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)


NEYS, Henry Ward, Stoker 1c, VR6140, RNCVR, Died - 19 Dec 1918, HMCS SEAGULL - Son of Peter and Catherine M. Ney of Sexsmith, NS. Henry died of influenza/pneumonia and is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, NS


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Note:  HMCS Seagull, Shore station, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS

CURRIE, William Hector (Bill), ERA Apprentice, RCN - passed away in Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, on July 14. Born in Beaver Harbour, NS, on July 13, 1941. He was the son of Clarence & Murial Currie, of Halifax, NS. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Allison Currie (Dale), Cynthia & Wanda Moyer, sons Dave, Jim and Brian (Ramona) Moyer, 4 grandchildren, Desirai, Reece, Rina and Kyrra, brothers Glenn (Donna) and Brian (Carol) of Halifax, NS and several niece and nephews. Service to be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Rd., Duncan, BC, Monday, July 18th at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at Crofton Community Centre.

CONNORS, Charles Aaron, ERA 4c, V70302, RCNVR (served 01 Sep 1943 - 01 Sep 1945) - who was born in Verdun, Quebec July 9, 1924 passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 12, 1994 at the age of 70. Predeceased by his father, Charles; beloved mother, May; brothers, George and William. He will be truly missed by his loving wife, Barbara; sons, Gary (Carol); daughter, Donnie (Jeff); brother, Malcolm (Liz); four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Chuck served his country during the Second World War on HMCS Uganda with the E.R. crew and since retiring from Dockyard in 1983 he was very active in the Chiefs and PO's Association. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at McCall Bros Family Chapel on Thursday, December 15, between 7 and 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held in McCall Bros Floral Chapel, Friday December 16 at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev Harry Silvester officiating. Friends who wish may make donations to the charity of their choice.


HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda during WW2

CAMPBELL, James A. (Jimmy), C1ER, 21995-E, RCN (served 15 Jul 1941 - 29 Mar 1966) - Born 19 Oct 1919, passed away after a short illness in Vancouver, aged 76. Survived by his beloved wife Jean; loving daughter and son, Sandra and Harvey (Linda); nieces, nephews and many, many friends. He served in the RCN for 25 years. No service by request. Donations to the Mount St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, would be appreciated.

COOMBS, Stanley G. (Stan),  V12203 / RCNVR, LCdr, O-15554, RCN(R) (served 09 Nov 1936 - 05 Dec 1961) - died 09 Nov 1995, Edmonton, AB.

BRIMICOMBE, Lloyd, CPO1, Supply Tech - Born 13 Aug 1926, Shubenacadie, NS  Died 26 Jan 1991, Stewiacke, NS.

MacKAY, George Byron, Telegraphist (22 Jan 1925 - 27 Nov 2010) passed away in the peaceful environment of the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital, with his daughters by his side. Born and raised in Westville, he was the son of the late Herbert and Donna (Fraser) MacKay. Byron attended Westville schools and Pictou Academy. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a telegrapher in the navy, aboard the Corvette ship Arvida. After the war, Byron received a trade in auto body repair, which lead to a career as an insurance adjuster with Allstate and Co-op insurance companies. His last job was with the Corp of Commissionaires, stationed at Stadecona Naval Base in Halifax. He thoroughly enjoyed his twelve years at “Stad”. Byron was married for thirty-three years to Edna Murrell and together they had three daughters. He will be remembered as a kind and giving man, a loyal friend and a great father and grandfather who will be missed by those who loved him. He was predeceased by his wife, Edna and sisters, Elaine MacKay and Carol MacKeigan. Byron is survived by daughters, Sherma (Ian) McGill, Pictou; Susan Fortier and Sheila (Donnelly) Emery, Westville; sister, Elinor Malcolm, New Glasgow and his much loved granddaughter, Jordan Emery and grandsons, Logan and Mason Emery all of Westville. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Monday from 7-9 pm at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville The Royal Canadian Naval Association, Admiral Murray Branch and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 35 will conduct a service at the Funeral Home at 6:30 Monday evening. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2 pm from Eagles Funeral Chapel, with Michael Simmons officiating. Family flowers only. Donations to the Palliative Care Society or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.


HMCS ARVIDA - Served in Arvida as a Tel

CAMPBELL, Ronald (Ronnie) - It is with saddened hearts, we the family announce the passing of Ronnie Campbell in his 83rd year, August 27, 2011 in the Aberdeen Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow. He is survived by his daughters, Moira and Shiena Gillis; grand-daughters, Christine and Bridget Ferrara, Michigan; long time friend , Jeanie Snell; Murphy his loving dog; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ron loved dancing, fishing, carpentry, and enjoyed oil painting and making and playing fiddles. He was a member of Br. #28 Royal Canadian Legion, Stellarton, and the Pictou County Fiddlers. He was a World War II Veteran and was in the Navy and Merchant marines, where he was on the Point Pleasant Park Freighter when it was torpedoed North West of Cape Town, South Africa on Feb. 23, 1945. He worked at Trenton Car Works until his retirement. Cremation has taken place. The Royal Canadian Legion, Br.#28, Stellarton conducted a service 1:30 Wednesday at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. A memorial service was held at Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Interment was in the Holy Name Cemetery, Westville. Memorial donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or the Chemotherapy Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital. We extend our gratitude to the medical and nursing staff of the Aberdeen Hospital with special thanks to Dr. Farrell and nurses of the Palliative Care Unit He was predeceased by his brothers Michael, Joseph, Lawrence "Lucker" and Neil Campbell; sisters Jennie Campbell, Lois Fleury, Mary Catherine and Mary Christine Campbell. Born in Stellarton, February 28, 1928, he was the son of the late Billy and Sophia (MacKay) Campbell.



WALSH, James Robert, Bos'n, RCN / C.A.F. (1949-2013) - of 1755 Victoria St. Westville, passed away peacefully April 29, 2013, in the Palliative Care Unit surrounded by family. Born in New Glasgow he was a son of Mary Alice Walsh and the late James Robert Walsh. James served his country for 31 years in the Canadian Armed Forces; retiring in 1997 to his residence in Westville. In 1999 James became a member of the Corps of Commissionaires, were he worked until he became ill. He was an active member of the Black Watch Association and The Royal Canadian Legion #35. He loved taking his grandchildren fishing but kept his favourite spots a secret. He also enjoyed hunting and spending time watching hockey at the local arena. Surviving are his wife of 44 years Diana Gale (MacNeil); Sons, James (Sherri), Michael (Brenda), Westville; sisters, Hazel Chisholm (Donald), Sylvester; Theresa and Margie, Ontario; Mary Ann Lee (Lowell), Westville; Dorothy, Westville; brothers, Charlie (Maureen), Hamilton, ON; Donald (Jo-Anne), New Glasgow; grandchildren, Michelle (Christopher Clark) Kentville; Nikkila, Devin (Katelyn Taplin), Morgan, Christopher, Alyssia, Robert, Tristan, Joseph; great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Christain, Myah; former daughter-in-law Latishia MacLean; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will received visitors on Friday May 3rd 2013 Eagles Funeral Home Westville. The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #35, Westville, conducted a service at 6:30 Friday at the funeral home. His funeral service was held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Salvation Army Church, Westville. Family wishes to thank Dr. Jota and staff Westville Medical Clinic, Dr. Farrell, staff and volunteers of the Palliative Care Unit Aberdeen Hospital, VON, members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Capt Neil and Dolores Abbott, and members of the Salvation Army for prayers and support. Donations in his name can be made to the Palliative Care Unit or Salvation Army, Westville.

COLE, Gerald Kenneth (Jerry) - 71, Ship Harbour, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of teh VG Site, QEII, on July 12, 2007. Born in Timmins, Ont., he was a son of the late Thomas and Anne Cole. He retired after serving 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Jerry was well-known for his country music and he loved to sing and play the guitar. He was a member and Past President of the Four Harbours Legion Branch 120, Eash Ship Harbour. He is survived by his companion, Norma Fahie. Also surviving are children, Ruth, Marty, Scott, Terry and Jason; several grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy (Cliff) Pennell, Crookland Lake, Ont.; Gail (Doug) Hemphill, Painesville, Ohio; Velma Steingart, Mentor, Ohio; brothers, Everett (Lea), Washago, Ont.; Garth, North Bay, ont., and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by sister, Amy Huston. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Rowlings Funeral Home, Musquodoboit Harbour. Memorial service 2 p.m. Thursday, Jul 19, in St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Ship Harbour, Rev. Paul Findlay officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Stephen's Anglican Church.

McROBB, James Francis, RCN / C.A.F. - 72, Dartmouth, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2004, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in St. Mary's Ont., he was the son of the late John and Gladys (Hahn) McRobb. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1950 to 1974 and served in the Huron, Ottawa, Magnificent and Athabaskan, worked at HMCS Cabot, Shearwater and Stadacona, and was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Surviving are his wife, the former Lilla Patrick; daughters, Brenda (Tom) Poirier, Ottawa; Debbie (Upsdell), Edmonton; Tamra, Toronto; son, Derek, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Allison, Karen. No visiting by request. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 20, in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Gaston Road, Dartmouth, Rev. Edwin Ebsary officiating. Burial at a later date. Family flowers only, donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Palliative Care, Dartmouth General Hospital.



HMCS OTTAWA - Commissioning Crew as a LS.NS




DESJARDINS, Edmond Robert J. (Des), LS.ER, RCN - 69, Halifax, passed away peacefully March 27, 2005, in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Dalhousie, NB, he was a son of the late René and Ida (Bourque) Desjardins. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 10 years, then joined the Halifax City Police Department in 1963. He dedicated the rest of his working life to the City of Halifax, serving as a constable for 32 years until his retirement in 1995, after which he remained an active member of the Halifax Retired Police Association. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol (Yates), his beloved daughter, Lisa Elliott (Charles), Tantallon; his adored grandchildren, Scott and Paige Elliot; sister, Lorraine Pictou, Cambelton, NB; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Francois. Visitation will take place in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, 204 and 709 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. A funeral service will he held Wednesday March 30 at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, Halifax, Father Lloyd O'Neill officiating, reception and interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stoke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses at the QEII Health Sciences Centre for their many kindnesses and care. Also, the family wishes to express their profound thanks to great friends who were always there, for their help and comfort during these challenging times. You are living proof that angels do walk beside us on this earth.

MacKINNON, Allan, RCNVR - age 97, Truro. With great sorrow we announce the passing of Allan MacKinnon who passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 1, 2018, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in 1920 in Truro, he was a son of the late Malcolm and Mary S. (MacInnis) MacKinnon. He was a long-time member of St. James Presbyterian Church in Truro, serving many years on The Board of Session. He was employed for over 40 years in the Motive Power Department of the C.N.R. He also served in the R.C.N. VR during the Second World War. He was a member and Past Master of Truro Lodge No. 112 A.F. and A.M. and P.D.D.G.M. for Colchester County. While at Wynn Park Al walked 1200 plus miles. He was always known as a gentleman who loved his family, and also had an incredible mind and memory and was known for his great storytelling. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving are his sons, Robert A. (Ann), Balloch, Scotland; Dave S. (Sandra), Tatamagouche; grandsons, Paul, Scott; great-grandsons, Parker, Hayden, Braydon, Ethan; sister-in-law, Audrey MacKinnon; eight nieces and five nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Constance of 68 years; brothers, Alex, Archie, Silas, Malcolm Edward, Neil, Malcolm Rod. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. No visitation by request of deceased. A public graveside service and interment for both Allan and Constance will be held in September 2018, in Watson Cemetery, Truro. Family flowers only. Donations in Allan’s memory can be made to Watson Cemetery or to a charity of your choice.

BROWN, Lawrence Mervyn, RCN - age 78, of Halifax, passed away at home on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Born in Prince Albert, Sask., on April 1, 1939, he was a son of the late Pearl and Owen Brown. Mervyn joined the Navy in 1957 and served for 35 years. He sailed on many ships and travelled to many countries. He also served at Naval Radio Station Aklavik and on both coasts of Canada. He loved sports in the service and most certainly the old timers’ hockey and badminton games. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of over 55 years, Marie; loving son, Mark (Elizabeth); cherished grandchildren, Seryne, Aaden and Jennifer; dear sisters, Cora, Florence (Steve), Muriel and Myrna. He was predeceased by his daughter, Dawn Elsheik; sisters, Ellen, Dorothy and Shirley. He loved the company of his grandchildren and was always happy to see them. In accordance with Mervyn’s wishes, a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Nova Scotia would be appreciated.

