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)


GOLD, Gregory D., C2BN, 70284-H, RCN / C.A.F. (served 11 Sep 1967 - 14 Sep 1997) - Born Edson, Alberta June 12, 1950. Passed away suddenly yet peacefully on July 4th, 2005. Predeceased by his mother, Alice in 2001. Greg will be sorely missed by his loving wife and best friend, Maureen, his two boys" Bryan (Natasha) Gold of Duncan, BC, David (Lori) and cherished grandson James Gold of Mill Bay, BC. He leaves as well his brothers Bill (Debbie) and family of Coquitlam, BC, Bernie (Marlene) and family of Edmonton, Alberta. Along with many family members and friends through out Canada and the USA. Greg was an exceptionally proud Canadian serving his country by joining the R.C.N. in 1967. During his 30 year career as a sailor he achieved his life long ambition of becoming a Chief, retiring in 1997. Many happy days were spent camping and traveling during his retirement, we love you Grampa G and we will never forget you! Fair Winds and Following Seas" Service will be held on Tuesday, July 12 with a viewing at 1:00pm First Memorial Funeral Services 4725 Falaise Drive, and Graveside service at Royal Oak Burial Park. Following reception to be held at First Memorial Garden Room.


HMCS KOOTENAY - Gregory Gold was serving in Kootenay as an AB.BN at the time of the explosion

GRAYDON, Carson Alan James, C2ER, RCN (served 12 Nov 1964 - 15 Sep 1991) - Passed away peacefully, following courageous battle with cancer, on November 26, 2005 at the age of 58. Survived by his loving wife and best friend Christine, mother Anne, father Maurice, son Ronald (Rachel), brother Randy, sister Monique (Don), three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews in Canada and England. Al will also be missed by many other relatives and great friends. Al was born and raised in the Vancouver area and served for 27 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. For the last seven years Al had been an instructor at Okanagan College. Al will always be remembered for his friendly, caring and generous ways. No service by request. In keeping with Al's wishes, his cremains will be scattered at sea. The family wish to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff of the Hospice Unit at Cottonwoods for the great care they gave Al. A gathering for family and friends will be held on Friday, December 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Infusions Restaurant, Cafeteria Building, Okanagan College, K.L.O. Campus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Al Graydon Memorial Bursary, c/o Okanagan College Foundation, 1000 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 4X9. (Victoria Times Colonist 03 Dec 2005)

GROVES, Roger Edward, P2PW, 52982-E, RCN (served 03 Jan 1961 - 16 Apr 1993) (04 Jun 1937 - 11Nov 2005) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, father and son on November 11, 2005. Roge will be sadly missed by his two sons, Bryn, Roger Jr.; two daughters, Christina, Joanna and their mother, Jill. He also leaves behind his mother, Doris; sisters, Sharry, Brenda (Bunny) and Kelly; nephew, Michael; many cousins in Edmonton and his many friends from the Dockers Club, Chief & P.O.'s Assn, and the Prince Edward Legion, Branch #91. Roge joined the navy in 1961 and served on both the Kootenay and Gatineau. After 32 years of service he retired and remained an active member within the Legion. Sleep with the Angels, Loved One" Funeral Service will be held on Thursday November 17, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sands of West Shore Funeral Chapel 317 Goldstream Avenue, Victoria. Followed by interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens, 2050 Sooke Road. Reception will follow the interment at the Langford Legion Prince Edward Branch No. 91, 761 Station Avenue. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made in Roge's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 16 Nov 2005)

GARIEPY, Paul, C1CM, 40437-E, RCN - of Ottawa, ON. Born 09 Aug 1916  Died 03 Aug 2006

HUNTER, Edward Keith, Cook, RCN - age 71 of Bedford, passed away at home on August 16, 2018. He was born in St. John's, N.L. on August 27, 1946. He was a son of the late Jack and Bertha (Humber) Hunter. He is survived by son, Stephen and grandson Dawson, Cole Harbour; son, Gregory, Ottawa; brother, Ian (Patsy), Portugal Cove, St. Phillips, N.L.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 40 years, Shirley Marie (Rhind); brother, John and sister, Carol. Keith spent 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a cook serving on several ships, including two tours of duty on HMCS Bonaventure, twice with a United Nations Disengagement Force in Damascus, Syria, and Golan Heights, Israel. He also did a six-month stint in CFS Alert, an isolated posting in NWT. He served with the Commissionaires for 22 years at the Canadian Armed Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford. Keith enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading and playing cribbage (managed to get 29 twice) with Steve and Lynn and countless hours with good friend Ken Tanner (hope you get the elusive one Ken). In August of 2016 Keith was hospitalized, having a large portion of his bowel removed. Greg and Krista kept house and harvested hundreds of tomatoes that grew every day, thanks so much. Keith was an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and starting in 1961 saw them win the Cup four times, and got to see them play five times when they were in Ottawa. Service/reception will be held 2:00 pm. Tuesday, August 21st in Sackville Lions Club, 101 Old Beaverbank Rd., Lower Sackville. Donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society.



PETTITT, John Bertum, Stoker 1c, V18293, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 22 Jul 1916 son of Mr. and Mrs. George William Pettitt; husband of Flora Mae Pettitt, all of Kingston, ON.


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PIONTEK, Jack Wallace, AB, V7512, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 09 Aug 1917 son of Roman and Jadwiga Piontek; husband of Edith May Piontek, all of Toronto, ON.


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PORTER, Harold Steven, OS, V27475, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 16 Dec 1917 son of Charles Sydney and Maggie Porter, Toronto, ON.


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PURCELL, Herbert Augustus Engineroom Artificer 3c, A1056, RCNR MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 03 Sep 1910 son of Francis Augustus and Agnes Victoria Purcell, Halifax; husband of Dorothy Mary Purcell, all of Halifax, NS.


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QUIGLEY, Lloyd Peter William AB, 4253, RCN MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Aug 1922 son of David J. and Sadie Quigley, Vancouver, BC.


Newspaper article on the death of AB Quigley - from the Vancouver Sun


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ROBINSON, Walter Victor Dignum, AB, 2783, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 21 Jul 1918 son of Walter Edmund and Florence Ellen Robinson, Victoria, BC.


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RICHES, Clifford, AB, V7830, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 09 Jul 1921 son of Walter G. and Florence V. Riches, Toronto, ON.


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CROSS, Harry Glenn - Born in Victoria, B.C., on June 24, 1925, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Harry is survived by brother David Clive Cross, sister Sherry Regimbel and family as well as his very good friend Judy Reynolds. He was predeceased by brother Cameron Cross. Harry served his country in the RCN on the North Atlantic from 1942-1945 and was in Times Square, New York on VE day. He was a loyal Masonic member for 60 years, a Shriner, a perpetual order of Eagles #12, and a member of Royal Canadian Legion #7. He had many friends in the Northern Territory of Australia and Sydney as he worked for 13 years in Australia as a sales rep for a brewing co. In 1974, Harry barely survived Typhoon Tracey when it struck Darwin on Christmas Day and he was trapped below a collapsed house. He was one of the first bartenders in the Strathcona Hotel Lounge in 1954. An amazing special man with an incredible memory and special zest for life. He will be missed by so many!! No service by request. Celebration of Life to be held at Eagles Hall (819 Esquimalt Rd.) Thursday, August 30, 2018, 1 pm (Victoria Times Colonist 14 Aug 2018)

O'HARA, John Fulton, Mate, OFF VR-273 - Born 07 Jul 1889  Died circa 1961/62


Capt. John F. O'Hara, of 60 Edward Arab Avenue, Halifax, died Thursday in the Victoria General Hospital, aged 72. Born at Isaac's Harbor, Guysborough County he was the son of a sea captain. He went to sea at the age of 14 and got his captain's ticket while still under 30. For most of his career he sailed with the Furness Withy Line, on the New York-Bermuda, and the New York - Halifax - Newfoundland runs. He was in the RCN during the First World War, and sailed with the Merchant Navy throughout the Second. He leaves a widow, Cecilia Mary; three daughters, Alice (Mrs. W. Ted) G. Richardson), Doris (Mrs. C.F. Dixon), Florence (Mrs. Perry Ivany), one son John F. O'Hara Jr. - all of Halifax; two sisters, Mrs. Milton Uloth of New Harbor and Montreal; Mrs. Arthur Smith, Isaac's Harbor; one brother, Capt. Morris O'Hara of Halifax. He was predeceased by two brothers. The remains are now resting in the Cruikshank's Funeral Home, Robie Street. The funeral service will be held there by the Rev. D.M. Sinclair at 10. a.m. on Saturday. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Sackville.


