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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

EDMONDS, Leonard Raymond, C2RM, 10359-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 05 Aug 1950 - 03 Aug 1977) - passed away March 1, 1997 at the age of 67. Born in Regina, Sask. July 29, 1929. Predeceased by his wife Florence. He is survived by his sons Dean and timothy, sister-in-law Marie, brother-in-law Dean, nieces, nephews and a great many friends. Served in the RCN life member of the CPO's Mess, member of the CPO's Assn. & Great Victoria Horseshoe Assoc. Memorial service at Hayward's Thomson & Irving Funeral Home, 1625 Quadra Street, Tuesday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a tea. In lieu of flowers, charity of your choice.

ELSTON, Frank George, C1CM, 40442-E, RCN (served 12 Sep 1936 - 13 Sep 1961) - Born in Brandon, Manitoba on December 1, 1911, passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on Wednesday, February 12, 1997. He is predeceased by his sister, Eva and his twin sister, Flo. Frank will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marjorie; his devoted sons Raymond; grandchildren: Michelle (Rob) Nohr and Kevin Elston; sisters; 'Bud' (George) Longstaff and Kay Rickinson; brother-in-law, Tommy Tomlinson in Vancouver; and several nieces and nephews. Frank (Papa) enjoyed many special times with his grandchildren, Michelle and Kevin at Saxe Point Park. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer First Class on September 12, 1961. Frank went on to spend 15 years with the BC Society for Crippled Children, retiring in October 1976. He was a life member of the Mt. Newton Masonic Lodge No. 89. The family extend special thanks to Dr. Ross McKay, Dr. Dougall and the nursing staff on ward 7C of Victoria General Hospital, who looked after Frank with loving care. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, on Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m. with Mr. Gordon Thurston officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service in Sands Arbor reception Centre. Cremation. Flowers are gratefully declined and donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation.

EASTON, Charles Edmund, CPO (Demobilized 31 Aug 1945) - of Surrey, BC. Born: 04 Aug 1912  Died 02 Aug 1997

ELLIS, Robert (Bob), A/PO.MM, A3374, RCNR (served 29 Aug 1941 - 21 Jan 1946) - of Victoria, BC. Born 25 Oct 1920  Died 13 Mar 1998

EATON, Gordon John, C1PN, 2313, RCN (served 03 Aug 1929 - 09 Mar 1949) (14 Feb 1908 - 11 Jun 2000) - Passed away peacefully on June 11. Gordon leaves his beloved Eileen Mary, and daughters, Marilyn (Bob) Pederson, Sidney, and Jan Striha, Ottawa. He was the devoted Grandpa of Michele (Randy) Heatherington, and Hyra, Onoway, Alberta; Brent (Robyn) Pederson, and Sydne and Graeme, Wetaskiwin; Carrie (Trevor) Michael, Calgary; Melissa (Hilko) Striha, Germany; and Nicole Striha, Ottawa. Gordon will be missed by sister, Dorothy, many nieces and nephews, and a circle of friends and neighbors, having lived in Esquimalt for over 70 years. born in Newcastle, NB, he was predeceased by parents, Sarah and Percy Eaton, brother Emerson and sister, Jean. Gordon enjoyed two careers, over 23 years with the RCN, followed by as many with the T. Eaton Company. An accomplished artist, Gordon was a self-taught fiddle player. His famous spaghetti sauce and life-long fascination with the Spanish language will be fondly remembered by all. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 15 at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, Victoria. Donations to the Victoria Hospice Foundation, 1900 Fort St., Victoria, in Gordon's memory would be appreciated.

BROOKBANK, Wilbur Benjamin (Bill) - age 78, Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully, with loving family at his side, on Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2018, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Rosetown, Sask., he was the son of the late Wilbur and Eva (Smith) Brookbank. Bill served with the Royal Canadian Navy until 1989 as a Sonar Technician, later teaching his craft at CFB Stadacona. He attended Knox United Church, Lower Sackville, and volunteered at Fultz House Museum, Lower Sackville. Bill enjoyed woodworking, traveling, watching sports and cheering on his favourite teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. Bill played hockey and curled as a young man in Rosetown, Sask., and rekindled his joy of curling, once retired from the Navy. Bill loved his family reunions, of which there were many across the country over the years. He wouldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the company of his many cousins and their families. Bill and Lorraine enjoyed many summers at the cottage Bill built on the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jean Lorraine (McNeil); sons, John Brookbank (Jeanne Buffett), Halifax; Stephen Brookbank (Marcia Laskowski), Halifax; grandchildren, Tyler Brookbank, Brandon Brookbank, Paige Brookbank, Niki Lacroix; sister, Carol (Dale) Skelton, Rosetown, Sask.; sister-in-law, Wilma (Paul), Harrington, Del.; brother-inlaw, Archie (Kathy), Westboro, Mass.; many wonderful nieces and nephews. Bill’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 28th, in Knox United Church, 567 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville, from where the Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, March 29th; Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett officiating. Reception will follow in the church hall. Interment in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Rd., Middle Sackville. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Bill’s memory to Muscular Dystrophy Canada or Knox United Church (General Fund) are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro.

 

HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS SAGUENAY

MARSHALL, John Ronald (Ron), C2RM, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 79. Passed away March 2018. Originally from St. John’s, N.L., Ron attended St. Patrick’s School before moving to Halifax at age 17 to join the Royal Canadian Navy where he served for 35 years. During his career, he was deployed on various destroyers sailing throughout North America and Europe with duties that included communications technician and clearance diver. He was also an electronics/ communications instructor at CFB Stadacona and platoon commander at CFB Cornwallis. Although he served in peacetime, fatalities at sea were not uncommon with the worst tragedy occurring off the coast of England in 1969 when an explosion on the HMCS Kootenay, the sister ship to his vessel, the HMCS Saguenay, resulted in 53 injuries and nine deaths followed by burial at sea from HMCS Saguenay. His experiences created an understanding of the unique stresses faced by military members and their families leading to a final posting at the Military Family Resource Centre in Halifax. He also studied psychology at Saint Mary’s University during this time. After retirement, he brought his knowledge and experience to CFB Gander and CFB Cornwallis where he coordinated the establishment of the Military Family Resource Centres on those bases. He also taught Human Resource Management at the Nova Scotia Community College and instructed fleet captains and crews with Clearwater Seafoods. For the last several years, he assisted his wife in running Grange Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Annapolis Royal. Ron was a leader, mentor and teacher. Patient, thoughtful and stoic, Ron touched many lives during his 79 years. Survived by his devoted wife, Maude (Spurrell); children, Lori (Mark), Mark (Daphne) and Rob (Tram); grandchildren, Joel, Nathaniel, Gabrielle, Alison and Illythia; siblings, Dorothy, George Jr., Dolores (Ron), Sheila, Diane (Bill), Susan (Joe) and Keith (Marydale); as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Anne (Murphy). Special thanks to Dr. Ken Buchholz and the nursing staff for their excellent care. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29th in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Annapolis Royal with Rev. Juanita Barteaux and Canon Ken Vaughan officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be at a later date. Donations in memory may be sent to Annapolis West Health Foundation.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS CAP DE LA MADELINE

LE GARE, Hector, AB, A2084, RCNR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 14 Jan 1919 son of Hector O. and Hazel D. Le Gare, of Toronto, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

LYNCH, Budd Frederick, Victualling Assistant, 40613, RCN, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 15 Mar 1919 son of Charles F. and Ina C. Lynch, of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Mrs. Lynch was a member of the Remembrance Association, Silver Cross Women of Canada, Wheat City Chapter, Brandon, Manitoba.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

MAZIERE, George, AB, V5309, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940 - HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 15 May 1917 son of Mrs. G. Maziere, Verdun, QC. Able Seaman Maziere is buried in the Barrow-in Furness Cemetery, Lancashire England.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

MORRISON, David Adamson, OS, V7587, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 16 Dec 1921 son David A. and Annie Morrison, of Toronto, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

PURVIS, Henry OS, 3585, RCN, killed - 01 Dec 1940 - HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 27 Jan 1921 son of Henry and Ellen Louisa Purvis, of New Westminster, BC. 

 

Ordinary Seaman Henry Purvis tried to enlist into the navy two times in 1937 but was not accepted until January 15, 1939. He was born in County Durham England and the family move to British Columbia, in 1928 and settled in Merrett. He was educated at Merritt Public and High School, Merrett, B.C. He was unmarried and is survived by his mother, Mrs. E. L. Purvis, New Westminster, B.C. He is buried in the Barrow-in-Furness Cemetery, Lancashire, England.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

ROSS, Duncan Boston, Lt (E), RCNVR, MPK - 15 Nov 1942, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 26 Jul 1917 son of Dr. George W. and Margaret W. Ross, of Toronto, ON.

 

Lieutenant Ross served aboard HMCS Saguenay when on November 15, 1942, Saguenay was rammed by the Panamanian freighter Azra off Cape Race, Newfoundland. The impact of the collision set off Saguenay's depth charges, which blew off her stern. Lieutenant Ross was killed in this accident.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

 

SPENCER, Frederick, OS, V16051, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 28 Oct 1920 son Nellie Spencer, of Port Arthur, ON.

 

Ordinary Seaman Spencer is buried in the Barrow-in-Furness Cemetery, Lancashire, England.

 

Telegram announcing the death of OS Spencer

 

Book of Remembrance Entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

STRICKLAND, Stanley George, AB, A1657, RCNR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 01 Sep 1921 son of Cecil and Maria Strickland, of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.

