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)


CIZ, Michael, CD, LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. - age 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Veteran’s Unit of Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in 1922 in Daysland, Alberta, he was the eldest son of Dmitro and Maria Ciz. He is survived by daughter, Mary Ruthanne, Alberta; son, Kevin (Anne), Midville Branch; and sister, Helen, Oregon. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by Glenora Rosamond, the love of his life for 69 years; son, Stephen; four brothers and two sisters. Michael served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War 2 and continued serving for 32 years, retiring in 1973. Early in his career he specialized in communications in all ranks to Chief Yeoman of Signals, receiving his commission in 1955. His records show that he served on five different ships during the war in costal, convoy. North Sea and English Channel Operations. While serving in HMCS Saskatchewan, he was a member of the submarine boarding party. Shortly after D-day, the ship was involved in the surrender of the German troops occupying the British territory of Jersey Island. Prior to, and following VE day, the ship was involved in capturing and escorting a total of 14 U-boats to Northern Ireland. The ship remained at sea for 3 weeks after VE day. Michael often recalled his sea time, but most memorable was while serving in HMCS St. Stephen shortly after the war, Canada’s first weather ship operating in Davis Strait between Greenland and Baffin Island, on which he served for 23 months. Michael was chosen to be part of the Great Victory Parade in London, one year after VE day. After his commission and sea going qualifications on HMCS Huron, he served in a variety of East Coast appointments, some being OIC Frobisher Bay naval radio station during resupply of communities in the Arctic; US Naval Station, Key West, where he specialized in military oceanography; Commanding Officer, HMCS Shelburne; US Naval Headquarters in Norfolk for 3 years where he was awarded the US Naval citation; Senior Staff Officer Current Operations, Maritime Command; and in his last 2 years of service as Queens Harbour Master. On retirement, he and his family in Barrington Passage, later moved to Cape Sable Island where he was employed for 10 years with the Department of Oceans and Fisheries, which included duties in Yarmouth, Shelburne and Ottawa. He had active participations in church activities, serving as Parish Council President. He was a member of the Lion’s Club; Cape Sable Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he received Lifetime Membership. He was honoured by the Lieutenant Governor in 1985 for his volunteer work, and he was a church representative during the visit of Pope John Paul to Nova Scotia in 1984. Due to continuing illness, he and his wife moved to Bridgewater in 1993 where he continued his work with the Legion, as well as other various committees and received the Meritorious Service Medal. A Legion Tribute Service will be held at 6:45 pm, Thursday, April 26 in Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Visitation will follow from 7-9 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 pm Friday, in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridgewater. Ashes to be interred at a later date. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, or a charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater. EIGHT BELLS, HE HAS STOOD HIS LAST WATCH.



HMCS ST STEPHEN - Served in weather ship St Stephen


WEST, Ivan Lee Roy - age 74, of Elderbank, formerly of Halifax passed away April 22nd, 2018 at Halifax. Born in Parry Sound, Ontario he was the son of Ivan and Alice (Smith) West. Lee came to Nova Scotia at the age of 18 when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He worked for the City of Halifax where he drove salt truck and street sweeper. He later worked in the woods as a Silviculture Contractor. He loved to salvage wood and called himself a “wood hound”. He also loved working on motor vehicles. Survived by his wife Catherine (MacDonald) of nearly 55 years; 1 son: Daniel “Danny” (Serena Flesher); 3 daughters: Alice (Lester) Watson, Annette (Scott) Weaver, Angela (Leo) Negus, daughter-in-law Lori Dixon; 2 brothers: Wayne (Cathy), Randy; 3 sisters: Joan (Bryan) Dorie, Gina (Grant), Jill (Randy) Hunter; 12 grandchildren: Cheryl, Bonnie, Nicole, Robbie, Jennifer, Jocelyn, Jillian, Jamie, Rick, Meagan, Morgan, Brittany; 10 great-grandchildren: Catherine, Stanley, Lucas, Lincoln, Logan, Lennox, Gabrielle, Gavin, Osten, Zoey. Predeceased by:his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Hap and Fran; sisters Sally and Betty; brothers Ronald and Tom; son Christopher; grandson Jimmy Lee. No visitation or service by request. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Special thank you to the First Responders, EMTs and ER staff at the QE2 Infirmary especially Trish.

DEEVES, Arthur James, Leading Telegraphist, 2813, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Aug 1918 son of Frederick William and Amy Alice Deeves, of Calgary; husband of Catherine Anne Deeves, of Calgary, AB.


Arthur Deeves joined the RCN in Nov 1936.


Book of Remembrance entry



DON, John Rutherford, Telegraphist, 3710, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 22 Apr 1920 son of James and Blanche Don of Victoria, BC.


Book of Remembrance entry



EMERSLUND, Arnold Goodwin, Telegraphist, 3691, RCN, DOW - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 04 Mar 1922 son of Kristian and Mabel B. Emerslund, Vancouver, BC.


Telegraphist A. G. Emerslund died of his wounds sustained in enemy action when HMCS Ottawa was torpedoed and sunk on September 13, 1942.


Book of Remembrance entry



FISHER, John Agnew, AB, 4288, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 23 Jul 1921 son of David Scott Fisher and Annabelle Fisher, of Biggar, SK.


Newspaper article on the death of AB Fisher


Book of Remembrance entry



GALLAGHER, Howard Joseph, LS, 3596, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 29 Apr 1922 son of Edward Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Gallagher, Melville, SK; husband of Kathleen Gladys Gallagher, Halifax, NS.


Leading Seaman Howard Joseph Gallagher was the only son of Edward Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Brierley) Gallagher and left a wife Kathleen Gladys and daughter Catherine Florence at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Howard was born at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and educated at Melville and was a student prior to enlisting on January 15, 1940 at Esquimalt, British Columbia as a seaman boy.


Book of Remembrance entry



GARLAND, Melvin, AB, 40815, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 04 Ag 1921 son of Frederick Marshall Garland and Katherine Garland, Vancouver, BC.


Able Seaman Melvin Garland, age 20 is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Marshall Garland and Katherine Garland, of 2195 West Seventh, Vancouver, British Columbia. Born in New Westminster, he attended Lord Tennyson and Kitsilano Junior and Senior High School in Vancouver and enlisted in the navy in November 1940. Able Seaman Garland played rugby for Kitsilano and was employed at Burrard Drydock for a short time before joining the navy. Besides his parents the young seaman leaves six sisters and two brother's, one of whom is serving with the Canadian army overseas.


Newspaper article on the death of AB Garland


Book of Remembrance entry



GIBB, James Arthur, AB, 4244, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 07 Nov 1921 son of Arthur and Mary Ellen Gibb, Trois-Rivieres, QC.


Book of Remembrance entry



HEIBERG, Kenneth Gordon, PO, 2599, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 09 Sep 1913 son of Morris and Julia Heiberg, Lang, SK; husband of Mary Gertrude Heiberg of Vancouver, BC.


Petty Officer Kenneth Gordon Heiberg, wife Mary Gertrude Heiberg, and two daughters ages 16 months and 2 ½ years reside at 3075 St. Catherine's, Vancouver. Petty Officer Heiberg, 29 has been in the Royal Canadian Navy for 13 years enlisting on May 04, 1931 at British Columbia. He was born in Lang Saskatchewan. He was aboard the destroyers Fraser and Assiniboine when they were brought to Canada from England and was aboard the Assiniboine when she took part in capture of the German merchant ship Hannover. His wife and daughter have been in Vancouver about a month before his death. Mrs. Heiberg received a telegram last Friday informing her that Petty Officer Heiberg was missing. He was going to get leave after this voyage, his wife told The Vancouver Sun. He was the son of Morris Heiberg who came from Norway to homestead southwest of Lang in 1902. His mother Julianna (Hendrickson) arrived from Wisconsin a couple of years later and they were Lang's first newlyweds.


Book of Remembrance entry




PRIESTLAY, James Edwin, Lt, RCNVR (09 May 1920 - 15 Apr 2018) - After a brief illness Jim passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour. He was predeceased by loving wife Phyllis and is survived by daughter Joan. From Boy Scout days he learned to camp and loved the outdoors. Jim served for four years in the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserve attaining the rank of Lieutenant. His ship HMCS Springhill plied the North Atlantic on convoy duty. Following WWII he became a successful business man and enjoyed vacationing at Ruth Lake and Palm Springs. Jim was a competent skier and an avid golfer. He will be missed by family and friends at Granville Chapel. Heartfelt thanks go out to the staff at Minoru Residence in Richmond who provided loving care for Jim over the last 27 months. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 28th at Granville Chapel, 5901 Granville Street, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission or Regent College. Richmond News 26 Apr 2018)


HMCS SPRING HILL - Appointed to Springhill 01 Mar 1944 as A/Lt, RCNVR.  Commissioning Crew

TWEEDIE, Tom, RCNVR / RCN - a resident of Thunder Bay and former long-time resident of Geraldton, passed away peacefully with family by his side at his residence in Thunder Bay on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the age of 93. Born in North Bay on September 10, 1924, Tom moved to Geraldton in 1936 with his mother, brother, and two sisters to join their father, who had found work earlier with the railway and then as a carpenter during the early Geraldton gold mining days. L/Sig Tom Tweedie, RCNVR - RCN, served with the Atlantic Command from 1943 to 1950, latterly on the HMCS Magnificent, an aircraft carrier. Tom worked at the Royal Bank in Geraldton prior to enlisting for WWII, then at Kimberly-Clark in Longlac for 25 years in the sawmill and planer operations. He finished his working career as a foreman for E.B. Eddy in their sawmill operation at Nairn Centre ON. In Geraldton, he was a member of the RCL RF Branch #3 since 1971 and an active member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. He truly enjoyed gardening (vegetables, not flowers), but did spend many hours tending to the church flower garden. Tom enjoyed numerous years at the camp on Margo Lake, and he always looked forward to canoeing and fishing expeditions with friends. In his earlier years, he made frequent ski trips to Europe and Colorado. In retirement, Tom became a regular snowbird, sharing the drive to Mesa AZ with Jim Reeves, a friend from his KC and Margo Lake days. While in Arizona he took up the game of golf, as that is what everyone does in Mesa. He later mused about all the years he spent driving past the Kenogamis Golf Club in Geraldton, wondering how people could spend so many hours on a golf course. While in his 60's, Uncle Tom often said that he would never live to be 70, since no male Tweedie ever made it to that age. As he reached his 80's and then his 90's, we would often remind him of his earlier prediction ... and he would just smile. Tom was predeceased by his brother Alec and sisters Mary and Irene. Uncle Tom will be lovingly remembered by Derek (Dorothy) Daneff, Robin (Jody) Daneff, Pam (Terry) Dunn and sons Stephen and Joshua, and Gary (Laurie) Daneff and daughters Meredith and Miriam. Cremation has taken place, with a private interment to occur at a later date. Very special thanks are due to the caring, considerate staff at Chartwell Hilldale, where Tom resided since 2016. It became home for him very quickly, and he commented that he should have moved there years earlier. Charitable donations may be made to the Geraldton District Hospital ( or the Northern Cardiac Fund of the TBRHSC (



BATES, Alan William (Bing), C1 RT/RM, RCN / C.A.F. (17 Jun 1931 - 18 Apr 2018) - passed away peacefully in his home at Kiwanis Pavilion, surrounded by his loving family and the caring staff. Born in Vancouver, he lived in Courtenay and Esquimalt. Having graduated from Esquimalt High, he then joined the RCN, where he served for 25 years, retiring as a CWO. Upon retirement, he became the manager of the RC Legion - Prince Edward Branch 91, a position he held for 19 years. Predeceased by his parents, CPO Rip and Edna Morton, and his brother Barry Hisette, RCN. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lorraine (Lorrie), his children: Alan and family, Andrew, Jordan, Garret, Jessica and Belle, Alaine Reimer (Patrick), Danielle and David, Andrew (Andy), (Jas) Ashley and Alana, Andrea and family, Alexa-Rae and Kris Eldred. His sister-in-law Marian Fraser (99) Burnaby, BC; god-son Andre Hisette Reed, Hanna, AB; sisters Gerrie Bishop(Jim), Las Vegas and Ripley Morton Lindquist (Red), Calif. Many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and a life time of incredible friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm at the Royal Colwood Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation - 3034 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria, BC V8T 3J3.



