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)

 

STEVENS, Rowland Marshall (Steve) - Peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Hamilton, on Saturday, October 14, 2000. Rowland Stevens in his 77th year. Dearly beloved husband of the late Mary Frances Stevens, of 54 years. Loving father of George and his wife Gayle, Barb and Ralph Gordon, David and Doris, Jackie Stevens and her husband David Drawbell, Bob, Roy and Dawn, and Bev and Mark Scott. Loving grandpa of Jessica, Jeffrey, Andrew, Devon, Zachary, and Nicholas. Dear sister of Marie Brown of Windsor, and Roy Stevens of Michigan. Predeceased by one brother Russell and by one sister Jean, both of Windsor. Rowland will also be missed by many nieces, and nephews, relatives, and friends. Rowland was a retired Chief Petty Officer, R.C.N. (with 25 years of service), a lifetime member of HMCS Star and a decorated veteran of WWII. Mr. Stevens was a retired employee of the Hamilton Board of Education of 23 years. Visitation with the family on Wednesday, October 17, 2000, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Markey Dermody Funeral Home, 1774 King St. E., (Hamilton) Cremation has taken place. Donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be greatly appreciated. 'Forever in our hearts. We will miss you."

 

MTB-459, HMCS STAR

FARNHAM, Charles Wilfred (Jack) - The death of Charles (Jack) Farnham of Perth-Andover occurred on June 19, 2006 at the Hotel Dieu Hospital at the age of 81. Born in Milltown, NB he was the son of the late Phillip and Clara Farnham. Charles is survived by his wife Joyce (Jewett) Farnham; one son Bruce Farnham (Jane) of Miramichi; one daughter Jane Farnham (Kenneth Gouthro) of Aurora, ON; four grandchildren Charles and Katherine Farnham, Alexander and Caileigh Gouthro; one brother Lloyd Farnham of St. Stephen; three sisters Betty Stuart and Sheila Acheson both of St. Stephen and Charleen Hunt of Augusta, ME; also nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents. Resting at White's Funeral Home, Perth-Andover with visiting hours on Wednesday June 21st from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A legion service will be held at 7:30p.m. Funeral service will be held on Thursday June 22nd at 2 PM from the Wesleyan Church, Perth-Andover with Rev. Ryan Farrell officiating. Interment in the Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial donations to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements by White's Funeral Home, Perth-Andover, NB.

 

Photo of Jack Farnham     Photo of Jack Farnham (right) and friend

 

HMCS THORLOCK

DUNCAN, David Baillie, C1HT, RCN - Born 26 Jul 1917, died in Victoria, BC on March 25, 1983, in his 66th year. Beloved husband of Isabel; brother of Angus and Peggy and dearly loved father of Margo, Bruce, Craig and Rob; also sadly missed by son-in-law Peter Hughes, daughters-in-law Robin and Geneva and grandchildren, Katie, Jane Mark, Julie and Mary. After serving as a Shipwright for 26 years in the RCN, he joined the staff of the Royal Jubilee Hospital from which he retired in 1981. He was an active member of the Chiefs' and Petty Officers' Association. Funeral service on Tuesday March 29 at 1:30 p.m., in the Floral Chapel of McCall Bros. with the Ven. Arch D.E.F. Moulden officiating. Followed by cremation.

DURKEE, Frank D., C2ER, 51142-E, RCN - of Victoria, BC. Date of passing unknown

DYSON, George Frank Oliver, C2HT, 51366-E, RCN (served 02 Nov 1946 - Nov 1967) - the family of George Frank Oliver Dyson is saddened by his passing, on Thursday, May 11, 2000. He will be sadly missed by his wife Margaret (Peggy); four sons, Norman, Dennis, Ross, Gordon; and twin daughters, Karen and Shirley; six grandsons and seven granddaughters. Also left to mourn are his brother, John and sisters, Pearl and Grace. George was born in Esquimalt, BC, on November 28, 1925, to Oliver and Ivy Dyson, the eldest of their four children. He served his shipwright apprenticeship in Halifax and Esquimalt Dockyards, upon the completion of which he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served aboard many ships during the next twenty-one years, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. Upon his retirement he became a partner in Dogwood Trailer Sales. At George's request there will be no service. The Vancouver Island Memorial Society is in charge of cremation. Flowers are gratefully declined but those wishing to make a donation in George's Memory could contribute to asbestos cancer research with The Canadian Cancer Society.

DOBSON, Thomas W., CPO, 21299, RCN - On June 29, 1983 at Lady Minto Hospital, Ganges; Mr. Thomas Dobson, aged 75 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Winnifred Dobson of North End Road, Ganges. Also surviving are on son; two daughters; and one great grandchild. No services by request, cremation. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to the Terry Fox Cancer Research Fund. Goodman Jones Funeral Home, Ganges, in care of arrangements.

DYER, John, PO, RCN / C.A.F.- Suddenly passed away in Kelowna, BC on Aug. 20, 1983, Kenneth John Dyer, RCN retired. Born in Winnipeg May 13th, 1936. Predeceased by brother Wayne F. in 1948 and his father Edwin John (Johnny) Dyer in 1978 in Victoria, BC. Survived by his loving wife Patricia Ruth (nee Keep, of Winnipeg); two daughters Wendy and Kathie at home; his mother Hazel and step-father, Albert M. Young of Victoria and numerous relations. Cremation. Graveside service Friday 1:30 pm at the Naden Chapel. No flowers by request, donations may be made to the Heart Fund.

DEAN, Arthur (Dixie), RCNVR, RCN(R) - beloved husband of Mrs. Katherine Dean, of Calgary, passed away in Denver, Colorado, on July 22, 1982. Mr. Dean was born in England on November 20, 1910. He was an original member of the RCNVR detachment in Calgary in 1930. He served in World War II, then with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve. Mr. Dean was a lifetime member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers' Association. He had been employed with the City of Calgary for thirty-three years. Besides his loving wife, Mr. Dean is survived by one son, Michael, of Banff; four grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest of Victoria, BC., and Donald of Calgary; one sister, Mrs. Roy (Mona) Arnew, of Kimberley, BC; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to prayers at McInnis and Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel this evening at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at McInnis and Holloway's on Tuesday, July 27, 1982, at 2:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Field of Honor, Queen's Park Cemetery.

 

CALGARY HALF COMPANY RCNVR

DAUPHINEE, Kenneth Robert, LCdr (S), RCN - born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 2, 1914, died in North Vancouver, BC on June , 1985. Survived by his loving family, wife, Norma (Hutchings); and sons Wayne and Philip. Funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, June 4, 1985 at St. Clement's Anglican Church, (Lynn Valley), 3400 Institute Road, North Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers donations to the St. Clement's Memorial Garden Fund would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC and First Memorial Services.

DAWS, Frank, Chief Cook (served until 1945) - Born 22 Aug 1916 - Date of passing unknown

HAWKEY, Robert Clarence, C2WR, 50637-E, RCN - born February 9, 1927 in Airdrie, AB, died February 25, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. Eldest son of an early family of the Airdrie district, and (for family historians) the 5th Robert Hawkey in direct descent from Joseph and Eleanor of Lanhydrock, Cornwall, Robert Clarence Hawkey passed away in Calgary at the age of ninety-one years. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Marianne (nee Tebb), his infant son John Maguire Hawkey, his brother Francis, and by his wife of fifty- seven years, Catherine Margaret (nee Maguire). He is survived by his son Robert James Hawkey and daughter-in-law Charmaine Spencer of Vancouver. He is also survived by his brother Clifford (Donna) of Rocky Rapids, Alberta, sisters Majorie Lefevre of Calgary and Mary Underschultz of Edmonton, and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He served for thirty years in the Royal Canadian Navy on HMC ships Ontario, Sioux, Crusader, Sussexvale and Fraser, as well as in various shore establishments including Naval Radio Station Churchill and HMCS Tecumseh and found friends everywhere. He was intensely curious about all aspects of the world and universe in which he found himself and felt privileged to live in a time when the fund of human knowledge expanded as never before. Born in the year of the first solo trans-Atlantic flight, he marveled that his name, listed aboard the NASA probe New Horizons, will sail among the stars long after Earth has become a cinder. Robert Clarence rests beside the love of his life, Catherine, in the Hawkey family plot at Airdrie. A memorial service will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. A Private Graveside service will be held at the Airdrie Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to charities of choice. A tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 02 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS TECUMSEH

TAYLOR, Kenneth Bell, Signalman - Born March 27, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec. Passed away March 2, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario peacefully at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Ken was a WWII Veteran who served aboard the HMCS Inch Arran as Signalman, First Class. A longtime employee of Canadian General Electric and Ericcson GE Canada in the Mobile Communication Division. Beloved husband of Margaret for 66 years. Loving father of Jeff (Nadia), Eric (Marilyn) and Lorna. Proud grandfather to Alexandra, Cameron and Dylan. A special thanks to aptly named Grace, Dr. Shergold and the day and night nursing and support teams of Sunnybrook Veterans Centre LSSW2, for their caring, compassion and support to both Ken and the Taylor family. We are forever grateful. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW), on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Service in the Chapel at 11:30 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Sunnybrook Veterans Comfort Fund at sunnybrook.ca/foundation/raiseaflag/ (Toronto Star 04 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS INCH ARRAN

BURNETT, John William Tweddle, LCdr, RCN (04 Feb 1925 - 26 Feb 2018) - John passed away February 26 at VGH. John served in the RCN for 35 years. Retiring August 30, 1980. He leaves to mourn, his wife Shirley of 73 years and his favorite companion Misty; his son John (Sharon), two daughters Susan Sim (John), Judy Ralph (Stan), 4 grandsons and 13 great-grandchildren. No funeral by John's request (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Mar 2018)

JAENICKE, Peter Eric (16 May 1924 - 18 Jan 2018) - Born in Luseland, SK. Peter passed away peacefully at home in Vancouver. Predeceased by his parents Frank & Madelaine (Tyler) Jaenicke; brothers: John & Tom; And sister Margaret. Lovingly remembered and greatly missed by partner, Robert Wagner; and sister Beulah Rosen (Jaenicke); plus numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Having served in the Canadian Navy, Peter resumed his studies for an English Education degree at the U. of SK. subsequently teaching for the Canadian Forces in Europe while studying at The Guild Hall School of Music & Drama in London. A well respected English & Drama teacher at Templeton and Sir Charles high schools in Vancouver, Peter also won awards in the Dominion Drama Festival for his leading roles in a number of plays produced by the V.L.T.A He was a long standing member of the Van. Mens Chorus. Post retirement Peter took up pottery, gardening and spending time with his beloved dogs. No service at his request but celebration of life will be held at a later date. "From the first act, until the final chapter, you played your part perfectly, my friend. Meet you in the wings." (Vancouver Sun / The Province 03 Mar 2018)

KENNEDY, William Thomas, RCNVR - World War II Veteran, passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, at the age of 93, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Bill was the loving husband of Mary, who predeceased him in 2014. Dear father of the late Bill Jr (Chiyo), who passed away in 2006 and the loving father of his surviving children, Marianna (Charles) of London, England, Maureen (Martin) of Toronto, Daniel (Shannon) of Maplewood, Minnesota and Nancy (James) of Toronto. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Anthony, Adriana, Abigail, Eleanor, Isaac and William. William Thomas Kennedy was born on April 24, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised in Winnipeg and graduated from St. Paul Jesuit College in 1942. During World War II, Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve on convoy duty in the North Atlantic from 1942 until 1945. After discharge, he went into business with his father and brother at the Northern Shirt Company. In 1956, Bill joined the automobile business and worked in sales, management, and leasing for various dealerships in the Toronto and Hamilton area. Bill had a love of music, especially jazz and classical. He also enjoyed such hobbies as photography, gardening, golfing and genealogy. In his youth, he was an accomplished swimmer – winning two Manitoba Championship gold medals, as well as bronze and silver medals, in the 40 and 50-yard freestyle swim. He was also on the University of Manitoba swimming team where he obtained his letter. Bill's warm and outgoing personality made him very social and popular. He loved nothing more than to share a good meal with his friends and family. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their generous care and support. All are welcome to attend Services and celebrate Bill Kennedy's life at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.), on Thursday, March 8th from 6-8 p.m. A service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, March 9th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 03 Mar 2018)