Article on the death of Capt. John F. O'Hara (transcribed above)


Coastal Drifter CD 16, Coastal Drifter CD 68

GORMAN, John Albert, P1ER, RCN - Passed away peacefully on December 31, 2010, after many years of ill health, leaving to mourn his devoted wife, Isabel, three daughters and five grandchildren. John served for 22 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. In later years John and Isabel moved to the Berwick Residence on Shelbourne where they enjoyed many happy times with friends. John's last two years were spent at the Berwick Residence at Royal Oak. The family wishes to thank the administration and staff at both of the Berwick Residences for their kindness and consideration during this sad time. No service by request. I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a dear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blow spume, and the sea gulls crying. (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Jan 2011)

ROBSHAW, George Albert, AB, 4214, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Apr 1922 son of George Albert and Margaret Robshaw, Montréal, QC.


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RUTHERFORD, Clark Anderson, LCdr, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 16 Dec 1914 son of Stewart Fleming and Gertrude Jessie Rutherford, Westmount, QC; husband of Marjorie Rutherford, Halifax, NS.


Lieutenant Commander Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN, 28-year-old commanding officer of HMCS Ottawa was torpedoed Canadian destroyer, was well known in Ottawa, having visited the Capital frequently before he joined the navy. Lieut. Commander Rutherford is listed as missing, believed killed in action. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart F. Rutherford of Westmount, Que., Commander Rutherford was born in that city and joined the navy in 1933 after he graduated from the Royal Military College at Kingston. Clarke Anderson of 152 Manor Road, Rockcliffe, is an uncle, and Mrs. Charles W. Hall, 405 Elgin Street, an aunt. His grandfather, the late William Anderson, was at one time a prominent official of the J. R. Booth Company.


Clark Rutherford School is named in his honour.


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ROOP, Roy Munroe, AB, A4747, RCNR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 10 Oct 1907 son of Katherine R. Roop, Annapolis Royal, NS.


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SECORD, Gerard Frederic, AB, V2272, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA- Born 05 Apr 1918 son of John and Agnes Secord; husband of Pauline W. Secord, all of Saint John, NB.


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SHILLITO, John George, AB, 4291, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 18 Jun 1921 son of Charles and Davina Shillito, Union Bay, BC.


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SIMONS, Clinton Le Roy, Ordinary Signalman, 4639, RCN MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 15 Apr 1924 son of Roy and Martha Merle Simons, Swift Current, SK.


Signalman Clinton LeRoy Simons of Swift Current was the son of Roy and Martha Merle Simons who homesteaded northwest of Neidpath and later moved to Calgary. Clinton was a student when he enlisted on July 15, 1941 as a boy signalman at Regina, Saskatchewan.


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SMITH, Arthur Stanley, AB, 4224, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 30 Sep 1921 son of Ernest Edwin and Florence Mary Smith, 254 20th Street, Brandon, MB.


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SLAUNWHITE, Harry Melvin, AB, A4589, RCNR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 08 Nov 1907 son of Robert and Annabella Slaunwhite; husband of Rita M. Slaunwhite, all of Halifax.


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GARBET, James Benjamin (Jim), C2RP, 43973-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 17 Mar 1958 - 09 Oct 1980) (16 Oct 1973 - 06 Dec 2008) - Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy, mother Muriel Lundberg of Nanaimo, sister Sandra, children Brent (Terri), Lance, Janine (Chris) and grandchildren, Courtney, Spencer, Ryan and Matthew. Jim retired from the Armed Forces (Navy) in 1982, moving to Cobble Hill, then Mill Bay to enjoy the country life. After several years delivering mail with Dot, Jim was regularly seen in his red truck, righting and repairing postal boxes or on his red tractor helping out a neighbour. "The neighbourhood handyman has gone ". A celebration of Jim's life will take place on Thursday, December 11th from 3 to 8pm at 3223 Kilipi Rd, Mill Bay (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Dec 2008)

GRAVELLE, Roger, C2ER, RCN - Born February 23, 1923 in Hull, Quebec. Roger passed away peacefully in Victoria Hospice Thursday 25 of December, 2008. He leaves two brothers, Jerry and Raymond and sister, Tereser of Quebec. He will be deeply missed by his wife Lily. He loved his golf and all sports and traveling in his motor home. Special thanks to all at Victoria Hospice for their compassion and care. No service by request. In lieu of flowers donations to his memory can be made to Victoria Hospice. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Jan 2009)

GREGORY, Gordon Victor, P1ER, RCN (14 Oct 1925 -  03 Jan 2009) - passed away peacefully on January 3, 2009. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jane in 2004. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Rhoda (nee Bird); his children Paul (Peg) of Middleton, NS, Philip of Calgary, AB, David (Joanne) of Colwood, BC, Ruth Lundin (Bruce) of Port Alice, BC, Ralph of Victoria, BC and Linda Kennedy (Tom) of Caledon, ON; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and sister Audrey (Doug), ON. Gordon served 25 years in the RCN achieving the rank of Petty Officer 1st class and the Canada Post for 17 years. There will be a private family service and cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Jan 2009)

GARDNER, William Thomas (Bill), PO PRT, RCN (served 15 Jul 1940 - 27 Feb 1946) - Passed away peacefully at the Lodge at Broadmead in Victoria, BC. on Sunday April 26, 2009, at the age of 86 years. Born in Edmonton, AB. November 27, 1922, he lived there until shortly before he joined the Navy in 1940; he was discharged as a Petty Officer. After initial duty on destroyer convoys, Bill, who was an outstanding gymnast, became a physical training instructor at a veterans' facility in Portage la Prairie. There he met and, in 1947, married Mary (nee Bays). Bill and Mary had three daughters; Sally Gardner (Victoria), Roslyn Firth (Fort Liard) and Melissa Gardner (Calgary). Bill had itchy feet; over the years the family moved more than 27 times and Bill took on a wide variety of career challenges, including 20 years at Eaton's. Ultimately a successful jeweller, he had a fine eye for design and a great talent for merchandising. Bill is survived by Mary, his three daughters, six grandchildren, one great grandson and three nieces. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Jackson of Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Broadmead Care Foundation, Music Therapy and Recreation Program. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Anglican Church 3939 St. Peter's Rd. Victoria on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM. The family is very grateful to the staff at Broadmead for all of their care and kindness during Bill's time there. (Victoria Times Colonist 28 Apr 2009)

ROBERTS, William A. (Bill) - Veteran of WWII, Navy; retired 26-year employee of G.E., suddenly at his residence on Thursday, November 20, 2009, in his 82nd year. Loving husband and best friend for 57 years of June (nee Blackmore) of Peterborough. Dear father of Judy Williamson and her husband Gary, Wayne, Billie O'Dette and her husband Joseph, all of Peterborough, and Richard (Rick) and his wife Carolyn of Stittsville. Grampa to Chris, Mark; Nicholas, Courtney; Victoria and Matthew. Great-Grampa to Jared and Kendal. Survived by brothers Donald and Herb, sisters Theresa, Veronica, Barbara, and Geraldine. Predeceased by Bernard, George, Arthur, Frances, Gerald, and an infant sister. Friends may call at the Highland Park Visitation / Reception Centre, 2510 Bensfort Road on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2-4 p.m. A funeral service will be held in Highland Park Chapel on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Interment Highland Park Cemetery. Donations to Community Care Peterborough would be greatly appreciated by the family.




SYMONS, William George (Bill), AB, A3825, RCNR - It is with much sadness we announce the passing of William George Symons on August 12th, 2018 at the age of 96. Bill as he was affectionately known was born in Edmonton, Alberta February 8th, 1922 and passed away in hospital after complications from a fall.

Bill spent his early years attending schools in Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Carlton School in Vancouver. Bill worked on tug boats and in logging camps before he joined the navy in 1942 and was part of The Fishermen’s Reserve formed to patrol the B.C coastline. When the Fishermen’s Reserve was disbanded Bill accepted a sea draft and was shipped to Halifax where he served on the Minesweeper HMCS Wasaga part of the all Canadian 31st Minesweeping Flotilla operating extensively in the waters of the United Kingdom.

After his discharge Bill returned to B.C and found work on several different construction projects including the Hell’s Gate fishway and later at Industrial Services, Riverview Hospital until his retirement. During his retirement Bill was always busy working on projects around the family home. He was an avid golfer and was fortunate enough to golf many courses throughout the world. Bill was also a member of Mission Golf Club where he made several cherished friends.

Always with a cheery disposition and a positive attitude Bill only saw the goodness in people and was never one to criticize.

Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Potts), daughter Corinne Padula, son George, grandchildren Kelsey, Dayna (Adrian), Jason and great grandchild Eva.

