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)


DEMPSTER, Lawrence Atherton (Moose), C2BN, 3782-E, RCN (served 15 Jul 1940 - 15 Jul 1961) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend on September 24th, 2002. He passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his bedside. Laurie was born in Chase, BC, on October 7th, 1921. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. After his retirement from the Navy in 1961 he joined the BC Ferries where he worked until his retirement in 1982. He was a quiet, loyal and dedicated person and will be sorely missed by all that knew him. He was a member of the Haida Association and the Chiefs and PO's Association. Laurie is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Audrey; his daughter Beverly (Jack) Sinclair, his two sons Kevin and Rick (Lourdes) and his granddaughters Amanda, Tiffany and Laurie. He was predeceased by his loving sister Eileen in June 2001. The family would like to thank the Victoria Hospice Society and Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford for the wonderful and loving care they gave Dad in his final days at home. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Victoria Hospice Society would be greatly appreciated. A private memorial service will be held.


HMCS CAYUGA - Served in CAYUGA in 1950-51 as a C2BN

DOBELL, Sidney A., P1ER, 21947-E, RCN (served 02 Jun 1941 - 02 Jun 1961) (25 Mar 1920 - 29 Jul 2003) - Forever Young - Thanks to friend Pearl, grandsons Deric and Mike, son in law John and Daughter Laverne, Sid had his wish to stay at home until he was able to leave us. He fought a brave battle with the same disease that took his lovely Doris in 1969. Also known as the Whistler, Twinkle Toes, or Pops he leaves behind so many memories. Sid always said he lived his life in the way he wanted to, had no regrets, and what a wonderful life it was. We'll all miss you Thanks to: Community nurses Katie, Laurie, and dear Pat, our home support Aulf, hospice nurse Georgie, and Dr. Garnett. To wonderful Maggie who just arrived and silently took care of us. Ray, Anne-Marie, Angie, Janice, Gene, and Mike who helped to make the day a little easier and the Snow Birds for the pass over. Thursday, August 7, 2003, 1:30 PM - Graveside Prayers (Hatley Memorial Gardens, 2050 Sooke Rd.). 3:30 PM - Service - McCall Bros. (1400 Vancouver St.). Celebration of Life to follow (Willis Point Community Hall - 6933 Willis Point Rd.) Flowers or donations to Hospice or Cancer Research gratefully accepted. (Victoria Times Colonist 06 Aug 2003)

DUSSAULT, Pierre A., C1ET, 1402-H, RCN / C.A.F. (served 25 Jul 1949 - 24 Nov 1974) - Of Victoria, BC. Born 22 Feb 1930  Died 29 Oct 2003

DAHL, Ronald Martin, C1WS, RCN / C.A.F. (served 04 Sep 1951 - 09 Jul 1982) - passed away on March 15, 2004 at Glenwood Rest Home in Agassiz, BC, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ronald was born on July 19, 1934 in Vancouver, BC. Ron is survived by his loving family, wife Barbara, children, Ron (Chyrl), Shannon, stepchildren, Caroline (Chris) and Stephen, grandchildren, Tanya, Renee, Dylan, Jake and Roni. Ron was predeceased by his parents and his two sisters. Ron had a long and distinguished career of 31 years as a Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. His passions in life were his family, golf history and gardening. Missy and Mulligan were his faithful canine partners and spent many hours walking together. A Memorial Service for Ron will be held on Friday, March 19, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, followed by a reception at Cultus Lake Golf Course. If family and friends so desire, donations may be made to the Chilliwack Hospice Society Building Fund or the local SPCA. (Vancouver Sun 19 Mar 2004)

DONALDSON, Harry, C2ER - passed away April 7, 2004 after a long struggle with Parkinson's. He was born in Brechin, Scotland, January 31, 1921. At age 2 he came to Rossland / Trail with his parents. At age 17 he started work at Cominco, obtaining his Journeyman Machinist certification. He served in the navy as an E.R.A with the rank of C.P.O. Harry returned to Rossland, where he again worked at Cominco, until 1955 when he came to Victoria. Here he worked at Dockyard D.N.D until his retirement in 1979. He was predeceased by his son Rob in 1976. He will be missed by Jennie his wife of 48 years, daughter Heather, son Mark (Maki) and grandson Connor. He will also be missed by Aleta and David, and Jeannine, and Bruce. Survived by his sister Jean Matheson of Rossland, neice Donna Jean (Don), and nephew Scott (Linda); his brother Art (Dag), and nephews David, (Sharon) and Richard (Bobbi), great nephew Brett (Lacey). Harry enjoyed golf, curling and fishing. He was a longtime member at Gorge Vale Golf Course and is well known for his long drives. He was a member of the Victoria Curling Club, where he once skipped his team to an 8 -Ender. After retirement, he and Jennie traveled extensively in Canada and abroadand took many trips with the Canadian Seniors International Golfers. He was a quiet modest man with a great sense of humour. We all loved him and will miss him very much. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, Purdy Pavilion, 2221 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC., V6T 2B5. A celebration of Harry's life will be held at The Gorge Vale Golf Course, Saturday, May 8th from 2-4pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Apr 2004)

DZEOBA, Steve, P1FC, 5884-E, RCN (served 12 Mar 1946 - 15 May 1951 / 15 Aug 1955 - 10 Jun 1978) - passed away peacefully in Victoria on March 14, 2004 with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Irene; brother Harry of Dryden, Ontario; sister-in-law Edna of Nanoose Bay, B.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Steve served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years. He later became a Deputy Sheriff for the B.C. government and finished his working career as an employee of the B.C. Liquor Control Board. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 31 years and a life member of the Chief and Petty Officer's Mess. Steve will long be remembered by his many friends for his wonderful sense of humour. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Sealey and Mary Ann for their care and support throughout Steve's long and courageous battle with cancer. A private family service will be held in his honour. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made in Steve's memory to the Victoria Hospice (3rd Floor, Richmond Pavilion, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, V8R 1J8) or the charity of one's choice. 'Forever in our hearts, we will always love you.' (Victoria Times Colonist 19 Mar 2004)




HMCS MACKENZIE - Served in Mackenzie c1976-1979 as a PO1

GARNETT, James Smith (Jim) (11 Dec 1923 - 07 Mar 2018) - passed away peacefully at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre on March 7, 2018, at the age of 94 years. He was a resident of Woodland Courts for the last eight years. Jim was a lifelong resident of Selkirk and married Reba Keppy in 1946. For most of their married lives, they lived at 208 Dorchester Avenue. Reba passed away in 2011. Jim has one son, Robert who is married to Donelda (LaRoque) where they reside in East Selkirk. There are two grandchildren, Jeffrey Garnett who lives in Dauphin and Debra Kuzminski in Winnipeg. Debra is married to Paul Kuzminski and they have four children: Matthew, Joshua, Jenna and Ashley. Jim worked at the Manitoba Rolling Mill for 43 years with most of his service being spent in the melt shop. During that period he spent time in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War serving on several ships. He served on the Atlantic until victory in Europe was declared and then moved to the Pacific Ocean until victory over Japan was declared. During this time his ship was sent to Vancouver where he met his wife to be, Reba Keppy. Jim was involved in many community activities. Notably was his church. He was an elder in Knox Presbyterian Church for many years and later joined Lockport Community Church. His faith was an important aspect of his life right until his death. Jim was a long serving Boy Scout leader. He was a leader with the 1st Selkirk Boy Scout Troup for almost 25 years taking part in local, regional and national activities. These activities provided many quality learning experiences for many boys in the Selkirk and area communities. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, Manitoba with a luncheon to follow in the Gilbart Reception Centre. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. (Winnipeg Free Press 10 Mar 2018)

NELSON, Raymond Gene (Ray), P1RM, RCN / C.A.F. - (09 May 1938 - 09 Mar 2018) - With deep sorrow we announce the peaceful passing of Ray with his loving wife Peggy (Drewoth) of 59 years by his side. He was predeceased by his eldest son Barry and brothers Jim and Gerry. Ray will be terribly missed by his sons Corey (Brenda) and Mark (Barb), grandchildren Graham (Sara), Daniel (Lindsey), Tanya, Bradley, Carly, Taylor, many nieces, nephews and friends, and his beautiful new great granddaughter Nora Grace whom he was so happy to meet. Ray was a very friendly, easygoing fellow who enjoyed golfing, playing board games & spending lots of time with his family and friends. Retiring in 1979 after 25 years as a communicator in the Navy, Ray and Peggy moved to Abbotsford where he worked for the school district. They returned to Victoria in 2000 to be closer to all the family. In lieu of flowers, please give a big hug to everyone you love. His Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at The Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, B.C. (Victoria Times Colonist 16 Mar 2018)




DUBOWSKI, Thadeus (Ted), C.A.F. (Navy) (12 Feb 1954 - 12 Mar 2018) - of Timberlea, died suddenly on March 12, 2018, at age 64. Born in Hamilton, Ont., to Polish immigrants James (Kazimer) and Irene Dubowski. He joined the Canadian Navy, a marine engineer PO2, serving his country for 30 years. He met his love, Dianne Parnell, in Halifax and married in 1984. They crafted a life together for 34 years. After retirement he enjoyed family and home. Our beloved Ted was a deeply loving, faithful, generous and kind man who made people smile. Predeceased by his father, Ted leaves behind his wife 'dear', Dianne; son, Zachary, Timberlea; daughter, Emily (Alex), of Oromocto, N.B.; precious grandchildren, Lachlan, Max and Bella; mother, Irene; sister, Christine (Ian); brother, Gene; along with many family and friends from childhood, navy and the community. In Tedís memory, be kind to someone. Celebration of Life service in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, on Saturday, March 17th at 2 p.m.





