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)


WALTERS, Leslie Frank, LS, 2855, RCN, died - 12 Apr 1943, HMCS PROTECTOR - Born 08 Nov 1919 son of William and Harriet Walters, Victoria, BC.


Leading Seaman L. F. Walters was on leave when he died at the Windsor Hotel, Halifax, NS of heart disease (mitral valve lesions). He is buried in the Veteran's Cemetery, Victoria, BC.


Book of Remembrance entry

HARTLEN, Wolfred Gerald, PO, 3223, RCN, MPK - 16 Apr 1943, HMCS STADACONA - Born 07 Mar 1921 son of Wolfred Nelson and Leta Clara Hartlen, of Birch Cove, NS; husband of Margaret Annie Hartlen, of Victoria, BC.


Wolfred Hartlen was born on 07 Mar 1921 in Rockingham, NS. He volunteered for the RCN on 07 Jun 1938 and commenced active service on 07 Mar 1939. 


Petty Officer W. G. Hartlen died due to drowning in Halifax Harbour. Petty Officer Hartlen was the coxswain of a naval whaler that was sailing near French Cable Wharf when it was almost run down by the US tanker S.S. Walter Jennings. The crew in the whaler jumped into the harbour and were thrown life belts from the Walter Jennings.  All crew were rescued with the exception of PO Hartlen. His body was never found.


Report from pilot onboard SS Walter Jennings          Report into the drowning of PO Hartlen


Active Service and Training record for PO Hartlen


Book or Remembrance entry


HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 03 Jun 1939 - 08 Apr 1940 as an OS, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in ASSINIBOINE 18 May 1940 - 24 Aug 1940 as an AB, RCN 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Served in Prince Henry 30 Nov 1940 - 22 Jul 1941 as an AB & A/LS, RCN

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert 12 May 1942 - 10 Nov 1942 as an AB & A/LS, RCN

HALL, Herbert (Herb), C2CK, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 21 Jan 1975) - Born September 28, 1927. Passed suddenly on December 7, 1998, at home, 61 years, beloved husband of Doreen; much loved father of son, Ron; daughters, Jacque of Victoria, Cathy and husband, Kim of Surrey, BC, Brenda and husband, Bruce of Nanaimo, BC; grandpa to Laura, Victoria, Cory Dean, Erin, Catherine and Geoffrey; many more family and close friends. Retired Chief Petty Officer, Royal Canadian Navy, 25 years service. Retired BC Ferry Corp., 13 years. His warm hands and quick humour will be sadly missed by all. A memorial service will be held from the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services on Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. with Rev. R. Sansom officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Canadian Heart Fund.

HUGHES, William Alexander Lorne (Bill), C1SG, RCN (retired 12 Feb 1964) - At St. Joseph's General Hospital on Wednesday, July 5th, 1989, William (Bill) Hughes of 887 Hilliard Street. Beloved husband of Helen Marie Morgan. Dear father of William Hughes of Gibson, BC, Robert of Burlington and Richard of Peterborough. Brother of Mrs. Catherine Duncan of Carleton Place and the late Mrs. Evelyn Stapleton. Also survived by seven Grandchildren. predeceased by his parents, William Hughes and Kathleen Devaney. Mr. Hughes was a member of the  Chief's and POs Association East and West Coast Division, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #52, Peterborough Naval Association and the US Navy Fleet Reserve #346. As his request there will be no service or visitation. Following cremation there will be a burial at sea. In memory of Mr. Hughes, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

HALL, Fergus Glencross, Chief Plumber, RCNVR (demobilized 04 Jan 1946) - at Victoria, BC on December 26, 1990. Born in Montreal on May 5, 1912. Survived by his son, Scott Hall; his daughter-in-law, Darlene Legate, her children, Joel and Marissa Legate, of Victoria; his brother, Walter of Kelowna, BC and his brother Kenneth, of Winnipeg, MB. Raised in Montreal, Winnipeg, and Toronto, the husband of the late Muriel (Berry) Hall, he served with distinction in the RCNVR during the Second World War. He leaves many close friends who knew him as a gentleman of great kindness. Those who had the good fortune to have him as a friend will remember his loyalty, his sense of humour, and his integrity. He was a man who sought to leave the world better than he found it, and succeeded. We shall miss him. We all should. The family thanks the nurses and doctors of the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria for their skill and kindness. He chose the path unexplored, He loved the thrill of the chase. the Hun was its own reward, He met each conclusion with grace. He measured his riches in friendship, Did not car if one's station was grand, A true comrade through good times and hardship, He died the wealthiest man.

HILL, Gordon F., RPO - of Victoria, BC. Died about 1990

HARPHAM, Barrie Alfred, P2RC, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 07 Sep 1976) - On August 28, 1991 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC. Born in Dauphin, MB, May 12, 1933, a long-time resident of Victoria. He leaves his loving family: wife, Jeannette; daughter, Dana and her husband, Mark Callan of Victoria; son, Jay and his wife, Viviane of Maple Ridge and grandson, Brian Harpham; sister, Mrs. Shirley (Patrick) MacDonald of Edmonton, AB; sisters-in-law, Freda (Bud) Wolff of Dapp, AB and Margaret Collin of Westlock, AB; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and numerous friends. Barrie proudly served with the RCN for 25 years retiring in 1976. He was formerly a member of the Chief's & Petty Officers Association before his illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 30, at 3:00 p.m. at Christ The Redeemer Chapel, CFB Naden with The Reverend Father Andre Samson officiating. Interment to follow at Royal Oak Burial Park. Donations, if desired, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Victoria, B. Special thaks to Dr. David K. Ripley and nursing staff on 4 West.

HALL, John William (Jack), PO2 Victualling Storesman, RCN / C.A.F. (served 10 Mar 1949 - 07 Sep 1974) - passed away on November 10, 1991 at Victoria, BC. Born in Hamilton, ON April 28, 1929. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Lil; son, Bruce; daughters, Brenda, Jackie and spouses; five grandchildren; his five sisters, Wilma, USA; Margaret, Nettie, Dorothy and Mary Jane of Hamilton, ON. Jack spent 25 years in the RCN and 10 years working at William Head. He was a member of Gorge Vale Golf Course and Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 91. Our heartfelt thanks to the C.C.U. staff at Victoria General Hospital, Dr. Forth, Dr. Morgan and Dr. Derry. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at noon in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, Victoria, with Rev. H. Silvester officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Fund.

HILL, Norman Bernard Whycliffe (Norm), C2.RPI, RCN - Passed away suddenly on March 7, 1993, at his home at the age of 70 years. Norm was born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on January 5, 1923. Norm joined the Canadian Navy as a boy seaman and served at sea during the Second World War. Following the war, he was stationed at Esquimalt where his last assignment was as a radar instructor at Naden. In 1960 Norm retired from the RCN after a long service career of 20 years. After Naden Norm owned Raynor's Market, at the corner of Blenkinsop and Cedar Hill X Rd., where he will be remembered by all as a good neighbour and friend. After retiring from his store, Norm worked for 13 years at the Saanich Municipal Hall as a janitor, until his retirement in 1982. Norm was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing off the coast of Vancouver Island for many years. His children's and grandchildren's interest in sports gave him many years of enjoyment. Predeceased by his brother, Les, loved and fondly remembered by his devoted wife of 47 years, Lenore; his children, Doug and his wife, Kathy, Diane and her husband, Jamie and grandchildren, Brendan (Candy), Megan, Ryan, Darcy, Torrie and Alex; two brothers, Gordon of Vancouver, Reg and his wife, Marion and his loving sisters-in-law, Jean Hill and Lillian Wilton. Norm was a kind, honest, generous and fair man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 11, at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, Victoria. Flowers gratefully declined, those wishing may make donations in Norm's name to: Canucks Foundation, 100 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC.

KIRK, Kenneth Harry (Ken) - passed away peacefully and "crossed the bar" August 24, 2018 in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born July 23, 1931 in Goderich, Ont., he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gail (O'Brien); daughters, Heather(Sandy), Mary and Amy; stepdaugh ter, Sherry; sons, Michael and Kenny; and stepson, Michael. He enjoyed his visits with his grandchildren, Laura, Katie, Paul, Liam, Ceilidh, Adrianna, Mark, Megan, Destinee; and great-grandchildren, Racheal, Steven, Logan, Charlie, Ari and Estelle. Ken was a proud veteran of the Korean War and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years. He was a member of the Atlantic Chiefs and Petty Officers and belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion. He will be missed by his veteran friends of the Liars Coffee Group and many friends of "Bill W" especially Dave Todd who was always there for him. He loved to tell jokes and many "tall tales". He had Seaside FM tuned in and by his side even during all his travels. Ken loved to travel and enjoyed his winters in the sun. At Ken's request there will be no service but there will be many gatherings in his honor. His ashes will be spread at sea, Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, May 2019. Special thanks to the kind paramedics and nurses of 7.1 QEII.