 

Personal Information: Able Seaman Stanley George Strickland was born at Halifax, N.S., on September 18, 1921. George Strickland was educated at St. James High School at Channell, Newfoundland, where he had resided prior to joining the service. He was reported December 09, 1940, as "Missing, presumed killed in Action." Able Seaman Strickland was a member of the crew of the gallantly-fated ship H.M.C.S. Saguenay, which was torpedoed while engaging a submarine in the Eastern Atlantic. He lost his life together with some twenty-one other ratings who at that time were reported missing, and eighteen other who were wounded. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Maria Strickland of Channell, Port-Aux-Basque, Newfoundland

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

SWEENEY, Charles Henry, LS, 2164, RCN, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 14 Jun 1907 son of Thomas and Minnie Sweeney; and husband of Dorothy Sweeney, all of Halifax, NS.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

TYNDALL, William David, OS, 3607, RCN, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 05 Jan 1921 son of Edward Gordon Tyndall and Bernice C. Tyndall, of Erksine, AB.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

 

TWEEDIE, John Samuel David Dickson, OS, V7417, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Born 23 Feb 1915 son of David and Martha Tweedie, of Toronto, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

LEONARD, Serge, Steward, RCAF - beloved husband of Karen Leonard of Yorkton passed away peacefully the morning of September 5, 2016 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina with his family by his side. Serge was born on February 24, 1948 and was adopted at age two and a half by Alice and Alderic Leonard of Montreal, QC. He grew up in Montreal and went to school until the age of sixteen when he joined the Canadian Armed Forces. Following seven years of service, he decided to leave the military and worked several jobs until deciding to train as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Regina. He graduated in 1982 and worked at the Yorkton Mental Health Centre in various capacities for 34 years. He met Karen Yurchuk and they married in 1986. They had their first daughter Danielle Randi in 1989 followed by Breanna Rae in 1992. Serge loved his family very much and always put their needs first. Following retirement in November 2014, he continued to work part-time and took a memorable trip to Mexico with great friends. He also loved spending time at their cabin at Good Spirit Lake which he enjoyed for the past 22 years. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Karen, daughters Danielle (Robert Papequash) and Breanna, sister Linda Leonard of Saint-Eustache, QC, sister-in-law Julie (Dave) Matichuk of Yorkton, nieces Melina Ouimet of Saint-Eustache, QC, Tammy Yurchuk (Dan MacLean) of Weyburn, Jennifer Yurchuk of Kimberley, BC and nephew Garret Yurchuk (Lisa Ruf) of Saskatoon. Serge was predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law Randy Yurchuk. Funeral Services in celebration of Serge’s life were held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Crystal Bailey B,Th, Certified Celebrant officiating. Family tributes were written by Danielle and Breanna Leonard. A tribute, words of remembrance and a poem were read by Linda Leonard, Jennifer Yurchuk and Garret Yurchuk. Rayanne Krahenbil sang a solo ‘Humble and Kind’. Interment followed in the Garden of Devotion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Karen, Danielle and Brieanna Leonard serving as the urnbearers. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com Memorials in memory of Serge may be made toward Scholarships for Psychiatric Nursing at Sask Polytech or towards The Canadian Mental Health Association as gifts of remembrance.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

ERVEN, Keith Bertel, C1ER, 22353-E, RCN (served 30 Nov 1945 - 06 Oct 1971) - passed away peacefully on July 11, 2000, showing strength and courage in his battle with cancer. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Pauline of 50 years; and his children, Charlotte, Bruce, Bob, Dale, Terry, Carl (Tina); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Ethel, Veryl, and Edna, brother, Merville (Dorothy); many nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends. Many thanks for the loving care to the Hospice staff and volunteers. A memorial service will be held at the Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road, on Friday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m. Family burial only. Memorial tea 3:45 p.m. at the Esquimalt United Church. Flowers are gratefully declined and donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society, or the Esquimalt United Church.

EMMERSON, Ronald, C2RT, 3375-E / LCdr, RCN (served 24 Apr 1939 - 22 Feb 1971) - after 33 years of service. Passed away peacefully in hospital, November 9, 2000 at the ago of 80. Beloved husband of 56 years to Margaret (nee Buchan). Lovign and cherished father of Gary (Bonnie) Emmerson, Calgary, Alberta and Sharon (Mike) Wickware, Ottawa, Ontario. Lovingly remembered by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Survived by a dear brother, Eric (Hazel) Emmerson, Calgary, Alberta; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Hurford and Kay Chapman, both of Vancouver, B.C., Phyllis Buchan, Fernie, BC Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews and many dear friends. He loved life and will be sadly missed. A special thank you to the Royal Jubilee Hospital Transitional Care Unit staff for the excellent care and support Ron and Marg received throughout. Ron was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island, C & PO's Association, Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Branch No. 172, Past President of Korea Veterans Association, 50 year member of the Masonic Lodges, O.E.S. Victoria #17, member of Columbia #1, R.A.M., Past Preceptor, Western Gate Preceptory #84, was a 32nd degree Mason (Scottish Rite), member of Gizeh Temple and the Janizaries Marching Unite, Nile Temple Legion of Honor, and Past President, Victoria Shrine Club 1994. Service of Remembrance will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC on Monday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Canon Andrew E. Gates officiating. refreshments to follow in the Sands Arbor Reception Centre. Cremation entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations in Ron's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 276-2950 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC or the Shriner's Children's Hospital Foundation, C/o Victoria Shrine Club, PO Box 5369, Station B, Victoria, BC.

EWART, Jack, PO DEMS, A3480, RCNR (served 26 May 1932 - 11 Oct 1945) - of Rosedale, BC. Born 26 Oct 1921 - 22 Apr 2002

ESCOTT, Stanley Arthur (Stan), C2HT, V9788, RCNVR / 23284, RCN / R3636, RCN(R) (served 10 Apr 1940 - 27 Jan 1965) - late of Chilliwack passed away March 4, 2003 at the age of 88 years. He was born January 27, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Stanley was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 4 Chilliwack. Private cremation, Valley Crematorium, Chilliwack. He is survived by his wife Joan, 2 sons Barry Escott of Kamloops, Richard Escott of Coquitlam, daughter Diane Grills of Chilliwack, numerous grandchildren and great-granddaughter and 1 great-great-granddaughter, Julia. Should family and friends so desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Jubilee Pavillion of the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria.

EBURNE, Andrew G., C2LT, RCN - died March 5, 2003 peacefully at home in the hand of the Lord. Born March 19, 1926 in Vancouver. Andy is survived by Rosemary his loving wife of 52 years, children David, Gwyneth (Murray), Harry (Judy), George (Kerri) and grandchildren David, Samantha, Tracey, Alex, Dana, Sara and Tyson. Andrew will be fondly remembered by members of the many Anglican Parishes on Vancouver Island where he gave freely of his energy in the service of the Lord. The family sends our thanks to those who helped us with his fight with cancer: Dr. Michael Thompson and staff, Cowichan Community Nurse and Homecare Workers, the staff at Shawnigan Lake Pharmacy, and special friend, Brenda. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice, or perform a random act of kindness. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8th at 3:30 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, 3295 Cobble Hill Road.

WORMWORTH, Thomas Claude, AB, 3201, RCN, MPK - 17 Dec 1940, HMS ACHERON - born 12 Oct 1920 son of Bertrand Claude and Florence Wormworth, of New Westminster, BC.

 

Able Seaman Thomas Claude Wormworth of Vancouver is listed as missing believed killed. He went overseas to take a special naval course and was on loan to the Royal Navy. Able Seaman Wormworth of Swift Current was the son of Bertrand Claude and Florence Wormworth later of New Westminster, British Columbia. Thomas was born at Prince Albert and the carillon at St. Albans Anglican cathedral, Prince Albert, was dedicated to his memory and that of 28 of his fellow parishioners. He was a student when he enlisted on June 08, 1938 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, British Columbia.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMS ACHERON

BISHOP, George Richard, OS, 3898, RCN, died - 31 Dec 1940, HMCS NADEN - Born 20 Sep 1920 son of Raymond G. Bishop and Thelma E. Bishop, of Vancouver.

 

Ordinary Seaman G. R. Bishop was on leave and died in Vancouver General Hospital, due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head causing cerebral hemorrhage, laceration of the brain and fractures of the skull.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS NADEN

LAWSON, Robert Frederick, LCdr, O-41017, RCN, died - 24 Feb 1941, HMCS HOCHELAGA - Born 24 Oct 1895, husband of Estelle D. Lawson, of Westmount.

 

LCdr R.F. Lawson died in Montréal of heart failure due to a massive heart attack. He is buried in the Mount Royal Cemetery, Montréal, Québec.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS CONSTANCE, HMS/m H10 (05 Jun 1916 as Slt, RCN, 1st Lt), HMCS HOCHELAGA (2ND)

MILLS, Robert James, OS, 3885, RCN, died - 21 Mar 1941, HMCS NIOBE - Born 14 Jan 1923 son of Ellen Mills, of Calgary, AB.

 

Ordinary Seaman Robert James Mills was stationed at Plymouth, England and employed with the Royal Navy in A.R.P. fire fighting and assisted with evacuation of civilians. Ordinary Seaman Mills was killed in a heavy German air attack on Plymouth, England. A large number of victims were buried as unidentified in a communal grave due to the condition of the dead that had been recovered. It is likely that Mills was one of those that could not be identified, thus interred in communal grave.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS NIOBE (2ND)

ROBERTSON, Henry Wilson L/Sto, X/41058, RCN died - 23 Mar 1941, HMCS ARROWHEAD - Born 24 Feb 1894 son of Robert and Caroline Robertson, husband of Margaret Robertson, of Montreal, QC.

 

Leading Stoker H. W. Robertson died in the South Dock, Sunderland, England. He was returning to the ship from shore when he fell from the quay onto the dock, the War Reserve police heard a shout and on flashing his torch over the water he saw Henry struggling to keep afloat. A lifebuoy and rope were thrown to Henry but he appeared too exhausted to seize the buoy, and he drowned.

