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)


CHALMERS, Arthur (19 Dec 1924 - 16 Aug 2018) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Chalmers of Beaverton, ON, who died peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of the late Helen, father to Dave Chalmers and of the late Dan Chalmers and his wife Karen Chalmers, grandpa to David Chalmers and his wife Kathy Chalmers, grandpa to Leigh Chalmers, Kerry (Chalmers) Hillerup and Kyle Chalmers. Uncle to Joseph Mitchell with wife Lynda Mitchell and lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, great-nephews and great-nieces and by his close companion Laura McQueen and his long time best friend, Randy Carleton. The family would like to thank Dr. Shulman for his many years of friendship and excellent medical care. Art was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada, where he would go on to proudly serve his country during the Second World War as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon returning to Canada as a decorated veteran, Art worked for many years at Massey Ferguson in Toronto, before moving to Beaverton to build his own business. Art was a generous man, who was always looking for ways to help others. A celebration of Art's life will take place Saturday, September 15, 2018 at BECAN Presbyterian Church, 413 Simcoe St., Beaverton from noon until 2.30 p.m. In keeping with Art's wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest at St. John's Norway Cemetery in Toronto, alongside his late wife Helen, and his parents William and Mary Chalmers. If desired, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. (Toronto Star 08 Sep 2018)


Photo of Arthur Chalmers

JACKSON, Derek - passed away peacefully in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the age of 93 years. Derek was born on May 15, 1925 in Darlington, England and came to Calgary at the age of 3. He attended Crescent Heights High School, but joined the Navy before graduation. He served on a frigate in WWII then joined the Calgary Fire Department upon his return at age 21. His career spanned 30 plus years, serving as Fire Chief for the last 10 years. During that period, he earned a diploma in Business from University of Alberta and a degree in Fire Science from University of San Mateo. Upon retirement, he did consulting work in Singapore, Calgary and Coquitlam, then settled in Victoria, pursuing his passion for golf at the Uplands Golf Club. Dad lived life fully, loving his family, friends, sports, travel, leaving houses he built and a family cabin at Crimson Lake and many hilarious, tender memories for us to enjoy. Derek is survived by his wife, Marie (nee Kamp) and her children, Shannon (Rick), Claire (John) and Dean (Madelline); he is also by his first wife and friend, Lorraine (Young); their children Owen (Marilyn), Marnie (Kim), and Theresa (Larry); sister, Donna (Neil) McNabb; his grandchildren and their spouses; as well as his great-grandchildren, making a village of 40. We wish to thank all his care-givers at the Rockyview and Foothills Hospitals and the Colonel Belcher Carewest for their compassion and support. A Celebration of Life will be held at Calgary Olympic Park in the Markin MacPhail Centre (88 Canada Olympic Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta), on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

LEFAIVRE, William Paul - On August 30, 2018, Paul Lefaivre of Edmonton passed away at the age of 94 years. Predeceased by his beloved wife Marlyn (Marnie) Horne in 2010, he leaves their three daughters, Maryann and husband Mitch Sabourin of St. Albert, Paula Kathleen of Red Deer, and Michelle and husband Michael Palmer of St. Albert; seven grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Catherine Barry and sister-in-law Marjorie Lefaivre, both of Calgary. Paul was predeceased by his father, William; mother, Jean; brothers, Francis, and Joseph; sister, Marguerite; sister-in-law, Charmaine; and brother-in-law Donald Maveal. Born in Edmonton in 1923, raised and educated in Calgary, he was very proud of his ninth generation Canadian heritage on his father's side, and Acadian roots on his mother's side. A Canadian Navy Veteran of World War II, his service included landing in Normandy on D-Day. In 2015, The Republic of France awarded him the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor in recognition of his involvement in the liberation of that country during World War II. A career banker for 42 years, he was the first executive officer of the Royal Bank of Canada to be located in Edmonton. Following retirement in 1982, he remained active in business and community affairs for nearly twenty years. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at St. Joseph Basilica, 10044-113 Street, Edmonton. Cremation as well as a private family interment of the urn at Holy Cross Mausoleum will take place at a later date. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Kipnes Centre for Veterans for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be greatly appreciated by the undernoted, for whom Mr. Lefaivre served as volunteer director for many years: Franciscans of Western Canada, Mount St. Francis Retreat, P.O. Box 430, Cochrane, Alberta, T4C 1A6. (St. Albert Gazette 05 Sep 2018)

OSSACHUK, George - WW2 Veteran. Died before 2018. George met Elva Hendren after his return to Fort Francis after WW2 and they were married on 06 Aug 1947. They had one son, John Gordon, born in 1949.