There will be no service at Bill’s request. A gathering of family and friends to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a donation in Bill’s memory to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

“Toodaloo, just be careful”


(1) Portrait of Seaman Symons  (2) William Symons (front row, right) other sailors unknown  (3) William Symons


HMCS WASAGA - Listed on Wasaga's 15 Apr 1945 Nominal List as an AB, RCNR

LAURIE, William F.S., RCN - was born in Pointe du Bois, MB, September 9, 1931 and died in Sooke, BC, August 15, 2018. Bill joined the RCN in 1951 at CFB Chippewa, Winnipeg, MB. He took basic training at CFB Cornwallis, NS, then was based at CFB Shearwater, NS. He served on the carriers HMCS Magnificent and Bonaventure. He was then posted to CFB Patricia Bay, BC where he retired. Following retirement the family moved to Winnipeg where he was a manager at the new Boeing factory. In 1989 Bill taught aircraft sheet metal at Camosun College. While there his students rebuilt sections of several aircraft now displayed at the BC Aviation Museum. He leaves his wife, Marion; sons, David (Patricia) and Christopher (Christopher); grandson, Jonathan. He was predeceased by son, Michael (Charlene). We are eternally grateful to the amazing staff at Ayre Manor. He was a loving husband and father who will be sadly missed. Family and Friends are welcome to gather at 7077 Wright Road Sooke, BC Thursday August 23 between 2:00 and 4:00.



COMEAU, John Joseph, Cook, RCN / C.A.F. (1931 - 07 July 2018) - Age 87 of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully after a short fight with cancer in the VG Site, QEII on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Born in 1931 and raised in Margaretsville by his foster parents, Robie and Grace Taylor; he was the son of Estelle (Comeau) Deveau (of Meteghan River). John started his working career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a cook in 1949. After his 25 years of service, John went into sales for several food companies, a job he was good at since he knew how to use the products. John ended his working life as a Commissionaire where he got to work on computers and loved the technology. In retirement, he took up woodcarving with some friends and loved staying in touch with family and friends far and wide via his computer. John is survived by his daughters, Natalie (Ron) Hood, Darlene (Bruce) MacLeod, Michele Comeau; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his wife, Beulah (Elliott); foster parents, Robie and Grace Taylor; birth mother, Estelle (Comeau) Deveau; brother, Jerry Deveau and his wife Catherine; half-sister, Jean (Deveau) Roy and son-in-law, Jim Hamilton. The funeral service will be held Friday, July 13th at 2 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Rev. Frank J. Gunita Jr. officiating with a reception to follow. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society (Research) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

GILLOTTE, John G., PO, 6810-E, RCN (served 29 Aug 1947 - 29 Aug 1967) - of Vancouver, WA. Born 05 Oct 1919  Died 23 Apr 2008.



GIBSON, James Alfred, V14818, RCNVR / C2LT, 8358-E, RCN (served 01 May 1941 - 01 Sep 1965) (09 Feb 1923 - 06 Aug 2008) -  James, a very proud and private person passed away peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital with his immediate family by his side. Survived by his loving wife Beatrice of 63 years, son James (Sandra), daughter Debora (Horsman), 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and brother-in-law Fred Sexton, and many nieces and nephews. James, who was born in Vancouver, spent his early years in Deep Cove. A veteran of the Second World War he served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years prior to retiring. Sincere thanks to Dr. Gordon Christie and staff, community care nurses, Langford first responders, BCAS paramedics and emergency room staff. No service by request, burial will be held at sea. Donations can be made to the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association. (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Aug 2008)

GLOVER, Harry H., PO.SG, V13872, RCNVR (served 01 Jan 1941 - 01 Jan 1945)  - passed away quietly March 11, 2008 at his home in Victoria. Served in the RCN North Atlantic 1939-1945, retiring from service in 1977. Harry worked at the Times Colonist for 35 years. Survived by his wife Merle and brother Bill, son John (Julie) granddaughters Paige and Sophie. Predeceased by son Michael 1965, thanks to brother-in-law Bill and family friend Betty. Cremated and ashes scattered at sea.

GURSKI, John M., P1PW, 5332-E, RCN (served 29 Oct 1945 - 29 Oct 1965) - of Burnaby BC. Born 16 Dec 1925  Died 07 Feb 2008

GAVIN, Raymond Bernard, P1NS, 8277, RCN / C.A.F. (served 14 Sep 1943 - 21 May 1971) - Born July 31, 1925 in Vancouver, B.C. It is with sadness the family announces the untimely passing of our father on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. Predeceased in 1998 by his wife of 52 years, Bernice (Bunny). Ray served 25 years with the Navy and was a member of the Chief's & Petty Officers Association and the Langford Legion. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, grandchildren, and his greatest enjoyment his great-grandchildren There will be a family gravesite service. Flowers are gratefully declined. May you have smooth sailing ahead." (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Dec 2006)


HMCS MARGAREE - Served in Margaree as P2VS

GLANFIELD, Bill, C2ER, 21949-E, RCN (served 01 Jun 1941 - 02 Jun 1966) (05 Apr 1919 - 10 Mar 2007) - After a long and courageous battle with heart disease, Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Central Care Home. Bill was born in Nanaimo Regional Hospital and was an only child. He is survived by his 3rd wife, Mildred; daughter Linda (Lee) McQuirter of Sarnia, Ontario and son Leonard (Maureen) Glanfield of Victoria. Bill was the proud grandfather of two grandchildren, Kevin (Margaret) Glanfield and Michelle (Walter) Bohn; 3 great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kevin Glanfield Jr. and Jade Bohn. Bill was predeceased by his 1st wife Gloria Halliwell Anderson in 1990 and his 2nd wife Edith Dunn Glanfield in 1991. Bill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941. He served for 25 years including time on an escort convoy in the Atlantic during WWII and also served time during the Korean conflict. He retired from the R.C.N. in 1966 and was then employed by the BC Liquor Control Board `til 1984. Bill was a secretary of the Victoria Power Squadron and was active with the Sidney Legion Branch #37. He enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing and traveling including around the world three times. He had an avid interest in studying history and reading books on aviation and listening to Hawaiian music. His sense of humour will be missed. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow in the Garden Room.. If desired, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Central Care Home or to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Mar 2007)

SMITH, Kenneth Gordon, Cook (S), V14721, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 06 Nov 1922 brother of Leslie James Smith, of New Westminster, BC.


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SMITH, Roseville St Clair, Stoker 1c, V23564, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 25 Mar 1921 son of St. Clair Smith, and of Ethel S. Smith, Upper Melbourne, QC.


From the time Roseville was four years of age, he lived with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mr. Willis Falkenham, Lily Dale. He joined the RCN in 1940 at Montreal.


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SOUTHALL, Harry Kenneth, AB, V24012, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 25 Jun 1912 son of Henry Alfred and Barbara Southall, West Kildonan, MB; husband of Jessie Southall, Winnipeg, MB.


Able Seaman Harry Kenneth Southall, Service No. V24012, R.C.N.V.R., 30 years member of the crew of the Canadian destroyer, Ottawa, who is reported missing and believed killed in action. Seaman Southall is the son of Mrs. H. A. Southall, 222 Kilbride Avenue, West Kildonan, of Winnipeg, Manitoba and had been on active service with the Canadian navy since October, 1941. His wife, the former Jessie Stevenson, of Winnipeg, resides in Halifax. Seaman Southall was born in West Kildonan and received his education at Centennial and Machray schools, where he was a member of school hockey and football teams. Prior to enlistment he was employed with the W. H. Escott Company. He has four sisters, Mrs. T. Spence, Sioux Lookout, Ont. Mrs. J. Simpson, Selkirk, Man. Mrs. A. H. Brown, Lac du Bonnet, and Mrs. W. Gracey, at home.


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STEPHENS, Oswald Bertman, Stoker 1c, 21661, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 25 Dec 1917 son of George and Verna Stephens; husband of Mario O. Stephens, Long Branch, ON.


Stoker Oswald Bertman Stephens is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George and Verna Stephens, of Queens Elizabeth Way, Long Branch, Ontario. Born on family homestead, where his parents still reside, he was educated in Long Branch public School his wife Mrs. Marie Stephens indicated. Joining the navy at the declaration of the war, he married four years ago. Prior to enlisting he was employed for several years at a cold storage plant near Browns line in Long Branch. He has no children. He would never mention where his destroyer had been operating or how dangerous had been his activities. I understand however that he had worked out of the England and Canadian ports. He was last home on leave in August, 1941. Since then we haven't had a chance to be together, Mrs. Stephens declared.


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STREET, Leslie G., AB, P/JX158647, Royal Navy, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA



TAYLOR, Ernest Francis, AB, V8299, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 02 Apr 1921 son of Stanley W. and Doris G. Taylor, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.; grandson of Elizabeth Bird, Hamilton, ON.


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TAYLOR, Frederick Francis Monroe, AB, V19524, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 17 Dec 1919 son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Taylor, Essex, ON.


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TRAINOR, Alfred Noel, PO Stwd, 40459, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 14 Aug 1916 son of Margaret Trainor, Armdale, NS; husband of Doris Elizabeth Trainor, Victoria, BC.


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TREMBLAY, Joseph Antonio, AB, 4255, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 28 Jul 1921 son of Pierre and  Luce Tremblay, St. Irenee, QC.