 

Leading Stoker Henry Wilson Robertson was a naval veteran of the Great War. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. His widow who lives in Montréal has received a message of sympathy from King George VI.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS ARROWHEAD

EDEN, Donald Albert, Paymaster Slt, O-21776, RCN, Killed - 31 Mar 1941, HMS BONAVENTURE - Born 15 Sep 1917 son of Louis A. and Helen Eden, of New Westminster, BC.

 

Sub-Lieutenant Donald Albert Eden, age 21 was well known in New Westminster. He was a former carrier for the Vancouver Sun in New Westminster has been killed in action with the Royal Navy, aboard H.M.S. Bonaventure according to a casualty list released by Ottawa. Sub-Lieutenant Eden was born in Moose Jaw and is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. and Helen Eden, 1724 Seventh Avenue, New Westminster and had been with the navy since August 1937. He was educated at New Westminster graduated from Duke of Connaught High School. Donald was born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and was a student when he enlisted on April 19, 1937 at Esquimalt British Columbia. In August 1937 he went to England and received his commission as a sub lieutenant in August 1940. He also served on the H.M.S. Royal Oak, Berwick, and Orion and was with the H.M.S. Bonaventure when he was killed. He last saw his parents in 1939 when H.M.S. Orion visited Vancouver. Besides his parents he leaves a brother, Charles.

 

Book of  Remembrance entry

 

HMS ROYAL OAK, HMS BERWICK, HMS ORION, HMS BONAVENTURE

PAUL, Lawrence Alexander, Radio Controller, RCN - Chief Lawrence Alexander Paul was born on July 23, 1934,  in Saint John, New Brunswick, after suffering a long illness, surrounded by family and friends, passed away at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, on Wednesday night, May 28, 2014, he was 79. Chief Paul was raised on the Shubenacadie Indian Reserve, now Indian Brook, and attended the Indian day school on the Reserve. Later in life Paul joined the Canadian Navy and Army. He attended many educational courses during his younger years and was a graduate of Success Business College, Truro. He was also a graduate of one of the world's great institutions, the University of Life, which served him well by providing him with the negotiating skills and lobbying tactics that he utilized very skillfully in his role as Band Chief, which realized many groundbreaking economic opportunities for his community and for other First Nation Communities. Paul served several terms as a Millbrook Mi'kmaw community Band Councillor and went on to serve 28 years as the community's Chief. Among his many outstanding accomplishments were he was the driving force behind the founding of the Millbrook Power Center, a founding chief of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, the Atlantic Policy Congress, etc. In recognition of his economic development skills Saint Mary's University, November 14, 2004, awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree. Among other honours Atlantic Canada's Business Magazine named him one of the area's top 50 CEOs and he was named 2001 Newsmaker of the Year by the Truro Daily News. Chief Paul was predeceased by his parents, William Gabriel Paul and Sarah Agnes Noel; a son Shawn; brothers Frank, John and Robert; sisters, Francis, Eileen, Sylvia, Violet Lewis and Rhoda. He is survived by his estranged wife Jane Markie; sons Chief Terry Paul (Tracy), John Paul and Lance Paul; two daughters Sharon Touchie (Dave) and Cindy Paul. He is also survived by brother, Daniel Paul; sisters, Jane Adema, Evelyn Paul, Rebecca Paolini, Rosalita Macmillan and two special foster sisters, Starlene Wysote and Violet Paul; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and dozens of nieces, nephews and god children. (Truro Daily News 31 May 2014)

 

Lawrence Paul is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, in the Millbrook Mi`kmaq First Nations Reserve, Millbrook, NS. On one side of his headstone is marked "The Chief"

 

Photo of Chief Lawrence Paul

 

HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS MAGNIFICENT

HENBREY, John Eldon, P2BN, RCN (25 Mar 1923 - 27 Feb 2018) - age 94, passed away in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, on February 27th with family by his side. Born in Ottawa, John was the son of William Frederick and Emma Overton, and was the youngest of eight children and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Dad was married to his best friend Lillian, for 73 years and sadly was predeceased by Lillian three weeks before his own passing. They are together forever now with other Angels in Heaven. John is survived by his children, Bob, Truro; Betty (Richard) Wile, Dartmouth; and Gary (Debbie), Ontario; grandchildren, Allan (Kim) Larkin, Mark (Dawn) Larkin, Teri Forrester, British Columbia; Scott, Ontario; Amy, Truro; Robin (John) Laska, Truro; Tony (Monika) Wile, Carolyn (Greg) Mac-Lean and Tim (Elizabeth) Henbrey, Ontario; along with nine greatgrandchildren. John was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Elaine; and his granddaughter, Jodi. Dad was a hard-working man and had his first job at the young age of 14 as a delivery boy for Birk’s Jewelers, which must have been the source of his appreciation for fine jewelry. Dad was very proud to have been in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years, having served in the Second World War and on numerous ships after the war, some of which were the HMCS Lauzon, Bonaventure, Kootenay, Restigouche, and Columbia. Dad was on the HMCS Athabaskan during her commissioning during the Second World War. One of his postings was Cornwallis where he was assigned to Joining Block for the new Officer trainees. Dad enjoyed marching these future Naval leaders especially when it was time for their custom military haircuts. Once out of the Navy, Dad worked continuously at various jobs to ensure he always took care of his family - Dominion Stores, Canadian Tire, Dartmouth School Board, Canada Post, and an apartment building Superintendent. Dad enjoyed keeping busy with hobbies like tole painting, wood carving, woodworking, bowling, Senior Centre activities, gardening, cameras/ video equipment and personal computers. Dad started his love for video recordings over 40 years ago and whenever there was a family occasion or a parade, dad’s video equipment was running. Dad purchased his first computer at the tender age of 70 and his interest continued into his 90’s. He was very persistent when encountering a problem with his PC, but if necessary, would go buy a new one and start all over. Dad was a 'gadget' guy and enjoyed trying out the latest in cameras, personal computers, TVs, iPads, appliances - he believed no gadget was too complicated for him. Dad and Mom were fiercely independent but were inseparable. Dad enjoyed combing through the weekly flyers and then he and mom would head out in his car to find the best deals. Dad was always a gentleman ensuring he held the doors open for the ladies, bought flowers for mom on a regular basis, and showered mom with jewelry every chance he had. Dad lived a long life while enjoying his ice cream, cheese, candies, sweets, John’s fish and chips and a cold Labatt Blue as often as he wished. It was only after diagnosis of early stage Dementia very late in life that their world began to change. Throughout the final months, Dad was defiant in his belief he could take care of anything that came his way for both he and mom and was determined to take care of mom and keep them together to the end. He did accomplish that and mom and dad were the only married veteran couple living in the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. The family is very thankful for the compassionate care provided by the staff of V4E. As per dad’s request, he has been cremated in his RCN uniform, hat tally for the HMCS Columbia and a white ensign. There will be no service and interment will be at a future date.

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS LAUZON, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS COLUMBIA

JANES, Philip, C.A.F. (Navy) - of Eastern Passage. It is with great sadness that the family of the late Leading Seaman Philip James Janes announces his passing on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Oceanview Continuing Care Center in Eastern Passage, at the age of 56. Born in Port aux Basques, N.L., Philip was a son of Gerald and Vera Janes. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Craig Gale and his mother-in-law, Phyllis Musseau. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories, his wife, Josephine Janes. Leaving to mourn with a lifetime of precious memories are his children, Terry (Tyana) of Cold Lake, Alta.; and Matthew (Katie) of Dartmouth. Philip will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren, Bodhi Janes and Ivy Janes. He is also survived by his sisters, Wanda Jeans of Cole Harbour; Kimberly Gale of Corner Brook, N.L.; Paula Janes of Port aux Basques, N.L.; Cynthia Ryan of Elmsdale; Geraldine (Russell) Harvey of Botwood, N.L.; Penny Janes of Port aux Basques, N.L.; and brother, Christopher Janes of Cole Harbour; father-in-law, Ronald (Irene) Musseau of Port aux Basques, N.L.; sisters- in-law, Darlene (Tony) Legge, of Port aux Basques, N.L.; Denise Musseau (Tanner and Riley Musseau-Seaward) of St. John’s, N.L.; a large circle of nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends especially Eddie Laing of Eastern Passage and Brian Osmond of Codroy Valley, N.L. Philip had been fortunate to be in the loving care of the staff and volunteers of Oceanview Continuing Care Centre in Eastern Passage. During his lifetime, Philip touched the lives of many people through his community involvement, 15 years of Scouting in Nova Scotia and serving his country in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years before retiring in 2001. Philip loved the outdoors and dearly enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He was truly a gift to everyone. Visitation is taking place today, Wednesday, March 28th from 7-9 p.m. in Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home, 5 Cow Bay Rd., Eastern Passage. Donations in his memory can be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Division. Interment to follow at a later date.

 

HYCIEK, Frank Mike - Born September 13, 1924 in Jordanow, Poland. Frank Hyciek, of Calgary, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the age of 93 years. Frank immigrated to Canada in 1939. He served three years with the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII in the North Atlantic. Frank worked for Tynan Furniture from the end of the Second World War until his retirement. Frank is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jocelyn; two grandsons, Cole and Matthew; great-granddaughter Taylor; he is also survived by a daughter Michelle. He was predeceased by his wife Winnifred; and two sons, Robert and Sandy. Frank had requested that there not be a funeral service. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Special Olympics Calgary, 3676 – 48th Ave. N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5C8 Telephone: (403)735-1022. In living memory of Frank Hyciek, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park..