ANDERSON, Clarence Wentworth (Andy), RCN - age 92, of Halifax, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2018 in the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII. He was born in Sherbrooke on September 4, 1925, the son of the late Alexander and Emma (Murdock) Anderson. He is survived by brother-in-law, Don Power and his wife, Rita of Ottawa, Ont.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Clarence was predeceased by Marjorie, his loving wife of 62 years. Clarence retired from Price-Daxion, a division of Abitibi Price. He was a Member of St. David’s Presbyterian Church, graduate of King’s Edgehill, a member of Queens Lodge #34, Sherbrooke, the Lions Club, and a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. Clarence spent many days enjoying time at 'Big Camp' and summer hours gardening at home. Clarence and Marjorie had many wonderful trips to different parts of the world, summers at the R.V. in Kentville and down the Eastern Shore in Sherbrooke. Much thanks to their special friend and caregiver, Lorraine Hadley. A celebration of Clarence’s life will take place 11 a.m., Friday, February 16th in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clarence’s memory to a charity of choice.

TRAFFORD, Gerald Raymond, CPO2, RCN / C.A.F. (25 Jan 1940 - 07 Feb 2018) - of Dartmouth, passed away on February 7, 2018 after a long courageous battle with cancer in his 78th year. Gerry was the beloved husband of Margaret Trafford. He was born in Regina, Sask., and was a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces in which he served his country for over 26 years, retiring in 1984, then continuing his career for Saint John Shipbuilding for the next 11 years. Returning to Nova Scotia to be closer to his family, he lived out his life devoting his love to his partner and best friend, Margaret. In addition to his wife Margaret (Lee), he is survived by his loving children, Alane Banfield (Michael), Cole Harbour; Darrell Fizzard, Dartmouth; Tanis Monette, Dartmouth; LeeAnn Larocque (Gaetan), Cole Harbour; Paula Penman, Halifax; Lisa Dickson (Colin), Halifax; Jeff Trafford (Carolyn), Halifax; brother, Charlie Trafford, Saskatchewan; and several beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will also be greatly missed by his best friends, Brian Hills (late Sam Hills), Fred Nurse and Geneva Rideout. He was predeceased by his mother, Alice and father, Fredrick; brothers, Norm, Arthur and David; mother-in-law, Susie Lee. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13th, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth; Lt. Shelley Oseil officiating. Reception to follow. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, Dartmouth Corps, 171 Main St., Dartmouth, NS, B2X 1S1



HENBREY, Lillian Mary, WRCNS - (01 Apr 1924 - 03 Feb 2018) - age 93, was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been predeceased by her parents, John and Hilda Smith, and her brothers, Cyril and Bert. She is survived by her faithful and loyal husband, John, along with her children, Bob, Truro; Betty Ann (Richard), Dartmouth; and Gary (Debbie), Ontario. Lillian was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Elaine. Lillian has nine grandchildren, Allan Larkin (Kim), Lower Sackville; Mark Larkin (Dawn), Windsor; Terri Forrester, British Columbia; Scott Henbrey, Ontario; Amy Henbrey, Truro; Robin Laska (John), Truro; Tony Wile (Monika), Carolyn MacLean (Greg), Tim Henbrey (Liz) and nine greatgrandchildren. Mom was predeceased by her granddaughter, Jodi. Mom would light up as soon as she saw one of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren come through the door. They brought her such joy. Lillian was born in the Sambro Island lighthouse and lived her young life in Sambro. She joined the Canadian Navy as a WREN, where she encountered a young man named John, and they began their married life together. Mom and Dad were one month short of celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary on March 2nd. Mom was a proud Navy wife and took on the role of mother and father for many months while Dad was at sea. She was a strong-willed woman and was not afraid to speak her mind. She was very involved in her children’s activities having been a Brownie leader, Girl Guide leader, Sunday school teacher, and hockey Mom. Mom was very talented with her sewing skills, making all the girl’s clothes, as well as an accomplished knitter, knitting intricate baby sweater patterns, cable sweaters, socks, mittens, hats, shrugs for the hospital. As grown children, we looked forward to our Christmas cans of shortbread cookies, macaroons, date squares and lemon squares. Although we all tried to duplicate her recipe for these treats, ours didn’t seem to turn out quite as good as Mom’s. Mom was a sports fanatic (in particular hockey and baseball) and the more exciting the game, the faster the kitting needles would move. Mom loved to go shopping and she and Dad would thoroughly check the weekly ads and then go off on their daily adventures to find all the deals. Mom was nicknamed Diamond Lil as Dad enjoyed showering her with jewellery every chance he got. Until the last couple of weeks, Mom made sure she was getting her hair done by the hairdresser every week and her outfits were always color co-ordinated. Mom was living in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII at the time of her passing. The family would like to thank Shannon and the rest of the V4E nursing staff for their excellent, compassionate care of Mom during the past couple of weeks and special thanks to Shelley who took great care of her daily meals and treats. By request, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place and interment will be at a future date.


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GREEN, Donald Arthur (Don) (26 Feb 1933 0 04 Feb 2018) - After a great fight with a lengthy illness, Dad took a somewhat unexpected turn and passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Grace Hospital. He was never alone, surrounded by many family and friends during his two nights there. He died peacefully at 6:19 a.m. with his daughter, Laurel and son-in-law, John, at his side. He was 84 years of age, just shy of his 85th birthday. Don is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Leona Green; children James Green (Angela), Laurel Fraser (John), Kenneth Green (Mary), Arliss Kurtz (Ken); grandchildren, Andrew Green, Ian Fraser (Shona), Thomas Fraser, Joshua Fraser (Katie Blonski), Kasey Kurtz, Katelyn Kurtz; great-grandson Kieran Fraser; and numerous relatives, friends and colleagues across Canada will also miss him. He was predeceased by his father, James Arthur (Art) Green; mother, Annie-May Green (Davies); sister, Marilyn Greenham and brother-in-law, Barrie Greenham. Dad began his career in the graphic arts industry as a printing apprentice and salesman that often took him on the road for long periods of time away from his wife and young family. To the relief of our mother, he later settled his work in Winnipeg and became the owner of Regent Press. Dad eventually sold his business to Prolific Graphics where he worked as their top salesman until his retirement in 2000. He used to say, “If I'm going to be a salesman I'm going to be the best damn salesman they ever saw.” And he was. Our Dad had many other accomplishments outside of his work. His legacy can be seen in the creation of the Crestview Men's Fastball League, the Crestview Community Centre and the Westwood Library. He was a naval officer with HMCS Chippewa. He volunteered in a number of capacities with the Assiniboia School Board, Grant Memorial Church (Deacon, Lindenholm Board, Linden Christian School Board), Schizophrenia Society (Golf Tournament, Iris Gala, Walk-a-thon) and his great passion, The Optimist Club of Assiniboia. Dad put a great amount of time and effort into his work with the Optimists that included helping to create the Optimist Ball Park and coordinating and working at the annual Buffalo BBQ and parade, Christmas Tree Lot, Circus and most importantly, establishing the Optimist Band Festival with his dear friend, George Douglas, owner of St. John's Music. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at Grant Memorial Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue, on Saturday February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The service will be presided by his son, Soldier Ken Green of the Salvation Army. A private family Interment will be held at a later date. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Mare, palliative care nurse, Sean, and coordinator Manivan, private attendant, Tara Hart, and all the many doctors and nurses who looked over our father for the last two years, in particular the staff in Grace Hospital Emergency and 5 North who made a difficult weekend bearable. In lieu of flowers and gifts donations can be made to one of the many charities our Dad supported which included the Heart and Stroke Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba, the Salvation Army, the Schizophrenia Society of Manitoba or Athletes in Action.



HOLDEN, Alfred (13 Dec 1924 - 02 Feb 2018) - Peacefully at Ste. Anne's Veterans' Hospital. Predeceased in 2000 by Muriel, his wife of 53 years, and his siblings Fred, Charlie, Gladys and Violet. He is survived by Steffi Zak, his second wife of 14 years; his children Gary, John (late Heather), Barbara (Brian) and Jimmy; 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; step-daughter Wiesia (Frank) and his sister Marion (Herbert). Alfie served aboard the HMCS Collingwood during WWII and was a long-time resident of Roxboro where he was the neighbourhood “Mr. Fix-it”. Burial later this spring at the Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire. Donations may be made in his memory to W.I.R.I.H.,111 Donegani, Pointe Claire, H9R 2W3. (Montreal Gazette 10 Feb 2018)



MARTIN, Michael Arthur, RAdm, RCN / C.F. - passed away peacefully in Victoria, at the age of 90, on 27 January, 2018. Born 25 July, 1927 in Calgary, AB, son of the late Capt. Arthur Martin and Gwendoline Martin (nee Hopkins). The Admiral is survived by his beloved Patricia (nee Greer) devoted navy wife of 66 years; by his son Peter (Yvonne/Bonnie); by his daughter Annie Shea (Michael); by his son Andrew (Teresa) and grandchildren Matthew, Michael, Andrew, Daniel, Maeghan, Joscelin and Keira, whom he delighted in and often referred to as his scallywags. Raised in Kingston, ON he was a Wolf Cub, Boy Scout, Sea Scout and Sea Cadet. Upon graduation from KCVI, in 1944, he entered Royal Roads Naval College to embark on his thirty-six-year naval career. Admiral Martin served two tours in Korea aboard HMCS Athabaskan & HMCS Cayuga. In the early 1960s, he was an exchange officer with the USN, serving as a Sr. Watch Officer during the Bay of Pigs and involved in the retrieval of astronauts Grissom and Glenn in Mercury flights 2 & 3. Returning to Canada in 1962, he commanded HMCS Ste. Therese & HMCS Skeena, was Deputy Chief (Combat Readiness) at Maritime Command in 1967, and Commander of the 2nd Destroyer Squadron in 1970. In 1974, he served as Canada's Naval Attache in Washington DC. In 1977, he was promoted to Rear Admiral – Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific and Commander Pacific Region. He and Patricia retired from the Navy in 1980. His love for the sea, and his country was self-evident as he went on to hold leadership roles throughout the community including the Victoria Harbour Commission, Expo '86, the Maritime Museum of BC, and BC Ferries. His legacy will live on through the Admiral Martin Navy League Cadet Corp, established in 1978, as well as the Disabled Sailing Association of BC (DSABC), Victoria Branch, which annually award the Admiral Martin Trophy following their New Year's Day Regatta. A celebration of life, followed by a Naval scattering of ashes at sea, will be scheduled for later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the DSABC, Victoria Branch, 4135 Lambrick Way, Victoria BC V8N 5R3. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Feb 2018)


HMCS CAYUGA - Appointed to Cayuga 13 May 1948 as a A/Slt, RCN and 23 Jun 1950 as Lt, RCN


HMCS CHALEUR - 1st / only Commanding Officer

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1955

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena in 1956 as TAS Officer, Lt, RCN 7th.  Commanding Officer

HMCS STE THERESE - 10th Commanding officer

SANDERSON, Richard Dale, LS, Radioman, RCN - ended his earthly journey, peacefully returning home to his Lord and Saviour on January 17th, 2018. He was 89. He had been doing what he loved, traveling with his beloved wife and companion of 60 years, (Josephine) Evelyn Anne Sanderson (nee Hildred) across Canada to visit his family and enjoying the small, simple things of life. He is cherished and missed by his loving wife, Evelyn, his children Ward (Deana), Sandra (Michael) Sanderson-Dick, Dr. Alexandra Sanderson, and P. Jeremy (Laurel) Sanderson. He was the proud grandfather to 6 grandchildren, and also 6 great grandchildren who brought him great joy and satisfaction. Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, on December 24th, 1928 to Inez Fredora (Roberts) and Oscar Edwin Sanderson, he grew up surrounded by the railway and telegraph worlds. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy September 1945 where he would serve as a radio operator on board the HMCS Uganda, but mostly in shore stations in Halifax, Moncton and Ottawa. He left the navy with the rank of Leading Seaman September 1951 to work as a Sales Representative for Christie Cookies, then Bristol Myers-Squibb, and finally Cyba-Stevens. He did not retire easily, taking three attempts before it would stick, and even then found himself working as a Commissionaire for a three years. Once fully retired, he answered the call of the sea once again moving from Calgary, Alberta, to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he would frequently watch the ships and listen to the ship radio traffic. Richard was an accomplished musician. He sang for many years in church choirs, was an accomplished piper with numerous bands, most notably the Blackthorn Pipe Band, The Calgary Highlanders, and for over 20 years, The Calgary Police Pipe Band. He even kicked up his heels for a few years in Highland Dancing! Richard will be remembered by all who knew him as a quiet but strong man, a man of great honour and integrity, faithful and loving. He was a true gift that we thank God for having had in our lives. (Calgary Herald 05 Feb 2018)