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TRUDEL, Camille Gerard, Stoker 1c, V3555, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 23 Sep 1915 son of Joseph and Yvonne Trudel, Québec City, QC.


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NEWMAN, John J., Sig - Died 2001




BOLGER, Elizabeth Louise (Betty) (nee Merrifield), WRCNS - 93 years. Born June 5, 1925, in New Liskeard, ON, the 4th of 10 children. Died August 11, 2018 Predeceased by husband, Joseph (1983). Loving Mother and Mother-In-Law of Patrick and Jeanette, Colleen and Mike Hellyer, Kathryn and Jan Pedersen (2017), Joan and Bob Roy, Dorothy and Ken Stuart, Rosemary and William Briscoe, and Tom. Grandmother of Maureen, Ashley, Whitney, Matt and Liam. Great-Grandmother of 5, number 6 due in November. Betty is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Bill, Colleen, Gord and Rita. She was a proud veteran of WWll, serving with the WRENS from 1944 - 46. She enjoyed her affiliation with Legion Branch 255 in Windsor. Visitation at Windsor Chapel (Central Chapel) 1700 Tecumseh Rd. E, 519-253-7234 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Veteran’s Service 7:30 p.m. Funeral Service on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. Interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery with graveside services at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice of Windsor or the Canadian Cancer Society.

GREEN, Earl Edward (Mort), PO HSD, 3610-E, RCN (Served 01 Jan 1940 - 07 Mar 1947) - (VE7AGC) passed away suddenly on February 10, 2007 at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster. He is survived by his devoted wife Elizabeth; 1 sister; 5 children; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. No service at Earl's request. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Diabetes Association. We all loved you, and will miss you! Published in The Province on Feb. 18, 2007

GOUGH, Frank William, C1HT, RCN / RCNR (served 05 Jan 1950 - 01 Apr 1985) - beloved husband of Jean of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at the age of 75 years. Frank was born December 13, 1931 in Okotoks, Alberta. He grew up in Midnapore and received his education at Lacombe Home. Frank was a plumber and gas fitter by trade. In his earlier years Frank travelled the world while serving in the Navy and the Reserves. In the latter part of his career he was self employed and installed well heads for the oil and gas industry. Frank spent many happy years at Chestermere Lake while building his dream home. Frank worked hard all his life, but always found time to entertain family and friends and was always there to lend a hand when needed. Besides his loving wife Jean, Frank is also survived by his stepchildren Lynn and Maynard Witzaney, Debbie Mulgrew and Bryan Mulgrew; brothers Harold and Walter; sisters Bernice Williamson, Sister Francis Gough, Muriel (Al) Devitt and Eileen (Cookie) Gough; sister-in-law Shirley Gough as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his Mother Meta, Father Vivian; brother Patrick and sister Kathleen Halford. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E.) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta. In living memory of Frank Gough, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes.

WHITING, Basil Evans, AB, 4037, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 23 Mar 1923 son of William H. and of Muriel Alice Whiting, Whaletown, BC.


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WILSON, Archibald Whetsone, Stoker 1c, 21535, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 07 Jul 1918 son of Archibald and Eliza Jane Wilson, Victoria, BC.


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WILSON, Donald Alexander Kenneth, Slt, RCN, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 29 Mar 1921 son of Alexander and Janet D. Wilson, Victoria, BC.


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ZINCK, Cyril Milford, Supply Assistant, V25607, RCNVR, MPK - 13 Sep 1942, HMCS OTTAWA - Born 16 Oct 1910 son of Silas Milford and Pansy Eleanor Zinck; husband of Lillian EdnaZinck, all of Halifax, NS.


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HNATIUK, James Joseph William, CPO1, C.A.F. - 67, died unexpectedly on August 18, 2018 and returned home to his heavenly father. James was blessed with a large and loving family. He was born in Emo, Ontario to the late Peter and Mary Hnatiuk and later raised by Andrew and Helen Hajdu. He is survived by siblings, Anne, George, John, Helen, Margarite, Nick and Patsy and preceded in death by Sophie and Michael. James married the love of his life, Ellen Theresa on September 8, 1973. He was a dedicated father to son Douglas James and daughter Carlleen Ann. He was also a loving grandfather to grandsons Jaedon, Linden, Anderson and Greyson, who he cherished beyond words. James was a kind and passionate man, who always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how big or small. He went above and beyond in everything he did, always giving 110%. He was a sailor for 25 years, rising to the highest non commissioned rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and after retiring from the military went on to open Hnatiuk’s Hunting & Fishing Retail store and gun range. He was the leader of the Christian Heritage Party from 2008-2014, a Deacon for 13 years, missionary and a published author, “Torments to Miracles”. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator. A celebration of life will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Pockwock Rd in Hammonds Plains at 2:00pm on Monday 27 August, 2018 with reception right after. Pastor Lennett Anderson will officiate the service. Prayers, condolences and memories are greatly appreciated by the family.


COMISH, Frank Edgar, PO, RCN / C.A.F. - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Frank Edgar Comish, 92 of New Minas. He was the son of the late John and Eleanor (Curtis) Comish. After joining the Canadian Forces at the age of 18, Frank served 30 years in the Navy. He proudly sailed on 13 different ships. Before retiring, in 1974, he finished off his career in the forces, teaching Gunnery at Stadacona. After retiring, he served as a Commissionaire at Aldershot. Once retired, Frank had more time to enjoy some forgotten hobbies, like gardening and snaring rabbits to make fresh rabbit stew or feeding the neighborhood stray cats. Having never obtained a driver's license, Frank was often seen out on one of his daily walks or taking a senior bus trip, bowling or to a musical jam session with his loving wife of 48 years, Bernice. Along with his loving wife, Bernice, he is survived by sons Stephen; Shaun (Sharon); Kevin, all of Dartmouth; daughters Melanie (Ron) Roy, Dartmouth; Brenda Lee (Ed White), Orlando, Florida; step-sons Frank (Judy) Russell, New Minas; John Russell, Port Williams; Brian (Roberta) Russell, Forest Home; step-daughters Marlene (Doug) Beatty, Ontario; Nancy (Ron Mappleback) Russell, Wolfville Ridge; sisters Mona Smith, Victoria, BC; Ethel Comish, Hamilton, ON; 26 grandchildren, including special granddaughter, Christina (she loved her Grampy "Poppie" dearly); 27 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren (one more on the way); several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by step-sons Eric Schofield and Kirk Russell; step-daughter-in-law Marg Russell; brothers Charlie and Don; sister Elsie. The family would like to give special thanks to the VON staff and staff of the Veteran Wing at the Soldiers Memorial Hospital. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Wolfville Funeral Chapel. Family Flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of choice.

GORDON, Dennis (Denny), P1.OT / LCdr, RCN - Born April 15th, 1935. Suddenly but peacefully in the presence of loved ones at Perth on Friday, January 6th, 2012. Denny Gordon (retired Royal Canadian Navy and the Department of National Defense) at the age of 76 years. Loved husband of Nancy Vardon and son-inlaw of Jessie and Len Vardon. Dear father of Chuck (Helen) Gordon and Greg (Lynn Wilson) Gordon. Proud grandfather of Alexander and Cameron Gordon. Dear brother of Raymond (late Leah) Gordon; stepfather of Drew Dale (Traci Cairns). He will be fondly remembered by Karin Gordon, brothers-in-law Charlie, Dave and George Vardon and their families, all his family and many friends. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W. Perth on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 9:00 A.M to 10:00 AM followed by the funeral services in the Chapel at 10:30 A.M. A reception will be held in the Blair & Son Family Centre immediately following the service. In remembrance, contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. 646273 Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2012

GUSTAFSON, Norman, C1ER, 10048-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 28 Jul 1950 - 28 Jul 1975) - Born May 30, 1926. Died January 15, 2012 at the age of 85. Mourning their loss is his family; wife of 63 years, Lillian (Lil); 2 sons, Ken (Christina) and David (Colleen); step-daughter, Patricia Hayden; 4 grandchildren, Robert (Charlynne), Amy (Kyle), Katie (John) and Malcolm. Predeceased by his parents and 3 brothers, Arnold, Paul and Benny. A Memorial Service to be held Friday, January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm at McCall Bros Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver Street, Victoria, BC. No flowers by request if desired, donations to Victoria Hospice, 1510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC would be appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Jan 2012)

GRAY, Robert William (Bob), C2SN, RCNVR, RCNR, RCN / C.A.F. (served 12 Dec 1941 - 04 Feb 1974) - Born March 17th 1924. It is great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Dad (Poppy) on July 24th 2012 at the RJH. Predeceased by wife, Nellie and daughter, Penny. He will be lovingly remembered by sons, Bob (Janis), Jim (Shelley); daughter, Sue (Rick); 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Poppy took great pride in all of his family especially his grandchildren always telling people how his grandchildren were and what they were doing. Bob enjoyed spending time watching all sports, especially local fastball rarely missing a game over many years. Please join us in celebrating his life at 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 7th at the Chief & Petty Officers Mess, 1575 Lyall Street. Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2012