KURMEY, Eugene J., P1AT, 11156-H, RCN - (07 Jul 1929 - 19 Feb 2018) Eugene was born in Aberdeen, Sask., served in the Canadian Navy, and retired in Winnipeg. He took up speed skating at 63 and enjoyed 20 years of competition. Eugene was predeceased by his wife Ruth. He is survived by his siblings, Eleanor Ketler, Gloria Miller, Jim (Darlene) and Glenn (Jacqueline). Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 03 Mar 2018)

LANGFORD, George Albert Wayne, Lt, RCN(R) -  It is with great sadness we announce the passing of George Albert Wayne Langford born April 2, 1941. George ended his battle with cancer peacefully in his home, "Soul House", on February 23, 2018 with loved ones by his side. He was cared for compassionately by Veli (Viera Achbergerova), who was a dear friend and caregiver of both George and his mother Amy. Our many thanks to Veli for all she did. George served in the Royal Canadian Navy (UNTD) as an officer in his early years, and remained a waterman at heart ever since as he maintained a continuing association with his fellow officers. He was a UBC graduate achieving his BSc and MSc in cell biology. He also achieved his PhD in reproductive physiology from Chicago Medical School where he went on to publish over 80 scientific papers, as well as start his family. George is survived by his sons Michael (Sonny), Stephen (Danielle), and Peter, mother of his children Sonia Langford, grandchildren Masaki, Lillie, and William, brother Ed (Diana), cousins Elfleda and Betty, niece and nephews. He will be missed by his family and many friends in Vancouver and at his winter home in Florida. May he rest in peace. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 03 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS DISCOVERY

SHEFLIN, Eugene (Sonny) - Peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband to Rae for 70 years. Caring father to John (Marjory) Sheflin, Dianne (Larry) Armstrong, Christine (Oleh) Kupraty and the late Linda Tribble. Adored grandfather to 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Loving brother to "Pudge" Helen Hartshorne. Eugene was a proud Navy Veteran, faithful employee of the Globe and Mail for 30 years, President of the North York Hockey League and a director for the GTHL. He will be remembered for his generosity, caring nature and unfailing wit. A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Glendale Funeral Home, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke (Albion Road and Highway 27), on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 12 p.m. until a Memorial Service commences at 2 p.m. in the Glendale Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eugene's name to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (Toronto Star 27 Feb 2018)

WARE, Clifford Arnold (02 Feb 1914 - 14 Feb 2018) - A centenarian plus four years. An amazing, accomplished and compassionate man. An intellect, a life long learner and teacher but above all a man of integrity who loved his family and dogs above all else. Cliff was born to Fred and Mabel Ware in Victoria. He was predeceased by his wife Morea (Bowles) in 1981 and by Ramona (Weatherly) in 2001 (in Oregon). He is survived by his immediate family: his daughters Maureen & Lloyd (Gabriola Is) and Shary & Ben (Williams Lake) and by his grandchildren Wyth & Reith; Laura, Diana & Leah and by his great grandchildren Marina; Nathan, Alison Morea & Liam (Boston, Mass). Cliff grew up during the Depression in Vancouver. He and his high school buddies hiked up to a cabin on Grouse Mtn on weekends, and night skied with coal oil miner lamps on their belts. During the War, he was in the Navy, Personnel Division, stationed in Quebec & Nova Scotia. He was married in 1940 on the last day of the school year. He taught in Bradner, then at Kitsilano High School. In 1958 he was made Principal of Simon Fraser Elem, followed by Sir Matthew Begbie Elem till he retired in 1975. He sailed his Flying Dutchman up at Keats Island where he built a lovely family camp in 1953 before power came to that side of the island. In 1957 he spend the summer tenting with his family in Europe. He crewed on a 35' double ender sailboat from Mexico to Florida, sailed twice in the British Islands, trecked in Nepal in 1979, was one of the eldest to hike the Chilkoot Trail unassisted in 1998. Cliff loved the outdoors and his life style reflected these values. He travelled extensively from the Arctic to Australia; later in life, domiciled in the States and then finally in Williams Lake, BC. He was predeceased by his lifelong skiing, sailing, tennis and social buddies - Otto Tiefenbacher, Jack Rush, Jimmy Gibb, Sherry Walmsley & Jack Stevenson. He passed away peacefully in Williams Lake surrounded by his family and his dog, Val. Rest peacefully, Dad. You had an amazing life. Our love is your legacy. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 03 May 2018)

TOTHE, Edward Stephen, ABS(NQ), 10817-H, RCN (served 30 Sep 1949 - 30 Sep 1954) (25 Nov 1928 - 16 Aug 2013) - Suddenly at the Brantford General Hospital on Friday August 16, 2013 in his 85th year. Predeceased by his wife Edna and his son Robert. Dear father of Lynn and Tim Broughton, Richard and Martha Tothe. Dear grandfather of Rebecca, Joseph and his fiancé Kate, Miranda, Robert and great-grandfather of Morgan. Survived by a brother Jack and his wife Elizabeth and their children Lauri, Michael and their families. Ed was a retired firefighter in Brantford for 33 years and was a life member of the Brant Naval Veterans Association. The family will receive friends at the Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home and Chapel, 96 West Street on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday August 21st at 11 am. followed by cremation. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

Portrait of Able Seaman Tothe     Service Document - record of drafts     Edward Tothe's medals (RCN and Fire Department)

 

HMCS STAR, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS YORK, HMCS PORT ST LOUIS

DALE, Thomas Lawrence (Larry), C2SM - In hospital, after a brief illness, on Jun 11, 1985, age 68 years, born in Winnipeg, MB on July 6, 1916. He leaves his loving wife, Alberta, at home; step son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Carol Chapman, Victoria, BC; daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and Mel Blackman, Nanaimo, BC; Sandra and Joe Razan, and Susan Musslewhite, Victoria, BC; grandchildren, Karen, Linda, David, Rick, Ron, Mimi, George, Christine, Stephen and Tommy; brothers, Marley, 70 Mile House, BC; Carmen, Clearbrook, BC; sisters, Dorothy Wood, Surrey, BC; Helen Buck, Ontario, California; nieces and nephews. Larry served during the Second World War with the RCN and was a member of the CPO's Mess; past President of the Diabetic Association; Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Associaton, Langford, BC; and served for 14 years with the Langford Volunteer Fire Department. Memorial service will be held in the Sands Chapel of Heather, 317 Goldstream Ave, Colwood, BC on Friday June 14, at 3:00 p.m.. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

DIBNAH, Cyril Richard - resident of Nanaimo, BC, for 10 years. Formerly of Victoria, BC. Passed away suddenly at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital on December 29, 1986. Aged 70 years. Predeceased by mother, Clara, father, William and grandson, Dale. Survived by his loving wife, Doreen. Sons, Larry and daughters Doreen, Diane, Judy, Cheryl and Sandy, their spouses and eight grandchildren. Also, one brother, Quentin and sister Myrtle. As a professional musician, Cy took leave of absence from CBC Music Studios in Winnipeg to join the RCAF and served for six years. Later rejoined the RCN in 1950, transferred to Victoria as a Naden Bandsman, retiring in 1965 sixteen years later. Upon retirement from the navy, he enjoyed a rewarding musical career with many students and clubs. He is most fondly remembered for his years at McMorran's with the George Kraeling Orchestra and the Empress Hotel. Cy was a lifetime member of the Musician's Union. Funeral services will be held from Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St., Victoria on Saturday, January 3, 1986 at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Holy Trinity Church Cemetery, Pat Bay, Sidney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetic Association.

DARLEY, Richard (Dick) - Suddenly, in hospital, on January 12, 1987, age 66 years, born in Victoria, BC. He leaves his loving family; wife, Patricia (Pat), at home; sn and daughter-in-law, Mark and Linda, Victoria, BC; daughter and son-in-law, Dennise and Gary Mosley, Sooke, BC; grandchildren, Rena and Dale. Dick served with the RCN overseas during the Second World War and was a member of Prince Edward Branch No. 91, Royal Canadian Legion, Langford, BC and was associated with Juan de Fuca Juvenile Soccer League for 20 years. Service in the Sands Chapel of Heather, 317 Goldstream Ave, Colwood, BC, on Friday, January 16, 1987, at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Veterans' Cemetery, Esquimalt, BC. If friends wish, donations may be made to the BC Heart Foundation.

DUNICK, John, CPO1, RCN - of Victoria, BC.  Born 02 Mar 1910  Died 27 Apr 1987

DEWHIRST, Robert, CD, CPO / LCdr, RCN - Born 28 May 1914, died Oct 1987. Survived by his wife Grace and sister Elsie of Shawnigan Lake. He served throughout the Second World War and in Korea as gunnery officer in HMCS Iroquois. He was later appointed in command of the joint RCN - USN naval facility, Shelburne, Nova Scotia. His final tour of duty took him to Vietnam, during that conflict, where he was appointed the military component of The International Control Commission Vietnam as naval adviser and team officer. On retirement from the Navy, he joined the faculty of Camosun College as co-ordinator of adult education. Born in London, England, he emigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of ten weeks. Brought up and schooled in Calgary, he left there in 1936 to join the navy as an ordinary seaman, retiring in 1965 as a Lieutenant Commander. He was a member of the Naval Officers' Association, the CPOs' Association, The Britannia Branch Canadian Legion, and the Annapolis Royal Lodge No. 33 AF & AM. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m. at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel. Interment to follow at the Veteran's Cemetery, 1190 Colville Road. Flowers are gratefully declined and those so wishing may make a donation to Hospice Society, Victoria, BC or the charity of one's choice.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

DOUGLAS, Frederick George, CPO LT / LCdr, RCN - passed away suddenly at home on August 28, 1988, aged 72 years. Late resident of Victoria BC, an active member of the CFSA for many years. He is survived by his loving wife Anne; son Robert Douglas, of Ontario; daughter, Vickie Douglas, of Quebec; one sister, Vi Chapman and brother, Tom Douglas, of Jersey, Channel Island, UK. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m. from St Andrews Protestant Chapel, Naden, CFB Esquimalt. Padre Gordon Shields officiating. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium.

DOVEY, James Victor (Vic), C2QMI, RCN- of the Southwood Nursing home, passed away at the Rockview General Hospital on September 16, 1988. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Vic leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Carole; daughters and sons-in-law, Jacquline and Dan Richards, and April and ray Lippitt; grandchildren, David, Nancy, Bill, Karen and Carl Richards, and Jennifer, Susan and Matthew Lippitt, all of Calgary, his sister, Jean of Kamloops, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews Vic was predeceased by his father James and mother Dorothy, brothers Harry and sisters Dot. Vic was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, on March 24, 1917. He moved to Port Alberni, BC with his family as a small boy and joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 years. He loyally served his country during the Second World War and retired with distinction after 24 years of service. Vic received the following honours and awards: 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star and Clasp, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, CVSM and Claps, War Medal 1939-45 and the RCN Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Vic then worked for the ALCB until his retirement in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association and the Drumheller Masonic Lodge. Vic loved all sports and participated in many, and will always be remembered for his loving and generous spirit. Funeral services with full Naval Honours will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel, on Monday, September 19, 1988 at 1:00 p.m., with LCdr Donald C. MacMahon, CD, officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation. Cremation and funeral arrangements in care of McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home.

DANYLYSHYN, Ernest (Denny) - passed away quietly October 12, 1988. Born Rama, Sask., January 20, 1930. Survived by wife Betty (married 1952), sons david and Allan, granddaughter Tatyana, sisters Lucy and Nancy, brothers Michael, and many nieces and nephews. Served in RCN from 1949 until retirement in 1972. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew's Chapel, CFB Naden, Rev. Henry Silvester officiating.