SKINNER, James Harding (Jim), Stoker, RCN (04 Sep 1937 - 21 Mar 2018) - It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather at The Arborg and District Hospital with his beloved wife and family by his side. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Donna, of 52 years; children Heather (Ron) Einarson of Arborg, MB and Keith (Sarah) Skinner of Upper Hutt, NZ; along with his six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. He leaves to mourn his siblings - Shirley Middleton, Jack (Heather) Skinner, Heather (Roger) Reay and Ruth Skinner. Jim was predeceased by his father James K. Skinner and mother Frances E. Skinner. Jim served in the Royal Canadian Navy for ten years as a stoker where he later met the love of his life, Donna. Jim and Donna were married in 1966 which was then followed by the birth of their two children. Jim worked at the Selkirk Steam Plant for several years as an operator. Shortly after, they began their journey into Northern Manitoba. They travelled to Jenpeg, Laurie River, Gillam and Grand Rapids while Jim worked as a Stationary Engineer for Manitoba Hydro. Prior to his retirement from Manitoba Hydro he enjoyed travelling to Texas in the winters and riding his motorcycle with his wife to Sturgis in the summers. After retirement he took on part time jobs at Petro Canada and the Evergreen School Division. Jim was one of the founders of Arborg's Chilli Fest which was a local charitable fundraiser. He treasured the time that he spent with his grandchildren and loved having them around the house, taking them out for lunch or on road trips around Manitoba and Ontario. He enjoyed his coffee times with "The Senate" at Zan's and Chicken Chef. Jim was also well known for the many stories that he told. He thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for the Arborg Ice Dawgs, which consumed a large majority of his time. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Arborg, Gimli and St. Boniface Hospitals, along with STARS and the Interlake Paramedics for the outstanding care that was provided in the last couple of months. At Jim's request there will be no funeral service or viewing. A celebration of his life will be planned for a later date, as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers you may make your donation in his memory to The Manitoba Heart Foundation or The Arborg and District Hospital. "So, when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart. For every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart." (Winnipeg Free Press 24 Mar 2018)

EMBERTON, Ivor, C2WS, RCN (retired 15 Sep 1965) - passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family March 10, 2004. born in Lougheed, Alberta, June 12, 1923. Ivor is survived by his loving wife Donna of 53 years, sons Earl (Julia), Peter (Betty-Lou), Anthony, John and daughters Mahara Jacksen, Margaret, Donna Marie Fulkerth (Bryne), Frances Sketch and five grandchildren, sister Edna may Francis (Bruce) Nanaimo, and numerous nephews and nieces. Ivor joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940 and served for 25 years. He saw active duty in the Second World War and Korean War. he is a life member of the Superannuities National Association and a member of the Fairfield Activity Centre Society. Prayers will be offered in First Memorial Chapel at 1155 Fort St. Victoria on March 14, 2004 at 3:15 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday March 15, 2004 at 9:30 AM at St. Andrews Cathedral. Fr. Benoit Laplante celebrant. In lieu of flowers, Ivor's family would appreciate your donation to St. Vincent De Paul, 4349 West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC or the BC Cancer Foundation. Special gratitude is extended to Dr. Judith Jones RP1 Jubilee Hospital, Dr. C. Atkins, Dr. B. Weinerman and Dr. Battershill and the Pallative Response Team for all their professional care.

 

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ERICKSON, William (Bill), C2ER, 22204-E, RCN (served 02 Mar 1943 - 02 Sep 1963) - of Port Coquitlam, BC. Born 25 Nov 1924  Died 20 Sep 2006.

ELDRIDGE, Richard, C2TI / Lt (LD), RCN / C.A.F. (served 15 Jul 1941 - 10 Mar 1975) - born July 10, 1924 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Richard (Dick) passed away suddenly March 7, 2005 in the home he helped to build in 1947. Dick was the beloved husband of Joan, his wife of 59 years and devoted father of Catherine (Nick), Elizabeth (Michael), Richard (Mavis), John (Monica) and David. Predeceased by his brother, Edward and cats, Ming and Susie Wong, and survived by his brother, Jack. He greatly enjoyed his eight grandchildren; Dagny, Scott, Shaun, Andrea, Kaitlyn, Sam, Rosa and Sally. Dick's family moved to Metchosin, on Vancouver Island, in 1934 and a year later settled further north at Westholme. He joined the Canadian navy in 1941 as a boy seamen and served on several warships in the Second World War and the Korean War. He made the navy his career and completed his officer's training in Portsmouth in 1954. He served in Halifax, Shelburne, Hamilton, Ottawa and Victoria where he retired in 1975. He then went to work for the B.C. Provincial Government in the Legislature where he honed a keen interest in politics. Before and after retirement he developed a strong interest in gardening and orchards. He joined the B.C. Fruit Testers Association and worked diligently to preserve and document heritage apples. For several years he helped to identify apple specimens at fruit exhibitions while developing many lasting friendships. Cherry Point was a true passion where he laboured with Joan and his brother, Jack, son, John and close friend, Danny to burnish a piece of heaven on earth enjoyed by many family, friends and highland cattle. His avid reading which alloyed with his strong beliefs in right and wrong inspired him to be a prolific writer to "Letters to the Editor" in an effort to correct the mumpsimus ways of society. Dick was truly a value conscious person holding family and friends in the highest regard. His gift will long be remembered and serve as an inspiration for us all. A memorial service and reception will be held Monday, March 14/05, 3:00pm at McCalls Funeral Home, 1400 Vancouver Street, Victoria. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Mar 2005)

 

HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS DAWSON, HMCS WESTMOUNT, HMCS POUNDMAKER, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS CRESCENTHMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS SAULT STE MARIE, HMCS TORONTO, HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS SWANSEA

EBBELING, Lenard Erington (Len), C1MR, 3436-E, RCN (served 31 Jul 1939 - 31 Jul 1960) - was born October 27, 1919, to Swedish Immigrants in Manson, Manitoba. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II during which time he met and married Catherine Walker, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland. Following the war the couple returned to Canada where Len completed his Naval career in Esquimalt, BC. Len and a Navy buddy purchased the Sooke River Hotel in 1957, selling it ten years later, and returned to Cordova Bay to retire with his wife. He had a lifetime passion for golf and was a member at Gorge Vale and Royal Colwood, enjoying the game into his early eighties. Len was predeceased by his wife Catherine in 2005 after a marriage of 63 years. He is survived by his son Ken, daughter in law Teresa, grandchildren Michael and Roberta Jean, and brother Reg. The family is eternally indebted to live-in caregivers Anne DeGuzman and Lydia Maniti-Webber, each of whom provided positive reinforcement with patience and compassion to Len and Catherine during their final years. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday December 27, 2006 at First Memorial Funeral Services 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC at 10:00 am. (Victoria Times Colonist 24 Dec 2006)

EDGEWORTH, Robert A. (Bob), P2ER, 28175-E / N12310299, RCN / C.A.F. (served 20 Feb 1956 - 27 Feb 1981) - of Prince George, BC. Born 27 Dec 1936  Died 31 May 2008

CRAIG, Gordon Robert, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3704, RCN, MPK - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 11 Mar 1923 son of Violet Carter Craig, of Victoria, BC.

 

Ordinary Telegraphist Gordon Robert Craig died on the Nerissa which was a chartered troop ship that was torpedoed by U552 off the coast of Ireland on a voyage from Halifax to Liverpool with a loss of 207 lives. He was the son of Violet Craig (remarried as Mrs. Carter). Gordon was born at Moose Jaw, on March 11, 1923. He was educated at the Technical School at Vancouver and Victoria Boys' Central School, and the Central Victoria High School. He was barely 17 when he enlisted into the R.C.N. at Esquimalt British Columbia, on May 06, 1940 as a seaman boy. He was well known locally in sports, winning cups for boxing and certificates in swimming contests. He was unmarried and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Violet Carter, of 567 Walter St., Victoria, British Columbia.

 

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CRAIG, Wilson Henry, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3706, RCN, MPK - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 14 Jan 1921 son of John B. and Sarah Craig, Lethbridge, AB.

 

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S.S. NERISSA

HARVEY, Barnett, Slt, O-31435, RCN, MPK - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 19 Oct 1920 son of Barnett and Agnes Edit Harvey, Courtenay, BC.

 

Slt Barnett Harvey, RCN, was born at Comox, BC, on October 19, 1920. He was educated at Courtenay Public and High Schools, and at Brentwood College at Victoria, BC. He joined the RCN in August 1938, at Victoria, was reported on May 6yh, 1941 as "Missing, believed lost on war service." Slt Harvey was unmarried and is survived by his morther, Mrs. A.E. Harvey, 1241 Monterey Ave., Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, and his father, Capt. B. Harvey of the P.C.M.R., Victoria, BC, and his sister, who is 2nd Lieut. B.P. Harvey ofthye C.W.A.C., Ottawa, Ont.

 

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KITCHING, Stuart Templeton, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3707, RCN, MPK - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 08 Apr 1921, sn of Harold and Mary Ethel Kitching of Victoria, BC.

 

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McCRINDLE, Robert Reynolds, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3692, RCN, MPK - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 24 Feb 1921 son of Naida McCrindle; bother of Isabella McCrindle, of Calgary, AB. O/Tel McCrindle transferred from the RCNVR (V13304) to the RCN (3692) on 05 May 1940.

 

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NIXON, Francis Robert Woodcock, Paymaster Commander, O-55522, RCN, MPK - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 08 Feb 1904, son of Arthur P.W. and Edith Margaret Nixon; husband of Eleanor Florence Nixon, all of Victoria, BC.

 

Francis Robert Woodcock Nixon, always known as Jack, was born in Duncan, B.C. on 8th February, 1904. His family farmed on Thetis Island, close to Chemainus, B.C. on Vancouver Island. He received his early education at Ganges' Private School on Saltspring Island, a small school run and owned by his future father-in-law. In 1914, Jack's father died unexpectedly leaving his widow with two young boys to raise. Financially, things were very tight.