BAPTIST, Delmar Lyle - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Delmar Lyle Baptist on April 20, 2018, at the age of 82 years, Petty officer with the Canadian Navy for 20 years. He is survived by his children Marc (Darcy) and Leslie (Jim), his grandchildren: Rene, Sherri, Steven, Marc and Krista, his brother Dean (Sharon), sister-in-law, Betty, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Vernon and Blanche, his brother Merton, and his stepdaughter Linda. A private service will be held for family and friends April 28, 2018 at 358 Heath Road, Edmonton, AB at 11 a.m. A special thanks to Kipness Veterans home for their compassion and care for Del over the years. (Edmonton Journal 25 Apr 2018)

KRYWY, Marcel, P1ET, RCN / C.A.F. - age 81, on April 2, 2018, Marcel Krywy passed away in his home in Victoria, British Columbia. He was a petty officer, second class, and served as an electrician in the Canadian Navy from July of 1957 to January of 1979, mostly on the west coast, although he served at the reserve base in Calgary. After retirement, he worked for the hospital and later for the commissionaire service. He was a great friend to those who knew him and he cared greatly for his animals. Mr. Krywy was predeceased by his wife, Eva. He is survived by his sons, Robert and Michael. No service will be held at his request. (Victoria Times Colonist 24 Apr 2018)




WALLS, John Frederick (Jack) - Two days short of his 95th birthday and after 95 well-lived years, Jack Walls stuck to his plan and passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2018. Predeceased by his first wife Elvira Holden and daughter Gillian, by his second wife Elsie Molloy, and his brothers Ed (Mary) and Lorne (Barbara and Karen), Jack will be greatly missed by his children Francie, David, John (Nancy) and Jim (Judy), and by his fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Jack was born in Toronto (a fact denied for the rest of his life) and, from the age of two, raised in Montreal and at Lac Manitou in the Laurentians. During WWII Jack volunteered and served on the Pictou, a navy corvette (claiming forever after that it was to get out of Latin classes at his school). He worked for many years at the T. Eaton Co. before moving to Kitchener Ontario in 1967, where he had bought a company, Wunder Furniture. Three years later he moved most of the family back to Montreal, because everyone missed Lac Manitou, and Jack commuted three weeks of four until his retirement. Upon retiring, Jack and Elvira started the life that they had always dreamed of, and moved into their newly built home in the Laurentians. Following LV's death in 1990, in 1992 Jack married Elsie and they enjoyed their life together until her death in 2010. Much to Jack's surprise and great pleasure he lived longer in this home than anywhere else in his life, surrounded and spoiled by three of his children and their families. The family wishes to thank his doctor, Dr. Éric Leroux, for his excellent care and availability for many years, as well as the staff of the CLSC in Sainte-Agathe -des-Monts. A private memorial will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Conservation Manitou, 1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal Quebec, H3A 3J6 ( (Montreal Gazette 25 Apr 2018)



WILLIAMS, Harold - It is with great sadness that the family of Harold Williams announces his peaceful passing at his Bethammi residence on April 24th, 2018. Harold was born on January 1st, 1926, the only child of the late William and Margaret Williams. At a young age Harold began his career at Canadian National Railways, working as a bicycle messenger, car checker, brakeman, and conductor, retiring in 1981 with 38 years service. Harold was a proud Veteran of WWII, serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a 74-year member of Port Arthur Branch 5 Royal Canadian Legion. Harold was a humble generous gentleman with a quick wit. In earlier years he enjoyed hockey and baseball with lifelong friends Bob Graham and Pentti Lund, cheering on the Thunder Bay Flyers and the Cleveland Indians. Harold is survived by cousins Iris Rey (Georges), Brandon, Manitoba; Gail Davey (Don), Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba; Bobbi Fitzgerald (Mike), Cecil Lake, BC; and in Thunder Bay Cheryl Dixon, Ed Sutton (Fay), Susan Biloski (Ed). Many other Williams and Sutton cousins also survive. Thank you to the professional teams at Paramed, the Regional Hospital, the SJCG Transitional Unit, and Bethammi for your compassionate care and friendship over the past years. A visitation to celebrate Harold's life will take place at Harbourview Funeral Centre on Monday, April 30th, 2018. Family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a memorial reception to follow. If friends so desire, the family would appreciate donations to CNIB, The Salvation Army, or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

HEWITT, Ted C., AB, V17860, RCNVR - date of passing unknown.  Ted survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07. He spent several years in hospital getting skin grafts as he was severely burned as a result of the sinking.


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Survived the sinking of Athabaskan. Rescued by Haida

BRICKENDEN, George McCormick, Slt, RCNVR -  Born 15 Nov 1922, London, ON, died 27 Mar 2018, Toronto ON. Son of the late Judge G.A.P. Brickenden and the late Catharine Keziah McCormick. Superb raconteur with a delightfully twisted sense of humour. Highly respected international show jumper. Competed successfully in the Royal Winter Fair for over 60 years. Quintessential gentleman. Lover of music. Animal whisperer. Athlete extraordinaire, excelling in any and all sports he chose to tackle, including swimming, skiing, track and field, football, rugby, hockey, golf, polo, shooting, fencing, tennis etc. Pilot of a de Havilland Moth. Light-heavy weight boxing champion both at St. Andrew's College and while in the Navy. Attended Western University until he volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII as an officer aboard the HMCS Oakville, notably the first Canadian ship to capture a U-94 submarine in the Caribbean. The ship decisively out-maneuvered German Battle ships in the Mediterranean. They also took part in missions off the coast of France gathering intelligence and U-Boat locations. Founding partner of Meyer Brickenden Lyons Insurance Brokerage, Montreal. President of the English-Speaking Union, membership over 10,000. Grandson of Thomas McCormick who in 1854 founded McCormick Biscuits which eventually was acquired by George Weston Limited. Above all, he was a fabulous father, grandfather and husband.


News article on the passing of George and Shirley Brickenden



HAYES, Edwin Ernest - date of passing unknown


Portrait of Edwin Hayes    Edwin Hayes (left) and shipmate at Jack Dempsey's, New York



HOLLAND, Bernard Francis - Born 1925  Died 2001


Photo of Bernard Francis and Pauline Theresa (King) Holland on their wedding day




SMITH, Philip Herman Dean (14 Feb 1925 - 25 Dec 1994) - 69 years 10 months 11 days (He hated "Herman" and never let it be used!) Dean was born at the Wakaw Lake (SK) Hospital on February 14, 1925. He completed his schooling in Wakaw where he was active in hockey and other sports. Both Dean and Brother Dennis attended School in a two-story "Town Hall" situated on the corner of Main St. and 1st. Ave. W. This was also the location for dances and travelling "moving picture shows", as well as live performances in an auditorium on the second floor. The all-wood building became a fire-trap in the late forties and was torn down.


He moved to Prince Albert with the family and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 at age 17. He served on HMCS Thunder, a Bangor-class minesweeper. Thunder was the first minesweeper of any Allied country to capture a German warship and crew intact. The capture of the armed trawler occurred a few days before VE Day when the Canadian 31st Minesweeping Flotilla was engaged in sweeping an approach channel to the German-held Ile d'Oleron in the Bay of Biscay. The Canadian Minesweepers were operating with the French Navy preparing the way for bombardment and landings. Canadian warships operating with Thunder were Bangor minesweepers HMCS Kenora, Minas, Canso, Caraquet, and Bayfield. Part of a ten man boarding crew, Dean was involved in removing the 14 prisoners, taking over the trawler and piloting it 400 miles to a British port. 


Dean returned to Prince Albert near the end of June 1945. Dean and Bertha Rosevear were married at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Prince Albert on June 2, 1947. Reverend J.S. Clarke officiated. Matron of Honour was Mrs. Patrick Lee; Brother Dennis was the best man, P.J. Lee and Vincent Hadley were ushers. 100 guests attended a reception at the Arcade Hall. The "Wedding Trip" was to Saskatoon and the couple took up residence in Wakaw. 


Dean worked with his dad in the family implement business until 1952 when he moved to Prince Albert and renewed his military career with the Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers, a militia unit. Dean served on full-time "call-up", rising through the ranks to become the Regimental Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 1. He was presented with his CD and clasp for 24 years meritorious service by his Commanding Officer, Lt.Col. Ira Flaa. 


Dean "Retired" from the military in 1966. He worked for several employers, notably the Radar Station (Lab) Northwest of P.A. and Space Engineering Inc. on the Black Brant rocket research project out of Saskatoon and Churchill Manitoba. His specialty was Material Management - Procurement. 


After retiring again from this employment he joined with his sons in a business enterprise: Northern Office Systems, retiring again in 1992. Dean was active in Lions International for many years, serving in the most senior of offices and receiving several awards recognizing his good works. He joined as a Charter Member of the Wakaw Lions Club in 1950; served as District Governor in 1990-91; received the 100% District Governor Award and the Lions International President's Award, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, Life Membership in Lions and in the Lions Foundation of Canada, and in 1992-93 was recognized for 34 Years Perfect Attendance.


Dean died in his sleep Christmas Day, 1994 at his home in Saskatoon leaving his sons Phillip James (Jimmy) and Winston Keith (Keith) and four grandchildren James Dean, Philip Wade, Marcia Dee, and Stuart Kelsey. He was predeceased by his wife Bertha who died Feb 4, 1988 while they were visiting in Vancouver.


Dean's Father, Philip John, was a WW-1 veteran who lost his right arm in an action that garnered him a MM and served the BCATP as a wireless instructor. His brother Dennis spent a full career with the Canadian Army, Retiring as a Major and his grandson Wade retired from the RCN with a MMM as a Clearance Diver NCO with service in Afghanistan and Bosnia.


Medals Dean received: 1939-45 Star France-Germany Star with Atlantic Star Clasp Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp War Medal 1939-45 Coronation Medal Confederation Medal 1867-1967 CD and Clasp


Newspaper article on the capture of a German warship by HMCS Thunder


Brothers Winston, Dean and Dennis Smith


HMCS THUNDER - Philip Smith was part of the prize crew for German warship FGi07

DEIGHTON, Keith Howard, SG, RCN (1937-2018) - Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. After a lengthy illness at the Frost Manor, Lindsay on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the age of 80. Keith Deighton was the beloved father of Holly (Jerry), Joe (Lynn), Kelly (Mark) and the late Mike (2007). Loved grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Hartley (Pat) and Len (Maureen). Keith will be remembered by his nieces and nephews. At Keith’s request, there will be no visitation or service. The family want to express special thanks to the staff of Frost Manor for the wonderful care and kindness they provided to Keith. Everyone at Frost Manor became a part of his extended family and he loved you dearly. A private family interment will be held. In memory of Keith, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements with Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook.


Photo of Signalman Deighton     HMCS Cornwallis Comm School Grad photo


HMCS SAGUENAY - Commissioning crew

COTE, Joseph Jacques Paul, Commodore, RCN / C.A.F. - Born 01 Jan 1925, Hearst, ON. Died 17 Apr 2018, Hearst, ON.


Portrait of Commodore Cote










HMCS OTTAWA - 6th Commanding Officer

HMCS PROTECTEUR - 2nd Commanding Officer

CARTER, Austin Wilfred, RCN - Age 86 of Halifax passed away peacefully April 27, 2018 at Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. Always a proud Newfoundlander, Austin grew up in St. Johnís and was the last surviving child of the late Austin and Caroline (MacKay) Carter. He served in the RCN on HMCS Magnificent followed by 35 years service with National Defence. Dad especially enjoyed summers with friends and family at the cottage and winters in Florida. Austin is survived by daughter Anne (Gary) Doggett; grandchildren Jennifer (Tom) Griffiths, Bedford, grandson Robert (Siobhan) Worrell, Calgary, grandson Brett Doggett, Halifax; great-grandchildren Brody Allen, Springhill, Ella and Carter Griffiths, Bedford, Bennett Worrell, Calgary; Godchildren Traci Hollett, Toronto, Angela Foulkes, Victoria, Robert Kershaw, Halifax, Mark Kershaw, Yellowknife and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by wife of 61 years Sybil (Hollett) Carter; sisters Marion Conroy, Jean Hibbs-Walsh, St. Johnís, Louise Brazil, Labrador City; and brothers William, Ronald and Robert, St. Johnís. Cremation has taken place, with interment at St. Johnís Cemetery and family memorial service at a later date. A special thanks to staff at Parkstone for their kind support and care.



KNICKLE, Harold (Nick) (24 Nov 1938 - 26 Apr 2018) - passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2018. Harold was the son of the late Marcella & Harold Knickle. Harold is survived by his loving wife Carole, sons James (Chasity) & Harold (Denise), daughter Lisa; 4 grandchildren Cassandra, Summer, Skye & Kristopher and two great grandchildren Dawson & Octavia. He is survived by many nieces and nephews as well. Harold was the last surviving member of his family. He was predeceased by sisters Shiela (Red Goodwin), Dianne (Jack LePine), Delores (John Boudreau), Sherma (Ross Lane) and Brother Carl. Harold was proud to have served over 23 years in the Canadian Navy; on many ships he had sailed for which many friends were made. He had a love for golf, family card games, and large family dinners. He will truly be missed by family and friends. Many thanks to his support workers Sean, John, Jolene, Tanya & Lisa. Special thanks to Father Gerald & Deacon Gordon who visited Dad both in hospital and at home. Special thanks to Marie Mah who kept mom and dad’s spirits lifted and often offered communion. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held at St. Clements church an Gaston Rd, Dartmouth on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 10:00am with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetic Association.


SCOTT, Donald John, OStJ, CD, Capt (N), RCN / C.A.F. - Dr., Bsc, MD, FRCPC - Bridgewater, age 82, passed away on April 26, 2018 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. He was surrounded by his loving wife, 4 children and 2 of his 4 grandchildren. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 2, 1935, Don was the eldest son of the late Dr. Donald L and Esther Scott. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy while a medical student and graduated from the Manitoba Medical College in 1961. After his internship, he was posted to the medical clinic at the National Defence Head Quarters in Ottawa as a Lt. (N). From there he served in Victoria, BC (Esquimalt) as a medical officer for the Second Canadian Escort Squadron during which time, he sailed with 3 ships and received a Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct after a medical rescue at sea, involving an American tanker. In 1965, he was posted to RCAF Station Winnipeg as Senior Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon and promoted to LCdr. In 1967, he was posted to Kingston, Ontario to begin his post grad training in Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging). In 1971, he was posted to Canadian Forces Hospital, CFB Halifax. In 1975, he was named Chief of Radiology and promoted to Commander. In 1980, he was promoted to Capt. (N) and made Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Hospital, Halifax. After serving in the Navy for 23 years, he retired from the military in 1982 and moved with his wife, Karen, to Bridgewater. He worked in Radiology at Dawson Memorial Hospital followed by the South Shore Regional Hospital. He served many years as Chief of Radiology, spent 8 years on the board of Management of SSRH and was a Chief of Medical Staff for 4 of those years. He retired for good in 2004, and then was able to enjoy a number of years at the cottage which he loved, as well as the RV trailer which both he and Karen enjoyed. Don is survived by his wife, Karen, Bridgewater; brother, Stuart (Judy), Winnipeg; daughters, Linda Brown, Bedford; Sylvia Scott, Toronto; Carol (Paul) Begin, Oxford; son, Donald (Erin) Scott, Toronto; 4 grandchildren whom he loved dearly – Dane, Miya, Cameron and Riley; niece, Carly. He was predeceased by his parents. Cremation has taken place. At Don’s request, there will be no service. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 28 from 3pm- 7pm for friends and family at 53 Alpine Drive, Bridgewater. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association or the Parkinson Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home.

