husband Norm, Victoria, BC, Dave Carey and wife Margaret, Dale Carey and husband Rob, Doug Carey all of Toronto; fondly remembered by his four grandchildren, Shauna, Leanne, Samantha and Michael; beloved friend and companion, Alberta Baldwin of Kingston. Friends will be received at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home, 49 Colbourne St from 204 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral service in our Chapel on Friday, March 30 followed by cremation and burial at sea. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

CRAIG, John William, P1BN, RCN - Born October 9, 1919. Passed away May 18, 1990 in the Comox Hospital. John served in the Royal Canadian Navy for some 27 years with retirement in 1969. Survived by his wife Anne; one son Derek and wife Carole; daughter Debbie and husband Bob McClintick; five grandchildren; Sister Dorothy Morgan and niece Brenda. Private family memorial service held in the Chapel of Piercy's Funeral Home on May 22, 1990 with Reverend Bob Stiven officiating. Cremation. 

CARTER, Ed, C2TD / CPO.TAS, RCN - peacefully at home, July 6, 1990, age 68 years. Ed served 5 years with 16th Scottish; 21 years RCN, retired Chief Petty Officer; 5 years Victoria Press and 20 years with BC Ferries. Survived by loving wife, Elvi (Harty); daughters, Sandra, husband Vern and grandsons Jamie and Mike in Kamloops; heather, husband Peter and grandson Kevin in Stratford, Ontario; Sharleen, husband Mike in Penticton; granddaughters, Robbie Lynne and family in New Westminster; Shawna, husband Glen in Victoria; grandsons, Craig Kelman in Victoria and Shane Collins in Prince George. Memorial service will be held at S. Andrews Anglican Church, 9686 Third Street, Sidney, BC on Wednesday, July 11, 1990 at 1:30 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Ed's memory may be made to the Cancer Society or the Canadian Arthritic Society.

CALDERBANK, Kenneth Robinson (Ken), RCNVR / C2ER, CD, RCN (01 Nov 1921 - 24 Jun 1990) - WW2 and Cold War Veteran.

Ken grew up in Saskatoon where he volunteered in 1942 for the RCNVR and then as a regular, after a brief period on civvy street when demobilized at the end of WWII. During the Second World War he served on various Bangor class minesweepers on both coasts, and the River class frigate HMCS Poundmaker. Ken made Stoker Petty Officer in 1944.

Shortly after VE Day he was married in Victoria to another Saskatoon native who had migrated to Victoria. Later they had two sons, and the family traveled extensively while they joined Ken on his overseas postings. On re-enlistment he entered as a Leading Stoker and was based in Esquimalt. He served on the cruisers HMCS Uganda and Ontario and the frigate HMCS Antigonish. On the Ontario he was made up to Petty Officer and had a memorable winter cruise into the Caribbean, where he celebrated the birth of his first son in Panama. While on Antigonish his second son was born.

Ken volunteered for the submarine service in 1954 and was posted to England for training. His time in submarines was greatly cherished and his family made many lifelong friends who served in these boats. While based in Gosport, Ken served on HMS/M Alliance, Amphion and Truncheon. Ken was involved in the commissioning of Truncheon from 1956, where he was promoted to CPO in 1957, and served on her until mid-1959.

When posted to Halifax in 1959, Ken spent a short time onboard HMS/M Ambush, and then was ashore on the Flag Officer S/M staff at Ambrose. Reassignment to submarines in England came in late 1960 with service on HMS/M Taciturn, which was eventually transferred to Australia. On arrival in Australia he was transferred to HMS/M Tabard on which he served until late 1964.

Ken returned to General Service and Esquimalt at the start of 1965 having crossed both the Equator and the Arctic Circle while serving in submarines. He was the CPO in charge of the Shore Patrol until mid 1968. He received his Honorable Discharge in early 1969.

He retired in early 1969 in Sidney BC, then to Australia in 1972, and back to Esquimalt in 1990.