HARRISON, Kenneth George, P1ER / Cdr (MARE), RCN / C.A.F. (27 Mar 1935 - 15 Mar 2008) - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Ken ( "Baboo ") Harrison, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Ken passed away peacefully at home and in the care of his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Valerie. Ken loved and was dearly loved by son Daryll, daughter-in-law Thaea, and grandchildren Jennifer, Ben, Jamie, Emily, and by his daughter Debbie and grandchildren Murray, Heather, and Christen. Ken is also survived by his brother-in-law Trevor Jeanes and wife Anita, nephew Michael (Adina) and nieces Marni (Glen) and Brenda (Jim), his brother-inlaw Dennis, together with an extended family of cousins and close relatives. Born in Burnaby B.C., Ken moved to Victoria in 1946, graduating from Esquimalt High School in 1952 and then joining the Royal Canadian Navy. Through his military service, Ken was provided opportunities to further his education, resulting in his receiving post secondary degrees at the University of British Columbia (BAppISc), University of Aston, U.K. (MSc) and Advanced Officer Training (Royal Naval College, Greenwich). His subsequent contributions and dedication to excellence in military service not only reflected his gratitude for these educational opportunities but also enabled Ken to significantly contribute to his various ship and land based appointments. Eventually retiring in 1982, and having made lasting friends during his naval career, Ken then entered the marine engineering consulting business from which he retired in 1990, allowing him to then spend time with his beloved family and friends, and to pursue his passion for sailing. Ken was particularly pleased to spend time on the water with people new to sailing, and formed many lasting friendships through this activity. Ken strongly valued education and willingly served as coach and mentor to his grandchildren, children of friends and many others through Learn to Read programs. Dad (Baboo) will always be remembered by his children and grandchildren for his encouragement and support in any venture they undertook. His unconditional and unwavering love played a significant and continuing role in all their lives. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. David E. Bell, and feel blessed by his caring, his commitment and for his outstanding medical attention. To Carol and Misha at Victoria Hospice, our gratitude for your compassionate care. Ken will always be remembered for his laugh, smile and the way in which he made every day the best for all. His life journey will continue with fair winds, a following sea and true course. Memorial Service, with reception to follow, will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Dr. on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm with Hewitt Helmsing officiating. Flowers gratefully declined. If you wish, the family would appreciate donations to the Victoria Hospice Society Holding Hands Forever Baboo (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Mar 2008)



BRISSEAU, Ernest L., CPO1, RCN / C.A.F. - 51, 69 Clermont Cres. Dartmouth, died Saturday at CFB Halifax. Born in Woodstock, Ont., he was a son  of Vergie Travis and the late Guy Brisseau. He was in the Royal Canadian navy for the past 30 years, most recently as a Chief Warrant Officer. He was active with the Ninth Dartmouth Boy Scout Troop for many years and took the troop to the 1981 International Scout Jamboree in Calgary. He was also involved with the Nova Scotia Chapter of the A.L.S. Society. He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Read; two sons, Guy, at home, Michael, CFB Halifax; a daughter, Donna (Mrs. Charles Craig), Truro; three grandchildren. The body is in Mattatall's Funeral Home, Dartmouth. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today in Stadacona Chapel. Burial will be 2 p.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery, Bear River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Chapter of the A.L.S. Society. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 15 Apr 1985, page 26)

HEALEY, Leslie (Les), CPO. TGM, 2705 / LCdr, RCN (served 05 Jan 1935 - 01 Jan 1966) - 81 of Halifax, NS. Born 01 Jan 1916, died at home, June 2, 1997, after a lengthy illness. Born in Clayburn, B.C., he was a son of the late Albert and Lizzie Healey. Educated in Vancouver, he joined the RCN at HMCS Naden Esquimalt in 1935 and retired in 1965. He served aboard HMCS Skeena, Ottawa, St. Clair, Nootka, Ontario and Algonquin. He was an electrical instructor at HMC Stadacona and he spent time at headquarters in Ottawa. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise (Nickerson); daughters, Arlene Anderson, Clayton Park; Marian Rhuland, Dartmouth; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Heather Paige; brothers, Albert, Arthur, Cyril; sisters, Elsie, Doris, Olive and Marjorie. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, in snow's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, from where memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The lung Association. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 03 Jun 1997)





HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka in the 1950s as Lt (L), RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in the 1950s as Lt (L), RCN

HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin in 1957 as Lt (L), Electrical Officer, RCN


Note: it is not known if he served in OTTAWA H60 or OTTAWA H31

HUMBERSTONE, Benjamin, C1CM, 40172-E, RCN (served 15 Jul 1940 - 15 Jul 1965) - After a long illness, aged 75, died peacefully on May 24, 1997. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Helen, of 50 years; his two daughters, Susan (Ken), and Dawn (Richard) and three grandchildren, Trudy, Rick and Sarah and a sister, Ivy Godfrey. He had two brothers who predeceased him. During the Second World War Ben served in the Canadian Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. After discharge for 16 years he worked as a Government employee at the Wilkinson Jail. Subsequently he was a Commissionaire at Government House. He requested no service and will be cremated and his ashes scattered in Saanich Inlet.