MacDONALD, Leo Ivan, CD, Cdr, RCN / C.A.F. - Of Braeshore, Pictou Co. Born March 7, 1937, passed away Sunday evening August 26, 2018. Leo attended Pictou Academy and joined the RCN in 1954 at the age of 17 in the first class of the Venture Plan. Over the years, he served in a number of ships including Ontario, Restigouche, Inch Arran, Sioux, Algonquin, Loon, Cormorant, Gatineau, Nipigon, Fraser, Porte St. Jean and Port St. Louis. Leo specialized as an Operations Officer and had his first command (HMCS Loon) in 1965 which involved training naval cadets for the Royal Military College. The Loon was given carte blanche with respect to how training was to be conducted, so one of the first ports of call was Pictou for the Lobster Carnival. The weather was so great that year, the then Lieutenant MacDonald decided to operate out of Pictou as his home port. In 1968, Leo was selected by the Navy to attend Dalhousie University from where he received his BA with Distinction in 1970 by which time he was a Lieutenant Commander. In 1972, Leo attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. While visiting the United Nations in New York, he was selected to debate peacekeeping against the USAF Academy in the presence of Canadian and US ambassadors to the UN (Canada won). Leo was appointed as Executive Assistant to the Commander of Maritime Command, the largest Command in the Canadian Armed Forces. Promoted to Commander in 1973, Leo assumed command of HMCS Fraser. During the two and a half years in command, Fraser met every commitment assigned, including a period in the Standing Naval Force Atlantic. Fraser had a great crew with a can-do attitude, winning both fleet Cock of the Walk and SNFL Fleet Sports Olympiad. Fraser was the first Canadian warship to arrest foreign vessels for illegal fishing (Feb 96). For a number of years Leo was able to arrange for a Canadian destroyer to visit Pictou for the annual Lobster Carnival and it was at a reception in one of these ships (HMCS Margaree) that he met Barbara Sharp, who was to become his wife and soulmate. Leo retired from the Navy in 1977 to return to Dalhousie from where he received his LLB in 1980 and was admitted to the Bar the same year. Leo remained in the Naval Reserve and while at law school, during the summers, he commanded HMCS Porte St. Jean and HMCS Porte St. Louis, which of course he took to Pictou for the Lobster Carnival. He qualified as Convoy Commodore with the US Navy. Leo returned to Toronto as Syndicate Director for senior Naval Reserve Officers from across Canada. Leo practiced law in Dartmouth and Halifax before returning home to Pictou in 1984 where he practiced with the firm MacLean and MacDonald until he retired in 2004. From then until his death he remained Counsel to the firm. Over the years, he remained active in community involvement having been Past President of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for the Maritime Region (for which he was featured in MacLean's magazine), Past Vice President of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association, Past President of the Pictou West Cancer Society, and past member of Pictou Recreation Committee. Over the years Barb and Leo always had a cottage and great fun ensued. Firing the cannon, water skiing, bonfires and games, wonderful travels and of course our Wire Hair Fox Terriers, made for a good life. Leo was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Ethel MacDonald; sister, Shirley Rowley, and his biological mother, Gertie Porteous. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; daughter, Sandy (Michael Gaspar), Dartmouth; grandson, Derek, Toronto; brother, Ron (Kathy), North Bay; sister, Colleen (Michael) Mulville, Toronto; special nephews and nieces. Love and thanks to the medical community who cared for Leo and to our friends for being so supportive, and also a special thank you to Leo's brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Wendy Pulchny. At his request there will be no visitation or service. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Saturday, September 1st, a gathering to remember Leo will be held in Harbour House Restaurant, Pictou, from 2-4 p.m. It was Leo's wish to treat friends to a glass!





HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux after the Korean War

HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin after the Korean War

HMCS LOON - Commanding Officer - 1865



HMCS NIPIGON - 6th Commanding Officer

HMCS FRASER - 11th Commanding Officer

HMCS PORT ST JEAN - Commanding Officer during summer training after 1977

HMCS PORT ST LOUIS - Commanding Officer during summer training after 1977

PETERSON, Victor Joseph - Peacefully on August 22, 2018, at the St. Boniface Hospital, our loving father and grandfather, Vic Peterson passed away at the age of 93. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Joanne (Lloyd), Vic (Ann) and Larry (Ann); daughter-in-law Shara; sister Margaret; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Alice; grandchildren, Michael (Rachel) and Brett (Kim), Chelsea (Mark) and Wade, Kyle (Christy), Carly (Duelle) and Colin; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Devin, Malcolm and Jacob; and his many nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Evald and Ingeborg Peterson; his beloved wife Gay, and his youngest son Ron. He was also predeceased by his five brothers, Gotthard, Alvin, Hartley, George and Art. Vic was born on June 22, 1925 in Teulon, Manitoba and grew up in the Norris Lake District on the family farm. He was a very proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War until his discharge in 1946. He then completed Auto Mechanic training in Winnipeg and initially worked at a local garage until 1951 when he joined the CNR. He worked as a brakeman and conductor on freight trains with the CNR for 32 years until he retired in 1983. After retirement, he devoted his time and energy to curling and golf with the Heather Seniors group and to his beloved cottage at Wanipigow Lake where he cultivated many lasting friendships. Vic was an active member of the Henderson Highway Legion Branch No. 215 for over 50 years. A gathering of family and friends celebrating his life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Klassen Funeral Chapel, 1897 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB. Luncheon will follow at the Henderson Highway Legion No. 215, 3600 DeVries Ave., Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norris Lake Cemetery or a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 28 Aug 2018)

HARRISON, Valere Vernon Sanford (Boots), PO2 Victualling Storesman, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 09 Sep 1971) - Born October 30, 1926. Of Bowser, passed away June 20, 1991, age 68 years. Survived by his loving wife Yvonne; two sons Don of Vancouver, Chris of Hamilton; one daughter Jacki (Gary) Downey of Port Moody; his mother Cordalie Browne of Edmonton; one brother Jack of Edmonton; one sister Adele Dunnigan of St. Albert, AB; numerous nieces and nephews, Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 26, 1991 at 11 a.m. from the Church of the Ascension, French Creek with Fr. Ray Cunningham celebrant. Donations may be made to the BC Heart Foundation.

HARDING, William Rees, CPO Torpedo Cox'n, RCNVR / RCN(R) - on November 25, 1991 at Victoria General Hospital. Born in Glen Ewen, SK, on May 15, 1915. Survived by his loving wife, Francis of 53 years; sons, William of Kelowna, Frank of Qualicum and daughter, Pat Boughton of Victoria; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brothers, John and Frank and sister, Ellen Louise (Nellie). Served as Merchant Seaman and onto RCNVR then with HMCS Malahat as CPO during the Second World War, worked Lucky Lager Brewery, HMCS Dockyard until retirement in 1975. Will be remembered by friends and relatives for his friendly smile and concern for others. Funeral service will be held Friday, November 29 at 11:15 a.m. in McCall Bros Floral Chapel, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society of BC.

HENZE, Paul Clifford (Cliff) - passed away in Victoria, BC on July 13, 1992 in his 81st year. Mr. Henze who was born in Moose Jaw, SK, was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie in 1983. He is survived by his loving daughters, Margaret (Don) Jacobson, Joan (Merv) Baskin, Grace (Len) Garrison; grandchildren, Mike (mary) and Lisa Jacobson, David, Paul and Mark Garrison and great-grandson, Gary Jacobson, Mr. Henze was a Churchwarden of St. Matthias Church for many years. Funeral service will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Victoria, on Wednesday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart Fund, Victoria, BC.

HAGARTY, Edwin Foran (Ted),  ERA, RCNR / Lt (E), RCN - died in Victoria, BC on August 17, 1992. Ted was born in New Westminster, BC on March 12, 1917, the second son of Bill and Agnes Hagarty who settled in Courtenay, BC in 1919. Ted grew up and was educated in Courtenay, joined the Comox Tug "Cloe" as cook-deckhand at 16, and followed the sea thereafter in the engine room eventually becoming Chief Engineer of many deep-sea ships. He served in the RCN for 25 years. As Flotilla Engineer of the 264th LCI(L) Squadron he participated in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe, on June 6, 1944. He retired from the Navy in 167. Ted was also a long time member of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild. Ted is survived by his wife, Marjorie, whom he married in Victoria in October 1944, and by their two sons, Martin of Victoria and Courtenay, and Daniel-Britt of Vancouver; and his granddaughter, Jane Laskin of Murietta, California. A brother and four sisters survive: Delores Kathleen, Joe Colton; Sister Mary Michael, Margaret and Sheila. A memorial service will be held at First Memorial Chapel, Victoria, BC on Monday, August 24, at 12 noon. Ted's favorite charity was the "Sally Ann" his wartime friend. No flowers by request.


LCI(L) (# unknown) during D-Day

HMCS LAYMORE - Served in Laymore in 1945 as EO



HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1956

HMCS OSHAWA - Served in Oshawa in 1957 as EO

HMCS FORTUNE - Served in Fortune in 1958 as EO and Staff of Second Minesweeping Squadron