HMCS HALIFAX - Commissioning crew

BRUMWELL, Keith Jonathon, RCN / C.A.F. (31 May 1948 - 12 Mar 2018) - After a brief illness, Keith died at home with family by his side. Keith was born in Montreal and was a teenager when he moved with his family to Simcoe, Ont. It was there that he first expressed his love of a uniform working as an usher at the Strand Cinema. He joined the navy as a young man, drawn to Nova Scotia where his older brother was living. It was in the navy, where he trained as a photographer and diver, that Keith was given the foundation that allowed him to become the wonderful person he was. After the navy, Keith changed careers and became a member of the Halifax Police Department so he could better use his people skills and desire to help others. After marrying Lois, the love of his life, and the birth of his sons, Gregory and Ryan, Keith became the first married man from Nova Scotia to join the RCMP. With the unwavering support of Lois, who had two very young children to look after, Keith had to leave his young family for months of training in Regina and the start of a 32 year career in the RCMP. Keith served in many communities throughout Nova Scotia and taught at Depot, the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Sask., supported by Lois throughout the many moves. During his career in law enforcement, Keith expressed great empathy for those he served so diligently. Keith loved being an RCMP officer and he exemplified the very best of his profession. Keith had many talents, not the least of which was a beautiful singing voice that he shared with his church and various choirs. In his private life, Keith continued to give back to his community serving as a volunteer in over 30 organizations where he not only further showed his work ethic but also his love of life and a good laugh. Keith is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Lois; his cherished sons, Gregory (Christelle and granddaughter Joanna) and Ryan; brothers, Gary (Sue), John (Joan), Trevor (Janet) and sister, Cynthia and various nieces and nephews. Keith was predeceased by his brother, Derek; his parents, James and Georgina; and brother-in- law, Mark Isber. A celebration of Keithís life will be held on Saturday, March 17th, at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church, 100 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division or Building in Faith, First Baptist Church Dartmouth Building Fund.

DESLAURIERS, Emery Joseph Honore (Des), P1WU, RCN / C.A.F. (served 06 Feb 1956 - 18 Mar 1981) - was born in Timmins, Ontario March 4, 1938 to parents Omer and Yvette. Des passed away peacefully in his home on January 23, 2005 with family by his side. He will be missed many friends, his wife of 24 years, Claire, her daughters, his sons and several grandchildren. Des retired from the Navy in 1981 after 26 years of service then worked 20 years as a Correctional Officer at William Head. He was a member of the Colwood PPC and Royal Canadian Legion. A Celebration of Des' life will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 29 at the Esquimalt Legion (upstairs). In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. (Victoria Times Colonist 27 Jan 2005)

DOYLE, Richard, C2BN, RCN - of Victoria, BC. Born 14 Nov 1923  Rick joined the navy at the age of 17 and served on corvettes during WW2.  He was demobilized after the war and later re-enlisted in the RCN.  Rick retired as the Chief of the Seamanship Division (Bos'n School) in 1968 with 31 years service.  He died 05 Jul 2005.




DENNIS, Howard George (Howie), V12372, RCNVR / PO.LTO, 3645, RCN (served 138, RCNVR / 06 May 1940 - 07 May 1947, RCN) Howard died peacefully at home on September 24, 2005. Born in Calgary, Alberta on August 20, 1920, Howard is survived by his wife Stephanie, step-daughter Margaret Shearer, son Ken (Debra), daughter Ann and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Howard served for seven years in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, then worked at the Naval Dockyard until his retirement. He was active in the Masonic Order, a member of Britannia Lodge and other concordant bodies and a member of Gizeh Temple of The Shrine. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Windsor Star 08 Oct 2005)

DUFFY, Ronald William, CPO.FC, 26638-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 23 Aug 1953 - 15 Sep 1983) - Passed away in Victoria on February 13, 2006. He was born in Toronto on September 16, 1933. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, of 49 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Joanne Anslow (Tony), Jacqueline Slater (Darryl); grandchildren, Krista, Brian, Matthew; step-grandchildren; Nicole, Danielle and Crystal; brother-in-law, Clifford Newman as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ron served in the R.C.N. for 34 years as a fire control man and retired as a CPO. He went on to work with Mills Systems Engineering. After his final retirement in 1993, he continued to enjoy many hours of Salmon Fishing with longtime friend, Don. Ron also liked golf and curling as well as many fun times travelling with his wife Dorothy. He was an especially dedicated grandpa, actively participating in their lives. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 24, 2006 at 2:00 pm at R.C.L. Trafalgar/Pro Patria Branch 292, 411 Gorge Road East. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Victoria Hospice Foundation, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1J8 or the charity of choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Feb 2018)

DESCOTEAU, Robert Maurice Albert, C2ST, 24739-E,. RCN / C.A.F. (served 25 Nov 1953 - 03 Apr 1980) - After a brief but difficult battle with cancer, beloved husband, dad and grandpa Bob passed away at Victoria Hospice, August 8, 2006. Born December 27, 1935 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, dad spent his childhood and youth in Calgary, from which he embarked upon a 26-year naval career in 1953. He spent most of those years stationed in Victoria, where, in 1959, he married June. He always enjoyed music and sang in the early 60's with several navy buddies in a band known as The Bugs, who brought early Beatles music to Victoria before it was popular here. They even appeared on Ida Clarkson's Noon Show on CHEK-TV. After leaving the navy he continued his storesman's work at BC Ferries, retiring for good in 1997. Dad also had a love for sports. He bowled, curled, golfed and for a time, played hockey, as well as coaching his sons and many other boys in baseball at National Little League and Saanich Babe Ruth at Reynolds Park. In retirement, he became an avid golfer and active member of the men's club at Ardmore Golf Course. No matter what was going on in his life, dad was always willing to drop everything to give his kids and grandkids help when needed, and for that we will always be grateful. Dad was predeceased by his father Ralph and mother Helene, brothers Pete, Paul and Jules and sisters Jean and Lil. He is survived by June, his wife for 47 years, sons Bob (Deb) and Don and daughter Donna (Rob), grandchildren Michelle, Helena and Cole, and Felicia, Christina, Michael and Julia. He also leaves sister Bonnie Hendrickson (Harold), in-laws Alice Descoteau (Jim), and the Benns, Phil, Ron (Audrey), Bill (Dianne) and Dave (Louise) plus many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 14 at 2p.m., at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Dr., Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in dad's memory to the charity of your choice. 281211 Published in The Times Colonist from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2006

DAHL, James (Red), V94564, RCNVR / P2NS, 14796-E, RCN (served RCN 01 Nov 1951 - 16 Feb 1974) - late of Chilliwack, BC passed away October 15, 2006, at the age of 79. James was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, December 8th, 1926. James is survived by his loving family, wife Florence, son Don (Monica), grandchildren Amanda and Adam, three sisters, Marg, Helen and Dorothy all of Eston, Sask., and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a Service of Remembrance, Saturday October 28, 2006 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Hendersonís Funeral Home. Should family and friends so desire, donations may be made to the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society.

DOE, John, C2ET, RN / RCN (served RN/RCN 01 Oct 1937 - 01 Dec 1960) - of Victoria, BC. Born 01 Dec 1922  Died 22 Jan 2007

DZIOBA, Lawrence (Larry) OMM, CD, Capt (N), RCN / C.A.F. - Passed away peacefully in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, B.C. on May 20, 2007. Larry was born in Vita, Manitoba on 27 August 1932. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy from Ridgeville, Manitoba as a Cadet at Royal Roads in 1949. His Naval career spanned thirty eight years and included commands of Her Majesty's Canadian Ships ALGONQUIN, SAGUENAY, TERRA NOVA, and PROTECTEUR. His last command, from which he retired in 1987, was that of Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt (NADEN). He is survived by his loving wife Jo and his sons Bruce (Patty) and Richard (Alison), daughter Heather (John) and grandchildren Danielle, Anna, Kate, Peter, Brittanny and Christopher; his sister Irene and her family, and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held in St. Paul's Church at 1379 Esquimalt Rd., Esquimalt BC on Tuesday May 29th at 1:30pm with a reception to follow at CFB Esquimalt Wardroom. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 25 May 2007)




HMCS SAGUENAY - 8th Commanding Officer

HMCS ALGONQUIN - 15th Commanding Officer

HMCS PROVIDER - Served in PROVIDER in 1970 as XO

HMCS TERRA NOVA - 8th Commanding Officer

HMCS PROTECTEUR - 6th Commanding Officer

DICK, Herbert, P1 RPO/BN, RCN (06 Apr, 1922 - 28 Jun 2007) - Predeceased by his sisters Barbara, Edna, Minnie, Stell, and brothers Roy and Bill. Survived by his loving wife of 63 years Isabella "Isa" and son Rodney. Brothers Alf and Orm and several nieces and nephews, Laurel, Rhonda, Jane, Judy, Valerie, Randy, Brian, Grant, Collin, David. Herb was born in Keith Scotland. As a young man Herb immigrated with his family to Canada settling in Dauphin, Manitoba. He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy March 24, 1941 and served overseas during WWII and retired from the Navy Jan. 21, 1966. After retirement he worked for an investment company and owned and operated a small grocery business as well as a motel prior. Herb loved animals. His passion, from his youth in Scotland, was horses, he owned and trained several race horses over the years both Thoroughbred and Standard bred Race Horses. Cremation will be followed by a memorial service at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive., July 5th 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA would be appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Jul 2007)


SCALES, James W. - Passed away at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the age of 93. Survived by his wife Jean (Smith), children Lynda, Kathie, Karen, Jim and Tammy, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. We will always cherish the love he showed for family and friends.