DEAR, Harold Claude, LCdr (E), RCN - Born March 2, 1911, peacefully passed away July 23, 1989, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. he is survived by his loving widow, Margaret; brother, Victor and wife, Eileen of Ottawa; niece, Geraldine Larson, of Victoria and nephew, Harold Edward Dear of White Rock, BC; cousins and many good friends. Memorial service to be held Friday, July 28, at St. Andrew's Protestant Chapel, Naden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of ones choice.

DODD, Albert Fredrich (Bert), C1BN, RCN - born February 1, 1920, died suddenly in the Cowichan District Hospital on August 2, 1989, Mr. Albert Fredrich (Bert) Dodd of Lake Cowichan, BC, age 69 years. Survived by his loving wife, Gladys; daughters, Sandy Booth and Lynda Spaven; grandchildren, Carene, Melinda, Chris, Danielle; stepmother, Doris; sisters, Toots, Ethel, Helen, Loretta and brother, Jerry. Bert served 25 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and later worked at William Head Penitentiary and W.F.I. retiring to Honeymoon Bay in 1973. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian legion in lake Cowichan and held the annual RCNA Fishing Derby. He will be deeply missed by his family, his many friends and his dog Molly. Service will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Truck Road, Duncan, BC on Friday, August 4, 1989 at 10:30 p.m. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Charity of one's choice.

DUNN, Cameron, P2CK, RCN (served 10 Jan 1946 - 24 Mar 1966) - At hospice, Victoria, BC, on June 11, 1990, at the age of 62 years, after a courageous battle is now in his quiet place. born in Hamilton, Ontario on December 3, 1927. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Ruth; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick, Craig and Cherrie, Ralph and Laura; daughters and son-in-law, Susanna and Brian Wooley, and Kathy; grandchildren, Adam Dunn and Rhonda Hemstreet all of Victoria. Also his loving step-children, Marla, Mark and wife Laura and Brent Jardin; grandsons, Troy and Kyle Jardine all of Victoria; sisters, Jesslyn Beacroft, Dorothy Ford and Ruth Raymor of Hamilton, Ontario; brother, Howard of Toronto; and step-brother, Stephen of Hamilton; as well as many friends and relations far and near. Russ was a member of the RCN 1946-1966 as ships and officers cook. After varied careers, he retired from Versatile Pacific in 1988 - known to his work mates as the "Gentleman Rigger", Russ' interests were many, including flying, motorcycling, hiking, dancing, and his life-long love, sailing. In May 1989, Russ and his wife cast off on their life's dream aboard "Insatiable" to Alaska during which time Russ took ill. Life member of Chiefs and Petty Officers Assoc.' member of Legion #172; founding and current member of CFSA; and Past President of his Union. Russell was well loved and respected and touched the lives of all he met. Russ will be missed. Service of remembrance will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC on Friday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. with Padre H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Russell's memory may b made to Hospice, Victoria, 1990 Fort Street.

WRIGHT, Keith Francis, Slt, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Mar 1920, son of Athol C. Wright, and of Olive E. Wright, of Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Sub-Lieutenant Keith F. Wright, Ottawa naval engineer, sailing on the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer that bore the name of his home city, lost his life in the sinking of the "Ottawa" along with three ratings from the district. A list of the casualties issued by Naval Service Headquarters here contained these Ottawa and district names missing and believed killed: Sub-Lieutenant Keith Francis Wright, R.C.N.V.R, 22, naval engineer, son of Mrs. Athol C. Wright of 85 Grove Avenue. Sub-Lieut. Keith Wright, a native of Ottawa, attended Glebe Collegiate Institute, graduating from the Jasper, Alberta high school where he resided with his family while his father, the late A. C. Wright was superintendent of Jasper National Park for five years. He had written his third-year examinations at McGill University when he enlisted with the R.C.N.V.R. as naval engineer on March 5, 1941, as a naval engineer, just 2 months after his father passes away. He passes his training courses at Kings College, Halifax and is designated as a probationary Sub-Lt., RCNVR in December 1941. He sails on HMS Mauritius to Singapore and South Africa before being assigned to HMCS Ottawa (H60) in 1942. On September 9, 1942, HMCS Ottawa is assigned to westbound convoy 127, departing Liverpool for Halifax and onwards to New York. Protecting 32 merchant ships are both Canadian destroyers Ottawa and St. Croix as well as 3 RCN Corvettes and another British. On September 14, 1942, 500 nautical miles east of St. John's, two torpedoes fired by U-91 slammed into HMCS Ottawa at 02:05 hrs. A third torpedo fired 10 minutes later finishes off the Ottawa. Of the 181 men aboard, 114 are killed and 67 survive and picked by other ships, after spending up to 5 hours in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. One of those killed in action on HMCS Ottawa that night is Sub Lt. Keith Wright, last seen by the ship's captain in the ward room when the destroyer was first attacked. Convoy ON127 lost 8 ships, another 7 were damaged, proceeding on to port. The family were advised 4 days later of his being lost at sea, a month later confirming that he was now killed in action. His body was never recovered. Sub Lt. Keith Francis Wright, 22 years young, is remembered at Glebe Collegiate and at McGill University. In June 1943, at St. Matthew's Church in a service presided by the Bishop of Ottawa, a brass memorial processional cross was dedicated in the memory of chorister Francis Wright and donated to the church by his mother. The mother of 3 servicemen, a RCMP Constable and husband to a World War 1 veteran, Mrs. Wright stated in the Ottawa Journal, "My feeling of pride in his service and sacrifice over-shadows my sorrow. I am so proud of my boy because he has not lost his life but has given it, and in giving it, he has saved others." Sub Lt. Keith Francis Wright, HMCS Ottawa, is remembered at Halifax's Naval War Memorial. His name is engraved alongside 2,000 other Canadian Navy veterans who lost their lives at sea. As well, on his World War 1 Army Father's Ottawa headstone, Keith is remembered as well. (Researched by Kevan Pipe)

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMS MAURITIUS, HMCS OTTAWA

WHALING, Francis Gerald (Frank), LS, RCNVR (21 Aug 1923 - 27 Feb 2018) - On February 27, 2018 in his 95th year, surrounded by the love of his family, in his own home, Frank was lifted from our care, into the care of the Lord. He will be dearly missed by his wife Anne and his devoted children: Gerald and Wilma Whaling of Hamilton, Mike and Debbie Whaling of Mount Hope, Jill and John Penny of Ancaster, Beverly and Domenic Sciarra of Stoney Creek and Steve and Antoinette Yaychuk of Hanwell New Brunswick. Beloved grandfather of Marilou Whaling, Nathan Penny (Natasha), Francis Whaling, Tracy Whaling, Gabe Sciarra (Emily), Alex Yaychuk, Wade Sciarra (Jessica), Philip Yaychuk and Michael Whaling (Kimberley). Great-grandfather of Madison and Samuel Penny. Survived by his brother Len Whaling (Donna) of Dashwood and his brother and sisters-in-law Douglas Riddell of Grand Bend, Margaret Vilimaitis of Fredericton New Brunswick, Jim and Marie Barron of Carbonear, Newfoundland and Genevieve and Ed Williams of St. Johns, Newfoundland. Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Whaling (1974) and his parents Gerald and Margaret (Stinson) Whaling. Brother and brother-in-law of the late Peg and Irv Heimpel, Sally and Bill Steinburg, Betty Riddell, Bill and Helen Whaling and Joe Vilimaitis. Frank was born in St. Mary's, Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Navy at a young age where he served from 1939-1945. During W.W. II Frank served on HMCS Orangeville K 491, HMCS Assiniboine and HMCS Halifax. In 1947, Frank started his own boat and motor rental business that eventually expanded into Franks Outboard Marine Ltd., located on Main Street West in Hamilton until 1987 when he retired. Frank was a life-long member and serious competitive top skeet shooter with the Hamilton Gun Club and often represented the Club in competitions. He was also a member of the Hamilton Angling and Hunting Club and as an enthusiast of game birds and trap shooting, he was aware of the need for conservation. On 40 acres in Ancaster, Frank established a posted, protected, safe resting and feeding sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. In the 1960's Frank was recognized as being instrumental in saving the "Greater" Canada Goose from extinction. Many species of duck, geese and pheasants could be found on the property. Frank enjoyed many years hunting and fishing with his life-long friends and family at his cottage on Onaping Lake, Ontario. He was an active member and past president of the Royal Canadian Naval Association RCNA Burlington Branch and a member of the Colour Guard. Heartfelt thank you to our extended family Pamela, Yvonne and Jacqueline. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. Frank said it best, "You treat me just like my mother would." No higher praise than that! Visitation at the Dodsworth & Brwn Funeral Home, Ancaster Chapel, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, 905-648-3852 on Tuesday, March 6th from 3-6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, 11 Wilson Street West, Ancaster on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Ducks Unlimited would be appreciated. "We love you and miss you Dad, God takes the night watch now." (Hamilton Spectator 03 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS ORANGEVILLE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS HALIFAX

SALESKI, George James - age 88. Today we are very sad at the loss of our father, but hold dear to our hearts the wonderful memories, stories and laughter we shared. He passed peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital on February 28, 2018. George was born May 14, 1929 in Oakshella, Sask., to John and Josephine (Reiger) Saleski. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years, on board the HMCS Magnificent and the Bonaventure. George retired from a career as a realtor after 26 years, and also served on the Halifax/Dartmouth Real Estate Board as a director. George was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Doris (Baker) Saleski, and 11 of his siblings. He is survived by his son, Gary (Lisa) of Waverley; daughter, Rhonda (Brian) Lorimer of Dartmouth; and grandchildren that were very special to him, Stephanie, Brandon, Georgia and Graydon. George has one remaining sibling, Eva Davidson (Ross). In recent years, he enjoyed spending time with his special friend Faye Wagner. The two shared many good times and laughter over the past eight years. Special thanks to the nursing staff at Dartmouth General Hospital, he was well taken care of in his final days. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held March 12th, at 1 p.m. in Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Rd., Dartmouth. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 'Don’t be sad because I’m gone, be happy that I had such a great run.' (Halifax Chronicle Herald Mar 2018)

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE

DILLON, John Maitland, C2ER, RCN - born January 23, 1918, passed away July 26, 1990, after a very short fight against cancer. Predeceased by his parents; one brother and one sister. He leaves behind to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 44 years, Esther; loving daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Goddard; one son, Jack Dillon; four granddaughters, Michelle, Corinna and Shawna Goddard of Victoria, Stacey Dillon of Vancouver; one sister, June and husband Vic of Ottawa, many nieces and nephews, and his little dog Cindy. John will be dearly missed by his family and friends. John was a member of the Royal Canadian legion, Esquimalt Branch No. 172, and the Chief and Petty Officer's Association and served for 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for family and friends at McCall Bros. Family Chapel with the Reverend Henry Silvester officiating. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Fund.

DRISCOLL, Carman F., C2SW, RCN - of Lower Sackville, NS. Born 16 Nov 1920  Died 01 Sep 1990

DALLIN, Robert Francis (Bob) - passed away in Calgary, Alberta on July 7, 1991, in his 79th year. Survived by his loving wife, Muriel. Predeceased by his daughter, Juenne Moscrip. Also survived by his daughters, Frances White (Peter), and Nan Hill; son, Robert; sister, Dorothy Salmon; and brothers, Vernon, Bud and Lorne; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Bob spent 20 years in the RCN. He was a long time member of the Masonic Fraternity, Past Master Vancouver Quadra Lodge #2, Charter Member of Kelvin Grove Lodge #187, Life Member Cyprus Preceptory #33, served in the Alazhar Shrine Temple Pumpernicle Band for over 20 years, Past Worthy Patron Eastern Star Victoria Chapter #17. No service by his request.