BOURBONNAIS, John (12 Apr 1925 - 22 Jul 2018) - Peacefully, at Actionmarguerite - St. Boniface (Taché Centre), aged 93. He will be deeply missed by his sons, Bill (Bev) and John (Marilyn); grandchildren, Michelle (Tim), Nicole (Rowan), Andrew, and Jeff; and great-grandchildren, Joseph, Eva, and Nina. He was predeceased by Frances, his beloved wife of 46 years; sisters, Yolande, Léonne, Lorraine, and Ghislaine; and brothers, Léo and Lucien. He leaves to mourn brothers, Louis (June), Fr. Denis O.M.I., and Philippe; and special friend Christel Drews. John lived in Winnipeg his entire life. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at 18 years of age and served until the Second World War was over. He worked at the Imperial Oil Refinery for 25 years, then was the Maintenance Supervisor for Seine River School Division for seven years. After he retired, he spent many winters with Mom in Arizona. He designed and built the family cottage at Twin Lakes Beach in the early 1960s and loved spending time with family and friends there. He enjoyed his daily swims and especially playing in the water with his grandchildren. He was an avid bowler, baseball player, tennis player, and duck hunter. Dad could build or repair anything, and was always willing to share his skills with anyone who needed help. The family would like to thank the staff of Actionmarguerite - St. Boniface for their care and support throughout his six year stay. Eulogy will be begin at 1:45 p.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Précieux-Sang Church, 200 Kenny Street, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John can be made to a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 18 Aug 2018)

AITKENHEAD, Ronald (Archie) (13 Feb 1941 - 18 Aug 2018) - known to most as "Archie", passed away peacefully, at home in Brighton, after a very long illness. Beloved husband to Iris (nee Merke), caring father to Melody (Richard), Holly (Mark) and Kim (Scott), and very proud grandfather/papa to Joshua, Jordan, Kyle, Gavin, Sharon, Emily and Kate. He will forever be remembered as one who put his family first and whom always entertained those around him with many stories. He travelled to exotic places in his early years when he served time in the Navy. A welder by trade, as well, a volunteer firefighter with his two brothers (Jack and Norm) and a few years as a paramedic in Wawa, ON. In his late 40s, he had a life changing accident while working as a welder at Algoma Ore. With an early retirement, he spent his days fishing, playing card games with his family, and drinking a Tim's coffee (just the way he liked it) while road tripping in his convertible with Iris at the wheel. In memory, lift up your glass and toast - a husband, a dad, a grandpa, a papa, a brother, an uncle and a friend - entertaining everyone with a tall tale. We will miss you. Rest In Peace. A private family service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements in care of the Brighton Funeral Home. (Winnipeg Free Press 22 Aug 2018)

GRANT, Ronald Earl, AB, V27279, RCNVR, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 12 Oct 1922 son of Wilfred Laurier and Edith Anne Grant, Toronto, ON.


Ronald was born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and was working as a mail order clerk for Robert Simpson Ltd. when he enlisted on May 26, 1941 at Toronto, Ontario.


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GRIST, Robert Tudor (Bob), MedA, RCN / C.A.F. - of Greenwood, NS, passed away peacefully at the Annapolis Community Health Centre on August 22, 2018. Robert “Bob” Grist, born January 25, 1936, in Brantford, Ontario, was the only son of Alexander and Helen (Nesbitt) Grist. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy at a young age and served 30 plus years as a medic on various ships stationed on the Atlantic coast. While stationed in the Halifax area, Bob met and fell in love with and married Patricia M. Driscoll and 60 plus years of marriage, Bob and Patricia enjoyed a wonderful loving life together. Bob enjoyed reading, penning letters and was a science fiction enthusiast. Bob was a backyard naturalist and enjoyed all nature’s creatures, especially his pets Jake, Salley and Wendel. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia on February 17, 2017. Robert was the father to David (Sue), Halifax; Mark (Mary), Sydney; Sandy (Mai), Brisbane, Australia; Steven (Sylvia), Edmonton, AB; Michael (Wanda), Oromocto, NB; Suzanne (Oren) Gould, Halifax; Liz ( Ron) Wojcik, Halifax; Sarah (Mahmood) Fadhil, Halifax; Patrick, Greenwood; Robert (Mandy), Halifax and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Grist family would like to thank the entire staff of the Annapolis Community Health Centre, for their wonderful loving care. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Annapolis Community Health Centre Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St.

GEATER, John W. (Jack), C1ER / Lt (E), RCN (served 16 Sep 1940 - 16 Sep 1968) - of Kelowna, BC. Born 07 Jan 1921 Died 24 Dec 2012


GODFREY, Frederick William (Bill), C1BN, 9311-E, RCN / R4978, RCNR (served 10 May 1949 - 20 Sep 1988) - age 81 years, passed away in the T.B.R.H.S.C. on Sunday, April 14, 2013 with his family at his side. Bill was born in Fort William on January 10, 1932 to Fred and Edna Godfrey. A lifetime resident of Thunder Bay he worked as a Firefighter, Fire Inspector and then Chief Fire Prevention Officer, retiring in 1991 after 34 your years in Fire Services. A veteran, Bill served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Korean War and later with the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, Coxswain of HMCS GRIFFON. Bill enjoyed spending time at the camp at Floral Beach and his daily swims at Volunteer Pool. He and Shirley Olson were married in Port Arthur on December 8, 1955 and together raised two children Scott and Carolyn. A loving and devoted husband he spent every day of the last few years making daily visits to Shirley at her residence at Bethammi Nursing Home. Bill is survived by his wife Shirley, son Scott, daughter Carolyn (Bob) Garrity, grandchildren Sean, and Shirley, brother Robert, sister-in-law June Oliver (John) Trenton, Ontario, brother-in-law Ron Olson, Trenton, Ontario, and nieces, nephews and his cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. A private interment service will be held at a later date in Riverside Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorials to the St. Joseph's Foundation-Bethammi Nursing home would be appreciated. Arrangements are in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, support staff, with special thanks to the nurses at the Dialysis Unit for the outstanding care provided to Bill during his illness. A special thanks to HMCS GRIFFON and Naval Reserve Formation Padre, LCdr Ed Swayze, for his support to the family. Also, thank you to the staff of Sargent & Son Funeral home for your guidance during this difficult time."




GEORGE, Andrew Henry (Andy), PO1, RCN / C.A.F. (served 04 Jan 1946 - 08 May 1986)  (07 Mar 1926 - 06 Jun 2013) - At age 87 in Victoria B.C. Andy passed away peacefully in the morning on Thursday June 6th 2013 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital due to heart and diabetes complications.

Andy was born on March 7th 1926 in Southey, Saskatchewan to parents John and Helen. Growing up on the farm, he shared hard work, laughter and pranks with his 4 brothers and 4 sisters. He married on October 6th 1956, at New Westminster British Columbia to Mary Georgina Hamilton (his first and only love).

He joined the Royal Canadian Navy on January 4th 1946 at HMCS Queens, Regina Saskatchewan and retired on May 8th 1976 with rank of Warrant Officer. During his 30 year career with the military, he received the following medals: Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal, United Nations Emergency Forces Medal – Middle East, Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and the Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp.

In 1976 he worked for the department of the Attorney General B.C. Corrections branch until his retirement in March of 1991.

He worked in the stores department which later led to the administration and operation of VIRCC stores. He completed a training course for special security officer and small arms in 1976. Due to his willingness, co-operation and general cheerful demeanor, by August 1977 he was the successful applicant for security officer.

While proudly serving his country, Andy’s career took him on many journeys to different parts of the world. He brought home stories, trinkets and treasures to all his family creating memories that would last a life time.

A very important opportunity arose while serving in the Navy….. SPORTS. Andy wasted no time and joined the fastball, softball, hockey and curling teams. With Baseball running through his veins and being a fierce catcher to be reckoned with, he enjoyed every aspect of the game.

From there he went on to coaching baseball and hockey. This eventually led to him becoming an umpire which he continued to do until he retired in 1996. Throughout his sports career Andy received many trophy’s and accolades as a player, umpire and coach.

Andy was always the life of the party and people gravitated towards him. He had a great sense of humor and was an exceptional story teller.

Generous, loving and kind-hearted, he made friends with everyone. He was a wonderful host to all who entered his home whether you stopped by alone or with twenty other people. Friends, family even the mail carrier could stop by and feel comfortable because he made you feel welcome.

Andy had many interests that filled his days. He was a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. He would let you know when he had to go and watch his game! He also liked to fix and tinker around with things. He loved reading the comics and math was his forte.