RICHARDS, Ronald R. Capt. (N) (MARE), RCN / C.A.F. - passed away peacefully at home in Ottawa on March 11, 2018. Born August 26, 1937 in Victoria B.C., he was the son of the late Stanley T. and Victoria E. (Keeper) Richards and beloved and cherished husband of 57 years of Nancy (Frank). Devoted, and much loved father of Lorraine Dunn (Jim), Stephen (Larisa) Richards, and Angela (Glenn) MacIsaac. Proud and greatly cherished grandfather of Christine (Jeremy), Wendy, Alyse, Leah, Graham; great-grandfather of Hannah; and step-grandfather to Christian and Armin. Ron is fondly remembered by loving brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many wonderful friends and neighbours. Ron was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Gudgeon; brothersin- law, Clark Gudgeon, David Frank; and great-nephew, Ryan Goyette. Ron proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy for 39 years, as a professional Engineer. His Naval career began at HMCS Venture, Victoria B.C. and included serving on several naval ships, as well as at National Defense Head Quarters, Ottawa and at CFB Halifax as Senior Staff Officer Dockyard Development and as Commanding Officer at 2CFTSA in Montreal. He and Nancy greatly enjoyed his last posting to Japan where Ron served as the Canadian Forces Attachť, Canadian Embassy Tokyo. Ron especially enjoyed reading, golfing, skiing and sailing with his family. In retirement he also took great pleasure in cruising, researching his genealogy and travelling the world with the love of his life, Nancy. His family joined them on several exciting adventures. He was a founding member of The Friendship Force, Ottawa. Ron had a sharp mind and always enjoyed a good joke. His keen sense of humour kept those around him smiling at his quick wit throughout his life. Visitation will be held in Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa, on Friday, March 23rd, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. in Beechwoodís Sacred Space. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ronís memory may be made to the Canadian Memorial Trust - HMCS Sackville or to The Perley and Rideau Veteransí Health Centre Foundation.



DYCK, Henry Waldemar, CD, C1RM, RCN / C.A.F. - age 88, died peacefully in Colchester East Hants Health Centre on March 16, 2018. Born in Vineland, Ont.,, he was the youngest child of Nicholas and Anna (Hamm) Dyck. He was a proud member of the Canadian Navy for 27 years and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer First Class. He served on both the East and West coast of Canada, and while he was a member of Sea Training Staff he sailed on most of the Naval ships stationed on the East coast. He was attached to HMCS Portage, Swansee, Athabaskan, Ontario, Huron, Micmac, Saguenay, and Cap de la Madeleine. CPO Dyckís expertise was in Radio Communications. He was stationed at Naval Radio Station Albro Lake and Naval Radio Station Mill Cove. He was also stationed at Padloping Island, North West Territories as a communicator and weather observer for one year. The sailors at this station provided beacon and weather observation to both civilian and military aircraft. He was Petty Officer in charge of the Naval Communications Facility at Frobisher Bay for six months. This facility provided communications to both naval and merchant ships re-supplying the DEW Line in the Canadian Arctic. He was a Chief at Mill Cove Radio Station, the Albro Lake Radio Station, and instructed at CFB Halifax Fleet School. He was Vice President of Chiefs and Petty Officers Mess at CFB Stadacona. He coached minor hockey, minor baseball, and was a Cub instructor. Following his retirement in 1976, he became Head Gardener for the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission. He was responsible for the design and original planting of the parks at the approaches to the two bridges between Halifax and Dartmouth. He studied landscaping at Nova Scotia Agricultural College which added to his lifelong love of gardening. His love of beauty and creation was always evident in his home gardens which he planted and tended with the care of an artist. After moving to Stewiacke East in 1979 he and his friend Lambert Vissers founded Visdyck Garden Supplies and were one of the first landscapers to introduce barkmulch to Nova Scotia. They later founded Visdyck Enterprises and produced Bertís International Sauce, a gourmet cooking sauce. He was Colchester County Councilís civilian representative on the Planning Committee, the Board of Health and the Board of Appeal. He was awarded the Canadian Armed Forces Decoration and Bar and the Centennial Medal. Chief Dyck, known fondly to his friends as 'Handsome Hank' had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved talking with family, friends, and neighbors, especially when the subject was nature inspired. He loved the birds and deer, and even had a pet squirrel and raccoons who ventured onto his deck to steal the birdís food. His social life always centered around his family. He is survived by his wife, Hattie; son, Richard, Dartmouth, and grandchildren Roxanna (Danny), Jonathan, and Nicholas (Laura); son, Robert (Pam), Dartmouth, and grandchildren Melanie and Cameron; daughter, Catherine Andrews (Richard), Ottawa, and grandson Scott; great-grandchildren, Laura Lee and Christopher Dyck and Arianna and Aden Boyd; stepchildren, Gloria (Terry) Kelly, Winnipeg, granddaughter Lisa (Dave) Pringle, Winnipeg, and great-grandchildren Jordan, Donovan and Naomi Lorna (Kendall) Butler, Saskatoon; Bruce (Doreen) Densmore, Windsor Junction, and grandsons Kyle and Ryan; Stephen (Laura) Densmore, Virden, Man., granddaughters Hayley and Ashton and great-grandson, Dawson; Vickie (Dale) McInnis, Aurora, Ont., and grandson Austin; Anne (Blaine) Blinkhorn, Dartmouth, grandson Chalmers, and great grandchildren Callum and Delia; Gregory (Nicky) Densmore, grandchildren Raegan, Kouper, Carson, Sevour and Darragh; Karen MacKenzie (David), Valley, granddaughters Kelsey and Lindsay; grandchildren, Calvin Butler (Jackie) and great-grandchildren Randi Lynn and Roman; sister, Lavina (John) Enns, London, Ont.; sister, Betty Martens, Black Rock, B.C.; brother, Nicholas, (Harriet), Toronto. He was predeceased by stepdaughter, Alice (Randall) Butler, Shelburne. His body is resting in Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. There will be no visitation. A celebration of his life will be held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro, on Tuesday, March 20th at 2 p.m. followed by a reception. Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, Valley Kemptown Fire Department or Valley United Church. 


He loved life. 'I have come to the end of the road and I have gone in peace. Please celebrate the good life that I led and the contributions I made to this world. Miss me a little, remember me, and share with others the blessings we enjoyed together.'











CHASE, George William, Chief Yeoman of Signals (CYS) (14 Oct 1938 - 18 Mar 2018) - 79, of Debec, NB, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Upper River Valley Hospital Waterville NB. George was born in Berwick NS on October 14, 1938 son of the late William and Dorothy (Baltzer) Chase. George is survived by his wife, Marlene (Henderson) Chase, daughter, Kelly Best (William), Wellington, ON, sons, Bryan Chase, Hinton, AB, Larry Chase (Natasha) Ajax, ON, grandchildren, Sylvain Coderre, Geoffrey Coderre, Jordan Chase, Calvin Chase, Letitia Best, Shawna Best, great grandsons, Damien, Joshua, Marshall, brother, David Chase, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by a sister, Thelma. Visitation will be held at The Carleton Funeral Home & Crematorium 337 Lockhart Mill Road Jacksonville on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 7 PM to 9 PM. A grave side service and interment will be held in the McKenzie Corner United Church cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity United Church Fund Debec or to the McKenzie Corner United Church Cemetery Fund.



ERRICO, William (Bill) - 02 Jun 1925 - 11 Mar 2018) - It's not too many 92 year olds who can still buck, split, and stack 12 cords of wood in a season, but Bill Errico was not your typical ninety-two-year-old. Living on Gambier Island with Yvonne, his beautiful wife of over seventy years, Bill knew that he needed that wood to heat the house through winter; to keep their home a warm and welcome refuge for his five children (and spouses), thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, and friends. Bill was born at home on Angus Drive in Vancouver, BC in 1925 to his proud parents Alfonso and Harriet Errico, brother Ernie and later joined by little brother Bob. Bill lived in Vancouver until he left to ride the rails as the headwaiter on the Canadian Pacific Railway dining car to pay for school. In 1943, his first year at UBC, he joined the Navy where he became the Skipper of the HMCS Workboy (which he would proudly tell you was the smallest commissioned ship in the Navy) until he was discharged in 1945. After the war, Bill headed to Toronto to train as a chiropractor, where he met and married the love of his life, Yvonne. Heading back West in 1949, he opened a chiropractic practice in North Vancouver, the second ever chiropractor on the North Shore (the first being his uncle) and practised there for 42 years. Along the way, he and Yvonne welcomed their children Carolynne, Billy, Janis, Noni, and Jamie - with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to follow. Despite his love of the North Shore, his true home could always be found on Gambier Island and the place he built by the sea for his family to gather. As the gentle family patriarch with a wicked sense of humour, he will be missed, and we will strive to carry on his legacy of love and support. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held Thursday March 22 at 2:00pm at the Clubhouse, Gleneagles Golf Course, 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. (Vancouver Su / The Province 17 Mar 2018)