THOMSON, Christopher James, Nav Comm, C.A.F. (Navy) - It is with great heartfelt sadness we announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of our dear Father, Son, Brother and Nephew: Christopher James Thomson in Victoria, BC on August 28, 2007 at the age of 47. Chris was predeceased by his loving mother Dorothy Thomson; his grandparents, Leon and Auguste Wagner, two uncles, Herb and Otto Wagner, all from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Also predeceased by Sara and William Hutchison Thomson; his grandparents from Edinburgh, Scotland. Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Justin Thomson of Edmonton, Alberta. Matthew and Elisha Thomson both of Castlegar BC. Chris also will be deeply and sadly missed by his father, William Thomson; brother William Keith, sisters, Kathleen (Ken) Debra (Danny) and Shelley. Chris will also be cherished by his nieces and nephew Kyle (Susie) and Kari Krochenski (Geoff) and Sierra Wray, extended family, Buddy and Pat Wagner, Nettie Wagner, and cousins Ruth (Paul) and Leon (Rae). All of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Marlene and Eldon Champion and cousins from Halifax, NS. Also he will be remembered by extended family in Scotland, Walter and Sandra Fordyce (whom he had the pleasure of their resent visit to Winnipeg) James and Betty Thomson, and his cousin Mike (Anna) Thomson. Our brother Chris was born on Christmas Day 1959, and raised in Winnipeg. He attended Sargent Park ,and R.B Russell High School. Remembering back, he always thought he got dealt a crappy hand seeing how we all had to share our Christmas' with his Birthday. But our Mom always made sure Chris had extra presents under the tree. Being the middle child of five, Chris was the feisty one. If it wasn't Chris practicing his karate moves on his youngest sister...he was trying to hide from Mom and Dad after throwing a baseball through the neighbor's window. Or hiding a kitty he found on the street in his room for days before anyone found out...Chris was always in one form or another making it known he was the middle child . We have so many wonderful childhood memories that we all will cherish. Entering his teen years he became a member of Cadets at Minto Armories . He had the opportunity to spend two summers in Vernon, BC as a cadet. That is what decided his career path. At the age of 18, Chris enlisted in the Canadian Military Navy . After finishing his basic training in Cornwall, NS he was then posted in Victoria, BC. Chris started his Military career specializing in Naval Communication. He married Carol in Winnipeg in 1987, returning to Victoria where they raised their three children. In later years, although Chris and his kids lived apart, he always had them in his heart. He was proud of each and every one of them. As a member of the Canadian Navy he has traveled to places such as Korea, Hawaii, Russia, Panama Canal, Haiti and Afghanistan. He also has attended numerous training courses on the East Coast. Our brother made Victoria his home for the last 29 years, though he always came home for visits. He very recently returned home where he had the pleasure of seeing all his family; including our Aunt and Uncle from Scotland. We are very so thankful for that time we had with him. Being out at Sea was his love. The Navy was his life. Dearest Chris, Although your time was shortened with are able to rest now and be at peace. As you enter the wonderful world of heaven to be with our Mom, remember, we all love you and will miss you, and as Dad always said to you, Good Bye Pal, God Bless Our family would like to give special Thanks to : Victoria General Hospital in Victoria, BC. Lt. Brenda Cyr and Padre Laura Paddich from Victoria. Thank You to Cpt. Spencer, Padre Lisa Pacarynuk and Padre Lance Gagdziak, CFB Winnipeg, for all their guidance, care and concern to our family during this trying time. Funeral Service 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. A committal at sea of Christopher's cremated remains will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to L'Avenir Cooperative, 101A-2621 Portage Avenue on behalf of his sister Shelley. (Winnipeg Free Press 02 Sep 2007)



TKACHUK, Cameron, Lt (N) (MARS), C.A.F. (Navy)  (23 Feb 1970 - 31 Aug 2008) - On August 31st, 2008, Cameron Tkachuk passed away peacefully at the age of 38 years, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Cameron was born and raised in Hafford, SK and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he earned his degree in Education. He taught in rural Saskatchewan for five years before joining the Canadian Navy and making Victoria, BC, his new home. Lt. (N) Cameron Tkachuk served 10 years with the Navy stationed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, BC, up to his untimely passing. Cameron's success at balancing the commitment to his position, dedication to his family and respect of his friends will always be his greatest achievement. Cameron is survived by his parents, Don and Esther; brothers, Michael and Leslie (Christine); numerous Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Friends and Colleagues that touched his life, allowing him to thoroughly enjoy his brief time with us. For that, Cameron was very grateful. A celebration of Cameron's life will be held at the St. Solange Roman Catholic Church in Hafford, SK. The celebrator will be Father Ramel Macapala. Prayers will be held Friday, September 5th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., followed by refreshments at the Hafford Communiplex. The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday September 6th, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception at the Hafford Communiplex. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Cam's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, for the continued research on stomach cancer. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hawryluk Funeral Home. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 03 Sep 2018)


HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin as a Lt (N) (MARS)

HERDMAN, Robert A. (Bob), ERA 3c (demobilized 04 Dec 1945) - of Lambeth, ON. Born 01 Feb 1921  Died 28 Jun 1992

HAIGHT, John Randolph (Jack), C1ER, RCN (retired 1967) - on November 8, 1992 at the Memorial Pavilion at the age of 72 years. Born on October 29, 1920, in Moose Jaw, SK, he is lovingly remembered by his wife, Margaret; sons, Robert (Margaret) of Duncan, Steven (Janice) of Kelowna and Paul (Lydia) of Victoria; five grandchildren, Naomi, Eric, Darren, Rebeckah and Mark. John is also survived by his sisters, Sally and Phyllis and sister-in-law, Barbara. A memorial service will be held at the Memorial Pavilion Chapel, Richmond at Bay Streets, on Thursday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. with Padre Peter Isles officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined in favour of donations to the Alzheimer's Society.

HITCHEN, Alfred - A valiant warrior of the cross has won his final battle and goes home to meet his loving Lord. he died peacefully at home in the loving arms of his family on April 2, 1993. Alfred was born May 25, 1913 in Lancashire, England. Sadly to be missed by his devoted wife, Mable; son, Wayne and daughter-in-law, Gail; daughter, Karen (Hedlin) and son-in-law, Doug; five grandchildren, Renee and Lauren Hedlin, Steve, Kristin and Jeffrey Hitchen; sisters, Alice Sykes and Miriam Hitchen. His growing up years were spent in Nanaimo, BC where his father the Rev. Joseph Hitchen pastored the Pentecostal Church. Alf served not only God but his Country as well, serving five years in the Royal Canadian Navy on the high seas. Besides being a devoted husband, great father and a special grandfather, he was a friend to all who knew him. His ministry on the trumpet blessed people everywhere. Funeral services will be held at Glad Tiding Pentecostal Church, on Tuesday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev Ron Michalski officiating. Donations if desired may be made to the Gideon Bible Society.

HAMILTON, Donald Hartgill, PO2, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 22 May 1972) passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on May 15, 1993. Don is survived by sons Michael (Eva) of Surrey, Don of Victoria, Patrick of Calgary; sister Margaret (Marnie) of New Westminster; grandchildren Vanessa, Trevor and Daphne; nephews Erle and Roy and niece Peggy.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Protestant Chapel, CFB Esquimalt. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, to the Cancer Society.

HUGHES, George Frederick Arthur, CPO1 / Cd Bos'n, RCNVR, RCNR (served 1938-1968) - Captain, Master Mariner - on September 2nd, 1993. Born in Watrous, SK 1912, he has lived in and around the New Westminster area since 1918. Survived by his sister, Eva (Peter) Dyck, Abbotsford; his niece, Mary Norris (Michael), Cloverdale and nephew, Bill Dyck (Sue) of Christchurch, New Zealand. Capt. Hughes served with the Westminster Reginment 1928 to 1935 and with the RCNVR and RCN(R) from 1935 to 1968). Cremation. Ashes will be buried at sea by arrangement with the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, Esquimalt. Member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 15, Life Member BPO Elks No. 3, Royal Westminster Regiment Association, Vancouver Naval Veterans, Chiefs and POs Association, Esquimalt, and also RSA and Ex Royal Navalmens Association of Rotorua, New Zealand.

DELOREY, Herbert Pius, AB.BN, 64752-H, RCN (17 Jul 1947 - 24 Feb 2015) - age 67, of Edmonton, Alberta, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015 at Saint Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Al Shamal Shrine Centre 14510 - 142 Street, Edmonton. Donations gratefully accepted by Kids Innercity Development Society, 10821 - 96 Street, and/or Al Shamal Shriners. (Edmonton Journal 21 Mar 2015)


Page of service file for AB.BN Delorey 


HMCS COLUMBIA - Served in Columbia 13 Sep 1965 - 12 Jan 1967 as an OS.BN and AB.BN1, RCN

HMCS GATINEAU - Served in Gatineau 13 Jan 1967 - 15 Aug 1967 as an AB.BN, RCN


SCRATCH, Stanley Clair - A resident of Cottam, Stanley Scratch passed away suddenly at home with his loving wife by his side on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the age of 87. He was born in Blytheswood, Ontario on February 20, 1925 and was the son of the late Solonis and Ivy (nee Moore) Scratch. Beloved husband and best friend of Elizabeth (nee Varga) for 67 years. Proud father to Richard and Barbara Scratch, Gregory Scratch, Cynthia Scratch, Cheri and Willy Lapain, Chris and Margariet Scratch, Merri Beth and Michel Ouellette, Mark and Debbie Scratch.  Proud grandfather to 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Lenore Spern; brothers in-law Dave, Zoli , Ernie, Dan, James and William Varga; sisters-in-law Rose Brisebois, Helen Varga, Jean Schram and Irene Baker. Predeceased by his brothers-Elmer, Erie and Larry; brother's in-law Andy and Robert Varga as well as his granddaughter Samantha (1988). Stanley was a Veteran of the Second World War. He served as a Gunner in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion in Cottam. He served his community as a Volunteer Firefighter and in the Minor Baseball Association. His family and friends will forever remember him as an Entrepreneur as he established Cottam Die-Cast in 1956. Stanley loved hunting, fishing and all the beauty found in nature and fore mostly he loved his family. In keeping with Stanley's wishes, cremation has taken place. Private family arrangements to follow. Memorial donations to honour Stanley's life can be made to the charity of your choice and would be appreciated by the family. 

HOLLAND, Cedric Mathewson, Constructor Lt, RCN (retired May 1959) - Of Victoria, BC, passed away September 3, 1993. He was born in Dauphin, MB, on August 25, 1908. He is survived by his loving wife, Christina; daughter, Evelyn (Steve) Downes of Victoria; son, William (Elva) Holland of Ottawa; sister, Irene Fullar of Qualicum Beach; grandchildren, Robert (Chris) Downes, William (Denise) Downes, Douglas (Leslie) Downes and Susan (Wes) Ough all of Victoria, Michael (Chris) Holland of Ottawa and Dawn Holland of Bedford, NS; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He served 30 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, was an officer and served in the Second World War. He was an active member of Esquimalt United Church, Past Master United Service Lodge #24 A.F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club and Past President of the British Columbia Golf Association. Memorial Service will be held in Esquimalt United Church 500 Admirals Road at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, Rev. Ormand Lavenne officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.



HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena in 1935

HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser in 1937

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert in 1945

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1947

HOBDAY, Gordon Francis (Gord), PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - Passed away on October 17, 1993 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, aged 60 years was a native son of Victoria. Gord worked with minor sports in Esquimalt for many years. He is a veteran of the Korean War and a late member of the RCL, Esquimalt Branch #172, and the Pro Patria Branch #31, Victoria. He enjoyed camping with Greta in their 5th wheeler, and enjoyed life to its fullest. Worked for the federal government for 43 years of which he served in the RCN for 26 years and the remaining years as a safety officer at the dockyard. Survived by his loving wife, Greta, whom Gord was happily married to for 36 years. Four sons; S. Gordon of Comox, Dale and wife Sherry of Chilliwack, Darryll and wife, Charlotte of Calgary, Shawn and fiancé, Gwen of Victoria. Five grandchildren: Valarie, Brian, Erin, Bryana and Alyshia. Also his brother, Leonard and wife Hester of Fredericton, NB and sister, Gail and husband, Larry of Victoria, as well as many relatives and dear friends. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 21, 1993 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Hayward's Thomson & Irving, 1625 Quadra St, Canon G.H. Greenhalgh officiating. Cremation. Special thanks to the nurses and many doctors, especially Dr. N. Rivers, Dr. M. Baker, Dr. P. Kuechler and Dr. Piercey for all the loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

HARGREAVES, William (Moose), CPO, ERA, RCN / C.A.F. - suddenly in Victoria on December 4, 1993 at the age of 64 years. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Georgina; daughter, Patricia; sons, Norman and Richard; grandchildren, Nicole, Tyson and Natasha and also by friends and comrades too numerous to list. We will always remember the Spirit of Santa Clause in him. A memorial service will be held at Royal Oak Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue, on Wednesday, December 8, 1993 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.


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WATSON, Albert Ernest, CPO, 3261, RCN, died - 20 Jul 1943, HMCS BURRARD - Born 18 Nov 1893 husband of Susan Watson, Windsor Junction, NS.


Chief Petty Officer Albert Ernest Watson was in the Canadian Navy for 24 years, he joined the navy at the age of 25. He died of natural causes (coronary failure) at Shaugneasy Military Hospital, Vancouver, BC. He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, NS,


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TRASK, Henry Arnold, RCNVR - of Digby, passed away at the age of 98, on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in Tideview Terrace, Conway, Digby Co. Born in Digby on May 17, 1920, he was a son of the late Henry Titus and Margaret “Maggie” Adeliza (Turnbull) Trask of Digby. Arnold loved the outdoors, gardening , hunting , and fishing with his friends. He started working summers and part time the rest of the year with Mr. Harris at Racquette Gardens at the age of ten until the age of eighteen when he went on to work for Fritz Dakin Hardware. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1941. He served overseas in Scotland , the Mediterranean during the invasion of North Africa on the Corvette HMCS Prescott and later in the North Atlantic doing convoy duty on the Corvette HMCS Brantford. After being discharged from the Navy in 1945, he was employed with the Digby County Power for over eleven years. In 1956 he joined the firm of Harris and Roome Ltd., Halifax, as a salesman in the Valley and South Shore areas until his retirement in 1985. He was the oldest member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20, Digby and a member of the Grace United Church of Canada, Digby. Arnold spent his last five years at Tideview Terrace , Conway where he loved the nightly card games, , competitive Wii-Bowling, and enriched the lives of staff and residents alike. He enjoyed being a part of their lives, offering wisdom, advise, a listening ear, and a kind word. Arnold was on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for Tideview Terrace and had just started his third term with the Board. He is survived by his daughters Rebecca McVeigh, Grafton, Ont. Karen (Ben) Cleveland, Digby; grandchildren Ian, and Adam Ogilvie, Patrick and Michael McVeigh, Bethany and Sarah Cleveland, great grandchildren Kaylin, Devon and Tristan, as well as many nieces and nephews. Arnold was blessed with two special friends in his later years, Ruth Wright and Mary Amero, who both predeceased him. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred (Rafuse) of fifty six years, his eldest daughter Marcia Lee Trask, brothers Lister, Harold (Jake) and Ivan, sisters Marjorie (Denton), Marion (Weir), and son in law Frank McVeigh. Visitation will be 6-8pm , Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from Jayne’s Funeral Home, 7 Birch St. Digby (902-245-2525).Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. A memorial service followed by a Legion Tribute Service will be 2pm Sunday, September 9, from Grace United Church, Digby. Rev. Alex Constable will officiate with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Digby. Donations in memory can be made to Canadian Cancer Society, Grace United Church of Canada, Digby Tideview Terrace or to a charity of your choice. 



POWELL, James Charles (Ray), RCN - Age 86, on July 3, 2018. Beloved son of Edgar Earnest Powell, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer and also a health inspector; and Hazel Fern Alcorn Powell, an elementary school teacher; brother of Grace Powell; husband of Valerie Powell. Born on November 18, 1931, in Edmonton, Alberta, Jay was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). From a difficult path as a dyslexic child through elementary and secondary education, Jay eventually earned a Ph.D. with a focus on educational assessment and statistics at the University of Alberta (as well as other degrees and a diploma). For many years, he taught as a professor at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. Jay passed peacefully on July 3, 2018. Jay's life represents more than a half-century of teaching and research in which he sought to describe and demonstrate ways to improve education. According to Jay, today's education is hampered by an inadequate feedback system that ignores the nature of students' mistakes when tests are scored "right/wrong." He details a different way to teach and carry out assessment that can turn "followers into leaders." Jay described how students' answer selections reveal modes of thinking. He felt teachers need this information about student thought to help learners think more effectively. Jay emphasized that educators should be getting students to "think their way into knowledge" so that their insightful thinking creates their understanding, with teachers provoking learning and not just delivering information to remember. In a family move for a few years to Bermuda, where both Jay and his sister Grace had to maintain educational progress in the highly-rated Alberta educational system through distance learning, Jay felt that he had to "learn how to learn." Jay often said that a teacher should be not be a "sage on the stage, but a guide by the side." The difference between memorizing and understanding was a key concept in Jay's thinking and was reflected in his research. Jay sought educational assessment strategies that could help identify whether students were completing assessments of their learning by relying too heavily on memorization, rather than on understanding. He emphasized that "mathematics is a language," and encouraged teaching accordingly. His approach to statistics favored non-linear (multinomial) analysis after extensive collaboration with statistician Norm Shklov. Jay frequently asserted that the "normal curve" of commonly used linear statistics was invalid for educational assessment. Jay continued to do research well into his 80s, transcending his early learning difficulties. Jay lost his beloved first wife, Francis, of many years, to congestive heart failure, and then his beloved second wife, Mary, to cancer. In 2007, Jay married an educator, Valerie. He returned to his statistical research topics and advanced to the international level of educational assessment research, presenting invited lectures at Cambridge University in the UK, and in Germany, Brazil and Romania, as well as at various conferences in North America, and developing a number of publications. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of the South Hills (UUCSH or Sunnyhill) at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018, 1240 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228. Memorial contributions may be made to UUCSH, 1240 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228; phone: (412) 561-6277, or to the First Metaphysical Church, 8267 E Atherton Rd, Davison, MI 48423; phone: (810) 653-3291. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 02 Sep 2018)

CAMERON, David (08 Jun 1925 - 30 Aug 2018) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of David on Thursday, August 30, 2018, in his 94th year. Beloved husband of Eileen and loving father of Donald (Anne) and Kathryn Davidson (Norm). David was predeceased by his 2nd son Bryan (Tracy). He was the cherished Grandfather of Heather, Andrew, Laurie, Ashley and William and also the Great-Grandfather of Emma and Aiden. Dave was the dear brother to Mary and predeceased by his brothers Robert and Donald and also his sisters Marg, Thea and Nan. He was deeply loved by many nieces and nephews across Canada. David came to Canada when he was 5 years old, from Scotland. He was a World War II Navy Veteran and longtime retired employee of the Toronto Hydro. David will be remembered as always being helpful towards family and friends whenever needed, his love of the Montreal Canadians, playing Euchre, cheating at Crazy Eights and "Two Sugars Please" in his coffee. The family would like to thank the many kind and caring PSWs for their exceptional care of our father provided to him over the past year. As per Dad's wishes, cremation has already taken place. A celebration of life for Dave will be announced at a later date. If desired, donations to the Guelph Humane Society or the Royal Canadian Legion – Milton Branch No. 136 would be appreciated by the family. Family was everything to Dad and Dad – You were everything to us. Until we meet again, you remain forever in our hearts and "Second to None". (Toronto Star 02 Sep 2018)

HOGG, Ian Morrison, LCdr (MARE), RCN C.A.F. - Born 1936 in Scotland. Died suddenly in hospital on September 21, 1993. Dearly loved husband of Gloria May; beloved father of Mark and Melody; and cherished grammdaddy of Amber May. Loved by Emma and Benji. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 28 at Naden Protestant Chapel. Reception to follow. Donations may be made to the Heart Foundation. An officer and gentleman who will be missed and never forgotten.

HALL, John Stanley, CPO, Yeoman of Signals / Cdr (SB), RCN (served Oct 1921 - Jun 1959) - in his 89th year, on Monday, April 4, 1994, at the Memorial Pavilio. Predeceased by his son, John Colin, in 1973, he is survived by his wife, Helena, daughter, Gwen (John) Campbell; son, Peter (Sheryl); five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Commander Hall served 346 years in the RCN. Having joined as a boy-seaman from Edmonton in 1922 and retired in Victoria in 1958. Service of remembrance will be eheld in St. Andrew's Chapel, Naden, on Thursday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Peter W.R. Isles officiating. Donations in memory of Commander Hall may be made to the charity of choice.