CAMPAGNOLO, Louis Angelo (13 Jul 1927 - 11 May 2018) - Louis Campagnolo passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at home in Courtenay, BC due to complications of mesothelioma. Born Prince Rupert, BC, Louis is predeceased by his parents, Luigi and Luigia, and siblings, Gilda, Aldo and Vito. Loved by his family, Louis is survived by his former wife Iona Campagnolo, daughters Jan Logan and Jennifer Campagnolo, granddaughters Kimberly Logan, Katharine Blackburn, and Chloe Mullington and great grandchildren Logan, Carmen and Austin, stepdaughters Lori Bartlett and Jodi Gaudet, stepgranddaughter Morgan Gaudet and second wife Pat Bartlett. He will be missed by family and friends alike. Louis was a natural engineer. He served in theNavy Reserves; was a proud Pile Driver and union man since 1957; commercial fisherman and carpenter . He was well read and spirited in debate. Louis's ashes will be taken to Prince Rupert for a private ceremony. Louis loved animals and his beloved pets over the years. Friends wishing to make a contribution in Louis' memory can do so to the BC SPCA  Thank you. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 09 Feb 2018)

GAMBLE, Dave (18 Oct 1937 - 30 Jan 2018)  - Dave was born in Medstead, Saskatchewan to Wendell and Ellen Gamble. He left home at an early age and joined the Canadian Navy and travelled the world visiting many countries as part of his tour. He had many fond memories of these adventures. When he returned he went to work as a police officer in North Battleford, Saskatchewan after which time he came to Alberta. He went to work for Syncrude as a steam engineer when they started up in Fort McMurray. He then moved to Innisfail and began work with Shell where he stayed until his retirement. It was at this point where he met and married the last woman he would love – Patti Lougheed and became the proud father of a brand new bouncing baby girl and boy (Shauna was 15 years old and Jason was 12). He went back to work after retirement from Shell – this time with Penn West where again he stayed until his retirement. Dave was well known to friends and family as a big gruff man but when you really knew him he had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help if you were in need. He was fond of his morning coffee with his comrades at the Legion. He enjoyed playing crib and the socializing at the crib tournaments. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Gordon. He is survived by sister Gen; and brothers: Dick, John and Keith. He is also survived by his daughter: Shauna Lougheed (Paul); son: Jason (Janice); grandchildren: Chase (Samm), Quinn, Sage, Kai, Emiley and Kohl. He will be missed by two great grandchildren: Aria and Oliver that made their gruff old great grandpa smile. A Celebration of David's life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #104, Innisfail, Alberta on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. If friends desire donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund Branch #104. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Innisfail entrusted with arrangements. (Innisfail Province 06 Feb 2018)

HODGE, Dale William - son of the late William Douglas Hodge and Lorna Helen Hodge (nee Clarke) passed away peacefully on January 7, 2018 at the age of 67 in Ottawa after a short illness. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Michele, and his cherished cat, Darcy. He is survived by his sister, Karen Rae (Andrew), step-daughter, Shannah Bickford, nephews, Andrew Rae, Jamie Rae, niece, Tara Rae, and many cousins. Dale was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 24, 1950. At the time of his passing, he resided in Ottawa and had retired after a full career as a communications specialist. Dale began his career serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, continuing on to serve as a Communications Officer at various Canadian embassies overseas. Dale completed his service at the DND Communication Centre in Ottawa. Dale was an avid reader who especially enjoyed the topics of history and politics. Dale enjoyed sports, a pastime he shared with his nephew, Jamie, to whom he was very close. Donations in honor of Dale can be made to a charity of your choice. A private family service will be held in the late spring in Ottawa. (Ottawa Citizen 05 Feb 2018)


KEYS, John David, M.I.D., Lt, RCNVR - Died 24 Sep 2004, Ottawa, ON

MacKENZIE, John Gordon William, RCNVR / LCdr, RCN(R) - Died peacefully at the age of 87 years on December 9, 2008. Dearly loved by Gloria his wife for almost 67 years. John was born in Montreal on February 10, 1921, educated in Westmount Schools and McGill University. He joined the Navy in 1941 as a Sub-Lt. serving at sea for the duration, reaching the rank of Lt. Cmdr. John was the captain of his own ship, one of the youngest to have a command at age 22 .After the war he moved from Halifax with his wife and two children to Montreal. He remained in the navy voluntarily teaching pilotage and navigation at Donnacona until 1953. John owned his own insurance agency for over fifty years, retiring at the age of 75 and moving to Brockville. He worked tirelessly for 47 years for the United Church of Canada, laying the cornerstone for Mount Royal United Church of which he was a elder and head of the official board; pastoral care in calling new ministers; chairman of the million dollar canvas in 1965 for the Christian Pavilion of Expo 67; 25 years on the Finance and Extension Board, 7 years as its President. In 1994 he returned to the Presbyterian Church where he had been baptized. John will be missed by many, his sense of humour and kindness will live forever with those who knew him. As well as his wife he leaves a daughter Jill Russell (Alan) and a son Kenneth (Wendy), five grandsons, and two great granddaughters. A memorial service will be held at a later date, with interment following at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal. In lieu of flowers donations to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements are entrusted with the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East Brockville.


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HMCS BEAVER - Appointed to BEAVER in Jan 1942 as a SLt, RCNVR

ML Q109 - 1st Commanding Officer


McKELLAR, Malcolm Jamieson (Jamie) (28 Sep 1938 - 21 Dec 2017) - passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Mac and Dolly, and his wife Patricia. He will be sadly missed by his children, Shelley, Austin and her boys Mac and Trent; daughter Robyn, Robert; daughter Hope; brother Rod; June and children Alia, Angie, and Devin and his son George. Jamie tried his hand at many lines of work but was most proud of his time in the navy and on the tug boats. He will be remembered as a gregarious and generous friend to many. A celebration of life will be held February 10, 2018, 2-4 p.m. at the Skol Pub. "Our friends are not lost, they have travelled down a path that we cannot yet tred, they wait there for us to follow." (Vancouver Sun / The Province 09 Feb 2018)


STOBIE, James Charles - It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Stobie, age 82 of Victoria, BC announces his passing on January 19, 2018. He died surrounded by loved ones at Victoria General Hospital. He will be lovingly remembered by his son Rod (Stella) and his daughter Roanne (Jose) as well as his grandchildren Jordan, Reilly, Hannah and Thomas. Jimmy will also be lovingly remembered by his remaining extended family and countless friends. Jim was born February 23, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was pre-deceased by his parents James and Alice and his sisters, Edna, Kathleen and Doreen. Jim had a long and varied career. He served 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, spent countless years working on the railroad and later worked as a Safety Officer for both B.C. Hydro Railway and the Ministry of Forests. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and a proud member of the Gizeh Shrine. He was also a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed spending his time volunteering, gardening, cooking, golfing, watching hockey and spending time with friends and family. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honour on February 23, 2018 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 292 - 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria, BC, from 2pm - 4pm. All are welcome. The family would like to thank the staff at Save On Foods #977 and the staff at Victoria General Hospital for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Gizeh Shriners of BC & Yukon (Children's fund) or to B.C. Children's Hospital. (Victoria Times Colonist 10 Feb 2018)

RAYNER, Herbert Sharples, D.S.C., CD, VAdm, RCN (1911-1976) - Vice-Admiral Rayner joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1928. From 1928 until 1933 he undertook training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Erebus, Revenge and Warspite, and in 1933 returned to Canada to serve in HMCS Champlain. In 1935 he specialized as a Torpedo Officer attending RN Torpedo Officer training at HMS Vernon, followed by an appointment in 1936 to the battleship HMS Renown. In 1937 he returned to Canada as the First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) in the destroyer HMCS Skeena and in 1940 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS St. Laurent. In 1942 he was appointed as the Staff Officer (Operations) to the Commanding Officer Atlantic Coast, returning to sea in 1943 in command of the destroyer HMCS Huron. In 1944, on promotion to Commander, he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa as the Director of Plans. In 1945, as an acting Captain, he returned to Halifax as Captain (D), and in 1945 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Nootka, followed in 1947 by command of the RCN Air Station Dartmouth. On promotion to Captain in 1948 he was appointed Commandant of the Canadian Services College Royal Roads in Victoria, BC, and in 1949 attended the National Defence Staff Course in Kingston, Ont. In 1950 he returned to Ottawa as the Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, and in 1951, as an acting Commodore, as the Coordinator of the Joint Staff. Promoted to Commodore in 1953, he assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent, and in 1955 returned to NSHQ as the Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff. Promoted to Rear-Admiral in July 1955, he was appointed the Chief of Naval Personnel. In 1957 he was appointed Flag Officer Pacific Coast (FOPC) in Esquimalt, BC. Upon promotion to his current rank in 1960, Vice-Admiral Rayner returned to NSHQ as the Chief of the Naval Staff, in which position he served until his early retirement from the Navy, in 1964 in opposition to the policy of integration. He died 30 May 1976. (Source: Nauticapedia)


Newspaper article on the passing of VAdm Rayner





HMCS CHAMPLAIN - Served in Champlain in 1933 as Lt, RCN



HMCS SKEENA - 8th Commanding Officer

HMCS ST LAURENT - 4th Commanding Officer

HMCS HURON - 1st Commanding Officer

HMCS NOOTKA - Appointed to Nootka 18 Feb 1946 (while ship was under construction) as Cdr, RCN, C.O.  //  1st Commanding Officer

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 6th Commanding Officer


WHITLEY, Terence Roger (Terry), PO1 (G), RCN - born November 4, 1921, passed away in Victoria on March 26, 1995. He is survived by his loving wife, Myra; sister, Muriel Normey of Edmonton; sister-in-law, Margaret Johnstone, of Sidney; nieces, nephews, relatives in Ireland and England and many friends. Terry served in the Second World War and the Korean War. He spent 25 years in the Navy and was a member of the Esquimalt Legion and the Chief and Petty Officers Association. Interment of the urn will take place at Royal Oak Burial Park, on Wednesday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend J.A. Tony Roberts officiating.


WHITLEY, Terence Roger (Terry) - born November 3, 1921, is also survived by his only loving daughter, Terry Lynn Whitley of Sorrento, BC; two loving grandchildren, Steven and Michelle of Ontario; and his sister Muriel Normey of Edmonton. He will also be dearly missed by James, Isobel (Issie) and Aileen. "You are dearly loved and remembered by all your family and friends." "God Bless". Interment service will take place at Royal Oak Burial Park, on Wednesday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend J.A. Tony Roberts officiating.




LEONARD, Anthony Evlyn (Tony), Lt, RCN - (28 Mar 1924 - 31 Jan 2018) - Born in Bromley, Kent England our wonderful father passed away peacefully in Victoria, B.C. Left to mourn his passing are his family: wife Barbara, daughters Andrea Telford (Dan) Allison and Christine Clay, Devon and Patrick Telford, Bobbi Turner (Bruce) James and Ashley Turner, Kate Turner, Paul Mason, and Julie Gibson (Don) Jeremy and Samantha, Tony. He also leaves family in England, sister Elizabeth and nephews Richard and Christopher Leonard and his two-beautiful great-granddaughters Marley and Emmy, Tony lived a long and adventurous life. He grew up in a small English town near London with his brother Brian and sister Liz. Visits to his mother's family farm in Kent were a childhood highlight! At age 16 he joined the British Merchant Navy and went to war. He travelled over the world on various ships and had many exciting stories to tell. After the war he came to Canada, joined the Canadian Navy as an officer, and met Barbara. Tony and Barbara married in 1952 travelled across the country from Halifax to Kingston and finally Victoria, BC. In the 1960's Tony left the Navy to become a businessman, running dry cleaning outlets and Post Offices until he was in his early 90's. Barbara and Tony made many trips back to England, as well as to Hawaii, Mexico and Europe with family and friends, Their last four years were spent enjoying life at Berwick Royal Oak; many thanks to the wonderful staff there. Dad's kind manner, thoughtfulness towards others and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Dad, we love you and will always remember your funny stories and positive nature. A family Celebration of Tony's Life will be held at a later date. Many thanks to the staff at RJH 5th floor North for their compassionate care of Dad at the end of his life.