WORKBOY / HC 107 - Served in Workboy as Commanding Officer


ROBERTSON, Ronald Hawken, CD, RCN (1920 - 2018) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved husband and father, Ronald Robertson, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Beloved husband and best friend for 68 years to Corelean (Scott). Loving, cherished father to Janis Robertson (Doug MacGregor) and Scott Robertson (Louise). Proud Grandfather of Russell, Owen and Ella. Survived by siblings Roy (Lillian), Catherine and Ian. Predeceased by brothers Alex and Gerald. Will be missed by his sisters-in-law, Helen and Elaine. Uncle to Gary (Tammy), Patricia (Gerry), Jeffrey (Rosanne) and Eric. Ronald will be missed by many special friends and neighbours in both Ottawa and Bahamas. Ronald was born on March 15, 1920 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to parents Albert and Hilda Robertson. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy and enjoyed at 35-year career at the Canadian National Research Council. Was a member of many service clubs including Atlantic CPOA, HMCS Carleton, 30th Field Artillery, long standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion and 62-year member of the Masonic Fidelity Lodge. Thank you to the staff and doctors of the Ottawa Heart Institute, ICU at General Hospital, Dr. Davidson, Dr. Forbes, Moise and staff from Carefor and Veterans Affairs for all their compassion and care. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pinecrest Remembrance Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa. Memorial Service to be held at 2 p.m. followed by interment and reception. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to Courageous Champions ( Courageous Companions is a registered charity which provides quality trained certified Service Dogs to Military Veterans and First Responders who suffer with physical and/or psychological operational injuries as a result of their service. (Ottawa Citizen 17 Mar 2018)

VONDETTE, Ursula Dorothy (nee ANDERSON), WRCNS (25 Aug 1925 - 11 Mar 2018) - Ursula passed away, after a brief illness, in her 93rd year, at Lions Gate Hospital. After graduating from Magee High School Ursula joined the WRCNS (Wrens), meeting her future husband, Henry (Hank) Vondette, at the RCN Signals School at HMCS St. Hyacinthe. They married in December 1948 at the chapel of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich (with reception in the college's Painted Hall). During Hank's 37 year naval career Ursula moved many times (England again, Victoria, Halifax, Cornwallis, Canada, USA). She resided in West Vancouver since 1979, when Hank became Vancouver's Harbour Master. She missed Hank very much after his passing in 2006. Ursula's many skills included voracious reading, oil painting, gardening, baking and fine needle work. She was a passionate lifelong volunteer with the Anglican Church, ACW, Girl Guides, LGH volunteers, and Missions to Seafarers. Ursula was the daughter of James and Gladys (Hall) Anderson and was predeceased by her brother Allan. She is survived by her sister Evelyn Anderson, sons Michael (Joanne), Christopher (Sheila), and Timothy Vondette, daughter Nancy Nelson (Roger), grandchildren Alexandra Russell (Mark), Mark (Chelsea Howard) Vondette, Michelle Salomons (Geoff), Elizabeth Vondette, Matthew and Jonathan Vondette (Kate) and Kathryn Bayley (Nick), and great-grandchildren Sacha and Naomi Russell, Kiran and Ziva Salomons and Owen Vondette, all of whom miss her dearly. A memorial service is planned for 2 PM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Timothy's Church (Sutherland Church), North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers donations in memorium can be made to St. Timothy's Church, The Mission to Seafarers, the SPCA, or the charity of your choice. Our heartfelt thanks to Drs. Byman, Langley and Sugar and the staff at LGH for their kindness to Ursula during her last days. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 14 Mar 2018)


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index

DOGGART, William (Bill), P1NS, RCN (served 29 Sep 1947 - 01 Apr 1970) (07 Jul 1927 - 29 Oct 2007) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Doggart on October 29, 2007 at Royal Inland Hospital. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Pat, children Mike (Marilyn), Kathy (David), Ken (Angela), son-in-law Richard, grandchildren Ryan, Kirstin, Andrew, Lisa, Greg and Jen, sister Thelma and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his daughter Tina, his parents and five siblings. Following a 25 year naval career he moved to Kamloops with the B.C. government. In retirement he furthered his education at the UCC, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Thompson Rivers University in 2006. He was very involved in the community and will be missed by young and old alike. The family would like to extend their thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of Royal Inland Hospital, 6 South, for their care and compassion. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at St. Paul's Cathedral, 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops, followed by a reception at the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVets), 444 Tranquille Road. If desired, donations can be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation towards the Campaign for Cancer Care, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2T1 or to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 03 Nov 2007)

DREW, John H.B., V13267, RCNVR / C1ER, 21891-E, RCN (served 28 Nov 1938 - 27 Dec 1963) (09 May 1918 - 17 Jun 2008) - Passed away at age 90 in Nanaimo, July 17, 2008. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Jessie and his brother, Douglas. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mildred; his brother, Malcolm and sister, Olive, and his extended family. A memorial service will be held at First Memorial Chapel, 1720 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, Tuesday, July 22 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. 485842 Published in The Times Colonist on July 19, 2008


Portrait of CPO Drew - 1952


Photo of John Drew

Source: T. Eatons Co. Ltd Newsletter "Contact"

Vol. 12 No. 5 dated 31 Dec 1940

For Winnipeg and Western Branches

DILLABAUGH, Ken, LS, V49133, RCNVR (served 1941-1945) (13 Apr 1922 - 31 Jul 2008) At the age of 86, after a full life sharing joy and enduring tragedy, Dad died on July 31st, 2008. Our memories will have as their centre his unwavering view of the fundamental importance of family, reflected, as was his way, with quiet purpose. We will miss his gentle sense of humour, his courage and his decency. A memorial service will be held at St. Aidan's United Church on Friday, August 22 at 10am. (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Aug 2008)

MORGAN, William Lloyd, Lt, RCNVR - passed away peacefully at his home in Normandy Park, WA on the morning of July 2 at age 92. He was born in Spokane, WA on August 10, 1918, the first child of William Lloyd Morgan, Sr. and Mary Ellen O'Brien. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother John Daniel Morgan (LaHonda). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Adelheid 'Heidi', sister Toni Plaxton (George) of London, Ontario, Canada; daughters Erika of Black Diamond, Gretchen (Guy Spencer) of Normandy Park, Heidi (Richard Kennedy) of Normandy Park, Christine (Lynn) Dickson of Normandy Park and son Peter (Pam) of Federal Way; and grandchildren Gwen and Gillian Spencer; Jamie and Jesse Morgan, Kendle Bjelland, Marianna Kennedy; Michael, Timothy and Alexander Sinon; & Keanan, Cole and Trey Morgan. A graduate of the Colorado School of Mines in Boulder and McGill University in Montreal, he served in WWII as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, commanding an LCI landing craft in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1956 he founded Morpac Industries, Inc., an electrical equipment manufacturing company. During his long career, equipment of his design and manufacture strung high-voltage electrical lines across Turkey, the Mississippi River, the Fraser River, and recently the Tacoma Narrows. He served actively as Morpac's president until three weeks before his death. In addition to his family and his company, Lloyd had a great passion for mountain climbing in his youth and gardening in his more mature years. His children and grandchildren grew up in a beautiful and ever-evolving landscape of dahlias, roses and peonies. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 1790 S. 222nd St., Des Moines, WA on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Following the Funeral Mass a lunch will be held in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. (The Seattle Times 10 Jul 2011)


LCI(L)-272 (Royal Navy)

ELLIS, Rodney Burns, S.B.A. - Born 15 Jun 1915  Died 15 Nov 1986. S.B.A. Ellis served in HMCS Woodstock during her trip from the East coast, through the Panama Canal and to Esquimalt, BC.



DERRY, Roy, P1BD, RCN / C.A.F. (served 23 May 1950 - 13 Aug 1980) (18 Mar 1931 - 25 Sep 2008) - It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandpa. Roy died at home, surrounded by his adoring family after a short, valiant battle with cancer. He will be forever missed by Joan, his loving wife of 54 years, daughters Lynn, Donna (David) Speed, Debby (Dave) Ross, and Brenda (Paul) Fudge. Roy loved his grandchildren deeply and shared wonderful times with Ben and Jessica Fudge; Terry, Jeff and Brett Speed; and Emily and Adrian Ross. Roy was born in Regina and moved to Esquimalt at the age of three with his parents Ben and Florence, and siblings Tom and Joyce. At a young age, Roy's family moved to Oak Bay where he attended Willows and Oak Bay High. Roy loved his sports (more than school), and was an accomplished athlete. He loved hockey and played on many elite teams. Another passion was fishing with his Dad and brother. In 1950, Roy joined the Naden Band and on a trip to Ottawa, he met his bride Joan. They were married and shortly after were drafted back to Victoria. Roy and Joan bought their family home in Oak Bay and had four daughters in five years. Roy loved music. He was an accomplished trumpet player, and spent a very happy career with the Naden Band, and others, and thoroughly enjoyed the lifelong friendships he made. He retired in 1980 and continued to pursue his zest for life. Roy cherished time with family. He loved golf, curling, lawn bowling, fishing, workouts at Oak Bay Rec Centre, school reunions, winters in Yuma and his Parisienne. Roy loved everyone he ever met and will be deeply missed and loved by all. He had a gift of making everyone he cared for feel special. Roy has been described as close to perfect as any person could be!" He is unforgettable. A memorial service will be held on Wed. Oct 1 at 1:00 PM at St. Phillips Anglican Church. This will be followed by a celebration of life at the Chief and P.O.'s mess from 4:00 7:00 PM. Please bring your favourite story or memory to share. A life well lived is a special gift and he will be forever missed. (Victoria Times Colonist 30 Sep 2008)