MULOCK, William Richard (Bill), C1ERA, RCN - It is with deep sorrow, to inform family and friends, that William (Bill) Richard Mulock, CIERA (Ret'd) crossed the bar, peaceful, in the early morning hours of 6 April, 2018, with his Wife, Anne and Son, Todd holding his hand., at Home. Dad was born in Bridgewater Nova Scotia, on 24 Feb 1933, to John and Frances Mulock (both Deceased). He joined the Navy on 25 August 1950, as a Marine Engineer, and sailed on various ships on the East Coast, with the highlight of his career, being C1ERA on both the HMCS Protecteur and HMCS Preserver, and two postings as a Career Manager. His final posting was with the Frigate Project, working on Technical Publications, ending when he retired in 1987. The Decommissioning Pennant, not being raised yet, Dad accepted a position with the Canadian Frigate Project, in the Public Service, as a Quality Assurance Representative, for 9 years. At the end of his Public Service career, and finally finished with Main Engines, Dad choose to stay in the Ottawa area with his wife, Anne, to enjoy his retirement. He battled Prostate Cancer, in 2002, and knocked it out of the ring, only to come back with Asbestos related plural Lymphoma with a partner called Alzheimer's, 12 years later. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Anne J. Mulock (Doyle), three children, Wilma (Sean OGrady), Darlene and Todd, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and a nephew, cousins and Sister-in Law Laura Mulock, plus Iris, his feline sidekick. Alex , a grandson, was able to say So Long and tell him his future plans, by his bedside, something that Alex, wanted to do , and he also looked up to his Grandfather. My father was the last surviving member of his family, predeceased by his brother David and Sister Marion (Bonnie) Hiltz. Our family would like to thank the Palliative Care Doctors (Dr Jennifer Brodeur and Dr Lisa Aldrich, and Nurses, Emily, Margaret Ann, Lesley, Ann and Moui, who made his last days comfortable, at Home, the Atlantic Chief and POs Association, especially James Cummings, and his family Doctor Alice Shin. Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 400 St Laurent Blvd, at 11 am on the 16th of May, 2018, Burial at Beechwood Cemetery at 2 pm, with Military honours. Rest in Peace Dad, No more pain, We Will Remember You.













SEALE, Ralph Smith, CERA - Born 1910  Died 1993



GIBBINS, Gordon, RCNVR - WWII Navy veteran; ASDIC operator of the Royal Canadian Navy. Entered into rest at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto on Wednesday May 2, 2018 at the age of 95. Gord was the beloved husband of the late Mary McCallum (2006). Loved father of Barb Gibbins (Earl Willis), Joan Sparling (Roland), and Rodney Gibbins (Janice). Cherished Grandpa of Twila (Ezio); Dorla; John (Debbie); Lisa (Roman); Bryan (Lisa Marie); Devin (Amber); Charlene (Kevin) and great grandchildren Amedeo, Domenic, Riley, Camryn, Keegan, Jordan, Jacob, Maddie, and Luna. Predeceased by siblings Kathleen Graham (Hugh), Alice McNabb (Neil) and Frederick Gibbins. Visitation will be held at Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay on Monday, May 7th from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay. If desired memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or an organization of your choice. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 67 and visiting members are asked to assemble at the Funeral Home on Monday at 12:30 p.m. for a 12:45 p.m. legion service.



MILLER, William P. (Bill), CERA (11 Apr 1924 - 03 Feb 2013) - was born in Winnipeg but moved to Vancouver after serving in the RCNVR during WWII. While stationed in Halifax, he met and married Irene “Gerry”. During his working life he was an active member of the Sheet Metal Contractors Association. He spent the past fifteen years in Chilliwack where he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was involved with his local homeowners association. Bill leaves behind Gerry, his wife of sixty-eight years as well as his children Lynn Slater, Larry (Georgina) Miller and Lorraine (Gordon) McKinnon. He is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as one sister and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. At his request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Chilliwack Hospice Society.



HOWARD, Harold, RCN (16 May 1930 - 01 May 2018) - died peacefully at home with his wife Lesley at his side. Harold was a man who loved easily, known for both his kindness and his humour. Raised on a small farm in Alberta, he yearned for travel and adventure. At 18 he joined the navy and was proud of his service on the HMCS Cayuga. After five years, he joined the Vancouver City Police where he served until his retirement. Harold was predeceased by his wife of 24 years, Corinne, with whom he raised their three children, and then by his wife of 29 years, Lucille. He spent the last 10 years of his life lovingly accompanied by his wife Lesley. Together they enjoyed travel, entertaining family and friends and nightly crib games. Harold will be sorely missed by his wife Lesley, his children Debby (Tom), Brent (Carolyn), Lisa (Peter), 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. His passing will leave all who knew him sad, but richer for having known him. The family would like to thank Dr. Carol Pfefferkorn for her exceptional kindness and support, as well as the many caring health professionals who accompanied Harold on this journey. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on May 26 at Granville Chapel in Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Vancouver Sun  / The Province 05 May 2018)



MACE, Ronald Thomas, Cdr, RCN / C.A.F. - Passed away in Ottawa surrounded by family on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Patricia Mace. Loving father of Suzanne Buntain, Julie Perlanski (Edward), Paul Mace (Catherine), David Mace (Bonnie). Cherished grandfather of Matthew Buntain (Elizabeth), Jasmine Buntain (Ian), Jeffrey Perlanski, Bryanne Brucato (Joseph), Adrian Mace and Ryan Mace. Great-grandfather of Lauren, Manaya, Holden and Emelyn. Son of the late Thomas Mace and Esther (Ellam) Mace. Influenced by his father Tom, a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy, Ron joined the RCN with a desire for adventure, travel and a need for a challenging career. Ron graduated from Royal Roads Military College in 1954 and from Royal Naval Engineering College, Plymouth, UK in 1959. He then went to sea where he served on HMCS Bonaventure, Restigouche, Haida and Annapolis. He later served as Staff Officer at SACLANT in Norfolk, VA; and Production Officer, HMC Dockyard, Halifax, NS. Ron ended his Naval career in London, UK as Asst Naval Attache and Sr Engineering Staff Officer. He went on to work in private industry with Pratt & Whitney, Sperry Corp and Paramax in Montreal. After retirement, Ron continued to satisfy his love of adventure while travelling extensively with his lovely wife of 63 years, Patricia. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa). Service details to be released at a later date. For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Ronald, you may do so to Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation. (Ottawa Citizen 05 May 2018)



RUSSELL, John Quentin, RM, RCN (14 Aug 1944 - 24 Apr 2018) -  Son of Marguerite and John Russell. Survived by sisters Suzanne (Jose), Deborah (Mick) and brother Danny (Gayle). Quentin is survived by 3 sons (by Lillian Howard), Alex (Liza), Stephen (Angela), Chris (Naseem) and predeceased by daughter Naomi Russell (by Dorothy Comley), whose son Jake was devotedly raised by our father Quentin. Predeceased by the love of his life, Carol Beleyowski. Quentin will be missed by 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Lovingly cared for in his last months by his partner Kate Hendrickson. Quentin worked as a communications radio operator on the HMCS Mackenzie between 1961-65. He moved to Vancouver in 1967 to begin his 30-year career in steel fabrication and ship building as a purchasing manager. He became a business entrepreneur as the owner of Quest Steel, and with the creation and opening of the Earl of Sandwich franchise with his wife Carol. They moved back to Victoria in 1997 where he worked for Point Hope Shipyards as a purchasing manager. He then became operations manager for E & N Railway. Quentin started collecting records at the age of 14, and upon his retirement in July 2004 he embraced this passion fully by buying and selling rare rock and roll records. Quentin will forever be remembered by all who knew him as a force of life and an inspiration to all who loved him. (Victoria Times Colonist 01 May 2018)



CARDIFF, Leonard Reed George (20 May 1937 - 23 Apr 2018) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of this amazing, kind, gentle man Len. Predeceased by his parents Leonard and Ada, sisters Leona, Lorraine and Shirley, his first wife Carol (nee Crossley) and son Lealand. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Marcie who was by his side at home when Len embarked on his new journey. Survived by his children Laurie, Lorne (Terry), Sherry (Darren), Leonard, Linda (Charles), Carol (Ian), Michael (Alison), Patrick, brother Lealand, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Len was born in Winnipeg and at the age of 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served for 10 years. He retired from Canada Post after 31 years of service. Len was a Reserve Police Constable in Victoria for 29 years and received a Certificate of Merit from the Police Board for recognition of outstanding service to our community. He was involved in the Saanich Lacrosse Association where he coached his sons for 10 years and head referee for 4 years. Len was the love of my life, we had a wonderful marriage of 31 years, enjoyed many camping adventures and the love we shared for our dogs. I feel so grateful to have been in this man's life. He will be forever missed by all who knew and loved this gracious man. Until we meet again, "I love you 20 times more Best Friend" A Celebration of Life will be held June 3, 12:00-3:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #134 at 1625 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd., Shawnigan Lake. In lieu of flowers donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Victoria Humane Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 05 May 2018)



COWAN, Terry A. (13 Jul 1932 - 24 Apr 2018) - 85, passed away at home in Madeira Park, BC on April 24. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 63yrs, Barbara, their children Terry Jr, Lee-Anne (Greg), Drew (Coleen), and grandson Matthew. Terry served in the Navy as a young man before joining the Vancouver Fire Department. He was active in the community through the Royal Canadian Legion, enjoyed golf and singing in the choir. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 30 Apr 2018)

HEWITT, Gary Lionel (07 Nov 1951 - 02 May 2018) - Passed away, suddenly, but peacefully, in his sleep, on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, at his RR3 Langton farm residence, at the age of 67, Gary Lionel Hewitt, formerly of Walsingham/South Walsingham Townline Road. Dedicated employee of Sholten’s (John Deere) Premier Equipment, Courtland. Gary was born in Woodstock and raised in the Norwich area by his parents, the late Harold and late Alma Hewitt. Gary served with the Royal Canadian Navy in his younger years. Much loved father of Jacob Hewitt of RR3 Langton and a stepson, Joel Blom (Angela), of Woodstock and a stepdaughter, Nicole McRobert, of London. Brother of Jim Hewitt and the late Ed Hewitt. In keeping with Gary’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Some ashes will be scattered in the Indian Ocean at Gary’s request. All of Gary’s friends, neighbours, coworkers, and relatives are warmly invited to celebrate Gary’s life at a Celebration of Life Tribute and Social BBQ to be held on the Hewitt Family Farm, 1610 8th Concession Road, RR3 Langton, located between the East Quarter Line and Forestry Farm Road, on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 starting at 1pm. Funeral arrangements for Gary entrusted to the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes-Burial and Cremation Services Inc. of Langton. Memorial donations as expressions of sympathy are encouraged to Canadian Cancer Society – Prostate Cancer Research.

PORTER, Clifford Wayne - It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father, surrounded by family, on April 26, 2018. There are no words that could ever do his life justice. Father to Shirley (Brian), Sharon (Bill), and Shawna (Vic), he leaves countless memories of love and laughter. Super-papa to Marcus, Billy, Aleisha, Brendan, Evan, and Riley, each missing his smile, love, and jokes. Brother to Gary "Joe", who shared a lifetime of love and held his hand at the end. Cliff leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends. Predeceased by his brother Albert, his sister Carol Nahls, and his parents Catherine and Clifford, he is joining the karaoke party in heaven. Cliff retired from Chrysler and loved traveling and exploring new places. He was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and was actively involved in AA for more than 40 years. He leaves behind many treasured friends across the globe. He will forever hold a place in all of the hearts he touched. If you desire, donations can be made to Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA – London Chapter). As per Clifford's wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at Windsor Chapel (Central Chapel), 1700 Tecumseh Rd. E., 519-253-7234, on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Celebration of Life on Friday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. (Windsor Star 05 May 2018)

ROBERTS, William George (Bill) (1925-2018) - Passed away peacefully on April 25, 2018, at the age of 93, at Queensway-Carleton Hospital with family by his side. Beloved husband of Theresa (nee Daly), to whom he was happily married for 65 years. Proud father to his six children Stephen (late Cheryl Ann), Bill, David (Marina Fata), Ann, Paul (Mélanie Bennett), and Karen. Doting Grandfather to Hilary, Charlotte, Tessa and Kylian-Jéro. Predeceased by his sisters Mildred (late Desmond) Smith, Winnifred (late Pete) Powers, Patricia, and Hilda (late Harry) Burrows. Bill was born and raised in Ottawa, and attended Ottawa Technical High School. He was a Second World War Navy veteran and former employee of the Department of Foreign Affairs, as it was known then. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends, as well as tending to his beautiful garden. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Kelly Funeral Home Somerset Chapel 585 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON, K1R 5K1, 613-235-6712 on Sunday, May 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick's Basilica, (Kent at Nepean), followed by interment at Hope Cemetery. A reception will take place afterward in the hall at Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, or to a charity of your choosing. (Ottawa Citizen 03 May 2018)

ROPER, William, RCN / C.A.F. (02 Feb 1937 - 01 May 2018) - age 81 of Halifax, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday May 1. Born in Toronto, he was the son of Herbert and Sarah Roper. Bill was an incredibly kind and giving man who loved animals and his community. He had a big heart and always thought of others, never forgetting a birthday or big occasion. Bill took great joy in watching the neighbourhood kids grow up and start lives of their own. Bill served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1954 – 1983 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He will be missed by all who knew him. Predeceased by his wife Rita Roper of 35years plus. Survived by his sister, Verna Pierce, and family. Bill and Rita will be buried at sea together at a later date.


