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)


FOSTER, John Herbert, P1WS, RCN (retired 01 Jul 1966), Born July 6, 1922, a long-time resident of Victoria, BC, at Victoria General Hospital on March 14, 1989, aged 66 years. Survived by his loving wife, Noreen; son, Barrie (Taber, Alberta); step-sons, Ray (Langley) and Douglas (Prince Rupert); grandsons, Doug; step-grandchildren, Moyna, Michael, Leila and Tony; also many loving relatives and friends. John served overseas during the Second World War and was with the Royal Canadian navy for 25 years and was employed with the BC Ferries for 17 years. Memorial service will be held Saturday, march 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Esquimalt Branch 172 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Admirals Road, Esquimalt. Padre Harry Silvester officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

FORD, Lloyd Melbourne, RCNVR, RCN - passed away December 21, 1989 at Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, BC Predeceased by his wife, Edna, December 1987 and sister-in-law Win, December 1989. Survived by son, Larry; stepdaughter, Arlene; grandsons, Greg, Michael, Brian and Nick; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and John Bass; brother, Roy and nephew, Barry; brother-in-law, George Smith. Will also be missed by Adele and Andrea. Lloyd was born in 1920 in Montreal, moved to Halifax at the age of three where he resided with his family until 1943 when he joined the RCNVR. In 1946 he joined the RCN serving on the East Coast until 1947 when he was transferred to Esquimalt and served until 1965, when he retired as the last member of the RCN's Pacific Command to wholly complete his naval service under the White Ensign. He continued his service with DND until his retirement in 1981. Lloyd was a prominent figure during the transitional period of the Docker's Club serving as President for seven years. In his retirement years he cold be found either walking on a Hawaiian beach with his wife Edna or sport fishing. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, December 27, at 1:00 p.m. in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, with the Reverend H. Sylvester officiating. Interment to follow at Hatley Memorial Gardens.

FROST, George, P1RT, RCN (served 14 Nov 1946 - 13 Nov 1951) - of Georgetown, ON. Born 07 Jul 1926. Date of passing unknown

BEST, Thomas Leaming, Sto 1c, RCNVR - (Volunteered 28 Sep 1943. Active service 03 Nov 1943 - 10 Oct 1945) - date of passing unknown


Active Service and Training records for Thomas Best


Portrait of Stoker Best     Two jackets patches from Thomas' memorabilia



HMCS BUXTON - Served in Buxton 03 Apr 1944 - 09 Apr 1944 - while undergoing training at HMCS Cornwallis

HMCS PRESCOTT - Served in Prescott 12 Jan 1945 - 16 July 1945 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR


FANE, Peter Edward, V65292, RCNVR/ C2NS, 40973-H/E / LCdr,  RCN / C.A.F. (17 Dec 1925 - 14 Oct 2013) - With much sadness, his daughter announces that Peter Edward Fane passed away at home on Oct. 14, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine, and is survived by Kathy (David), grandchildren Matthew and Amy and great-grandchildren Hailey, Nathan and Emma, who he was thrilled to hold for the first time the day before he died. Dad was born and raised in James Bay, attending South Park School and Victoria High School. He joined the R.C.N. at the age of 17 and was proud to serve for 37 years, including action in World War II and the Korean War. Dad and Mom enjoyed the many cities they lived in throughout his career but were very happy to finally return home for good and settle in Saanichton. There, they both indulged in their love of gardening, fishing and traveling and were thrilled to spend lots of time with Matthew and Amy. Dad traveled frequently to England where he had great times visiting with his nephew, Roland, who was very dear to him. He and Mom were also very close to their nieces and nephews in the U.S. and they always enjoyed getting updates on all their activities. I would like to thank the BC Ambulance paramedics who tried so hard to save Dad and who were so kind to us at a very stressful time. There will be no service at Dad's request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation ( would be greatly appreciated. Dad, you may be gone but you will always be in our hearts. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Oct 2013)


Photo of Peter Fane



HMCS LASALLE - Served in LASALLE in 1945 as a LSA

HMS PUNCHER - Served in PUNCHER in 1945



HMCS WARRIOR - Served in WARRIOR in 1946



HMCS SWANSEA - Served in SWANSEA in 1950

HMCS CRESCENT - Served in CRESCENT in 1951

HMCS IROQUOIS - Drafted to IROQUOIS n 1951. Served in 1st Korean War tour as C2NS3




HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in BONAVENTURE in 1963-1965 as Commissary Officer and NPF Officer

FISHER, Norman, P2RS, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 30 Nov 1975) (24 Apr 1931 - 11 Sep 2013) - Norman Alexander Fisher son of Robert and Ada Fisher. Better known as Norm by his friends who are many. Norm was born in Taber and grew up with his older brother Ian in southern Alberta. As a young man, he joined the Navy and served in communications as sparker, radio, teletype and signalman. The sparker and radio would later claim the better part of his hearing. He married Bertha Crossman AKA Vicki, taking in a step son John then having 3 children of his own, Robert, Dixie and recently deceased Terry. Grandfather to 7 and great-grandad to 4. Typical of most servicemen, travel was a big part of the early years spending only 1 or 2 years in any one place and not always with his family. He served all across Canada and away from home on several ships. One stint took him to the isolated Naval Radio Stn in Frobisher Bay, one of the early cold war initiatives. After moving to Victoria, Norm decided to retire with the rank of Petty Officer. He enjoyed many hours at the Dockers Club and the Legion. To all his friends and family, yet as we remember him, Norm is signing off. -.-. .-.. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Sep 2013)

FRYER, Lloyd, C1BN, RCN (retired 02 Mar 1969) - of Saint John, NB. Born 06 Aug 1924. Date of passing unknown.

FINCH, John - passed away in Victoria, BC, on March 21, 1992 at the age of 65 years. He is survived by his wife, Jennie and sons, Stephen and John, of toronto; daughter, Sandra of Germany and other relatives in England and Europe. Mr. Finch was very active in the Chief and P.O. Association and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #172. Funeral service will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Monday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. Donations if so desired may be made to the Cancer society, 2206 Richmond Road, Victoria or to the Heart Fund, 1008 Blanshard Street, Victoria.

FORD, Stanley Price, SB CPO / LCdr (MT), RCN - passed away suddenly on May 17, 1992, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Florence; son, Dennis (Linda), daughter, Diane Mills (Bob); four grandchildren, Christa and Lisa Ford, Leanne and David O'Neill. Stan was born in Winnipeg in 1916, educated in Victoria, joined the RCN in April 1939 and served in the Medical Branch until February 1961, retiring as a Lieut. Cdr. Memorial service to be held on Saturday, May 23, 1992 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 550 Obed Ave., Victoria, The Rev. M. Dohm-Smidt officiating. Flowers gratefully declined. The family would appreciate donations in Stan's memory to the Parkinson's Disease Association, 1740 Richmond Ave., Victoria, BC or Parkinson's Research, University Hospital, UBC Site, Faculty of Medicine, 2211 Westbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC.


HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert in 1941 as a SBA

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario n 1948 as a CPO SBA

FLOCK, Hugo William (Bill) - passed away June 23, 1992 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Born May 12, 1920 in Winnipeg. A real "Winnipeg Boy." Predeceased by parents, Hugo and Dorothy Flock and sister, Martha Douglas. Survived by his loving family; daughter, Valerie; son, Owen and granddaughter, Terra; brother, Garry Flock (Margaret) Winnipeg; Gene Flock (Ann); sisters, Betty Doyle (Len) Winnipeg, Margaret McLeod of Gimley and many nephews, nieces and friends. He joined the RCN on June 4, 1942 and served in the Atlantic during World War II. He resumed his naval career in 1951. He also served as a Sea Cadet Officer with Admiral Budge Corp. He was a member of the Elks, Royal Canadian Legion #31 and too many organizations to mention. He was very active volunteering with many agencies including the Maritime Museum and the Veterans Association.  He even found time to become an avid bridge player. Memorial service will be held at the Naden Chapel, CFB Esquimalt on June 30th at 1:00 p.m. Flowers graciously declined by family. If desired a donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Always willing to lend a hand and was a friend to be counted on. - We love you dearly Dad and know you'll be missed by all who knew you.

