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Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

COLLIER, Chesley, AB, A1275, RCNR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 03 Sep 1908 husband of Ethel May Collier, Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

COLLIN, Joseph Adelard Jean Louis, Stoker, V3686, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 01 Jun 1915 son of Helene Collin, Québec City, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

LITTLEFAIR, John Munro, Cdr (MARE), RCN / C.A.F. - It’s with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Munro Littlefair in the early hours of Sunday August 5, 2018 at the age of 83 in the Annapolis Royal Community Health Centre, where he had been admitted after suffering a heart attack at home. Born July 22, 1935 in Toronto, ON, the son of the late John Stuart Littlefair and Dorothy Winifred Munro, beloved and cherished husband of 55 years of Elcie (nee Haliburton), he was predeceased by his brother William and survived by his sister Anne. Devoted and much loved father of Sandra Nadine Millet (Edward) and Gregory John Littlefair (Angela). Proud and greatly cherished grandfather of Samantha, Gavin, Clair, Spencer and Danielle. John proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy for 35 years, as a Marine Engineer. His career began at HMCS Venture, Victoria BC where he graduated as a naval engineer from VENTURE, class of 56. He then went on to RNEC Manadon College in Plymouth, England, where he sharpen his skills as an engineer. He served on several naval ships, seeing some tense moments during the Cuban missile crisis, and also spent time at National Defence Head Quarters, Ottawa. John was posted to England a few times throughout the course of his career. Besides studying in Plymouth, he also attended the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England. He and his family particularly enjoyed his last posting to London, England where John served as the Canadian Forces Assistant Naval Attache, at the Canadian High Commission London. At 50 he ran the London Marathon with his son. John finished his career back in Victoria, at HMCS dockyard and while there earned his parachute wings on the jump course in Edmonton. Both his grandsons have followed in his footsteps and have also received their parachute wings. In retirement John continued to keep busy, enrolling in various college courses learning everything from woodworking to financial planning. He used his new skills to finish his cottage and build his and Elcie’s beautiful oceanfront home. John continued to be fit and active throughout his life and always found interesting activities and events for his kids and grand kids to join him in. He, and the love of his life, Elcie, also enjoyed travelling the world and completed many marvelous adventures and cruises. His family joined them on several memorable trips. He was the treasurer of the Good Neighbours club and an active member in his community. John had a keen mind, and a good sense of humour. Being around him was never boring. His enthusiasm for life and sense of adventure will be sorely missed. A funeral is being planned at New St Edward’s Anglican Church, Highway 1, Clementsport, Saturday August 18, 2018 at 2:00pm with a reception to follow after at the Royal Canadian Legion #221 Clementsport.

 

Portrait of Midshipman Littlefair

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

BROWN, Earl Allen - Passed away peacefully at age 92, after a brief illness, on August 1, 2018. Born in Stouffville, Ont., Earl was predeceased by brothers, Bill (Aline), Jack (May) and Mike (Betty). Earl proudly served his country during the Second World War, first briefly with the Merchant Navy and then enlisting with the Royal Canadian Navy. The end of the war found Earl serving aboard the minesweeper, Gaspe in Halifax Harbour and it was in Dartmouth that he met his wife of 66 years, Shirley (deceased). Earl was also predeceased by son, Michael; and leaves behind sons, Jim (Gail) and Peter (Carolyn) of Dartmouth; and daughter, Elizabeth of Ottawa. Earl was very proud of his grandchildren, Morgan, Joseph, Anna and Livia. Earl was a machinist for 64 years and was owner-operator of Earl A. Brown Machine Shop and the latter half of his career found his son, Peter following in his footsteps and working alongside him and eventually taking over the business. Earl was the treasurer for, and member of, the Trecothic Creek and Windsor Railway club for many years. Earl made many great friends at the club and he enjoyed greeting visitors as they arrived from his post at "Earl's Court". Earl spent his final years in Shannex Parkland in Dartmouth where he knew everyone by name and always had a joke or easy smile for anyone he met. He was independent until the very end, always backing his car into his parking space. Earl will be sorely missed. A celebration of life will be held for Earl in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Saturday, August 11th from 1-4 p.m.

 

HMCS GASPE

GANNON, Donald R., PO.QR, V10256, RCNVR (served 27 Mar 1939 - Jun 1945) - On Tuesday, October 12th, 1999, Donald R. Gannon, late of Regina, SK, passed away at the age of 78 years. Predeceased by his father, Daniel; mother, Eva; brother, Clarence; and granddaughter, Paula Morey; Don is survived by his wife, Anne of 55 years; daughters, Barb Gannon and Pat (leonard) Wellings; grandchildren, Gary (Eleanor), Shawna, Andy and Laurie; and great-grandchild, Jesse. Don was born on July 19, 1921. He grew up in Regina attending Holy Rosary School and Balfour Collegiate. When W.W.II broke out, he was called to serve. He served the entire six years with the Royal Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer then returned home and worked for Cockshutt Plow, Simpson Hardware, Sherwood Co-op, Ashdown's and as a real estate agent. When Don retired from Sherwood Co-op he then worked as a Canadian Corps Commissionaire. Don devoted many hours to his garden and home. His main interests were the Sask. Gun Collector's Assoc., Wascana Pistol Club where he was a safety instructor and range officer and St. John's United Church. Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 15, 1999 at 2:00 P.M. in the Helmsing Funeral Chapel, 2210 College Ave., Regina, SK with Rev. Walter Logan officiating. A private family interment will be held at the Regina Cemetery. Flowers most gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations to the Regina Association for Community Living, 205-2361-28th Ave, Regina, SK or to a charity of one's choice.

GREENLEES, C. Al, P1ER, 8276-E, RCN - Died 21 Oct 1999

GALLO, David Allen, CPO1, Sup Tech, 35130-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 29 Jul 1955 - 04 Aug 1990) - born in Winnipeg, MB, May 13, 1997, died December 27, 1999 at home in Victoria. Dave is survived by his wife Sharon; two sons, Michael of Nanaimo, BC and Greg (Rebecca) of Paris, France; and newly born first grandson Max. Also surviving are father Michael; brother Michael; and nephew John Gallo; mother-in-law Jessie Smith, sister-in-law Heather Smith. Memorial service will be held in First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Dr, Victoria, BC on Monday, January 3 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hospice are appreciated.

GRANLIN, Deryck Keith, C2ET - passed away on February 3, 2001 at Greenwoods, Salt Spring Island at the age of 81 years. He spent many years in the Navy then later with RC Ferries. Predeceased by his first wife Nahlin in 1979. Deryck is lovingly remembered by his wife Sandra and her daughters, Jamie and Candy, his sons, Marc (Reene) David and Ian; grandchildren Ingrid and Paul. No service at Deryck's request. His remains to be scattered at sea.

GARDNER, Martin B. (Doc). C1MA, 40549-E, RCN (served 13 Aug 1938 - 12 Aug 1963) - born July 12, 1914 in Killaly, SK, passed away peacefully at home March 8, 2001. He leaves to mourn Anne, his loving wife of 60 years; sons, Ken and John (Kathy) of Campbell River, BC; daughters, Kathy Iannarelli (Joe) of Victoria, BC, Mary Wanlass (Mark) , of Los Altos, Calif; also 7 much loved grandchildren, Teresa (Ramiro) of Victoria, BC, Sheri (Chad), of Kelowna, BC, Jocelyn and Robyn, of Kitimat, BC; Brianna, Hans and Ken of Los Altos, Calif; great granddaughter, Brenna of Kitimat, BC. Martin enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1938; serving in the sick bay aboard the Warrior, Ontario, Margaree and Ottawa. In addition, he was an instructor in the medical branch at Naden. Retiring in 1964 as Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, followed by a stint as the 1st civilian employee on the Victoria City Police Station switchboard. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the dedicated, compassionate team members of the Esquimalt Paramedics and Fire/Police in their incredible emergency response. At Martin's request there will be no formal service. A celebration of Martin's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Martin's memory. "Remember that when we leave this earth, we can take with us nothing that we have received - onl what we have given - a heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage." - St. Francis of Assissi

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS OTTAWA

 

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FORBES, Robert, Royal Navy - Born 25 Oct 1887, Aberdeen, Scotland. Died 28 Jan 1942, Aberdeen, Scotland.  Robert joined the Royal Navy on 22 Apr 1915 and was discharge 21 Mar 1919. During the war, Robert served in HMCS Niobe and considered immigrating to Canada, but after the war decided to return to Scotland.