HILTON, Frank Biddulph - passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on November 6, 1997. Predeceased by his first wife Edna; brothers dick, Harry and sister Margaret. Survived by his wife Alice; sister Hilda, and brother Bill; daughter Marjorie Sahlstrom; sons David, (Tim) Dan, Marc and extended family David, Marylin, Louise, and Joanne. Also 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Frank was born in Waldron, SK on March 31, 1913 where he was raised and educated. He joined the RCN and served on Canadian ships in the Second World War, the last ship being HMCS Henry. He was a life member of the Cheif & Petty Officers Association and a member of Dickens Fellowship. After the war he settled in Victoria and worked at BC Forest Products before entering the Civil Service Dept of Labour until his retirement. Viewing on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at First Memorial Chapel on Thursday, November 13, at 12 noon. A reception will follow in the Garden room. Interment at R.O.B.P. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation.



HOLT, Emerson R., V10148, RCNVR, / CPO1, R2123, RCN(R) - Passed away peacefully in Victoria General Hospital (Helmcken) on May 6, 1998. Dad, Grampa, Great Grampa left to join the love of his life, wife Peggy, who predeceased him on May 6, 1981. Born in Violet Hill, Ontario on November 1, 1910. He will be greatly missed by his only child, daughter, Doreen; her husband, Robert Duke; grandchildren, Stuart, Stephanie, Gina and his beloved great-grandson, Alexander. He leaves his younger brother, Lindsay and his wife, Jules of Burnaby as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. he also leaves his many friends at the Crystal Pool Fitness Centre where he ate lunch with the "regulars" at his own personal table in the coffee shop for many years. He made many visits to the Daycare Centre at the Crystal to see his "kids". He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on both HMCS Robert and HMCS Huron. He earned the nickname of "Sea Miles Holt" because of the many sea runs he was part of. He was one of those gallant men who were part of the fleet on the "Murmansk Run" to Russia during the war. He left the navy with the Rank of Chief Petty Officer. He joined the DND Naval Fire Department (Dockyard) on May 6, 1946 and retired from there in March of 1971 with the rank of Captain. he attended as many of the activities that his buddies in both the fire department and the navy were involved in for as long as he was able and had many fond memories of the events and his friends as well. A special thank you to our family friend and physician, Dr. Kier MacMillan for his loving care to Dad/Grampa. We hope all families have a doctor who is as caring as you are. The family also wishes to extended their thanks for their care and kindness during the last five weeks. At Dad's request there will not be a funeral service but friends are invited to share in a Celebration of Life with the family on Monday, May 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Aft Dining room at the Princess Mary Restaurant, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Hear and Stoke Foundation of BC and Yukon.



HMCS HURON - Served in Huron during the Second World War

MATHEWS, William D. Stoker Petty Officer, V12653, RCNVR (06 May 1918 - 25 Oct 2009) - Passed away Oct. 25 in Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria. Bill will be greatly missed by his family: Bev, his wife of 58 years, daughters Sheril & Jean, son Richard (Christine) & grand daughter, Samantha. Bill was born in Alberta and enlisted in the navy during WWII. He served on H.M.C.S. Henry during the Juno Beach campaign and other European Conflicts. On discharge, Bill settled on Cortes Island where he logged, commercial fished and before retirement was a deck hand on the Cortes-Quadra ferry. There will be no service by request but any memories friends of Bill would like to share, please forward to the family. (The Campbell River Mirror)


Served in the RCNVR 01 Apr 1941 - 01 Sep 1945



BARRETTE, Armand Joseph Gerard, C2BN, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 85, of Halifax, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. He was born in Quebec City, Que. He was the son of the late Albert Alexander Barrette and Jeanne Aimee. Armand was a proud veteran of the Korean War. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years acquiring rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class upon retirement. He belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion (Spryfield Branch) where he enjoyed the dances as well as their many social activities. He is survived by sons, John (Joanne), Mike (Linda); daughter, Dianne (Steve) MacIntosh; grandchildren, Gary, Paul (Kayla) of Edmonton, Alta.; David of Calgary, Alta.; John of Calgary, Alta.; Brandie (Zeth) Brooks and Tyler MacIntosh. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty"; sisters, Pierrette Barrette and Noella Vezina. Special thanks to the nurses and staff of 3W of the Veterans' Memorial Building for the extra care and attention they provided. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.