BLAKENEY, Cameron Lyall, C2HT, RCN / C.A.F. (1943-2018) - Of Musquodoboit Harbour. Cameron's family is devastated to announce the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather on May 1, 2018. Left behind to miss him daily are his wife of 51 years, Ellen (Turner) Blakeney; son, Ross Frederick Blakeney (Shauna Morash); daughter, Rebecca Ray Blakeney (Erik Allas); grandson, Jayden Lucas Blakeney; and special niece, Debi Noye. Cremation has taken place with private committal at a later date. Memorial gifts to honour Cameron, made to Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital or West Jeddore Baptist Cemetery Fund, would be greatly appreciated. Our thanks to the staff of Twin Oaks, who greatly eased this last difficult week for Cameron and for us. We are blessed to have these folks in our community. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.


Photo of Seaman Cameron Blakeney     Photo of Cameron Blakeney




JARDINE, Joan Barbara (nee Bailey), WRCNS - passed away peacefully on May 3, 2018, at the age of 92. She passed away as she had lived her life, peacefully, with grace and surrounded by love. Joan was born in Camrose, Alberta, on June 17, 1925, to Freda and Frank Bailey. She left her home at the age of 18 to join the Royal Canadian Navy. While stationed at Point Edward Naval Hospital as a Wren, she met and married her husband and love of her life for 60 years, Eric Jardine. After the war, they settled in Sydney, where Eric set up a dental practice and they raised a family of seven children. Joan was a kind and gentle person who loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply. After 50 years of marriage, Joan and Eric renewed their vows in a small chapel in Baddeck, much to the delight of their family. Although Joan was humble, ladylike and gracious, she had a daring side, too. Her grandchildren were impressed that, at the age of 85, she could still do a handstand in the Bras d’Or Lakes, at the cottage in Ben Eoin. They loved the stories of her parasailing with her son, Franklin in Florida, kissing a stingray, or bell diving on vacation. Joan, as always, brought out the best in those who shared her presence. She recognized everyone that was in the room or at her table, insuring that no one felt left out. Kindness was her trademark. Her care and awareness of the needs others was founded in her a deep faith. This faith gave her strength to cope throughout times of loss in her life. Joan took great pleasure with life long friends in her bridge club and Unit 4 UCW at St. Andrews Church. Joan is survived by her children, Barbara (Bob Mutch), Donnie (Betsy), Janet (Glenn O’Neil), Leslie (Eric Deveaux), Rebecca Joan (Joanie). Joan is the proud grandmother of 17 adoring grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Joan is also survived by her two nephews, Bob and Jeff Bailey and their families. Joan was predeceased by her only brother, Don and his wife, Melva of Camrose; her husband, Eric and sons, Bruce and Franklin and her daughter-law, Maureen, as well as grandchildren, Rebecca and Bailey, in infancy. Cremation has taken place and visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Sunday, May 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Memorial service will be held at United Heritage Church, Charlotte Street, Sydney on Monday, May 7 at 11a.m., officiated by Rev. Rosemary Godin and Rev. Thomas Whent. Joan’s family would like to express their sincere and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff of the Cove Guest Home. In particular, the beautiful team of the Creative Care Unit enriched Mom’s life daily by treating her like family. Memorial donations may be made to the Cove Guest Home.


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index

TURPIN, Gerry (1953-2010) - In Loving Memory of Gerry Turpin, who we will miss greatly; but you will live on in our hearts always. Service will be held at 4 P.M., Sunday, January 17th, at the First Church of The Nazarene, 4277 Quadra Street. (Victoria Times Colonist 16 Jan 2010)



YOUNG, Frederick Lloyd (Dick) - Died 25 Aug 1993


Portrait of Dick Young and his brother Don Young



BURNS, Thomas Colin, LSGCM, VR-6921, RNCVR / 40228, RCN - Born 17 Jun 1894, Dun Maglass, NS. Died Dec 1964, New Glasgow, NS.


NIOBE HAND DIES AT 70 NEW GLASGOW - Thomas Colin Burns, 70, a veteran of naval service in the First World War, died Sunday in Aberdeen Hospital. For the past 20 years he had lived in Knoydart, Pictou County. He saw service on the old HMCS NIOBE and his family believed he was one of the first ( ...... this portion of the article is not legible .......) pension when he retired in 1938 as chief petty officer. During and since the Second World War he was a commissionaire at the Dockyard in Halifax and at the UIC office in New Glasgow. He was a county constable in Pictou County until about two years ago. Mr. Burns was born in Sonora, Guysborough County. His wife, who survives him, entered hospital the same day for arthritis treatment. She is the former Florence Lynch of Purcell's Cove, Halifax County. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Daniel, at home, Colin, Halifax; six daughters, Kathryn (Mrs. Harold Harsh) Toronto; Helen (Mrs. J. Singlehurst) Vancouver; Rita (Mrs. Doug Robbins) Victoria; Dorothy (Mrs. Arnel Murphy) Halifax; Eileen (Mrs. Frank Boutilier) Boutiliers Point; Hazel (Mrs. E. Matonovich) Vancouver; two sisters, Vina (Mrs. Howard Corrin) Windsor, Ont.; Mary (Mrs. Charles Hopper) Florida; one brother, Fred, Windsor, Ontario. His body is at the home. Funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Church, Lismore Wednesday with requiem high Mass at 9 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 29 Dec 1964, Pg 20)



MEECHAN, Charles A., RCN - Born 1937  Died 2017


HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin 1956-1958

COWELL, Stephen ERA 5c, RCNVR / P1AT, LCdr, RCN - WWII Veteran Stephen was born June 14, 1924 in Winnipeg Manitoba to the late Ellen (née Scott) and the late Charles Cowell. Passed away of complications from Influenza on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in his 94th year, after a life well lived. Predeceased by his beloved wife Helen. Loving father of Fiona (Stephen), Stephen Scott (Laura) and Laura (Terry). Proud and adored grandfather to Meghan (Brad), Shane (Tasha), Sara (Joe) and Kirsten (Tony) and great-grandfather to Tanyon, Elliot and Holden. Also survived by his Scottish sisters-in-law Hazel and Janet. Will be dearly missed by his daily companions, the Huskies; Star and Mystic. The family wishes to thank the Medical Staff of the Ottawa Hospital-General Campus and especially the Staff of the Geriatric Medical Unit of the Civic Campus for their support and compassionate care provided. Friends are invited to gather at the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) on Saturday, May 12 after 2 p.m. Memorial Service will be held in the Sacred Space at 3 p.m. followed by interment at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces and a reception. In Memoriam donations may be made to the ALS Society or the charity of your choice.


Joining at HMCS Chippawa, Stephen Cowell served in the RCNVR during WW2 as a Stoker 2c / ERA 5c. He transferred to the RCN in 1946 and was appointed ERA 4c. In 1947 to took Air Artificer Conversion training at HMCS Condor and later served at HMCS Shearwater. He was CFR in 1960 as a Lt (LD), RCN.   



HMCS ST PIERRE - Served in St Pierre as an ERA 5c, RCNVR

HMCS NEW WATERFORD - Served in New Waterford during the Second World War as an ERA 5c, RCNVR

HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda as an ERA 5c, RCNVR

KEMP, Samuel Gordon, Telegraphist (01 Mar 1926 - 02 May 2018) - New Westminster lost a native son on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2018. Gordon passed peacefully and was lovingly attended by his wife, family and the caring staff at Whitecliff Retirement Residence. Predeceased by his sister Jean Fulton, (2015) and nephew Craig Fulton, (2012), Gordon will be remembered by his wife Helen and six children, Kathy Roberts, (Rich), Tom Cooper, (Barbara), Judy Jones, (Owen), Karen Berman, (Ken), Jane Longmuir, (Bill) and Jim Cooper, (Margaret). His grandchildren, (Tom Jr., Jennifer, Max, Jeff, Amber, Lindsay, Kait, Dylan, Drew, Chloe, Sam, and Jack), will fondly remember his many stories of a life well lived. (Did he ever tell you the one about the Chief of Police's dog?) He was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Samantha, Travis, Riley, Gavin, and Bailey. He is also survived by his brother-in-law of 67 years, Jack Fulton, along with nephew, Jack Jr. and wife Tracy Fulton. Gordon's early years were devoted to supporting his mother, Margaret Kemp, playing lacrosse and learning to play the clarinet. His father, Samuel, a WWI machine gunner discouraged him from entering WWII, however, he left school early and later enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as a radio operator. He was aboard the HMCS Wallaceburg, as a German submarine was captured in the North Sea. We all feel proud of his service and grateful for the freedom we now have as a result of his sacrifices. After the war, he returned to his hometown, New Westminster, and resumed his lifelong interest in music, playing his clarinet professionally for a time. He was a member of the Free Masons for over 70 years and a lively member of the Shriners Band. Gordon was an officer in the New Westminster Police force for 16 years. A career change saw him enter the business world. First a realtor, then a successful property developer, Gordon with his long time partner Reg Titus, retired early and became a dedicated "snowbird". Palm Springs became his second home and he never tired of "desert life" or the music of the "Rat Pack". Gordon's later years included travel around the world with his wife, Helen, and pals from both sides of the border. Trips to Great Britain, China and Australia were just some of their many adventures. He never missed an opportunity to chat wherever he went, as after all, when we look back, it's people more than anything that make a life a life. No service by request. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice. (The Burnaby Now and New West Record  09 May 2018)


HMCS WALLACEBURG - Served in WALLACEBURG during the Second World War

PARKER, George Edward Joseph (03 Oct 1925 - 05 May 2018) - P.Eng, World War II Veteran, served on the HMCS Middlesex, J328 Algerine Class Minesweeper assigned to Western Escort Force, Southern Local Escort to UK, bound convoys out of New York, stationed out of Halifax, NS. After his Navy career, he went to Nassua, Bahamas and taught waterskiing and scuba diving during the winter and in the summer he co-owned a marina at Six Mile Lake, ON. Graduated from University of Toronto in 1953 and became a civil engineer. He worked on road construction in Northern Ontario for law construction and at the Toronto Pearson Airport surveying on the tarmac and parking garages. Later in life, he owned a pool business and water treatment business. Passed away peacefully at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga at the age of 92. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Joan, his daughter Wendy Blais (Daniel Sheehan) of Bowmanville, his son Jeffery of Mississauga and his grandson Aaron of Banff, Alberta. At George's request, there will not be a funeral but a private family celebration of life. Our family would like to thank Dr. Vivian Williams, Dr. J. Wen, Dr. Fred Besik and their staff for all their care and kindness. (Toronto Star 12 May 2018)



RILEY, John Derek, Lt (O), RCNVR (01 Jul 1922 - 06 May 2018) - How do you measure a life? Happiness? Purpose? Integrity? Legacy? Love? Dad lived all these values with grace, humility, perseverance and the most wonderful sense of humour. He was passionate about business, sport, philanthropy and family and could recently be quoted saying "All you need is love…" John Derek Riley (JD) was born in 1922, the seventh of eight children to Jean Isabel Culver and Conrad Stephenson Riley. He attended a one-room school for his early education, followed by Grosvenor, Robert H. Smith, Gordon Bell High School and a year at St. John's Ravenscourt. In 1939 he joined the Zeta Psi Fraternity and embarked on a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Manitoba. During WWII, Dad served as a naval officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. He fought in the Battle of the Atlantic aboard the HMCS Skeena, a Canadian destroyer that escorted the merchant ships between St. John's, Newfoundland and Londonderry, Ireland. He was appointed to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, where he received flight training and spent the remainder of the war stationed in Trinidad and England. During a service leave he married Helena Day "Polly" Harris and enjoyed what he would endlessly tell his children was, "the greatest love story ever told". In 1945 Dad returned home to build a life in Winnipeg. He graduated as a chartered accountant at the University of Manitoba and worked as an auditor at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. In 1950 the Hudson's Bay Company hired Dad as a member of the accounting department, in the Fur Trade Division. He worked his way up to Chief Financial Officer, and left HBC after he purchased Dominion Bronze and Iron Limited. He grew that company until he sold it in 1971 to Indal, accepting a position on their board. Mom (deceased 2007) and Dad had four children: Jeannie (Rod Senft), Debby (deceased 1999), Derek (Anne) and Leslie (Buzz Grant, deceased 2016). They had nine grandchildren: Riley (Sarah), Derek (Patchi) Lauren (Chuck), Andrew (Hilary), Kate (Chris), Jean, Tom, Shannon and Chris. Great-grandchildren include Connor, Zoe, Isabela, Maia and four more coming very soon. Our parents' legacy lives on! For many years, Dad served as board director of multiple companies including Royal Trust, Molson, Indal, North Portage Development, Federal Industries, Inter City Gas, Vision Capital, and Manitoba Forest Products. He also served as Chairman of Balmoral Hall School. In 1987, Dad was invited to become the founding chair of The North-West Company, where he played a lead role in its acquisition of the HBC Northern Stores. This resulted in extensive northern travel exposing him to poverty in reserve communities. It sparked a desire to support Indigenous access to post-secondary education. This led to the creation of the Polly and Derek Riley Scholarship fund at the William Norrie Centre and the Derek Riley Scholarship fund at the University of Manitoba. Sports played a particularly important role throughout Dad's life. He played football in high school and for the University of Manitoba Bisons. After the war, he joined the Winnipeg Rowing Club and trained as a competitive oarsman. Over the years he competed in singles, doubles, fours and eights and won multiple regattas regionally and nationally. In 1952, he teamed up to win the Canadian Olympic trials in doubles and represented Canada at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He went on to win several more titles including a World Masters championship in 1985. At age 75, he rowed his last regatta and retired his oars. Dad was an avid squash player and loved both downhill and cross-country skiing. In summers, with his children as crew, he raced his Lightning at his beloved Lake of the Woods and served as Commodore of the RLWYC. He completed his first marathon at age 58. A leader in Manitoba's sports community, Dad chaired the rowing venue of the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, and served as president of the Winnipeg Squash Club, Winnipeg Rowing Club and Winnipeg Winter Club. He led the campaign for the Winnipeg Rowing Club's new boathouse, which now bears the Riley name. In latter years Dad very much enjoyed being a philanthropist. He was a passionate believer in Winnipeg and supported numerous charitable endeavours. Dad has been honoured for his business acumen, athleticism and philanthropy. Among his highest achievements are an appointment to The Order of Canada in 2013, an induction into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and an honorary Doctor of Laws awarded to him by the University of Manitoba in 2017. More than anything, Dad cherished his relationships with his family and friends. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they all adored him immensely. For us, he was our rock, our North Star, our role model and our inspiration. He loved his city of Winnipeg and never missed a minute of any Jets hockey game. Dad always said, "All manner of good can be done if you don't worry about who gets the credit." He truly lived that ethos and was a pillar of his community. Our dear Dad will be deeply missed. A celebration of Dad's life will be held, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. George's Anglican Church, 168 Wilton with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Rowing Club, or Grace Hospital. (The National Post 12 May 2018)