 

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(1) Robert Forbes, Canada, 1917    (2) Service documents for Robert Forbes

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HMCS NIOBE

BERTUZZI, Peo (Bert), CPO - from Sudbury, Ontario. Born 1920  Died 2001.  Bert and his future brother-in-law, Armand Ferroni, both served in HMCS Victoriaville during WW2.  After the war Bert married Armand's sister.

 

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HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

FERRONI, Armand - from Hamilton, Ontario.  Born 1924  Died 1979.  Armand and his future brother-in-law, Peo (Bert) Bertuzzi, both served in HMCS Victoriaville during WW2.  After the war Armand was best man at the wedding of his sister to Bert Bertuzzi.

 

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HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

CONNOLLY, Richard Joseph, Leading Stoker, V25107, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 10 Mar 1918 brother of Harold Connolly, of Halifax, NS.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

COOMER, Frederick William, AB, V22886, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 28 Nov 1919 son of Frederick W. and May Mary Coomer, Toronto, ON.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

COOPPER, Ewart Beaumont, LS Submarine Detector, V18165, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 12 Nov 1921 son of Wilfrid Ewart and Gwenyth Coopper, Sunbury, ON.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

COUSINEAU, Lionel, Stoker 1c, V4447, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 18 Jun 1918 son of Henri and Rosa Cousineau, Pont Viau, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

CRAWFORD, Gordon Ralph, PO, V14333, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 28 Nov 1906 son of Daniel T. and of Jean Crawford, Calgary, AB; husband of of Doris Margaret Belle (nee Sherlock) Crawford and step father of Shirley Grace, of Vancouver, BC. Brother of Frances, Frank, Kenneth and Wilfred.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

CREANEY, Thomas, AB, V5490, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 18 Jan 1920 son of Stephen Creaney, and of Rose Creaney, Montréal, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

CRESSEY, Harold Franklin Signalman, V22573, RCNVR MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 06 Apr 1919 son of Herbert Louis and Minnie Mae Cressey, Toronto, ON.

 

Newspaper article on the death of Signalman Cressey

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

CUDMORE, Alfred, AB, V1422, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 26 Apr 1922 son of Harold and Lois Cudmore; husband of Alice L. Cudmore, all of Charlottetown, PEI.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

CULLIFORD, Doyle Ingram, Sto 1c, V8846, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born19 Oct 1919 son of Walter Ingram and Clarabelle Culliford, Delhi, ON.

 

Newspaper article on the death of Stoker Culliford

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

GRAY, Ed. W, P1NS, 9971-E, RCN (served 04 Dec 1948 - 30 Jun 1972) - of Langley, BC.  Born 17 Mar 1929  Died 22 Sep 1997

GROTKE, George Wilfred, V16029, RCNVR / C1ER 23118-E, RCN (served 09 Sep 1939 - 14 May 1969) - passed away with his loving family by his side on the evening of Friday, February 20, 1998. George Grotke, dearly beloved husband of Laura. Loving father of Carole (Alan). Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Devon and Alan Jr. Devoted stepfather to Linda (Leslee) Carol (Kimmo), Janine (Rusty) and Michelle (Greg) and their children Michael (Penny), Andrea, Jennifer, Denise, Deanne, Natalie, Cory, Nicole, Calee, Chantelle and Jessica. George will sadly be missed by his sisters, Evelyn Margarit and Dorothy Chambers-Stott and his brother, Henry (Clara) and many nieces and nephews. Service of remembrance will be held at Our Lady of the Sea R.C. Church, Belmont Park, Colwood, on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m., Fr. D. Plamondon officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations to the BC Lung Association, 2675 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC would be appreciated.

GARDNER, Ernest James, P1ER, 22479-H, RCN (served 31 Oct 1945 - Jun 1962) - Born November 15, 1918, passed away on March 24, 1998, at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 70 years. Ernest was born on November 4, 1927, in Victoria. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie; son, Barry; step-daughter, Jo-Anne; brother, Fred (Betty); six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, from the Chapel of Haywards, Thomson & Irving Funeral Home, with the archdeacon T. Greenhalgh officiating. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers are most gratefully declined; friends so wishing may make a donation to the BC Lung Association or to a charity of their choice.

GAULT, Thomas (Tom), L/Writer, V38503, RCNVR (served 15 May 1942 - 08 Feb 1946) - of 624 Oxford St W., Moose Jaw passed peacefully following a brief illness. Tom was born December 24, 1917 in Moose Jaw. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Following the war, he was employed with the CPR and later as a court reporter for the Magistrate's Court. An accomplished penman, Tom achieved his Master Penman Accreditation. He shared his talents with many people and organizations. Tom was Past Master of the Doric Lodge and Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Mizpah Chapter. Predeceased by his brother, Bill, Tom is survived by his loving wife, Hazel, son, Gordon (Connie) and their sons: Dylan and Brennan. He is also survived by his brother, Art (Joey) - Newmarket, Ont., and their daughters: Lynne and Joeen and son, Jimmy, and by his niece, Janice and nephew, Bill. A celebration service of Tom's life will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 558 Hochelaga St. E., Moose Jaw on Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at 1:30 pm. Reverent Don Shepherd, Rector, will officiate, assisted by Reverent David Holmes. Flowers most gratefully declined. Those wishing to make a donation to the St. Barnabas Anglican Church Memorial Fund.

GOTELL, John George, CPO.GM, A638, RCNR (serve3d 28 Feb 1941 - 21 Nov 1945) - of Delta, BC. Born 06 Aug 1918 Died 18 May 1998

GRAHAM, James R. (Tiny), P1FC, 33347-E, RCN (enlisted 12 Jul 1955) - passed away suddenly at the Victoria General Hospital on October 29, 1998 at the age of 61 years. Papa is survived by his loving wife, Gladys; his daughter, Eva (Richard) Herbert; his son, John; his adored granddaughters: Cassandra and Sara; cousin, Randi (Bob) Phiefer; his brother, Don (Shirley); and many other family and friends, including his buddy Sixx. Memorial service will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Dr, Victoria on Friday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary.

DORAN, Patrick Dixon, Sto 1c, V2844, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 16 May 1923 son of Arthur and Beatrice C. Doran, Newcastle, NB.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

DOUGLAS, Albert, AB, V9393, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 26 Mar 1914 son of John and Elizabeth Douglas, Keewatin, ON; husband of Alma Irene Douglas, Carlyle, SK.