HMCS QU'APPELLE - Served in Qu'Appelle 1973-1974 as Buffer

JONES, Robert Henry (Bob), CD, LCdr (MAd), RCN / C.A.F. (served 12 Apr 1938 - 25 Apr 1970) - Saturday, March 10, 2012, after a very brief illness, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather quietly departed this life at the age of 91. Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Silvia Florence Rudolph in 1968 and his second wife, Sheena Elizabeth Liddle in 2009. He was also predeceased by his parents and his brothers: Ted (E.V Jones) in 1988; Bill (William Sankey Jones) in 1991 and Harry in 1995. He is survived by his children, Laraine (Wayne) Hunt, Lawrence (Benthe) and Ted (Norma); Grandchildren: Daryn (Carolyn) Hunt, Laura Hunt Braun, Micheal Jones, Michelle (Fraser) Shand; Great Grandchildren: Owen Braun and Claire Hunt and a little Shand on the way. Bob was born on April 25, 1920, one of the first children born in Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia. Raised and educated in Victoria, Bob served in the 5th B.C. Coast Brigade Militia from 1935 1939 when he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. He entered the Navy as the first ( and the last surviving) Sick Berth Attendant. He served the RCN afloat and ashore for 31 years (Atlantic, Ottawa and Pacific) rising from Probationary Sick Berth Attendant (SBA) to Hospital Administrator with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1970. Upon retirement, Bob joined the staff of the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service as an Inspector/consultant of hospitals and later as special consultant to the Minister of Health. One of his proudest accomplishments was the development of the Long Term Care Program for B.C. which came into being in January of 1978. An active member of every community in which he lived, Bob was involved in Parent-Teacher, Church, and minor baseball organizations. He was the chairman of the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Commission and Alderman from 1977-83. A strong Liberal, he was their candidate in the Esquimalt-Port Renfrew riding in 1986. An ardent golfer (lifetime member of the Royal Colwood Golf Club) and curler, he was also a long time member of the Chief and Petty Officers' Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 2 -4pm at the Renaissance Retirement Home at 1188 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC. No flowers or gifts please, anecdotes appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 14 Mar 2012

JOHNSON, George Edward, CPO, RCN (03 Jan 1928 - 29 Mar 2012) - We would like to remind those that knew our Dad (George) of the shared service at Broadmead Lodge's Oak Room Friday, July 6 at 1:30pm and reception to follow for Dad in the Maple Room (downstairs). We look forward to seeing you and sharing a story or two. Please RSVP to: Condolences may be sent c/o Treacy Roberts-Johnson 6705 Tamany Drive, Victoria B.C. V8Z 5Y8. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saanich Peninsula Hospital (Extended Care Unit) or Lodge at Broadmead Foundation Funds would be appreciated. (Victoria Times-Colonist 29 Jun 20120


George on HMCS Cayuga with Alice


HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga 1950-1951

JACKSON, Ernest Joseph, C1LR, RCNR (served 15 Jul 1940 - 30 Nov 1969) (29 Dec 1919 - 18 Feb 2014) - Aged 94 Born in St. Peter's Cape Breton, NS, Ernie found his way to the West Coast during the war, where he met and married the love of his life, Mildred (1923-2009). Together they raised four children Beverly (Pierre), Jeanette, Brenda, Ken (Jeanette) and created a warm and welcoming home, always open to others. Their family lovingly grew to include grandchildren: Teri (Steve), Carson (Jenn), Krista (Colin), Dominique (Adam), Robert (Amanda), and Nicole; and many great grandchildren. Ernie proudly served as Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, and was no stranger to hard work; also having had a successful career with BC Hydro. He and Mildred enjoyed dancing, boating, fishing, and family. Ernie was an expert craftsman who enjoyed woodworking and could often be found in his workshop with a project on the go. Ernie was passionate about sports; he played baseball and hockey, and coached minor hockey for a number of years. The family extends warm thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Lodge at Broadmead who were supportive and loving friends, and compassionate care givers over the last four years. Ernie's final days were spent surrounded by those who loved him. He was always a reluctant traveller, yet with the flow of well-wishers during his last days he was able to start this next journey peacefully. Ernie will be loved and remembered by many; and is now at peace once again with his love, Mildred. Funeral mass to be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 7742 West Saanich Road; at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February, 24, 2014. Followed by a celebration of Ernie's life at the Deep Cove Chalet, 11190 Chalet Road.