HMCS NEW WATERFORD - Served in New Waterford in the 1950s


FENWICK, Henry George - It's with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry George Fenwick on November 25, 2017 at the age of 78 in Kamloops, BC. Hank is survived by his beloved wife Iona Fenwick (nee Pattison) of 48 years and his four lovely daughters which brought him immense pride and joy: Jennifer (Joe), Katherine (Fred), Carol (Jordy) and Mary (Syd), his grandchildren: Kimberly, Carson, Katelyn (Jenn), Matthew, Brittany, Thomas (Kathy), Carlein, Courtney (Carol), Cameron and Riley (Mary), two great-grandchildren Tia (Carson/Ainsley) and Aria (Brittany/Drake), his sister Joan Folwer and niece and nephews Guy Jr., Gary and Tammy. Hank was pre-deceased by his parents George and Irene Fenwick of Osoyoos, BC. Hank served in the Royal Canadian Navy on ships HMCS Jonquiere (1958) and HMCS Ottawa (1959). Hank retired from the School District as a custodian, always keeping an eye on his girls. Hank was also a proud long-time member of Unit #290 ANAVETS Kamloops where he could be found sharing memories and listening to good music while playing the spoons with many fellow comrades of all elements. Hank could also be found gold panning at Tranquille Creek or cracking walnuts from his tree. Hank will be forever missed and forever loved. A celebration of life will be held on March 24, 2018 at 11:00 am at Kamloops Anavet's Unit #290, when we can "Splice the Mainbrace" in his honour.



COTTRELL, James Trelfa (Jim), V13433, RCNVR / C1ET, 51259-E / Lt (L), RCN (served 21 Jul 1940 - 18 Sep 1945 / 01 Nov 1946 - 24 Nov 1965) - Born August 27, 1914 at Strathmore, Alberta. Died peacefully, November 25, 1995 at James Bay Lodge, Victoria. Survived by wife Elsie; daughter, Madeleine Johnson; son Phillip and brother Laurence; plus 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (Ogden Shops) in the 1930s and serviced with the RCN from 1940 to 1965, through Second World War and The Korean War. James continued to work as a civil servant in HMC Dockyard until his retirement. A long time member of The Unitarian Church of Victoria, he also belonged to the Chief and Petty Officers Association and legion Branch #7. Memorial service to be held Saturday, December 2, 3 pm at The Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Rd., Victoria. Donations in lieu of flowers to Alzheimer Society of BC.

CLEMENT, Andrew Bernard (Andy), P2FC, 5601-E, RCN (served 02 Feb 1946 - 02 Feb 1966), born March 5, 1928 in Vancouver, BC, passed away peacefully on May 25, 1996 at R.J.H. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; his son, Douglas, and daughter, Cathy (Shawn); sister, Jean (Bob) Rhodes; brothers-in-law: Gordon (Barbara), Ernie (Linda), Jim (Olvie), Walter (Elsa) and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him very much. Andy served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years and later worked at DND Dockyard in Esquimalt until retirement. He was a member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association. A memorial service will be held at St Andrews (P) Chapel, CFB Esquimalt, Naden on Friday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

CUMMINGS, Alexander (Sandy), RCN / C.A.F. - died peacefully at home on September 14, 1996 surrounded by his loved ones. Survived by his loving wife Yvonne and sons Bill (Cathy), Frank (Nicole), daughter Elaine (Chris) Cook, and seven grandchildren, brother Webb, sister Margie (Louis) Lemoine, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario September 2, 1923. Wartime and Peacetime service in the Navy, retiring in 1973. Memorial service will be held Tuesday September 17, 1996 at 4:00PM in First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

CARTIER, Howard, C1GI, 2782-E, RCN (served 01 Jun 1936 - 07 Jun 1961) - died peacefully at home in Mill Bay on December 3, 1996 in his 78th year. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Eileen; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Michael Slater; granddaughters, Caroline Eileen (Doug) Major and Yvonne Clara (Tim) Smoljanovic. Howard is also survived by his sister, Mildren and husband, James Flynn; brother, Wilfred and his wife, Marjorie; many nieces and nephews. Interment to take place at the Veterans' Cemetery in Esquimalt at a later date. Friends are invited to celebrate Howard's life at his home in Mill Bay on Sunday, December 8 from  2:00 to 4:00 P.M. We are left to mourn a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Thank you Dr. Craig Colgrave for being there for Howard along the way.

COLQUHOUN, Gordon Earl (Cal), P1WU, 6277-E, RCN (served 1946-1951 / 1956-1975) - beloved husband of Eleanor A. (Seip) Colquhoun of Cranbrook, BC, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, March 26, 1997 at the age of 71 years. Gordon was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 13, 1925, where he received his education. In 1942 he joined the Merchant Navy and served until 1945. In 1946 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served until 1951. Later in the year he moved back to Winnipeg and was a member of the Winnipeg Police Force until 1956. Gordon's love of the sea called and he reenlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy and served as a Petty Officer 1st Class, until he retired in September 1975. For 10 years Gordon worked with Eze Brew Coffee until 1985. Gordon and Eleanor moved to Cranbrook in 1995 and have resided here until his passing. Besides his loving wife Eleanor, Gordon leaves to mourn: two daughters and sons-in-law; Dawn and Donald Gullens of Vancouver Island, Terry and Ronald Dixon of Nestow, Alberta; five grandchildren: Lisa and Gordon Gullens, Kristen, Devon and Taylor Dixon; one great-granddaughter Samantha Gullens; two brothers: Clinton (Betty) Colquhoun and Glen (Heather) Colquhoun of Winnipeg; a sister Darlene (Bill) Stanko, also of Winnipeg; his mother-in-law Katherine Seip of Winnipeg; a sister and brother-in-law Jacquie and Tammas Scott of Cowichan Bay, BC. Gordon also leaves four step-sons: David (Debbie) Walde, Kerry Walde, Jack (Donna) Walde and Donald (Debbie) Walde; and five step-grandchildren: Jason, Jordan, Kristopher, Bradley and Ashley. Gordon was predeceased by his parents: Earl Robert and Ellen May (Bruce) Colquhoun and by one sister Nettie Colquhoun and by his father-in-law Jack Seip. Gordon also leaves to mourn several  nieces and nephews and cousins and many friends. There will be no Service by Gordon's request. No flowers by request. Those wishing to remember Gordon Colquhoun, may do so by donations to the BC Cancer Society, 127B Kootenay St., Cranbrook, BC. 

COLLINS, Ronald Rick, PO.HSD, 3959, RCN (served 18 Nov 1940 - 26 Mar 1948)- It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dad, Rick (Ronald) Collins, on August 29, 1997, after a long battle with cancer. Dad left his native Medicine Ht, Alberta in 1940, at the age of 17, to join the navy. He served seven years in the forces, and was one of the few who serve in three campaign theatres, The Atlantic, The Pacific and the Mediterranean. Dad's career in the hospitality industry began when he was discharged from the navy in 1948, and he managed hotels in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Vancouver, and finally in Victoria, where he was manager and part owner of the Embassy Inn. dad joined the Chief and Petty Offices Association in 1982. He serve on the executive committee for several years, five of these as president. The Association and it's members were extremely important to him. He dedicated himself to them, and through his guidance the Association flourished, and the naval veterans benefited. The friendships he had with these men meant the world to him. After Dad's first surgery, he volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society, speaking at school and to adult groups, with the hope that by sharing his experiences, others could be persuaded to stop, or never start, smoking. In addition to us, daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Eric Meyer and granddaughter, Melissa, Dad leaves behind his brother, Sonny and sister Nellie; as well as many friends, George especially, and numerous other family members. Many thanks to the nurses at Victoria Hospice. Dad was not an easy man to care for, but your compassion and respect allowed him his dignity to the end. We will be holding a memorial service on Friday, September 12 at St. Pauls Garrison Church, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Chief and Petty Officers Mess. Dad asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chief and Petty Officers Association, 618 Admirals Road, Victoria.

BROMLEY, William Arthur (Art), Stoker Petty Officer - Born October 18, 1904, London, England. Died at Peterborough Civic Hospital on Saturday, January 17, 1998. William Bromley of Pleasant Meadow Manor, Norwood in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary (May) Anderson. William was a retired employee of the Westclox Canada Ltd. after 45 years of service, a veteran of WWII (Royal Canadian Navy), and a member of both the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 52 and the Peterborough Naval Club. He is predeceased by his parents Albert and Edith Bromley, 3 sisters and 7 brothers. Survived by his several nieces and nephews in Canada and England. Service to be held at All Saints Anglican Church, Rubidge Street on Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 3:00 pm. Visitation to be held one hour prior to the service in the church. The Reverend J. Michael A. Wright and reverend Arthur Bromley officiating. In memory of Mr. Bromley donations to the Five Counties Childrens Centre of the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


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(1) Stoker Bromley on leave in England - 1941  (2) Portrait of Sto PO Bromley - 1945  (3-5) Art's welcome home after the war  (6-12) Art Bromley's service documents  (13) Art's hammock  (14) Art's live vest  (15) a few pieces of Art's uniform  (16-17) Newspaper articles - Art Bromley is interviewed about his wartime service



HMS BROADWATER (survived sinking of HMS Broadwater)


HMS LIMBOURNE (survived sinking of HMS Limbourne)

HMCS MILLTOWN - Listed in ship's nominal roll dated 21 Jul 1945

JOHNSON, Claude (1922-2008) - 86, of Moncton, NB, formerly of Railway Ave., passed away on Thursday, November 13th 2008 at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital, Moncton, NB. Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Adolphe and the late ( mother's given name not legible ) (Belliveau) Johnson. Mr. Johnson retired from C.N. with 44 years of service, was a WW II veteran, having served with the navy, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 6, a former CN Union Representative, a former board member of the Caisse Populaire de Lewisville, former president of the CNIB- Moncton Chapter and a parishioner of Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Rita (Leger), to whom he recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary; two daughters: Claudette (Paul) LeBlanc of Moncton and Roseline (Anton) Paulovic of Irishtown; three sons: Michel (Nicole Chevarie) of North Bay, ON, Paul (Cora) and Roger (Val), both of Moncton; three brothers: Jean-Marie (Barbara) of Dieppe, Ronald (late Angeline) of Moncton and Bertrand (Majella) also of Dieppe; one sister-in-law, Marie Johnson of Dieppe; 6 grandchildren: Patrick, Sasha, Nathan, Derek, Natasha and Stefan; one great granddaughter, Kennedy as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one infant son, Arthur; one sister, Blanche and also by two brothers: Alonzo and Emery. Visitation will be held from Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB 857-1901, on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated from Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix Roman Catholic Church, on Monday, November 17th 2008 at 11 am. Interment in St.-Jacques-le-Majeur Parish Cemetery, Scoudouc, NB. Donations to the NB Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


HMCS ROSTHERN - Served in Rosthern in 1944


COHEN, Sol, RCNVR / C1ER, 22229-H, RCN (served 01 Apr 1941 - 01 Apr 1966) - died 12 Jan 1998

COLE, Ronald (Red), V85450, RCNVR / P2VS, 11447-E, RCN (served 16 Apr 1944 - 17 Jul 1963) - died 17 Mar 1998

CONNOLLY, Frank (Red), Sto PO, A5974, RCN(R) (served Oct 1940 - 26 Sep 1946) - Born 13 Mar 1923  Died 02 Aug 1998

CLIFFORD, Gerald (Gerry), P1CK, RCN - Born August 6, 1940, passed away on November 16, 1998. Gerry is survived by his wife, Rosemarie and son, Dale (Monica); grothers, Michael, Barry (Kathy) and Reginald (Rose) and one grandchild. Gerry was born in New Brunswick and was in the navy for 32 years until retiring to Victoria in 1987. He was a member of the Chief's and PO's Association. There will be a memorial service on Friday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Naden Chapel. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Honduras Relief Fund in lieu of flowers.

CROWE, David Lacey - a native Victoria born May 26, 1916, passed away November 14, 1998. Survived by his loving wife, Thora; daughter, Kathleen (Peter); son, David (Jennifer); six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister, Mary; nieces, nephews and many friends. After starting his working life on the steam railway engine on Vancouver Island, David went into th Navy retiring as a Chief E.R.A. He finished his career as a stationary engineer on James Island. Memorial service will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Friday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice, 1900 Fort St.

CASE, Stanley (Stan), C2BN, 3822-E, RCN (served 15 Jul 1940 - 15 Jul 1965) - of Langley BC. Born 25 Dec 1920  Died 25 Feb 1999

CLARE, Ruth G., WP1PW, WR3735, WRCNS / RCN (served 01 Nov 1943 - Apr 1961) - died suddenly at home in Victoria on January 20, 1999 at the age of 77 years. Ruth was born in Rossland, BC. September 20, 1921. She is lovingly remembered by Bernice Sund, Marlene (Mike) Harris and many other relatives and friends. A Celebration of her Life (Open House) will be held at her home, #729 Connaught, Victoria on tuesday, January 26, 1999 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth's memory to the charity of one's choice.