HMCS IROQUOIS - Appointed to Iroquois 24 Mar 1944 as Signal Lt, RCN

HERRON, Frederick (Don), PO2, RCN - born August 28, 1921, passed away in the arms of his family March 21, 1994. Left to carry on: his beloved wife, Joan; his sister, Helen (Doug) Thom of Calgary; his sons, Lorne Erickson (Donna) of Winfield and Rory Herron of Calgary and daughters, Linda (Peter) Bion and Kathy (Randy) Small, both of Victoria. Predeceased by sisters, Ruth Fornasero and ruby Campbell; brothers, Garney, Teddy and Billy Herron and son, Ricky. A travelling man at heart, Fred's career in the Royal Canadian Navy spanned oceans and 25 years. On retiring, he continued as master blacksmith and welding instructor at Abbotsford Correctional Institute and later with the Victoria School Board. Fred and Joan have made their home in Qualicum Beach since 1977 with trips south every winter. The friends made there remained among his favourite memories. Declining health finally restricted his paths to those of his own garden. "Home is the sailor, home from the sea." No memorial service by request, his ashes will be scatted at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice Society.

HILTON, Richard Biddulph, PO Gun Layer - WW2 Veteran, passed away on August 12, 1994, at the Memorial Pavilion, aged 86 years. Predeceased by his wife Mildred (Mid) in 1982, he is survived by his son, Howard (Howie); daughter, Lorraine; grandchildren, Susan and Richard; great-grandson, Travis; sister, Hilda, of Saskatoon; brothers, Frank and Bill, of Victoria; several nieces and nephews. Born May 16, 1908 in Saskatchewan, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy, both Reserve and during the Second World War. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Britannia Branch #7. Funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. P.W.R. Isles on Wednesday, August 17, at 1:00 pm, followed by interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined, tributes, if desired, may be made to the BC Parkinson's Association, the Heart Fund, or to a charity of ones' choice.

HARLING, Arthur, RCNVR / P1EM, 23042-E, RCN (served 13 May 1942 - 17 Aug 1956) - of Campbell River, BC. Born 25 Nov 1924, Died 15 Feb 1995

HEUGHAN, Ira David, Shipwright, RCN(R) - passed away March 6, 1995 in Victoria. Born October 18, 1912 in Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Alberta, December 25, 1986. He is survived by his son, Russell (Patricia) Heughan; grandchildren, Caren Anne Heughan, Kevan James Heughan; two sisters, Viola Russell, Ester Wagonsvield; two brothers, Cecil and Sydney Heughan; nephew, Gordon (Maureen) Heal. Ira was a welder and shipwright, learning his trade in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves. he also served with the Corps of Commissionaires. Special thanks to Dr. Keely Chu and the staff at Mount St. Mary Hospital for their care and patience. Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 10 at 2 p.m..

ARMSTRONG, William Morrison, Engineroom Artificer 4c, 21375, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 30 Jul 1914 son of William J. and Lillian A. Armstrong, of Victoria, BC; husband of Thelma Annie Armstrong, of Esquimalt, BC.


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CLARK, Vernon Keith. L/ Writer, 40809, RCN. killed - 20 Sep 1943. HMCS ST CROIX - Born 17 Nov 1917 son of Malcolm Joseph and Hazel S. Clark, Farnham, QC.


Born on 17 Nov 1917 in Farnham, Missisquoi, QC. He enlisted in the RCNVR on 19 Sep 1940 and transferred to the RCN on 12 Feb 1941.


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COATES, Daryl Leslie, L/Sto, 21789, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 04 Jul 1922, Son of Harry Elford and Elizabeth Emma (nee Farrand) Coates, of Victoria, BC; Brother of Ruth, Edna, Art, Norman, Harry, Elaine, Doreen, Bill and Bob.


Leading Stoker Daryl Leslie Coates, age 21, was born in Victoria, BC. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941. He has three brothers in the services one in the Air Force, stationed in Victoria and two in the Army.


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HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY 11 Feb 1941-23 Apr 1941

HMS RAMILLIES (13 May 1941 - 12 Nov 41 - Sto 2c, Sto 1c)

HMS ARROW (03 Dec 1941 - 11 Dec 1941 - Sto 1c)


EVANS, Llewellyn, AB, 4397, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 22 Mar 1923 son of Richard and Minnie Louise Evans, Peterborough, ON.


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HANN, Peter Martin Joseph, PO Steward, 40551, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 19 Jan 1920 son Peter Martin and Gertrude Hann, Halifax, NS.


Active Service and Training page from service records of Peter Hann


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HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 01 Aug 1941 - 12 Dec 1941 as a Stwd / L/Stwd, RCN

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan 04 Feb 1943 - 19 Aug 1942 as a L/Stwd and PO Stwd, RCN


HUTTON, Jack, Leading Signalman, 2199, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 24 Jan 1909 son of Thomas and Mary Hutton; spouse of Lily Isabel Hutton, all of Victoria, BC.


Active Service and Training page two & page three from service records of Jack Hutton


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HMCS VANCOUVER - Served in Vancouver 16 May 1929 - 31 Dec 1929 and 10 Jan 1936 - 09 Oct 1936 as a Sig, RCN

HMS CAMPBELL (12 Jul 1930 - 03 Dec 1930)

HMS MONTROSE (04 Dec 1930 - 31 Dec 1930)

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 10 Jun 1931 - 31 Dec 1932 and 27 Nov 1937 - 20 Spr 1938 as a Sig, RCN. Commissioning crew

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 21 Apr 1938 - 13 Jun 1938 as a Sig, RCN


HMCS MIDLAND - Served in MIDLAND 02 Dec 1941 - 07 Jan 1942 as a L./Sig, RCN


McNENEY, James Robert, Yeoman of Signals, 3036, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 07 Oct 1919 son of Andrew McNeney, and of Mary Jane McNeney, New Westminster, BC.


Yeoman of Signals James Robert McNeney survived the sink of HMCS Louisburg on February 06, 1943 only to lose his life on HMCS St. Croix eight months later.


Active Service and Training page two & page three from service records of James McNeney


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HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser 22 Apr 1938 - 28 Oct 1938 as an OS, RCN


HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 18 Oct 1939 - 22 Aug 1940 as an O/Sig and Sig & 12 Feb 1942 - 25 Jul 1942 as a L/Sig , RCN

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa 23 Aug 1940 - 31 Mar 1941 as a Sig & A/L/Sig, RCN

HMCS SHEDIAC - Served in Shediac 10 Nov 1941 - 08 Dec 1941 as an A/L/Sig, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 12 Feb 1942 - 25 Jul 1942 as a L/Sig , RCN

HMCS WETASKIWIN - Served in Wetaskiwin 15 Dec 1941 - 11 Dec 1942 as an A/L/Sig, RCN

HMCS WOODSTOCK - Served in Woodstock 18 Jan 1943 - 20 Jan 1943 as an A/Yeoman of Signals, RCN

HMCS LOUISBURG - Drafted to Louisburg 12 Jan 1943 as an A/Yeoman of Signals, RCN. Survived the sinking of Louisburg

HMCS ST CROIX - Drafted to St Croix 08 Jun 1943

HAMLIN, Ronald S., Petty Officer 1st Class Torpedo Detector, RCN - of Victoria, BC. Born: 20 Jul 1920. Died 09 Mar 1980


HAYWARD, A.F., CPO, RCN - of Dartmouth, NS. Born 1904  Died Nov 1981

HIDSON, James, LS.EM, RCN - Victoria, BC. On February 3, 1983, beloved husband of Shirley Hidson, in his 58th year. Survived also by two brothers, Tom, Winnipeg and Bobby, Edmonton, three sisters, Dora Cook, Birsay, SK, Sadie Soliozy, Newport, R.I., and Amy King, Edmonton. James was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #721, Esquimalt and the Chiefs and Petty Officers Assoc. Memorial service Sunday, February 6th at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of First Memorial Services. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. would be appreciated.


HMCS CORNWALLIS - Kootenay Div 1952

HITCHENS, Robert F. - of Victoria, BC. Died 02 Feb 1979

HOWELL, Donald R.,C2WS, RCN - of Victoria, BC. Died 29 May 1981

HISETTE, Andre John Barry, PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - Born 17 Jun 1940, Comox, BC. Died 16 Mar 1980, Victoria, BC, age 39. Buried in the Veterans Cemetery, Esquimalt, BC.

MITCHELL, William Wallace, AB, 3266, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 06 Feb 1920 aon of Mr. and Mrs. William James Mitchell, Vancouver, BC.


Active service and training page from the service records of William Mitchell


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HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa 05 May 1939 - 27 Aug 1941 as an OS & AB, RCN

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 03 Dec 1941 - 18 Sep 1942 as an AB, RCN


PARNELL, George Frederick, ERA 4c, 21405, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 26 Apr 1915 son of Stephen Charles and Ellen Parnell, of Victoria, BC; husband of Agnes Ellen Parnell, of Hoey, SK.


Engine Room Artificer George Frederick Parnell of Alberni, British Columbia, was the son of Stephen Charles and Ellen Parnell of Victoria, British Columbia and left a wife Agnes Ellen and daughter Jean Marie at Hoey. George was born and raised at Yorkton, Saskatchewan and was working as a clerk when he enlisted on June 01, 1936 at Alberni, British Columbia.