Jack went to the Royal Naval College of Canada at Naden to complete his education and prepare for a career as a Naval officer. Just after his 17th birthday, on 15 February 1921, he was given the opportunity by Cmdr. Nixon (no relation), the Commander of the College, to leave the college early and go to sea as a Paymaster Cadet. This meant he would now be able to contribute much needed money to his mother.

Jack served on HMS Hood (18 March 1921 - 21 March 1922) when she was on her world tour with the Prince of Wales. He became a Paymaster Midshipman on 16 January 1922, one year after leaving the college. He returned to Canada on HMS Vindictive and transferred to HMCS Naden in Esquimalt, B.C .(April 1922 - December 1922) He returned to the Hood from 28 January 1923 - 20 January 1925. He became an Acting Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant on 14 January 1924, shortly before his 20th birthday. On leaving the Hood, the Captain reported that "he conducted himself to my entire satisfaction. Most hardworking and zealous and has a keen sense of duty. Should make an efficient and reliable Accountant Officer."

From April 1925 until August 1927, Jack served on HMS Vindictive. During this time he was promoted to Paymaster Lieutenant. He then returned to Victoria for leave and temporary duty at HMCS Naden (13 August 1927 – 28 February 1928). This gave him time to propose to Nora Tolson and make plans for a wedding on 3 July 1928.

After their wedding and a brief honeymoon, the newlyweds climbed aboard a train to start their married life in Ottawa where Jack was working at Headquarters (N.I.D.). These were happy times. They canoed and camped in the Gatineau Hills and on the Ottawa River, skied for the first time, met many other young couples, and made some lifelong friends both in and out of the Navy.

Jack and Nora moved from Ottawa to Halifax. From February 1931 to May 1932, Jack was taking courses – many of them in England. As well as taking an Accountant Officers' Technical Course in Portsmouth, he earned a diploma in the Practical Meat Inspection in City Markets from the Corporation of London, and a Certificate (with honours) in Competency in Cooking from the National Training School of Cookery in London. This gave him the knowledge to competently victual a ship – one of the duties of a Paymaster and Supply officer. Nora joined him in England so they were able to explore the countryside and visit relatives.

In May 1932 Jack and Nora returned home to Vancouver Island and HMCS Naden. They settled in Esquimalt and started their family. In February 1933, their first daughter, Margaret, arrived. In March 1933 Jack was promoted to Acting Paymaster Lieut. Commander. In January 1935 they had their second daughter, Edith. Jack's career was progressing well, their children had their grandparents nearby, and life was good. When he left Naden in December 1935, his commanding officer reported that "Paymaster Lieut.-Cmdr. Nixon conducted himself with utmost zeal, loyalty, ability, and tact and in every respect to my entire satisfaction."

In January 1936, Jack, Nora, and their two girls were transferred to Halifax where they lived in a rented house at the head of Bedford Basin. Jack was an Accountant Officer for HMC Ships and Establishments East Coast. In July '38 his commanding officer, Cmdr. Creery, reported that he "found his sound judgment and advice of great benefit." On 1 December, 1938 Jack was promoted to Commander. He was responsible for guiding the Accounting Branch through its tremendous expansion as war approached. In October 1940, he was made Command Accountant Officer. During this busy time, the family moved from Bedford to a house close to the Naval Base in Halifax.

In April 1941, Jack decided to go to England to inspect the Canadian Naval installation he had been setting up from Canada. Nora was expecting their third child in July so it seemed like an opportune time to go so he would be home for the baby's arrival. He left on the Nerissa.

After the loss of the ship and her husband, Nora stayed in Halifax for the birth of their third daughter, Frances. As soon as the baby was old enough to travel, she packed up her children and returned to Victoria where she raised her daughters. Nora never remarried. She died in 1995. Nora and Jack now have 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. They would be very proud!

(Source: S.S. Nerissa)

 

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ROBBINS, Edward Gorton, Slt, O-62553, RCN, Killed - 30 Apr 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 26 Mar 1920, son of William Alan and Agnes Hyacinthe Robbins, Oak Bay, Victoria, BC. Slt Robbins is buried in the Killaghtee Old Graveyard, Republic of Ireland.

 

Headstone for Slt Robbins

 

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HUTTON, James, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3695, RCN, Killed - 01 May 1941, S.S.NERISSA - Born 05 Apr 1920, son of Elizabeth Hutton, Coalhurst, AB.

 

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LESTER, Harold Robert, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3677, RCN, Killed - 01 May 1941 - S.S. NERISSA - Born 22 Jul 1922 son of Robert W and Amelia Lester, Laura, SK.

 

Ordinary Telegraphist Harold Robert Lester was one of the casualties in the sinking of S.S. Nerissa. He was the son of Robert W. and Amelia L. Lester who homesteaded east of Evesham, Saskatchewan, later moving to a farm at Laura. Harold was born at Southey, Saskatchewan and was a student when he enlisted on May 06, 1940 at Esquimalt, British Columbia almost a year to the day before his death.

 

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STINCHCOMBE, Arthur Roland, Ordinary Telegraphist, 3589, RCN, Killed - 01 May 1941, S.S. NERISSA - Born 20 Aug 1920, son of Arthur and Rosella Stinchcombe, of Long Branch, ON.

 

Telegraphist Arthur Roland Stinchcombe of Regina, Saskatchewan was the son of Arthur and Rosella Stinchcombe and attended Central collegiate. Stinchcombe was a student before enlisted on September 05, 1939 in 14 Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, at Regina on the outbreak of the war and transferred to the Navy at Esquimalt, British Columbia four months later.

 

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GARDINER, John Edward, Lt, RCNVR - Born 1915  Died 1980

 

HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS WINNIPEG

EASTON, William Walter (Bill), PO, 4346, RCN (served 02 Jun 1941 - 17 Oct 1948) (17 Oct 1923 - 15 Sep 2008) - passed away very suddenly at Cowichan District Hospital. Predeceased by Jean, his loving wife of 64 years in 2007, daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Richard Farrell, son-inlaw John Uzzell, father and mother Robert and Cecelia Easton, and brother Robert Logan Easton. Survived by his daughters Bonnie Uzzell, Erin Uzzell (Robert), granddaughters; Darcy Ramwell (Ken), Shonna Leung (Yauki), Tami Uzzell-Paulos (Gus), Crystal UzzellModras (Mike), Amie Uzzell Achurch (Adrian), and Megan Uzzell (Kelly), and much loved great grandchildren: Devon, Billy, Dylan, Kelvin, Ellia, Kylie, Jana, Alexandria and Spencer, brother Ronald Easton (Isabella), sister-in-law Rita Easton, and brother-in-law James Murray. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Arbutus Ridge on Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 1 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to a Charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 25 Sep 2008)

ELLIS, Robert (Bob), LS.SD (demobilized 1945) (28 Dec 1920 - 22 Apr 2010) - After an amazing life worthy of a novel Bob passed quietly into the beyond on April 22, joining his beloved mother Francis and son Mike. Bob left behind his loving wife Elsie (Bunny), four children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Born in Vancouver, after serving in the Canadian Navy during WWII Robert lived in Victoria, Saanich and Sooke. Bob left life as he lived it, a fighter. Never afraid of expressing his opinion, Bob was a man who always pitched in to help, and his capacity for work amazed one and all. His example of getting it done" touched us all, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. The family would like to say thank you to the staff at Ayre Manor in Sooke for their help, support and effort: true professionals all. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service, 2PM on May 4 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #54 6726 Eustace Road, Sooke. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 May 2010)

ELLISON, Raymond, C1PT1, 6959-H, RCN (served 01 Mar 1937 - 15 Feb 1970) - Papa passed away in Victoria on January 16th, 2011. Born in Darlington England on August 19th, 1919, Raymond joined the armed forces at age 17 and served through World War 2 in the Royal Navy. Immigrating to Canada in 1950 he served in the Canadian Navy for 20 years. Raymond will now be reunited with Ruby his loving wife of 60 years who predeceased him. He will be greatly missed and always remembered by his children Keith (Sue), Eileen (Robert), Neal (Lill), Noreen (Mark), as well as his 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. We will always treasure his wit and wisdom, and the memories of our family times together. Thank you to the staff at Heritage Woods the Priory for their care and compassion, and to the staff at Victoria General Emergency and 6AS. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday January 25th at 2:00 p.m. at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive. In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to the charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 20 Jan 2011)

WALL, Herbert Arthur, AB, 61701, RCN, Died - 19 Aug 1941, HMCS STADACONA - Born 09 Sep 1884 husband of Ethel M. Wall, Glassville, NB.

 

AB Wall died at Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS of stomach cancer. He is buried in the Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax, NS.

 

Photo of AB Wall's headstone

 

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OLAND, Richard Hibbert (Dick), O.B.E., Capt, RCN, Died - 06 Sep 1941, HMCS STADACONA - Born 13 Mar 1897, son of Ella Y. Oland; spouse of Margaret H.J. Oland, both of Halifax, NS.

 

Capt Oland died suddenly of a heart ailment. He is buried in the Christ Church Cemetery, Dartmouth, NS.

 

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HMS BARHAM (1916, as Midshipman, RCN), HMS DOLPHIN, HMS/m R-8 (01 Apr 1919 as Lt, RCN), HMS/m H-30 (1919, as Lt, RCN, 1st Lt), HMS/m H51 (18 Jan 1920 as Lt, RCN, 1st Lt), HMS/m H-34 (1920, as Lt, RCN, 1st Lt), HMS EXCELLENT, NSHQ (1927). Retired 1930, mobilized for WW2. HMCS STADACONA

CARIGNAN, Joseph Jean-Baptiste Lucien, Stoker 1c, V39926, RCNVR, Killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 26 Jun 1916 son of Joseph and Bernadette Carignan, of Ste. Angele de Laval, QC.