LAVALEE, Rodrigue J., P1ER, RCN (27 Jul 1928 - 04 May 2018) - Rod passed away peacefully Friday. Drafted to the final playoff hockey game, for his strong defense position. We are confidant Rod will continue playing with his unique style. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Janet (Glen) Langston, Gayle (Marlin) Lohr and sons Peter (Kim Luyten) Lavallee, William (Mirka Hanusiewicz) Lavallee. The family would like to extend their deep appreciation for the wonderful care and support from the staffs of Highgate Lodge Retirement Home and the fabulous doctors and nurses of Victoria Hospice. If desired a donation should be made to the Victoria Hospice (, or to another a charity of choice. At his request no service will be held. (Victoria times Colonist 08 May 2018)


BRIGGS, Robert Edward (1925-2018) - Robert passed away peacefully with family at his side, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre at the age of 92 under the devoted care of SB staff. We also wish to acknowledge and thank Tita Baguisa and Jennifer Dumlao for their extraordinary commitment and care to Robert over the later years of his life. During WWII, Bob served in the Royal Canadian Navy, Fleet Air Arm. After discharge, Bob graduated University of Toronto in 1951 BArch (honours) and joined Shore and Moffat Architects. Bob then joined Bregman and Hamann (now B+H) Architects becoming a Partner as the firm grew to be the largest architectural firm in Canada. Career highlights of Bob's time at B+H include the Scarborough Centenary Hospital and the Michener Institute in Toronto. Later in his career Bob held various roles in the Federal and Ontario Provincial Governments. Upon retirement he pursued his passion for design-build projects at home and the cottage full time. His family and friends also benefited from his vision and expertise over the years. Inspired by his father who was a contractor/carpenter Bob sought to improve standards of materials and workmanship through the joint efforts of contractors, architects and manufacturers by becoming a founding member of Specification Writers Association (SWA) in 1954. As president of SWA and Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Committee Chairman he worked with others to develop the forerunner of construction standards/contracts that have been adopted nationally and later by the US and are still in use today. Bob was honoured with the Fellowship of Royal Institute of Architects in a joint congress of AIA and OAA in Chicago and later awarded the Fellowship of SWA. During the week Bob was busy with work and teaching commitments but he devoted weekends to family and friends. He spent most of the summers with his loving wife Jean and the children at the family cottage at Sturgeon Lake. When not working, lecturing or marking exams, his indefatigable energy extended to all aspects of his home and creative life where he actively involved his 5 children in his many renovations and additions to the family home and Sturgeon Lake properties. The family, referred to as "The Firm" by friends and neighbours worked hard together but also played hard enjoying his passion for sailing and boating and swimming. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Jean (Coleman), sister Margaret Clayton and daughter-in-law Lori Briggs (Neil). He was proud of his 5 children Neil (Liz), Wayne (Terri), Earle (Lynn), Valerie Hannaford (John) and Andrew (Elizabeth), his 6 grandchildren Colin (Kara), Scott (Melissa), Jean-Paul and Michel, Mark (Julie) and Robert and 5 great-grandchildren Emma, Madison, Luke, Ayrston and Gwendolyn. Please join us at R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St. (at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Wednesday, May 9th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for visitation with a service on Thursday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow. The family wishes to express our thanks to the dedicated staff of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre or a charity of your choice. (Toronto Star 08 May 2018)

De La FONTAINE, James Gabriel, RCN (26 Aug 1949 - 30 Apr 2018) - It is with great sadness that the family of James Gabriel de la Fontaine, known to friends as "Jim", passed away on Sunday April 29, 2018, at the age of 68 years. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Candy and by his daughters, Melanie and Lori. Jim will also be fondly remembered by his four grandchildren, Bryce, Cole, Abigail and Alexa, as well as his dear friends. Jim was a skilled mechanic. During his career he had the opportunity to work on projects in many locations in western Canada. Jim made Victoria B.C. his home in 1985, where he eventually retired as a civilian from the Canadian Navy HMC Dockyard Esquimalt. Jim had a passion for musical instruments, especially guitars, he also enjoyed reading and giving smiles to others thru his kindness and positive energy. In keeping with Jim's wishes, no funeral services will be held.

FITZPATRICK, Gerald Francis (30 Aug 1925 - 02 May 2018) - It is with sadness and love that we say goodbye to Gerry, our father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Gerry left us on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the age of 92. Gerry is survived by his daughter Cathy Costello (John), his son Michael (Eileen) and his grandson Sean Costello. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Peggy Condon (Terry), Paul Voyer, Maretta Fitzpatrick (Danny), John Voyer (Lee), Therese Voyer (David), Caroline Henley and his stepchildren: Michelle Johnston (Rollie) and Shannon Flynn (Dale). He was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine Ethel, in July, 1984 and his second wife, Roz, in February, 2018 as well as all his siblings. Gerry led a full and active life. Gerry was born in Edmonton; the eldest of five siblings. He studied agriculture at the U of A and proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a dedicated lifetime member of the Legion. He worked for many years at Hudson's Bay Oil & Gas and retired from Home Oil. Widowed at age 58, he found love again; marrying at 77. Roz ensured that his retirement years were filled with a multitude of skiing, golfing, biking and camping adventures. Gerry was always up for a party and enjoyed celebrating life with family and friends. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2424 24 Ave NW) on Friday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to all the nurses and staff at Bethany Calgary for their kind and compassionate care of Gerry over the past two and a half years. Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strng Funeral Services. (Calgary Herald 08 May 2018)

HANNIGAN, Terry (13 Feb 1921 - 04 May 2018) - passed away peacefully on May 4, 2018 at Kamloops Seniors Village. Predeceased by his cherished wife, Doris, on March 30, 2018. Survived by daughters Holly (Larry) Campbell, Kamloops and Heather (Ted) McCain, Maple Ridge; grandchildren Brent (Sandra) Campbell, Erin (Bruce) Hobkirk, Andrea (Cameron) Falt, Sarah (Vinny) Kumar, Scott (Michele Logan) Campbell, Joel (Marina Misuric) McCain, Ian Campbell, Lachlan Campbell; 6 great grandchildren; cousins Niall Hannigan, Belfast, N. Ireland and Alexandra Hannigan, London, England and many friends. Terry was born in Burnaby on February 20, 1921, an only child to Fred and Annie (nee Harrington) Hannigan. Shortly after his birth, his father succumbed to injuries sustained in the First World War and he was raised by his mother and his maternal grandparents. Burnaby was a small agricultural and logging town in those days; Dad felt he had an idyllic childhood and that he was lucky to have lived his life in the best of times. He appreciated all the opportunities the 20th Century had to offer. He began work as a surveyor for the City of Vancouver after high school, retiring in 1975 as Superintendent of Sanitation. He served as a signalman in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He and Doris (nee Baldwin) were married on May 20, 1950 in Burnaby; their love affair lasted almost 68 years. Dad was a handyman extraordinaire – he could make and fix anything. He built their first home on Irmin Street in South Burnaby where every nail was hammered by hand and he did all the wiring and plumbing too! Irmin Street neighbours became lifelong friends. Their house is one of the few original houses on the street still standing. In 1958 he purchased our family’s first boat – for $1.00!! – salvaged from the Vancouver City Dump. It was a wooden clinker built which he lovingly restored. Scores of children and adults learned to waterski behind “13K33982” at Tribune Bay on Hornby Island. Four other boats followed, in which over the years, Mom and Dad cruised up and down the BC Coast. Dad had a plaque in their last boat – Starquest IV – that read “A boat is a hole in the water into which one pours money”. They felt it was money well spent as they shared many wonderful boating excursions with family and friends. Dad was dedicated to Burnaby Power and Sail Squadron, helping teach boating courses and proctoring exams. He served as Commander 1977-1978. He was a kind, gentle man with a raucous, infectious laugh, always willing to help anyone when needed. Terry lived 96 years in Burnaby before he and Mom moved to Kamloops last year. Thank you to Royal Inland Hospital Emergency Department, Dr. C. Dusik and to Kamloops Seniors Village for your wonderful care and compassion for our Dad. A Celebration of Life for Terry and Doris will take place on Saturday May 26 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse, 7600 Halifax Street, Burnaby. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society, 405 – 235 1st Avenue, Kamloops, BC V2C 3J4 would be appreciated.

KINGSTON, Charles William, Lt (L), RCN (23 Apr1932 - 03 May 2018) - Following months of warm and compassionate care by the staff at Inglewood Care Center in West Vancouver, Charlie passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, shortly after his 86th birthday. Born in Fort William, Ontario, Charlie graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick. Following 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he completed his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. His business career included executive work for various companies and consulting internationally in many industries. Following retirement he volunteered with Canadian Executive Services Overseas (CESO) in Malaysia, Romania and Honduras. Family and friends remember Charlie for his sense of humour, his love for storytelling and for being an incorrigible prankster. He was an accomplished long distance runner, setting Masters Marathon records across western Canada. A handyman who could fix anything, he loved to putter on endless projects around the house and at the family cabin in the Pasayten Valley. Charlie loved socializing with his many friends and family, who will have fond memories of canoeing, hiking, fishing, camping, and skiing with him and getting soaked by his cannonballs. He will be missed by his loving and tolerant wife of 54 years Ann, daughter Kathy (David) Williams, son Greg (Beth) Kingston, son Jamie Kingston (Lara Kelly) and five grandchildren, Mitchell, Madelyn, Luke, Gemma and Juniper. A Celebration of Charlie's Life, will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Marine Room at the West Vancouver Seniors Center, 695 21st Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC. Gone for a long run... (Vancouver Sun / the Province 12 May 2018)

MARTIN, George Alguire (25 May 1925 - 06 May 2018) - passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Veteran's Hospital, just a few weeks shy of his 93rd birthday. Born and raised in Verdun, Quebec, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy after high school. Upon his return he entered Sir George Williams University but the maturity gained during the war left him at odds with the younger students. He left after a year and found his true passion working his way up from stoker to locomotive engineer at the Canadian National Railway. He proudly took his final ride into Grand Central Station in 1985 retiring after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Juliet (O'Dwyer), his wife Frances (Bremner), his brothers Mike and John, and his daughter Joy (Preziuso). Our remarkable father was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by family and friends including daughters: Maureen, Debbie, and Colleen (Paul Edmunds) and his namesake and only son George Jr. (Stephanie Armstrong). George, aka "Bozo" is also mourned by his only surviving sister Colleen, aka "Pugnose", (Vincent Piccone). An unforgettable and proud grandpa will be greatly missed by Tony (Linda), Rino (Carrie) and Wendi (Angus) Preziuso, Mario (Stefanie), James (Gabrielle) and Julia Barba, Mitchell (Jocelyn), Casey and Louis (Justine) Edmunds, and Zachary and Jacob Martin. Great-grandchildren Ally and Tyler Preziuso, Gianluca and Sofia Barba, and Mikayla Edmunds will cherish his memory. Uncle George was always the center of attention and consummate host and tour guide for all the cousins, nieces and nephews and our extended family who enjoyed the privilege of his company on vacations to Montreal year after year. His annual winter "snowbird" residence in California as commander and chief and house sitter to Kirby and Coco is especially memorable as is the true patriarch and family man he was and will always be. The family sends heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Veteran's Hospital for the kind and compassionate care given to George over the past 16 months. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 13 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m., and Monday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 222 Autoroute 20, Pointe-Claire, QC.