DAWE, Norman George, C1BN, 4593-H, RCN (served 15 Jul 1941 - 16 Jul 1966) - Born Jan. 16 1924, Norm died peacefully on Oct. 1 2009 in Comox, B.C. He will be dearly missed by Anne, his wife of 56 years, and his sons Larry (Diane) and Robin (Lynne) as well, as his niece Barbara and many other family members and close friends. Norm served in the RCN for 25 years and retired as Chief Petty Officer. He then moved from Halifax N.S. to Victoria and worked for B.C. Ferries for 24 years. At his request there will be no service. Donations may be made in Norm's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society (Victoria Times Colonist 07 Oct 2009)

DONALDSON, George, C2WS, 3900-E, RCN (served 16 Sep 1940 - 17 Mar 1965) (09 Jul 1922 - 10 Nov 2009) - Today we sadly share the news of George "Sandy" Donaldson's passing on November 10, 2009. George was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and served his country during WW2. His last deployment was aboard the HMCS Sussexvale where he retired with the rank of CPO. After the WW2 he began working at the Royal Bank Of Canada where he worked for many years retiring at age 65. For most of his retirement years George loved going to see all of his friends at the banks and bringing joy to everyone with his lotto tickets. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife Jean whom he had been married to for 65 years. He will be greatly missed by all but especially his wife Jean, Son Derek (Kathy), Daughter Debbie, Granddaughter Joddie (Andrew) and Grandsons Aric and Travis. Also by his three great-grandchildren Kaylyn 11, Keith 8, and Matthew 5. No service will be held. A day to celebrate his life will follow. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the family for the Varity club charity. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 16 Nov 2009)



DANKWERTH, Terry, P2ER, 64035-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 05 Oct 1965 - 05 Oct 1975) - of Victoria, BC. Born 06 Sep 1948  Died 13 Apr 2010

DAVISON, Desmond A. (Des), P1RM / Lt, RCN (served 15 Nov 1947 - 12 Jan 1973) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Des on May 21, 2010. Born Calgary, Alberta February 26, 1929. Des served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1947 until 1973 including Korea 1950-1953. He then went on to work in the Dockyard Shop 22 until 1993. Predeceased by his wife Audrey and Son Gary. Des is survived by his Children, Margie and Pat (Ronda). His Grandchildren, Tricia (Russ), Kristie, John (Jamie), Danielle (Brad) and Derek. His Greatgrandchildren, Damien, Landon, Elisa, Brooklyn and Kaycie. Also daughter-in-law Jacqueline. Also survived by Sisters, Agnes, Grace and Brothers, John and Ron as well as many other family members. Des loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed many family trips to Hawaii and camping in his much loved Rocky Mountains. He played many sports while in the Navy and also enjoyed his Chuckwagon races in the summer having spent many years with them growing up in Calgary. No service by request. (Victoria Times Colonist 26 May 2010)

MAYO, Benjamin Bertram, Cook, RCN - Born 22 Nov 1938, Selkirk, MB.  Died 17 Jul 2001, Surrey, BC


HMCS JONQUIERE - Served in Jonquiere in 1960 as a Cook

NEEDHAM, Arnold, AB - Born Sep. 10, 1923 in Vancouver, BC. Crossed the bar on Aug. 24, 2007 in Chilliwack, BC, at home. His ashes were spread on Cultus Lake. Sailor to the end.


Arnold's medals   Arnold's trade badge and marksman badge


Arnold's wedding photo - 1944 - married while serving in HMCS Toronto




DALLIN, Walter, C1GI4 / C1BN, 3522-E, RCN (served 06 Aug 1939 - 05 Aug 1960) - It is with great respect and sadness that the family of Walter Dallin announce his passing on Monday Nov. 15, 2010 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Walter was born in Frobisher, Saskatchewan on June 9, 1920, the youngest of nine children and the last one living. He left the prairies, at nineteen, to join the Navy and was sent to Victoria. After 20 years and two wars (WW11 and the Korean) he retired and went to work for the Bank of Montreal for the next 25 years. He married Alma Hannah in 1945 and they raised three children: Sandra, Jim (Judy) and Debra (Rik). After more than 40 years of a full and happy life together, Alma passed away. In 1990 Walter married Elsa Campbell from Hirsch Sask. and gained, over the next 20 years an extended family, fondly called the Calgary Kids". Walter came from a large family and remained in touch with all his siblings during his life. All family celebrations were very important to his family and we all remained close through the years. Walter also enjoyed a large network of friends going back to his early navy days and expanded his friends through golfing, curling, the Oak Bay United Church and the Monterey Senior Centre. He loved to participate with the sing a long group and enjoyed any excuse to get up and dance. Walter is survived by his wife, Elsa, his children and their spouses, grandsons; Jeffrey (Val), Jordan and Nik. The family would like to thank the staff at Glenwarren Hospital for their kind gentle care of Walter for the short time he was with them. A celebration of Walter's life will be held at Oak Bay United Church, at the corner of Granite and Mitchell St., on Nov. 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Oak Bay United Church or a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 19 Nov 2010)

DAVIS, Fred A., C1ER, 24917-H, RCN (served 31 Jul 1952 - 16 Aug 1978) - of Victoria, BC. Born 23 Sep 1934  Died 07 Dec 2010

LATHAM, Gerald C.A.F. (Navy) (served 1972 - 1975)- age 64, March 18, 2018, loving and adoring spouse of Anne (Burgess); father of Daniel, Mark, and Michael; foster father, father figure, and mentor of Stephen Howatt (his son Alex), Samantha Reid (Jacob Savoie and daughter Ariel), TJ Hurshman, and several other lads who passed through his home. Predeceased by his mother, Helen Elizabeth Latham. Gerald was born in Halifax July 16, 1953. Finding himself on his own at 15, he continued school, supporting himself through several parttime retail positions. Realizing he needed to be a bigger part of something, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1972 where he developed an everlasting love for the sea and ships. When it was discovered he had a genetic eye disorder, Chorioderemia, he was given a Medical Discharge in 1977. For the next eight years he worked in retail and security. Wanting to start a family, he realized he needed a profession he could do well in and in 1985 entered the Maritime School of Social Work, graduating October 1988. He started in the Social Work field fall of 1988 with the County of Halifax and continued through the amalgamation with the Province of Nova Scotia where he was well-respected, admired and thought of. He left on long-term disability in 2010 when his sight was nearly gone. Gerald suffered a stroke in May 2014 and was diagnosed with a very progressive early onset of Alzheimers in October 2015. He continued his lifeís journey with great dignity, humility, kindness, and respectfulness for all around and those who cared for him. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 23rd, from 2-4 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. This is informal so please come and share any remembrances or stories of Gerald you would like to share. Please make donations to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or (Cure Chorioderemia), Canadian chapter.

DOUGANS, Robert Weir (Bob), P1SM, 17066-E, RCN (08 July 1935 - 21 May 2011) - We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our tender and kind husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who was admired for his generosity, love and loyalty to his friends and family. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Emilie, his 3 children, Chris (Debbie), Dawn (Doug) and Clay (Stacey). Grandchildren Sareena, Narissa, Casey, Ryan, Jesse, Chelsea and Daniel; great grandson Landon, his brother John (Doris), sons and family from Richmond and all of whom he loved dearly. Above all, Dad enjoyed his family and took pride in their many achievements. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Elizabeth and daughter Mary. A large part of his working life was spent in the Navy, COE Systems and owner/co-owner with son Chris of Mr. Mikes and Old British Fish and Chips in Esquimalt. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Edward Branch #91 and founder of the Resource Centre for Independent Living for people with disabilities. After retirement he enjoyed the finer things in life, RV'ing, cooking, poker and played a wicked game of Jeopardy. Come and celebrate Bob's life with us on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Sands Funeral Chapel. 317 Goldstream Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. (Victoria Times Colonist 26 May 2011)

DACRE, Cecil (CEC) Thomas, C1RS / Lt (N), RCN / C.A.F. (03 Jan 1940 - 03 Dec. 2011) - Sadly, our wonderful Cec died at home from heart attack. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and best friend Linda; daughters Kim (Steve) Finnagan and Laury (Bill) Clark; son Michael (Sandra) Dacre; grandchildren Stephanie, Brianna, Justin, Tristan, Liam, and Taylon; great-grandchildren Braden and Ethan; brother Garth (Lee) McIsaac; ex-wife Norma (Bill) Lough; and many cousins and friends in Canada and overseas. He proudly served his country for 55 years, including 37 years in the Canadian Forces and the remainder, til the day he died, at the Communications Security Establishment Canada. Family and friends are invited to pay their respect at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 from 10 a.m. followed by a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Interment at the National Military Cemetery. In memory of his mother, Marybelle Rosevold nee Closs, donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 10 Dec 2011)