 

Able Seaman Albert Douglas, Service No. V9393 R.C.N.V.R., 27, who was reported missing, believed killed, following the sinking of the Canadian destroyer Ottawa, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Douglas, Keewatin, Ontario. Until recently they resided at 346 Carlton Street, Winnipeg. His wife, the former Alma Beatty, of Carlyle, Sask., is living in Halifax. Able Seaman Douglas was born in Montréal, came to Winnipeg with his parents as a two year old son and received his education at Hugh John Macdonald School. He was employed by the B-A Oil Company prior to his enlistment in April, 1941. The following September he was posted to Halifax, and for the past eight months has been on convoy duty. He has three brothers and one sister: George, who is serving in the American army; James, in Philadelphia, and John and Mrs. W. Allan, in Winnipeg.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

DUGUAY, Henri Robert, Cook (S), V4361, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 23 Sep 1918 son of Harry and Marie Duguay, Riviere du Loup, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

GLASGOW, Charles Edmund, AB, V5909, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 31 Jul 1921 son of William and Lucy Glasgow, Verdun, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HARKER, James Sharp, L/Tel, V30011, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 06 Sep 1920 son of James Ernest and Ann Hodge Harker, Victoria, BC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HARRIS, Carl Norman, OS, V335, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born of William Stephen and Mary Harris, Halifax, NS.

 

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GARDINER, Kenneth John, C2HT, RCN / C.A.F. - passed away peacefully on March 24, 2002, in Owen Sound, ON. Predeceaseed by his parents Hugh and Ola, brother Jim, and sister-in-law Isabel Aplin. Survived by his wife Linda (nee Hyland), daughters Vicki (dave), Joanne and Karen (John), son David, and his mother-in-law, Margaret Shrimpton; missed by grandchildren Niki, Karl, Sean, Jared, Kate and Daniel; brothers Naurice and Gary, and sister Anne, all of Ontario; also numerous nieces and nephews. Ken served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and owned Anchor Marina for seven years in Cowichan Bay, B.C. In lieu of Flowers contributions may be made to Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, 3045 Gibbons Road, Duncan, BC.

GUNN, Ronald William, C2ST, RCN / C.A.F. - of Halifax, NS - Born 02 Sep 1936  Died 19 May 2002

GRIFFEY, William Edgar (Bill), P2PW, RCN - of Sidney, BC passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on August 22, 2002. Bill was born, March 30, 1934 at Granum, AB. He received his education at the Granum School. He worked for Alberta Treasury Branches, served in the Canadian Navy and was employed by BC Ferries for 31 years, retiring in 1997. Bill is survived by Catherine, his wife of 45 years; his children, Shane (Joanne), Wade (maria), Pamela (Wayne) Potts, Warren (Elaine, Sandra (Paul) Bergeron, Debbie (David) Fairweather, 18 grandchildren and a sister, Mildred Jorgenson of Lethbridge, AB. He was predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Leola Griffey and a sister, Dorraine. No funeral by request.

GARDINER, Alexander, Sr., CPO2 EA 2c, V30577, RCNVR (served 01 Jul 40 - 12 Oct 1945) - passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 31st, 2002. He was the youngest child of Alexander and Agnes who emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1914, and he was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 20, 1915, and moved with his family to Victoria in 1916. Alex was predeceased by his first wife, Evelyn, in 1967; sisters, Agnes, Janet, Lena, Kathleen; brothers, John and George, Alex is survived by his loving wife Frances; son Alex (Diane), daughters Kathie (Larry) and Barbara; stepson, Doug' granddaughters Kara and Lindsay; his extended family Lana, Brian, Parker, Liam, Roberta, Melissa, Darren, Sheryl, Griffin, Emerson, Avery and numerous nieces and nephews. Alex served n the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII from July 1, 1940 to October 12, 1945. He worked as an electrician and electrical planner at HMC Dockyard and, after his retirement, he worked for the Victoria Parks Department. Alex and Fran spent many enjoyable and memorable years as members of the Lake Hill Lawn Bowling Club. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Keir MacMillan for his continual support; the staff at the Parkwood Care Centre for their care and compassion during Alex's residence. Donations may be made in Alex's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.

HENDRY, George Ainslie, M.I.D., Surg/Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 04 Feb 1911 son of William B. Hendry, and of Elizabeth Hendry, Toronto, ON; husband of Jean Isobel Hendry, Calgary, AB.

 

Surgeon Lieutenant George Ainslie Hendry was involved in two major operations which he performed aboard a plunging destroyer at sea, followed by four days and nights without sleep attending to his patients. This dedication cost the life of Surgeon Lieutenant Hendry of Toronto. He was the medical officer aboard H.M.C.S. Ottawa., which was torpedoed in the battle of the Atlantic with the loss of two-thirds of her crew. "If I had to name a hero of that battle we had out there" said Lieut. Dunn Lantier of Montréal rescued officer of H.M.C.S. Ottawa. "I would put Dr. Henry alongside our commander, Larry Rutherford. Both of them had been without sleep for four days and nights before we were torpedoed - Larry commanding his ship in a running battle with German Submarine, Hendry working like a Trojan on two cases he would have been lucky to save if he had a city hospital's facilities at his disposal. When the time came to save themselves there in the water hanging on to rafts, they just had nothing left. They slipped away before the rescue vessels could reach us."

 

M.I.D. Citation:  HENDRY, George Ainslie, Surgeon Lieutenant (Posthumous) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Ottawa - Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1943. "Whilst serving in one of HMC Destroyers (HMCS Ottawa) in the North Atlantic, the late Surgeon Lieutenant G.A. Hendry performed outstanding surgical work aboard his ship, and displayed at all times the most commendable devotion to duty."

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HENRY, Robert, AB, V7609, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 11 Apr 1921 son of John and Minnie Henry, Toronto, ON.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HICKEY, John Chelsey, AB, A4613, RCNR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 09 Sep 1916 son of John and Madeline Hickey, North Sydney, NS.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HOCKLEY, John Wood, Steward, X41056, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 16 Feb 1892 of George and Emma Hockley; husbnad of Katherine A. Hockley, Montréal, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HOLMES, Earl Ira, AB, 4066, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 11 Jul 1923 son of Ira Layton and Esther Lorinda Holmes, Swift Current, SK.

 

Able Seaman Earl Ira Holmes was the son of Ira Layton and Esther Lorinda Holmes later of Saskatoon. Earl was born at Swift Current and educated at Fox school, Waldeck, and Swift Current collegiate. He enlisted on November 18, 1940 as a boy seaman at Esquimalt, British Columbia. A younger brother Owen lives at home, he also has two sisters.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HOWARD, Frederick Chaffer, Tel, 3774, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 17 Feb 1923 son of William Chaffer and Gertrude Maud Howard, Winnipeg, MB.

 

Telegraphist Frederick Chaffer Howard, Service No. 3774, R.C.N., 19 years old. Son of William Chaffer Howard and Gertrude Maud Howard, of 205 Lenore Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Born in Burnley Lancashire, he immigrated to Canada with his parents. He was educated at Daniel Macintyre Collegiate. He was active in sports and played hockey for church teams. He enlisted in the Navy in Sep 1940.

 

Article on the death of Telegraphist Howard

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

KOSTENKO, Nicholas, Tel, 4677, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Apr 1923 son of Tony and Minnie Kostenko, Clair, SK.

 

Nicholas was attending high school in Saskatoon when he enlisted on July 15, 1941 at Saskatoon, SK.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

HOUGHTON, David Harvey, Ordinary Signalman, V27568, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 17 Dec 1920 son of William Archibald and Eva P. Houghton, Toronto, ON.

 

 

Ordinary Signalman David Harvey Houghton enlisted in the R.C.N. in June, 1940. He trained at St. Hyacinthe and Toronto, and H.M.C.S. Ottawa was his first ship. He was born in Toronto and attended Danforth Park School and East York collegiate. He was a salesman at the time of his enlistment. His wedding to Miss Frances Fraser, Randolph Road, Leaside, was planned for next month. Signalman Houghton son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Houghton, Highbourne Road and has three sisters, Eva, Violet and Margaret, and one brother, Wilfred, all of Toronto. Ordinary Signalman Houghton wrote home stating, "It's been pretty exciting out here and believe me, the Germans are not having the best of it", who told of Atlantic action in a letter home.