NASH, Henry (16 Sep 1930 - 10 May 2018) - Henry, you now can put the newspaper away, your name is in the Obits today. Born and raised in Ottawa, but happiest at Cardinal Lake. Henry worked and boxed (Hammering Hank) at the Sudbury mines. Served ten years with the Royal Canadian Navy (Shearwater). Retired from MTO as the first bilingual driver examiner in Eastern Ontario. Survived by Serana, Lynn (Doug), Sue (Sam), Tracy (Doug), grandchildren Randy, Alexandra, Travis, and Zachary, great-grandchildren Grace and Jack, siblings Maureen and Michael (Betty) and several nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by father Maurice, mothers Marie Jeanne (Goulet) and Donat (McGovern), brother Philip (Nicky), sisters Jean Albert (Ron) and Marlene and grandson Robert. There will be no visitation or service. Please visit your favourite watering hole, tie a few on and tell a few Henry stories. (Ottawa Citizen 12 May 2018)


WEBB, William (Bill), Cdr, RCN(R) - Retired teacher - R. H. King Collegiate Peacefully at his home on May 6, 2018 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Margaret for 58 years. Loving dad of Catherine Ann (Allan) and Peter William (Sharon). Cherished grandpa of Kyle, Evan and Kristian. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary Webb and his brother Russell. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Shirley and his niece Linda and nephews David and Stephen. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 16th from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. followed immediately by a memorial service in the funeral chapel at 12 p.m. Cremation. If desired, donations in Bill's memory may be made to Upper Canada College or Wounded Warriors Canada.



WEST, James - Passed away on November 18, 2001 in Parksville, BC. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan, his children Rick (Lynn), David (Carol) and Cherly (Dave) and his step-daughters Lynne and Trish. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jim served in the Royal Canadian Navy and worked for many years for the Federal Department of Public Works in Victoria. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 25, 2011 at St. Anne's Anglican Church in Parksville, BC at 11:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the North Island Wildlife recovery Centre would be appreciated.


Submitted by Rick West:  James West was an only child born to David and Jean West in Aberfeldy, Scotland, on 26 October 1923. At age 14 he was sent to live with relatives in Canada. We were told he joined the navy at age 16 (very young) and became one of the youngest Chief Petty Officers. His job on the ship was in the boiler room. Dad left the navy at the end of the war, where he lived in Victoria, BC, Canada and married Constance (Connie) Sproule (West) and had three children - Richard, David, Cheryl. Initially, he worked in Leechtown (north of Victoria, Vancouver Island) on the logging trucks at a small mill. When the mill burnt down a couple of years later, he then worked on Vancouver Island Tugs for a couple more years until he secured a job with the Public Service Canada, around the mid-1950's, maintaining boilers in various Federal building throughout Greater Victoria until he retired in 1986. After his retirement, he divorced, re-married (Joan) and moved from Victoria to Parksville - further up the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC - and lived there happily until he passed away 18 November 2011. Dad never talked about his war years - other than once about the sinking of a U-boat and taking captive survivors onboard.








(JW01) James West

(JW02) James West (front, left) at Naval reunion in Halifax, early 2000s

(JW03) Unknown course photo ".....Craft School Oct 1941."  Possibly at HMCS York

(JW04) James West (left) with John Bugslag (arm in cast) on unknown ship



d’ENTREMONT, André Augustin, RCN, RCAF, C.A.F. (23 Jun 1941 - 14 May 2018) - “If I could go back and live all over again I wouldn’t change much. I had a wonderful life,” André (Andy) d’Entremont said just eight weeks before his death. “My three greatest accomplishments? Marriage to a woman who is my angel. A real angel. I have kids and grandkids I’m proud of. And also my military career. I wouldn’t hesitate joining again.” On May 14, after defying many odds, André died peacefully at his home in Abrams River exactly where he wanted to be, surrounded by family and with his devoted wife of almost 46 years by his side. Born on June 23, 1941 in East Pubnico to the late Augustin d’Entremont and Jeanne Laure d’Entremont, André joined the navy in 1959. He enjoyed a 30-year military career that included service in the navy, air force and army. He proudly served in the Communications and Electronics branch and the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. His first five years were spent in the navy, where he served aboard HMCS Micmac and HMCS Columbia. He then left the navy to join the air force, serving as a UN peacekeeper in the 1970s in Beirut, Egypt and Ismailia. Upon his 1989 retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, André worked for 18 years with the Corps of Commissionaires at the Yarmouth Airport. His official “retirement” in 2007 brought on many projects, including active involvement with the Abrams River Wharf upgrade, the establishment of a local veterans’ war monument in Eel Brook, and the Kespu'kwitk Métis Council. A lover of language who for many years of his adult life made it a mission to learn a new word every day, André loved to tell stories and frequently enjoyed a captive audience. He loved to tease those closest to him and was very rarely seen without a mischievous twinkle in his eye. His booming voice could be heard long before you saw him. André is survived by his wife Anne (née LeBlanc); daughter Yvette (Lower Sackville); sons Stephen (Bree), Atlanta; Chris (Montreal); grandsons Benjamin and Liam Fraser; sisters Rosaline Theoret (Niagara Falls); Corinne Deveau (Emile), Scarborough, Ont.; Joanne Duncan (Jim), Ottawa; and brother Pierre (Myrna), Edmonton. His parting advice to his beloved grandsons and to anyone else who reads this? “Always give your best to whatever task you’re assigned and nobody will be able to say anything to you,” he advised. “My father told me that many years ago. It served me well." The family will receive friends at H.M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, 29 Albert Street, Yarmouth from 7 to 9 Thursday evening, with prayers at 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18 from Saint Anne’s Church, Ste. Anne-du-Ruisseau, Father Albéni d’Entremont officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Donations in memory of André may be made to Saint Anne’s Church Building Fund or to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation. 



BOURGEOIS, George (Hubby), Sr. - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of George ‘Hubby’ Bourgeois, age 94, of Glace Bay. George passed away peaceful at his residence on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Born in Glace Bay on November 22, 1923, George was the son of the late Charlie and Thelma (Gratto) Bourgeois. George resided in Glace Bay most of his life, but also lived in Ontario and Newfoundland. Apart from his services in the war, he also was employed as a baker at Phalen's Bakery and a cook in Labrador City and Seaforth Shipping in Halifax. George was 17 years of age when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. He made his parents very proud following in the footsteps of his older brother. He recalled that it was a lonesome time in his life, especially when he engaged in action in the North Atlantic. Letters from home were always a welcome sight. He felt that he was quite prepared for war and gave credit to his training in Halifax. George was placed in charge of dropping depth charges and even to his final days, could recall the explosives from the attempts to destroy submarines. His most memorable experience was the day the war was over. This event took place in August of 1945. He remembers his family and friends meeting in Halifax to celebrate his return to peace. He was very glad to get back to his familiar life. When asked if he would do it all again, he replied that he would. With 60 years’ service, George was the longest member with Glace Bay Branch 3 Legion. George will be sadly missed my his loving wife, Gertrude ‘Gert’ (Nearing); cherished children, Nelson (Brenda), George (Doris), Beverly (Raymond) Boland, Raymond (Valerie), Charles (Maurina), Brian (Merle), Gwen (Wayne) Gracie, Leonella (Donald) Ferguson, all of Glace Bay, Michelle (Cecil) Gosbee, Inverness, Derek (Kathleen), Danny, Carolee (Shawn) MacNeil, also of Glace Bay; 28 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren who will miss their Papa dearly; brother, Halle; sister, Cora; several nieces and nephews, and all of his legion comrades. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by his siblings, Eloise Colson, Irene Campbell, Alonso, Charles, Merlin, Edeline and Earl. Visitation for George Bourgeois will be held 6-9 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018 at J.M. Curry Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay (849-7617). A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Holy Cross Church with Fr. Norman MacPhee officiating. A luncheon will follow the Mass in the church hall. Interment will be held at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney at a later date. By request, family flowers only please. Donations in George's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Branch 3 Legion, Glace Bay.

QUINTIN, Yvon Joseph - passed away overnight at his home in Eastern Passage on May 10, 2018 after months of illness. Through all of it, he kept his good humour and friendliness to all who helped care for him. Born in Bedford, Quebec, he was a former Navy seaman and retired Air Force Flight Engineer, and a familiar face around Shearwater where he volunteered as a guide at the Aviation Museum. He was predeceased by his wife, Priscilla, and is survived by his four children, Robert, Lorraine, Lise and Patrick, and multiple grandchildren. We miss you, Dad. A reception will be held May 17th 1-4pm at the Eastern Passage-Cow Bay Lions Club, 65 Hornes Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shearwater Aviation Museum.

STEELE, Lawrence William (Larry) - Age 82, of Lower Sackville passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 14, 2018. Larry was a son of the late William and Elsie Steele of New Brunswick. He retired after 30 years of service from the Royal Canadian Navy as a Warrant Officer. After retirement he enjoyed bowling, golfing and afternoon card games. He was a life-long member of Knox United Church where he was an elder and choir member for many years. He made many dear friends over the years and he will be dearly missed. He is survived by his loving children, Mary-Elizabeth Cooper (Paul), Karen Smith (Warren) and Kevin Steele (Melodie); cherished grandchildren, Catherine Huffman (Jaydon), Malcolm, Fraser and Emily Smith, Jacob and Alexander Steele; dear brothers, Ray (Sandra), Ron (Mavis); sisters, Margery Steele and Shirley Ford; and sister-in-law, Edna Steele. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Rosie Mae; and four siblings. A special thank you to the staff at Paramed, VON, Amanda Tinning NP, Dr. Ashley Miller, and Dr. William Sheridan for their exceptional care and compassion. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Road. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. 


McCRAKEN, John - (04 Feb 1937 - 10 May 2015) Passed away suddenly at Markham-Stouffville Hospital in his 78th year. Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1956, where he served as a submariner on exchange with the Royal Navy from 1958 until his discharge in 1962. After the navy, John worked in several fields including construction, millwright/machinery mover, and 17 years at the Toronto Transit Commission where he retired as an inspector, as well as operating his own business J&J plumbing repairs and installations. John was also a life member and past president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459 Stouffville, the Kinsmen Club of Stouffville and a charter member of the Ballantrae Lions Club. John is survived by his wife of 49 years Joan, sons David (Maria) John Jr. sister Betty Smith and brother Thomas. Prowd grandfather of Cassandra and great grandfather to Caleb, Ethan and Lincoln. The McCracken family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Markham-Stouffville Hospital for their compassion and professionalism. Family and friends are invited to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459. 150 Mostar St. Stouffville for a celebration of Johns life on Sunday May 24th 2015 1-4 p.m. Please make a donation to the Canadian Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation instead of sending flowers.


News article on John's passing



HENRY, Bryce George (10 Mar 1938 - 05 May 2018) - The family of Bryce sadly announces his passing. He lived his younger years in Maple Ridge, with four spent in the navy. In 1961, he moved to Powell River and spent many years logging, some of which were away in camps. Bryce will be lovingly missed by his wife Anita, children Kelvin, Laura and Leila, and their families, including seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sister Sam and many other relatives and friends. Thank you to Dr. Schweitzer for taking such great care of Bryce and always being there for him. Thanks also to all the staff at Willingdon Creek Village who cared for Bryce so well over the last six months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of BC or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday, June 9, at Royal Canadian Legion, lower hall, 6811 Alexander Street. (Powell River Peak 18 May 2018)

HURRIE, Alex - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Alex Hurrie on May 10, 2018. Alex was born in Mimico, Ontario, in 1923 and was the oldest of four children. He spent his childhood helping his father with the family salvage business and enjoying all the neighbourhood friends. Alex was drafted into the army to fight in the WWII but pulled some strings and managed to get into the navy. He spent four years on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. After the war Alex married Muriel McDuff and had one son, Sam. He worked many jobs but his favourite was driving tractor trailer. In 1968 Alex moved his family to Powell River where they bought a piece of land south of town and built their little home. Alex worked as a custodian for School District 47 until his retirement in 1986. He spent his time enjoying his grandchildren, puttering in his workshop, raising his beloved pigeons, riding his motorcycle, and driving his Cadillac to A&W to meet up with his friends. Left to mourn is his son Sam (Jill), grandchildren Samantha, Dan and Suzannah (Paul), their mother Barbara, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family would like to thank Dr. Elliot, the loving staff at Willingdon Creek Village House 5, the housekeeping and laundry staff, Father Tepoorten, Stubberfield Funeral Home and Catholic Women's League. (Powell River Peak 16 May 2018)


McDONOUGH, James (Jim), DEMS (1925-2018) - World War II Veteran Royal Canadian Navy DEMS Branch. A proud Canadian. Suddenly but peacefully in his sleep, James passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in his 93rd year. Predeceased by his best friend and beloved wife, Margaret for over 66 years and loving granddaughter Nicole. Loving daddy of Sheila Gamna (Bud), Brian (Adriana), Colleen, Erin Smith (Brian) and Maureen Calaminici (Bege). Cherished grandpa of Ryan (Michelle), Colin, Sean (Emilee), Erika (Kyle), Brock, Amanda, Richard and Paige. Great-grampy of Brenden, Caitlin, Ethan, Saige and Edwin. Predeceased by his parents James and Ada and siblings Ivy, Phillip, Isabel and Margaret. James will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. After his service in the Navy, James was a longtime and devoted employee of Northern Electric. Upon retiring he enjoyed over 20 years of acting and was a member of ACTRA. James and Margaret were longtime and faithful parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Avenue West) Weston, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 811 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Veterans Emergency Transition Services would be appreciated. 