 

Newspaper article on Stoker Carignan's death

 

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THOMAS, Garfield Gary - (02 Feb 1960 - 24 Apr 2013) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Garfield Thomas of Calgary, on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at the age of 53 years. Garfield was enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in May 1979 and served as a Fire Control Technician until 1984. He then transferred to the Canadian Armed Forces and served as a Master Corporal with the Royal Canadian Mechanical Engineers until May 1995 when he retired. Garfield is survived by his daughters; Jessica Thomas (James Markel) and Lisa La Fave (Kelly); and grandchildren; Keegan, Aage, Wallace and Zachary. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In living memory of Garfield Thomas, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes.

GREEN, Robert Joseph (Bob), Naval Airman, RCN (1938-2009) - Owner/operator, Green’s Midtown Upholstery, Past Pres. & Life Member, Branch 240, Royal Canadian Legion, Past Deputy Zone Commander, President & a founding Officer of the White Ensign Naval Assoc., former member of the R.C.N., Member of the Canadian Naval Air Group & Life member of Shearwater Naval Air Foundation. In hospital at Almonte on Sunday, November 22, 2009, age 71 years. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Carmel More. Beloved dad of Darren (Jackie), Richard, Robert Jr. & Morris (Valerie). Dear brother of Mrs. Donna Fallak. Cherished grandpa of Shannon, Lisa, Michael, Christine, Richard J., Sean, Richard A., Jennifer, Julia, Katie, Sarah, Patrick & Claire. Great grandpa of Julian, Tristen & Blake. Will be missed by Nancy, Janice & Hoss. Friends are invited to attend a Service to Celebrate Bob’s life in the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home Chapel, 127 Church St., Almonte on Thursday, November 26 commencing with a Legion Service at 11:45 am followed by the Celebration of Life Service at 12 noon. Rev. Fr. Lindsay Harrison, officiating. Interment to follow in Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. For those who so desire donations in memory of Bob may be made to The Crohns & Colitis Society or the Almonte General Hospital and would be greatly appreciated. 

 

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FLYNN, John Michael (Jack), CV, RCN (1938-2010) - National Archives of Canada Life Member Br. 240, Royal Canadian Legion. Suddenly on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Jack Flynn of Smiths Falls and formerly of Almonte, age 72 years. Beloved of Constance M. Dodge. Step-father of Susan Fischer (Carlos), James Dodge (Val), Patricia Ladouceur (Moe), Laurie, Thomas & Debbie Dodge. Dear brother of Patricia Bailey, Mary Gallant, Nora Flynn, Fred, Leonard (Phyllis), Bill (Marlene) and George (Yvette). Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother Dominic. Friends may call at the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. 127 Church St., Almonte, for visiting on Wednesday, June 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm and where a complete Service, including committal will be held in the Chapel on Thursday at 2 PM, Rev. Fr. Lindsay Harrison, officiating. Cremation to follow. For those who may want to make a donation in memory of Jack, please consider the Building Fund of the Almonte Legion.

MALONEY, Jack, Stoker - Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS CLAYOQUOT

 

PAQUETTE, Joseph Leonard, LS.WS, RCN - At Bluewater Health on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Doreen (Kensley) for 55 years. Dear father of Donat Paquette (Lisette), Oshawa, his children Natasha, Wyatt, Wesley and Mya, Caroline Chafe (Pat), Sarnia, her children Danielle Kuskoff (Nick), Ryan Chafe (Nicole) and Tori-Lynn Chafe, Ernie Paquette, Sarnia, his children Maria-Grace and Catherine Paquette, Marcel Paquette (Jennifer), Sarnia, his children Taylor, Alicia, Nathaniel, Emily and Teagan Paquette, and Nicole Roy (Steve), Sarnia her children Jade and Tyra Roy. Loving great-grandfather of Benjamin, Mila and the late Avery Kuskoff. Uncle of Matthew Henry, Ottawa. Brother of Ernie Paquette (Barb), Victoria, B.C. and the late Mae Pettit (Harold). Predeceased by his parents Donat & Anita Paquette. Leonard retired from the Carpenter's Union Local 1256 in 1999. He was a foster parent for 17 years, a past Grand Knight, member 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and was on the board of directors for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Leonard was also an usher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church for 30 years. He loved to spend his spare time travelling, fishing and camping. Visitation at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Kathemo Mukucha at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 106 S. East St. Sarnia, N7T 3R1 or have a mass said for your loved in honour of Leonard. 

 

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EDENS, Peter Barry, LS Coder, V14954, RCNVR - of Nanaimo, BC. Born 12 May 1923  Died 19 Apr 2011

EVANS, Merle W., C2SN, 10818-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 01 Jan 1949 - 01 Jan 1975) (18 Jul 1931 - 21 Jan 2012) - It is with sad hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Merle following a couragous battle with cancer. Merle passed away peacefully at home with his partner Lily and his dog Chester by his side. Merle was predeceased by his first wife Doris and his second wife Pam, his sisters Marge and Stella and his brother Bill. He leaves behind his children: Maureen (Rob) Atchison, Kevin (Laurel) Evans, Ian (Joanne) Evans, Neil (Clarice) Evans, Sherri-Lyn Evans and Karen (Kevin) Suckling. Siblings: Clarence, Alice, Jack, Florence and Fred. Grandchildren: Jamie, Justin, Lindsay, Darin, Sean, Roger, Jared, Larissa, Morgan, Stefanie, Aliya and Jack. Great-grandchildren: Taylor, Andrew and Mila. His mother-in-law Ruth Zbitnew and many other relatives and friends. Special thanks to Lily for her loving care which allowed Dad to remain at home, Dr. Vally, his home care nurses, the Vancouver Island Cancer Clinic and the Hospice volunteers. In leiu of flowers, donations in Merle's name can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54. A celebration of Merle's life will be held on Saturday January 28 at 1:00pm at the Sooke Legion at 6726 Eustace Rd, reception to follow. "Well lightnin', should we hit the road?" (Victoria Times Colonist 25 Jan 2012)

 

ESSEX, James William, CPO Radar, V17448, RCNVR (served 07 Apr 1941 - 30 Nov 1945) - of Petersburg, ON. Born 25 Feb 1921  died 04 Oct 2012

JAYNES, George Earl, Stoker 1c, 21786, RCN, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 21 Dec 1920 son of George Earl and Margaret Eliza Jaynes, Ladner, BC.

 

Stoker George Earl Jaynes Jr. of Langley Prairie, British Columbia. He was the son of George Earl and Margaret Eliza Jaynes who moved with their family from Kerrobert to the Big 4 farm near Flaxcombe in 1930, then on to Aldergrove in 1936. Earl was born at Govan, educated at Kerrobert and Flaxcombe and was farming when he enlisted on September 16, 1940 at Langley, British Columbia.

 

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KNEELAND, Melvin Leverne, Stoker 1c, 21771, RCN, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 29 Nov 1919 son of Roy Erin and Ida Marion Kneeland, Hanna, AB.

 

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ASHLEY, Orville William, AB, V16228, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 01 Dec 1911, son of William and Mary Ashley, Nipigon, ON.

 

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BROUGHTON, Arthur Wellington, Ordinary Signalman, V24224, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 14 Jun 1918 son of Joseph W.A. and Clara Jean Broughton, Winnipeg, MB

 

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CRAIG, Daniel Allan, Telegraphist, V24299, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 24 Apr 1913 son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Allen Craig, Dauphin, MB; husband of Lance Corporal Vernice Noreen Craig, Dauphin, MB.

 

Telegraphist Daniel Allan Craig of Dauphin on active service with the Royal Canadian Navy, who was recently killed in action, according to word received by his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Craig. Daniel was born and educated in Dauphin, and last October married Vernice Brown, also of Dauphin. He enlisted in Winnipeg January 1940 in the navy as a wireless operator. Besides his wife he is survived by one sister Mrs. Lyall McMorron of Reston.

 

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DAVIEAUX, Joseph Arthur, Stoker 2c, V22792, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 07 Jan 1921 son of Joseph and Mary Davieaux, Sault Ste Marie, ON.

 

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EADIE, Jack John, OS, V23431, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 25 Oct 1923 son of William and Florence Eadie of Ville St. Laurent, Quebec City, QC.

 

Ordinary Seaman Jack Eadie, a gunner in the R.C.N.V.R., one of the 17 Canadians who lost their lives when the Canadian corvette Levis was sunk by enemy action, was the 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Eadie, of 63 Decelles street, St. Laurent. He was a member of a family that has contributed its utmost to the Canadian war effort and whose lives have been closely affected by the war. His mother, Mrs. Florence Eadie, and a younger brother and sister, Billy, 15 and Florence, 11, were all on the liner Athenia when she was torpedoed at the beginning of the war. They were saved by a British destroyer. Later in the fall of 1940 Mrs. Eadie opened the first big Red Cross Drive for funds with a radio broadcast, and last June Mr. Eadie was the first buyer of a Victory Loan Bond on the Island of Montréal when the sale was opened. At that time he said: "It was thanks to a British destroyer, which picked them up, that I didn't lose my wife and two of my children in the sinking of the Athenia. I'm glad to do my bit to help Canada do her share in this war." Young Jack Eadie had served as a gunner on the Levis since passing his gunnery tests last May. Educated at St. Laurent High School, he worked at the Gurney Foundry Company, Limited, until three days after his 18th birthday, October 25, 1940, when he enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R. He left for Halifax in April of this year, and the following month was drafted to the Levis. Besides his parents, both natives of Glasgow, and the brother and sister rescued from the Athenia, he leaves another brother and sister, Tom and Mary. Mr. Eadie is a veteran of the Great War. He fought with the Seaforth Highlanders.