DACHUK, Archie, P1ER, RCN - suddenly on Tuesday, April 21, 1992. Born June 11, 1932 in St. Boniface, MB. He is survived by his loving family, wife of 40 years, Helen, daughter, Diane (Dennis) McLaren; son, Michael (Carol); daughter, Cathy (Monty) Watson; his beloved grandchildren, Brenna, Michelle, Denis, Jennifer, Jolene, Leanne, Trevor, Stephanie and Shelby; sister, Mrs. Liz (Ken) McCraken of Pincourt, PQ; sister, Mrs. Jean (Olie) Eklund and brother Sam (Alice) Zdrill all of Winnipeg, MB. Archie was a member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association and the Royal Canadian legion, Esquimalt Branch #172. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Service will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Friday, April 24, 1992 at 3:15 p.m. Donations if so desired may be made to the MC Lung Association, Victoria.

DAWE, Thomas Andrew, Chief Stoker, RCN - peacefully at Royal Jubilee, July 25, 1992, of lung disease. He was in his 76th year, born in Vancouver, the son of Joseph and Frances Dawe. He was predeceased by his much loved wife, Margaret. He is survived by his sister, Phylis; two nephews, W.J. Jamieson of Toronto; J.P. Jamieson of Victoria; a niece, Faye Cook of Victoria; a step-son, Kerry Greenwood, Victoria; a step-daughter, Ann Carmichael, Victoria; and special friends, Trevor and Jodi Flatman. He was with the RCN from 1937 to 1957 and then worked at Dockyard until retirement. He was a gentleman, who saw good in all people. A special thanks to nursing staff on 3 South, Royal Jubilee. No service by request. Cremation. Arrangements First Memorial

DIEBOLD, Servin Martin, C1BN, RCN - on July 13, 1993 at Sooke, BC at the age of 70 years. He was predeceased by one son, Leonard; his parents, John and Margaret; three brothers, Jack, Mick and Leonard and one sister, Dalmaine. Beloved husband of Gloria. Besides his wife he is also survived by five children, Jack (Alvilda) of Sandspit, BC, Jim (Karen) of Prince George, BC, Georgia (Joe) of Sooke, BC, Dick (Kathy) of rocky Mt. House, Alberta, Mick (Lou Ann) of Sooke, BC, 16 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Betty Hiney of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and brother, Dal of Invermere, BC. Born at Irvine, Alberta and moved to Claresholm as a child. He served overseas with the Combined Operations during the Second World War, continuing with the regular forces until his retirement i 1972. He then worked for Malloch and Mosley Logging until 1985 and had lived in Sooke since 1968. Memorial service will be held on Monday, July 19, at 1:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Andrew at Naden. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Heart and Lung Foundation. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC and First Memorial.

WALTER, John Ross Terry, CD, Lt (N) RCN / C.A.F. - Terry passed peacefully on February 4th 2012 in his 78th year, leaving behind his wife Vickie and daughter Laura, and children from his first wife, Elaine, Jim, Dawn, Rhonda, Doug and Bruce; and his first wife Janet. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Born in 1933, Terry served his country honourably from 1955-1989. Enlisting as a rating in 1955 as an Electrician's Mate, he later became a Radio Technician before taking his commission as a Maritime Surface/Sub-Service officer, obtaining the rank of Lt (N). Married in 1953, he was posted back and forth across Canada several times which took its toll on family life. He remarried in 1970, and following his last sea posting Terry took up hobby farming north of Napanee, ON. He never forgot his time at sea nor his shipmates; keeping in contact with a few of his shipmates until dementia took hold. Following cremation, a Masonic service was held at the Jardine Funeral Home in Fenelon Falls, ON followed by a regular service; and a celebration of life was held immediately following at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fenelon Falls. He will be missed. Ready Aye Ready

 

Lt (N) Walter onboard HMCS Cormorant 781     Photo of Capt Walter - 01 Jan 1987

 

HMCS YORK, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS ST THERESE, HMCS ORIOLE, HMCS CHALEUR, HMCS INCH ARRAN, HMCS PATRIOT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS CATARAQUI

ATWELL, Lloyd Henry - was born in Nelson, BC in 1939, leaving to pursue a 22 year career in the Navy. Lloyd and family moved to Masset where he was a fisherman and then eventually he and Denise settled in Chilliwack, in 1993 until his passing Feb 21, 2018. Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Denise, son Ron (Tammy), daughter Angie (Ivan), brother Sheldon (Eileen), sister Kathleen (Bob), several grandchildren, one great grandson, nieces and nephews. No service will be held. Donate to charity of choice in lieu of flowers.

 

Portrait of Lloyd Atwell

 

GILES, Douglas Herbert, RCNVR (served 1942-1947) / C1ER4, 19673-H, RCN / C.A.F. (served 1952 - 21 Nov 1973) (21 Nov 1923 - 05 Mar 2018) - Dominion Life Member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 34 Orillia. Royal Canadian Navy Chief CPO1/ CW01, Second World War Veteran. Born in Sebright, ON. Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friend Padre Gerry McMillian on Monday, March 5, 2018 in his 95th year. Douglas Giles, beloved husband of the late Ola Elva (Collins); mother of his children, Patricia Black (Wayne), Gordon (Peggy), Louise Taylor (Gordon predeceased), Reginald, Florence Giles, Marilyn Williams (Shawn) and Benjamin. Survived by his siblings, Eileen McGarvey, Donald Giles and William Giles. Predeceased by his brothers, Benjamin Giles, Albert Giles; grandson, Matthew Giles; second wife, Gladys McDonald; third wife, Audrey Hall; and long-time friend, Betty Johnson. Will be missed by 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Veteran’s Affairs, Dr. Tibor Harmathy, the nurses of Bayshore, CCAC, and the PSW’S from Care Partners. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 8th, in Mundell Funeral Home 79 West St. N., Orillia, Ont., at 2 o’clock. Memorial Donations to The Salvation Army or Legion Poppy Fund would be gratefully appreciated.

 

Douglas joined the RCNVR shortly after his 18th birthday at HMCS Prevost and was placed on active duty in April of 1942. In 1943 he was loaned to the Royal Navy as an E.R.A. and saw duty on HMS King George V during which time they transported Winston Churchill home from Gibraltar. He was then assigned to HMS Chiddingfold from 1944 - 1945 and saw duty off Italy where the ship was part of a flotilla firing star shells to illuminate targets for the bombing runs. In 1947 he released  from the navy at HMCS Prevost but reenlisted in 1952 and served an additional 21 years in the RCN.

 

Medals and awards: 1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, Defence of Britain, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Bar, War Medal 1939-1945, Special Service Medal  and Bar (NATO/OTAN), Canadian Centennial Medal 1967, Canadian Forces Decoration with Bar.

 

HMCS PREVOST, HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS CHIDDINGFOLD (1944-45), HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS PRESTONIAN, HMCS LANARK, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS SAGUENAY

DELAMONT, A. Walter - beloved husband of Josephine Delamont of Cranbrook, BC, passed away on July 7th, 1993 at the age of 74 years. Besides his loving wife Jo., he leaves to mourn, a son Robert and daughter-in-law Sandra, grandchildren Jennifer and Jim of Delta, BC, a son Gerald and daughter-in-law Lois, grandchildren Peter and Patricia, of Cold Lake, Alberta, a daughter Sheila and son-in-law Bill Carson and grandchildren Cori-Lynn and Scott of Marysville, BC, 2 brothers Leonard (Evelyn) of Calgary, Alberta, Edward (Margaret) of Cranbrook, BC, 2 sisters, Gwen (Gil) Flynn of Surrey, BC, and Esther (George) Leech of New Westminster, BC, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Delamont was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Frank Delamont and 2 sisters Beth Rideout and Norma McInnes. Walter was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Ban for 25 years. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #24. He enjoyed teaching band, music in schools here for 18 years, before his retirement. A Memorial Service will be held for Walter, on Saturday, July 10th, 1993 at 2:00 p.m., from the McPherson Memorial Chapel, Cranbrook, with Colin Anderson officiating. Cremation will precede the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Walter Delamont, may do so by donations to the Cranbrook Hospice Society, Palliative Care Group, Cranbrook, BC. Family arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

DUDLEY, Eric W. (Duds), RN / P1ER, RCN (served RCN 1958-1971) - of Victoria, BC. born 07 Apr 1921  Died 13 Jun 1993

DUNN, Denis George, P1MA, RCN / C.A.F. (served 23 Nov 1953 - 26 Feb 1980) - of Esquimalt. Born 12 Sep 1933, passed away suddenly on May 27, 1994 at the age of 60 years. Predeceased by a daughter, Trenis, in 1967 he is survived by: his loving wife, Muriel; son, Scott (Kathy); daughter, Lara (Robb) Bird; grandson, Reyse; brothers, jack and Mickey; sister, Margaret (Jimmy) Goodacre; his "gram" Sedgwick; sister-in-law, Fay (Ken) Smith; and his loving nieces and nephews. Denis served 28 years in the Royal Canadian Navy before going to Dockyard where he worked for 12 years. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St., Victoria on Thursday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bill Taylor officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined, if so desired donations may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation.

DUNCAN, Cecil (Cec), P1PT, 5624-E, RCN (served 06 Feb 1946 - 06 Feb 1966) - of Richmond, BC. Born 28 Apr 1928  Died 24 Mar 1995

DYKES, John, C1LT, RCN - at home surrounded by family on April 24, 1995. Survived and will always be loved by wife, Virginia; daughter, Linda (Eric) Rohdin; sisters, Bess, Margaret, Joyce, Audrey and Mary; cousin, Dale Risvoic as well a many other relatives and friends. A retired Chief RCN / dockyard shop #27. A special thanks to Dr. Peter Meyer and his staff, Victoria Hospice, in particular Connie and Lois. Memorial service at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 28 at St. Michael & All Angels Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

DANES, John F (Jack), ERA 3c (demobilized Oct 1945) - of Victoria, BC. Born 04 Jun 1921  Died 02 Aug 1995

DAVIS, Frederick William, P1AW, 22500-E, RCN (served 07 Dec 1945 - 06 Jan 1960)  - Born March 17, 1927, passed away at his home with his wife, Irene at his side on April 4, 1996, in his 69th year, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered as a caring husband, an adored father and best friend. He is survived by his son, Fred (terry) of Ottawa, daughter, Terri (Scott) McCallum of Santa Rosa, California, daughter, Denise (Herb) Johal of Victoria, daughter, Candace (David) Dunkley of Squamish; eight grandchildren, brother, Gilbert 9Marie) of Victoria, brother, Doug of West Vancouver; nieces and nephews. Fred served in the Canadian Army Reserve (the 20th Saskatchewan Armed Regiment) from 1942 to 1945 and the Royal Canadian Navy from 1945 till 1961. he then worked for the Province of British Columbia for 25 years, retiring in 1985 when he then fulfilled his dream of owning a small farm. There Fred and Irene enjoyed all that country life had to offer. Fred was "our center". He was always there for those he loved. A service of remembrance will be held from the Chapel of First Memorial on Friday, April 12, noon followed by a gathering at the family farm. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations appreciated to the Cancer Fund of BC. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC.