DALLIMORE, Raymond Howard, VA, 40718-E / Cdr (Supply), O-16654, RCN (served 15 Jun 1940 - 15 Jun 1967) (09 Nov 1919 - 17 Jan 2012) - passed away peacefully on January 17, 2012, at the age of 92, surrounded by family at his home in the Broadmead Lodge in Victoria, BC. Raymond was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Downton) Dallimore and loving father to three children; Judith (Bruce), Barbara (Marc) and Scott (Audrey). His adoring grandchildren David, Anne, Josťe, Brent Raymond and Karen, will always remember him as Grandpa and 'mon petite frite'. He leaves behind sisters Helen (Doug) and Dorthy of Victoria, BC and will always be fondly remembered by faithful family friends the Byrnes, the Wades, the Racines, the Heaths, the Titfords, the Nicholsons and the Dixons. Raymond joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940 and served faithfully until his retirement in 1967. He began a second career as a Senior Manager for the Federal Government shortly after, retiring for the last time in 1983. During his Navy career, Raymond served across Canada with postings in Victoria, Dartmouth, Ottawa and St. John's. While posted in St. John's, he met his true love, Margaret. They married in June of 1945 and enjoyed 59 years of marriage before Margaret passed in 2007. As a couple, Margaret and Raymond were a shining example of the devotion and love two people can share. Always a character, Ray can only be described as a kind and gentle soul, always willing to volunteer his time, love and attention to his family, friends, church and community. He was a long time member and former President and of the Ottawa Kiwanis Club where he participated in many fundraising activities for organizations such as CHEO, and was a founding member of St. Aidan's Anglican Church in Ottawa. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Broadmead Lodge for their compassionate care of both Margaret and Raymond. A special thanks to son Scott, daughter-in-law Audrey and grandchildren Brent Raymond and Karen, as well as to the Nicholson family of Sidney, for their constant support and devotion. Although we are heartbroken at our loss, we realize how truly blessed we were to have had both he and Margaret as part of our lives and are thankful for the lifetime of memories we are left with. Rest in peace Raymond, Dad, Grandpa, how we miss you. See you in the funny papers and sorry for being late with the obit! (Ottawa Citizen 07 Jul 2012)


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan 1955 as SYO

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa as the SYO in the late 1950s

DICKSON, Richard, C1WR4, 50306-E, RCN (served 11 Jan 1946 - 29 Nov 1971) (27 Apr 1928 - 04 Feb 2012) - Richard lived a full life. Born in Vancouver, at 17 he joined the Navy to see the world. In his travels he met Anna, the love of his life who became his caring wife and shared his adventures for over 60 years. Richard is also survived by his sister, Marlene Steele, and by his children Valerie (Bryan), Bryan (Terri) and Karen (Mark) and nine grandchildren Peter, Mia, Anna, Max, Georgia, Allie, Kate, Natalie and Emily who miss him dearly. He is an enduring role model for us. His lasting gifts to all who knew him are his sense of humour and generosity of spirit that we carry in our hearts and share in his memory. Sincere thanks to Dr. Derek Carroll and Dr. Rene Weir. A private gathering to celebrate his life will be held in the spring. (Victoria Times Colonist 08 Feb 2012)

DAVIES, John, C2ER, RCN (1925-2012)- passed away peacefully on July 7, 2012 at the age of 87 after a valiant battle with cancer. John was born and brought up in Edmonton, Alberta. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at HMCS Nonsuch in 1941. He was shipped out to the North Atlantic during WWII on Convey Patrol from Halifax to England and Scotland. He returned to Victoria after the War. He worked through the ranks to Chief and spent 20 years in service to the RCN. He served during the Korean War on the Tribal Class Destroyers. The Korean War took him away to sea for over two years. John retired from the Navy in 1962 then continued work as an Engineering Project Consultant and Manager for new ships under construction here and in Quebec. He then worked many years with Dockyard in Victoria and had many friends there. John is survived by his wife of 53 years Jean, his son George, his daughter Mary, his son in law Neil Myers, and his grandchildren Alec and Chloe. John loved travel and soccer. He was a Life member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Assn Esquimalt. He also enjoyed his Friday outings for lunch with the guys. An open house to celebrate John's life will be held on July 18th from 1 to 5 at his home at 158 Cadillac Avenue, Victoria. Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from July 15 to July 17, 2012



INGLESON, Terry Ralph, P2EM2, 28736-E, RCN (served 07 Jun 1954 - 06 Jul 1964) (1935-2001) - of Winnipeg, died 02 Aug 2001 at the age of 65 years. Terry served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1954 until 1964. He joined at 18, leaving Vancouver for HMCS Cornwallis. He met his future wife in Victoria. She was a prairie girl, and after he left the Navy, they moved to Winnipeg, where he served in the Winnipeg Fire Department. Terry enjoyed the outdoors, particularly fishing. Terry was a BC'er at heart and returned many times to visit friends, family and old navy buddies. After he passed, his final wish, to be returned to the Pacific, was fulfilled.


OS Ingleson as HMCS Cornwallis    Service Document - list of drafts


Map showing where Terry's ashes were spread



HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in ATHABASKAN 15 Nov 1954 - 10 Jul 1955 as an OS, RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in ONTARIO 07 Nov 1955 - 06 Nov 1957 as an AB.EM1 / LS.EM1

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in ST LAURENT 20 Apr 1959 - 25 Oct 1962 as a LS.EM1

HMCS CAPE BRETON - Served in CAPE BRETON 26 Oct 1962 - 06 Feb 1964 as a LS.EM1 / P2EM2

HARRINGTON, Walter, PO, Radar, RCNVR - (1922-1979) Walter Harrington was born on Jun 21, 1922, in Black Point, N.S. In 1941 Walter went to Halifax to work at the ship yards - volunteering in 1942 to join the RCNVR. He enlisted at Halifax and took basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. Upon completing basic training he joined HMCS Sackville, a Corvette involved in escort duty on the North Atlantic. He served on the Sackville on runs between St. Johns, Nfld and Londonderry, Ireland until 1943 when he was drafted to HMCS Provider. Two days before Provider deployed for six months in Bermuda he married Robina Bayne in Halifax. While in Bermuda the Provider served as a floating supply base for the fleet of coastal patrol vessels patrolling the Atlantic coast. In 1944 he was sent to Quebec for advanced radar training to prepare him for his position on the new light Cruiser HMCS Ontario. He was promoted to Petty Officer, and at the time he was the youngest Petty Officer in The RCN. In 1944 he joined the Ontario in England and was in the Mediterranean when the war in Europe ended. The Ontario was docked at Malta when the war ended and crew members were given the option of sailing on to take part in the fighting of the Japanese in the Pacific or going home, Walter chose to return home to his young wife. After leaving the Ontario, he was billeted in tents on Malta until he found a ship to return him to England. He spent time at barracks in Scotland and England before getting a spot on a Destroyer returning to Canada. Three months after returning to Halifax, Water was discharged from the Navy. After his release, Walter worked for the Mersey Paper Company as a Clerk at Camp One at Lake Rossignol and also on a Survey Party at New France in Digby County. In 1946 he attended the Maritime Forest Ranger School, graduating in 1947. In 1947 he started working for the Maritime Lumber Bureau, travelling to mills all over Nova Scotia. In 1949 Walter started working for the Federal Government with the Insect and Disease Survey department which was then working out of Halifax. In 1951 the Insect and Disease Survey department moved to Debert, NS. Walter purchased a farm near Debert where they lived till his passing. He raised cattle, blueberries, vegetables, bees and worked in the woods while living there. Walter is buried in Terrace Hill Anglican Cemetery in Truro.


Portrait of PO Harrington


HMCS SACKVILLE - Served in SACKVILLE 1942-1943

HMCS PROVIDER - Served in PROVIDER 1943-1944


DOCTOR, Ernest E. (Doc), LS Tel, 37961-E, RCN (16 Jun 16, 1923 - 19 Sep 2012) - passed away peacefully with is family by his side. Survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Odette "Dede", son Ernie, daughters Normandie (Bob deceased), Viki (James), Darlene (Derek), Colleen (John), and Andrea (Dennis); grandchildren Todd, Randy, Normandie, Alicia, Athea, Chris, Camron Shawna, Jordon, Martin, Dennis, and 8 great-grandchildren. Ernest was a Veteran of World War II, RCN, served in the battle of the Atlantic, and a founding member of the Naval Veterans Association (Vancouver). Special thank you to the doctors and nurses of ERH. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 28th in the Fireside Room at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation and the MS Society. (Vancouver Sun / the Province 24 Sep 2012)

DeBOICE, Jarvis (Jarv), C2CK, 32730-E, RCN / C.A.F. (31 May 1937 - 10 Feb 2014) - of Victoria, BC. Will be missed by sons Jarvis (Bud), wife Donna and son J.J. and Randy, wife Jeannie and daughter Jessie.



HAWKINS, Clifford Ross, 15803-H, RCN - Born in 1928 in Hamilton, Ont., he served during the Korean War with the RCN on HMCS Haida. He survived the explosion and fire of HMCS Kootenay in 1969. He was predeceased by his wife, Connie. He passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hosptial on March 21, 2018.


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida 1951-1954 as an ABSM1

HMCS KOOTENAY - Clifford Hawkins was serving in Kootenay as a C2ER at the time of the explosion

ROULEAU, Neil Thomas Gordon, RCN / C.A.F. - (21 Apr 1947 - 21 Mar 2018)  of Cole Harbour, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2018 at the age of 70. He was a son of Gaston Rouleau (deceased) and Betty West, Elliott Lake, Ont. A brother to Danny Rouleau (deceased) and Bonnie Hubbard (deceased). Neil joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965 and served for 36 years. He married Linda (Lilly) March 4, 1968 and they recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary. He is survived by his son, Iann Rouleau (Dedra Brown) and predeceased by his daughter, Neila. Neil was an active member of the Anglican Church of Saint Andrew in Cole Harbour, as a dedicated choir member for over 30 years; his voice is greatly missed. He is also missed by brothers and sister-in-law, George (Pam), John (Anita), Shirley (Wayne), and Lester; grandchildren, Tyler, Cameron, Alyssa and Matthew Rouleau of Lower Sackville as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 26th from 1-4 p.m. and the service celebrating his life will take place Tuesday, March 27th at 11 a.m. Both events will take place in the Anglican Church of Saint Andrew, 2 Circassion Dr., Cole Harbour with The Rev. Katherine Bourbonniere officiating. Burial at sea will take place at a later date.