Andy is survived by, Daughters Sandra Fox (Lou Maillet) of Victoria B.C. and Dianne Lane (Keith Henly) of Prince George B.C. Grandchildren: Christina (Dustin), Dustin (Candace), Andrew (Kaori), Rachelle (Noah), Dylan and Alannah. Great Grandchildren: Bailey, Paityn, Kyle and David. Sisters: Ann (Semeniuk), Kay (George), Mae (Ed) Malnyk and Irene (Sather). Brother Danny( Mona), Sister in law Mary (George) and Brother in law Russ McCorkindale. Many Nephews and Nieces including niece Debbie with whom he shared a special bond.

He leaves behind a legacy of friendships from the many chapters of his life.

He is predeceased by his wife Mary on July 4th 1996 and Brothers Bill, John and Steve.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and Health Care Professionals for their wonderful care.

There will be no service by request. Cremation preceded a celebration of Andy’s life which will be held for family August 10th 2013.



GOODWIN, Betty, L/Wtr, WRCNS - Born Aug. 26. 1921 passed peacefully Feb.23,2014. Proceeded by Stewart (1975) her youngest son. Survived by sons Carl and Reid (Wendy). She was loved by many and will be missed by many for she left a foot print where ever she went. "We had a good run." At her request, there will be no service. (Victoria Times Colonist 27 Feb 2014)



HEATHORN, Arthur John, Leading Stoker, 21588, RCN, MPK - 24 Sep 1942, HMS SOMALI - Born 21 Mar 1921 son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert D. Heathorn, Vancouver, BC.


Leading Stoker Arthur John Heathorn son of Capt. H. D. Heathorn, 1060 Granville of No. 13 Firehall. Stoker Heathorn was born in Vancouver and attended King Edward High School and Vancouver Technical. He enlisted on April 27, 1939 in Vancouver, British Columbia, two months before outbreak of the war. He went overseas early in the war on the destroyer, HMCS Restigouche , was at Bayonne during evacuation of France and helped take survivors off the destroyer, HMCS Fraser. Stoker Heathorn had been home on leave twice, and was due to return on leave this month. The official casualty list from Ottawa today, states that Stoker Heathorn was serving on the British Tribal class destroyer, HMS Somali recently lost due to enemy action.


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CORRIGAN, Francis Owen, Supply Petty Officer, 40595, RCN, MPK - 26 Sep 1942, HMS VETERAN / HMCS NIOBE - Born 11 Dec 1917 son of Mr. and Mrs. James Corrigan, Fernie, BC.


Supply Petty Officer F. O. Corrigan was killed in action. He was taking passage on HMS VETERAN to HMCS NIOBE, Greenock, Scotland. HMS Veteran was torpedoed and sunk by U-404 on September 26, 1942. He joined the Canadian Navy on July 31, 1939 and before his enlistment he was a student. He was born in Coal Creek, British Columbia.


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MARSHALL, Albert Walter Petty Officer Cook (Officer), 40581, RCN MPK - 14 Oct 1942, SS CARIBOU / HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Born 18 Jan 1920 son of Joshua and Ethel May Marshall; husband of Hazel Emma Marshall, all of Victoria, BC.


Petty Officer Cook A. W. Marshall is missing presumed dead. He was taking passage on S.S. Caribou going back to his ship HMCS Assiniboine. The Caribou was torpedoed and sunk by U-69 on 14 Oct 1942.


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ROBERTSON, Charles Kenneth, AB, 3615, RCN, MPK - 16 Nov 1942, SS IRISH PINE / HMS QUEBEC - Born 04 May 1922 son of Charles H. and Thelma Agnes Robertson, Sydney, NS.


Able Seaman C. K. Robertson was reported missing and presumed killed. He was taking passage on the steamship SS Irish Pine which was sunk by U-608. He entered the Sydney academy in September 1939 and left in May 1940, to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy. He took his training at Esquimalt, BC and then volunteered for service with the Naval Commando.


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GRIMMON, Calvin Douglas, M.I.D., LS, 4026, RCN, MPK - 16 Nov 1942, SS IRISH PINE / HMS QUEBEC - Born 24 Jan 1922 son of Ralph D. and Beatrice Kathleen Grimmon, Milford, ON.


Leading Seaman C. D. Grimmon, missing, presumed dead when the ship in which he was taking passage on the steamship SS Irish Pine which was sunk by U-608 

Seaman Calvin Douglas Grimmon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Grimmon, Black Creek, near Picton, Ontario, is reported missing at sea. He was a member of the Royal Navy Commandos. Two of his brothers Stirling and Harry are members of the Canadian Navy, while a Sister Kathleen is in the R.C.A.F. (Women's Division)


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GRIMMON, Stirling Edward - died 1999. Stirling was the brother of Calvin Grimmon who died when SS Irish Pine was sunk by U-608. Sterling served in the RCN during WW2.

GRIMMON, Henry Everett - died 1966. Henry was the brother of Calvin Grimmon who died when SS Irish Pine was sunk by U-608. Henry served in the RCN during WW2.

DORRELL, Walter William - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter, age 84, at the Woodstock Hospital on August 14, 2018. Dearly loved husband of Irene (Hunter). He will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Walter was a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and a retired Canada Post employee. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 25th from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Woodstock R.C. Legion, 642 Dundas Street. (Toronto Star 23 Aug 2018)

MORANCY, Cecil Omar, Radar Operator, RCNVR -  passed away in the TBRHSC on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 after a five month illness surrounded by loving family members. He was born in Fort William on January 12th, 1923, then resided in Ouimet, ON until the age of 7. The family moved back to Fort William. He worked as a bellhop in the Royal Edward Hotel in his teen years. At 16 years he worked for Mr. Roy Dawes in his fur store. Cecil did deliveries and helped in the store with Mr. Dawes. He volunteered to serve Canada in the RCNVR in 1941. He was trained as a radar operator in Halifax. He served on corvettes escorting convoys across the Atlantic Ocean to Great Britain and on mine sweepers on the invasion of Omaha Beach. He married Helen Mary MacKenzie on April 30th, 1945 when he was home on leave for 10 days. Cecil was discharged from active duty in August 1945. When he came home to Port Arthur, he was fortunate to get employment at Current River Abitibi Pulp Mill. He worked in the finishing room of the mill for a few years, then transferred to the mechanical department to work as a sheet metal worker. He worked at the mill for 17 years. He then started work as an apprenticeship councellor for the Department of Labour for 5 years, then started work with the Ontario Public Service Union as a union representative. He retired from that position in May 1983. In his younger years, he was a trainer for junior hockey teams in the 50's. Cecil is survived by his wife Helen Mary, sons Ron in Thunder Bay, John (Barbara) in Thunder Bay, Alan (Carol) in Vancouver, BC, daughter Maryann (Richard) Mauro in North Vancouver, BC, sisters Dorothy Demchuk, Peggy Martin and Annette Skinner. Also survived by 6 grandchildren Jim (Carm), Jeff (Laura), Colin (Lana), Morgan (Ryan), Tara (Nathan) and Andrew (Kelly), 8 great grandchildren, MacKenzie, Matthew, Aiden, Cole, Caleb, Jonah, Mathew and Brody. Predeceased by his parents Omar and Ellen Morancy, sister Audrey Major and brother Russel Morancy, two grandsons, John Mathew and Baby Morancy and daughter-in-law Barbara Elaine Morancy. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 24th, 2010 at Lakeview Presbyterian Church on Camelot Street beginning at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre or the Naval Memorial Fund would be greatly appreciated by the family.

DOCKSEY, Donald Charles, AB, 3745, RCN, died - 26 Nov 1942, HMCS NIOBE - Born 09 Apr 1923 son of Percy George and Florence Georgina Docksey, London, ON.


Able Seaman D. C. Docksey was killed in a traffic accident in Glasgow, Scotland. He was knocked down by a bus in the city blackout. He sustained a fracture at the base of his skull. He is buried in Greenock Cemetery, Renfrewshire, Scotland.


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KILN, Alec Ronald, LS, 2224, RCN, MPK - 20 Dec 1942, HMCS BRANDON - son of Harry and Mary Kiln, Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England; husband of Edith Evelyn Kiln, Halifax, NS.


Leading Seaman A. R. Kiln died when he fell overboard between 19:30 and 20:00 hours on the night of December 20, 1942, whilst HMCS Brandon was escorting the Iceland portion of convoy 112. An investigation showed he fell over the side by accident and was drowned, in the execution of his duty.


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RICHARDSON, William Edward, ERA 4c, V23098, RCNVR, MPK - 14 Oct 1941, HMCS BRANDON - Born 23 Oct 1919 son of William and Margret Richardson; husband of Doris Amy Richardson, all of Montréal, QC.


Engine Room 4th Class W. E. Richardson died in General Hospital, Iceland following treatment for Urethritis. He is buried in the Fossvogur Cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland.