 

Newspaper article on the death of Signalman Houghton

 

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HUNT, William Edward Davis, Sto 1c, V11819, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 09 Apr 1918 son of Robert James and Delma Grace Hunt; spouse of Gladys Mildred Hunt, all of Saskatoon, SK.

 

Stoker William Edward Davis (Bill) Hunt of Saskatoon was the only child of Robert James and Delma Grace Hunt and left a wife Gladys Mildred at Saskatoon. Bill was working as an elevator operator for a real estate firm when he enlisted on August 19, 1941 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

 

Article on the death of Stoker Hunt

 

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LABONTE, Ernest, Sto 1c, V4391, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 20 Apr 1917 son of Treffle and Philomene Labonte, of Montreal, Province of QC.

 

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LEROY, Charles Edgar, AB, V19286, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 25 Aug 1922 son of Walter Kirk, and of Katherine Leroy, Toronto, ON.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

DOOLEY, James Samuel (Jim) - age 67, of Brooklyn, Hants Co., passed away peace-fully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax, surround-ed by his loving family and treasured friends, listening to his favourite Newfoundland songs. Born December 1, 1951 in Plate Cove East, N.L., he was the son of late John Thomas and Elizabeth Jane (Barker) Dooley. Jim was a veteran of the Canadian Navy and a proud sailor on the Athabaskan (282). After the Navy he went to work for Hefler's Mill. He loved sports, fishing, birdwatching, anything to do with nature and he enjoyed the great outdoors. Jim adored the love of his life Debbie, his daughters and grandchildren. He loved his family and it was very hard for him to say goodbye. Until we see you again; Jimmy Sammy..... Fly High. Jim is survived by his wife, the former Deborah Justason; daughters, Erin Dooley (Daniel Tonge), Dartmouth; Meaghan Dooley (Matthew Fowlie), Sackville; grandchildren, Emma and Samuel Fowlie; brothers, John (Delores) Dooley, St. John's, N.L.; Edward (Dioni) Dooley, Kingston, Ont.; Sean (Judy) Dooley, St. John's, N.L.; sisters, Sandra Vellone, Kingston, Ont.; Elizabeth (Bob) Haggett, Roberts Arm, N.L.; Shirley (Harv) Hiscock, Champense, N.L.; Sharmaine (Art) Pinsent, Dildo, N.L.; , Beverley Dooley (Danny Daniels) Whitby, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Samuel James; and brother-in-law, Frank Vellone. Cremation has taken place under the care of Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King St., P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0. "Come celebrate Jim's life at the Dooley homestead (5 Chalet Cres., Brooklyn) on Saturday, August 18th, at 3 p.m. Bring your great memories of Jim, any adult beverages you might enjoy and lawn chairs for your comfort". Burial will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Renal Dialysis Unit at the VG Site, QEII, Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9. To have a donation card placed, please call Lindsay's (902~798~2232).

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

CLARKE, John Walter - Loved and never forgotten - John Walter Clarke of Lakefield, ON, in his 88th year, on Friday, August 3, 2018 at PRHC. John was an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1952-1957 aboard the HMCS Magnificent. He later served as a dedicated firefighter for the City of Scarborough for 25 years. John is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Cottrell) of 65 years; his three children Jennifer, Jeffrey and Sarah Collinson (John) and his grandchildren, Jessica, Rebecca and Benjamin. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. In his memory, his family requests donations be made to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. (Toronto Star 11 Aug 2018)

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

LANE, Robert Mack (Bob) (14 Oct 1921 - 15 Jul 2018) -  Dr. Robert Lane - Born in Victoria, the only child of Eldon and Myrtle (Mack) Lane, and dying peacefully at Parkwood Court, his home for the last two years, Bob was predeceased by his wife of seventy years, Laura Kathleen (Cameron) Lane ("Kay") and his grandson Colin Sands McInnes. He is survived by his five children Ken (Julia), Mary Hughes (Bob), Susan McInnes (David), Bill, and Sandy (Julie), nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. After two years at Victoria College he studied medicine at McGill University, receiving his MD in 1944. He served first with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and then with the Royal Canadian Navy. After the war he earned a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto, and in 1950 undertook postgraduate studies in internal medicine at Queen's University. In 1953 he was appointed director of the Victoria and Island Chest Clinic, a position he held until his retirement in 1982. He is a past president of the British Columbia Medical Association, the British Columbia Society of Internal Medicine, and the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Wartime conditions saw Bob and his classmates entering medical school without completing a bachelor's degree. He corrected this by returning to University of Victoria (successor to Victoria College) and completing two BA's. He is a past president of the university's Alumni Association, and with his wife endowed the Bob and Kay Lane Graduate Scholarship in demography. Bob's family will honour him at a celebration of life in September. They thank Dr. Gary Nielsen, and the staff of Douglas House, of Parkwood Court, and of Wendy's Support Services, for the care given to Bob. (Victoria Times Colonist 10 Aug 2018)

LUNN, Vinetta Mary (nee Burke), WRCNS (23 Oct 1917 - 03 Aug 2018) - At 100 years in Montreal. Predeceased by her husband Hugh Lunn in 2011. She leaves her children Bridget, Anthony and Sarah, grandchildren Naomi, Isabelle, Anne-Mathilde, Catherine and Sebastian, and 4 great-grandchildren. Also her niece Roberta Young of Barrie and many Lunn nieces and nephews. Vinetta was born in Toronto to Anne Purtle (born of Irish parents from Galway and Cashel) and Gerald Burke (born in Joggins NS of Acadian parents). She attended Loretto College and St. Michael’s College (U of T) graduating with a BA in 1938. During the war she worked in Ottawa and Vancouver on government war effort jobs, then joined the Navy as a WREN. Posts included Halifax and Cornwallis NS and England where she worked in London until the end of the war and where her future husband was in the RCAF. All her life, she kept in touch with her many friends in the Navy. After the war Vinetta and Hugh married in Vancouver, had three children and moved frequently back and forth from Canada to Europe, including Vancouver, Montreal, Chicoutimi, Isle of Wight (England), Guernsey, Brussels and Zweibrucken (Germany). Settling in Ottawa in 1965, Vinetta worked at the public library and the National Gallery library. The last move was to Vancouver in the 70s where Vinetta worked at the UBC psychiatry library and where they lived on the waterfront for over 35 years in False Creek, Vancouver. In retirement she and Hugh loved to travel through North America and Europe, play tennis every day and read. Vinetta especially loved hosting her grandchildren in Vancouver every summer. There will be a funeral mass at St. Irenaeus Church (3030 Delisle, Montreal) on Sat. Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a reception.