FOX, Orville Gerard, C1AW, RCN - Born April 2, 1917, passed away on Friday, July 15, 1994, at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his wife, Joyce; sister, Blanche and grandson, Bruce, Orville will be lovingly remembered by his children, Doug (Pauline) Brenda (Rod) and Lynne; grandsons, Craig, Garrett and Gregory; son-in-law, Mike Matthews; brother-in-law, John Sands and wife, Barb; nieces and nephews; and also special friends, Peggy Dawson and Cy Mann; his golfing and navy buddies, and close friends in Victoria and Arizona. Orville was an active member of Gorge Vale Golf Course, Chiefs and PO's Association, Dogwood Trailer Club and past member of Esquimalt Lions Club. Warm thanks to RJH staff in the Renal Care and Coronary Units, Drs Weir, Beeston and Angela James and the Wallesley staff. Visitation to be held Thursday, July 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at McCall Bros. Chapel Memorial Service to be celebrated on Friday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Mc Call Bros Floral Chapel with Padre H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

BURTON, Raymond (Ray) - Died 2012



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(1) Portrait of Ray Burton  (2 - 11) Halifax Public Gardens  (12 - 16) Park as Sydney, NS  (16) "Sleeping Beauty"  (17 & 18) Cliff and Gertie Garrity. Note: Cliff served in Merrittonia with Ray Burton  (19) Gertie Garrity in Quebec City  (20) Postcard - Types of the King's Own - Mounted Naval Horse

Photos and documents courtesy of Elizabeth Wagner

These photos are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner



HMCS MERRITTONIA - Served in Merrittonia 11 Nov 1944 - 11 Jul 1945. Commissioning crew. Paying off Crew


HMCS FORT FRANCIS - Served in Fort Frances 16 Jul 1945 - 03 Sep 1945 as an AB

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in Restigouche 04 Sep 1945 - 05 Oct 1945 as an AB

PEPPER, Richard (Dick), RCN - It is with sadness that the family of Richard 'Dick' Pepper announces his passing at home on March 29, 2018. Dick was born in Galt, Ont., to Stanley and Jessie (Gilroy) Pepper. After high school, he joined the Navy in 1956 and trained as an Aircraft Controlman, then in 1957 was selected for Observers Mate Training. He served in VS 880 Squadron at CFB Shearwater and aboard HMCS Bonaventure until 1961. After a short period out of the Navy, he re-enlisted and served again with VS 880 and in Shearwater Tower Operations until 1967. He was then selected for the Commissioning from the Ranks Program and upon completion was selected for pilot training. He trained as a helicopter pilot and served in HS 50 Squadron at Shearwater and on HMCS Bonaventure. He also served in Helicopter Air Detachments aboard HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Fraser. He then transferred over to National Defence Public Affairs and worked in that capacity in Halifax, the Middle East, Victoria, Ottawa and Toronto. He retired from the Military in 1985 and joined the Canadian Coast Guard in Toronto. He was immediately transferred to Halifax. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he joined Grand Circle Travel and took tourists via train from Toronto to Vancouver. He volunteered in the Cardiac Unit with Team Valentine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He had two hobbies which he enjoyed. In early years it was car rallying with Bill Jackson and John Slade and in later years it was golfing at Oakfield Golf Club. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Oakes); son, Ryan (Carrie) and grandchildren, Madelyn and Christian. A Celebration of his Life will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, between 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 6th. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Diabetes Canada or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. 



DEVOST, Robert J., AB.SD - Born 1921 Died 1993. Robert's brother served in HMCS Sea Cliff.


HMCS DUNVER - Served in Dunver as an AB.SD. He was serving in Dunver during her attack on U-484

DEVOST, M.E., AB - Date of passing unknown.  AB M. Devost's brother Robert served in HMCS Dunver.



LEEMAN, Nelson, Steward - Died 03 Jul 1984



WAHLMAN, William Paul MacLeod (Billy), RCN / C.A.F. (13 Apr 1944 - 28 Mar 2018) - Bill Wahlman of Duncan, beloved husband of 50 years to Christine, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the age of 73 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Christine; children: Martin (Manon), Thomas (Kelly), Cindy (Mike); grandchildren: Émily, Andréanne, Brooke, Payton, Douglas, Kylie, Melanie; sister Marion Ruthledge; brother Chris Ruthledge as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bill was a proud career Military Submariner “Dolphin” in the Royal Canadian Navy, Air force and Army between 1962-1994. He was also a Duncan City Commissionaire for many years. He always loved watching a good game of Hockey as well as tinkering on computers. Memorial donations in Bill’s memory may be made directly to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. At Bill’s request, no formal service will be held.

FINNERTY, Arthur Richard, L/Sto, V10986, RCNVR (served 01 Jan 1942 - 19 Sep 1945) - passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 22, 1994. He was born in Strongfield, Saskatchewan in 1923. Predeceased by his son, Arthur Clarence and brother, Dave; Art is leaving his dear wife of 48 years, Eileen; daughters, Maxine (Dave) and Bridie (Gordon); son, James (Sandy); grandchildren, Jim, Rob, Cathy, Danika, Jodi, Arien; special sister, Mary; brothers, Jack (Dorothy), Ed and larry (Bernice); many nieces and nephews, Art joined the RCNVR in 1942 at HMCS Queen, in Regina, Saskatchewan, serving out the duration of the war as a Leading Stoker. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Branch No. 172, for 48 years and also a member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association. Art was a long time barber in Esquimalt and retired from his last job as maintenance engineer with the great staff of the Empress Hotel. "Grateful thanks to this beautiful world, my neighbours, friends and family for a lifetime of good times and memories." - Art.  Special thanks to Dr. Baker, Dr. Froud, Dr. Schadt, Dr. Ross and the wonderfull staff of Victoria Hospice. Service of remembrance will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, on Friday, December 30, at 11:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations, if desired, may be made to Victoria Hospice, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.



FOWLER, Donald, P1CV, V68908, RCNVR / 68481-H, RCN / R449, RCNR (served 02 Nov 1943 - 09 Jun 1960) - of Winnipeg, MB. Born 12 Oct 1925. Date of passing unknown


FEE, Roland Alonzo Burr, 46372 / Lt (S), O-23180, RCN (served 02 Jan 1931 - 04 Jul 1961) (04 Jul 1911 - 28 Nov 1995) - Taken suddenly at his home in Abbotsford in his 85th year. Burr was a retired navy officer, proud to have served in HMS Hood, HMCS Warrior and 15 other ships/stations during and after WW II. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; children Dana (Robert) Hooper, Bellingham, Karyn (Duncan) Bryson, Cache Creek, Linda (Albert) Phelps, Chilliwack, Arthur (Ingrid) Fee, Victoria, numerous loving grandchildren and several step-children. Predeceased by his first wife, Mary Giuliani-Fee, second wife, Audrey Sutton-Fee. Many thanks to Michael Ciccone for his C.P.R. efforts and to the Ambulance Service Paramedics. No service by request. In memory of Burr you may honour his lifetime commitment to the needs of others through the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles.