KENNEDY, Joseph - Peacefully, surrounded by his family on March 22, 2018 at 97 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Millie (2012). Loving and devoted father of the late Colleen (2016), and Sheila (Jack). Cherished grandpa to Shawna (Todd), Hollie (Trevor), Jillayne (Dan), Krystle (Ryan), Ashley (Dave), and Joey. Treasured great-grandpa of Shyanne, Cohen, Ethan, Emilie, Lilia, Nora, and Penelope Jo. Dear brother of Sadie, Ida (late Jack), and late May (late Dave). Joseph was a Navy Veteran of WWII, he was a mail carrier with Canada Post for over 30 years and he was an avid sports enthusiast. Joseph was very kind, loving and beloved by all. Special thanks to the team at Heron Terrace for their care and compassion shown to Joseph and his family over the years. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Monday from 4-6pm at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841 with a Veteranís Memorial Service under the auspices of the Veteranís Memorial Service Committee at 5:15pm.

YOUNG, Herbert A., Stoker, V77570, RCNVR - When he was younger, Herbert lived in Log Valley, Saskatchewan. He joined the RCNVR at HMCS Queen in Regina, SK on 10 Jan 1944.  His date of birth and year of passing are unknown.


Portrait of Herbert Young     Herbert's photo album



DEANE, Donald Eric, P1WU, 9932-E / LT (N), RCN / C.A.F. (served 02 Mar 1948 - 19 Aug 1970) (02 Aug 1930 - 21 Aug 2014) - It is with much sadness that we announce that our father and friend has peacefully passed away. Dad lived a wonderful life full of family, friends, love and laughter. He was a kind gentleman with a great sense of humor. Above all he was a proud father who supported his sons throughout their many interests and activities. Dad served 30 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a Korean War veteran. He was an avid bowler and also enjoyed golf, curling and horseshoes. He leaves behind two sons, Darrell (Ann-Marie) and Kim (Kathy), sisters Heather (Chris) and June (Bruce), step children Gary (Fran), Joyce (John), Brian (Tracie), numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family that extends across Canada. Predeceased by his mother Claire, first wife Martha, second wife Marilyn and sister Joan. Celebration of Life to be held Thursday, September 4, 2014, 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Victoria Horseshoe Club, 620 Kenneth St., Victoria, BC. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 Aug 2014)

DRINNAN, Stewart M. (Stu), P2CR, 11089-E, RCN (served 01 Sep 1950 - 01 Sep 1960) - of Whitehorse, YT. Born 03 Jun 1930  Died 08 May 1916

GOODWIN, Norman Lusby, MD, CM, LLB, FCLM, CD, Surg-LCdr, RCNR (21 Mar 1923 - 03 May 2013)  Norman was born in Point Grey, BC to Ray Goodwin, DMD, a dentist, from a New Brunswick Loyalist family, and to Emma Brune, daughter of German immigrants. He was the youngest of four sons. Norman earned his medical degree at McGill University in 1947, was an intern in New Jersey, USA, and earned his law degree at University of British Columbia in 1951. He articled with his cousin, Honourable Howard Charles Green. He was Called to the Bar in 1952. Norman practised medicine in Sooke before moving with his family to Windsor, Ontario in 1957. He commuted to Detroit to be a hospital administrator. The Goodwins moved to Toronto in 1961. Norman worked in hospital administration and in the Ontario Public Service. He obtained the Queen's Commission in the Naval Reserve at HMCS York, retiring as Surgeon-Lieutenant  Commander. A member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, he was proficient in Bridge. Dr. and Mrs. Goodwin moved to Victoria in 1978. Norman practised medicine until retiring in 1988. He was a long time member of the Union Club, where he loved to play Bridge. Norman was a loving, generous and wise husband, father and grandfather. He always ensured that his descendants were well shod. "Life is a story. Tell it well." (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Mar 2018)



ROURKE, Robert (Bob), CD, CPO.HT, RCNR - peacefully slipped away in his 91st year in his home with his cherished wife of 60 years by his side on Monday, March 19, 2018. Beloved husband of Elsa (nee Stovold) and loving father of Donna (Rick Harding), Robert (Chrishi Doss) and John (Glenn Pearce). Devoted grandfather to Eric Harding (Tiffany Reed), Emma Rourke Harding-Howell (Chris), Kaitlyn, Aiden and Kieran. Dear brother to Vivian Johnston (late Kenneth), Marion Kack (late Hilary) and Alan (Joan). Fondly remembered by his extended family on the Stovold side along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was a well-respected businessman; owner/operator of Rosemere Hardware, the local hardware store, for 30 years in Rosemere, Quebec. CPO Rourke served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves (HMCS Donnacona, Montreal) as a Shipwright for over 25 years and was awarded the CD medal with two bars for his long service to our country. Family and friends are invited to visit at Capital Memorial Gardens, 3700 Prince of Wales Dr. Ottawa, ON on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Memorial Service with Eucharist will be held on March 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge St., Manotick, Ontario. Everyone is invited to attend the reception in Tomkins Hall immediately following the service. Interment in Valcartier, QC on a later date. For those who wish to make a contribution in his memory, the family requests donations to the Youth Internship Program. (YIP) Contributions may be directed to St. James Anglican Church or the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa; Today for Tomorrow. (Ottawa Citizen 24 Mar 2018)



SALAGA, Steven A., P2NS, RCN (11 Nov 1932 - 23 Jan 2018) - Steve was born in Prince Albert, Sask. and passed away peacefully at home in Victoria, BC at the age of 85. As a former Submariner he fought a good fight and was taken home to his Heavenly Father. Steve will be deeply missed by his wife, Ruth of 63 years, his 5 children, 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and brother Richard. Steve was one of the most loving, kind and caring husband, father and friend who will live in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Steve's life on Saturday, February 3 at 2pm at Church of the Nazarene, 4277 Quadra Street.



CARVER, Joseph W., CPO. Tel, Long Service / Good Conduct Medal, RCN - Born 1899  Died 1981

ALEXANDER, P2BD - Died 2018



TAYLOR, Walter E. (Wally), C1RP, 5446-E, RCN - Born December 21, 1926, passed away suddenly at home on October 6, 1997. He is survived by his wife Lorraine; sons, Steve (Judy) and Frank; daughter, Sandy (Steve) Walker; grandchildren, Stacey, Jacklin, Nick, Scott and Amanda; three sisters and his brothers and their spouses, nieces and nephews and many friends. A celebration of his life will be held at the Sooke Legion, 6727 Eustace Road on Friday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

HARRISON, Glen William, CPO.TEL (11 Oct 1920 - 26 Dec 2017) - passed away at the age of 97 leaving behind Irene, his beloved wife of 73 years, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Glen and his younger brother Arthur, were born to a family with many historical roots dating to 1871 in North Saanich. At the outbreak of World War II he volunteered for the Naval Reserves and served on the Corvette "Chilliwack" as a radio operator achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He later transferred to a shore based listening and communications station in St. Johns, NFLD. On leave in Montreal he met and courted Irene Foss and they married there in 1945. With the war over he brought his bride back to B.C. In Gordon Head, amongst the daffodils and panoramic views, they chose a large lot to build their home. Living in a small garage at first they started their family, having Robert and Lynda and then with the house, Deborah and David. Glen started a one man sound equipment business specializing in public address and telephone systems. He found time during these busy years to build a small cabin cruiser to explore the local waters with some trips as far as Desolation Sound. In 1968 an acreage was purchased in Qualicum Beach as a site for a future retirement home but was initially a family-built post and beam cabin. In 1977 he sold his business and spent over 20 winters trailering and rock hounding, with Irene, in the southern U.S. and Mexico. He was a very clever and capable man who could build, repair, adapt or improve just about anything from intricate circuit boards to large building projects. In the last few years he concentrated on his wood turning with many of his signed bowls going to family and friends. He will be deeply missed by the large family left behind. Sincere thanks to staff at NRGH for helping to make him comfortable on his last Christmas.



PARKER, Reginald Alton, LS.NQ, RCNVR - Born July 18, 1924 in Montreal, Quebec passed away February 27, 2018 in Sidney, BC. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Florence Murray, his sons Iain (Patricia) in Edmonton, Alberta, and Bruce in Vancouver, BC. Reg was predeceased by his sister Joan. Reg was a veteran of WWII, serving in Corvettes in the North Atlantic as a member of the RCNVR. He was a member of the Canadian Naval Trust Association, the Chief's & Petty Officers Association, the Flower Class Corvette Association, and the Quebec Family History Society. A memorial service will be held at Highway Christian Fellowship in Sidney, March 24th, at 2:00PM. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.



CARTER, Victor William (06 Jun 1946 - 12 Dec 2003) - passed away on 12 December 2003 in Toronto, Ontario. He was born on 06 June 1946 in Liverpool, England. At a young age of about 12 he immigrated to Canada with his family and settled in the Toronto, Ontario area. Around 1964 Victor joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a Sonar Operator. In 1966 Victor volunteered for the submarine service and went to the UK for training. He served in HMS Grampus with the RN. He then served in HMCS Ojibwa and was Commissioning Crew in HMCS Okanagan on 22 June 1968. Victor also served at CFB Shelburne in Nova Scotia. Vic was a dedicated submariner and sailor. He enjoyed his time serving his country in submarines. After his death, Victor was cremated and his ashes rest with his family in Gosport, England. He is survived by his children, Dean, Brett and Colleen Carter.