BAIRD, Eric, CPO - Date of passing unknown

 

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(1) CPO Eric Baird  (2) HMS Hotspur  (3) HMS Banff Y43  (4) HMS Indomitable  (5) Unknown sailing vessel  (6) Iceland as seen from HMCS Joliette K418  (7) US Destroyer in the Foyle River, Ireland  (8) RMS Queen Mary

 

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(9) Whaler race at St. Georges, Bermuda  (10) Boat transfer between unknown ships  (11) Frankie Stark, STO PO, on unknown ship - iced up  (11) Unknown ship  (13) Jimmy Buck and Harold in Heavy Shop  (14) Burt, Eric Baird, and Percy Cunningham in the Light Shop  (15) Two unknown sailors  (16) Captured French Schooners 

 

Photo 16 - The following was submitted by Donald (Bud) Rose - "The two ships are moored at the South / West corner of St. John's harbour, across from what would become in 1940 - the Royal Canadian Navy Dock Yard. In 1941, the Nfld Dockyard underwent extensive and ongoing renovations to bring the yard up to war time requirements, and the first graving dock which was built of wood in 1882 and re-built with concrete in 1925 was again upgraded as required from 1941 to 1945. This area also became the RCN - N A D during WW II, and today is occupied by the Canadian Coast Guard. The large square building in the top right hand corner of the photo is the Nfld Hotel, completed and opened in 1926. This indicates that this photo was taken post 1926. The area in which the vessels are moored was renovated in 1940. To be more exact, we can look at the reason they were there. In 1883 the Nfld cod fishery was in serious decline. The main reason given was the extensive fishing on the Nfld grand banks by the French and the Norwegians - which were supported by the French. To counteract this, Nfld enacted the "Bait Protection Act" which prohibited foreign fishing vessels from obtaining any bait from Nfld. The bait was Capelin - Squid & Herring - usually only available inside Newfoundland's territorial waters. Any fishermen caught selling bait to foreigners were arrested and any foreign vessel caught inside territorial waters was seized. In 1922 world historical events had an impact. The French islands on St. Pierre & Miquelon are situated less than 20 miles from Nfld.'s southern shore. The Nfld bait protection act had a great impact on their economy, which changed in 1922. Two major events occurred in that year; the United States introduced prohibition and France repealed their 'Act' which prohibited the import of foreign liquors into French territory. The end result was St. Pierre & Miquelon becoming the main shipping point for "illegal" wines and spirts entering the U S. With this re-vitalization of their economy, they virtually abandon the fishery. In 1933 the U S repealed the prohibition act and the economy of St. Pierre & Miquelon collapsed. By 1934 they were back to fishing and illegally buying bait from Nfld fishermen, and those who were caught had their vessels seized [which were towed to St. John's] Based on our island's history, I would say that these are seized vessels and would put a time frame of; between 1934 and 1935 for the taking of this photo."

 

Photos courtesy of Roger Clarke

 

HMCS JOLIETTE, HMCS ORILLIA

 

PRAMBERG, Frank Carl, PO2, 4009-E, RCN - Born March 27, 1923, Vancouver, BC. Passed away February 21, 1997, Kamloops, BC. Age 73

 

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(1)  Frank Pramberg 1942  (2) Frank Pramberg age 19  (4) Naval parade in Victoria, BC - 1941.  Frank Pramberg indicated by arrow  (4) Wedding photo - Frank and Celestine Pramberg, Newfoundland, 06  Aug 1945  (5) unknown warship  (6) King George V class battleship  (7) Letter awarding Frank Pramberg the CVSM for Korea  (8) In Memoriam - Frank Pramberg

 

HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS ST LAURENT

WEISGERBER, Ron, LS.SW, RCN - died 1975

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

WARREN, Willie, OS.SG, RCN - Died 1973

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

SWITZER, Jerry, LS.ST, RCN - date of passing unknown

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

HENDERSON, Frederick Joseph James, Skipper Lt, RCNR - Died Summer 1998

 

HMCS MIDLAND, HMCS SUNBEAM, HMCS RIVERTON, RCMP Vessel ST ROCH

MELANSON, Paul Joseph (Trapper), RCN - 78, passed away suddenly in QEII Health Sciences Centre on August 15, 2006. Born in Halifax, Paul was a son of the late Alan and Helen (Bourque) Melanson. Paul is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (Redden); son, Paul (Dale), Ontario; daughters, Donna Baker (Robert), Halifax; Elizabeth Miller, Halifax; Catherine Potter (Paul), Hacketts Cove, and Beverlee Cox (Philip), Prospect; grandchildren, Karen, Dara, Niall, Dawn, Robyn, Daniel, Erin, Sean, and Mark. He is survived by brothers, William, Edward, and Raymond. He was predeceased by sisters, Helen Marie Cormier (Sister of Charity), Mary, Margaret; brothers, Adonis "Dunnie", Alan, and Tilmon. "Trapper" served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy with two tours in Korea. He retired from the navy in 1970. Upon retirement he worked for Stevens & Smith Insurance for 10 years. Paul was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, serving as president of the Bedford branch for three years. Paul was an active member in the barbershop choruses of the Atlantic Swells and the City of Lakes. He was an active member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and Korean War Veterans Association. Paul was a long-time member of the Volunteer Fire Departments in Rockingham and Bedford. Paul was a well-known and well-loved member of his community, always ready to lend a hand to neighbours and strangers alike. His grandchildren brought him great joy in his retirement years. He had a passion for gardening and he was famous for his pickles. He could be found every morning at the Northcliffe Pool for his daily swim. Paul was known as the "candy man". He would hand out bags of candy to those he knew and also to those he didn't know. Paul loved to play the guitar and sing, famous for his Jimmy Durante, Ray Charles and Japanese song renditions. He had a great sense of humour and always had a good joke to tell. This wonderful man will be missed very deeply by his loving family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and all those whose lives he touched. Visitation will be in Atlantic Funeral Home, Bayers Road, Halifax, today from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Memorial Legion Service being held at 7 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Rockingham on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. Cremation and burial will be at a private service at sea and Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 17 Aug 2006)

DINNER, Lorne, Supply Assistant, V23394, RCNVR, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 06 Dec 1922 son of Albert M. and of Ada E. Dinner, Montréal, QC.

 

Newspaper article on Lorne Dinner

 

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RICHARDSON, Kenneth Charles, AB.SC2, RCN - Died 24 Jan 1966, Five Islands, NS.

 

Naval Rating Dies In Mishap

A 24-year-old naval rating was killed early last evening when the car he was driving collided with a bus at Five Islands, on the Bay Road.

Able Seaman Kenneth Charles Richardson of Indian Harbour, a crewman aboard HMCS Chaudiere, died almost instantly following the mishap, which occurred about 5 p.m.

He is survived by his wife and two young children, as well as his parents, all of Indian Harbour. (The Halifax Chronicle Herald 25 Jan 1966)

 

Page from the Chronicle Herald 25 Jan 1966 - Researched by George Newbury

 

Funeral Thursday For Accident Victim

INDIAN HARBOR - A funeral will be held Thursday for Able Seaman Kenneth Charles Richardson, RCN, of Indian Harbor, age 24. He died after a highway accident Monday.

Born in Halifax, he lived his life in Indian Harbor and was a member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church. He played on the Hackett Cove hockey team.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Martin; daughter Sandy 3, son Teddy 1; his parents Mrs. and Mr. Wardlow Richardson, Indian Harbor; brothers, Wayne of Upland Park; Gary at home; sisters, Morman, (Mrs. Amos Morash), Hacketts Cove; Cindy at home; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Levy, Isaac's Harbor. The funeral service will be at St. Andrew's Church, at 2:30 p.m. Interment is at St. Peter's cemetery, Hackett's Cove. (The Halifax Chronicle Herald 26 Jan 1966)

 

Page from the Chronicle Herald 26 Jan 1966 - Researched by George Newbury

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE

GREGOIRE, Joseph Raymond, P1BN, 55539-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 17 Apr 1963 - 24 Apr 1990) - born August 28, 1943 in North Bay, ON. Passed away peacefully with all his family at his side on Nov. 15, 2001. Survived by his loving family, wife Sandy, son Bill (Leigh) Gregoire, daughter Robynne (Simon) Mills. He also leaves his three precious granddaughters Morgan and Madelaine Gregoire and Lauren Mills; his extended family, Gord Neilson, Sue, Erin & Scott; niece Nicci; nephew Mark; great nieces Kendall and Teagan. Ray also leaves his family in North Bay, ON; uncles Pat (Betty) Gregoire, Art Gregoire and Elaine; and brothers Don, Steve and Robert; nephews Chris, Dale, Cory, Craig and Dennis; neices Debbie, Pam and Cheryl; great niece Jamie and great nephew Cody. Ray served in the RCN / CF for 27 years. Celebration of life service will be held at the CPO's Mess in Esquimalt on Sunday, 25 November at 1 p.m. Donations can be made to a charity of one's choice if so desired.