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(1) PO Burr Fee - 1930s  (2) Burr Fee after accepting his commission - 1940s  (5) Slt Fee - 1950s  (4) Lt Fee - 1950s  (5) Lt Fee in mess kit


Above - Burr Fee's service records as a Rating


Above - Burr Fee's service records as a Commissioned Officer


HMCS VANCOUVER - Served in Vancouver 02 Sep 1931 - 19 Nov 1931; 01 Oct 1932 14 May 1934 as a V.A., RCN and 01 Oct 1936 - 25 Nov 1936 as a L/V.A., RCNServed in Hood 23 Apr 1932 - 10 Aug 1932 as a VA, RCN


HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser 23 Jan 1934 - 31 Dec 1938 as a L/V.A. RCN; and 01 Jan 1939 - 15 May 1939 as a V.PO, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in ASSINIBOINE 08 Oct 1930 - 06 Aug 1940 as a V.PO, RCN

HMCS PRINCE DAVID - Served in Prince David 27 Nov 1940 as a V.PO, RCN; and 01 Dec 1940 - 15 Jun 1941 as a V.CPO, RCN

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY 15 Jul 1941 - 13 Oct 1941; and 15 Dec 1941 - 06 Mar 1942 as V.CPO, RCN


HMCS ROCKCLIFFE - Served in Rockcliffe 03 Mar 1947 - 09 Mar 1947; and 10 Sep 1948 - 31 Oct 1948 as a Supply / Stores Officer

FOSTER, Frank Herbert (Bud), LCdr, RCN - was born in Winnipeg on October 20, 1914. He moved to Victoria with his parents, sisters and brother in 1924. He passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 1, 1996. His death was sudden but he had medical problems for a long time. Predeceased by his parents, two sisters and one brother who was killed in 1942 in the Second World War. He is survived by his loving family; Edith, his wife of 55 years; Bud (Gisele) of Sidney, BC; Alan (Linda) of Victoria and Rick (Barbara) of Parksville. He has four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren in Alberta. he also leaves his Aunt Aileen, nieces, nephews, cousins-in-law, friends and neighbours. Bud served 28 years in the RCN starting as an ordinary seaman and retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. He loved all sports as a participant and to watch. He played soccer, golf, curled, bowled 10 pins, fished, hunted and enjoyed horse races, gold panning and gardening. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Kiellerman, Victoria General Hospital, and our neighbour, Dr. Ben How. Funeral service will be held n McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Friday, February 9, at 1:00 p.m., with the Rev. W. Van Druten officiating, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the society of your choice.

FORGIE, John, P2ER, RCN / C.A.F. (served 31 May 1952 - 01 Oct 1972) - passed away in Nanaimo, B.C. on September 29, 1996 after a short but courage battle with cancer. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1933. John will de dearly missed by his loving wife and best friend of 43 years, Sheila. John was the proud father of four children: Debbie and Mike Duffin, Calgary; Dale and Brian Krasko; Carlene Newton; Ward and Leanne Forgie, Nanaimo. Eight grandchildren, the joys of his life; Anita Krasko; Teresa and husband, Jason Benson; Matthew and Michele Duffin; Megan and Brent Newton; Brianna and Sarah Forgie and his dear great granddaughter, jannah. He also leaves three sisters: Sally McLean Margaret and Ervin Lenzin, Calgary; Sandy and George Thompson, Cobble Hill; two sisters-in-law: Rosemary Pringle, Cobble Hill and Jean Nelson, Calgary and numerous relatives as well as many friends. Joined the Navy in 1952, served in Korea in HMCS Athabaskan. After retiring from the Navy in 1972 he joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans continuing his love of the ocean, he was Captain of the F.P.V. Anchor Rock and more recently the F.P.V. Otter Bay until his retirement in 1994. Special thanks to the nurses of the Nanaimo Home Care Unit and Dr. Kerry Luttrell. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of John. Memorial services will be held at First Memorial Chapel, 375 Brae St. Duncan, BC on Thursday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. reception to follow at Royal Canadian Legion (134), Shawnigan Lake.


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

FREEMAN, Frederick (Fred), CPO.TGM, 1877-E / Lt, RCN (served 15 Sep 1920 - 28 Feb 1958) - born in Birkenhead, England, on October 2, 1903, and sailed into the horizon while on his South American cruise on November 6, 1996. Fred was predeceased by his wife, Cath, in 1962, and his wife, Ann, in 1987. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret (Muzz) Robertson; grandsons, Alan, David (Cathleen), and Rick (Vicki); great-grandsons, Bryan, Steven and Davis; step-daughter; Gwen (John) Campbell; grandchildren, Debby (Graham), Linda (Alan), Susan and David; and two great-grandchildren. Fred joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1920, served in the Second World War and retired from the navy in 1958 at the rank of Lieutenant. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, Victoria, on Thursday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m. A reception for family and friends will be held following the service in Sands Arbor Reception Centre. Flowers are gratefully declined and donations may be made to the CNIB, Victoria or to the charity of the donor's choice.


HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Drafted to Prince Robert 08 Mar 1943 as Gnr, RCN


BLANCHET, Eric Sidney, LCdr, RCNR - Born 14 Nov 1916, Rothesay, NB  Died 04 Dec 1993, Duncan, BC.


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(1 & 2) Newspaper article on officers from HMCS Kings working with the Royal Navy  (3) Letter from Lord Louis Mountbatten to Eric Blanchet with regard to his visits to HM ML 284 on which Eric Blanchet was serving  (4) Letter from Lord Louis Mountbatten to Cdr H.T.A.S. Jerome, HMS Orlando, with regards to his visits/trips on HM ML 284  (5) 1983 letter to Eric Blanchet from his brother about the Mount Batten letter (photo #3). Eric's brother was a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry



HM ML 284

ML Q067 - 5th Commanding Officer

ML Q066 - 9th Commanding Officer

ML Q124 - 1st Commanding Officer

FRASER, Roy William, V12368, RCNVR / P1ER, 22002-E, RCN (served 15 Jun 1940 - 06 Nov 1966) - of Abbotsford, BC. Born October 17, 1916,  passed away after a lengthy illness on December 26, 1997 at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Elsie, daughters, Carolyne Hunt (Claude), Linda Strachan (Bob); son, Dan (Diane); daughter, Wendy Rose (Bill); 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Morris (Katie) of Edmonton, sister Peggy (Val) Wybert of Calgary, and numerous nieces and nephews. He served for 26 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was very active in Old Age Pensioners Association, Masonic Lodge Orders, Shriners and Federal Superannuates National Association. Funeral service will be held today, Tuesday, December 30 at 11:00 p.m., in Calvin Presbyterian Church, Abbotsford, BC. Interment to follow in Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Masonic Cancer Care Fund would be appreciated.

FEATHERSTONE, James Duncan, P2WU, RCN - Born 16 May 1930, passed suddenly, of a heart attack on January 26, 1998 in Langley, BC. Born in Tugaske, Saskatchewan on May 16, 1930. Jim served in the RCN for 21 years and in the Silviculture branch of the BC Forest Service for 10 years. he leaves hi loving wife Frances; daughters, Sharon, son-in-law, Peter; precious grandchildren, Emily and Jim, son and daughter-in-law, David and Lindsay Harding; sister, Fudge and brother-in-law Chippy; and many nieces, nephews and cherished friends. Funeral service will be held at McCall Bros Floral Chapel on Friday, January 30, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Diabetes Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

FIELDING, Geoffrey Harold, CPO.WTR / LCdr (S), RCN - Born 23 January 1921, passed on 9 January 1998 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital following a brief illness. Devoted hsuband of Frances; loving father of Joy (Eric Kjekstad), James (Kathryn), and Dorothy (Sean Steele); beloved grandfather of Erica, Jillian and Leigh, Michael and Graham, and sergie and Elena; cousin of Winifred Fielding, Liverpool, England. Predeceased in 1996 by daughter and son-in-law, Meredith (Meeda) and Graham Powell. Born and educated in Victoria, Geoff entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a Boy Seaman and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. On retirement from the Navy, he joined the BC Government Department of Lands and also became active in many charitable organizations in Victoria, including the Royal Canadian Legion (Pro Patria Branch) and the CNIB White Cane Club. Funeral service will be held at St. Mary' Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, on Wednesday, January 14, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Canon David McKay officiating. Private interment t Royal Oak Burial Park.