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index

CUBITT, William Edmund John, RCN - passed away in his home on Sunday, May 2, 1999 at age 83. He was predeceased by his devoted wife, Eileen, in July 1997. Born in Chauvin, Alberta on December 23, 1915, he served with the 1st Alberta Mounted Rifles and the 19th Alberta Dragoons from 1932 until 1937 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. He met and married Eileen Somers in Chauvin in 1937 and then moved to Victoria, BC where they raised their four children. During his service with the RCN, he received many honours including: Coronation Medal, British War Medal, Korean Service Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, 1950-1954 Korea Volunteer Medal. Bill was honourably discharged in 1961 as Chief Petty Officer, Senior Diving Instructor. After leaving the Navy, he worked at the Esquimalt Sports Centre and Yarrows where he was a rigger until retirement in 1976. He was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed life. His favourite pastimes were hunting and fishing. He will be greatly missed by his long time fishing partner and friend, Stan MacIntosh, and all who knew him. Bill was survived by his children: Carole Frew, Bill (Linda), Dennis (Bonnie), and Beverly (Glenn Leach); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Edward Branch 31, 761 Station Ave., in Langford on Monday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Donations on behalf of Bill Cubitt can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alzheimers Association, or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91.

MORRIS, Arthur, Cdr, RCN - It is with immense sadness that we announce that Arthur Morris passed away suddenly in his home near Elmsdale, on February 7, 2018. Born to Thomas and Rachie Morris (Pulsford), he was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Morris (Ronald), and his younger sister, Eleanor Williams. He is survived by his youngest sister, Margaret Evans and her family. He is also survived by his children, Wendy, Brian (Stephanie), Susan (Brian), and Andrew; grandchildren, Cori, Ruth, Erik (Alicia), Tegan and great-grandchild, Ray. Born in Toronto to Welsh immigrants, the family returned to England in 1938 to Chingford, just in time for the Second World War where they all survived the Blitz. Arthur left school at 15 and joined Reuters but quickly decided it did not suit his thirst for knowledge or adventure. At age 17, he threatened he would run away to sea if his parents didn’t sign the papers for him to join the Royal Navy. He joined the Royal Navy where he quickly caught the attention of his senior officers and was one of only three men in the Royal Navy at that time to follow the path to commission. He graduated from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and also became a Diving Officer. Arthur met the love of his life, Dorothy, in 1947, when he bumped into her at a skating rink in Dunfermline, Scotland, and they were married on April 30, 1949 in Scotland. Arthur always wanted to return to Canada, and the young family settled here in 1961 as Arthur had transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. He retired in 1974 as a Commander, having served on different ships including HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Nipigon. He was cited for bravery for taking charge and saving lives during the fire at sea on board HMCS Nipigon. He was the Commander of NETE (Naval Engineering Test Establishment) in Lasalle, Que. and oversaw the design of the Tribal class destroyers. After his retirement from the CAF (now RCN), he joined with his good friend, Lucien Ledaire, and formed the company Ledaire, Morris and Associates, Architects and Engineers. They designed or redesigned many office, commercial, industrial and apartment buildings including Scotia Stadium at Cole Harbour Place, Pope John XXIII Church, as well as the bandstand at Sullivan’s Pond. Upon retiring for the second time in 1986, he and Dorothy sailed the high seas for 13 years on their boat Cabot’s Mathew. They visited over 40 countries from South America to Norway, Turkey and the Black Sea, including spending six months in Paris. They had many adventures and side trips including climbing one of the pyramids at Giza, Petra in Jordan and trekking in Nepal. The stories Arthur told captivated people wherever he went. He continued to learn, travel and make new friends right till the end, having been on safari in Kenya in November 2017. Anyone that had the incredible pleasure to meet him would attest to the amazing soul that he was. He had many interests including ham radio (VE0FC and VE1FCA) and spent many happy hours chatting with and supporting a large network of friends that were very dear to him. Arthur and Dorothy were avid skiers and Scottish Country Dancers in their younger years and were members of the Halifax Field Naturalists. They both loved to read and Arthur had an insatiable thirst for knowledge that continued right to the end. He loved to share his stories and experiences with those who needed help or advice, whether it be family or friend. Arthur met many strangers but he always left the encounter with a friend. Arthur has been cremated as per his wishes. Celebration of Life to be held in Brightwood Golf and Country Club, 227 School St., in Dartmouth, Sunday, February 25th from 1-4:30 p.m. Friends of Arthur and family are all welcome at the gathering to share memories and stories. Donations in Arthur’s memory can be made to The Salvation Army.



HMCS NIPIGON - Served in Nipigon in 1965

MAGEE, Winston Churchill, RCN - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Winston Churchill Magee, a dear husband, father, and grandfather, on January 21, 2018. Winston was a man of great character and strength who possessed a work ethic and determination that was unequalled. He was a lifelong resident of Louisbourg for all but 15 of his 75 years. Dad will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Pearl; his sons, Leonard (Jo-Anne), Eugene, Neil, Sean and Joseph (Michelle) and his only daughter, Cindy (Bernie). He is also survived by brothers, Wayne (Kathy), Roger (Judy) and Charlie; by his Valley sisters-in-law, Barbara (Marvin) Messom and Marguerite (Gordon) Messom, and his brother-in-law, Aubrey (Leslie) Morris. Grampie loved to tease his ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and humorously managed to escape the clutches of many a kiss-giving granddaughter. He was uncle to 38 nieces and nephews. Dad enjoyed life outdoors, peaceful times in his cabin in the woods or by a lake in his camper with Pearl, and simple tasks like chopping kindling and adding to his wood piles. He was a bricklayer and stone mason of 53 years and a 50-year member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. His career in construction included contributions to landmarks across the country, most notably in the many Tim Horton’s outlets and children’s camps. He was also a veteran, having served in the Canadian Navy as a young man. He was skilled in many trades and his talents as an artisan blacksmith, carpenter and woodcarver produced many a treasured keepsake for his family. He was a self-taught man who loved to learn, to read and had a thirst for knowledge that he loved to share his iPad and a book were always by his side. He sought knowledge through travel as well and enjoyed many journeys with Pearl over the years. He will be missed by his furfriends, Jackson, Abby and Hobo and his stray gray kitty. He was a member of Union Presbyterian Church in Mira, and served on their Board of Managers. Winston was predeceased by his mother and father when he was a child, and by siblings, Howard, Joe, Beecher, Dorothy, Mary, Margie, Annie May and two sisters in infancy. He was also predeceased by his mother and father- in-law, Arden and Ada Morris. In accordance with Dad’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A memorial service for Winston will be held in S. W. Chant and Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., in Sydney on Thursday, January 25th at 2 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Union Presbyterian Church in Albert Bridge or to the Society for the Treatment of Autism. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Chant’s Funeral Home.

GALPIN, Llewellyn Thomas (Sonny), RCN / C.A.F. - age 86 of Dartmouth, died peacefully at home on January 20, 2018. Born in Halifax, Lew joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951, serving on several ships until his honourable release in 1976. He then worked for IMP Aerospace until his retirement. Lew enjoyed travelling, hunting, fishing, shooting darts, playing cards and raising his glass to the 'Captain' at the Legion. He is survived by his Nova Scotia family daughter, Linda (Michael) Laing; granddaughter, Christi (Phil) and special granddaughter, Tanya Cann. Also by his Calgary family - son, Mike (Laurie) and daughter, Anne (Dennis); several grand and greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by father, Llewelyn; mother, Mary, and his beloved wife, Mary. Special thanks to Dr. Brian Stacey and caregiver Tim Skidmore of Weecare. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or services by Lew’s request. Family interment at a later date in Atlantic Memorial Gardens.

McLEOD, Norman Everette - age 93, of Halifax, passed away January 20, 2018 in the Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late John and Vinetta (Jeans) Neville. Norman served during the Second World War in the Canadian Navy and was a member of Vimy Legion Branch 25. He was predeceased by his wife, Faith (Lewis); brother, Ross McLeod; sister, Rose Marie Haverstock. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Rd., where Visitation will be Thursday, January 25th from 11-1 p.m. Funeral service to follow in the funeral home chapel. There will be a reception after service. Interment to take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Lower Sackville. In memory, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

CORMIER, Bernard Paul - Age 75, East Preston, passed away January 18, 2018 in Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital, Musquodoboit Harbour. Born in Kippins, N.L., he was a son of the late Basil James and Mary Catherin (Benoit) Cormier. Bernard served in the Armed Forces for 30 years and was with the Corps of Commissionaires for 18 years. He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Diane Dorey; sisters, Theresa, Ursie, Edna; brother, Ray. He was predeceased by sisters, Norma, Doris; brother, Jimmy. Bernie was a kind and loving partner and will be sadly missed. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held 2-5 p.m. January 27th at the home of Diane Dorey, 2644 No. 7 Highway, East Preston. Private family interment at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.



McKAY, Gerald Ernest - of Springhill/Berwick. May 20, 1929 - January 2, 2018. Gerald died peacefully in Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Veterans’ Wing, Middleton, on January 2nd with his wife Freda by his side. Born in Springhill, Gerald was a son of the late Eldora Jean McKay and John D. McKay. Gerald served in The Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War on HMS Morden (Corvette) and sailed on the maiden voyage of the ’Warrior’ from Belfast, Ireland. Gerald left the Navy in 1946 and worked the coal mines of Springhill, until 1955 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a fire fighter in Trenton, Ont., until retirement from the air force in 1965. He sold cars for Weese Motors, of Trenton, Ont. until retirement in 1989 where he achieved the 'Sales Master' award and received a congratulatory letter of achievement from George Peoples, president of General Motors of Canada. Gerald is survived by his wife, Freda Jane Small of Berwick; son, William Gerald (Jane) McKay of Brighton, Ont.; daughter, Sandra Anne (John) Ewert of Burlington, Ont.; grandchildren, Carolyn Anne Hood, William Gerald (Terry) McKay, Aaron Ewert, Kristen (David) Martin, Kara Lee (Michael) McClellan; great-grandchildren, Wayne (Natalie) McKay, Robert (Christine) McKay, Daniel Martin McKay, William Gerald McKay, Kaitlyn Jane Hood, Joshua McKay, Julia McKay, Valerie McKay, Danny McKay, Trenton Ewert, Addison Martin, Blake Martin; great great-grandchildren, Caleb McKay, Solora McKay, Zander McKay and Adam McKay. Gerald is also survived by siblings, Darlene Hotchkis, Ralph McKay, David (Frances) McKay, Barbara (Michael) Gilbert, Allan (Anne) McKay; stepsons, William (Leslie) Small, Tom (Janet) Small and step grandchild, Danielle Small. Gerald will also be missed by many cousins, nephews and nieces. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife, Jean Carolyn McKay (2004). Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Gerald’s life in White’s Cemetery, Trenton, Ont. with date to be announced at a later time. Donations in memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St.



CALDER, Donald S., C1QR, 2624-E, RCN (served 10 Oct 1932 - 10 Oct 1957) - passed away peacefully October 4, 1999 at the Victoria General Hospital. He was born April 3, 1915, in Revelstoke, BC and served overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Upon retirement from the Service he was employed with the BC Ferries and latter with the Pacific Pilotage Authority. Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons: Donald (Sue), David (Roelonda) and his four grandchildren: Grant, Heidi, Jessica and Scott. A family service will be held on October 8. The family would like to thank Drs Mackay and McLean as well as the nurses and staff of 6 D.N. for their kind words and care extended to our father during his last days.

CAMPBELL, Gordon James, P2ER, RCN / C.A.F. (served 01 Nov 1960 - 01 Jan 1980) - born in Lachine, Quebec, July 8, 1943, passed away peacefully March 15, 2000. He will be remembered with love by his brother, Don Campbell (Trudie); mother, Mary Campbell, niece, Tracey Moss (Mike); grand-niece, Courtney Moss; nephew Gary Campbell; extended family, Brent, Laurie, Justin and Julia Polschuk and many friends. retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, Gord was a member of the Chief and PO's Association, Camosun Lodge A.F. and A.M., Camosun R.A.M. Western Gate Preceptory and the Shriners of British Columbia. A celebration of Gord's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17, at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch, #2320-1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver.