Engine Room 4th Class William Edward Richardson son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Richardson of 3040 Jolicoeur Street, his wife, the former Doris Martin of 5730 Hamilton Street, leaned this week. At the time of his death he was an Acting Engine Room Artificer. Born in Montréal in 1919. Before enlisting he was employed at Canadian Tube and Steel Products Ltd.


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LAURIE, William Drennan, LS, V/23158, RCNVR, MPK - 25 Jan 1942, SS RINGSTAD / HMCS BRANDON - Born 27 Jun 1919 son of Ernest and Dorothy Drennan Laurie, St. Lambert; husband of Margaret K. Laurie, all of St Lambert, QC.


Leading Seaman W. D. Laurie. was returning to Canada from United Kingdom. He was a passenger on Norwegian cargo vessel SS Ringstad. This ship had departed from Cardiff, England, on Jan. 14, 1942 and was scheduled to dock at St. John New Brunswick on or about Jan. 28, 1942. The SS Ringstad was in Convoy ONS 56 which was made up of 36 ships when she was torpedoed by a German Submarine U-333 about 90 miles south east of Cape Race Newfoundland. The sink occurred at about 04:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, 1942. 


Leading Seaman William Drennan Laurie, formerly well known in local amateur radio circles. "Bill" Laurie a wireless operator in the RCNVR, which he joined in 1940, has been reported missing at sea. His wife is the former Margaret K. Mosher, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Laurie of 231 L'Esperance Street, St. Lambert. He was born in Winnipeg but came to Montréal with his family in 1936 and lived at LaPrairie where he began operating the amateur radio station VE2CP. He used to carry on two-way conversations with places as far as Fifeshire in Scotland. He was the president of the South Shore Wireless Club in 1939 and 1940. He went overseas November 1941. Leading Seaman Laurie had gone overseas on a Canadian corvette, and it is understood he was on his way back from England on a British Freighter.


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JAMIESON, Rowland Craig, Wt (SB), V22037, RCNVR, MPK - 25 Jan 1942, SS RINGSTAD - Born 15 Jan 1905 son of David C. and Nellie Jamieson, Sarnia, ON; husband of Laura F. J. Jamieson, Toronto, ON.


Warrant Officer R. C. Jamieson was returning to Canada from United Kingdom. He was a passenger on Norwegian cargo vessel SS Ringstad. This ship had departed from Cardiff, England, on Jan. 14, 1942 and was scheduled to dock at St. John New Brunswick on or about Jan. 28, 1942. The SS Ringstad was in Convoy ONS 56 which was made up of 36 ships when she was torpedoed by a German Submarine U-333 about 90 miles south east of Cape Race Newfoundland. The sinking occurred at about 04:30 hrs. on Jan. 24, 1942.


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GOREING, Frank, OS, 4524, RCN, died - 24 Jan 1943, HMCS CHATHAM - Born 04 Aug 1924 son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goreing, Galt, ON.


Ordinary Seaman Frank Goreing was accidentally killed when a rifle discharged as it was being picked up in a small boat. Ordinary Seaman Goreing was shot in the chest and died within minutes. He is buried in the Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, ON.


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RADCLIFFE, Kenneth John (Ken) - Born June 18, 1926, Toronto, ON; died  April 18, 2016, Calgary, AB. In one short week Ken went from being able to visit to being released into God's hands on Monday, April 18, just two months short of his 90th birthday. Ken was born in 1926 in Toronto. He was the eldest of three children born to Fred and Zilpha Radcliffe. Ken had a brother Ger, born in 1932 and a sister Mary Ruth, born when he was ten. Ken saw education as so important. He was in school in Toronto for the first eight years at Humbercrest Public and then four years at UTS. After graduating he spent one year in Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto. At this point he joined the Royal Canadian Navy but was never part of the war instead being part of training at Millard Ontario. Following Ken's discharge, he moved to Montreal West to live with his family and then completed his Electrical Engineering degree in 1948. While at McGill University Ken met his future wife Lois who took Physiotherapy at McGill graduating as well in 1948. Ken and Lois married in 1950. Ken joined GE Canada in 1948 and worked for the company for 43 years until his retirement at the age of 65. During his career he moved across the county as he pursued a career in sales being retrained twice, once in nuclear power and the other was in combustion gas turbines that brought him to Calgary. Ken and Lois had two children, David and Jane, both children being born in London Ontario. In 1998, Lois died from complications from Breast Cancer. Ken never gave up or complained about life. In 1988 he became a left below the knee amputee. Then in 2007 Ken became a right below the knee amputee. He fought hard to master skills allowing him to use a walker. His prosthetist Milan stood by him for 25 years. In 2007 Ken moved to Lake Bonavista Village and spent seven years there. For the last two years he has been at the Maison. He was well loved and became a part of their "family" taking an interest in all the staff and their families. He was fortunate to meet Vera there, someone who brought so much joy to his life. Ken is survived by his sister-in-law June; brother-in-law David; son David and his wife Lenore and their children Sarah (Cal) Fleck, and Scott (Vicky) Radcliffe; five great-grandchildren Hunter, Bennett, Hayden, Chase, and Chloe; and daughter Jane and her husband Rein. He was predeceased by his brother Ger and sister Mary Ruth. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through We as a family would like to extend our thanks to the dedicated and loving staff at Maison Senior Living, with special mention and thanks to the care he received from Dr. Han. Ken would want each staff person to know you enriched and blessed his life.

CORBETT, John Harper, M.I.D, Lt, RCNVR - On February 4, 2016, John Corbett died peacefully in Calgary at the age of 96. Renowned for his lively wit, John was a consummate gardener, wide-stanced golfer and passionate hunter, shepherding his buddies on an annual goose hunt for 40 years. Born in Victoria, B.C. on June 24, 1919, John then spent all but his final months in Edmonton. In 1942, he graduated, with distinction, in law from the University of Alberta. There he met his beloved Nora, and they married a year later in Quebec City during a brief leave from his World War II duties as a seagoing lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was mentioned in despatches for a swift decision that saved many lives. Upon returning, he joined his father's law practice, Corbett and Harper, one of Edmonton's oldest firms (1911). John had a long, distinguished law practice, specializing in estate planning, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1959. He was president of Royal Mayfair Golf Club, where he planted many of the trees gracing the course's fairways. John is survived by his children Mary (Graeme Dales), Norma (Scot Jamieson), Helen, William, grandsons Cameron and Nathan Dales, sister Nancy Lord and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Nora (McPhail), parents William Melville and Norma Roberta (Dickson) Corbett and sisters Agnes Wynn, Mary Stevens and Rhona Bilsland. The family is deeply grateful to John's niece Nancy Nimmon for her unflagging support, to the staff and residents of Canterbury Manor and Maison Senior Living and to Elma Candelario, Darlein Warren and Erika Franklin for their tremendous hands-on care. A celebration of John's life will be held at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club, 9450 Groat Road, Edmonton on Thursday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. A Calgary reception will be held Saturday, February 27, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Maison Senior Living (750 49 Avenue S.W.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edmonton Community Foundation, 9910 - 103 Street NW, Edmonton T5K 2V7,


M.I.D. citation:  CORBETT, John Harper, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Annan - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 April 1945 and London Gazette of 20 March 1945. "For outstanding skill, courage and zeal in Anti-U-Boat operations while serving in H.M. Canadian Ships Annan and Saint John."



RICHARDSON, Clayton Harvey - Born December 2, 1925, Three Hills, AB. Died November 16, 2015, Calgary, AB. Passed away on November 16, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Clay was born in Twining, Alberta, the second of two children born to Elizabeth and William Richardson. He and his older sister Doris attended school in Three Hills, Alberta. Following graduation, Clay quickly enlisted in the Canadian Navy in 1943. Clay was discharged at the end of WWII and began his studies in Pharmacy at the University of Alberta in 1948. He began his career in pharmacy at Horsley Drugs in Red Deer in 1952 and later moved to Waterbury Drugs in Three Hills. Clay married Jean (Christie) in June 1953. He had an opportunity in 1956 to pioneer his own drugstore in Hinton, AB as a new pulp mill was under construction. He and Jean owned and managed King Value Drug Mart until 1989. Clay was very active in the Hinton community as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Progressive Conservative Association as well as President of the Optimist club. Clay was often seen helping with projects that improved the Town of Hinton and assisted with the hand digging of the first outdoor swimming pool, helping to build the clubhouse at the golf course, helping with the minor hockey program and helping to build the first curling rink in Hinton. Clay and Jean retired to Salmon Arm, BC in 1989 and enjoyed many years spending summers at Mara Lake BC and winters in Mesa, AZ. Clay and Jean were actively involved with the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm and were awarded the distinguished Paul Harris Award. In 2000 Clay and Jean moved to Calgary to be closer to family. Clay also became involved with the Rotary Club of Calgary and remained active until 2014. He enjoyed a very special closeness and camaraderie with his brother-in-law, Tom Christie following Jean's death in 2002. Clay leaves behind many good friends at Sienna Park Green. Clayton was very proud of his rural farming upbringing and achieved success by working hard, serving people and looking for ways to make his community a better place. He was a strong role model and provider for his family. We will always miss our Dad and Poppa dearly but will remember him with a smile, a wink and a happy heart.