Active service and training page from the service records of George Parnell


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HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 13 Oct 1936 - 07 Oct 1938 as a Sto 1c, RCN

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 21 Apr 1938 - 07 Oct 1938 as a Sto 1c, RCN

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa 04 Sep 1939 - 31 May 1940 as a Sto 1c, RCN

HMCS FUNDY - Served in FUNDY 11 Jul 1940 - 29 Aug 1940 as an A/L/Sto, RCN

HMCS ST CLAIR - Served in St Clair 24 Sep 1940 - 15 Jan 1941 as an A/L/Sto, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in ASSINIBOINE 10 May 1941 - 10 Oct 1941 as a L/Sto and A/Sto PO, RCN



BETTS, Wallace Havelock, W. Op. 3c, OFF VR-0227, RNCVR- born 15 Sep 1897, died 06 Oct 1962. He served in the Canadian navy and later was a civil engineer in the Federal Government. He grew up in the small village of Wallace, Nova Scotia and came from a seafaring and ship building family. 


W/T 3c Betts was last listed in the Navy Lists for May 1919


HMCS STADACONA - Served in STADACONA as Add'l for Hydrophone instruction


HMCS ACADIA - Appointed to ACADIA on 04 Apr 1918 as W/T 4c, RNCVR

TR-16 - Appointed to TR-16 01 Aug 1918 as W/T 3c, RNCVR

HMCS THIEPVAL - Served in THIEPVAL 01 Feb 1919 - May 1919 as a W/T 3c, RNCVR

HUGHES, William R. (Bill), P1CK, 51166-E, RCN (served 07 Sep 1946 - 31 Oct 1964) - passed away on February 2, 1995 at Victoria at the age of 72 years. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Lil; son, Ronald (Diane); daughter, Doreen (Mark) Osborne; son , John (Terry); 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and half-brother, Len Hughes. Member of Britannia Royal Canadian legion for 32 years and a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers' Association. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia & Yukon would be appreciated. Private cremation service.

HOGG, Alexander (Scotty), PO LTO, RCN (served 1933-1945 Royal Navy / 1954 - 1965, RCN) - born 13 Oct 1914. Passed away peacefully on April 30, 1995, at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 80 years. Predeceased by his son, Sandy. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Ella; daughter, Susan (Lee) and grandchildren, Lindsay and Robbie; sons, Robert (Elizabeth) and grandchildren, William and Aislinn and Richard (Colleen). A special thank you to the staff of C.C.U. at the Victoria General Hospital for their kindness and compassion care. Scotty served for many years in the British Submarine Service and in the Royal Canadian Navy. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of First Memorial on Thursday, May 4, at 2 p.m. with reverend H. Silvester officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined in favour of Memorial donations being made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

HOSIE, Thomas Lardge, P1 MedA, RCN / C.A.F. - age 55. Passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, on Tuesday, May 23, 1995, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC. Born on August 6, 1939 in Aberdeen, Scotland, Tom was a kind and gentle man - a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend. In 1954 at age 15, Tom emigrated to Canada with his family. He served in the medical branch of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1957 - 1979. After retirement he enjoyed fishing, fishing, fishing, gardening and frequent trips to Reno with his wife Elva. his tremendous sense of humour and courageous spirit will be remembered always by his devoted wife Elva; daughter Kathryn; son Tom (Siew); grandson Glen; mother Dorothy; father Tom; brother Bill (Sylvia) sister Dorothy (Larry); numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. No funeral by request. Private cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Please join us for a remembrance gathering on Monday, May 29, 1995 in the Upper Lounge of the new Chief & Petty Officers' Mess, Esquimalt.

HEPBURN, Donald Howard, P2ER, RCN / C.A.F. (served 20 Nov 1948 - 27 Jun 1971) - Born 19 Mar 1931. Passed away peacefully after a long illness at Royal Jubilee Hospital on Sunday, June 11, 1995. He was predeceased by his sister, Rita Morgan and his mother, Jean Smith. He is survived by hs wife of 44 years, Elenora; sons, Bruce (Jill), Brian (Giselle), Brad (Donnie), Colin (Yvette); daughters, Karen (James) Montgomerie, Sharon (Art) Gyte, Janice; and 15 grandchildren. Also surviving, a brother, Robert (Elaine) Smith of Calgary, Alberta; a sister, Norma Smith of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and several nieces and nephews. Born in Saskatoon in 1931, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy seeing action in the Korean War on HMCS Cayuga, retiring in 1971. He will be sadly missed by all. Prayers will be offered at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Father André Dion at St. Andrew's Cathedral, 740 View Street on June 15, at 12:45 p.m. Cremation, and scattering at sea to follow. Flowers gratefully declined, tributes, if desired, may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation of BC and Yukon.




WESTGATE, Murray, Lt, RCNVR - WW 2 Veteran. Born on April 16, 1918 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was an actor, known for Happy Birthday to Me (1981), Blue City Slammers (1988) and Encounter (1952). He was married to Alice Hill. He died on August 27, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


‘They treated him like he was a hockey star’: Actor and Hockey Night in Canada fixture Murray Westgate dies at age 100 

By Paul Hunter. Feature Writer Mon., Aug. 27, 2018

He was Canada’s original television pitchman; a fixture on Hockey Night in Canada for almost two decades where his “Happy Motoring” catch phrase made him as famous as the players on the ice.

Murray Westgate — an actor known for his friendly smile and reassuring baritone — died at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre on Monday. He celebrated his 100th birthday there in April.

From the black-and-white infancy of Canadian television in 1952, Westgate was a Saturday night presence in his shiny brimmed hat and black bow tie, talking about Esso products between periods. With his folksy charm, the Regina native was so trustworthy as a TV auto mechanic, viewers were convinced he was the real deal. They would stop him on the street to seek advice on maintaining their vehicles.

Westgate’s daughter, Linda Ayoung-Chee, said it was quite humorous because “pumping gas was the best you could get from him. Cars were not his forte.”

Although he was a successful, serious actor, Westgate played the Esso station attendant until 1968. He came out of retirement at 72 to reprise the role for commercial spots that ran during the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs. In the early days he was even part of the hockey conversation, on set introducing the Hot Stove panel, chiming in on occasion.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said at the time of his 100th birthday, noting his fond memories of listening to the Maple Leafs on the radio while living on the Prairies.

“It was amazing to then grow up and be on the Hot Stove. They were great guys. I really enjoyed it.”

Hockey historian and broadcaster Brian McFarlane did appearances with Westgate at the Canadian National Exhibition and remembers the actor as a “genuine down-to-earth guy” at ease meeting the public.

“They treated him like he was a hockey star,” he said.

McFarlane is convinced Westgate could have been a much bigger luminary in the acting world if he’d moved to the United States. 

“He could have easily gone to Hollywood and been a success. He was a very good actor,” McFarlane says. “He chose to live in Canada. I think he was happy with the CBC and the hockey connection.”

Westgate and his wife — actress Alice Hill, who died in 1983 — kept Toronto as their base and his acting roles included everything from the prime minister of Canada to the U.S. president to Sir Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin.

He won an ACTRA award as best supporting actor for playing a farmer in the CBC production Tyler in 1979. Then, in 1988, he was nominated for a Genie as best supporting actor in Blue City Slammers. Westgate, also a talented graphic artist, was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2002.

A serviceman in more ways than one, Westgate was a telegraphist in the Canadian navy during the Second World War despite battling seasickness.

“It would take about five days to cross the Atlantic. I was seasick as hell at the beginning,” he once explained. “You get over it and you can do your work, but you’re always feeling woozy.”

Modest and self-effacing, Westgate once said people in the navy understood his situation. But it was tough when he once took a passenger ship from England to Northern Ireland.

“I was sick as a dog, wearing a uniform sitting with ordinary citizens in a ship — that embarrassed me.”

He spent six years in the navy, three on watch for submarines while escorting supply ships to the front. Twice after he left a ship, it was torpedoed and sunk on its next trip.

Ayoung-Chee said it reached the point where the other sailors didn’t want her father to leave.

“He became the lucky charm,” she said.

In retirement, Westgate spent as much time as he could at his Georgian Bay cottage, most of which he built himself. There he indulged what became his great passion in life — sailing.

(Paul Hunter is a reporter and feature writer based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @hunterhockey)



DUNSMORE, John Archibald Campbell - Born 08 Dec 1924  Died 19 Dec 2011. Originally from Neepawa, MB, John passed away in Coquitlam, BC.


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HMCS MERRITTONIA - Served in Merrittonia 11 Nov 1944 - 13 Jun 1945 as an OS / AB, RCNVR

HAWES, John A., PO Photographer, RCNVR (served Nov 1940 - Jan 1946) - of Comox, BC. Date of passing unknown - circa 1995-96.

HUMPHREYS, Howard Albert, CD, P1AW, RCN / C.A.F. - passed away peacefully at Hospice on March 25, 1996. Howard was born in Saskatoon, SK, on March 18, 1930, and is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, James and Brian; three grandchildren; his sister, Ivy Hueston and brother, Roy, both of Edmonton, AB; also nieces and nephews. Howard served proudly in the Royal Canadian navy for 28 years and was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #172. By his request no public service will be held and his cremated remains will be scatters at sea. If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Victoria Hospice Society.


Howard Humphreys, HMCS NADEN - 1957

HAIRE, Frederick Albert, P1ER, 30263-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 19 Oct 1944 - 02 Jun 1976) (02 Jun 1926 - 20 Jul 1996) - it is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Frederick Albert on July 20, 1996, at his new residence in Mariner's Landing, with his loving wife and best friend of 50 years, Helen Yvette, by his side. He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Maureen Woodward (Michael); his son, Robert (Gail); his grandchildren, Jonathan, Suzanne, Alyson, and Julia Woodward and Jason (Christine), and Ian Haire; his great-granddaughter, Rebecca Haire; his sister, Marjorie Soules; and his brothers, Victor, Harry, William and Thomas, all of Ontario. Fred was born on June 2, 1926 in Oshawa, Ontario. He was retired from the RCn and was a past president of the Victoria Model Ship Building Society. The family would like to thank Dr. J. Stockdill for his care and concern. Service of remembrance will be held at the Chapel of St. Andrew, Naden, CFB Esquimalt, on Wednesday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. with Padre P. Day officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Fund.