Awards and Decorations: 1939-45 Star, CVSM with Clasp, 1939-45 War Medal, and Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)


Portrait of CPO Ken Calderbank



HMCS CHIGNECTO - Served in CHIGNECTO 13 Sep 1943 - 19 Mar 1944

HMCS STRATFORD - Served in STRATFORD 10 Dec 1944 - 30 Apr 1945

HMCS LOCKEPORT - Served in LOCKEPORT 15 May 1945 - 23 May 1945

HMCS POUNDMAKER - Served in POUNDMAKER 20 Aug 1945 - 13 Nov 1945

HMCS UGANDA - Served in UGANDA 16 Aug 1946 - 26 Jun 1947

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in ONTARIO 27 Jun 1947 - 08 May 1949

HMCS ROCKCLIFFE - Served in ROCKCLIFFE 09 May 1949 - 01 Jun 1940 and 21 Jul 1950 - 03 Aug 1950

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Served in ANTIGONISH 04 Aug 1950 - 14 Jan 1954

HMS/m ALLIANCE - Served in ALLIANCE 03 May1955 - 10 May 1955

HMS/m AMPHION - Served in AMPHION 11 May 1955 - 18 Jun 1956

HMS/m TRUNCHEON - Served in TRUNCHEON 19 Jun 1956 - 02 Feb 1959

HMS/m AMBUSH - Served in AMBUSH 26 Jun 1959 - 20 Aug 1959

HMS/m TACITURN - Served in TACITURN 28 Feb 1961 - 30 Dec 1962

HMS/m TABARD - Served in TABARD 31 Dec 1962 - 28 Nov 1964

COULTIS, James (Jim), PO.BN - passed away suddenly at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, on Sunday, December 2, 1990, born August 12, 1920. Dad of Julie Ann who predeceased him, beloved husband of Ruth, dad of Jim, Jan, John and grandfather to Tyler, Derrick, Many and Darcy. He served as CPO with the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. His life was spent working in the oil industry where he entered into many endeavours, primarily as Coultis Drilling Ltd., Calgary, Alberta. He was a member of the Calgary and Victoria Faceters Guilds. Thanks to Dr. Morgan, nurses and staff of the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. George and Diane Rasmussen. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 5, 1990, at 10:00 a.m., in McCall Bros. Family Chapel, 1400 Vancouver St., with the Rev. E. Stephenson officiating. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak crematorium. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mustard Seed Foundation, 552 Pandora Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1N7 

CUTRESS, Harry C., C2LT, RCN - died 02 Jan 1991

COLLEY, George, RCN - on February 12, 1991. Lovingly remembered by wife, Louise (Lou), daughter, Joan (Archie) Bubar, sons, David, Jim (Darlene) and Edward (Diane); grandchildren, Matthew, Jarred, Diane, Carolyn, Shawn and Kyle and niece and nephews. George served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years and for many years served his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. A memorial service will be held Saturdy, February 16 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Dr., Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria.

CRAWFORD, David (Dave), Chief Blacksmith, RCN - of Heffley Creek, BC. Born 1916  Died 06 Feb 1991