GORDON, Jack Oliver, C2ER, 52016-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 23 Feb 1960 - 23 Feb 1985)  - Born 1941, Victoria, BC. Passed on january 15, 2002 in 100 Mile House Hospital after a battle with cancer. Leaves to mourn mother, Myrtle Finch-Field; stepfather, Reg Finch-Field; daughter, Tracie (Conrad); sister, Noreen (Cal); brothers, Ted (Sandra), Reg (Carolyn) and nieces and nephews. Educated in Victoria Schools graduating from Victoria high school. Joined RCN retired after 25 years. Member of C&PO's Association and R.C.L. Memorial service held in HMCS Naden Naval Chapel, Wed., January 23 at 2:00 P.M. Flowers declined, may donate to charity of their choice.

GUISE, Ernest (Ernie), P1CM 7351-E/H / Lt, RCN (served 23 Sep 1948 - 13 Jan 1971) - of Penticton, BC. Born 10 Nov 1930  Died 16 Dec 2002

GUTHRIE, Thomas Forsyth, P2AT, 26047-H, RCN / C.A.F. (served 01 Jan 1945 - 01 Jan 1974) - "Tommy's gone Awa". It is with great sadness that the Guthrie family announces the passing of Thomas Forsyth Guthrie on January 13, 2002 in Victoria, BC. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Vida; sister, Elsa; daughters, Carol (Roger) and Alana; sons, Scott (Leslie) and Steven (Louise); his cherished grandchildren, Terry, Christopher, Jacqueline, Simon, Camille and Lisa, great-grandchildren, Madison and Colin. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1927, Tom immigrated to Canada in 1950 joining the Royal Canadian Navy. Many friends and even more stories were made there before his retirement in 1976, when he was "off to the races", training horse and forming more friends and stories. Tommy had a rich, rewarding life through his friends, family and many animals that kept turning up at his door. Never to be turned away, being taken in to the family instead. There was always a bowl of food for the cat at the front door, and a pot of tea for his friends on the stove. A memorial service will be held Friday January 18, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Church on 3821 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria. In lieu of lowers, donations can be made to the Victoria Hospice or the SPCA.

MacDONALD, Arthur Andrew, L/Supply Assistant, V25249, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Nov 1920 son of Dr. John Charles and Helen MacDonald, Mount Stewart, PEI.

 

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MacDONALD, Herbert Colquhoun, Chief Stoker, 21237, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 21 Jun 1917 son of Herbert Colquhoun and Margaret MacDonald, of Vancouver, BC; husband of Agnes M. J. MacDonald, of Victoria, BC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

MacKENZIE, Charles Alexander, PO, V7757, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 27 Sep 1918 son of Charles A. and Jessie G. MacKenzie, of Long Branch, ON.

 

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MacMILLAN, Alexander, L/SBA, V18315, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 14 Nov 1914 son Son of Alexander and Ellen MacMillan; husband of Mary Helen MacMillan, Kingston, ON.

 

Sick Berth Attendant Alexander Macmillan of Kingston, was aboard the lost Canadian destroyer H.M.C.S. Ottawa. He aided Surgeon Lieut. George Hendry in caring for the wounded aboard the vessel. He is reported as missing presumed killed.

 

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MADOLE, Carl Hubert, OS, V10743, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 26 Dec 1918 son of William and Carrie Madole; husband of Mildred Madole, all of Regina, SK.

 

Os Madole of Regina was the son of William Henry and Carrie Madole who came from Brockville, Ontario. Carl was a mail order clerk at Simpson's when he enlisted on July 21, 1941 at Regina, Saskatchewan, and left a wife Mildred and son Carl Terry Jack.

 

Portrait of OS Madole

 

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MASSON, Andre, AB, V4291, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 17 Jul 1922, son of Rose Masson, Montréal, QC.

 

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McKECHNIE, Morton Hugh, AB, V10554, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 26 Jan 1918 son of John and Frances Marion McKechnie, Regina, SK.

 

Able Seaman Morton McKechnie of Regina was the son of John and Francis Marion McKechnie. Morton was working as a salesman for Coca Cola when he enlisted on January 30, 1941 at Regina, HMCS Queen. He was born and educated in Regina. He has two brothers that are in the Canadian Navy.

 

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MILBURN, John Robert, Ordnance Artificer 4c, 40939, RCN,  MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 20 Jan 1919 son Of Robert and Susan Ann Milburn; husband of Sylvia Lorraine Milburn, all of Toronto, ON.

 

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MILLER, Earl Glawson, Stoker 1c, 21692, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 11 Mar 1919 son of Frederick C. P. and Bessie M. Miller, Halifax, NS.

 

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GWILT, Thomas Franklin, CPO.VS, 3143-E, RCN / R10358, RCNR (served 04 Apr 1938 - 17 Sep 1947) - born January 1, 1919, in Courtenay, B.C., passed away peacefully on October 14, 2003. He leaves his loving wife Alice, his children Sharon (Bill), Gary (Lauri) and Carol (Doug) and his grandchildren, Kelsey, Meagan, Casey and Carmen. He will be remembered as a thoughtful husband, devoted and generous father, father-in-law, and grandfather, war-time Yeoman of Signals, hard-working resort owner, part-time lighthouse keeper, loyal legion member and enthusiastic vacationer. A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Bowser Legion #211 on Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 PM. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4J4, will be gratefully accepted in lieu of flowers. Special thanks to all those at Eagle Park who made him feel at home. We will miss him. (Victoria Times Colonist on 23 Oct 2003)

GLASSFORD, Lloyd Henry, P1RM, RCN - Suddenly at his home in Victoria, March 2, 2004. Lloyd was born July 17th 1928, at home, in Gibson's Landing, BC. He was the son, grandson and great grandson of Gibson pioneers. His early years were spent at various towns along what is now called the Sunshine Coast, where his father worked on Forest Service boats. In 1940 the family moved to Qualicum Beach where Lloyd Attended elementary and high school. During the Second World War Lloyd was a member of the Pacific Coast Military Rangers. In 1946 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He served in the Far East during the Korean Conflict, on board HMCS Cayuga. After his retirement from the RCN in 1967, Lloyd became a Correctional Guard. In 1974 he was promoted to Case Management Officer (now called "in house parole officer"). He retired from this in 1993 due to an injury to his knee. He then enjoyed retirement and fostered his love of antique cars. Lloyd was predeceased by his father R.J. (Bob) Glassford in 1972, his mother Margaret in 2001 and his sister Ruth Boyce in 1999. Hi is survived by his daughter Suzanne (Glassford) McCallum of Surrey, his son Lorne Glassford of Victoria, grandsons Sean and Brandon McCallum and Liam Price-Glassford, also two sisters, Bea Wray of Gibson's and Marion O'Toole of Celista. Lloyd will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His wishes were for cremation and no service. Those wishing to remember him are asked to give in his name ot a charity of their choice.