JOHNSTONE, William Richard (Dick), P1ER, RCN / C.A.F. - Born October 18, 1923. In loving memory of my beloved husband who passed away May 13, 2014 in Jubilee Hospital. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife Ollie and his son Alan (Ellen). (Victoria Times-Colonist 13 May 2015)



HODACSEK, John, P1AW, 5633-E, RCN - died Oct 1998

HARRIS, Ephraim Raymond, P1MA, 18416-E, RCN / C.A.F. (retired 31 Dec 1974) - passed away peacefully at home with family on November 3, 1998, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on February 2, 1930 in Plamondon, Alberta and lived a full, vibrant life. He was predeceased by his first wife, Florence (1990); and son, Victoria (1985). Survived by his loving partner, Laurena; children, Wayne, Brenda (Greg), Brian (Sue); grandchildren: Raymond, Shawna, Michael, Chris, Marc, Nicole, Cassandra, Jessica; great-grandchildren, Chalene, Crystal, Charlie, Sheri; brother, Jim; and sister, Anne; nieces; nephews and many friends. He served 22 years in the RCN with the Medical Services Branch, then worked for BC Provincial Corrections, Highways and Motor Vehicles Branches. He was a long-time member of the Esquimalt Anglers and the Royal Canadian Legion, 172 Esquimalt Branch. Ray lived life passionately and had a profound effect on those that knew him. The joy of his life was his family and friends. Family and friends may call to pay their respects at McCall Bros. Family Chapel on Saturday, November 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at McCall Bros Floral Chapel on Monday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the C & POs Mess, 1575 Lydall Street from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society or the charity of one's choice.

HOWCROFT, James E. (Ted), Petty Officer, Cox'n, RCNVR (served 02 Jun 1941 - Dec 1946) - of Oregon City, Oregon. Born 05 Oct 1921, died 17 Nov 1998

HARVEY, George Robert, Chief Bos'n, A404 - CFR - Ch Skipper, O-31480, RCN(R) (served 18 Aug 1939 - 24 Nov 1945) - A native son, born November 21, 1915, at Esquimalt, BC, passed away March 2, 1999. Predeceased by his wife, Mary; he leaves his son, David (Kathy) in Ontario; brother, Gordon (Barbara); granddaughter, Amber Harvey, great-granddaughter, Kristie Harvey, many nieces and nephews, sister-in-laws, Alice Ford (Peter), Kathleen Ford, Jean and Joe Meunter. Many thanks also to Frederick Townsend (Donna) who has been so wonderful to me during these past years. Also, to my very best friend, Ada Melhus and to my cousin, Joe Harper (Kitty). George served in the RCN during the Second World War, 19439-1945 (Chief Skipper, RCNR) Member of the Chief's & PO Association, Past President RCL #172, Life member Past Deputy Commander S.V.I.Z. No funeral by request. Donations can be made to RCL #172. Special thanks to Dr. James Yates, Dr. Mildenberger and Dr. B. Sanders.


HENRY, Clarence J. (Hank), C2BN, 4805-E, RCN / A589, RCNVR (served 23 Jun 1940 - 23 Jun 1961) - of Parksville, BC. Born 19 Aug 1923, died 19 Nov 1999.

HEYS, Alexander Ralph, C1SG, RCN (retired 23 Oct 1965)  (Alex), born in Vancouver, February 28, 1921, passed away, January 18, 2000 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Pat (Terry); sons, Ralph (Karne) and Alex. Grandchildren, Jessica, Michelle, Katie, Andria and Joshua. Alex served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years and was honourably released in the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class in 1965. Alex will be remembered with love. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 27, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Home, 306 East 11th Ave, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alex's memory to the BC Parkinson's Disease Association.

HIBBERT, William (Sr.), Lt, RCN (served 24 Aug 1928 - 11 Feb 1961) - of Parksville, BC, passed away March 7, 2000. Aged 90 years. Survived by one son, Bill (Gladys), of Parksville, BC; one daughter, Joan (Gerry) Olsen, of Duncan, BC, eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. There will be no service by request. Cremation. Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Parksville, BC, in Bill's memory.


HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario as a Warrant Communications Officer

HAYHOE, Robert J. (Bob), CERA, RCN / C.A.F. - of Surrey, BC. Born 10 Oct 1919, died 12 Apr 2000.