GRAY, Archibald Alfred (Archie), CD, C2VS, RCN - age 85, of Dartmouth, passed away on March 5, 2018, at home. Born in Perth, Ont., he was a son of the late Fleetwood and Bernice Gray. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 and served continuously for 34 years, retiring in 1988. He served on numerous ships and shore establishments. Archie was a life member of the Chief and PO’s Mess, CFB Halifax and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 160, Dartmouth. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by daughters, Cathy (Greg) Mountain, Tina (Carl) Snow, Bernice (Tim) Giles; grandchildren, Jill (Jody), Sean, John, and Nathan (Sonja); great-grandchildren, Kyla, Dontae, Owen, Taylor, Sadie, Nathan Jr., and Siniyah. He is also survived by brother, Donald; sisters, Noreen and Marlene. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Catherine; brothers, Mervin, Lindsay, William, Wayne, James and Douglas. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Dad’s wishes, there will be no viewing. A Graveside Service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 12th in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens followed by a time of fellowship in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

BRUCE, Robert J. (Bob) - Died 2005

 

Portrait of Seaman Bruce 1944 (that his wife carried while he was away during the war)

 

Photo of Bob Bruce (right) and his brother George in Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands 02 May 1990 for Liberation anniversary celebrations

 

HMCS THETFORD MINES

 

KEMSLEY, Donald Herbert - At Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, Donald Herbert Kemsley, of Picton, at the age of 84. Former engineer of Kodak Canada. Beloved husband of Helen. Loving father of Tom and his wife Christine Boyle of Vancouver, B.C., Betty Brown of Toronto, Deborah and her husband Doug Warwick of Brampton and Sandra and her partner Damir Sudarevic. Loving grandfather of Tamara and Trista. Mr. Kemsley is resting at The Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton, Ontario. Funeral Service in the Chapel, on Friday, September 25th at 2 p.m., Reverend Dr. Hal Wilson officiating. Interment Cherry Valley Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Prince Edward County Hospital Foundation or the Picton United Church would be appreciated by the family and can be paid by Visa, MasterCard or debit at the funeral home. Friends may visit with Don's family on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. (Toronto Star 23 Sep 2009)

 

Photo of Seaman Kemsley     Photo of Don Kemsley with his medals

 

Don Kemsley's war diary and interviews

 

BALL, Donald James - On Monday, February 5, 2018, at PRHC Palliative Care, Donald passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Lynda (Nichols) for over 64 years and treasured father of Deborah (Stephen Peel), Lori (John Mackay), Suzanne (Tom McDonald), Kimberley (Barry Hayward), and Andrea (Stephen Barrett). Much loved Papa to Jonathan, Andrew (Rebecca), and Matt (Carol) Mackay; Rebecca (Sam) and Jacquie McDonald; Jacob Olesiuk; and Michael and Graeme Barrett. Doting Great-Papa to Camdyn, Caleb, and Colin Mackay; Luke and Grace Mackay; and Blair McPherson. Don was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on October 5th, 1930, to Harold and Annie Loretta (Bradley) Ball. He became cherished big brother to (the late) Shirley (late Grant Faulds) and (the late) Nancy (Ken Hawthorne). Raised in Peterborough, his early jobs included morning newspaper delivery, cleaning gladioli bulbs for his gardening parents, long shifts at Johnson Greenhouses, and a draftsman position for Ontario Hydro. He married his “Big Red” on September 23rd, 1953, becoming a special brother-in-law to Ruth (John Rexe) predeceased; Jean (late Frank Hancock); Mary Lou (Jim Howitt) predeceased; Elizabeth (Trevor Lillico) predeceased; Philip (Pat) Nichols predeceased; and David (Nancy) Nichols. He will be fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces, and nephews from the Ball, Bradley, Nichols, and Tanner clans. He gave a loving home to his mother-in-law, Mary Jane Nichols (Tanner), for many years, adding to the richness of our family life. After a stint in the navy serving at HMCS Shearwater and on the HMCS Quebec, he began a lifetime career in the budget department at Outboard Marine. After he retired, he looked forward to his monthly retiree lunch reunions. He served as a lieutenant in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment reserve unit for several years. Of all God’s gifts to him, he loved his wife, family, friends, music, ships, and gardens best. His legacy includes his work ethic, his self-discipline and perseverance, his deep commitment to our mother, and his special recipes. Visitation will take place Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6-9 p.m., at Highland Park Funeral Centre (2510 Bensfort Rd.). A Service of remembrance will take place Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1 p.m., at St. Luke’s Anglican Church (566 Armour Rd.). The Rev. Glenn Empey officiating. While Dad loved flowers, he preferred that donations be made to St. Luke’s Anglican Church, his faith community where he enjoyed serving in various ways as part of their gospel outreach for many years. Our family would like to thank Drs. Webster, Pandya, Brown, and Beamish, as well as the wonderful nurses of ICU, 4B, and Palliative Care, who served Dad well during his illness. Their kind and compassionate treatment of Dad and our family helped us immeasurably during this very difficult time.

 

HMCS QUEBEC

DUTTON, James A. (Red), V11862, RCNVR / C2ST, 51121-E, RCN (served 04 Sep 1941 - 30 Dec 1966) - at home after a illness on August 2nd, 1996. Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan in 1917, he moved to Victoria in 1945. After over 25 years of loyal service in the Royal Canadian Navy he retired in 1966, with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Second Class. He subsequently worked for Canada Post for 13 years. Jim was an avid bowler, horseshoe and bridge player, and an active member of Les Passmore Senior Centre. He was a devoted husband, a kind and caring father and grandfather. Predeceased by a son, Douglas in 1967, he is survived by his loving wife, Hilda, son, R. Bruce Dutton of Devon, Pennsylvania; daughter, Dorothy Chuhran of St. Clair Shored, Michigan; sister, Kay Shipowich of Radisson, Saskatchewan; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 8th, at 10:00 a.m. at First Memorial Chapel, Falaise Drive, Saanich, Rev. Harry Silvester officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association.

DEASON, Duane R. (Tiger), C2BD, RCN / C.A.F. - of Winnipeg, MB. Born 11 Oct 1933  Died 10 Oct 1996

DOYLE, Stephen Charles, C1ER, RCN / C.A.F. - on Nov. 30, 1996, of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos on ships during his 25 years of service with the Canadian Navy. Steve was born June 4, 1937 and was the beloved husband of Lorraine. He is also survived by son, Kenneth; daughter, Chantale; sister, Judith Williams (David); brother, Philip (Shirley) and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Steve's life will be held on Saturday, Deember 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Pacific Fleet Club, 1710 Lyall Street. The family would like to express sincere thanks to the medical staff of 3 South Ward, Royal Jubilee Hospital for their many kindnesses in easing Steve's passing. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to Victoria Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, or a charity of their choice.

DAVIES, John David, C1SM, 21361-E, RCN (served 05 Oct 1933 - 05 Oct 1957) - born in the Esquimalt Dockyard on August 23, 1915, passed away peacefully at home in Victoria on March 21, 1997. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Orca; by his son David (Dianne), and grandchildren Megan and Min, of White Rock, his sisters Kathleen and Bessie, and many nieces and nephews. After serving 24 years in the RCN he was late employed in the Dockyard's Return Stores Dept. He was also actively engaged in the Victoria Central Lion's Club, serving a term as President. Many thanks to Dr. R.D. Nicoll. By John's request there will be no funeral service. Cremation has been entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. Flowers gratefully declined. Those wishing to do so may make donations to the BC Lung Association or a charity of their choice.

DEKKER, Floyd (Tim), V36703, RCNVR / C2ER, 22151-E, RCN (served 15 Apr 1942 - 01 May 1967) - of Courtenay, BC. Born 04 Feb 1925  Died 12 Aug 1997

EDDY, Roy Ernest - December 20, 1924 – March 3, 2018 Roy Ernest Eddy passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 3, 2018 at Sunnybrook Veterans Home from complications of influenza. Married to Dorothea Blanche Eddy (nee McCoy) since September 1, 1947 and predeceased by brothers Gordon and Alfred and sister Jane. He was saddened by the loss of their third child Kathryn on August 1, 2017. Loving father to Allison Eddy (Patrick Gorry), Warren Eddy (Kathy Guthro), Kathy Dietrich (Wayne Scherger), Joanne Eddy (Michael Coulton) and Paul Eddy (Marcela Leiva Olivares). Grandfather to Jamie, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sean, David, Paul, Megan, Amanda, Graham and Benjamin. Great-Grandfather to Dexter and Amelia, plus one on the way! Roy was born in Sault Ste. Marie (the "Soo"), Ontario. His parents owned a general store, initially in an Ojibway speaking community of Garden River, but they moved when he was a toddler to ensure the kids also learned to speak English. He attended school in the Soo where he participated in many sports. Roy's final high school year was spent at St. Andrew's College in Aurora, an experience he cherished forever. Major Roy E. Eddy, CD was a proud Canadian and a Second World War Veteran. Roy joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve one year before his eligibility. He served on HMCS Outremont, HMCS Stormont and the Aircraft Carrier HMS Puncher. He participated in the Battle of the Atlantic, D-Day and, later, Russian escort ship duties. After the war, Roy spent 42 years with Abitibi-Consolidated, first in the Soo and relocating to Mississauga in 1966. He later served in the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps for 25 years, departing the reserves at the rank of Major. In his retirement, he was passionate about speaking to students about WWII. Over the years, Roy would travel back to Holland and France many times to participate in Remembrance Day Celebrations, with his last trip being to Juno Beach in 2014 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Canadian D-Day Landings. He was blessed with a great sense of humour, humility and strong family values. Back in the day, it is said that he danced the jitter bug like no other. Roy will certainly be missed. The family wishes to extend a warm thank you to the staff, private personal support workers and facilities at Sunnybrook Veterans Home where Roy's creative side was explored through arts, ceramics, jewelry, music and photography. Memorial and burial services are being planned in his beloved Soo in the summer. (Toronto Star 10 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS OUTREMONT, HMCS STORMONT, HMS PUNCHER

CARTILE, Charlie - At the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Mr. Charles Edward Cartile of Ottawa, in his 83rd year. Husband of the late Glenda (Judge) Cartile, and the late Lee (Donaldson) Eaton. Father of Terry Cartile of Ottawa, Sheila and Glenn Wagner of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tammy and Dan Gervais of Ottawa, and Sean and Wendy Eaton of Listowel. Papa of Bobby, Amie, and Steven Corrigan, Lauren and Nicholas Gervais, and Quinton, Nicole, and Alyssa Eaton, and great-papa of Luke, Jayden, Tommy, and Jessie. Loved also by his sister Patsy Illsley of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his son Steven Cartile and sister Anne Cartile. A Celebration of Charlie's life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #593, Bells Corners, (4026 Old Richmond Road, Ottawa), on Sunday, March 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with words of remembrance at 3:00 p.m. Interment in Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa. Memorial donations to the Ottawa Humane Society would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel (Ottawa Citizen 10 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS HAIDA

DRUMMOND, Cecil William, C2SG, RCN / C.A.F. - After a valiant effort for life, Cec passed away at Hospice surrounded by his family on Monday, August 10, 1998. His constant optimism and courage gave his family and friends strength throughout his battle with kidney cancer. Our dear Cec will be forever missed by his loving family; wife, Glenna; daughters, Carollyn (Mike) Cross, Joanne (Greg) Davidson, Sandra Drummond; step-daughters, Kathryn Karst, Janet (David) Ricciuti, Rosemary Karst. A devoted grandfather to Matthew, Geoffrey, Rob, Jarrod, Kelly, Dominic and Lucas; he is also survived by his brothers, Leonard, Andrew, Robert and sister, Helen Cameron; and many nieces and nephews. Cec was born in Ferintosh, Alberta on July 10, 1932. He proudly served for 25 years in the Royal Canadian navy. His tour of duty included service in the Korean War for which he was awarded three medals of distinction. He retired having the rank of Master Warrant Officer in 1974. Cec then was employed for 23 years with Canada Pension Plan. Over the years he enjoyed curling, golf, fishing and patiently participated in many a home renovation. He was happiest and at most peace with his family and friends at his beloved Spider Lake. His great spirit will be felt in all his favourite places; his garden, Spider Lake and Canadian Tire. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Cec's life at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC. Mr. Gordon Thurston officiating. A reception will follow in the Sands Arbor Reception Centre. Following cremation, inurnment will take place in the Royal Oak Burial Park Columbarium at a later date. If friends so wish, donations in Cec's memory may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, BC or the charity of one's choice.