FROST, John Edwin Richard, C1CT, 2804-E, RCN (served 17 Dec 1936 - 17 Dec 1957) - was born April 22, 1919 on Osborne Road in North Vancouver and passed away on May 29, 1998 in his 80th year after a brief illness. Jack, a truly unique individual, is survived by his loving wife, Gertrude whom he knew since childhood and married at St. Francis in the Woods, West Vancouver, in 1942; daughters, Diane Quinn, Darlene Booth, Vicki Strachan and their families which include six grandchildren. His brother, George; parents, Harriet and John Frost of North Vancouver predeceased Jack. On a family trip to England at age 11 Jack met an uncle in the Royal Navy that led him to join the Sea Cadets as soon as they returned to North Vancouver. He would ride his bike from Kings Road down Lonsdale and take the ferry to reach his class in Stanley Park. he then worked on the Empress of Russia as messenger boy and made trips to the Orient at age 16 while waiting for his name to be called to join the RCN. Getting impatient, he attempted to join the RN in Hong Kong but was told to complete the return journey then come to join after that. When he returned to Vancouver his call to the RCN was waiting for him. He was the youngest member on the Esquimalt base and, according to tradition, asked to ring in the New Year 1936 on the ship's bell. He joined with a class of 60 of whom only about 5 survived to 1945. On convoy duty he witnessed bombings and sinkings; his ship was caught in a hurricane and took them off course to the South Atlantic with no lifeboats and major damage to the ship's bridge. An ice breaker freed his ship after it was caught in ice on the St. Lawrence when they were the last ship out. His ship took part in the chase for the Bismarck until they had to put in to Iceland for fuel. During the war, he served on many destroyers, even on Fairmiles, ever ship he was on came to grief after he was transferred. His destroyer took Churchill to the historic mid-Atlantic meeting with Roosevelt. He served on HMCS Ontario for about 3 years following the war and reluctantly retired from the Navy in 1957. He had built a beautiful home in Victoria, with the help of his contractor father (who built many homes in North Vancouver) but both he and his wife's families were on the North Shore so they moved to West Vancouver in 1958. He immediately start work to raise their young family which included at the time Diana and Rose Marie Hall, the daughters of deceased neighbours. First, he worked in the Post Officer during their move to the present building on Georgia Street and then became and inspector of Weights and Measures for the Department of Consumer Affairs. He enjoyed travel and covered most areas of BC at one time or another as well as travelling by air or sea to check coastal fishing and logging areas not accessible by road. After 21 years in the Navy he proceeded to work 20 years n the department before retiring. He joined the Masonic Lodge in Halifax during his time there was a Life Member of both the Chiefs and PO's Association and the Royal Canadian Legion at Lord Nelson Branch 60 where he had worked many years on the Executive including serving as president. He lived and enjoyed life in so many ways - particularly his garden at the home he has lived in for the past 32 years with Gertrude - always ready to welcome his daughters and sons-in-law, David, Michael and Rob and grandchildren, Zoe, Claire, Blair, Sean, Lauren and Kyla. He was not able to get around easily these past few years and appreciated the home and garden they had created all the more so after deciding to stay instead of choosing an easy existence in a condo. They day before he entered hospital jack was out weeding and cutting the grass. He too his dogs Bonnie and Cruzer for their run the same day. I know he is happy to have made a quick get-a-way and not prolong our worries, but he will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sea Cadets, HMCS Discovery Stanley Park would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the medical and nursing staff at Lion's Gate Hospital who worked so hard and heroically for Jack.

FLEMING, William, C2EW, 9409-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 04 Jan 1954 - 26 Mar 1980) - Born December 9, 1935, passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on Friday, September 11th, 1998.William (Bill) served 25 years with the RCN. He was a member of Chiefs and PO's 2nd Class. He is survived by his wife Marj, brother Alex; daughters Wendy, Laurie, Vicki; sons Bill Jr., Mike, Terry; six grandchildren and many friends. There will be no service at Bill's request. Cremation to follow. The family would like to thank all the staff at VGH for their care during his long stay.

FERGUSON, Charles Edward (Chuck), CD, SSM, C2AW, 32717-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 20 Jan 1955 - 16 May 1991) - born May 16, 1936, Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully, May 18, 1999 in the presence of his family and God. Will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Dorothy, of 42 years; son, Chuckie (Carol); daughters, Carmell (Tony), Candace (Jim); grandchildren, Scott, Tyler, Cherylann, Sarah and Jason; mother-in-law, Nanny; relatives and many friends. Chuck served 35 years with the RCN, life member of CPO's Mess, past Master of Britannia Lodge #73, member of Esquimalt Legion #172, loved golfing and 5-pin bowling. Chuck was extremely popular and very involved with the CPO's Association. Donations in his memory may be made to CPO Association Veteran's Assistance Society, 618 Admirals Road, Victoria.

FINDLAY, John (Jack), CPO Torpedo Cox'n, V12303, RCNVR (served 01 Oct 1939 - 05 Sep 1945) - passed away peacefully at home on September 23, 1999 with his loving family at his side. Jack is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, Jack (Cheryle), Victoria; his daughter, Linda (Fred) Pabsdorf, Cobbie Hill; grandchildren, Beverly, Serena, Dale, Ian and Brad; six great-grandchildren; and other family and friends. Jack served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 - 1945. After leaving the Navy he then worked for the Federal Government for 32 years until his retirement. Jack enjoyed many years gardening and hunting and being with his dog, Zak. No service by request. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and Hospice Staff for their loving care of Jack during his illness.

FOSTER, Thomas Harold, CD, VV9661, RCNVR / C1WU, 9486-E, RCN (served 01 Aug 1941 - 31 Jan 1969) - Born on September 10, 1922 in Montreal, PQ. Passed away on November 6, 1999 in Victoria, BC. Predeceased by his parents in Windsor, Ontario. Survived by his wife, Jean; son, Norman (Fay); daughter, Mrs. Sandra Robbins (Alec); grandsons, Ted Robbins, BSc., Brent Robbins, MBA, granddaughter, Caria Foster, RN and great-grandson Spencer Robbins. He served 25 years with the RCN and attained the rank of CPO1, served on convoy duty on the North Atlantic, and in Korea. On completion of his Naval Service, he attended the Radio and TV College of Canada in Toronto, Ontario, where he received an Honour's Degree. He was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172, and was a ham radio operator VE7FDY. The completion of his working career was at the Royal Jubilee Hospital as a Supervisor. He enjoyed his golf game and playing his guitar. By request, there will be no service, A private inurnment will be held in the Columbarium at Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

FLINTOFF, A. Brian, V72384, RCNVR / C1WU, R5297, RCN(R) (served 09 Jun 1943 - 20 Nov 1961) - of Parksville, BC. Born 19 Sep 1909  Died Jan 2000.


FITZSIMONDS, Patrick T., C1WS, 50310-E, RCN (served 21 Jan 1946 - Jan 1976) - Born May 7, 1928. Passed peacefully, on March 31, 2000, in Victoria, BC. Survived and dearly missed by his wife, Joan, of 50 years; children, Tim (Pam), Laura (Ken) Garraway, Linda (Wayne) Haveling; grandchildren, Erika, Shay, Kelly Kelsy, Julia; brother, Bob (Mary); sister-in-law, Jean; along with other relatives and friends. He belongs to the Chiefs and PO's Association and the Legion 91, also the Metchosin Golf Club. After 30 years, in the Navy, Pat enjoyed golf and wine making, but most of all time spent with family and friends, leaving them with great memories of his humour and compassion. Memorial service, 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 6 at St. John's Heritage Church, Glencairn Lane, Colwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre.

FINDLAY, Francis Renault (Frank), CPO - passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 24, 2000. Frank was born on October 10, 1913 in Telfordville, Alberta. He is survived by two sons; Brian (Sue) and David (Ada) and one daughter, Susan (Willie) Wright. Frank also leaves one brother, Walter and one sister, Iona. Predeceased by his sisters: Pear, Elsie and May. Frank proudly served with the RCN from 1938 to 1945 in the North Atlantic. He was a avid hunter, fisherman and boating enthusiast. Frank spent many devoted years in the automotive business. No service by request and flowers are gratefully declined.

FAIRBANK, George Edwin, C2ER, 22408-E, RCN (served 19 Apr 1945 - 19 Apr 1966), on September 16, 2000, in Victoria. Born on January 28, 1927 in Alliston, Ontario, he is survived by Joy, his loving wife of 52 years; his sons, Robert (Noni); his daughter, Sandra (Al) Petley and grandson, Randy Fairbank, all of Victoria; his brother, Arthur (Chris) Fairbank of Coquitlam; sister, Alice (Mike) Campbell of Surrey; sisters-in-law, Carole Fairbank of Melville, Saskatchewan and Mary Bool of Victoria; his brother-in-law, Tom (Elaine) Wilkinson of Victoria; numerous nieces, nephews and their families. George served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 21 years, HMC Dockyard for 23 years, and prior to his retirement, 10 years as Chief Engineer aboard the Glendyne. The family wish to than the staff of Gorge Road Hospital, 2nd floor, for their care and concern over the last three months. Service of remembrance will be conducted from McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Thursday, September 21, at 2:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined; tributes, if desired may be made to the Chief's and Petty Officers Association, 618 Admirals Road, Victoria.