HOOPER, Frederick Ronald (Ron), MMM, CD, C1RP, 6491-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 26 Nov 1946 - 29 Dec 1976) - with his family by his side, Ron stood his last watch on March 29, 2000. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Maude Hooper, Ron is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Tracey, leslies and son-in-law Bob; sisters, Ethel (Gordon) Stewart and Rene (Ivan) Armitage, and many nieces and nephews. Ron was born on October 24, 1928 in Birtle, MB. Following his High School graduation, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served in the Korean War (1950-51) aboard HMCS Cayuga. After 30 years of respected and distinguished service, he retired in 1976 and spent the next five years with the Naval Reserve Summer training program at Esquimalt. Following retirement, Ron shared his love of traveling with Joan and returned with her to many of his favourite ports. When at home, he carried on his father's legacy of creating gardens that were the envy of all his neighbours. Ron was blessed with an insatiable curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. If he didn't have his nose in a book, he was researching and cataloguing his stamp collection, identifying birds, or resuming his boyhood hobby of butterfly-watching. His enthusiasm for his hobbies was infectious and inspirational. In his latter years, he prided himself on having become an accomplished chef - a new-found hobby that Joan heartily supported. He was a devoted husband, a loving, supportive, and generous father, a cherished brother, a favourite uncle, a respected friend. He was a true gentleman and a gift to us all. Many thanks to the nurses and friends who supported Ron and his family over the past months. Ron asked that donations be made to the World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy or Canada, or the  C & POs Veterans Assistance Society. If desired, flowers could be sent to shut-ins. Ron's ship set sail in the final hour of a beautiful spring day. It was a good night for sailing. No service. Friends are invited to raise a glass and celebrate Ron's life at a gathering on Saturday, April 29th, 2:00-5:00 pm. at 1091 Vic Place, Brentwood Bay, BC.


HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga 1950-1951 during the Korean War

HOWARD, Beverley Maurice (Bev) - passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2000. Born July 4, 1936 at Middleton, NS. Bev is survived by his loving wife of 45 1/2 years, Katheleen; son, Eugene (Margaret); daughters; Mary-Ellen (Wade) Jones, Samantha-Jane (Don) Rossignol; his dearly loved grandchildren: Melissa, Benjamin, Kenny, Wade and Jolene; sister, Trudie; brother, Eugene; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bev was a member of Keith Lodge, Bear River, Nova Scotia and the Order of the Eastern Star #88 Juan de Fuca. Memorial service will be held at the Sooke Masonic Hall, 6544 Throup Rd, Sooke, BC, on Thursday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. Donations in Bev's memory may be made to the Sooke Loan Cupboard, would be gratefully appreciated.

RUSS, Frank Arseth, PO Tel, 2739, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 20 Feb 1918, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Russ, Vananda, BC; husband of Jeanette H. Russ, Toronto, ON.


Active Service and Training record for PO Tel Frank Russ


Book or Remembrance entry


HMCS ARMENTIERES - Served in ARMENTIÈRES 11 Jan 1938 - 03 Feb 1938, 15 Feb 1938 - 11 Mar 1938 and 09 Nov 1938 - 29 Sep 1939 as a Tel, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in ASSINIBOINE 08 Jun 1940 - 12 Sep 1940 as a Tel & A/L/Tel, RCN

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in SAGUENAY 13 Sep 1940 - 22 Jan 1942 as a L/Tel, RCN


STEPHENSON, Francis Woodrow, PO, 3873, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 07 Nov 1915, son of Thomas Walter and Maude Stephenson, Montréal, QC. 


Francis Stephenson joined the RCNVR at Montreal on 13 Apr 1935. He transferred to the RCN on 27 Sep 1940. His brother Carmen Ernest of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve perished with him.


Active Service and Training record for PO Francis Stephenson


Newspaper article on the death of PO Francis Stephenson and his brother LS Carmen Stephenson on HMCS St Croix


Book or Remembrance entry



THICKE, Charles Frederick, AB, 4386, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 31 Jul 1922, son of Charles F. Thicke, and of Elizabeth Thicke, Wellington, BC.


Active Service and Training record for AB Charles Thicke


Book or Remembrance entry


HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 06 Jan 1942 - 08 Jul 1942 as a OS / AB, RCN


THURSFIELD, John S.,  L/Radio Mech, P/MX 124820, Royal Navy, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX



WALSH, Patrick Douglas, Leading Stoker, 21787, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 18 Feb 1919, son of Robert and Alice Walsh, Jasmin, SK. Pat's father came from Cork, Ireland, in 1904, to operate a lumber yard and later farmed as well. Pat attended Doverley School and was farming with his family when he enlisted on September 16, 1940 at Esquimalt, BC.