DAIGLE, Jules N. (Norm), Sto PO, V14375, RCNVR (served 16 Dec 1940 - 23 Nov 1945) - of Richmond, BC. Born 23 Jul 1917  Died 27 Dec 1998

DOW, William, CPO.GM, 2642 / Lt, RCN (served 27 Jan 1930 - 16 Oct 1959) - passed away April 4, 1999 at Victoria General Hospital. Predeceased by his dear mother, Mrs. Jenny Dow and sister, Peggy. Survived by his loving and caring wife, Bunny. Married 61 years. Bill was born in Edmonton, Alberta, November 29, 1911. Joined the RCN 1930. Bill served throughout the Second World War serving in the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, including the 66 Hour Battle. He was in the Gunnery Branch having numerous courses at HMS Excellent. He was a member of the Chief and Petty Officer's Association and had a lifetime membership of Ward Room Mess, Naden. We deeply appreciate the many kindnesses of Dr. Andrew Kiellerman, Dr. McKenzie and those dedicated Nurses on Floor 6 North, GVH. A very precious private service was held at his bedside. Flowers declined, cremation private.

DARCUS, Solomon Lionel George, P2LR2, RCN / LCdr, RCN(R) (served 14 Feb 1929 - 05 May 1960) - born May 5, 1910, passed away peacefully May 3, 1999. No memorial service. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, May 8 between 2-4 p.m. at his home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society or the BC Lung Association.

DELESALLE, Louis E., V30393, RCNVR (served 15 Nov 1940 - 19 Oct 1943) / P2BD, 15106-E, RCN (served 28 May 1951 - 09 Nov 1968) - died at home with loving family present on November 3, 1999 after a long illness. born at New Westminster on October 26, 1918, he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marcelle; sons, Frank, Philip (Janice); and grandchildren, Joshua, Katie, Nicholas, Amy and "Charlie". Louis served in the RCNVR and the RCN Naden Band until 1968. Special thanks to caregivers Mark and Randy and to Hospice personnel. Private family service will be held on Monday, November 8 at 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. at 338 Foul Bay Road, Victoria, BC. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Vancouver Island.

 

GOOSSEN, George, CPO.ET / LCdr, RCN (30 July 1932 - 27 Feb 2018) - It is with great sadness we share that George passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice after a brief aggressive bout with cancer. Born in Didsbury, AB the 5th of 9 children of Maria and Peter Goossen. He was a typical prairie boy playing hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer. In 1951 he joined the RCN and had a long and interesting career. In 1959 he married Colleen and they lovingly raised a son and two daughters. They enjoyed camping holidays, the trips back and forth across Canada and many family gatherings. The grandchildren enriched his life and he loved them dearly. Left to treasure his memory are his wife Colleen, son David (Shana), daughters Stephanie (Tony) and Tanya (David) and their families; as well as his siblings Jacob, Anne, Agnes & Mary; nephews and nieces; and dear friends. Rest in peace, George, Dad, Grandpa, after a life well lived! Don't worry, we'll guard the fort! A Service of Remembrance will be held at Cadboro Bay United Church on Saturday, March 17th at 2pm. 

 

Portrait of ET George Goossen     Photo of George Goossen

 

HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS TECUMSEH, HMCS PATRIOT (NHOAT)

DUNBAR, Francis John, LCdr, RCN - Born 06 Apr 1928, Hamilton, ON. Died 05 Mar 1999, Ottawa, ON.

HMS JAMAICA (1946), HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS CAYUGA

STARR, George Bernard (Bernie), DEMS (10 Apr 1926 - 04 Mar 2018) - It is with a sense of deep loss and profound sadness, that we announce the passing of our Dad, Bernie Starr, on March 4, 2018 at the Perley Rideau Veteran's Health Centre in Ottawa. Predeceased by his wife Irene Ratcliffe. Beloved father of Wendy (Jean Beausoleil) and Judy (Steve Leuty). Loving grandfather of Katherine (Keith), Matthew (Renee), Christopher, Valerie (Ben) and Paul (Steph). Great-grandfather of Kasper, Mina, Rory, Kylie and Hannah. Brother of Sally Faber; predeceased by brothers Kenneth and Victor Starr. Dad served in the RCN (DEMS) in WWII, then for many years as Procurement Specialist at Pratt & Witney. He was kind, warm and gentle person, known for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humour. He was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be missed. Friends and family are invited to visit at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 95 Lorne Ave. St-Lambert, QC, on Saturday, March 17 from 10-11 a.m. followed by a service and reception. Memorial donations to St. Barnabas Anglican Church or the Dementia Society would be greatly appreciated. (Montreal Gazette 10 Mar 2018)

HUGHES, Robin Laughlin, Brigadier General, RN, RCN, RCAF - Passed away on March 3, 2018 at the age of 92 years after 40 plus years in the Royal Navy, Canadian Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force. Military service was followed by long and varied retirement. He is survived by his Wife of 70 years, Diana, daughter, Elizabeth and son, Ian. At his request there will be no services. (Victoria Times Colonist 08 Mar 2018)

 

HMS IMPLACABLE, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS SKEENA

MURRAY, Lee F. - Former Director - Canadian War Museum WWII Veteran - Royal Canadian Navy It is with profound sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Lee F. Murray on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in his 98th year. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Cherished father of Rosemary (the late Gaston Lachapelle) and Eva (Allan Findlay). Proud grandfather of Erika, Clélie and Joan Lee. Loving great-grandfather to Ilan, Aven, Sam and Olivia. Dear brother to Allan, David and Dorothy, predeceased by his brothers Robert and Lewis, his sisters Irene and Lenore. He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa, on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Inurnment Pinecrest Cemetery. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow in the Pinecrest Solarium.  (Ottawa Citizen 07 Mar 2018)

PARKER, William (06 Dec 1925 - 04 Mar 2018) - Calgary, AB. It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Bill Parker. Bill is fondly remembered for his kind and gentle ways. He was affable and unassuming, warmly socializing with others in activities that ranged from family gatherings to time spent on the golf course. He enjoyed a good joke, stories and Rusty Nails. Bill was a native Calgarian, the second of three children. He lived here his entire life, save for a year spent in Scotland as a child. Upon his graduation from high school, he served with the Canadian Navy. When he returned to Calgary, Bill married Dora Gies and they raised a family of three children. The family has many happy memories of summers spent camping at Shuswap and Wasa Lakes. Bill was a strong provider for his young family and he worked as a draftsman at Amerada Oil and Gas then later as a landman with Pan Ocean and Marathon Oil and Gas. Golf was an important part of Bill's life and he showed mastery and a competitive spirit. He won many tournaments throughout his lifetime and was a member of the Inglewood Golf Club for sixty-five years. He played right up to last season. Bill passed on many lessons to his family, the importance of hard work and persistence, the value of a dollar, attention to detail, and finding enjoyment in the small moments in life. His legacy lives on in the warm memories of a life well lived. Bill was predeceased by Dora in 1998 and his sister Nan in 2016. He is survived by his three children Don (Caroline) Parker, Jim (Sheree) Parker and Leanne (Gerry) Erickson; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bill lives in our hearts forever. The family has planned a small private service on March 14. In living memory of Bill Parker, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 09 Mar 2018)

RUSSELL, James (Jim), P1WS, RCN - was born in Scotland on October 25, 1925 and passed away at Victoria Hospice on February 25, 2018 after a short battle with Larynx Cancer. Survived by his grandchildren Heidi (Eric), Jamie (Aimee), Jodene, great-grandson Matthias and caring neighbours Dave and Jackie Hall. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy, 3 children; Bonnie, Jimmy and Marilyn and his loyal poodles, Miko and Zoey. Jim served in the Canadian Navy and fought in World War II; he retired as the manager of the Colwood Pub. Jim was known to his navy buddies as Scotty and to just about everyone else as grandpa. He was famous for his quick wit, great sense of humour and carrying candies in his pocket for kids and waitresses alike. Jim enjoyed working in the garden and taking day trips to Butterfly World and Dan's Farm to feed the goats with his great-grandson Matthias. No funeral by request. (Victoria Times Colonist 06 Mar 2018)

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS NEW WATERFORD, Fisherman's Reserve Vessel / CNAV EHKOLI, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS MARGAREE

SPENCE, Keith L. (19 Mar 1927 - 07 Mar 2018) - Our loving father slipped peacefully away at home with family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 90 years. As the end neared, he still had his smile and wit. Left to cherish his memory are his four children, Wanda (Rick) Ashmore, Doug (Sharon) Spence, Warren (Mary) Spence and Terri Ptolemy as well as grandchildren; Ricky, Spence, Sydney, Jarret, Norah, Eva and ten great grandchildren. Surviving him is his brother Ron, nieces and nephews and estranged wife and dear friend, Jan Spence. Dad was predeceased by his parents Harry and Ethel, four brothers; Beverly, Garry, Leonard (John) and Wayne and two sisters, Lorraine and Irene. Dad was born in the Laura district of Saskatchewan on March 19, 1927. The family moved to the Greenridge area of MB in 1932. Dad joined the armored corps of the Canadian Military on his 18th birthday in 1945. He trained as a tank driver at Camp Borden Ontario. He also spent a short time in the navy in BC, where he decided he would set his roots. He moved to BC to work in Princeton where he met his first wife, Lois Bell, and shortly after the birth of their first child moved to Victoria where he started up his own electrical business, Spence Electric, which he operated until his retirement in 1993. Back in the day, Dad enjoyed playing team darts with his many friends and in his retirement loved to garden, putter in his yard and help his family and neighbors with his handyman skills. Dad was the first one there if you needed a helping hand. He was also an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and he loved to read and to tell amusing stories from his younger days. In compliance with Keith's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held and a private family service will be held at his home at a later date. The family would like to thank the palliative response team and the Hospice team as well as the VHU nurses. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Keith's memory to the Canadian Cancer Agency. (Victoria Times Colonist 08 Mar 2018)

SPROULE, Oliver Jack (06 Feb 1931 - 27 Feb 2018) - The family of Jack Sproule is saddened to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jack, on the afternoon of February 27, 2018. Jack leaves behind his wife of 67 years Edna (Uhrich), his three sons Donald, David, and Stephen (Arlene), his grandchildren Angela (Frank), Anthony (Stefanie), Rebeka (Nathan), and Christopher, as well as 8 great-grandchildren and many friends. Jack was predeceased by his father, Roy and mother, Lucy Sproule. Jack was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, residing in the city all his life. He served in the Saskatoon Light Infantry Army Reserve and the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve during and following his secondary education. He was employed as a Lineman for the Saskatchewan Government Telephone Company for two years, following which he began his career with the Saskatoon Fire Department where he worked for 37 years, retiring with the rank of Supervisor of Training in 1989. Following his retirement, Jack provided training on life saving breathing equipment for staff at Intercontinental Packers as well as several of Saskatchewan's potash mining companies. Jack commenced his Masonic Career in November 1970, and was a life member of the Masonic Order, serving in various capacities and offices for over 47 years. He was a former member of the Wa Wa Temple of the Mystic Order of Nobles of the Shrine from 1979 to 2001, serving as President and Past President of the Saskatoon Shrine Club during this period. Jack enjoyed many summers at the family cabin at Emma Lake. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his face would light up around his great-grandchildren. He had a love for children in general, as well as all animals, especially dogs, the history of World Wars I and II, bird watching, and music. He lived a good, long life with many great accomplishments. Jack spent the last year of his life as a resident of Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon, and the family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff for the excellent care provided to Jack during this time and their compassion following his passing. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Saskatoon SPCA. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 08 Mar 2018)

STANLEY, Murray Eldon, P2RM / LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. - Born August 8, 1939 in London, died 07 Mar 2018 in Halifax, NS, age 78 years. He was the oldest son of Mary and Eldon Stanley (of Grand Bend, Ont.). Murray was predeceased by his brother, Wayne. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Judy (Duggan); daughter, Karen Salandini (Terry), Aldergrove, B.C.; sons, Charles (Shirley), Vancouver, B.C.; Mark (Sara), Carleton Place, Ont.; granddaughters, Kate Salandini, Aldergrove, B.C.; Paige and Ava Stanley, Carleton Place, Ont.; sister, Darlene, Almonte, Ont.; brothers, Darryl (Denise), Callander, Ont.; Guy (Jayne), Shelburne, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. Murray joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959 and served for 36 years. Fly-fishing with his friend Bob, gardening, woodworking and woodcarving were some of the many things that he enjoyed. Visitation in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Drive today, Monday, March 12th from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. Funeral service Tuesday March 13th at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Rd. We wish to especially thank the team on 5B for their outstanding professional care and keeping Murray smiling. In lieu of flowers, donations to Chalice or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

FULLER, Eugene Milton, AB, V8808, RCNVR, killed - 29 Apr 1944, HMCS ATHABASKAN - Born 07 Apr 1920 son of John Robert and Wilhelmina Frith, London, ON.  AB Fuller is buried in the Plouecat Communal Cemetery, Finistere, France.