HALL, Charles William, C2ER - of Victoria, BC. Born 1918. Died 13 Aug 1996

HORSLEY, Thomas Charles Parkinson (Tommy) Chief MM (demobilized 08 Jan 1946) - Born March 26, 1916 in Prince Albert, SK, he went peacefully to be with his Lord on September 6, 1996 after a long, bravely fought battle against cancer. Tom died at home, as was his wish, in the presence of his loving wife of 56 years, Jocelyn (Sterling); daughter, Darlene and son-in-law, Barney. Tom is survived by his children, Darlene (Barney) Bernard of Campbell river, BC; Linda (Norm) Richardson of Yorkton, SK; and Ned (Brenda) Horsley of Clinton, BC. He is survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well his brother, John (Betty), of SK; sisters, Mary Brown of Ponoka, AB; Farla (Jack) Mills of Kelowna, BC; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Huldah; brothers, Ches, Clyde and Irwill and sisters, Esther Kernaghan and Joyce Horsley. Tom joined the penitentiary service in Prince Alberta, SK in 1955. he transferred to William Head Penitentiary in 1965 as chief Vocational Training officer. He retired in 1975. Tom served with the South Van Isle Lions Club for 30 years. He was instrumental in building the Colwood Seniors Lodge with the Victoria Senior Citizen Housing Society. He was an avid fisherman, golfer and curler. Tom was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Club and the Royal Canadian Legion, #91 Prince Edward Branch. He was a man of unique qualities. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at St. Martin-in-the-Field Church, on Wednesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice Society. Special thanks to Pat Lebourdais and members of the Hospice Society and the Palliative Response Team, Father Martin Dohn-Smidt and special friend, Adrian Duffy. 

LLOYD, Paul Somerville, PO - date of passing unknown



TYSOWSKI, Laurence Alfred (Larry), OS.Ck(S) / LCdr (07 Jul 1928 - 19 Nov 2008) - A celebration of Larry's life will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008, at Bradley Centre, Coombs, BC, from 1 to 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Dec 2008)


RCNVR Seamanship Pocket Manual of Larry Tysowski, OS.CK(S)


MONTGOMERY, Terence William, Seaman (22 Oct 1925 - 24 Aug 2018) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our dearly loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, at the age of 92, at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Born on October 22, 1925 to the late Thomas Montgomery and Ella Fry, Terry was predeceased by his wife Isabella (nee McIntosh), and his sister Sheila Donelly. Terry is survived by his daughter Diane (Lou), grandson Terence Asselin, granddaughter Nicole Stewart (Tony and son Noah), and great-grandchildren, Isabella and Riley. Terry joined the Navy when he was 17 years old and was on the HMCS Orangeville which escorted ships that shipped equipment from St. John's, Nfld. to Londonderry, Ireland during the Second World War. He returned home at the end of 1945. He worked for Marshall Wells Hardware and the CNR before joining the Winnipeg Transit System until his retirement at age 58. Terry started as a bus driver and worked his way up to retire as the Chief Supervisor. He was instrumental in the start-up of the Handi-Transit and Dial a Bus Services Upon retirement he moved to Pinawa, Manitoba where he spent 30 summers golfing and fishing and 30 winters as a winter Texan in Magic Valley Park, Weslaco, Texas. He loved to talk and joke with one and all and he will be greatly missed. He was a dad when you needed a dad and a friend when you needed a friend. He was a gentleman, volunteer, role model and mentor. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Tower 4 at Deer Lodge Centre and special thank you to recreation worker Robin for all the enjoyable outings. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Terry's life will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald St. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Terry can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 28 Aug 2018)


HMCS ORANGEVILLE - Served in Orangeville 24 Apr 1944 - 19 Sep 1945. Commissioning crew

HUSBANDS, Charles, Cook (S), RCN - died before 2000


Historical note: Tuesday, April 14, 1959 The Mail-Star, Halifax, N.S. - 'RCN recruitment headquarters in Halifax last week signed on George Newbury as OSCKS, and Chas. Husbands as OSSWS, both of Halifax. Other enrolments included J. Sutton, Harvey Adams, E. Consineau, Denis Calder, Ken Elliott, Gary Boss, Gerry Porter, Ken Richardson and C. Murray.

CALDER, Dennis Robert (Denny) - 67, of Springhill, passed away at the Halifax Infirmary on Saturday, December 19, 2009. Born in Springhill on April 2, 1942, he was the eldest son of the Late Robert G. and Cecilia (Mackey) Calder. Dennis was educated in the Springhill school system; he served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 5 years and then with Corrections Canada as an Engineer and Correctional Officer until his retirement. While there he was the president of the local Union of the PSAC. He was a member of the Springhill Town Council, president of the Springhill Legion and a member of the Provincial NDP party. He was committed to the AA movement, a dedicated member and counselor for many years. He recently received his 20 year medallion. He was a good friend to all with whom he came in contact. He is survived by daughters, Nadia Calder of Oxford and Dana (Calder) Deveaux, Truro; grandchildren, Zackary and Tylia; brothers, John (Jo-Ann), Springhill, Ronald (Patrick), St. Margaret's Bay, NS; sisters, Janet (Robert) Arseneau, Springhill and Pamela (Michael) Wark, Cold Brook, N. S; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his companion, Barbara Beaton. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A. H. Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane Street, Springhill, (902 597 2361). Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 until 3 pm, followed immediately by a Committal Service. His ashes will be interred in the North Street Roman Catholic Cemetery, Springhill in the spring. If so desired donations in memory of Dennis may be made to the Parkinson Society of Nova Scotia.


Historical note: Tuesday, April 14, 1959 The Mail-Star, Halifax, N.S. - 'RCN recruitment headquarters in Halifax last week signed on George Newbury as OSCKS, and Chas. Husbands as OSSWS, both of Halifax. Other enrolments included J. Sutton, Harvey Adams, E. Consineau, Denis Calder, Ken Elliott, Gary Boss, Gerry Porter, Ken Richardson and C. Murray.

EMSLIE, William Duncan - WWII Veteran. Born in Sherbrooke, QC. Passed away suddenly on October 5, 2011 at the age of 87 while surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Margaret for 61 years. Father of Scott (Barb), Deborah, Rob (Liz), Cathy (Paul) and J.B. (Moira). Loving and cherished “Poppy” of Frank, Luke, Montana, Madison, Will, Savannah Grace, Jacob, Hannah and Kyle. Survived by his sister Ruth Emslie. Friends may call on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. We Will Always Love and Never Forget, “The Commander”


William enlisted in 1941 and began active service in 1943. He served in the Engineroom of HMCS Kokanee.




DELANEY, Carole, Leading Wren, Telegraphist - Regret to inform you of the passing of Leading Wren (Sparker) Carol Delaney after a long battle with Cancer. She served mainly at Albro Lake in the mid 1960's. Survived by Ernie Lalonde (former ABRM) in Saanich, BC and brother and sisters in Edmonton AB.

SOMERS, James Parker, RCN (served 1951-1956) - 48 of Beechville died Tuesday in Victoria General Hospital. Born in Charlottetown, he was a son of the late Hartle and Ella (DeCoste) Somers. he served n the Royal Canadian Navy from 1951 to 1956 and worked at HMC Dockyard until his retirement in 1976. Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Wright, three sons, Robert, James, both of Halifax, Eugene, Winnipeg, five daughters, Lydia, Halifax, Teresa (Mrs. Gilles Hogue), Beechville, Rolita, Sheena, Roberta, all at home; two brothers Frederick, Arthur, both of Charlottetown; four sisters, Henretta (Mrs. Louis Bunette), Molly (Mrs. Sylvester McClaren), both of Hamilton, Ont, Grace (Mrs. George Conway), Charlottetown, Adeline (Mrs. Melboure Stokes), Moncton, seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter Darlene and a sister Ada. The body is at J. Albert Walker Funeral Home, Halifax. The body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Beechville Baptist Church, Rev W.P. Oliver officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beechville Baptist Church building fund. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 22 Mar 1978)

HUTCHINSON, Thomas H., V8200, RCNVR / C2ER, 21469-E, RCN - Born January 10, 1917, peacefully, on August 7, 1996, in the Victoria Hospice, at the age of 79 years. Born in Ogema, SK, he is survived by Pearl (Timmins), his loving wife of 57 years; his son, John (Beverly); three grandchildren, Philip, Alison and Tyler, all of Port Alberni, many loving family members and good friends. Mr. Hutchinson served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years, during the Second World War and Korean War, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a life member of the Chief's and Petty Officers Association, the Chief's and Petty Officers Mess and the Royal Canadian legion, Britannia Branch No. 7. A service of remembrance will be conducted from the Chapel of St. Andrew, CFB Esquimalt on Monday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined, tributes, if desired, may be made to the Victoria Hospice or the Victoria Cancer Clinic or the charity of one's choice.

HARVEY, Darrell (Doc), V14907, RCNVR / C1MM, R3884, RCN(R) (served 17 Jul 1941 - 30 Nov 1969) - of Abbotsford, BC. Born 26 Jan 1920  Died 13 Dec 1996.