FARQUHARSON, Robert (Ross), CERA, 21448, RCN (served 10 Mar 1937 - 22 Oct 1945) - of Cranbrook, BC. Born 04 Oct 1916  Died 1999

FLETCHER, Bertram, PO.LTO, V24179, RCNVR (served 17 Feb 1941 - 09 Apr 1945) - born Winnipeg on August 21, 1920; died Victoria, April 19, 2001. Passed away in his wife's arms. Predeceased by his brother, Bob. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy 1940-1945, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Joined the Winnipeg Police Force on return and retired in 1980. Moved to Sidney, BC in 1989 when his wife retired and enjoyed the small town atmosphere and amenities until progressive illnesses prevented him from getting out. He was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Retired Peace Officers of Manitoba. He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Gwen, and daughter, Debbie; brother Phil (Esther) of Nanaimo; sister-in-law Thelma of Winnipeg; son, Rev. Ron Fletcher of Kerobert, Saskatchewan, and twin daughters, Linda and heather, of Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Police Museum, the Canadian Diabetes Association or Holy Trinity Anglican Church, North Saanich.

WILKINS, Bradley Laurence (Larry), Commodore, RCN / C.A.F. - The family of Larry, born in Toronto in 1927, announces his sudden death Sunday, April 1, 2018. Larry leaves behind his wife of almost 69 years, Jane (Tower); his daughters, Pat (Larry Nicholls), and Cathi (Steve Shanahan); four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren; brother, Jon and sister, Desmay Smith. Larry graduated from Royal Roads Naval College ’46; University of Toronto Engineering Physics ’49; University of Western Ontario MBA ’65 and National Defence College ’75. On return from tour in Korea, Larry spent two years at the Canadian Foreign NDHQ in London, England (’53-’54). He served on the HMCS Huron, Nootka, Restigouche, as well as the Dockyards in Esquimalt and Halifax and National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. He retired from the Navy in 1982. Following his retirement from the Navy, Larry worked as the Director of Engineering for Irving Ship Building and Davis Ship Building. He retired to Chester in 1990. In retirement Larry was involved in photo and naturalist clubs and volunteered at the Chester Playhouse and for the Conservative Party. He had time for his grandchildren, sailing and golf. Larry and Jane traveled to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Middle East and Russia. Larry was a strong leader, full of integrity and had a quick wit. 'A wonderful life!' Funeral service today, Friday, April 6th at 2 p.m., in St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Chester.



ROY, Raymond Oliver, CD, CPO2, C.A.F. (21 June 1956 - 27 March 2018) A prairie boy who became a sailor, a seeker of challenges and an adventurer, who loved his family above all, passed away on March 27, 2018. A man who threw himself into experiencing life. His presence will be missed by his family. His much loved wife Mary, his children Caleb (Mistee), Tosca (Ryan & granddaughter Avery) and Lukas (Gabrielle). His siblings Rene (Heather) and Loretta. The Payne family and their spouses, and his many nieces and nephews on both sides. He missed his parents - Tryntje and Lionel - who passed before him. Raymond was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 21 June 1956. He served in the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Navy where he spent most of his career as an Electrical Maritime Technician. A life that took him around the world with his loyal companion and rubber chicken - Mort. He loved the Navy and being at sea. He was, rightly, proud of his service. He continued to assist others after retirement, as an active member of the Campbell River Volunteer Search and Rescue. Raymond brought an intense passion to everything he took on - reconstructing Land Rovers, making ancient armour, scuba diving or researching family history. He acquired deep practical skills that made him the go-to-person for family and friends. As he had hoped, Raymond passed at home with his family. Cancer took his life but it never took his spirit. The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and care aides who provided the care that helped him pass away on his terms. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Campbell River Search & Rescue ( Services will be held on April 13th at Quinsam Community Hall, 2005 Eagle Drive, Campbell River, beginning at 2PM.


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PHILLIPS, Patricia (nee Hutchins), WRCNS - Died 24 November 2016. Pat was born in Toronto and has gone to join the love of her life Dennis "Tiny" they were together for 63 years. She was the loving Mother to Crystal, Aunt to Joe and Grace Sylvester of Alberta, Carla, Michel, Eddie and Adam. Sister-in-law of Terri Vargas. Her parents George and Evelyn, sisters Ida and Gladys predeceased her. Pat joined the WRENS early 1943, served in Halifax, Cornwallis, and Ottawa, where she worked on personal records and ships rosters. She was demobilized in 1946, and very proud to have served her country. Pat was a member of the RCL Branch 255 where she served in office for 11 years, ending up as 1st Vice. She also belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary, and the Rose City War Pensioners Windsor Branch, this lady was a proud veteran. For those who wish, donations may be made to Hospice or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Visiting on Friday, November 25 from 12:00 noon until the time of Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. under the auspices of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Committee at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Cremation to follow. 


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STUTTER, Clifford E., P2RT, RCN (18 Feb 1931 - 22 Mar 2018) - Survived by and sadly missed by Dot, his wife of 63 yrs, daughters Jeannine (Charles) Powell, Rose Kirk and Valorie (Neil) Logan, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a sister and both parents who no doubt were among the thousands of family who would have welcomed him home. Memorial service to be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 701 Mann Ave in Victoria on April 6th at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. CARE Funeral Services.




HMCS FRASER - Served on Fraser as an LS.RT in 1957

STALKER, Fredrick Glen, P2BN, RCN / C.A.F. (01 Jul 1935 - 12 Mar 2018) - Our "PAPA", passed suddenly on the evening of March 12. Survived by daughters, Laurel (Max), Patricia (Kelly); brothers Andrew Stalker, William Keary and sister Colleen Almond; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. No Service by Request.



PIGEON, Paul J., Cook (S), V84525, RCNVR (served 02 May 1944 - 03 Apr 1946) - It is with great sadness that the Pigeon family announces the passing of Paul Pigeon, World War II veteran, on May 12, 2015. Born in 1926, Paul cherished his family and loved life. He leaves behind his wife of 68 years Yvonne Paquin, his six daughters, his three sons and their spouses; nine grandsons, ten granddaughters, 16 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Paul also leaves behind his six sisters and three of his seven brothers. After his retirement, Paul took advantage of his great passions such as travelling, golf and bridge, just to name a few. He loved to bring his family and friends around the table with his homemade wine. He will be sadly missed by all those who had the privilege to take part of his life. The family wanted to thank the Pavillon du Souvenir at the Ste. Anne's Hospital for the compassion and great care that they provided to Paul. Family and friends are invited to say goodbye to Paul this Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as on Sunday May 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Yves Légaré Funeral Complex followed by a Celebration of his Life at 12 p.m. at the chapel of the same complex. The family would appreciate a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Montreal Gazette 15 May 2015)


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HMCS GODERICH - Served in GODERICH 01 Oct 1944 - 26 Jun 1945 as a Ck(S), RCNVR

HMCS LA HULLOISE - Served in LA HULLOISE 27 Jun 1945 - 08 Nov 1945 as a Ck(S), RCNVR


KIERAN, Nancy Dianne (nee Macmillan), RCN(R) - 83, of Bedford, NS, passed away on April 4, 2018, at the Victoria General Palliative Care Unit after a battle with cancer in which she did not let it dull her sparkle. She was born February 3, 1935, in Toronto, Ontario, to Nelson and Bubbles MacMillan, and graduated from nursing at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in 1956. She served as a nurse throughout her career, but it was while serving in the Naval Reserves at HMCS Chippawa that she met the love of her life, Harley Kieran, a naval officer. The two were married in 1960, and their dreams were realized when daughters Lorna and Cathy came along. A loving wife, mother and homemaker, Nancy was known for her exceptional cooking and she loved entertaining family and friends. She enjoyed playing bridge with close friends and meeting up with retired Navy friends – the Wednesday Lunch Bunch. With postings in Toronto, ON, Norfolk, Virginia, Victoria, BC, London, England and Halifax, NS, Nancy was adored by friends from coast to coast and around the world. She is survived by her devoted husband, Harley; daughters, Lorna (Phil) and Cathy; grandchildren, Cameron, Claire, Harley and Grace; sister, Judy (Ray) and brother, Jim (Eleanor). The family wishes to thank all those who cared for her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., on Sunday, April 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will follow on Monday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at J. A. Snow Funeral Home Chapel.