MAJKO, Steven John (Steve) - beloved husband of Betty Majko, of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the age of 89 at the Chinook Care Centre Hospice. Steve was born in Elphinstone, Manitoba on March 12, 1926. He served in the Navy during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Manitoba and worked in several architectural offices in Montreal. He then joined an international corporation in the manufactured housing industry with plants in Canada and Hawaii. He became well known in this industry in North America having been closely associated with its development for most of his career. After a brief retirement period in 1985, he went back to work for another 15 years as an industrial/commercial realtor in Calgary. Steve's working career spanned some fifty one years. He lead an interesting and full life, loved his wife, children and granddaughters. Steve was an avid reader of autobiographies and enjoyed a broad range of music and sports. He is survived by his loving wife Betty of 62 years; his son John (Debbie), daughter Anne-Marie (Rick) and granddaughters, Michelle and Melissa; sister, Anne; brother, Peter (Annette) and numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his son, David. We wish to thank the wonderful staff from Palliative Home Care and the Chinook Care Centre Hospice for their loving care and kindness. At Steve's request, there will be a private family celebration of life.

WATSON, Irving Archibald (Soapy) - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Irving Archibald "Soapy" Watson on August 12, 2018. He was surrounded by his family who loved him and will miss him very much. He was predeceased by his parents, Archie and Doris (Thompson) Watson; sister, Doris; nephews, Jimmy and Jonny. Irving is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nicole (Robinson); children and spouses, Shelley (Stephen), Andrew (Tamara) and Matthew (Natalie); sisters, Heather, Teresa, and brother, David; his grandchildren who he loved so much, Lauren, Aaron, Katelyn, Adam, Hunter, Miranda, Austin and Grace; great- grandchildren, Jaxson and Kingston; also nieces, Angela, Susan, Kathy; and nephew, David. Irving had a long career as a civil servant, having served in the Canadian Navy for 25 years with postings to many ships, but his heart was forever a Submariner. Irving also worked for the Canadian Postal Service, working in offices in Halifax, Sydney and North Sydney. He made many friends over the years and will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew and loved him. A special thank you to the staff of Closing the Gap. We can't thank them enough for their kindness, compassion and patience while helping to care for our father over the last few years. We would also like to thank the staff at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and especially those working in the 4.2 unit. The care and dignity that they treated Pops with in his final days will never be forgotten. There will be a family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or QEII Health Centre Foundation in Irving's name.


Soapy was a Life Member of the SAOC(E). He joined the Submarine community early 1960's as a Canadian serving in RN Boats both in the UK as well as a stint in Singapore sailing in HMS Andrew. Irv was Commissioning Crew HMCS Onondaga until 1973 we he was medically returned to General Service. Soapy is the Canadian who liberated the well protected "Miss Wahoo" from the USS Wahoo whilst HMS Andrew and USS Wahoo were side by each in Japan. By all accounts Soapy had quite the ride in Submarines.



HALLAS, James R., Tel, RCN - At the Royal Jubilee Hospital on May 17, 1985. Aged 84 years, born in Peterborough, England. He is survived by his wife, Olive; son, Peter and wife Janice; three grandchildren, Lynda, Michael, and Ian, all of Victoria; sister, Mrs. Jane Jackson, of England. Mr. Hallas served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 172. Memorial service will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel of Heather, 317 Goldstream Ave., Colwood, BC on Thursday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

HORNE, Alan Richard, Chief Stoker, RCN - of Burnaby, BC passed away on May 18, 1985, aged 63 years. Survived by his loving family, his life, Marg; daughters, Lynda Power of Surrey, Sandra McIntosh and son-in-law, Vern of Victoria, Valeria Zanatta and son-in-law, Rick of Burnaby, Lynda of Burnaby, 6 grandchildren; also, his brother, Don Horne of Vancouver and his sisters, Doris Billyeald of Pender Island. Predeceased by 1 sister, Ganel Landers. In compliance with the wishes of the late Alan Horne no service will be held. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

HEATHFIELD, George F., RCNVR - In hospital on January 26, 1986. Born in Victoria, on August 24, 1914. Predeceased by his wife, Eleanor in 1979 and his parents, Charles and Lillian Heathfield. He leaves his aunts and uncle, Mrs. Daisy Murray, Fred and Bea Cobb, Mrs. Ether Cobb; cousins in Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle and many friends. George served with the RCNVR during the Second World War and was a member of the Chief's and PO's Association, Esquimalt and Br. No. 172, RCL. Funeral services in the Sands Memorial Chapel of Chimes on Friday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. Padre Peter Isles officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chiefs and PO's Association, 618 Admirals Road, Victoria, BC. 

HEROLD, Peter Russell, CPO, RCN - suddenly in hospital on June 23, 1987, aged 66 years old, born in Reist, Alberta on September 4, 1920. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer, RCN and recently retired from HMC Dockyard. Survived and sadly missed by his loving wife, Kay; three sons and their wives, Peter and Alana of Vancouver, BC, Michael and Sandy of Nanaimo, BC and Jeff and Barb of Tsawwassen, BC; grandchildren, Kristi and Sean of Nanaimo; brother Joe of Calgary; sisters, Alice Matvenko of Keremeos, BC, Ella Savage and Jenny Krisa of Calgary, AB; numerous nieces and nephews. Peter was a member of the Chief and Petty Officer's Mess and Chief and Petty Officers Association at CFB Esquimalt and was a member of the Esquimalt Angles Association. A memorial service will be held at1:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, 1987 at St. Andrew's Chapel, Naden, CFB Esquimalt, Rev. J.W. Wilcox officiating. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made in Peters name to the Canadian Cancer Society.

HUNT, Brian, Lyle, C2WU, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 13 May 1971) - of Victoria, BC on December 2, 1987 in his 63rd year. Survived by his son, Brian; daughters, Cheryl and Deborah; three grandchildren, brother, Gordon (Winnipeg); sisters, Dorothy (Thunder Bay) and Irene (Fort Frances, ON); also many loving relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held Monday December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of First Memorial. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the BC Heart Foundation.

HUNT, Earl James Thomas, CPO2, RCN / C.A.F. - Born March 2, 1939. Died suddenly on March 23, 1988 in Victoria at the age of 49 years. he is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; daughter, Deborah; son, James; daughter, Lori and husband, Harry Arsenault; two grandsons, Kevin and Kyle; his parents, Cecil and Elsie Hunt; sister, Margret Halipchuk; brother, Bob Hunt; sister, Pat Hunt, all of Winnipeg, MB; also sisters, Sherril Land, of Ottawa; Betty Pearce, of Maple Ridge, BC; many nieces and nephews, his father-in-law, Andrew Bing and many friends. Mr. Hunt had served 25 years in the RCN., was a member of the Chiefs and PO's Association, the RCN Anglers Association adn the Prince Edward Branch # 91 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Langford. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 28 at 3: 00 p.m. in McCall Bros Floral Chapel, Rev J.G. Titus officiating, cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium. Flowers are gratefully declined, anyone wishing to do so may make a donation to the Heart Fund, Victoria, BC.

THOMSON, Woodburn Stratford, Lt, RCNVR - Died 15 Sep 1989, Toronto, ON.



EISNER, Eric Ewald, Steward, 40756, RCN, killed - 22 Feb 1943, HMCS WEYBURN - Born 24 Feb 1916 son of Gustav B. and Anna Eisner, Mirror, AB.


Eric Eisner was born in Govan, SK, 24 Feb 1916 to Gustav and Anne Eisner.


Steward Eisner survived the sinking of HMCS Weyburn and was picked up by HMS Black Swan along with the other survivors - and was witnessed on board by other Weyburn crew. When HMS Black Swan arrived at Gibraltar and landed the survivors, Steward Eisner could not be found either on board or ashore and was listed as missing. After having found no further trace of Steward Eisneer, he was considered MPK on 22 Feb 1943.


Message from HMS Black Swan after Steward Eisner could not be located on arrival at Gibraltar


Letter to Alma Siltz on the disappearance of Steward Eisner


Message from the British Admiralty declaring Steward Eisner deceased as of 22 Feb 1943


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BRENNAN, Thomas Edwin, OA 4c, X41038, RCN, died - 13 Mar 1943, HMCS NADEN - born 03 Dec 1898 son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brennan; husband of Elizabeth J. Brennan, North Vancouver, BC.


Ordnance Artificer T. E. Brenman died of coronary occlusion (heart attack), partial or complete obstruction of blood flow in a coronary artery while serving at HMCS Naden.  He is buried at the North Vancouver Cemetery, Vancouver, BC.


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