HMCS OKANAGAN - Commissioning crew

EMBERTON, Trevor, P2WU, RCN (served Mar 1946 - Jun 1968) - Born 31 Oct 1927. Date of passing unknown.

EVONIC, Nick J., RCN - of Esquimalt. Date of passing unknown

EAGLE, Fredrick William (Fred), B.E.M., CERA, 21549-E, RCN - Suddenly at Nanaimo Regional Hospital on October 2, 1984, age 70, of Victoria. He leaves his wife, Norma at home, two sons, Fred of Prince George, Tom of Victoria, their wives and families; brother, Robert, sisters, Mrs. Violet Doswell of Parksville and Mrs. Wyn McLellan and Mrs. Rose Ellison of Victoria. Services held at St. Edmund's Church, Parksville on October 9.

EDGINGTON, George William, P2AA, RCN (released 21 Nov 1955) - on February 19, 1990, in Victoria, at the age of 62 years. Born in Victoria on May 7, 1927, he was predeceased by his father, William James Edgington, in 1957. Survived by his mother, Sarah Edgington, his wife, Margaret Jean, children, Ethel (Bob) Rutherford and family, Karey Ann and Robie, Paul (Marika), Brian (Sharon) and son, Tyler, William (Stephanie), Gail (Larry) Wharf and daughters, Leah and Gillisha, Mark (Sema) and daughter, Sibel, John (Michelle) and daughters, Sara, Nicole and Amy, Rachel (Dan) Cox and daughters, Christina and Brittany; three brothers, Bill (Vange), Joe (Anne), Dough (Edna) and his sister, Jenn6 (Paul) Mercer. Mr. Edgington retired from the DND Firefighting Service in 1985, and from Langford Volunteer Fire Department in 1986. He was a member of the RCL Langford Branch No. 91, the Chief's and PO's Association and director of the RCN Angler's Association. Funeral service will be conducted from McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, on Thursday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend K. Strom officiating. Interment to follow n Hatley Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Tributes may be made to the Burn Unit, c/o the Langford Fire Department, 2775 Millstream Road, Victoria, BC or the Cancer Fund, 2206 Richmond Ave, Victoria, BC.

EARNSHAW, Ivan William, C2ER, RCN (released Oct 1969) - Born 28 Mar 1926, died suddenly at home on May 2, 1991 at the age of 65. A resident of Esquimalt for 63 years, he leaves his loving wife of 40 years, Betty; daughter, Kristina and son-in-law Anthony Van der Wereld; son, Kenneth; four grandsons and one granddaughter; a sister, Anna (Pete) Thornburn of Surrey; brother, Don (Bev) of Victoria; also many nieces and nephews. Ivan served with the PPCLI during the Second World War and also with the RCN from 1950 to 1967. He worked for the Dockyard until his retirement in 1986 and was also a lifetime member of the Chiefs and POs Mess. Memorial services will be held from the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive on Tuesday, May 7, at 2: 00 P.M. with Padre H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Heart Fund.

TAPSCOTT, Gene Alan (Nip, Papa Geno), PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - age 81, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2018 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Weston, Ont., he was a son of the late William and Jean (McLean) Tapscott. Gene served as a weapons tech with the Royal Canadian Navy for 33 years. Following retirement, he served in the Reserves with the Submarine Squadron for another three years. He enjoyed golfing, camping and volunteering with First Baptist Church, Dartmouth and at Oakwood Terrace. He loved dancing, travelling and sharing stories with family and friends. Gene is survived by his daughters, Sherlyn (Darrell) Tibbel, Michelle Tapscott, Melissa (Shane) Gaunt, Cindy Mac-Donald (Ainsley), Judy Young (Rob); son, Michael (Yvonne) Young; grandchildren, Vanessa (Tonya), Adam, Amanda (Cory) Robert, Shasta Lee; five great-grandchildren and his first wife, Shirley Adams. He is also survived by his brother, Don (Gail) Tapscott; sister-in-law, Ann Tapscott and many nieces and nephews. Gene was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Wheeler-Tapscott in 2013; siblings, Bob, Glen (Jean) and Marion (Webb) Long. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28th in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St. The funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th in the funeral home chapel, Rev. David Watt officiating, with a reception to follow. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Special thanks to members of QEII for their dedication to those for whom they care.


HMCS GATINEAU - Served in Gatineau in the early 1960s


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan in 1980

PROCHER, Edward John (Ted), CD, RCN / C.A.F. - (1943-2017) It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved, Husband, Father & Grandfather, Ted Procher on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 4:15PM. Ted is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sandra, children Jason, Wendy & Kerry Drew, Grandchildren, Jack, Ava & William, his Mother-in-law, Sylvia Ring, also his brother, aunts, uncles, several cousins & their families. Ted was pre-deceased by his Parents, Bill Procher (1982) & Theda (Crowhurst) Procher (2015). Ted was born in Toronto on October 15th, 1943 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in January of 1962. After basic training, in Cornwallis, NS he was stationed at Shearwater, NS with Squadrons VS880 & HS50 as a Naval Airman. Ted served on ships, HMCS Micmac, Fraser & Bonaventure with his last posting in Summerside, PEI with Squadron VP415. After his Naval Service Ted returned to Ontario and became a member of Peel Regional Police Service. His last career, he said, would be a Consultant to Industry with respect to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods while residing in Brampton and Barrie, ON. Ted & Sandy retired to Wilberforce, ON in 2008 wherein Ted enjoyed fishing, all forms of boating and was an active member in the Wilberforce Royal Canadian Legion Branch 624. Cremation has been entrusted to Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service, Barrie, ON. Private Family Service with a Celebration of Life in March of 2017. In Lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations in Tedís memory may be made to The Hospital for Sick Children (Transplant & Regenerative Medicine Centre, Unit 6A) 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8 OR York Regional Police Association Benevolent Fund, 600 Stonehaven Avenue, Newmarket, ON L3X 2M4




CORMIER, Joseph George Lionel, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - Born 1913  Died 05 May 2006, age 93 years.


Portrait of Lionel Cormier


Newspaper article on the promotion of Lionel Cormier to Skipper Lieutenant, RCNR



HMCS STANDARD COASTER - Appointed to Standard Coaster 11 Feb 1942 as Ch/Skpr, RCNR. Appointed Commanding Officer 13 Jun 1942

CORMIER, Joseph Louis Nazaire, M.B.E., Skpr/Lt, RCNR - Born 1909  Died 1972


CORMIER, Joseph Louis Nazaire, Temporary Chief Skipper - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCNR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 October 1943 and London Gazette of 16 October 1943.  "For displaying courage and skill in carrying out hazardous duties."


Photo: Article on Skipper Lieutenant Louis Cormier being awarded "Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE)"


Photo: Skipper Lieutenant Louis Cormier by the German mine his ship recovered and brought ashore - for which he was awarded the MBE.


HMCS ST ANNE - to ST ANNE 14 Dec 1939 as A/Skpr, RCNR

HMCS LYNX - Served in Lynx 03 Jun 1940 - 24 Jul 1940 as A/Skpr, RCNR.  Re-Appointed to Lynx 26 Aug 1940 as A/Skpr, RCNR

HMCS REINDEER - Appointed to REINDEER 25 Jul 1940 as Skpr, RCNR

HMCS STANDARD COASTER - Appointed Commanding Officer 18 Jun 1945

EARL, Thomas H. (Irish), P2NS, RCN / C.A.F. - Born September 17, 1928. Passed suddenly December 11, 1991, age 63. Remembered with love by wife, Meiri; daughters, Catherine (Rob) and Colleen; grandchild, Brenden; sister, Grace Straka and Thomasina (Truman) Begin, Wyn (Star) Exley; brothers, Jim (Thelma) and Dan. A funeral service will be held Monday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of your choice. 

ELLIOTT, Wilfred A. (Tich), C1VS, RCN (27 Sep 1907 - 02 Apr 1992) - of Victoria passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on April 2, 1992, age 84 years. Survived by his loving wife, Laura; one daughter, Marion (Brian) Clements of Duncan; two sons, John (Evelyn); Richard (Rose) both of Victoria; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service on Monday, April 6, at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1155 Fort Street. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

EXLEY, Stardon (Star), P2EW, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 27 Jun 1981) - in Victoria General Hospital on August 2, 1993, at the age of 54 years. Born in Calgary, Alberta on June 7, 1939. Survived by his loving wife Wyn; sons, Jerry and Dale; daughter, Shauna (Rick) Yardley; grandsons, Curt, Shane and Cody; parents, Len and Trea of Calgary; brothers, Len (Fay) of Abbotsford, Steve (Elaine) of Surrey; sister, Sandy (Dave) Shellenberg of Calgary; brothers and sisters-in-law, Meiri Earl of Victoria, Grace Straka of Seattle, Thomasena (Truman Begin of Grand Forks, BC, Dan Earl of Sechelt and James Earl of Victoria. A service of remembrance will be held in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 798 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood, BC on Friday, August 6, at 10:00 a.m. Cremation. Floral tributes are gratefully declined. the family requests remembrances be in the form of donations to the Victoria Hospice Society or to the Metchosin Lions Club.


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