TANNER, Charles Edward - Peacefully, Charles Tanner passed away on January 31, 2018 at the age of 95. Charles was predeceased by his wife Winnifred H. Tanner in October of 1991. He is survived by his son Philip Charles and was a parishioner of St. Andrew's Anglican Church and served on the vestry and maintenance committee for many years. "Charlie" to his friends, was born on September 23, 1922 and grew up in St. Andrews, Manitoba. He attended St. Andrew's School and St. Andrew's Anglican Church on the Red. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and served on the minesweeper HMCS Mulgrave as an upper deck stoker. He was part of the D-Day invasion, sweeping the English Channel of mines before the landings. After his navy service, Charlie enrolled in a diesel mechanics and welding course and was hired by the Province of Manitoba Highways Department as an apprentice. He worked for the Highways Department as a mechanic on snowplows and graders, rising to Garage Foreman and finally Mechanical Supervisor before retiring in 1988 after 42 years of service. He was greatly respected and by all his co-workers. In the early 1950s, Charlie and his wife started to build a family cottage in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Using his carpentry and scrounging skills a waterfront lot was cleared and a small cottage was constructed. Over the years the cottage was expanded with indoor plumbing, a boathouse, a woodshed and a storage building. Charlie and the family spent many enjoyable summers at "the lake" swimming, boating and fishing. Always a traveler, Charlie enjoyed the outdoors and exploring the world. During his working years, with the family, many trips were taken across Canada and the U.S. with a camper trailer. After retirement he explored the world with trips to Australia and Europe. Charlie kept in touch with the Tanner family relatives by flying across the pond to England, Scotland and Wales. Charlie enjoyed curling, participating in many local bonspiels and afternoons at the local curling club with friends. He was an avid sports fan. There were trips every summer to catch MLB games for his favourite teams. He was proud to be a 25-year season ticket holder with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He travelled to many CFL Grey Cup games, no matter what teams were playing, to cheer and revel in the festivities. For the last 20 years he made a trip each year to see the Green Bay Packers, meeting many fans and players. Charlie spent a lot of time enjoying one of his hobbies: woodworking. Always looking to build something useful and decorative out of wood, be it a table, cabinet or chairs. He was very proud of the wood saw that he built, allowing logs to be cut into lumber. Many afternoons were spent with friends sawing lumber to be used for that special woodworking project. Charlie caught on to snowmobiling after retiring and rode many kilometers each winter. He was introduced to West Yellowstone, Montana in 1995 and was able to make the destination an annual trip. Always fresh snow, groomed trails and next door to Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful. Charlie was a senior member of Scouts Canada for over 50 years. Either as a youth leader, committee member, trainer or resource person, he supported and taught the Scouting brotherhood to so many youth. He was able to attend many Provincial, National and World Scout Jamborees. He championed the development of the George Lake Scout Camp in Eastern Manitoba as a wilderness camp. He spent many winters hauling in building material by snowmobile and summers adding to the original homestead cabin. He was one of the key members of the "Over-the-Hill-Gang". He was instrumental in organizing the Trail's End Popcorn warehouse for the annual provincial fundraiser. And he was always available to assist in the Scout Trees planting weekend. In October 2010, he was inducted into the World Scout Foundation in Ottawa. Charlie's motto was "always be twice as busy in your retirement as when you were working". He lived up to this and more! He was always willing to help when needed, be it with a kind word or an extra hand, and will be sadly missed. A celebration of Charlie's life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrew's Anglican Church. (Winnipeg Free Press 03 Feb 2018)



CHUBAK, Edward P., C2RM, RCN / C.A.F. - with deepest sorrow we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather on Monday, June 24, 19991 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Vi; daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Bruce Beaudry and granddaughters, Erin and Kristie, of Vancouver; his son, Kevin, of Victoria and a brother, Bob of Sweden. He was predeceased by his father, Andrew; mother, Sophia and brother, Jerry; also left to mourn are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan and Jan Koliesavich, of Winnipeg and four nephews and their families, faithful walking companion, Ed Stark and Joe Shyth and many dear friends. Edd was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 9, 1936. He joined the RCN in 1955 serving 25 years, retiring with a rank of Chief Petty Officer and eight years with HMC Dockyard as an electronic technician, retiring from there in 1988 due to ill health. Edd's greatest love was his family. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a cheerful friend. Edds' interests were varied. he enjoyed hamming (VE&DGs is now silent), gourmet cooking, baking with his granddaughters and had recently been bitten by the woodworking bug. Edd was a member of V.A.R.R.A., C.A.R.F., The Esquimalt Legion and Retired Chief's & PO's Association. At Edd's request here will be no funeral service. His ashes will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

CALDWELL, Richard John, RCN - In Victoria, BC, on September 7, 1991, born in Dover, England on August 10, 1908. Survived by his wife, Helen; three daughters Kathleen and husband Robert Whitfield of Marithon, New Jersey, Helen and Husband Wilf McInerney of Victoria, and Patricia and husband Wayne Harbord of Victoria; son Father Richard Caldwell; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister Isobel Caldwell of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a life member of the Chief Petty Officers Association and very active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He also served overseas in the Second World War with the RCN which he served with for 25 years. Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew's Cathedral, on Wednesday, September 11, 1991 at 12:10 p.m. with the Rev. Father Richard Caldwell celebrant. Interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations if desired, may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 753 View St, Victoria, BC.

COOMBS, C. Wilfred, Sto PO - Peacefully in Victoria, BC on March 17, 1992. Born in Fort William, Ontario, age 66 years. A veteran of the Second World War. Survived by his loving wife, Ruth and children; by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Coombs; a sister, Betty; many grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Memorial service Friday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Haywards Funeral Chapel, 1625 Quadra St., Victoria, Rev. R. Wallace officiating. Cremation. Donations to the Victoria Hospice Society in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.