Active Service and Training record for L/Sto Pat Walsh


Book or Remembrance entry



HMCS QUESNEL - Served in 20 May 1941 - 14 Aug 1941 as a Sto 2c, RCN

HMCS UNGAVA - Served in Ungava 04 Sep 1941 - 18 Feb 1942 as a Sto 2c and Sto 1c, RCN

HMCS SHERBROOKE - Served in Sherbrooke 19 Feb 1942 - 12 Apr 1942 as a Sto 1c, RCN


WATSON, Horace William, CPO, 2862, RCN, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 03 Dec 1918, son of Hamilton and Dorothy Watson, Plymouth, England; husband of Jean Watson, Halifax, NS.


Active Service and Training records for CPO Horace Watson


Book or Remembrance entry


HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 31 Jul 1937 - 20 Apr 1938 as an OS, RCN

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 21 Apr 1938 - 22 Nov 1939 as an OS / AB, RCN

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in Restigouche 30 Dec 1939 - 07 Jul 1941 as an AB / A/LS, RCN killed - 20 Sep 1943



HMCS BRANTFORD - Served in Brantford 29 Mar 1942 - 27 Mar 1943 as a PO, RCN



Webmaster's note:  In the service records for CPO Watson, he is listed as being on North Star.  It is believed that these entries refer to HMCS Prince Henry as that was her name before being commissioned in to the RCN.  His period on North Star coincides with Prince Henry's time in the Atlantic in 1941 & 1942.


In Memoriam

The Halifax Mail

Mon. 25 Sep 1944

HAY, George, PO Tel, V24291, RCNVR (served 09 Dec 1940 - 14 Sep 1945) - of Kimberley, passed away peacefully at the Kimberley and District Hospital on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at the age of 83 years. George was born April 20, 1916 in Winnipeg, MB and had been a resident of the Kimberley area for the past 53 years. He was married to his loving wife Blanche (Dakin) in 1941. George joined the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve in 1940. He served in the Navy during World War II and moved to Kimberley in 1946. He worked for Cominco as an electrician until his retirement in 1977. Over the years, George was involved in East Kootenay Civil Defence, in 1980, the Kimberley Winter Games, and the Kimberley Air Cadet Squadron 266. He was a member of the East Kootenay Amateur Radio Club for 51 years. George was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, bowling and spending time with his family. George will be greatly missed by his wife Blanche, and his children: Brian (Donna) Hay of Kimberley, BC, Sandra (Scott) Prior of Preince George, BC, Deanna (Don) Matthews of Cranbrook, BC, and Kathy (Paul) Wajda of Calgary, AB. Also left to mourn are his six grandchildren: Greg, Natalie, Melissa, Davis, Benjamin and Carmen. George was predeceased by his mother and father, William and Mary Hay, his brother, Walter Hay, his sister, Thelma Douglas and by his daughter Bonita Hay. A memorial service will be held for Mr. George Hay on Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 1:00 p.m. from the McPherson Funeral Home, 1885 Warren Ave., Kimberley, BC with Rev. Barbara Langton officiating. Cremation preceded the service. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made on George's behalf to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

HARNESS, John William (Jack), V44463, RCNVR / P2FC, 27987-E, RCN - Crossed the Bar at Victoria General Hospital, at 1500, September 20, 1999, at the age of 75 years. Born February 12, 1924, at Bassano, AB. Jack served in the RCNVR during the Second World War 1942-1946. And later in 1949 he joined the Air Force until the onset of the Korean conflict when he transferred to the RCN and remained until 1963 when he started a job at the Weyerhauser plant in Port Alice, BC. He is survived by a son, Kevin, of Vancouver; and a daughter, Kathleen, of MacKenzie, BC and her husband Kim and their two children. Predeceased by his youngest son, Sean. He is lovingly remembered by a long-time best buddy, Theresa Christison (TC), of Victoria, who will always remember him as a loving soul. And a very long-time friend, Johnno Johnson, of Penticton; who was with him at his passing. "Go in peace my friend". May your sails be full and the winds always at your back. No service by request. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by First memorial Society of BC and CPO's Association of which he was a member, as well as the Legion.