DAWSON, John Addington (14 Sep 1923 - 02 Feb 2018) - Dr. John Dawson died peacefully, surrounded by family and caregivers, at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre at age 94. John was the beloved husband of Eunice (nee Hutchison) for 70 wonderful years. He was the devoted father of Robert (Vicki), Kathleen (Andrew) and grandfather of Carl, Kathryn, Anna, and Leah. John had a full career as an economist with the federal civil service starting with the Department of Agriculture, CRTC, and retiring as Director of the Economic Council of Canada. He was then the first CEO of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI). John served in the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic from 1942-45. He was a longtime member of Rideau Park United Church and Pastoral Care volunteer. He received degrees from MacDonald College, McGill, and his PhD from University of Chicago. He is fondly remembered for infusing his children and his grandchildren with his love of the outdoors- fishing, skiing, golfing, canoeing, sailing, and cottage life. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Perley for their loving care and compassion. A memorial service will be held at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive on Saturday April 28th at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made to the charity of their choice. (Ottawa Citizen 06 Apr 2018)

HUTCHINSON, Gerald Jonathan - 28, 2018 - passed away March 28, 2018 at the age of 75. Gerald was born in Vancouver on June 12, 1942 to Wes and Ellen Hutchison of Pitt Meadows, BC. He grew up in the Haney area and graduated from Maple Ridge High School in 1960. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1962-1965. Gerry was a long-time resident of Pritchard BC, and was well known at the Kamloops Farmer's Market where he sold eggs. Gerald worked as Administrator for the Kamloops Indian Band and for the Skeetchestn Indian Band in the 1970s and 80s. He later provided consulting services in BC and internationally. While working in Peru he met his beloved wife Edita, who made his last years some of the happiest of his life. Gerry leaves to grieve; his wife Edita Luhan, sister Ann Riddell and her husband Neill, son Benjamin and his wife Elizabeth, daughter Amber Eckhardt and her husband Reg Lech, and son Timothy; granddaughters Mckenzie, Kendra and Marissa Hutchison. A celebration of Gerald's life will be held April 21st, 2018 at 1pm at Haney Presbyterian Church, 11858 216 Street, Maple Ridge, BC. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 07 Apr 2018)


WARREN, William John (26 Sep 1926 - 05 Apr 2018) - Dad was born and raised in Styal, Alberta on the farm. He served in the Navy, so he could always tie a good knot. He fished, golfed, curled and loved to travel. As kids, he told us he’d been everywhere in the world and we believed him. He worked for Canadian Pacific Railway his entire career, based in Port Coquitlam where he built his family home where he resided for 65 years. Dad never threw anything away, appreciated a good nap, crosswords, feeding his birds, and was always up for a game of crib. He loved to watch the news, M*A*S*H and Heartbeat. Dad was predeceased by Norma, his wife of 60 years and sons Greer and Lorne. He is survived by his kids Cathy (Richard) and Shane (Kathleen) daughter-in-law Lois, siblings Alice and Gerry in Edmonton, Alberta and grandchildren Chris, Kevin, Robyn, Allison, William, Daniel, Karlee and Devon. Thanks to Coho staff at Nicola Lodge for taking care of Dad. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or Port Coquitlam Legion #133 are appreciated.

WHITEHEAD, Roger Wayne (06 Dec 1936 - 03 Apr 2018) - It is with deepest sadness that Roger's family announces his passing at home surrounded by his loved ones. Roger (beloved son of Edna and Milen) will be forever cherished by his wife of 59 years Colleen (nee Gallagher), son Paul (Debbie), daughters Linda (Mark) and Karen, and grandchildren Ryan (Sasa), David, Adrienne, and Zach. Roger completed his education in Kingston graduating from the Royal Military College in 1958 and Queen's University in 1959, obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering. After their marriage, he and Colleen went to Halifax where Roger served in the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon returning to Toronto, Roger began a 30-year career with Ontario Hydro, retiring as the Director of Power System Operation Division in 1993. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. at Burnhamthorpe, on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, 122 Rathburn Rd., Toronto on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 12 noon Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations made to the MS Society would be greatly appreciated. Loved in life, cherished in death. (Toronto Star 05 Apr 2018)

WILSCHEK, Ronald Richard (Reinhardt) (26 Mar 1924 - 18 Mar 2018) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather after a short illness. He has gone on to meet up with his wife Marjorie (2003) and his friends and family that have passed before him. He is survived by his 5 children Linda (Wayne) Duke, Mary- Ann (Peter) Klein, Richard (Sandy) Wilschek, Laura-Lee (George) Mah and Debbie Ginnell, as well as his 9 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. Ron served in the Navy during WWII then returned home to continue his education. He became a teacher, first in Langley, then New Westminster Secondary School and after 35 years retired to Osoyoos in 1982. He was an avid outdoorsman and involved himself in the local Fish & Game club. Ron will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, always willing to help out where he could. It is hard to fit his 94 years into a few lines but he summed it up best when he said he had a good life and had no regrets. We are all blessed to have known Ron and he will be missed. Thanks to Dr. G. Tarr and the IHA health team for their caring support. By his request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to South Okanagan General Hospital. (Vancouver Sun / The province 08 Apr 2018)


SKELTON, George (Scottie), CPO - 94 of Lunenburg, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Veteran’s Unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. George was born in Airdrie, Scotland on June 6, 1923 and grew up in an orphanage. When Britain was sending boys over to work on farms in Canada to replace the young men who were being enlisted for war, George was sent to a farm near Kingston Ontario, where he arrived on the “Athena” in 1938. When he became of age, he managed to get to Kinsgton and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. As they were in need of cooks, he enlisted and was sent for training on the HMCS “York” in Toronto and then to Halifax, to await sailing for Newcastle upon Tyne to join the crew of the HMCS “Haida”, serving with her until the end of the war. On D-Day, which was his 21st birthday, he was in the English Channel, down in the hold helping to hand up ammunition, and witnessed the sinking of their sister ship, “Athabaskan”. On his return to Canada and having worked his way up to “chef” during the war, he reenlisted and was based at CFB Stadacona, Halifax, where he served on several ships for 28 years until his retirement and then worked personally for several Commodores and Admirals. He met his wife, Evelyn, when the ship was docked in Plymouth, England and were married August 11, 1945. In February, 1947, Evelyn and his baby daughter arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax with the War Brides. Upon full retirement they moved to the South Shore. He was a very active member and honorary president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #23 Lunenburg, where he was involved with the Poppy Campaign and always participated as leader in the Remembrance Day “Memories” night at the Community Centre. He will also be fondly remembered for always arriving bright and early on New Years Day to prepare the “MooseMilk” for the reception later that day. As an avid dancer, wherever he went, if there was music, he was the first on the floor and never failed to get the whole crowd moving. He was also a devoted member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where he served in the church choir, Session, and faithfully supported the many activities within the church. George deeply loved his community of Lunenburg and proudly seized every opportunity to promote it. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Leduc, Alberta; grandchildren, Angela, Alex, Tiffannie, Nicole; several great and great-great grandchildren and companion, Annette Dibbin of Blue Rocks. George was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy #3, Lunenburg where the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23, will hold a legion tribute on Tuesday at 6:45 followed by visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial service to celebrate George's life will be held at a later date in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Lunenburg. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church or the Veteran’s Units of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital.



HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida during WW2 as a Cook

DECKER, Murray Guerdon, Major, RCN, RCAF - age 83 of Meadowvale, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Jordan Ferry, Shelburne Co., he was a son of the late William and Ethel (Bower) Decker. Murray retired after 33 years as a Navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force having begun his military service as a Rigger with the Royal Canadian Navy. He loved golfing, square dancing and volunteering at the Greenwood Aviation Museum. Murray was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and was an active member of St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, Middleton. He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Stark, Meadowvale; sons, Murray Decker (Debbie Nason), Essex, Ont.; Tom (Kathy) Decker, Truro; sister, Evelyn Perry, Lower Sackville; brothers, Ron (Heather) Decker, Dartmouth; Allen (Florence) Decker, Lake Echo; grandchildren, Logan, Heidi, Sara; several nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Michael (Michael) Stark, Toronto; Monica MacPhee, Dartmouth; Kevin Stark (Liz Walsh), Kingston, Ont.; Carl Stark (Vass Tziritas), Bedford; stepdaughter-inlaw, Cathy Stark, Acton, Ont.; several step grandchildren and step greatgrandchildren. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, the former Joan Pottie; daughter, Karen Decker and stepson, Sydney Stark. In keeping with Murray’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11th, in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12th, in St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, Middleton, with Father John MacPherson officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Interment will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 13th in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Donations in Murray’s memory may be made to The War Amps, Kidney Foundation Atlantic Canada Branch or to a charity of your choice.

BOND, Roy Melvin, A/Sto 1c, V43285, RCNVR - Died 1996


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HMCS LONG BRANCH - Served in Long Branch 05 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1945 as a Sto 2c and A/Sto 1c, RCNVR

TUG BEAVERTON - Served in BEAVERTON 05 Sep 1945 - 17 Sep 1945 as A/Sto 1c, RCNVR


McDONALD, Cyril, Anthony, LCdr, C.A.F.  - age 58, of Mount Uniacke, passed away April 10, 2018 in 7A Palliative Care, the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Gambo, N.L. he was the son of Mildred (Parsons) McDonald and the late Cyril John McDonald. Cyril spent his early years in Gambo, N.L. before moving with his family to Wabush, Labrador. While growing up in Wabush, he was an active participant in many sports including hockey and soccer, but his true passion was his involvement in the Sea Cadet Corps. This eventually led him to join the Canadian Navy at the age of 17. After eight years serving as a Naval Communicator in the Submarine Service he took his commission to become a Naval Officer in 1986. He served aboard many ships before finishing his 29 year career at the Warfare Centre at CFB Stadacona. Upon his retirement in 2004, he became a military defence consultant with Valcom Consulting. In 2012 he was elected as the Municipal Councillor for the Mount Uniacke region of the Municipality of East Hants. He held this position until his passing. He was a prominent and well-liked figure in the Hockey Card Collecting Community for many years. Also, he was an avid golfer who looked forward to his annual trip with his brother-inlaw, Gord to play the Florida Links along with his brother, Terry. Another of his passions was his involvement on the Entertainment Committee for the Wardroom at CFB Stadacona. Survived by his wife, Lynn McDonald; son, Jonathan McDonald, Calgary, Alta.; daughter, Jenna McDonald (Nick Caron), Beaver Bank; grandchild, Jayda Slaunwhite, Beaver Bank; brothers, Terry McDonald (Roxanne), Denis McDonald (Brenda), Joe McDonald (Geraldine); sisters, Corina Benson (Gord), Patsy Sweet (Andy), Robin Vandervleuten (Rob), Bev McDonald (Bob); and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Predeceased by his father, Cyril; infant brother, Anthony and oldest brother, Bob. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14th, in the Officer’s Wardroom at the Juno Tower CFB Halifax Stadacona, Halifax, at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Cyril’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.


"Not too often one gets to scribble his own obituary notes so I will make an attempt at my own - Born in Gambo NL in Mar 1960, into a family of 8 siblings, there would be no doubt that the Navy would muster at least one of us. After graduating HS in Labrador, my dream of serving with the Navy would become reality. I would set sail from my little nest of home, find and married the most beautiful woman in the world (who continues to be at my side today 34 years later). Blessed to be in the communications brotherhood I had the honour of sailing beneath the waves prior to commissioning and fulfilling an almost second career. Yet, to my chagrin, Cancer began to erode my body to where it will bring me today; besetxxx extinction I had fun, I enjoyed life, I did everything that I wanted to do, but most importantly I stayed in love with my soul mate. The only part of human life that I believe that I will truly miss. Today the human medicine man has been able to hold of the grim reaper to this point but I find I am beginning to lose the uphill battle. It is not easy, nor was it without a struggle. My effort was valiant some would say, others may argue differently. So in the end I made too many friends to honour in a short post and too many tales to keep too many of you out of trouble. I thank you for your friendship I thank you for your kindness and simply put, thank you for just being there in times of need. God bless and following seas my comrades."  (written by Cyril 02 Apr 2018)












HMCS OKANAGAN - Served in Okanagan in 1986 as a MS.RM. Member of re-dedication crew.


FRASER, Gordon, V10897, RCNVR / C2SG, 4806-E, RCN (served 27 Jan 1941 - 23 Apr 1962) - April 4, 1924, N. Regina, SK - December 09, 2001, Victoria, BC. Gordon will be dearly missed by Beverly, his wife and soul mate; son, Gordon; stepsons, Tim, Mike (Eunice), Pat (Kathy); granddaughters, Christine and Roberta; along with relatives and friends. After a proud 21-year career in the Navy he retired as a Chief Petty Officer, Yeoman of Signals. He retired in 1991 after his second career of 26 years as an Insurance Adjuster. He was Past President, Life Member and Life Governor of the B.C.R.A. and Life Member of the D.C.R.A. Gordon will be fondly remembered by all those who knew him as a loyal, helpful and steadfast friend. Memorial service 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 13 at Royal Oak Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Gordon's name to the Chief and PO's Association for Veterans Assistance, 618 Admirals Rd., Victoria, BC or a charity of choice.

FARRELL, Alvin Elmo, C2ER, 21829-E, RCN (served 19 Nov 1940 - 18 Nov 1961) - at 81 years passed away suddenly at home on January 12, 2002. Alvin was born in Carstairs, Alberta on July 29, 1920. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940 and served 21 years. He saw active duty in the Second World War and Korean War. Al then worked for the Public Service as a crane operator at the Esquimalt Graving Dock until his retirement in 1985 after 20 years. During his retirement, Al volunteered as an activities assistant for mentally challenged children at several care facilities, the longest being the Victor Street School. Al was a member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association. Al Farrell will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 52 years, Vera, and their two daughters, Muriel Farrell of Surrey; Joanne (Doug) Yelland of Kelowna and son, Gordon Farrell of Vancouver, BC as well as their grandchildren, Scott, Jenna and Kacy. Alvin is also survived by his brother, Alfred Farrell (Dorothy), Calgary, AB; sisters, jean Johnson (Earl), Cowichan Bay, BC; Irene Fox (Don) Carstairs, AB; Helen Robinson (Jim), Calgary, AB; sisters-in-law, Allie Pirie, Aberdeen, Scotland, Olive Farrell, Calgary, AB, Marion Walker, Saanichton, BC, Tillie Walker, London, ON and Heather Wynen (Lou), Texada, BC. Alvin will be greatly missed by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins of the Farrell and Anderson families, as well as the Tram Family. A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 2, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Selma Sheldon at Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the church hall. Donations in Alvin's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Resource Centre, Victoria, BC; Canadian Diabetes Association, #276-2950 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC or a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist Jan 2002)

FARR, Laurence Harris (Larry, Laurie), C2WS, 4374-E, RCN (served 02 Jun 1941 - 01 Jun 1963) - born November 1, 1922 in Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2003 at the age of 81. He will be fondly remembered, and greatly missed by his loving wife, Ruby, daughter Judith (Richard) Pearce, 2 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter. He is also survived and loved by his 3 stepchildren, George (Deborah) Gibb; Richard (Maureen) Gibb; and Karren (known as "Sam") (Len) Clarke, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his stepdaughter, Belinda Kirkman. Larry was well known for his time which he gave so freely to his extended family, many friends and the Sunshine Coast community. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Larry was proud of his work in life; he was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We loved him and will miss him dearly. Special thanks to all the doctors and supportive staff at Nanaimo Regional Hospital for their care and kindness. A memorial service in celebration of Larry's life will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 1400 hours at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sechelt, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's memory to St. Mary's Hospital, Sechelt, BC, or to a charity of your choice.