MOYER (PETERKIN), Robert Bruce (09 Sep 1939 - 30 Apr 2018) - Born in Parry Sound, Ontario, he was loved by his life partner Elizabeth Garvey of Kitchener, Ontario. He was also loved by his daughter Danielle Elizabeth Fisker of Mississauga, Ontario and her husband Marc. He was a loving grandfather to twins Isabella Elsa Ann and Maximilien David Fisker. He was predeceased by his son David Gregory Moyer in 1981. Robert served in the Royal Canadian Navy in his twenties. He was a lover of sailing/windsurfing and of the pure air of Northern Ontario. Dad - I hope you are finally at peace and that you find a good tail wind up there. You will be missed. (Toronto Star 18 May 2018)


WEIGAND, Edwin Vernon, RCNVR / C2ER, RCN (20 Aug 1926 - 06 May 2018) - WW2 and Korean War Veteran. Vern passed away peacefully in Perth, Australia, on May 6th, 2018 at the age of 91. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vern was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Sheila in 2016; and his parents Edwin and Mary Weigand. He is survived by his son David (Kerry), daughter Lynn Fisher (Max) and granddaughter Suzanne (Neil) in Perth; brother Bill (Jerrine) of Whitehorse, YT; brother Ken (Dawn), sister Rose Fowler of Edmonton, AB; and sister Connie Como of St. Albert, AB. Vern joined the Royal Canadian Navy (in Regina) January 1944, with war service in the North Atlantic (1945), Korea (1951), and during the Cold War in Canada (1962). He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1969 as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a lifetime member of Legion #49 (since 1962) and the Chief PO's Association. Vern and Sheila lived in many parts of Canada during the Navy years, but mainly Victoria, before retiring to Parksville, and Errington, B.C.; and then to Perth, Australia in 1987. Vern was always a keen airplane enthusiast. In retirement he volunteered at the Air Force Museum and the Railway Museum (Perth) and the Naval Museum (Freemantle). He returned to visit Canada many times including to Ottawa in 2003 for the Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedication. Vern will be deeply missed by his family and friends in Perth and Canada. (Victoria Times Colonist 19 May 2018)




HARWOOD, John, Commodore, RCN / C.A.F. - 85, of Canning, NS passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Avril Harwood (Caton); children Janet Methot of Oakville, ON; David Harwood of Chatham-Kent, ON; Jennifer Harrison of Toronto, ON. He was father-in-law to Paul Methot, Lisa Harwood, and Mark Harrison. He was the adored grandfather of Katie Methot, Michelle Methot, Tom Harwood, Caroline Harwood and Rachel Harrison. Born on August 9, 1932 in Chatham, Kent, England, John was the son of the late Arthur and Winifred "Win" Harwood, and brother to Mary Suddon (of Toronto, ON). John immigrated to Nova Scotia as a seven-year-old boy. Even as the family moved inland to Ontario, John was drawn to the sea and as a young man pursued a career in the Royal Canadian Navy. He would serve from 1951 to 1987. He commanded HMCS Qu’Appelle, HMCS Saskatchewan, HMCS Saguenay, and HMCS Algonquin. As Captain (N), he served as Commander Fifth Canadian Squadron. He was promoted to Commodore in 1983, and would serve as Commander Canadian Fleet and MARCOM HQ as Chief of Staff (Operations) before his retirement in 1987. In retirement, John turned to apple growing in the Annapolis Valley; cider making; model engineering at the Trecothic Creek & Windsor Railway; and worked as a board member and president of the Blomidon Naturalists Society. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 in the White Family Funeral Home Kentville. The funeral service and reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in the Pereaux Baptist Church, Reverend Mike Veenema officiating. Private burial at a later date. Family flowers only by request. Donations in memory of John Harwood may be made to the CNIB. The Harwood family would like to extend grateful thanks for the exceptional care of the doctors and nurses at Valley Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services Kentville.










HMCS KOOTENAY - Served in Kootenay in 1971 as XO

HMCS QU'APPELLE - Temporary CO in 1973

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN - 11th Commanding Officer

HMCS SAGUENAY - 14th Commanding Officer

HMCS ALGONQUIN - 3rd Commanding Officer


MONFORTON, Francis Louis (Frank), Surgeon Slt, RCN - Dr., B.Sc., M.D. F.R.C.S. (c). Surrounded and comforted by his family at home on May 10, 2011 at 74 years of age. Beloved husband and dearest friend of Ginny. Loving father of Lisa Monforton and Doug Firby of Calgary, Karen and Chris Abraham of Windsor, Rebecca and Michael Sinyi of Milton and Kate and Bryan Kavanaugh of St. Joachim. Loving Papa to Lauren and the late Sara Leah, Michael, Shawn, Jessica, Dillon, Daniel, Tyler, Elliot, Avalon, Avery and Megan. Beloved brother to Roger and Theresa Monforton, Miriam and the late Ernest Page, Paul and Clara Monforton, Maxine and Don Huggard, Rosalie and Ernest Gignac and Jeannette and the late Hank Byrne. Dear brother-in-law to Gail and Ron Ellingwood and Jim and Anne Petch. Frank will be missed by many nieces and nephews. He was a well respected Ophthalmologist in Windsor for 30 years having graduated from Assumption University with a Bachelor of Science, the University of Ottawa in Medicine and did his post Doctorate training in Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic. Frank was Past Chief of Ophthalmology at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital and Past President of Essex Golf and Country Club. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Thursday 2-5, 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers Thursday 8 p.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Friday family and friends are invited to meet at Corpus Christi Church (1400 Cabana Rd. W.) after 10:00 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to take place at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. (Windsor Star 11 May 2011)

MOFFAT, Ernest Leon, LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. (19 Jan 1935 - 18 May 2018) - 83, passed away peacefully on May 18 at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was the son of the late Ernest and Louise Moffat. Ernie’s life was filled with love, which is evident by the many members of his blended family that will miss him everyday. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 40 years, Mary Catherine (Kaye) Moffat; daughters Lois (Randy) Marr, Renee Ewing and Judy (Chris) Elliot, and sons Bill (Diane) Moffat, Greg (Cheryl) Moffat and David (Wendy) Aucoin; granddaughters Katrina, Kate, Jennifer and Chelsea, and grandsons Adam, Justin, Chris, Nicolas, David, Brendan and Jordan, along with many great-grandchildren; sister Carol (Peter) Houzon, and brothers Lorne Moffat, Bill (Fran) Moffat, Ron (Debbie) Moffat and Roger Moffat; sisters-in-law Mary Josephine Ritcey, Lillian Vance, and Gloria Rita Kujawa; his many nieces and nephews; and countless friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, David (Theresa) Moffat, sister Lorraine Moffat, brother Lloyd Moffat, sisters-in-law Rosemarie Moffat and Norma Kowalchuk, and brothers-in-law John Ritcey, Rupert Vance and Timothy Kujawa. Ernie was a strong man with a gentle soul. A true patriot, he served his country as Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Canadian Navy for 36 years before retiring in 1989. Over the years, he earned many proud career moments, most recently in 2015 when he was honoured at Province House where October 23 was recognized as HMCS Kootenay Day in Nova Scotia. Ernie was happiest surrounded by his family. His arms were always open for hugs. His laugh was contagious, and once he got going, there would never be a dry eye in the room. Ernie loved his Bedford community and was involved in numerous local activities and organizations over the years — particularly as a pillar in his church, St. Ignatius, and through the Knights of Columbus. Ernie’s family thank him for the opportunities he provided, for loving them unconditionally, and for the stories and experiences he shared with them. He will be remembered most for his brave and beautiful spirit, which he carried through until the very end. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the QEII who provided compassionate care during Ernie’s last days, and to Father Patrick Cosgrove and Father Owen Connolly for providing spiritual support to his family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to JA Snow Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 7-9 pm on Thursday, May 24. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Friday, May 25 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church with Father Patrick Cosgrove officiating and Father Tochukwu assisting. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre or charity of choice.


HMCS KOOTENAY - Ernest Moffat was serving in Kootenay an a Commissioned Officer, DeckO at the time of the explosion

FINNIGAN, Michael John (Mike) - of Dartmouth passed away suddenly at home with his wife at his side on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Born in Halifax, on October 2, 1950, he was a loving husband of 38 years to Janice (Zwicker) Finnigan; father to Natalie (Finnigan) Watt and Melissa Finnigan; grandfather to Hunter (10), Rylee (6) and Axel (4); son of Velma Finnigan; big brother to Pat, Terry, Danny, Anne-Marie, and Susie; several nieces and nephews and predeceased by his father, Arthur Finnigan. He proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces with the Constructional Engineer Branch as a Naval Firefighter for 38 years taking his family on a lifetime adventure coast to coast and over seas to Lahr, Germany where everlasting memories were created. Always thinking of others before himself, he was an extremely attentive husband and the greatest dad and "Poppy" that one could dream of. A friend to all, he never hesitated to lend a helping hand and couldn't go anywhere without seeing someone he knew and break into a full conversation. He will be sadly missed every single day. A Celebration of Mike's live will be held on Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Woodlawn United Chuch, 54 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth. A reception for friends and family will follow in the hall downstairs. A visitation and opportunity to share stories will be held in Woodlawn United in room A & B on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook, NS, B4P 1B9

BURDEYNY, William (Bill) (10 May 1925 - 14 May 2018) - IT'S BEEN A GREAT 93 YEARS! On May 14, 2018, at The Georgetown Hospital, Georgetown, ON, Bill completed his earthly journey, leaving behind loving family and precious memories. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mappus, daughter Dianne (Richard) Burke, grandchildren, Ruth, Tracy, Terry, Kerry and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Tisha, Nika and Keaton. Predeceasing him were his parents, Louis Burdeyny, Anne Rozmo, sister Julia Lialiuk, and loving daughter Donna. Bill received his elementary education in Saskatoon at Princess Alexander School and at St. Joseph's College in Yorkton, SK. In March of 1942, Bill began apprenticing as a Carman in the CNR Transcona Shops. A year later he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve in the Shipwright Branch and received an honourable discharge in 1946 as a Petty Officer after serving on east coast naval bases as well as the Frigate, HMCS Buckingham. It was after his Navy discharge that he then returned to the railway service in Transcona. The 1960s found him in various journalistic roles as the Editor of the Transcona News weekly newspaper which was followed by a position at Motor Coach Industries as a Technical Writer. To serve his community he was elected to the Transcona City Council as an Alderman. His love of Journalism continued and seeking to continue in the field, he acquired a position with the Winnipeg Tribune in 1967, being assigned over the years, the tasks of Suburban Editor, Bureau Chief at Winnipeg City Hall, Copy Editor and by far his favourite assignment being his Outdoor Trails column where he was allowed to spend time outdoors doing all the things he loved and then being able to write about his adventures. Sadly, the Winnipeg Tribune ceased to publish in 1980 after 90 years in print and as a final assignment, Bill was given the honour of providing the headline for the final being "IT WAS 90 GREAT YEARS." Prior to his retirement in 1990 from the Manitoba Community Services Department as a Media Specialist, Bill held the position of Public Information Officer with the Children's Aid Society of Winnipeg until its dissolution. Keeping active was critical to Bill so he involved himself in physical as well as intellectual activities. He was a member of the Men's Musical Club and the Winnipeg Male Voice Choir. During his retirement years, he was a member of the Creative Retirement Club and he served as a volunteer with the Winnipeg School Division where he worked with students of all grade levels. Skates, sticks and hockey pucks occupied trunk space as well as baseballs and bats. He played with the Midnight Flyers Hockey Club, News Media Hockey Team and Oldtimers Leagues in St. Norbert and St. James. He was a founding member of the Transcona Trojans Minor Baseball Club and he played for the Transcona Senior Baseball Club from 1942 to 1954. Being on the field in an active role had Bill umpiring in Winnipeg and rural centers for more than 15 years. It was after his retirement that he stepped up his involvement in baseball even more and upon joining the South Winnipeg Seniors Mixed Slo-Pitch League he was elected president for the 1991-1992 term. Not to be idle for too long he went on to become a founding member of the Remax Slo-Pitch Softball Team which saw participation in five Senior World Series Championships. The draw of warm air and sunshine was compelling for Bill so in September, 2007 he relocated from Winnipeg to Largo, FL. It was on a previous visit that he met Dorothy and shortly after his arrival in Largo, the two were married. Baseball never fell by the wayside. He continued to be actively involved with several teams over the years as a team pitcher and he made the choice to "walk off the field" in 2016 at the age of 91 years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and a private family service is planned for a future date. In the words of my father, he would now say to one and all......"PLAY BALL!!" "MY FATHER DIDN'T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE; HE LIVED AND LET ME WATCH HIM DO IT." (Winnipeg Free Press 19 May 2018)


HMCS BUCKINGHAM - Served in Buckingham during the Second World War

COOKE, Henry (Harry) (18 Nov 1921 - 05 Apr 2018) - Age 96, passed away on April 5, 2018, in Camp Hill Veteran's Memorial Building, Halifax. Born in Halifax on November 18, 1921, he was the son of Lillian and William Cooke. Harry served in the Navy during the Second World War. After the war, he married his wife, Marguerite (Parker), began his career at McNab Print and settled in Porters Lake. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marguerite. A Service has taken place in the Camp Hill Chapel on Friday, April 13th. Special thanks to the staff of 6 West at the Camp Hill Veteran's Building for the friendship, care, kindness and compassion shown over the years toward Henry.

JOHNSTON, Orval M. (Bud), Telegraphist, RCNVR - Born 1925  Died 1984.  Bud served in HMCS Stone Town as a Telegraphist. After VE-Day, Bud volunteered for service in the Pacific, however, while Stone Town was receiving her tropicalization refit, Japan surrendered and Bud was not deployed to the Pacific.


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(1) Orval (Bud) Johnston  (2) Orval Johnston and Uncle Eddie Anderton  (3) Orval Johnston, age 18 (right) and his brother Glen Johnston, age 21  (4) Orval Johnston (left) in his Militia uniform prior to joining the RCNVR and his brother Glen Johnston  (5) Headstone for Orval Johnston




HUXLEY, George Ambrose (Hux), Sig - Born 01 Jan 1921, Hamilton, ON. Died 2016, age 95.


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(1) George Huxley at work - ship unknown  (2) George Huxley in his hammock - possibly on HMCS Strathroy  (3) Fo'c's'le of ice-up minesweeper  (4) George Huxley by gun on unknown corvette  (5) George Huxley in 2014





HMCS DUNVER - Commissioning crew


HUME, Daniel Keenan - Born Feb 1918  Died 1997. 