CLARKE, Wilfred George, CPO, V24577, RCNVR/ C1ER, 22946-E, RCN (served 08 May 1941 - 23 Aug 1945 / 20 May 1946 - 20 Nov 1966) - was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on April 2, 1919 and passed away in Victoria, BC, on February 1, 2000. He is predeceased by his sister, Gladys McCreedy. Wilfred is survived by his wife, Isabel; sons: Jim (Santosh) and David (Judy); daughter, Anne-Marie, grandchildren: Colby, Ingrid, Molissa, Rajan, Rani, Tara, Holly, Kelley and Marina; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Kirsten and Christopher; and sisters: Mildred Pinkos and Irene Hryze. Wilfred was a Chief Petty Officer during the Second World War and was based at the Esquimalt Naval Station for 25 years. This was followed by his work at the Victoria Memorial Arena and the Lake Cowichan Arena where he eventually retired. Wilfred enjoyed trips to Reno, Nevada and love his sports and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #210, Lake Cowichan, BC. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC, on Sunday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those so desiring may make a donation in Wilfred's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 205-225 Canada Avenue, Duncan, BC.

CORNISH, Ernest (Ernie), V36326, RCNVR / P1SG, 6501-E, RCN (served 01 Nov 1946 - 1969) Born 09 Apr 1924, passed away suddenly on January 29, 2000 at the age of 75 years. Ernie is survived by his two sons, Vern (Rita) and Gary (Betty); his companion, Marge Bryan; and fondly remembered by many. No service by Ernie's request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer. Society.

CHAFE, Charles (Chuck), CPO1, RCN - of Sarnia, Ontario. Born 02 May 1932, died 11 May 2000

CORBETT, Charles Leonard, Lt (D), CD, RCN - Born November 7, 1911, Victoria, BC. Passed away peacefully, at home in South Surrey, in his 88th year. Survived by his loving wife, of 65 years, Roselind; children, Sharleen Rudolph (Doug), Brian (Linda), Patricia Barrie (Alex); his beloved grandchildren, Rick and Cathy, Greg and Brenda, Alexis and Melissa, and great-granddaughter Brittany. The second of four children, he was predeceased by Bernice and Ellis; survived by Neil of Whitehorse, Yukon. Len enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, in 1928, qualified as hardhat diver, 1930, commissioned 1943 and retired Commanding Officer, HMCS Grandby, 1963. Len joined the "Silent Service", 1928 and maintained is fraternal dignity through his passing. He was initiated, passed and raised in United Service Lodge #24 A.F. & A.M., 1948. There will be a celebration of Len's tremendous contribution, on Saturday, June 17, 2000, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at 1400 164th Street, South Surrey, in the Community Hall. Flowers are gratefully declined, please contribute to the charity of your choice.


HMCS GRANBY - C.O. in 1963

CORBETT, John W., P1FC, 6620-E, RCN - Born March 7, 1930, passed on January 3, 2011 in Victoria, BC. He is survived by and will be dearly missed by wife, Louise, of 48 years; sons, Tony (Glenys) and Patrick; grandchildren, Kelly and Shannon; along with many friends from his 25 years in the Navy, Dockyard and Sun City, Arizona. A kind and gentle spirit, John leaves many wonderful memories of his love for hiking, fishing and people. Memorial mass 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 6 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 6221 Sooke Road, Sooke, BC. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in John's name to the Cancer Society.

CARTIER, Arthur George (Buster) - Passed away suddenly on Friday, November 13, 2009 at his home in Kelowna at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his three children: Tracy of Calgary, Lee (Phyllis) of Kelowna and Ward (Karla) of Victoria. Sadly predeceased by his wife Lily. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 27th at 1:00 PM at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Cremation. Interment at a later date. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be sent to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.



CLOGGIE, William Tolmie (Bill), CERA, 21346-E / Lt (E), RCN (served 03 Jan 1933 - 03 Nov 1963) - died peacefully on November 3, 2000 on his 91st birthday. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Mona; his parents, Robert and Marjorie and his sister, Naomi. He leaves to honour his memory nieces and nephews and the many friends he made through 30 years service to the Navy and over 50 years of dedication to St. Mark's Lodge, Halifax, N.S., the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172 Esquimalt, the Gizeh Temple Shrine Club and many other service organizations. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Advent, 510 Mt. View Avenue, Colwood, with  reception to follow in the church hall. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Shriner's Hospital c/o Gizeh Temple Shrine Club or the Canadian Cancer Society. "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.




CHRISTIE, Charlie Urquhart, PO.Ck, V11481, RCNVR (served 15 Sep 1940 - 22 Mar 1946) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charlie Urquhart Christie on March 10, 2001, at Mount Saint Mary Hospital. Charlie was born in Mathil, Fifeshire, Scotland, on August 24, 1915. He came with his parents, William and Janet, and his eight brothers and sisters to settle in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1922. In 1939 he joined the RCN and served overseas. After the war he settled in Victoria, working as head chef at the Veteran's Hospital until his retirement in 1974. He treasured his family and friends and spent many happy times travelling and celebrating life with them. he will be forever missed by his loving family, wife of 58 years, Bettie; daughter Irene (Stanley) of Victoria; sons George (Aida) of Qualicum; grandchildren Kimberlee (Colin) Karl (Joe), Neil (Liz), Tara (Andrew), Melissa (Nathan); great-grandchildren Amanda, Bradley, Dryden, Chevy; sister Chris Harris of Vancouver; sisters-in-law Gunda King of Victoria and Violet Christie of Calgary; as well as nieces and nephews. Charlie was always willing to give a hand whenever it was needed. A Celebration of Charlie's life will be held at the Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St, Victoria, BC, on Thursday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. Following the service a reception will be held in the Sands Arbor Reception Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Stockdill and Dr. Dougall and the staff at Victoria General Hospital and Mount Saint Mary Hospital. Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations may be made to the Mount Saint Mary Chapel and Garden Fund, 999 Burdett Avenue, Victoria, BC or the First Open Heart Society of BC, 2205 Shakespeare St., Victoria, BC.

CROWE, Hardy Frederick, P1RP, 39642-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 15 May 1957 - 05 Jun 1982) - beloved husband of Pat, Father to Patrick (Jessica), Cheryl (David), and Lianne. Adored grandfather of Amy, Holly and Wyatt Gibb, Carly and Sophie Crowe. He leaves also his sisters Edna (Barry) Jeffrey and Arlene McMahon, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Born in Calgary, Alberta, August 15, 1939, he left us on March 10, 2001. Hardy joined the navy at 17, and spent the next 25 years of his life in the RCN. Following his career in the navy, Hardy embarked on a second career on towboats. The first three years of his new career were spent as first ate on a towboat in the Arctic, one of the highlights of his life. Following these year he went to work as a Skipper on a towboat at Dockyard, where he worked until the present. All of his life Hardy played hockey, meeting many wonderful friends involved with this sport. Later he became an avid golfer, a sport in which he met many more friends. During the past 15 years, Hardy contributed time to volunteer work, which he enjoyed immensely. Hardy was always available to help a friend. He brought joy and laughter to everybody he met. Our only comfort is in knowing that on this last cruise, when your ship passed from our view, it was greeted by our parents, family and friends who had gone on ahead. We will love and miss you all the day of our lives, Hardy. Memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St, Victoria, BC, on Friday, March 16, 2:30 p.m, Reverend E. Hare officiating. Reception to follow in the Sands Arbor reception Centre. Cremation entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens.

CAIRNS, William Hewitt, PO.ERA 4c, V77633, RCNVR - In loving memory of William Hewitt Cairns, 1925-2001. The family announces with sorrow his peaceful deth on April 24, at his home in Victoria, surrounded by his children, Gordon, Elizabeth, Susan and grandson Graham. Predeceased by his wife Doris (Pettit), father-in-law to Sue Ann Cairns of Langley, Robert Toole of Toronto, Ian Shackell of Ottawa. Gramps will be missed by Sarah, Claire, Amy, Matthew, Nicole, Jacqueline and Hannah. William was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a proud Scotsman. He lived in Mississauga before retiring in Victoria. he was employed by Bell Canada, later to become President of the Canadian Telephone Employees Association. Funeral service to be held in William's home at 3-1001 Terrace Ave, Victoria, on Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, donations in lieu of flowers in William's memory may be made to S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Lift Training Society, Box 5014, Stn B., Victoria, BC. He will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Dad.

CAVANAUGH, Arthur Gordon, P2SW, RCN - of Victoria, BC, died June 30, 2001. He was predeceased by his brother, Ernie. Survived by his loving daughter, Lori Ann; son, Danny; his granddaughter, Patricia; great-grandchildren, Marissa Lynn; and his sisters, Ruth and June, all of Ontario. Art will be greatly missed by his dear friend, Bernice, by his neighbours on Foster Street, and by his "Pussy Cats". From those of use who knew him, we wish him a safe journey. It was Art's wish that he be cremated and that there be no service.

COTON, David William Richard, PO Sig (Yeoman of Signals), V30161, RCNVR (served 26 Mar 1940 - 25 Oct 1945) (12 Apr 1923 - 15 Oct 2001) - aged 78, passed away peacefully with family at his side. He is survived by his beloved wife, of 49 years, Yvonne; three children, Allan (Suzanne) Coton, of Abbotsford, Linda (Patrice) St. Pierre, of Hull, Quebec, Elaine (Phil) Wooster, of Victoria; six grandchildren, Nicole, Denise, Trisha, Michelle, Michael and Alanna; sisters, Eileen Coomber, Marge Hawker, Pat (Red) Williams; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Victoria, David attended Monterey School, Lampson School and Vic High. In 1940, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy for the duration of the war, serving as a Yeoman of Signals on North Atlantic and Murmansk convoys. Following the war, David completed a Diploma of Business at the University of Toronto and began a lengthy career in Labour Relations and Personnel with Department of Labour, School District 61 and the Ministry of Highways. David was an avid member of the Gorge Vale Golf Course for 50 years and gardening, photography and travel were other keen interests. David's sharp wit, humour and love of family were deeply treasured. A special thank you to Dr. N. Rivers and the compassionate caregivers of the Lodge at Broadmead for their assistance.

CARTER, Richard Street (Rick), C2RP, 5475-E, RCN (served 21 Dec 1945 - 21 Dec 1965) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rick, on December 13, 2001. Rick was born in Whitewood, Saskatchewan on June 20th, 1927. He was predeceased by his daughter Susan, in 1959. Rick will be remembered by his best friend and loving wife Betty, daughter Kathy (Buzz), son Rick (Debbie), and grandchildren Kyre and Kevin. Rick will also be remembered by his adored big sister, Bernice. Rick joined the navy when he was 18 years old and retired in 1965 after 20 years seservice. Rick then owned his own barber ship for a few years before he and Betty opened Carter's House of Flowers in 1971. Rick was Past Master of United Service Lodge #24 and Past District Deputy Grand Master Victoria District #1. He was also Past Worthy Patron Unity Chapter #84 O.E.S. While his children were growing up, he was very invovled with Joe's Daughters and Demolay. Rick enjoyed golfing, fishing, curling, and you could often find him shooting a game of pool at the Gorge. We will all miss his big smile and his ability to tell a great story. A memorial service will be held on December 29, 2001 at 1:00 PM, St. Peter's Anglican Church, 3839 St. Peter's Road. Reception to follow.

CAMPBELL, Kenneth (Cutter), ERA, 21442-E, / Lt (E), O-11787, RCN (served 10 Mar 1935 - 03 Mar 1967) - passed away suddenly, but not unexpectedly on August 16, 2002. Ken is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Julia. Also survived by his brother, Ronald Campbell (Phyllis) and his sister, Margaret Stevenson of Irvine, California. Ken also leaves nieces and nephews in Lithia, Florida, Redondo Beach and Encinitas, California. He leaves to mourn, sisters-in-law, Pat Sedger and family, Myrna Richards-Dorras and family and also Ross and Jennifer Richards and family of Nanaimo. A very special thanks to the Worth family for their long standing loving friendship. Ken joined the Navy on May 10, 1937 and served for 30 years in the RCN. He was a member of The Chief & Petty Officers' Association and The Naval Officers' Association of Vancouver Island. After retiring from the Navy, Ken joined the Malloch & Moseley Logging Company in Administration. His favourite pastime was Golf. A memorial service of remembrance will be held at the Naden Chapel, Canadian Forces Base, Esquimalt, on Saturday, August 24th at 1:00 pm. Reception to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, #712 Esquimalt Branch, Admirals Road. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Gorge Road Hospital, ECU #1 for their very special care. No flowers by request.