 

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EDWARDS, William John, OS, V24127, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 05 Mar 1919 son of John Ernest and May Edwards, St. Vital, MB

 

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GAGNE, Joseph Abraham Armar Simeon, OS, V3567, RCNR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 01 Aug 1910 son of Edmond and Sara Gagne; brother of Camille Gagne, Quebec City, QC.

 

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GRANT, Garfield Leslie, LS, A1502, RCNR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 01 May 1911 son of Frederick A and Margaret Grant; husband of Marie H. Grant, all of Kingston, ON.

 

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MASUK, Walter Martin, M.I.D., AB, V11562, RCNVR - Born 11Aug 1920, Saskatoon, SK.  Died 16 May 1981, Langley, BC.

 

Citation for Mentioned in DespatchesMASUK, Walter Martin, Able Seaman (V-11562), RCNVR - Mention in Despatches - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. MASAK. Walter Martin , V-11562, AB, RCNVR, MID "For over three years, this Rating has served at sea in the 61 North Atlantic, and the Mediterranean. He has consistently shown untiring and cheerful devotion to duty and has proved an inspiration to the whole ship's company, by the high standard of efficiency he has set."

 

Walter joined the RCN at HMCS Unicorn in Saskatoon in 1941. He was drafted to HMCS Royal Roads in 1941, and later took park in the confiscation of the Japanese fish vessels.  Walter volunteered for Combined Operations and training in Scotland with Lord Mountbatten. After training, he was drafted to HMS Otranto. HMS Otranto was the former RMS Otranto which was converted to a troop ship / infantry landing ship.  While one Otranto he took part in landing at Durban, South Africa;  Suez and Cairo, Egypt; Oran, Algeria; Sicily; and Salerno, Italy. During landing at Salerno, Walter was injured by shrapnel from a landmine. While recovering from his injuries, he was able to return home to Saskatoon on leave. He was later drafted to Comox, BC (Naden III) and then HMCS Bowmanville.

 

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NEWMAN, Donald W., AB, V31264, RCNVR - Died 02 Dec 1998 in Calgary, AB.

 

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TURCOTTE, Bruno Joseph, CD, PO1, 17419-H, RCN died - 16 Jun 1964, HMCS PROVIDER - Son of David and Melina (nee Letellier) Turcotte of Drummondville, Qc. Husband of Agatha Hazel (nee Gosbee) Turcotte of Waverley, NS.

 

PO1 Turcotte drowned on  June 16, 1964 Hebburn-on-Tyne, England while his ship, HMCS Provider, was at Palmers, Hebburn-on-Tyne. He is buried at Hebburn Cemetery, Durham, United Kingdom, Section C. Grave 172.

 

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Headstone for PO1 Turcotte        Photo of HMCS Provider at Palmers, Hebburn-on-Tyne for guarantee work on the Clarke Chapman deck hydraulics - 1964

 

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ETHERINGTON, Jack E., P1LT, 8507-E, RCN (served 16 Aug 1949 - 16 Aug 1965) - of Ladysmith, BC. Born 14 Sep 1932 - Died Oct 2915

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS ELK

FLYNN, Raymond Joseph, Skipper, RCNR - on March 7, 1983 at the Memorial Pavilion, aged 72 years, formerly of 675 Niagara Street. Mr. Flynn served as a captain in the coastal waters for many years. He was a member of the RCL Pro Pats Branch, and a member of the Chiefs and POs mess, Naden. He leaves four sons, Thomas, Raymond, Douglas, all of Campbell River; Denis, Fanny Bay; one daughter, Mrs. Patricia Martin, Campbell River; 11 grandchildren, three sisters, Louise Stantaford, Victoria; Winnie, Lanoriae, Quebec; Ulton McDonald, Colliers, Nfld., and several nieces and nephews in Victoria; Quebec; Newfoundland and Scotland. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 11, in the Chapel of St. Michaels and St. Lukes, Memorial Pavilion, Royal Jubilee Hospital. Rev. Fr. W.H. O'Brien will officiate.

FORD, Herbert Francis Edward (Jazzie) - In Victoria, BC on Friday, January 28, 1983, aged 72 years, born in Winnipeg, MB and a resident of Victoria for many years. He leaves a brother, Stanley in Vancouver; a nephew in Victoria and many good friends and acquaintances. He served with the RCN. Funeral service in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. Luke, Memorial Pavilion, 2355 Richmond Ave, on Tuesday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. with Padre Tony Roberts officiating, followed by cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made to the BC Lung Association for TB research.

FITZSIMMONS, Russell John, C1QM1, RCN - Suddenly of a heart attack, in Victoria, BC on Saturday, September 15, 1984, aged 65 of 3917 Cadboro Bay Road, a long time resident of Victoria, born in Canora, Saskatchewan, beloved husband of Norma and dear father of Mrs. Wayne (Diana) Kuypers of Langley, Tom (Miriam) Fitzsimmons of Vernon and dear grandfather of David, Darrin, Shelan and Ryan Kuypers, Bob and Sheri Fitzsimmons; brothers, Edward, Surrey, England, Tom, San Francisco, California, Harold, Edmonton, Alberta and Jim of Victoria; sisters, Dora Rosier, Kelowna and Louella Turner of Sidney; several nieces and nephews. Russ was well known in Victoria as co-owner of Island Florist with his wife Norma. He was also Past Chairman and District Representative of the B.C.F.T.D. He served with the RCN for over 24 years and was a life and honourary member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Ass'n, Esquimalt, a member of Britannia Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 72, B.C.R., the Shrine and the Victoria Kiwanis Club. Visitation at McCall Bros. on Tuesday, September 18 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, on Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. H.W. Kerley officiating, followed by cremation.

FABIAN, Dennis David, CPO - Funeral was held Tuesday in Indian Harbour United Baptist for Dennis David Fabian, 68, of India Harbour, NS, who died Saturday at home. Burial was in the church cemetery. Born in Toronto, he was a son of the late David and Matilda (Watts) Fabian. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving from 1943-45 with the Royal Canadian Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. For the last 10 years he was employed with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at NAD. He is survived by his wife, the former Jennie Covey; two step-daughters, Sheila (Mrs. Lloyd Caines), Indian Harbour; Eileen, Sambro; two sisters, Joan (Mrs. Patrick Adario), Toronto; Diana (Mrs. Joseph Smith), Churchville, PA.; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son Nelson. Donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart Foundation or Indian Harbour United Church Memorial Fund.

BERCHEM, Frederick Ronald (Hamish), CD, Cdr, RCN(R)  - BA, MA, AdeC - After a good innings and although "packed and ready to depart but not peppering to do so," Hamish passed away suddenly in Mexico, by the sea, a place he loved and visited annually with his wife, Pat. Predeceased by his wife of 50 years Patricia and his sons, Anthony (Cheryl) and Alan. Survived and greatly missed by his daughters Fiona (Grant) and Isabel (Alan), his grandchildren (Natalie, Scott, Katrina, Megan, Jenna, Alexandra and Miranda), his brother Ian, sister-in-law Anne (Alan) and his nieces and nephews. Born in Scotland, Hamish was a submariner with the Royal Navy before transferring to the Royal Canadian Navy. He was Commanding Officer, HMCS York, 1970-1973. He held an Honours BA and MA in History and English from the University of Toronto and taught High School at Don Mills and Bathurst Heights Collegiate in North York. He later worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Burlington, Ontario before retiring. In retirement, he continued his love of writing and painting, becoming a member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists (CSMA) and spending time in Picton and Halifax. He was as well-known for his personal Christmas card artwork as his anecdotes. He enjoyed time spent with family and friends from coast to coast, sharing memories and laughter. His memory will live on through his published works, illustrations, paintings and writings. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 1300 hours at Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church, 230 St. Clair Ave W. Toronto. (Toronto Star 31 Mar 2018)

 

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SMITH, William Clarence (Bud) (31 Jan 1924 - 25 Mar 2018) - Passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25 at St. Peter’s Residence. Predeceased by his loving wife Margaret in 2003. Both will be greatly missed by their children Douglas (Terri), Leonard (Patricia), Sheila (Randy) and Sandra (Paul). Cherished grandfather to Melanie, Lindsey, Paul, Dawn, Jennie, Amanda, Tracey and Jason. Great grandfather to Henry, Lauren, Preston, Blake, Justin, Jessica, Kirsten, Sophie, Alexa, John and Oliver. Bill served in WW2 aboard several ships in the Canadian Navy and later became an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 163 serving on the Colour Party, and as the Cadet Liaison officer. He also volunteered aboard the HMCS Haida, distributed poppies every November and was found regularly dancing on a Friday night after enjoying the Legion’s fish ‘n chips. Bill enjoyed wood carving at Sackville Hill Park Recreation Centre and still found time to travel to both of our Canadian coasts. After retiring from Chedoke Hospital he remained active with frequent walks and bicycling. A visitation for William will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel, 322 Fennell Ave East, Hamilton. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Cresmount Funeral Home. 