CLEMENTS, Alfred James - passed away at Royal Jubilee Hospital on April 20, 1992 at age 89, his family by his side. He is survived by Florence, his loving wife of 62 years, sons, Jim (Sheila) and Gordon (Pauline); daughters, Donalda (Alistair) and Leoline (Sandy); 9 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Irene (Duncan) of Sudbury, Ontario. Jake was a long-time member of the Britannia Legion branch #7, and the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association in Victoria. A private family service will be held on April 23, Padre Harry Silvester officiating. Cremation. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.

CHARTERS, Clifford Charles (Cliff), P2FC, RCN / C.A.F. - at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on October 22, 1992 in his 59th year. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Bun and daughter, June (Brian); step-mother, Dorothy; brothers, sisters and their families. Zulma Wauters and family and also many friends. A memorial service will be held from the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services. 1155 Fort Street on Tuesday October 27 at 2:00 p.m. with Gordon Thurston officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined but donations may be made in Cliff's name to the Cancer Society.

CONNOLLY, James Francis (Jim), M.I.D., P1CD, RCN - after a long, courageous battle, passed away peacefully on October 18, 1982. Born in Vancouver on February 26, 1924, he leaves behind , his loving wife, Shirley; children, Camille (Roy), Cynthia, Chris, Sandy (Randy), Terry, Jacquie (Tom); 11 grandchildren; his mother, Ann and brother, Terry and also his niece and nephew. Jim will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He served for 23 years in the RCN and was a veteran of the Second World War and mentioned in Despatches. he spent 21 of those years as a deep sea diver. A memorial service will he held at the Memorial Pavilion Chapel, Richmond at Bay Streets, on Wednesday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev Edwin Taylor officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined in favour of donations to the Huntingtons, Society, Cambridge, Ontario.


M.I.D. Citation - CONNOLLY, James Francis, Able Seaman (4264) - Mention in Despatches - RCN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 24 October 1944. Home: Vancouver, British Columbia. CONNOLLY. James Francis , 4264, AB, RCN, MID~[20.1.45] "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine.

MacKENNEY, Arnold Valentyne., Stores Assistant, V42713, RCNVR, Killed - 22 Aug 2944, HMS NABOB - Born 14 Feb 1914, husband of Mrs. Jennie MacKenney, Vancouver, BC. SA MacKenney is buried in the Douglas Bank Cemetery, Argyllshire, Scotland.


Photo of SA MacKenney's headstone


Book of Remembrance entry



ORR, John Cecil, Lt, RCNVR - Born 21 June 1923  Died  05 Jul 1995


Photo of John C. Orr on unknown ship


HMCS NIPIGON - Appointed to NIPIGON in Jan 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR

HMCS SASKATOON - Appointed to SASKATOON 06 May 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR

UNGAVA J149 - Served in UNGAVA circa Jul 1945 - Sep 1945

COOPER, Glenn, P1VS, RCN - of Vernon BC.  Born 23 Mar 1927, died 26 Mar 1992.  Glenn died in an ice fishing accident with another man on Pinaus Lake, BC. it appears that both men fell through the ice.

COZENS, Ernest William, CERA, RCN - passed away peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Jun 28, 1993, at the age of 77 years. Sadly missed by his loving wife, Connie. Survived by his daughter, Leona (Dave) from Logan Lake; son, William (Jean) from Victoria; sister, Margaret Strong from Red Deer, Alberta; four granddaughters, Tracie, Connie, Karmen and Candice. Served 25 years in the RCN and many years in local shipyards. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart Foundation. Special thanks to Dr. Kardera, Dr. Sanders and nurses on the 3rd Floor South at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

CLARK, Charles Joseph (Jerry), Master-at-Arms, RCN - In the Gorge Road Hospital on November 15, 1993, at the age of 83 years. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on May 17, 1910. Survived by his loving wife, Mary Wenonah; nephew, Brian Morton and wife, Sandi, of New Westminster. Mr. Clark served on the high seas during the Second World War, and in peacetime he was employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Pro Patria Branch No. 31, The Chiefs and Petty Officers' Association and the Knights of Columbus Council 1256. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Service will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel 317 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood, BC, on Friday, November 19, at 3:00 p.m. with Father Dan McCarthy officiating followed by interment in Hartley Memorial Gardens. The family requests remembrances be in the form of donations to the Canadian Cancer, PO Box 7132, Depot D., Victoria, BC.