FERGUSON, Carl Frank, CPO2 Supply Tech, RCN / C.A.F. (Served 10 Oct 1963 - 01 Jul 1997) - Stored ship and sailed off on another deployment June 29, 2004 to one of the seven seas; pouring tots for past shipmates! Born October 21, 1944 in Hamilton, Ontario. He joined the RCN in 1963, serving on both coasts; in Europe with NATO and in the Middle East Gulf area with the UN; retiring in July 1996. He took a keen interest in all sports - at one time successfully completing the Hamilton and Boston Marathons. Survived by his loving wife Judy; son Chris and wife Jill; daughter Taralyn and partner Doug plus his three precious grandchildren Trenton, Garion and Alexa. Also survived by his parents George and Sue Ferguson, Dundas, Ontario; sisters Susie (Edmonton), Sandra and Darlene (Hamilton, Ont.). His positive attitude, strong determination and sense of humour stayed with him to the end. Many thanks to Dr's Daphne Robinson and Willie Pewarchuk, the nurses in Chemo and on 2 South, Cowichan Hospital for helping him keep his dignity. Special thanks to friends, neighbours and customers of "Judy's Kitchen" for their prayers and support. There will be no service. We will bid him smooth sailing with our stories on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 1751 Northgate Road, Unit 128, Cobble Hill, BC at 13:00 hrs. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 750 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4. (Victoria Times Colonist 03 Jul 2004)

CURTIS, Leigh Gordon (Bud) (23 Nov 1924 - 30 Mar 2018) - Aged 93, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018 at the Misericordia Health Centre. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 66 years, Olha and children, Donald (Joy), Cathy (Gary), Graham (Heather) and Brian (Pamela); along with nine grandchildren, Jillian (Terry), Tyler, Jamie (Brendin), Kira (Matt), Naomi, Wojo, Liam, Noah and Joshua; and six great- grandchildren, Avery, Adley, Myka, Logan, Dea and Brinley. He was predeceased by his parents, Leigh and Louise Curtis; his brother Allan and his granddaughter Brooke. After graduating from Dauphin Collegiate in 1941, Bud joined the Navy. Upon discharge from the Navy, he completed his Commerce Degree at the University of Manitoba. On May 6, 1947, he joined the T. Eaton Co. where he enjoyed a lengthy career of over 40 years in various positions, with the audit group, buying and in management. In those years, he made many lifelong friends and enjoyed curling and playing golf. Bud continued to keep in touch with his retired Eaton's friends with yearly golf get togethers. He was an amazing husband and father, spending many family vacations skiing and being actively involved in his children's sports. He was a proud father, grandfather, great-grandfather and fan, attending the many family activities. He spent many years managing hockey teams, even after his children had finished playing sports. Bud's second home with Olha was at West Hawk Lake, where he spent over half a century enjoying his family. They built their first cottage at McKenzie Beach and later moved to lakefront on Moonlight Bay. He always kept himself busy with many projects at the cottage, enjoyed a swim at the end of the day, happy hour on the dock, evening card games and laughs with family and friends. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses, doctors, caregivers and staff at Misericordia Health Centre for their compassionate care, always treating Bud as family. A cremation and private family celebration will take place at a later date. (Winnipeg Free Press 07 Apr 2018)

SLUSKY, Morton Aaron - Our much-loved dad and zaida died suddenly on March 23, 2018, three months shy of his 94th birthday. Mort was predeceased by his beloved wife Lee, his brother Irv and his partner Fay Glass. He leaves to mourn his children Maxa and Cliff Chisick and Jeffrey and Cindy Slusky; grandchildren Casey Chisick and Sophie Milman, Josh and Laura Chisick, Daniel and Baillie Chisick, Lee Slusky and Zachary Slusky; and great-grandchildren Lev, Jacob, Lyla, Talia, Maya and Asher Chisick. Mort was born on June 27, 1924, the elder son of Rae and Max Slusky. He grew up in the North End, graduated from St. John's Tech, and worked as a dining-car waiter on passenger trains before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He trained as a radio operator and was stationed at several locations in the Caribbean before the war's end. After his discharge, Mort attended the Manitoba Law School and was called to the bar in 1951. His brother Irv followed in 1953 and they practised law as Slusky & Slusky until Mort retired in 1999. As a lawyer, Mort was admired for his honesty, integrity, compassion and dedication to his clients, some of whom continued to seek out his wise counsel long after his retirement. Mort and Lee Rombom were married in 1949. They settled into the Grove Apartments on Main Street and set about building their life together. Maxa was born in 1952, and Jeff in 1961, about the time they moved to their new home on Sweetwood Bay in then mostly undeveloped Garden City. Worried about Maxa's diminutive 10-year-old, 50-pound frame, Mort set about plumping her up with nightly Dairy Queen milkshakes after dinner. (Mission accomplished, Daddy; thanks.) Mort and Lee shared a traditional, loving marriage, rooted in their mutual devotion to their children and, in time, to their three eldest grandsons, Casey, Josh and Daniel. Tragically, Lee passed away in 1989, at only 62, before grandsons Lee and Zach arrived to complete their family. Late in his life, Mort was fortunate to meet Fay Glass, with whom he shared nearly a decade of happiness until her untimely death in 2007. Mort was a devoted, loving zaida whose face lit up whenever his grandchildren were near. He delighted in regular family dinners and visits and that enjoyment grew even stronger when Casey, Josh and Daniel married and provided him with three beautiful, talented granddaughters who loved and respected him. And just when he thought things couldn't get any better, great-grandchildren started to appear about six years ago, recharging his batteries and putting an indelible smile on his face. The lives of his six great-grandchildren have been enriched permanently by time spent with their Zaida Mort. Cursed with a lighting-fast swing and shaky putting stroke, Mort was nevertheless an enthusiastic golfer well into his ninth decade, and was rewarded with four holes-in-one for his efforts. He served on Glendale Golf & Country Club's board for several years. He passed his passion for golf (along with the shaky putting stroke) on to Jeff, for whom it remains an obsession. Mort's early life was steeped in Judaism and he remained invested in Jewish customs and traditions throughout his life. He was a longtime member of Rosh Pina Synagogue and served on its board of directors for many years. Although reluctant at first, Mort grew to enjoy life at Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence, where he rekindled old friendships and formed many new ones. He was an active and eager participant in social programs and trivia competitions, where his razor-sharp recall kept him well-stocked in Kit-Kat bars. Until the very last day of his life, Mort carried himself with great dignity, good humour, and a proud independence that will always be an inspiration to his family. As a family friend, struck by his gentlemanliness, memorably put it, he was "a man who wore his tuxedo on the inside". Mort's family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Shaftesbury Park for treating him with the kindness and respect he deserved. We are also grateful to Dr. Terry Szajkowski for his extraordinary kindness, excellent care and reassuring availability. A funeral service was held March 25 at Congregation Etz Chayim, officiated by Cantor Tracy Kasner Greaves. Pallbearers were Mort's five grandsons and his nephew Alan Slusky. He will be loved, missed and remembered forever. Donations may be made to Agape Table, Jewish Child and Family Services or another charity of choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 07 Apr 2018)

TOWNS, Leslie Fredrick - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend on May 7, 2007 at the age of 84 years. Les was born on June 14, 1922 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. After receiving his education, he went on and served in the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon his return he met and married Dorothy, the love of his life, to whom he was married for sixty wonderful years. He is survived by his wife Dottie, four beloved children, Vicki Rochat, Mary Lou (Ray) Senio, Tom (Jan) Towns and Kathryn (Bill) Townsend. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Margie, son-in-law Leon and son-in-law Jim. He will be sorely missed for his wonderful friendship and his ability to make people laugh. Many new Canadians will always appreciate the generosity and friendship they received from Les. A Memorial Service will be held at the Sunnybrook United Church, 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sunnybrook United Church, 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 0B8 or C.A.R.E. (Central Alberta Refugee Effort) 202, 5000 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 6C2.(Edmonton Journal 09 May 2007)

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