CAMPBELL, Roger E., C1FC, 6321-H, RCN / C.A.F. (served 30 Sep 1946 - 29 Sep 1976) - of Victoria, BC, died 12 Jan 2003

COOPER, Thomas Henry, C2ET, 3194-E, RCN (served 08 Jun 1938 - 08 Jun 1958) - born February 27, 1921 in Thunder Bay, Ontario passed away peacefully at home on January 6, 2003 with his beloved wife of 52 years, Beulah, by his side. He is also survived by sons Bob (Lisa), Brian (Michelle); daughters Gerry, Chris (Richard) and Barb (Matt); grandchildren Michael, Jessica, Rachael and Tyler. Tom was predeceased by his loving mother Miriam and grandmother Helm. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1938 and served for 20 years. He served in both WW11 and Korean War, travelling extensively with the navy. Tom was always involved with his children's activities. He was scoutmaster of the 3rd Garry Oak and involved with baseball coaching and American Little League. He was an avid Golfer and in his early teens would caddie at the Victoria Golf Course and later was a member at Gorge Vale. Tom was always happiest when on the golf course. It was Tom's wish to be remembered without a formal service. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the kind and caring staff of the Victoria Hospice Society. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial remembrances may be made in Tom's memory to the Victoria Hospice Society. We would also like to thank Dr. Neil Crofton and Beverly for their thoughtful caring. For Those I love - For Those Who Love Me When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears; Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love. You can only guess How much you gave me of happiness. I thank you for the love you all have shown, But know it's time I travelled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear All of my love around you, soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home.' (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Jan 2003)


CATER, Robert James Sr. (Bob) - Age 84, of Halifax, passed away February 9, 2018 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born to the late Marjorie (Phillips) and Robert Cater on September 2, 1933. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Genevieve; and sister, Beverlee (Harold). He is survived by sons, Jamie (Linda), John, Peter (Mary), Paul (Torina), Mark (Jannie P.); daughter, Judy (George); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Bob worked on naval research vessels for more than 35 years, and was a veteran of the Korean War. Cremation will have taken place under the care of Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. A small family and friends service will be held in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, Middle Sackville on February 15th at 10 a.m. A very special thanks goes out to the nurses and staff of the Halifax Infirmary Site, QEII, IMCU's of the 3rd, 4th and 7th floor, for taking great care of our father.


CARSON, Thomas Hastings, Slt, RCNVR - age 85. Retired from Kingsway Transport and a veteran of WWII. Died February 27, 1999. He leaves his daughters June and her husband Richard Copley of King City, and Lynne and her husband Gary Emmons of Oshawa and Poppa's beloved grandchildren Mark, Jill, Colleen, Heather, Stephen and Janet. He joins Jean-E, his wife of 61 years to be together forever. A celebration of his life will be held at 133 Elizabeth Grove, King City at 2 p.m. on March 20, 1999.


Portrait of Signalman Hastings while serving on HMS Courageous, Portsmouth, England, Summer 1932


Sig Thomas Carson with Ed (Farmer) Ellis upon leaving HMS Warspite c1932


Group photo - Friendly Hour, St. John's United Church, Halifax, NS - Jan 1945


HMS COURAGEOUS - Served in COURAGEOUS 07 Jul 1932 - 02 May 1933 as a Signalman





THURSTON, Charles Rae, Lt., O73280, RCNVR, Killed - 13 Apr 1945, HMS INDOMITABLE - Born 22 Oct 1921 son of Jason Everard and Ida Maude Thurston, of Toronto, ON. 


Lieutenant C. R. Thurston was serving with 1844 squadron, H.M.S. Indomitable when he died Aril 13, 1945 (age 23). While the Indomitable was conducting raids in the Sakishima Islands in support of the allied invasion of Okinawa his Hellcat JX814 shot down by gunfire from the Fleet chasing Japanese aircraft during pre-dawn attack. Killed by friendly Fire.


Lieut. Charles Rae Thurston, 233, Fleet Air Arm pilot serving aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable, was accidentally killed when he was shot down by British fire in the South Pacific April 13. Enlisting in May, 1940, with the RCNVR., he served as ordinary seaman aboard HMCS Prince Henry. Later he served aboard HMCS Kamloops, Calgary and Moose Jaw, convoying in the Mediterranean. He re-mustered to the Fleet Air Arm in January, 1943 winning his commission and pilot's wings. Born in Toronto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Thurston, Thurston Rd., he attended Givens Street School and Parkdale Collegiate and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Joseph, who served with the RCAF overseas, and Herbert, an RCAF pilot overseas.


Portrait of Seaman Thurston


Book of Remembrance entry




PARISH, William Ronald (Bill) (01 Jul 1924 - 15 Dec 2011) - WWII Veteran. Peacefully at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Kingston on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Beloved husband of Nora Parish. Dear father of Lori-Anne Kybanga and Beth Parish. Son of the late Effie and Roy Parish of Fort Erie. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship Building Fund. Online condolences


Portrait of Seaman Parish     Photo of Bill Parish



GUAY, Alphonse (Al), Stwd, RCNVR - born September 13, 1925, died in his sleep Friday, March 14, 2003, Trail, BC. Survived by his wife Lucille (Prefontaine) five sons, Lucien (Patricia) in Winnipeg, Roger in Nelson, BC, Patrick (Jackie) in Trail, BC, Charles (Karen) in Trail, BC, and Raymond in Creston, BC; eight grandchildren; his sisters, Sister Geraldine Guay, M.O., Eveline (Boutin), Yvette (Beauregard) and Lorraine (Dubord). Predeceased by his parents, Philippe and Alexandrine (nee Dupuis) his brothers, Lucien, Gerard and Joseph; and his sisters, Gertrude, Yvonne (Mulvihill), Therese and Marguerite (McCormick). A mass of remembrance will be celebrated Saturday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m., in the chapel at 601 Aulneau, St. Boniface (convent of the Oblates Soeurs de St. Boniface). (Winnipeg Free Press 28 mar 2003)


Portrait of Alphonse Guay



CLARK, Norman B., P1SN - of Mount Uniacke, NS. Died 24 Aug 2003 age 69

CRADDOCK Kenneth Robert, P2BD, 35337-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 06 Jan 1959 - 06 Jan 1989) - passed away suddenly on December 25, 2003. Born on May 5, 1941, Bob knew many people. Be it from his 30 years in the CFB Naden Band, his years bartending in Victoria and surrounding areas and his numerous involvements, Bob touched many lives. His enjoyment of golf, love of fishing, memberships in the Legion, Eagles, CPO Mess, Dockers Assoc. and Olympic View Golf Course meant anytime he went out you stopped to talk to someone. Retirement meant 'spare time' on Bob's hands so he quickly boarded a train with Pacific Wilderness Railways, helped at the Beacon and worked hardest of all at driving Shirl crazy. He will be dearly missed by his love of 17 years Shirley Estabrooks, brothers Jim and Dennis, sister-in-law Sandy, children Teressa-Lynne (John), David (Sandy), Tara (Greg), Dana (Myles), and Kyla. Bob had 7 grandchildren: Michael, Kayla, Dan, Andrea, Nerissa, Sam and Mya. A Celebration of Life will be held on January 4, 2004 at the CPO Mess at 1575 Lyall St. between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Jan 2004)


STEFANUK, Maurice, SD, RCNVR - Born 22 May 1924  Died 12 Jan 2016


Maurice Stefanuk was born in the coal-mining town of Drumheller, AB on May 22, 1924. He lived much of his long life on the edge of town in the community of Newcastle. Drumheller is world famous for its badlands and dinosaurs found therein. He like exploring the eerie badland outcrops and at about the age of six he found the tooth of an Albertosaurus - a large carnivorous dinosaur, thus sparking a lifelong interest in fossils. He was just entering high school when WWII broke out. He really liked military aircraft flying around Drumheller and the city of Calgary and fancied himself a fighter pilot. He and a buddy tried joining the Air Force. His friend was accepted, but Maurice was declined- at nearly 6'3" tall and wide through the shoulders, perhaps he was too big to fit into the tight confines of a cockpit. He was offered a chance to be a navigator on a bomber but would have none of that! So, it was the navy for him. He got some basic training in Drumheller and Calgary, then in Esquimalt and Comox, BC where he learned how to be an ASDIC operator. On the east coast he helped protect convoyed ships from New York/Boston to Canada run in the Bangor-class minesweeper HMCS TRANSCONA and then convoys on the North Atlantic in Flower-class corvettes HMCS NAPANEE and HMCS NORSYD. He may have also served on the destroyer HMCS ST CROIX; still unconfirmed. During the war on leave he met a young lady in Drumheller he had romantic interests in, but she was apparently unaware and when the war ended he came home and discovered she was engaged to an Air Force officer. Crushed and bitter, he decided to remain a bachelor. He then had a varied work career, much of it of a rugged nature. He went to business school, but did nothing in that line of work. He worked in an underground coal mine, was a derrickman at the top of oil rigs, worked on heavy construction projects and also worked in a liquor store. His interest in fossil hunting never went away - he hiked hundreds of miles through the rugged terrain. Beginning around 1971, he became interested in lapidary work and became a competent hobbyist in this field making bolo ties, belt buckles, letter openers and the like decorated with cut and polished semi-precious stones, ammolite, and petrified wood, he even made dinosaur bone cufflinks. In the fall of 1982, staff from the Paleontology Department of the Provincial Museum moved to Drumheller to begin working on exhibits for the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, opening in 1985. Local help was hired, Maurice included. He worked on major dinosaur exhibits as a fossil preparator all of which are still on display there and worked on an important research project with a distinguished scientist over several years. He found the two best Albertosaurus dinosaur skeletons and other fossils. About 2007, he reconnected with the girl he lost in WWII, she now a widow. Love blossomed and he left Drumheller in September in September, 2009 joining her in Trenton, ON. They married February 20, 2010. After some 65 years as a bachelor he finally got his girl. He passed away on January 12, 2016 thus ending unique and interesting life. It was an honor to know and work with this gentle giant of a man. ( Darren H. Tanke, Drumheller, AB 19/02/2018.)


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Photo of Maurice Stefanuk






GUAY, Joseph-Phillipe, RCNVR, (L'Honorable, C.P.) Jos, comme tout le monde l'appelait, est ne le 4 octobre 1915, le troisieme des treize enfants de Philippe Guay et d'Alexandrine Dupuis, a Saint-Vital dans la maison de ses grand-parents, Abraham Guay, membre fondateur de l'Union nationale metisse de Saint-Joseph et ami fidele de Louis Riel, et Esther Beaugrand dit Champagne, cette derniere ayant contribue son sang metis a la famille, un sujet tabou a lepoque. Peu apres, toute la famille demenagea a Sainte-Anne des Chenes ou Jos frequentait fierement l'ecole primaire dirigee par les Soeurs Grises. En 1928, la famille demenagea de nouveau au quartier de Brooklyn a Winnipeg et Jos, qui ne connaissait ni l'anglais ni la ville, s'est trouve un emploi chez Eaton livrant des messages en bicyclette! Eventuellement, il fut promu a travailler dans la pharmacie chez Eaton et ensuite ay vendre des souliers. Au debut de la deuxieme guerre mondiale, Jos et son frere Alphonse se sont portes volontaires a la Marine tandis que leurs freres, Gerard et Lucien, ont joint l'Aviation pour y laisser leurs vies dans le champ d'honneur. Jos pour sa part devint instructeur au H.M.C.S. Chippawa a Winnipeg. En 1941, Jos epousa Marguerite Bouvier, une infirmiere originaire de Meyronne en Saskatchewan. Ils ont eu six enfants, Renald (Robin), Claudette (Gerald), Marjolaine (Clayton), Gerard, Gilbert et Lanyse (Bill). En 1950, a la demande de la soeur mourante de Marguerite, Angeline, Jos et Marguerite ont ramene son nouveau-ne, Remi Cecile Smith, quils ont eleve comme leur propre fils. Au mois de janvier 1948, Jos et Marguerite quitterent avec regret la Paroisse du Sacre-Coeur et setablirent a Saint-Boniface. Comme etait son habitude, Jos participait activement comme Chevalier de Colomb et aux autres activites de l'Eglise catholique. Il assuma la responsabilite pour un prelevement de fonds qui permit la construction du Grand Seminaire de l'Archidiosese de Saint-Boniface. En 1957, son devouement fut reconnu officiellement par le Pape Pie XII qui le nomma a l'Ordre de Saint-Gregoire le Grand. En 1956, Jos fut elu echevin du quartier 4 de la ville de Saint-Boniface et, en 1960, maire de la ville. En 1958, Jos s'est porte acquereur du magasin et cordonnerie "Les chaussures Guay" sis au boulevard Provencher. En 1967, Jos devint actif dans le parti Liberal du Canada et fut elu depute de la circonscription federale de Saint-Boniface en juin 1968. Le Premier Ministre, l'Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, et Jos, deux hommes dorigine tres differente, developperent une relation damitie et de respect mutuel qui permit a Jos de livrer des resultats concrets parfois surprenants pour les gens de Saint-Boniface, notamment la Monnaie Canadienne, a Southdale, l'Office de commercialisation du poisson deau douce, chemin Plessis, et Le Centre de traitements des donnees de Revenu Canada, rue Reendeers, ou Jos negotia personnellement l'achat du site par telephone avec le proprietaire en dix minutes lorsquil etait Ministre du Revenu national! Re-elu en 1972 et en 1974, Jos fut dabord nomme Secretaire parlementaire au ministre de l'Expansion economique regionale, Whip en chef du parti Liberal entre 1975 et 1977, nomme ministre d'Etat et assermente au Conseil prive en 1976. Il devint ministre d'Etat pour le multiculturalisme en 1977 et finalement ministre du Revenu national en 1977 et 1978. C'est a ce moment que Jos negocia sa nomination au Senat avec l'Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau se basant sur son origine metisse et transformant ainsi un tabou familial en fier atout! Il en resultat une premiere du cote historique puisque le nouveau senateur garda son poste de Whip en chef pendant quelque temps nonobstant son nouveau role. Jos siega de facon assidue au Senat jusqua sa retraite en 1990. Jos sest toujours interesse au systeme juridique et, des sa premiere election comme depute federal en 1968, portait une attention particuliere lors des nominations ou promotions des juges. Il instiga le paiement des honoraires dans la cause Forest, un geste sans precedent a lepoque, qui mena a la creation eventuelle du Conseil des contestations judiciaires d'aujourdhui. Ce dont Jos etait le plus fier cependant c'etait de pouvoir utiliser son poste pour aider les gens quels que soient leurs defis. Il avait le don remarquable de se souvenir des noms des individus aussi bien que de tous les details personnels que ceux-ci avaient partages avec lui, un talent qui permit a Jos de se faire des amis partout ou il est passe. Jos laisse dans le deuil son epouse, Marguerite, ses sept enfants, son frere Alphonse, six soeurs, Geraldine, Marguerite (Peggy), Therese, Evelyne, Yvette et Lorraine, dix-sept petits-enfants, Karine (Gerald), Rodrigue, Marjolaine, Dominique, Philippe (Karen), Marquis, Robaire (Nicole), Jeannelle (Gyula), Jerome, Christian, Gabriele, Martin, Michel, Rielle (John), Francois, Joseph, Madeleine, et une arriere petite-fille, Jada Michelle. Les funerailles auront lieu le vendredi 3 aout 2001 en la Cathedrale de Saint-Boniface a 10h. Une contribution a loeuvre charitable de votre choix serait appreciee. 