CARTER, Robert D., CPO, RCN - late of Chilliwack, formerly of Haney, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on October 25, 1993, at the Chilliwack General Hospital in his 76th year. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Agnes, brother, Ronald Carter, Victoria; sister, Doreen Clark, Coquitlam, also many nieces and nephews. Service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 30, at 2 p.m., from St. John's the Divine Anglican Church, Haney, Reverend Peter Heritage officiating. Cremation. If friends so desire donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

COLE, Robert Alan, CPO, RCN - suddenly, October 8, 1993, in Rend, Nevada. Born October 24, 1921 in Vancouver, BC. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 - 1961, then worked for the Attorney-General's Dept. until retirement. A member of the Royal Standard Lodge No. 398, Gizah Shrine Temple, and Chief P.O.'s Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, Armed Forces Pensioners Association of Canada. Remembered with love by wife, Donna; daughter, Kalee; sisters, Grace (Dick) McElvoy, Thelma (Henry) Kabalo and nieces and nephews. No service by request. Cremation. A reception will be held at the family home Sunday October 17, 2 pm - 5 pm. Should friends desire donations may be made to the Extended Care Centre, Langley Memorial Hospital. One dream we wish could come true. We'd pray to God with all our hearts for yesterday and you.

COVERDALE, Frances Hill (Frank), P1HT, RCN - born January 13, 1923 in Victoria. Passed away June 18, 1994 at Cowichan District Hospital. Predeceased by his lvoing parents, Alice and John Coverdale. Survived by his wife, Esther, children, Lynne, Robin, Deidre, Dale, Leola, Joe, Patti and Mary. As well there are 32 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and brothers Leonard and Kenneth (Shirley). Special thanks to Alan Waddy, Long time friend. Legion memorial service with Military Honours to be held at First Memorial Services, Duncan at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 22. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Victoria.

STORRIE, John Herbert (Jack), PO Writer - Son of the late Mr & Mrs R.G. Storrie of Victoria, BC, Jack passed away peacefully at Mount St. Mary Hospital on April 11, 2007 in his 88th year. He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle, in 2003 and is survived by his cousins Enid Graham (Surrey, B.C.) and Kathleen Storrie (Saskatoon, SK). After serving with the Royal Canadian Navy in WW II Jack worked for the Government of B.C. until his retirement. He was a longtime member of Gorge Vale Golf Club and the Church of St. John the Divine. He was always most appreciative of the care and companionship he received at home over many years from the staff of South Victoria Home Care and latterly at Mount St. Mary Hospital. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of The Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Apr 2007)


HMCS NABOB - Survived the torpedoing of HMS NABOB

HINCHCLIFFE, Cecil Irving, Capt (E), RCN - Born 1895, Cumberland, UK. Date of passing unknown


HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Appointed to PRINCE ROBERT 05 Feb 1940 as LCdr (E), RCNR. Commissioning crew

HMCS GIVENCHY - Appointed to GIVENCHY 1942

HMS NABOB - Survived the torpedoing of HMS NABOB

FORSTER, Dennis Thompson, M.B.E., Cdr, RCN - (1916-2005) In hospital on January 26, 2005. Beloved husband of Audrey. Cremation private. No Memorial Service at his request. If desired donations may be made in his memory to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. (Ottawa Citizen 28 Jan 2005)


Award Citation:  FORSTER, Dennis Thompson, Lieutenant (E) - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCN / HMCS Nabob - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 14 November 1944. "For good service when their ship was damaged." "For courage, resolution and skill in Northern Waters (London Gazette)."  (HMS Nabob (Aircraft Carrier) was damaged by U-354 on 22 August 1944.)


HMS FROBISHER (Training Cruiser)


HMS NABOB - Survived to torpedoing of HMS Nabob

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Appointed to Restigouche 18 May 1941 as Lt (E), RCN

HMCS KOOTENAY - Appointed Drafted to Kootenay 12 Apr 1943 as Lt (E), RCN

HMCS WARRIOR - Appointed to Warrior 12 May 1945 as A/LCdr (E), RCN, Standby Commissioning Crew

HMCS QUEBEC - Appointed to Quebec 30 Apr 1954 as Cdr (E), RCN

NICHOLLS, David, PO.Ck, VR5690, RNCVR, Died - 10 Dec 1918, HMCS SEAGULL - Born 03 Aug 1893, Scotland, he enlisted in the RNCVR on 12 Dec 1917. He is buried in the St. John's Cemetery, Halifax, NS.


Book of Remembrance entry


NOte: HMCS SEAGULL (shore station, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS)


Index for those who have Crossed the Bar