 

Eugene Milton Fuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Fuller, lost his life on April 29, 1944, when H.M.C.S. Athabaskan was sunk by enemy action. After his enlistment in the R.C.N.V.R. in Hamilton in 1941, and after his training at Hamilton and Halifax, the young sailor saw a great deal of active service. One of his most thrilling experiences was the part he played in rescuing three airmen whose plane crashed into the North Sea. A/B Fuller was at the time returning to his ship after being ashore to secure mail from H.M.C.S. Niobe, Grennock, Scotland, when he saw the helpless airmen. He then dived into the sea and brought out three and tried in vain to reach the fourth flier, even risking his life by going into the plane when it was under water. For his heroism and courage he was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Medal and Ribbon and Scroll. He was wounded in September, 1943, when the Athabaskan was bombed by enemy planes in the Bay of Biscay. Born in Brantford, April 07, 1920, Eugene attended King Edward School and the Collegiate Institute. He also completed a course at the Brantford Business College and upon graduation was employed at Proctor Packers Ltd. Later he clerked at Loblaw's Groceteria Company, Ltd. He was a member of Wesley United Church. It was at the Y.M.C.A. that he pursued his interest in swimming and became a very skillful skater.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

ACORN, John James Acorn, V1589, RCNVR (served 1941-1945) - Born: 10 Jul 1923  Died: 23 Jun 1953

 

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(1) Portrait of John Acorn  (2) Trade badges and medals of John Acorn  (3) Letter from 02 Aug 1941 directing John Acorn to report for his medical  (4) L/Sto John J. Acorn V/1589, HMCS Athabaskan G07, passed his course for Stoker PO  (5) Newspaper article announcing L/Sto Acorn missing after the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07  (6) POW dog tag for John James Acorn # 1321 - Marlage & Milag Nord  (7 & 8) A letter from John Acorn to his mother while he was a POW  (9 & 10) Letter from the Red Cross to John's mother letting her know that her letter and parcel could not be delivered to John as he had been liberated  (11) Announcement of John's death as a result of a mill accident.  (12) obituary for John Acorn

 

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

MILSOM, Patrick Sproull, M.B.E., Lt, RCNVR / LCdr, RCN(R) - Died 25 Apr 1992

 

RCNVR DIVISION TORONTO, HMCS WEYBURN, HMCS YORK

BONDY, Joseph Henry (07 Feb 1929 - 03 Mar 2012) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, Pipi and brother, Joe. After a courageous battle with cancer, Joe passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on March 3, 2012 at the age of 83. Forever loved by his wife Stella with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted and cherished dad of Shirley, Joe (Karen), Tom (Jo-Ann). Predeceased by his parents Dona and Oscar Bondy. Beloved Pipi of Jennifer (Mike) Mathieson, Chris (Laurian), Michelle Pattenden, Sammy (Andrew), Justin Bondy, Dennis (Emily) Bondy and Step-Pipi of Ryan and Clinton Deslippe. Dear brother of Virginia, Margaret, Leonard (Catherine), Paul (Angie), Richard (Denise), Pat (Kaye), John (Rhonda), Tom (Classie), Tim (Debbie) and predeceased by his brother Bob (Sandra). Loved brother-in-law of Catherine (Dave) Shaw, Beverley (late Eric) Beaver, Shirley Bendel, Charles and the late Jeanie Wambolt. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Joe served in the R.C.N., was a member of the K. of C., R.C. Legion and the AMA Sportsman Club. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held March 10, 2012 at St. John the Baptist Church, 225 Brock St. Amherstburg. Visitation will take place at the Church at 10 a.m., with a mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. "Joe, you will always be in our minds and in our hearts". In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Transition to Betterness would be greatly appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the James H. Sutton Funeral HOme, 401 Sandwich St., South, Amherstburg. A tree will be planted in memory of Joe in the Sutton

 

May have served in HMCS MAGNIFICENT and at HMCS SHEARWATER

DIXON, Gilbert Louis (Bud), C2SN, 6373-E, RCN (served 04 Oct 1946 - 15 Nov 1971) (1929-2000) - Crossed the Bar October 29, 2000. Bud retired from the RCN in 1971 after 25 years as a CPO2 Sonarman, and was a Korean Veteran. He retrained and went to work for the Department of Highways in 1974, and retired from BC Ferries in 1990. Bud was an avid golfer and was a member of the Comox Golf Club. S.O.B. (Sweet Old Bud) will be remembered for his humour and easy-gong nature. Bud is survived by his wife "Jo" Kathleen; daughters: Debbie (Dave) Koch, Prescott, Arizona, Cherie (Mike) Laplante, Three Hills, AB and Melanie (Colin) Dixon, London, England; sons: Glen (Robin) Dixon, Texas, Rany (Joan) Dixon, LA, California, and Ken Dixon, Ladysmith, BC; grandchildren Jordan (Rebecca) Orallo, Prescott, Arizona, R.J. Duprez, Flagstaff, Arizona, Derek Duprez, Prescott, Arizona, Louis Koch, Prescott, Arizona, Joshua Laplante, Three Hills, AB, and Gabriel Laplante, Three Hills, AB. There will be a graveside service in Cumberland Cemetery on Wednesday, November 1st, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. with Padre Duke Warren officiating. Arrangement in care of Piercy's Funeral Home.

DOWLE, Howard C. (Ozzie), C2GI, 3374-E, RCN (served 24 Mar 1938 - 16 Apr 1961) - of Oliver, BC. Born 12 Jan 1920  Died 11 Jun 2000.

DUFOUR, George, Lt (E), RCN - died peacefully on September 20, 2000 in Victoria. born on January 27, 1909 in Quebec City. He served for 35 years as an engineer in the Royal Canadian Navy. George was a unique individual, with a passion for sailing. Predece3ased by his beloved wife, Pat; and caring daughter, Nan Michelle. Survived by sons, George and Steve (Diane); and granddaughter, Brandy. The family would like to especially thank the staff of Glengarry Hospital. Friends can pay their respects at McCall Bros. Chapel, on Sunday, September 24, at 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:30-8;30 pm. Funeral service Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 2:00 pm in St. Mary's Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Avenue. Conducted by Canon david McKay. Interment to follow overlooking the sea at Ross Bay Cemetery. Donations in George's memory may be made to the Sail and Life Training Society, Box 5014, Stn. B, Victoria, BC.

 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM, HMCS ONTARIO

DAY, Harvey Gordon, C1ER, RCN - husband of the late Marjorie (Parks) day, was born the 5th of 11 children on January 23, 1919 in Sperling, BC. He died on December 28, 2000 in Victoria, BC. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence and Gisele and Gary and Diana; his sisters , Matilda Rouleau and Ellen Soderstrom; his brothers, Jack day and Melville Day, and four grandchildren: Tony, Kelly-Anne, Darrin and Steven. His family and many longtime friends including Dolly McIntyre and his nephew, friend and fishing partner, Barry Rouleau, will sorely miss him. Harvey served in the engineering branch of the navy from the outbreak of the Second World War through 1964, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class in 1947. he held that rank until he retired as the highest-ranking non-commissioned officer in the Navy. Returning to Victoria he worked at Yarrows and then the Dockyard for the next 15 years. His family and friends will also remember Harvey as an inventor. The Canadian government present him with an award for his design improvements for Navy ships. Harvey was an avid fisherman, golfer and curler. He was a founding member of the Victoria Curling Club and enjoyed many an afternoon of card playing with his fellow members. He and his team won numerous curling trophies, including the Canadian Legion National Championships in Ottawa in the 1960's. After retiring, Harvey spent much of his time traveling to Connecticut to see his family, and to Las Vegas and Arizona to enjoy the slots and the sun. A service celebrating Harvey's life will be held at First Memorial adjacent to Royal Oak Cemetery, on Wednesday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Harvey's name to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

DUFFNER, David (Duffy), CD, RCN / C.A.F. (served 02 Jan 1958 - 19 Jan 1982) (05 Feb 1937 - 03 Feb 2001) - our loving father, late of Victoria, assed away in the arms of his family on February 3, 2001 at the age of 63 years. He leaves to cherish his memory, Norma; his two children; David Duffner and Toni (Darrell) Downey of Victoria; one grandson, Devon; numerous other relatives and many friends. Service of remembrance will be held on Friday, February 9 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Memorial Chapel in Victoria. A reception will follow at the Chief and PO's Mess in Esquimalt at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or charity of choice.

DREW, Colin A., C2CI, 4804-E, RCN (16 Oct 1918 - 07 Mar 2001) Remembered always with love by his wife, Leona; daughters, Margaret (Al) Isaac, Kathryn; grandchildren, Leanne and Colin. Survived by brother, Gordon; several nieces and nephews, and faithful pal, Midnite. Safe dive, Chief! Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 2 pm at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lilooet Rd., North Vancouver. Donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, North Vancouver.

DAY, Ralph Hugh, C2ER, 38416-E, / LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. (served 07 Aug 1957 - 15 Jan 1987) - born in Winnipeg, MB, August 11, 1938, passed away peacefully in his home June 5, 2001, after a valiant battle with cancer. Ralph was the third child of Hubert and Mildred Day and was raised in Old Kildonan until the age of 11 when the family moved to River Heights in the city of Winnipeg. Ralph served 30 years in the Royal Canadian navy before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Ralph then became the Chief of Works, Engineering and Maintenance Services for the Solicitor General of Canada, at William Head Institution near Victoria. After 12 and a half years at William Head Ranch decided to retire, which gave him 42 and a half years of Federal Service. Ralph had many interests and activities during his life and was a member of many organizations such as: Lions Club - 22 years, Royal Canadian Legion - 25 years, The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers, The Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, The Victoria Ship Building Society, The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, The Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Ralph's main pastime was motorcycling which started when he was 16 years old with the purchase of a 90cc James and ended with a beautiful red 1992 1500cc Goldwing, which gave him many hours of pleasure. Ralph's main passion in his life was his family. Predeceased by his parents, Ralph leaves behind many friends and family. He has a sister Dorothy, brothers Glen, Dennis, Bruce and Jim. He has a son Bob of Lake Cowichan and a daughter Kristine of Abbottsford who between them gave him six grandchildren Sara, Katie, Cheryl, Thomas, Troy and Taylor. And finally a very special companion and love of his life, his wife, Elizabeth, who did everything humanly possible to ensure Ralph could enjoy peace and happiness before and during his battle with cancer. A very special thanks to all those who participated in Ralph's treatment and care with such compassion. May God bless you all. A celebration of life will be held at Legion 91, 761 Station Road, on Saturday, June 9, at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Cancer Society or the Victoria Hospice Society. "Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Until we meet again. We love you Ralph"

DAWSON, John H. (Jack), A/S Art, V40433, RCNVR (served 01 Jun 1942 - 22 Nov 1945) - of Saskatoon, SK. Born 21 Mar 1922  Died 01 Dec 2001

DWINNELL, Donald Edward, P2RP, 33422-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 18 Oct 1956 - 11 Aug 1979) - Born in Archibald, Saskatchewan, April 3, 1938, passed away in Victoria, BC on March 30, 2002. Left to mourn his loss are his wife, Colleen; son, Darrin (Karen) Dwinnell; daughter, Dawn (David) Veach; grandson, Kaiden Veach; three step-daughters, Tracy (Curtis), Tara (Scott), Tonya (Jason) and six grandchildren; brother, Tim (Judy) Dwinnell; sisters, Ina (Peter), Lynn (David) and Francis; and numerous other beloved relatives and friends. A service will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets on Friday, April 5, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch #91, 761 Station Rd., Langford, BC. Flowers gratefully declined. Those so wishing may make a donation to the charity of your choice.