GRIFFITH, Stan, PO DEMS, V12195, RCNVR (served 20 Nov 1934 - 28 Jul 1945) - of Edmonton, AB. Born 05 Jan 195  Died 13 May 2004

RITCHIE, Thomas Stewart, LS - It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Thomas Stewart Ritchie announces his passing peacefully in Brampton on April 8, 2012. Tom was born January 30, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Daniel R. Ritchie and Janet (Binnie). He served as Leading Seaman of the Royal Canadian Navy Coastal Services, 65th Flotilla in the English Channel during World War II. He began his own company, R&M Plastics, in 1966 in Brampton, Ontario. Tom received his second Paul Harris Award from the Brampton Rotary Club in 2010, was an avid golfer and impressive magician. Tom will be forever missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty M. (Tomney) and devoted children Brian (deceased 2003) and Wendy Ritchie, Bob and Linda Ritchie, Susan and Frank Romanelli; wonderful grandchildren Todd and Jenni Ritchie, Shawn and Sonya Romanelli, Amy and Michelle Talbert, Tammy and Glen Harding and Dan and Trina Ritchie; delightful great- grandchildren Connor Romanelli, Samantha and Nicole Harding and Miles Ritchie and dear friend of Brian and the Ritchie family, Dianne Hodge. He will be truly missed by siblings, Walter and Denise Ritchie (Winnipeg), Margaret Sacks (Fallbrook), Alex and Del Ritchie (Winnipeg). A celebration of Tom's life will be at 2 p.m. on April 21st at Greenway Retirement Home in Brampton, where the staff have provided excellent care and support to Tom and Betty. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The War Amps or charity of your choice. (Toronto Star 17 Apr 2012)

 

MTB 746

McKENZIE, Edward William - On August 7, 2018, Ed passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre, which had been his home for the last seven years. Many thanks to the "team" that cared for dad. The patience, care and kindness they demonstrated are greatly appreciated. Ed is survived by his children, Marna (Doug) Overton of Peoria, AZ, Joan Megan of Minnedosa, and Jim (Paule) of St. Pierre Jolys, daughter-in-law Anne-Marie (Chuck), seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his sister Gladys. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Dorothy (Grinke), son Chuck of Maryville, Tennessee, son-in-law Jim Corley, grandson Joshua, brother James and many family members and friends. Ed was born in 1925 in Winnipeg and attended Hugh John McDonald and Daniel McIntyre High School. After graduation he worked for Swift Canadian Co., joined the navy and returned to Swifts after his service. He worked in the livestock section for the next 47 years with a 22 year stint in Edmonton, Alberta. During his career he made many friends and kept in touch long after retiring. Ed enjoyed sports, namely curling, golf and basketball. In 1964 he was president of the Civic Cal Curling Club. He also had a strong connection to the St. Andrews Basketball Club in Winnipeg and the Belvedere Golf and Country Club in Edmonton. In keeping with Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will gather at a later date for a graveside ceremony. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 11 Aug 2018)

SLY, William Morley, Bos'n, RCN / C.A.F. (22 Dec 1948 - 07 Dec 2014) - of Nanticoke passed away after a lengthy illness at West Haldimand General Hospital on Sunday December 7, 2014 in his 66th year. Loving husband of Eleanor, dear father of Bill of Port Dover, AJ (Steven) of Toronto and Maryann Sly-Kensley (Adrian) of Guelph. Proud grandfather of Billie, Isaac, Russell, Samantha and Sydney. Will be fondly remembered by brother-in-law Bill and sister-in-law Esther. Predeceased by his parents Albert and Clela, siblings Raymond, Albert, Jean, Shirley and Joyce and brother-in-law Clayton. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy, worked as a millwright and went back to school and at age 42 and graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Labour Studies. He was interested in world religion and philosophy but his true passion was the water as he so much enjoyed his house on the lake. Friends are invited to meet with family to share memories of Bill on Saturday December 13, 2014 from 11am to 1pm at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will follow the visitation at the funeral home Chapel at 1pm. Bill Lee officiant. Donations to West Haldimand General Hospital or Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice would be appreciated. 

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

BELL, Lawrence Edward (Larry) - Born 1925  Died 1985. Larry served in HMCS Algonquin during WW2 on the Murmansk Run.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

BURNS, Donald Tyrrell (Terry) - 77 of St. George's Channel, Cape Breton, died August 10, 2018, at home. Terry was born in Bridgewater the son of the late Donald Wolsley and Barbara Jean ( Whynacht) Burns. He is survived by his wife and partner of 52 years, Rosemary Elizabeth (Stevens); daughter, Christine Elizabeth Burns, Truro; granddaughter, Alexandria Elizabeth Field, Lantz; sister, Marilyn Elizabeth Burns (Ron Murphy), Dartmouth; nieces, Wendy Williston (Gary Patterson), Dartmouth; Belinda "Linda" Rouillard (Sylvain Rouillard), Halifax and numerous great nieces and nephews. Terry was an accomplished golfer, a seasoned sailor and enjoyed the hunting camp with the camp crew. He served for three years in The Royal Canadian Navy before becoming a C.P.G.A. Golf Professional. At Terry's request no visitation or funeral. "Remember me as you last saw me", helping a neighbour, swinging a golf club, boiling a big pot of lobsters or crabs, grilling up steaks at a fund raiser, plowing snow, manning the power saw, or face into the wind at the helm of a yacht. If so desired, donations may be made in Terry's memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.

MacDONALD, John Dan, PO - PO MacDonald served in the Engineroom of HMCS Thunder during WW2. He married Julia Arleen Arthrell who was in the CWAC'S in Halifax and had two boys, John William and Richard Murray. They lived in Stellarton NS until 1947 when they moved to Paris, Ontario, where he worked at Penman's textile mills until becoming an ambulance driver; a job he held until he retired. John was predeceased by his wife in 1993. She died on their anniversary, New Year's Eve of that year. John died in July 1998 from a heart attack. Both John and Julia are buried in the veterans part of the Paris cemetery.

 

HMCS THUNDER

GRANDIN, William (Bill) - Veteran WW2.  Bill passed away before 2010, around the same time as his wife and son.  He had one surviving daughter.

 

Bill was a friend of Herbert Higgs - they both served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War 2.

 

Photo of Bill Grandin in front of a barber ship in Montreal circa Feb 1944 - a bunch of guys outside a barbershop. Front row centre is William (Billy) Grandin, RCNVR, veteran of convoy duty including the Murmansk Run. Herbert joined up with Billy. On the far right is Edouard (Eddy) Daoust, RCNVR. Herbert is in the bask row, 3rd from the left. Photo dated 26 Feb 1944

Daoust, Edouard (Eddy) - WW2 Veteran.  Date of passing unknown.

 

Eddy was a friend of Herbert Higgs - they both served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War 2.

 

Photo of Eddy Daoust in front of a barber ship in Montreal circa Feb 1944 - a bunch of guys outside a barbershop. Front row centre is William (Billy) Grandin, RCNVR, veteran of convoy duty including the Murmansk Run. Herbert joined up with Billy. On the far right is Edouard (Eddy) Daoust, RCNVR. Herbert is in the bask row, 3rd from the left. Photo dated 26 Feb 1944

 

Photo of Eddy Daoust (right) with Herbert Higgs circa Feb 1944

LEWIS, Harold (Hal), RCN - 69, passed away at home, January 24, 1999, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Hardiman; sons, David (Marlaine), McGraths Cove; Rick (Diane), Glen Margaret; Tim (Kim), Ottawa; Shawn (Cavin), Halifax; daughters, Linda (Paul O'Brien), Vancouver; Lorri (Fred) Werner, Dartmouth. He was "Grampy" to 11 grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Hal was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1947-50. He later worked for the National Harbour's Board in Halifax for 14 years. Throughout these years, Hal also worked for the sports he loved, as an umpire and chief with the Nova Scotia Softball Association; as a referee, chief and administrator with the Nova Scotia Amateur Hockey Association in Halifax, and for 22 years as an essential figure on the Canadian Hockey Association in Ottawa. Hal was an avid golfer and remained active until shortly before his death. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues and the entire sport he was so committed to. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 27, at 1 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Msgr. Currie officiating. Reception to follow in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the palliative care program of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 26 Jan 1999)

