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)


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.



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.



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 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 - Serge Leonard was serving in Kootenay as a Steward, RCAF at the time of the explosion 

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.

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



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).  Commanding Officer in 1918


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



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



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 ATHABASKAN - Commissioning crew






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 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.


Portrait of CPO Emberton



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 - Served in Givenchy in 1942

HMCS DAWSON - Served in Dawson in 1943

HMCS WESTMOUNT - Served in Westmount in 1943

HMCS POUNDMAKER - Served in Poundmaker in 1944

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Served in Antigonish in 1947

HMCS CRESCENT - Served in Crescent in 1947, 1948 and 1951

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan in 1949

HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga in 1949 and 1951

HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Served in Sault Ste Marie in 1950

HMCS TORONTO - Served in Toronto in 1955

HMCS FORT ERIE - Served in Fort Erie in 1956

HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux in 1959

HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea in 1960 as XO

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)

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 - Appointed to LA HULLOISE 01 May 44 as Lt, RCNVR. Commissioning crew

HMCS WINNIPEG - Appointed to WINNIPEG 24 May 1943 as SLt, RCNVR. Commissioning crew

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. 



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




PAQUETTE, Joseph Leonard, LS.WS, RCN - (1937-2017) 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. 



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

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.



ETHERINGTON, Jack E., P1LT, 8507-E, RCN (served 16 Aug 1949 - 16 Aug 1965) - of Ladysmith, BC. Born 14 Sep 1932 - Died Oct 2015



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.

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)



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 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)



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)



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)

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


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