HMCS REGINA - Survived the sinking of Regina - severely wounded.

ARMSTRONG, Kenneth Allan (Ken) (04 Oct 1943 - 03 Sep 2017) - Calgary, Alberta, beloved husband of Jean of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Ken was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 4, 1943. From 1962 until 1965, he was stationed with the Royal Canadian Navy. Ken then went on to work for Telus, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. Ken was a fan of curling and loved NFL football, especially when it came to the Seattle Seahawks. He loved dogs, and shared a special bond with his two canine companions Jack and Pepper (who predeceased Ken). Ken is survived by his loving wife Jean; his children Bryan Armstrong of Red Deer, AB and Shannon Armstrong (Wayne Moorhead) of Calgary, AB; step-children, Wes Tatebe (Kathy Smeland) of Calgary, AB and Denine Raymond (Glenn Raymond) of South Carolina; his 6 grandchildren, Dawson Armstrong, Olivia Armstrong, Seiren Tatebe, Kiera Tatebe, Alexander Raymond, Natalie Raymond; siblings, Don Armstrong (Bev), Lynda Woods (Chris) and Connie Craig (Kevin). Ken was predeceased by his parents Allan and Betty Armstrong. A Celebration of Ken's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Fish Creek Reception Centre, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.


BOYER, Joseph Charles Richard (Dick) (09 Mar 1946 - 03 Sep 2017) March 9, 1946 - of Calgary passed away on September 3, 2017 at the age of 71 years. After spending his childhood growing up in Montreal, Quebec and 5 years in the Canadian Navy, Dick took to two wheels and travelled all over North America. His favorite stops included Western Canada, Colorado and the Baja Peninsula. He spent time in Kelowna, before settling in Calgary where he met Noreen, his best friend and love of his life. They were married in Canmore in 2003. Dick rode dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles his entire adult life and was one of the safest, most experienced riders on the road. He loved the twisty trails and mountains of Western Canada and was always eager to introduce friends to what he called good, clean fun. Retired in 2011, while continuing to ride his motorcycle, Dick turned his attention to his past hobby, sport shooting. Dick became involved with the Calgary & District Target Shooters Association and could often be found volunteering his time officiating Thursday night events, or maintaining the sites. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family and the riding and shooting communities of Western Canada. Dick leaves behind his loving wife Noreen Heffernan; his son Jason (Sarah Gammie), and beautiful granddaughter Isla; he is also survived by his mother Irene Arsenault Boyer; his sisters Claudette Boyer (Andre Plouffe) and Linda Boyer (Ron Boutin), and a nephew and niece. He is predeceased by his father, J.C. (Chuck) Boyer.

HERGET, Howard Vernon (Vern) - Born 04 Nov 1945, Moosejaw, SK. Passed away away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, Calgary, AB, at the age of 72 years. Vern attended Notre Dame and then joined the Canadian Navy. After the navy, as a natural salesman and entrepreneur Vern was involved in numerous companies, most prominently - Complete Beauty Supply. Vern moved to Calgary where he operated and ran Complete Beauty Supply until he retired 2010. Since his retirement Vern stayed busy by starting the John 15 foundation which is a charitable organization aimed at supporting single mothers. Vern was also an avid golfer and investor. Vern is survived by a brother, Ralph Herget of Winnipeg, MB, a son, David Ortt of Ottawa, ON, and daughter, Chandler Herget of Edmonton, AB. He also has two grandchildren, William and Tessa. A Service of Remembrance will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Deerfoot South, 12281 - 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. If friends or family so desire memorial donations (with a tax receipt) may be made John 15 foundation, 71 Tusslewood View N.W., Calgary AB, T3L 2Y4. 


HICKLING, David Lawrence (13 Aug 1926 - 18 Sep 2017). Born in Climax, Sk, late of Didsbury, AB. Passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the age of 91 years. David joined the military in 1943, serving until his retirement. He was a long time member with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where he served as many different chairs before becoming a Provincial President. David is survived by his son David; his daughter Sue; his grandchildren; and his companion of thirty-seven years Esther and her family. David was predeceased by his daughter Peggy; four brothers; and three sisters. Funeral Services will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles (9303 5th Street S.E.) on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with the Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Police Foundation for Children, 5111 - 47 Street NE (LC 987), Calgary, AB, T3J 3R2

KOWATCH, Kenneth Kirk (05 Oct 1949 - 18 Dec 2017) - of Calgary, AB, passed away on December 18, 2017 at the age of 68 years. Ken was born in Calgary as the sixth of ten children to Anne Marie and John Kowatch. He left home at a young age and served for our country in the navy for 4 years where he was stationed in Asia. He lived in Victoria for many years of his life. Ken never had any children of his own; however, was a great uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He passed away peacefully with his family beside him. He is survived by his brothers Reg, Jim, and Dale; his sisters Phyliss, Kathy, and Gail along with their spouses and children. Ken was predeceased by his brothers Garry, and Danny and his sister Brenda. With respect to Ken's wishes no funeral services will be held.

MOORHEAD, William James Alfred (Bill) (27 Mqay 1926 - 27 Nov 2017) - Born in Moose Jaw, SK. Beloved husband of Evelyn (nee Bakke) of Calgary, AB, passed away on November 27, 2017 at the age of 91 years. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II on the Uganda in the North Atlantic. He spent thirty-four years as a Shipper with Consolidated Concrete. Bill had several hobbies, including, curling and playing golf, which he did until he was ninety years old and received several trophies which he was very proud of. He loved spending his time reading books, doing crossword puzzles, watching NCIS and receiving lots of love and kisses from his grand dogs. Bill will be forever remembered for his funny, wise and wonderful personality. Besides his loving wife, Evelyn of forty-nine years, Bill is survived by his son and daughter, Kyle and Kari Moorhead of Calgary; his sister Mae Long of Regina, SK; sister-in-law, Christine Ramsey of Calgary; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and his sweet grand dogs, Cookie and Maggie.




BROWN, Helen Tanyss (nee Atkinson), WRCNS (22 Feb 1920 - 22 Feb 2018) - of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2018 on her 98th birthday. Helen was born in Islay, Alberta and was the eldest of eight children of Jeremiah and Martha Atkinson. Helen proudly served her country as a WREN during WWII and was stationed at HMCS Cornwallis in Halifax, where she met her husband. Frank fell in love with Helen the first time they met in a movie theater in Digby, NS. Soon after the war, they married in Vancouver, BC before settling in Turner Valley, and eventually moving to Calgary where they raised five children and two grandchildren together during their fifty-seven years of marriage. Everything she did from having a family to hosting events and philanthropy work, were flawlessly executed to the highest standards. Helen always aspired to achieve the utmost; she had impeccable taste and carried herself with grace and pride every day. Without even knowing, she was a role model for so many people around her, inspiring them to be better and go further. She had an adventurous spirit and was fearless, learning late in life to water ski, downhill ski and even sky dive. Helen was a past Queen of the Daughters of the Nile Sakkara temple no. 115, and past worthy matron of the Eastern Star, in addition to her service to St. John Ambulance (OStJ) and many other organizations in her community. Helen is survived by her children and their spouses, D'Arcy and Pam, Murray and Michele, Russell and Randy and Lydia; grandchildren, Marcia (Shawn), Colin (Tanis), Stephanie (Travis), Nicolas (WeiYi), and Trevor; seven great-grandchildren; and by her sisters, Grace, Beryl and Muriel. She was an extraordinary woman who will live in our hearts and memories forever. She was predeceased by her loving husband Frank (2001); her beloved son Jay (2014); and only daughter Patricia (2017). A Memorial Service will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Fish Creek in the Reception Centre, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to St. John Ambulance, Calgary Ambassador Unit, 7236 10 St. N.E., Calgary AB. T2E 8X3. The family would like to thank all the staff at Carewest Sarcee for always taking care of her with respect and dignity. In living memory of Helen Brown, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


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SPICKETT, Ronald John (Gyo-zo) - Born April 11, 1926, Regina, SK. Of  Calgary passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the age of 92 years. Gyo-zo lived a rich and unique life. His experiences were vast and any attempt to summarize will be incomplete. Gyo-zo was a child of the depression, a crewman on the HMCS New Waterford during WWII, a gifted artist, a family man, a mentor and Buddhist lay-priest. Gyo-zo would use the expression "grubbing at the roots" when describing his efforts to start a family in the 1950's. His work ethic and imagination gained him success in the three decades following. Until the early 1980's Gyo-zo taught drawing, worked on commissions or retreated to his studio where he produced a remarkable body of work. During his tenures at the Alberta College of Art and University of Calgary, Gyo-zo helped to inspire many young artists. Gyo-zo's phrase "respect the space" may resonate with a few. Gyo-zo's artistic talents were not limited to visual arts. He has left us with wonderful writings, the odd piece of furniture, homemade bells and he spent some of the 1990's at a keyboard creating music. Gyo-zo returned to drawing and especially collage in the early 2000's until failing eyesight put an end to those efforts. Gyo-zo's immersion into Zen Buddhism may ultimately define him. The dharma name Gyo-zo means "everything done is with the practice". He lived true to his name and for more than sixty years dedicated himself to Zen meditation. Gyo-zo was loving, understanding, always at peace and he provided an opportunity for others to touch a true Buddha heart. While living a quiet life, Gyo-zo attracted people who were themselves open-hearted. Gyo-zo's dharma daughters: Hansha, Okori, Sora, Tori and Kaji are deserving of special thanks from the family. In his later years especially, these five people helped Gyo-zo with their individual unique personalities while all exemplifying a Buddha heart of their own. Gyo-zo is survived by his three sons and one daughter-in-law, Ron, Rick and Rae and Leeanne; his two grandsons, Rory and Ryan (Christine); and a great-grandson Ryker. He was predeceased by his wife Anna Barbara in 2003. Our father and mentor will remain with all of us as a warm source of peace and guidance.


HMCS NEW WATERFORD -Served in New Waterford during the Second World War

CAMERON, Allen, P1CK - Born 1933  Died 2018 age 84. (The Bulletin - Apr 2018 - Esquimalt C&POs Association)



PAQUIN, Joscelyn Joseph (Papa Joe) - of Wellington formerly East Angus, Quebec, passed away suddenly on May 18, 2018. Joe spent 25 years in the Canadian Navy as a diver. His career began at HMCS Granby. He later traveled with his family to Toulon, France for a 3 year deployment. He was awarded recognition for the deepest recorded dive of 260 meters. Joe was an avid gardener, he loved the outdoors, growing grapes for wine making and his fruit and vegetable gardens. Along with his love for the water and gardening he was a skilled wood worker and jack of all trades. Joe loved hockey, was an avid Habs fan and patiently waited for their 25th win of the Stanley Cup. He will be sadly missed by the WING GANG, a weekly tradition. Joe is survived by his wife Joyce of 55 years; his children, Pierre, Monique, Jackie and Marc; also survived by his brother, Jean and sister, Maude (Ives) Tessier from East Angus; brother in law, Raymond. Papa Joe was very proud of his grandchildren, Jonathan, Chris, Ashley, Deanna, Marcel and Desireè. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Alfred and his mother, Annette (Inolet); brother, Michel and sister Lisandra; sister-in-law, Nicole. A celebration of Joe's life will take place Sunday May 27, 2018 from 2-4 at the Wellington Fire Hall. All welcome. Family flowers only. Donations in Papa Joe's memory to a charity of your choice.




Note: Joe qualified as a Clearance Diver serving in HMCS Granby (1st) and later served in HMCS Granby (2nd).

LeBLANC, George William - Sydney Mines. With the heaviest of hearts, we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our dear father and poppy George William LeBlanc, 84, of Sydney Mines on May 19, 2018, surrounded by his adoring family at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. George was born on June 17, 1933 in Florence to the late Alexander and Lillian (Jessome) LeBlanc. At an early age, Dad served for several years in the Navy. A Naval Vet and also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 83 in Florence for 62 years. Dad started working at the Princess Colliery in 1951, then on to Prince Mine where he retired in 1989, after 38 years of service. Black Rock was Dad’s favorite spot and second home. It was where he spent his summers, and even more time after retirement with Mom, always surrounded by family and friends. A true Boston Bruins fan, he lived for hockey. He spent many years at the rinks with his grandsons during their minor hockey years and was a number one ticket seller. For the past 7 years, Dad dedicated his life to his loving wife Margaret at the Northside Guest Home. His countless visits with Mom not only brightened her days but also the days of the residents and staff. He will be missed by so many. George is survived by his wife of 61 years and love of his life Margaret (Dalton). Also left with broken hearts are his six children Harvey (Joanne), Rhonda (Earl), Sandy (Lynn), Sheila (Donnie), George Jr and Shannon (Wally). His grandchildren whom he adored, Adam, Courtney, Jean-Marc, Catherine, Joey (Taylor), Mark (Rebecca), Stephen (Jill), Brittany (Steven), Marshall (Heather-Lee), and Justin. His great grandchildren Ryen, Grayson, Lochlan George, Everette, Cailyn, and Navaeh. Also left to mourn are his brothers and sisters Margarette, Juanita, Elaine, Mae (John), Louis (Marilyn), Purvis (Sylvia), Danny (Pat), Dougie (Shirley), and Gary. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by siblings Ben, Helen, Rosella, Clarence, Sister Marie, Steven, Ambrose, and Richard. Visitation for the late George William LeBlanc will be held on Thursday May 24th, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held on Friday at 10 am in Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. JJ MacDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dad’s memory to the Northside Community Guest Home. “A true Father and Poppy, his untiring love and devotion to his family will never be forgotten”


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