GROSETH, Robert (Bobby) Byron, C2ET, 14723-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 04 Jan 1951 - 31 Jan 1976) - passed away peacefully surrounded by his beloved family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer on August 13, 2004 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. Predeceased by sister Betty Lou, father Lawrence, mother Lulu and brother Lawrence. Robert leaves behind his devoted wife of fifty years Janet, children Roxanne (Bill) Mooney, Steven (Carolynn), Valarie (Jan) Versendaal, Lance (Serap), Annette (Leonard); grandchildren Allison, Paul, Jaclynn, Rachael, Conyr, Nicholas, Nolan, Melissa, Paige, Kira, Emily, Megan; sister Gayla, and loyal K9 companion Summer. Born July 15, 1932 in Melville, Sask., Robert spent his early life on the family farm in Dubac, Sask. After joining the Royal Canadian Navy at 17, he gave 25 years of service. He retired from the Navy in 1975 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. At the end of his service Robert took his family north to Mackenzie, B.C. working in the forestry industry as an electrician.For 30 years he was a valuable, dynamic individual in the community. It was in the north that Robert was able to pursue his passion for the outdoors. He was an accomplished hunter, fisherman, marksman, trapper and prospector. Sorely missed by all will be his engaging and lively personality, his love of conversation, good food and devilish wit. An open reception will be held on August 21, 3:00 p.m. at Pro Pats Legion #411 Gorge Road East. In lieu of flowers please direct a donation to B.C. Cancer Foundation Centre for the Southern Interior, Suite 200-601 W. Broadway Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Aug 2004)

GILES, Ernest Grant (Ernie), PO.LTO, V14513 / Lt, RCNVR (served 30 Dec 1940 - 30 Jun 1945) (March 29, 1921 - October 10, 2004) - It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Father, Grandfather and friend. He was predeceased by his wife, Eileen in 2002 and leaves to mourn his sons, Tim (Liz) and Richard (Bev) as well as his grand- children and family. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and came with his parents to farm in Elkhorn, Manitoba. He joined the Navy in 1940 and reached the rank of Lieutenant. After the war he attended the University of Manitoba, United College and was then employed by General Motors for 33 years. His career advancement took him to Winnipeg, Edmonton and Toronto. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and was awarded a 50 year achievement in 2002. He was twice honored with the prestigious status as Master of the Blue Lodge. He was also a member of the Shrine belonging to the Janizaries marching unit. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis service organization and a long time member of the Uplands Golf Club. He enjoyed curling and volunteer work greatly in his retirement. The family would like to thank Dr. John MacPherson and the staff of B3 unit at the Lodge at Broadmead for their care and efforts to makehis passing peaceful. A memorial service will be held at St. David by the Sea Church, 5182 Cordova Bay Road, on Sunday October 17, 2004 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance to the charity of personal choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 13 Oct 2004)

GUENTHER, Gerald Wayne (Jiggs), P1ER, 39054-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 23 Oct 1957 - 30 Aug 1986) (23 Nov 1937 - 18 Feb 2005) - Born in Ponoka, Alta., faithfully walked friend Maggie to school each day; hence the nickname ""Jiggs"". Served in the Canadian Forces (Navy) almost 30 years, followed by several years of school bus driving at 70 Mile/100 Mile House. Jiggs' warmth, humour and friendship will be greatly missed by wife Lorraine Joni, son Robert, stepsons Glen (Myrna) and Greg, brothers Ronald and Melvin (Joan), nieces, nephews, grandchildren, many cousins, wonderful friends and his very special ""school bus kids and teachers"". A celebration of Jiggs' life will be held at 70 Mile Community Hall, followed by a reception, on April 9, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. Donations to the BC Cancer Society or the 100 Mile Hospice/Palliative Care Society are greatly appreciated. The family extends its deepest appreciation to the South Cariboo Health Centre, physicians, nurses, support staff and hospice volunteers for their dedicated, compassionate care provided to us during Jiggs' lengthy illness. (Victoria Times Colonist 26 Feb 2005)

GRANT, Leith Johnstone, C2FC, RCN / C.A.F. - Born on July 15, 1932, passed away peacefully, his family at his side, on March 14, 2005 following a brief but valiant fight with cancer. He was predeceased by his wife, Vera and will be loving remembered by his 3 children, Jeri, Andrew and Peter, his friend Tena and his 3 grandchildren. Dad will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched and he will be remembered for his big heart. No service by request. If desired, donations in Leith's name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Mar 2005)

CAMPBELL, William Burton, V51150, RCNVR - Died 13 Dec 2004

 

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(1) Portrait of Seaman Campbell  (2 & 3) Photo of Seaman Campbell  (4) Theatre coming attractions & Air Raid procedure  (5) Bournemouth Pavilion Programme  (6) Leave Guide for London  (7) Woodbine cigarette package  (8) Friary Ale label

 

Photos courtesy of Thomas Campbell

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

MOORE, Albert Arthur, Stoker Petty Officer, V5964, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 22 Jun 1912 son of Mrs. James White, Newington, Kent, England; husband of Geraldine Moore, Cowansville, QC.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS OTTAWA

MORRISON, Francis Alexander, Stoker Petty Officer, A2239, RCNR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 27 Feb 1918 son of Christopher A. and Lillian M. Morrison, Curling, Nfld.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS OTTAWA

MORRISON, Harry Stoker 1c, V27050, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 19 May 1903 son of William and Ann Matilda Morrison; husband of Phyllis Morrison; father of Marion Morrison, all of Toronto, ON.

 

Newspaper article on the death of Stoker Morrison

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS OTTAWA

MUCHMORE, John Vincent, Stoker 1c, 21884, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 06 Apr 1919 son of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Muchmore, Elgin, ON; husbnad of Joan E. Muchmore, Victoria, BC.

 

Stoker John Vincent Muchmore transferred from the R.C.N.V.R. (service number V18207) to the regular Royal Canadian Navy (service number 21884) on February 15, 1941.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS OTTAWA

MURPHY, Gerald William, OS, V331, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born of Harry Joseph and Maude E. Murphy, Halifax, NS.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS OTTAWA

NEATH, John Frederick Earl, AB, V22970, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 16 Sep 1916 son of William and Frances Neath; husband of Rita D. Neath, all of Owen Sound, ON.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

PARADIS, Paul Vincent, AB, V3312, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 05 Apr 1918 son of Louis A. and Mary Paradis, Montréal, QC.

 

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HMCS OTTAWA

PEPPLER, Stanley, AB, 4299, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 27 Jan 1922 son of William Henry and Alberta L. Peppler, Listowel, ON.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS OTTAWA

TAGGART, Donald Ray (Don), CPO1, RCN / C.A.F. - 78, of Coldbrook, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 17, 2018 at home. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he was a son of the late Cecil and Mary Janet Rose "Mae" (Ray) Taggart. Don was a 25-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class, in 1981. Don continued to work in the supply field until he retired in 1995 at which time he moved to Coldbrook. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, Kentville. Within the legion, Don held many positions, retiring as Service Officer. In his younger years, Don was an avid golf player. Don enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and he especially enjoyed his time with his great grand children. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley (Burgoyne); three daughters, Linda Gillespie, Coldbrook; Janet Taggart (Darlene Crittenden), Beaver Bank; Angela (Jim) Archibald, Beaver Bank; six grandchildren, Donnie Gillespie, Kelly Gillespie, Corrie (Meghan) Demedeiros, Stephanie (Lionel) Ouedraogo, Michael Archibald (Laurel Duhme) and Mathew Archibald; two great-grandchildren, Jaydon MacDonald and Dawson Burhoe; nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Don was predeceased by son in law Donald Gillespie Sr., two sisters, Lois and Joan; two brothers, Bill and Terry. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of ones choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

 

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