GUAY, Joseph-Phillippe, RCNVR - (The Honourable, P.C.), Joe was a people person. From humble beginnings, Joe developed a remarkable ability to remember individual names and the personal details others shared with him which assisted him in assessing their respective needs. Invariably, Joe was more than willing to help anyone who asked. This enabled Joe to make lifelong friends wherever he went. Born on October 4, 1915 in St. Vital, Joe was proud to have been educated by the Grey Nuns in St. Anne, Manitoba. In 1928, his family moved to the Brookland area in Winnipeg and Joe, who did not know the city and could not yet speak English, was hired by Eatons to deliver messages by bicycle! Eventually, he was promoted to work in Eatons pharmacy and later to sell shoes there. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Joe and his brother Alphonse volunteered for the Navy while their brothers, Gerard and Lucien, joined the Air Force, where both were killed in the line of duty. Joe became drill instructor at H.M.C.S. Chippawa in Winnipeg. In 1941, Joe married Marguerite Bouvier, a registered nurse from Meyronne, Saskatchewan. Together, they had six children, Renald (Robin), Claudette (Gerald), Marjolaine (Clayton), Gerard, Gilbert and Lanyse (Bill). In 1950, responding to one of Marguerites sisters, Angelines deathbed request, Joe and Marguerite returned to their family home in St. Boniface with Angelines newborn, Remi Cecile Smith, whom they raised as their own son. In January 1948, with a heavy heart Joe and Marguerite moved from la Paroisse du Sacre-Coeur in Winnipeg and purchased a home in St. Boniface. As was his habit, Joe was very active in the Knights of Columbus and other Catholic church activities. He led a drive to fund the construction of the Grand Seminaire of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface. His dedication was acknowledged officially in 1957 when Pope Pius XII knighted him as a member of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. Elected as alderman of Ward 4 of the City of St. Boniface in 1956, Joe was subsequently elected mayor in 1960. Meanwhile, in 1958, he had purchased the shoe repair shop/store known as "Guay Shoes" on Provencher Boulevard. In 1967, Joe became active in the Liberal Party of Canada and was elected Member of Parliament for St. Boniface in June, 1968. Notwithstanding their different backrounds, Joe developed a friendly rapport based upon mutual respect with the Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau. This enabled Joe to deliver concrete symbols of the federal presence to his constituency, notably the Royal Canadian Mint in Southdale, the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation on Plessis Road and Revenue Canadas Data Processing Centre on Reendeers in Transcona. Joe was proud of having personnally negotiated by telephone the purchase of the Data Treatment site as Minister of National Revenue in about ten minutes! Re-elected as M.P. for St. Boniface in 1972 and 1974, Joe became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, then to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion in 1974 and Minister without Portfolio in 1976, Chief Government Whip of the Liberal Party between 1975 and 1977, Minister of State for Multi-culturalism in 1977, and finally Minister of National Revenue from 1977 to 1978. Joe was named to the Senate in 1978 and nevertheless, as a historical first, retained his position as Whip for several months. Joe served diligently in the Senate until his retirement in 1990. Joe was always very interested in the judicial system and, commencing when he was first elected as an M.P. in 1968, took great care when it came to the nomination or promotion of judges. He saw to it that the legal fees in the Forest case were paid by the Federal Government which was a novelty at the time leading to the eventual creation of the Court Challenges Programme of today. What Joe was most proud of however was being able to use his position to help ordinary persons anyway he could. Joe will be greatly missed by his wife, Marguerite; his seven children; his brother Alphonse; his six sisters, Geraldine, Marguerite (Peggy), Therese, Evelyne, Yvette and Lorraine; his 17 grandchildren, Karine (Gerald), Rodrigue, Marjolaine, Dominique, Philippe (Karen), Marquis, Robaire (Nicole), Jeannelle (Gyula), Jerome, Christian, Gabriele, Martin, Michel, Rielle (John), Francois, Joseph, Madeleine, and his one great-grandaughter, Jada Michelle. Joes funeral will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2001 at St. Boniface Cathedral. A contribution to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Winnipeg Free Press 02 Aug 2001)


Photo of LS Joe Guay - photo believed to be taken at the family home on Williams Street in St Boniface.



HALLETT, Abraham Richard (Dick), Skipper Lt, RCNR - Born 1905  Died 24 Jul 1961.


Capt A.R. Hallett - Mrs. E.W. Stirling of Sydney yesterday received news of the death of her son-in-law, Captain A.R. Hallett. Capt. Hallett, who died Monday at sea, is survived by his wife, the former Rose Stirling, and two daughters, Beverly and Sylvia, in Montreal. The funeral will take place Friday in Montreal.


HALLETT, Capt., A. Richard - Suddenly aboard the C.M.S. Sorel, at Charlottetown, P.E.I. on July  24th, 1961, aged 55 years, beloved husband of Rose C. Sterling, dear father of Beverley and Sylvia. Resting at D.A. Collins Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke St., W., on arrival of train Wed. morning. Funeral notice later.


Capt. A.R. Hallett, N.D.G., dies aboard icebreaker - After a distinguished Canadian naval career which included service in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, various merchant marine and passenger commands, and service with the Canadian Department of Transport, Capt. A. Richard Hallett of Notre Dame de Grace died Monday aboard the Canadian Marine Service ice-breaker Sorel. HE was 55 years of age.  Capt. Hallett lived with his family at 3880 Benny avenue, Apt. 33. Mrs. Hallett is the former Rose C. Sterling and there are two daughters living at home, Beverley and Sylvia, both in their teens. From information available late Wednesday, Capt. Hallett died aboard the Sorel at Charlottetown, P.E.I. Full details were not available. The body was brought to Montreal by train, arriving Wednesday. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from D.A. Collins Funeral Chapel, 5610 Sherbrooke street west, Rev. J. Pearce, assistant rector of the Church of St. Colomba officiating. Interment will be in the Field of Honour at Lakeview Cemetery. Although details of Capt. Hallett's early life were not immediately available, it was learned he was born December 25, 1905. Following his period of schooling he had a varied career before entering naval lie and making it his full-time occupation. From 1922 until 1933 he worked in lumber camps, as a time keeper, a salesman and in a department store and started his naval career. In 1929 he went aboard ship and, with the exception of an interval in 1933, he served as first and second mate on a number of vessels until early 1941, when, records show, he became a navigation officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was, for a period of time, stationed at HMCS Dockyard, Halifax. From 1944 until 1947 Capt. Hallett was master of several ships in the Canadian Maritime area. At one time the family resided in Halifax and also the southern part of Newfoundland. In 1947, Capt. Hallett joined Clarke Steamship Co. Ltd., Montreal. Described by a company spokesman as "a good master and a fine personality," Capt. Hallett commanded three vessels at various times - the Gulfpost, North Pioneer and Island Connector. These ships sailed the lower St. Lawrence between Montreal and the north shore and in the waters around Newfoundland carrying cargo and passengers. Capt. Hallett's record of service with the Department of Transport was not available, but it was learned he was the master of ships on the Great Lakes and in arctic waters. One of his commands took him to the Fox Basin area, far north of Hudson Bay and he was serving with DOT at the time of his death.


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(1) Lt Hallett tells of convoy battle serving in HMCS Kenogami  (2 & 3) Captured German merchant vessel Tieland now SS Gulfport skippered by Capt. Hallett  (4) Obituary and newspaper article on the death of Capt. Hallett


Photos courtesy of Sylvia Hallett Rose



HMCS EASTORE - 3rd Commanding Officer

Tug RIVERTON - 1st Commanding Officer


CAMBRIDGE, Donald James, C2CM, 51770-E, RCN (served 14 Aug 1947 - 30 Jun 1970) - born November 18, 1929 passed away peacefully in his home on March 3, 2004. He was predeceased by his daughters Linda and Laura and his loving wife Anne. He is survived by his sons Glen (Laureen), Donald (Wendy), Terry (Janice), Brian (Donna), and his daughters, JoAnne, Wendy (Wayne) his 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Chief & P.O.'S Association. He served on Her Majesty's Service, Department of National Defence Master Warrant Officer, CD from August 14, 1947 to July 19, 1970 and after his retirement from the Navy as a Chef, went to work for School District 63 from there after till his retirement January 31, 1989. He always kept busy and loved his place at the Lake. He will always be remembered for his long colourful stories of his days at sea and his house was always open to everyone who stopped by for a visit as long as you didn't stay too long. (That was his motto). He was always ready with quick wit and criticism and a good stiff drink to wash it all down with. He passed away peacefully in the one place he always wanted to be and in our hearts he will always be there for us watching over us. We all love him and will miss him as he was taken away far too soon from us. At the request of Donald no service will be held. There will be a celebration of Don's life on Thursday March 11, 2004 at the home of his daughter, Wendy Weber at 1174 Hadfield Ave from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association, 276, 2950 Douglas St. Victoria, V8T 4N1. (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Mar 2004)

CAMPBELL, Douglas Leslie, CD & Bar, C1OT/C1WS, RCN (served 26 Oct 1945 - 22 Aug 1969) - in his 77th year. Died peacefully in Gisborne, New Zealand on January 24, 2004. Leaves behind his loving wife Mildred, sister Shirley & Howard Stribbell, sons James and Teresa, Charles and Karen, Scott and Ngaire, daughters Gladys, Susan and Del Lehne, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. All message to 5 Roberts Rd, Gisborne, New Zealand.

CURTIS, Roger R., V12285, RCNVR / C1LT, 50017-E, RCN (served 01 Oct 1939 - 21 Mar 1966) - of Falmouth, NS. Died 15 Aug 2004.

CUSMANIC, Charles (Chuck), C2HT, RCN (served 18 Dec 1942 - 01 Mar 1968) - Born 22 Dec 1923, passed away peacefully on September 26th 2004 in Victoria, BC. Predeceased by his daughter, Judy. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Kitty; daughter, Cathy (Richard) grandchildren, Rebecca, Gordon (Angela), Katie (Cory) and Jennifer. Chuck was a loving husband, father, papa and a very dear friend. Chuck loved Ireland and all his Irish family, especially Margaret. He will be forever loved and never forgotten by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held at McCall Bros - Floral Chapel, on Saturday October 2nd 2004 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Heart an Stroke Foundation, 107-1001 Cloverdale Ave, Victoria, BC V8X 4C9. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 Sep 2004)


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