HUNTER, S. William (Bill), PO.SA, 40642-E, RCN (served 1 Jan 1940 - 18 Apr 1947) - of New Westminster, BC. Born 24 Jan 1918  Died 22 Feb 1997

HAYLEY, Al, C1WR, 3963-E / LCdr, RCN (served 10 Sep 1940 - 07 Apr 1972) - Born May 16, 1921, in Thessalon, ON, passed away peacefully in Victoria on April 28, 1997. He leaves a loving family; his wife, Dorothea (Dot); his daughters: Audrey (Dave) Kemp of Clinton, ON, Susan (Mike) Wardell and Pam (Cliff) Yorath, both of Victoria and his son, Rod (Jean) of North Vancouver; his grandchildren: Christine, Rob, Alonna, Myles, Paul, Jamie, Mark, Dory and Ned; his brother, Ray (Doreen) and sister, Marianne (Hal) Long; sister-in0law, Audrey (Vern) Lewis; and brothers-in-law, Wilf (Gerry) Baillie and Dick (Aleda) Baillie, as well as many other relatives and friends and shipmates. Al joined the RCN in 1940 as an ordinary signalman, served overseas in wartime and retired as a Lieutenant-Commander in 1972. He served in several ships on both coasts, including HMCS Huron, HMCS Ontario, HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Ste Therese. In 1968-69 she served with the United Nations as Canada's first Truce Supervisory Officer in Syria after the Six Days War. After retirement from the Navy, he joined the federal civil service and subsequently spent ten years with the BC Ferries Corporation in personnel management. During his life, Al was a loving husband and father, tenacious fisherman and devoted servant of the Crown. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and former colleagues. Special thanks to Dr. Fill and his staff, for their care and support, and to nurses Randi and Michelle and the staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital, who were so attentive and kind.


They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters,

These men see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.


Goodbye, Grandpa, you'll always be in our hearts. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Ave, Victoria with Reverent R. Corcoran and Reverend F.W. Hayes officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Lung Association or the charity of your choice will be appreciated.



PORTER, Robert Noel Timothy, Lt, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 26 Dec 1920, son of of Noel Tindal Porter and Ellin Porter, of Victoria, BC.


Slt Porter took passage on SS Volendam returning from course in England. The SS Volendam was part of Convoy OB 205 which departed Liverpool, England on 29 Aug 1940.  Slt Porter survived the torpedoing SS Volendam on 30 Aug 1940.


Records of units served in for Lt Porter          Casualty report for Lt Porter


Book of Remembrance entry



HMS VINDICTIVE (11 Jan 1938-31 Aug 1938 as a Naval Cadet)

HMS EXETER (01 Sep 1938 - 05 Aug 1939 as a Midshipman)


HMS BERWICK (13 Sep 1939 - 19 Sep 1940 as a Midshipman & A/SLt)

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 15 Oct 1940 - 31 Jul 1942 as an A/SLt and Lt, RCN


PRISKE, Sydney Robert, PO, 2999, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 02 Oct 1919, son of Sydney Montague and Alice Kate Priske, Vancouver, BC.


Active Service and Training record for PO Priske


Book of Remembrance entry


HMCS VENTURE - Served in Venture 22 Nov 1937 - 01 May 1938 as an OS, RCN

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 24 Jun 1938 - 15 Jun 1939 as an OS / AB, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 18 Oct 1939 - 22 Nov 1939 as an AB, RCN

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 23 Nov 1939 - 22 Feb 1941 as an AB / LS, RCN

HMCS TRILLIUM - Served in Trillium 21 Mar 1941 - 10 Oct 1941 as a LS, RCN



DROUILLARD, Leo Joseph Alfred, AB, Radar III / RP III (P), V70529, RCNVR (served 22 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1945) - Born 15 Sep 1924, died 25 Feb 1965, age 42, of a heart attack.


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HMCS AMBLER - Served in AMBLER 10-16 Jun 1944 while in training at HMCS Cornwallis

HMCS PRESTONIAN - Served in PRESTONIAN 13 Sep 1944 - 28 Oct 1945 as an OS / AB, RCNVR


 BADGER, Cyril George (Taffy) - Born 1922  Died 2002


Portrait of Leading Seaman Badger          Photo of Cyril Badger - Remembrance Day 2001

HALIKOWSKI, Ellen A., WRCNS (nee LANG) (28 Aug 1923 - 29 Aug 2018) - After a life well lived it is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ellen Adeline (Lang) Halikowski. Ellen was predeceased by her parents Gordon and Ellen (Nilsson) Lang, her beloved husband Hal (Gerald), her siblings Art (Kay), Lyall, Bud (George) (Polly) and Ida (Walter) Gerber, and her son-in-law John. She is survived by her children Natashia (Ken Drabinsky), Diana Dewar, Jim (Leslie) Halston, her much loved grandchildren Cole, Ellen and Mitchell and her sister-in-law Beryl. Ellen was born in Sioux Lookout, ON and grew up in Winnipeg, MB during the dirty 30s graduating from Kelvin High School and the Success School of Business. During WWII she joined the WRCNS as a writer and rejoined during the Korean conflict. She was one of the first women to be granted a permanent commission in the WRCNS serving in HMCS Chippewa, NHQ Ottawa, HMCNAS Shearwater and HMCS Naden. After the hard child rearing years of a navy wife were completed she volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross, the CNIB and finally with the VGH Auxilliary where she served as the president. Mum was a hardy soul always ready to raise a glass at the end of a busy day and a fine example of a daughter from Canada's greatest generation. (Victoria Times Colonist 07 Sep 2018)




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PEARSON, Roderick Frank, Slt, RCNVR (22 Sep 1924 - 03 Sep 2018) - Frank passed away in Calgary, Alberta on September 3, 2018 at the age of 93 years after a long but patient battle with Parkinson’s and other complications. He was born on September 22, 1924 and grew up on a farm near Hanley, Saskatchewan. Frank graduated with an Engineering Physics Degree from the University of Saskatchewan at the age of 19 in 1944 and immediately joined the Navy as a Lieutenant teaching at HMC Signal School, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. After leaving the Navy, he married the love of his life Elsie Evelyn Childs in Toronto on October 6, 1945. He did power line construction work for his uncle Robert before starting his career in 1947 with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He worked in Flin Flon until 1974 when he transferred to the Toronto head office before retiring in 1982. Frank and Elsie moved to Kelowna in 1992 and after Elsie passed away in 2008, he lived in Calgary’s Scenic Acres Retirement Centre since 2010 where the staff was so kind and attentive to him. He is survived by his sister Jessie Garland Porter in Burnaby, BC; his three children’s families: Jim and Donna (De Fraine) Pearson, their son Ryan, daughter MaryEllen (Andrew) Machuk, their son Mitchell, daughter Melissa Pearson (Jon Ng), their daughter Violet and daughter Paula (Joe) Watkins, their sons Philip and Pearson; Nona (Doug) Flemming, with their daughters Carly and Julie; and Murray Pearson. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Sidney James and Christina Mae Pearson; Elsie in 2008; and his sister Isabel Garfield Green in 2010. Frank and Elsie met at a university dance after she snuck in without paying (“to check out the new crop”) and he lied about his age. She found out when he had mumps in the hospital where she worked and she saw his chart. Their passion with square dancing started in the early years in Flin Flon and continued for over fifty years. He enjoyed calling square dances and they were always teaching newcomer classes. Frank was an officer in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps “Husky” in Flin Flon for a number of years including a period as Commanding Officer. He was a life-long Saskatchewan Roughriders fan even though he lived in four other provinces. Until recently in Calgary he participated in a number of activities arranged through the Parkinson Association of Alberta including his favourites Dancing Parkinsons YYC at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks with Vicki Willis and Anne Flynn and a singing class with Brian Farrell of Revv52. His engineering analytical side was also positively challenged by participation with others in a U of C Parkinson’s gait thesis project by Alexandra Cihal for Dr. Bin Hu. Data was collected on an iPod strapped to his knee to provide music feedback only when his steps were more than a minimum length – with his always strong walking, he passed with flying colours! Thanks also to Dr. Myhre who believes in laughter as good medicine. While in Calgary, he especially enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and his eyes would light up for his very recently born great-grandchildren. Frank was a gentle soul who lived his life with great dignity and appreciated all help from other people. He will be missed. Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held at Foster’s Garden Chapel, 3220 – 4 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Friends are invited to meet at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the main entrance to Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery (2850 Dry Valley Road, Kelowna, BC) before an interment ceremony at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name, directly to Parkinson Association of Alberta.

CATON, Walter (Bill), RN / RCN - died 1969 while posted to Norfolk, Virginia.

AIKENHEAD, Thomas Boyd, RCN (02 Apr 1926 - 02 Sep 2018) - a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, passed away peacefully at the Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Centre Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the age of 92. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Jill of Thornhill, Ontario; her son David; and daughter Susan (Rick). He will be forever loved and missed by his children Linda Jane, Susan and Tom Jr. all from California. Much loved grandpa to Kristen, Justin, Lacey, Giselle, Liz, Charlie and Vicky. Survived by his brother Bill and sister-in-law Pat of Markham, Ontario and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sister Nancy Bell. Tom was born into the Aikenhead family dynasty well-known for their successful Aikenhead hardware retail stores founded in 1830 where he spent 35 years involved in its expansion to 25 stores across Canada. His other endeavors included creating new businesses; Cutlers Inc., Saladmaster, Chromolit Inc. and Aike Marketing Group Inc. Tom was a longtime badminton enthusiast and expert player winning two gold medals in the Ontario Masters Badminton tournaments. He also won Silver in the World Masters Competition in Denmark in 1989. Other achievements included being a Master Carver and winning many first-place ribbons for his outstanding woodcarvings of Birds of Prey (eagles, hawks, and ospreys). Tom was heavily involved with many prestigious business organizations and boards throughout his life as President or Chairperson; Toronto Board of Trade, Woodbridge Golf & Country Club, and Toronto Downtown Business Association. Tom was proud to be a recipient of the Commemorative Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal awarded for his achievements. A memorial service will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto in its East Chapel. Many heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hung, Dr. Selby, Bailey Hollister, and staff at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their wonderful care and compassion. In memory of Tom please consider a memorial donation. that can be directed to (Toronto Star 08 Sep 2018)


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