DUNN, Donald Joseph, C2WR, RCN - 74, 352 Pleasant St., Yarmouth, succumbed to ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease) June 13, 2002, in Yarmouth, Regional Hospital. Born in North Bay, Ont., he was a son of the late Mike and Ella (Madore) Dunn. He retired from the RCN and joined the Public Service in Ottawa as a computer specialist. He was a member of the Yarmouth Lions Club. He was a life member of the Gatineau Gliding Club, Pendleton, Ont. and also a member o the Flying Association, Yarmouth. He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Blades; grandchildren, Jennifer Robertson, Alberta; Michael Dunn, Kelowna, B.C.; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn MacLachlan, North Bay, Ont.; Catherine, London, Ont. He was predeceased by his son, Wayne; brother, Bill. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel, Father Chinedu Chuckwu officiating. Interment in Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery.

 

HEITTOLA, Elmer John (Alymer) - of Emsdale. Born October 31, 1935. Died peacefully at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Thursday April 2, 2015 at the age of 79. Mr. Elmer Heittola, beloved husband of Annie Heittola (nee Appleyard). Dear father of Ronald Heittola (Norma), Donna Weigl (late Frank), Roger Heittola and Carl Heittola (Donna). Loving grandfather of Angela Heittola (Matthew McNally), Karen Clarke (Len), Rachel Heittola, Matthew Heittola and great grandfather of Abigail, Noah, Nathaniel, Maylea, Jacob, Benjamin, Amber Sky and Nicholas. Cherished brother of Betty Carrier (Bert), Faye Nelson (Lloyd), Kenny Heittola (Janine) and predeceased by parents Harvey and Phyllis Heittola and brother Don Heittola. Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive visitors at the Opatovsky Funeral Home - Dempster Chapel, 210 Ontario Street in Burk's Falls on Thursday April 23, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. A service to celebrate the life of the late Mr. Heittola will be conducted in the chapel commencing at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday April 23, 2015 with Reverend Richard McQuillin officiating Spring interment at the Emsdale United Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

 

CHASE, Harvey Allen, C1WU, RCN / C.A.F. - age 87, of Herring Cove, passed away March 5, 2018, in Camphill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Blytheswood, Ont., he was a son of the late Russell and Eliza (Smith) Chase. Allen served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years, including 14 years in submarines and served 10 years as a Deputy Sheriff. Al and his wife, Peggy, loved to travel and spent time in various Caribbean Islands, five winters in Florida and their outings to the Casino. He enjoyed fishing and rabbit snaring in Herring Cove. He is survived by children, Heather, Cinda and David; granddaughter, Michelle Pelham; grandson, Christian Pelham; great-grandson, Austin and Ryder; sisters, Louise Reid and Dorothy Matthews. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy; son, Danny; brother, Delbert; sister, Joyce; and stepsons, Larry and Kevin Pelham. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. Graveside service will be held Friday, April 20th, 10 a.m., in St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Herring Cove. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS ONONDAGA, HMCS OJIBWA

HILLIER, John Elmer (Jack), CD, RCN / C.A.F. - passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones that he laughed with, lived for and loved on March 10, 2018, at the age of 86, in Strait Richmond Hospital. Jack will be sadly missed by his children: daughters, Debra (Mark) Cooper, Havre Boucher; Joy (Vaughn) Resch, Fort McMurray, Alta.; his sons, Steve Hillier, Athabasca, Alta.; Brad (Cheri) Hillier, Fort McMurray, Alta.; his grandchildren, Uriah, Oakley, Nicholas, Jennifer, Todd, Ben, Dylan and Jacob; by his great-grandchildren, Chase, Coen, Izzie, Kane, Logan, Lucas, Aila and Kingston. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Verona (Nona), who he was married to for 62 years; and by his parents, Elmer and Ruby Hillier; his brothers, Robert and Norman Hillier and his sister, Joy Butler-Henderson. Jack was born on December 13, 1931, at home in Lemington, Ont. He worked with his father on their tobacco farm, until he joined the Royal Canadian Navy on August 30, 1950. He was a Korean War veteran and he loved his time served in the navy until January 23, 1972, when he retired. After his career in the military, he went on to work for the Nova Scotia Power Commission in Port Hawksbury, for an additional 19 years. He retired full-time after that and spent the rest of his life in Louisdale, Cape Breton. Jack was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch Number 47 out of Grand Anse for 45 years and was also a past member of the Louisdale Lions Club. Jack was smart, sharp, witty, well-informed and he loved a good debate. He never stopped loving his wife and children and he was blessed to be cared for by his brother and sisters-in-law during his widowed years. A special thanks goes out to the awesome, kind and dedicated nurses in the Emergency Ward at Straight Richmond Hospital. Your care went above and beyond and will never be forgotten. Visitation will take place on March 15th from 6-9 p.m. in Glen Sampson Room in Louisdale. A celebration of his life will be held on March 16th at 3 p.m. in the St. Louis Church in Louisdale with Rev. Joe Mackenzie officiating. Reception will follow in the St. Louis Parish Hall in Louisdale. Memorial donations can be made to Strait Richmond Hospital. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home Ltd. in Arichat. 

NEWMAN, Clyde William, CPO, RCNVR - Passed away suddenly at Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Saturday, November 7, 1964. Clyde William Newman, beloved husband of Hilda Mitchell, formerly of Mount Dennis; dear father of Fred and Marjorie (Mrs. Jack Gilbert); brother of Harry, Marie (Mrs. W.G. Beech); Lydia (Mrs. Jackson). Resting at Flynn's Funeral Residence, 1273 Weston Rd. Service Tuesday at 3 o'clock. Interment Riverside Cemetery. Parking entrance 2 Ray Avenue.

 

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(1) Clyde Newman in Halifax waiting for his first ship - HMCS Fort William  (2) Couple that Clyde billeted with while waiting for HMCS Fort William  (3) Clyde (left) and Kelly in Halifax  (4) Walt Beech (centre) others unknown  (5) Clyde (right) others unknown at park in Halifax  (6) Clyde (right). Chief on left committed suicide by jumping off ship. It's not known which ship he was on at the time.

 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM, HMCS KITCHENER

GOOD, Jack Williamson, C1SG, RCN / C.A.F. - It is with great sadness the family of Jack Williamson Good (born January 12, 1938) announce his passing on March 13, 2018 at Valleyhaven Guest Home. Jack leave behind his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia (nee Griffin), his five children Jacqueline (Jim) David (Sharra), Tracey, Leah (Daryl), & Judi. Grandchildren Chris, Josh, Jaime, Sarah, Allen, Janis, Hailey, Josh, Jade, Jenna, Kyana, David, Kevin & Charlene. Three great-grandchildren Cohen, Serenity, and Jackson (with three more coming soon). Sisters, Kitty, MaryAnn, Gloria (Jim), brother Donald (Sylvia), Father in law Mike, sister in law Gale * many more extended family members. Dad proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy and after retiring in 1980 owned several businesses before becoming a realtor in Manitoba, Victoria, and finally Chilliwack. He is a past president of Branch #4 Legion and officiated many Remembrance Day services for the city. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4, Chilliwack, BC on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Angus Haggarty officiating. No flowers by request, if desired donations can be made in Jack's memory to the Terry Fox Foundation.

 

HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS JAMES BAY, HMCS YUKON, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS SKEENA

McADAM, George - Died 04 Apr 2016

 

HMCS UGANDA

HALL-HUMPHERSON, David, Able Seaman - On January 1, 2006 in his 80th year. David, son of Nellie Hall (Humpherson) the British Suffragette and brother to Peter Hall-Humpherson. David served aboard HMCS Prince Robert during the end of WW II. David, a graduate of Ontario College of Art, OCA (now OCAD) joined the permanent teaching staff in 1950. David had already established his reputation as a professional designer-artist in the advertising community. DHH became the Dean of the Foundation Studies Department, Interim Head of Communication and Design and finished his years at OCA as President. David was the first recipient of the A. J. Casson Award for Distinguished Service honoured by the Alumni Association in 1986. DHH is remembered by his students as an inspirational and dedicated teacher. David will be missed by his many friends, colleagues and family. If desired, donations in memory of David can be made to the David Hall-Humpherson Scholarship, c/o Karen Henry, OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1W1. (Cheques made out to Ontario College of Art and Design or OCAD). Arrangements by the Allison Funeral Home, Port Hope, ON (905-885-5611).

 

Self portrait of Able Seaman Hall-Humpherson (Source: Canadian War Museum)

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT

 

VARRIN, H. Murray (Tib), CD, PO.MM, V27102, RCNVR / 19118, RCAF (served RCNVR - 02 May 1941 - 20 Sep 1945) - Born 26 Feb 1921  Died 03 Jun 1997. Awards and Decorations:  1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star with France and German clasp, War Medal and Canadian Forces Decoration.

 

In a letter he wrote to his sister while in hospital in Great Britain after leaving Ostend, he commented that he was blown into the harbour and learned to swim in 2 seconds. Another comment was that he had been in the habit of “borrowing” Wrens rubber boots because they were not as loose as issued boots. Unfortunately when blown into the harbour with flames all around, he was unable to jettison those boots and received severe burns to his lower legs and feet.

 

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(1) Portrait of Seaman Varrin  (2) Photo of PO Varrin  (3) 29th MTB Flotilla Christmas card Murray sent home in Dec 1944 (note: this card was designed by Cdr (then Lt) Tony Law)  (4) Hospital Discharge from RCNH Niobe for PO.MM Varrin

 

Below - Twelve letters from Murray Varrin to his family from 1942 till 1945 - transcribed by Larry Varrin

11 Feb 1942

16 Feb 1943

18 Sep 1943

10 Dec 1943

07 May 1944

27 May 1944

15 Jun 1944

 

31 Oct 1944

18 Dec 1944

04 Feb 1945

10 Feb 1945

06 Mar 1945

 

MTB 462, MTB 459

DAVIS, Frank Clifford, P1ERA, RCN -  passed away peacefully at home on December 22, 2002 in his 82nd year. Survived by his wife Jenny (nee Hyslop) and sons Michael (Anne), Howard (Catherine) and Brent (Wendy); eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Wakesiah Gospel Chapel, 170 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 3J9, at 2:00 p.m. on January 4, 2003. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Frank C. Davis to Camp Imadene, Box 347, Mesachie Lake, B.C. V0R 2N0. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 Dec 2002)

DUNPHY, Gene Lewis, P2EM, 10059-E, RCN (served 22 Aug 1950 - 22 Aug 1960) - Of Edmonton, AB. Born 13 Jul 1933. He passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at the age of 68 years. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife, Brenda; sons, Murray (Monika) of Port Coquitlam, Jim (Louise), John, and Scott (Barb) all of Edmonton; grandchildren, Jason and Kelsey of Port Coquitlam, Nicole and Matthew of Edmonton; great-grandchild, Robin of Edmonton; brother, Barry (Marg) of Salmon Arm, BC; sister, Nina (Bill) Walker of Kamloops; long-time dear friends, Jack and Norma Williams of Langley, BC; in-laws, Baden Butler, Mel Shiplawy, Hugh (Thelma) Owen and Joyce Dunphy; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. At Gene's request, no service will be held. A wake to celebrate Gene's life will take place at a later date. Cremation has taken place. Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel 484-5500 (Edmonton Journal 03 Jul 2002)

 

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