THOMSON, James (06 Jan 1926 - 22 Mar 2018) - We are sad to announce the passing of James Thomson of Calgary on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the age of 92 years. Jim was born in Edmonton to Janet and George Thomson. As a boy he enjoyed going to the YMCA where he nurtured a lifelong passion for physical fitness that he shared with his children and grandchildren. Jim joined the navy when he was seventeen, and sailed on the HMCS Kootenay around Guernsey and Britain. After WWII he attended the University of Alberta and then started work for Union Oil as a landman. In 1950 he married Jean Eleanor Kyle. They moved to Calgary where Jim continued to work in the oil patch, eventually joining with several partners to form their own company, Petroleum Information Exchange (PIX). Jim was an outgoing community volunteer and together with Jean was a founding member of St. David's United Church in Calgary. Jim served as CTHS Director from 1976 to 2004, President from 1993 to 2002 and was also Vice-President of the CTHS Alberta Division. The CTHS named Jim Horseman of the Year in 1993. Jim and Jean operated Strome Glen Farm in Bearspaw, and kept thoroughbred broodmares. Jim's passion for the Blood Horse was evident in his friendship with a wide circle of horsemen and horsewomen. He still had a horse in training with his lifelong friend, Alistair McKenzie, at the time of his passing. Jim created a rich family life that included his love for travelling together as a family. Jim's bridge club met for years, creating a social circle that went to Maui several times. Jim was an accomplished handball player, as his many trophies attest. Jim was predeceased by Jean (1993) and in 1994 married Donna. Together they enjoyed travelling, building a family life for their children and grandchildren, collecting art, and going to the horse races. Jim continued to go to the YMCA and in 2014 gave a speech and received a pin for having been a member for seventy-five years. Jim leaves behind his wife of twenty-five years, Donna; his three children, Jim Thomson (Tracy), Leslie McBride, and Nancy Mackenzie (Phil); his seven grandchildren, Conor, Lauren, Brandon, Erik, Natalie, Andrew, Sarah, and his great-grandchild, Finnigan James; his sister Marjorie Cooper of Vancouver; and his nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonton. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the YMCA or the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (403-229-3609). In living memory of James Thomson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 26 Mar 2018)

 

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WILLIAMS, Charles Melville (Red) - C.M., S.O.M., Ph.D., F.A.I.C.  With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and hero, Red Williams on March 26, 2018 at Veterans' Village, Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Dad was born in Regina on March 18, 1925; he was the only child of Percy and Lottie, (née Macdonald), who were farming near Richardson, SK at that time. Percy had come from Ontario on one of the "grain trains" looking for work and Lottie, from Prince Edward Island to teach school. The family moved to Shamrock, SK. where Dad, then known as Chad, started school. Over the years they worked and farmed near Lethbridge and Calgary, AB. Dad often said how fortunate he was to have had such kind and gentle parents. Dad enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in February 1942 while living in Calgary. He took his basic training in Ottawa and was initially drafted to Dartmouth, NS before sailing overseas to join the HMCS Sioux, his home for the duration of the war. The Sioux sailed in the Atlantic and in Arctic convoys to Murmansk, a northern port in Russia. The Sioux was the first Canadian Navy Ship present on D-Day. After returning to Canada in 1945, Dad, now nicknamed Red, resumed his education, studying at the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University. In 1954, with his Ph.D. in hand, Dad came to the University of Saskatchewan where he began a career that lasted 60 years. Dad seemed to have a limitless supply of energy, maintaining a workload throughout his life that would exhaust two ordinary mortals. He travelled the highways and back roads of Saskatchewan as well as around the world. Dad was incredibly generous of his time and expertise and was a key member of the Liberal Party of Canada, worked for the United Nations, and sat on the Boards of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and Sherbrooke Community Centre, among others - all this while teaching at the University, and recording a daily radio spot, "Food for Thought". Dad never really retired. He kept his pace up throughout his seventies and eighties, serving as Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan and keeping an office in the College of Agriculture until the age of 89. A passionate news hound, he maintained a keen interest in science and current events, devouring two daily newspapers and professional periodicals right to the end. He received the Order of Canada in 1978 and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2002. In 2016, Dad was knighted for his service to France on D-Day and became a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Al Williams (JoAnn Organ) of Mount Pearl, NL, Catherine Williams/Greer of Saskatoon, SK, Elaine Wass (Alan) of Vancouver, BC and by his grandchildren, Olivia Cooper (d.1977), Rebecca Wass, Alison Wass, and John Greer. The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Taillon for his extraordinary care, and the amazing team at Co-op Stonebridge Pharmacy as well as the nurses, CCA's and staff of Veterans' Village, Sherbrooke Community Centre for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Sherbrooke Community Foundation, 401 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7H 2E7, or The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch, 2217 Hanselman Ct, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A8 or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 29 Mar 2018)

 

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BONNEAU, Marcel Rosario, RCN / C.A.F. (04 Sep 1936 - 24 Mar 2018) - It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Marcel, at the Victoria General Hospital. Marcel was born in Prescott, Ontario to Thomas and Cecelia Bonneau (nee Boyer) He was the second youngest of 11 brothers and sisters who have all predeceased him. He is survived by his loving daughters Nancy (Dany) Nedokus and Rosemary McLean, his dearly loved grandchildren Kevin (Erin) Mclean, Gordon McLean and Julie Mclean (Eric Gallant) and the latest loves of his life, great grandchildren Porter McLean and Lila Gallant. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews all across Canada. Marcel was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy with 25 years service. In 1971 his last posting brought the family from Halifax to Vancouver Island which he wisely decided to make his permanent home. After retiring from the Navy, Marcel spent several years with the Corps of Commissionaires as security at the Victoria Airport. He was a huge presence in his grandchildren's' lives, never missing a hockey or baseball game or any opportunity to spend time with them. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the excellent care Marcel received from the nurses, health care, dietary & housekeeping staff at Broadmead Lodge. A special "thank you" to the Arts Department where he spent many happy hours. Let us not forget his 3 beautiful ladies (Johanna, Joyce & Jean) who visited him on a regular basis for vicious games of scrabble, and good laughs. No service by request. (Victoria Times Colonist 31 Mar 2018)

WILSON, Jack - WWII Navy Veteran Peacefully, at the Carleton Place Hospital on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in his 95th year. Predeceased by his wife Lois. Loving father of Jackie (Steve) Inglis, Greg (Tristan) Wilson and Robert (Teresa) Wilson. Proud grandfather of Sarah, Carolyn, John, Sean, Mackenzie, Alyssa and Gavin. Predeceased by his siblings Andy, Jessie, Anne, Agnes, Neil, Scott and Bob. Predeceased by his parents John and Margaret. Longtime resident of Carleton Place and well-known stonemason. Friends may visit the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1:00 until time of the service in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Wounded Warriors Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. (Ottawa Citizen 31 Mar 2018)

MANSFIELD, William Edmund Roy, OS, V22756, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 30 Jul 1920 son of William and Florence Mansfield, Toronto, ON.

 

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MEURANT, Andrew Richard Louis, Stoker 2c, V1454, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 02 Jul 1922 son of Andrew and Margaret Meurant, Souris, PEI.

 

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PICKUP, Deryck H., Ordinary Coder, D/JX 251731, Royal Navy, killed - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS

 

HMCS LEVIS

WHITE, Robert Borden, Stoker 1c, V30305, RCNVR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 26 Dec 1915 son of Harry and Ada Emily White, Maple Creek, SK; husband of Edna White, Vancouver, BC

 

Stoker Robert Borden White of Trail, British Columbia, was the son of Harry and Ada Emily (Beeston) White who came from England to homestead southwest of Maple Creek. Robert was educated there and at Balfour Technical School, Regina, Saskatchewan. He worked for four years in the smelter at Trail British Columbia by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company and came to Vancouver in August 1940, when he enlisted on August 23, 1940 at Esquimalt, British Columbia and was married January 1941 to Vera Edna (Broman) at Vancouver (later Mrs. Tibke of Seattle). Robert's brother Frank was wounded in Normandy serving with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. He was a member of the crew of H.M.C.S. Levis a Canadian Corvette, which was lost by enemy action and was one of the seventeen Canadian members of the crew who were lost. The Levis did not sink immediately after the action and gallant effort was made by another Canadian corvette to tow her to the nearest port, but this attempt proved unsuccessful and the Levis, after being towed for several hours sank.

 

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MCCARTHY, John Michael, AB, A2809, RCNR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 15 Jan 1922 son of John and Gertrude McCarthy, Topsail, NFLD.

 

Able Seaman John Michael McCarthy was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and educated at Holy Cross School, St. John and in Corner Brook where he resided for some time. He worked on a passenger liner before he enlisted into the Royal Canadian Navy

 

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PAGE, Orville Stephen, Stoker 1c, A4469, RCNR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 28 Sep 1919 son of Richard S. and Edith Eleanor Page, St. Thomas, ON.

 

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HMCS LEVIS

SHECKLETON, Robert John, AB, A2913, RCNR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 30 Jun 1919 son of Henry E. and Ellen Scheckleton, Toronto, ON.

 

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HMCS LEVIS

SMYTH, Angus Donald, Stoker 1c, A2689, RCNR, MPK - 19 Sep 1941, HMCS LEVIS - Born 12 Mar 1920 son of Patrick William and Joan Smyth, Judique, NS.

 

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HMCS LEVIS

FAIRLEY, Walter, CPO, RCN (served 17 Mar 1924 - 07 Jan 1947) - passed away October 27, 1985, Vancouver, BC., aged 84. Predeceased by his wife, Violet in 1977. Survived by his daughters, Isobel Jean Martin, and Violet Eileen Liesch and her husband Bill of 2215 East 55th, Vancouver; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Fairley joined the Royal Canadian Navy March 17, 1924; he retired January 7, 1947. He was a lifetime member of the Naval Veterans of Discovery, Vancouver and C.P.O.s Mess Victoria; he served on many coastal ships. Memorial service was held Wednesday, October 30, 1985 n Vancouver.

FAULKNER, Albert, C1CK, RCN - of Comox, BC.  Date of passing unknown

FYFE, Roderick, ERA 3c (served Oct 1941 - Sep 1945) - of Verdun, QC. Died 03 Jul 1988

 

Index for those who have Crossed the Bar

 

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