HEPPEL, Edward Albert, RCN / C.A.F. - Peacefully at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, ON, on August 19, 1999 after a courageous battle with cancer in his 65th year, his loving family by his side. Loving father of Brian (Diane) Heppel, of Burlington, Karen (Phil) Labossiere of Oreleans, ON and Kevin Heppel of Burlington. Much lived and cherished grandfather of Tyler, Alex, Toni and Aaron. Dear brother of Larry (Linda) Heppel and sister Betty (Bob) Gee and sister in law Shirley Heppel. Predeceased by brother Gerry Heppel and parents Roy and Constance Heppel. Dear relative of John (Budd) Eldershaw, Carolyn Eldershaw, Bernard (Butch) and Rose Eldershaw, Audrey (Pinky) and Ken Haskins, Frank Taylor. Fondly remembered by Ruth Warford (Eldershaw) and the many members of his extended family. 25 years active service in the RCN and CF. Lifetime member of the Chief's and Petty Officers Mess, Victoria, BC. Member of Royal Canadian Naval Association in Burlington and Moose Lodge in Hamilton. He will be sadly missed by the many lives he has touched. Memorial service to be held in his honor at the RCNA Burlington on Monday, August 23, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. His remains will be laid to rest at Halton Hills Memorial Gardens. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory.

HEWITT, Arthur Robert, CD, PO Tel, 2297 / Cdr (SB) (Supplementary Radio), RCN (served 01 Sep 1928 - 24 Apr 1961) - VE3CHJ - Born 28 Apr 1909, Revelstoke, BC. Peacefully in Ottawa on Friday, September 10, 1999, age 90 years. Art proudly served with the RCN for 33 years, and was Honourary Director and life member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada (Ottawa Branch) and member of the Navy League of Canada. Dear husband of the late Eunice Owens. Beloved father of Karen (wife of Keith Phinney) of Halifax and Richard (Husband of Sharon) of Kanata. Loving grandfather of Catherine, David, Laura and Kelly. Dear brother of Edith McCormick of Vancouver. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of the Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean, Sunday and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel Tuesday at 1 p.m. Cremation. In memory of Art, donations to the NOAC Endowment Fund or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


HMS NELSON (1929 as a Tel, RCN

HMCS VANCOUVER - Served in Vancouver in 1930 as a Tel, RCN

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena in 1933 as a Tel, RCN

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa in 1939 as a PO Tel, RCN

HMS PUNCHER - Served in Puncher in 1945 as a Telegraphist Lieutenant, RCN

MacLEAN, Ronald Wallace, C2RS, RCN / C.A.F.  - Born: March 16, 1933 Montreal, PQ Died: July 25, 2018 Duncan, BC "An honest man here lies at rest, As e'er God with his image blest: The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform' If there's another world, he lives in bliss: If there is none, he made the best of this." Robert Burns Forever in my heart - Joanne. (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Sep 2018)


Ron served in ashore at NRS Gloucester, Churchill, Coverdale, Aklavik, Inuvik, and Alert 




CLARKE, Donald Walter, M.I.D., Lt (L), RCNVR  - Born April 12, 1920, in Vermilion, Alta., died April 16, 2004, in Toronto. He was deeply loved and is mourned by his wife Patricia and his family, Hugh and Christine Gosselin, Montreal; Donald, Seattle, and his daughter Christine, Oberlin, Ohio; Catherine, Toronto; XiaoYang, New York; and his brother Robert Clarke, Ottawa. Don earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Alberta before war time service in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was awarded a Mention in Dispatches for his part in the destruction of a German submarine while on North Atlantic convoy duty. After earning a Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology, he joined the Physiology department at the University of Toronto at the request of Dr. C. H. Best. At the university he was acting chairman of the Department of Physiology and of Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, as well as Associate Dean of Basic Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. For many years he chaired the C. H. Best Foundation. He served on the board of the Faculty Club and was a fellow emeritus in Trinity College. He was on the board of many organizations: the South Peel (later Mississauga) Board of Education, the Toronto Institute of Human Relations, the University Settlement, the Royal Canadian Institute, the CNIB amateur radio program, the Executive and Session of Bloor Street United Church, and received a Toronto civic award for his volunteer activities. He also belonged to the Arts and Letters Club and the Leaside Curling Club and was a cottager for 35 years on Pine Island, Lake Muskoka. In pursuit of his hobbies, he built three small wooden boats, with a canoe being his special joy and love. An enthusiastic amateur radio operator, he held an operator's license for almost 70 years (VE4LV, VE3CHB, VA3AM). Another major joy was soaring, in his own glider (C-GGNX, York Soaring Club), including high-altitude flying at Pike's Peak in Colorado. In post-retirement years he travelled widely, including visiting all seven continents, climbing to Mount Everest base camp, rafting the Colorado River and canoeing the Nahanni in the Northwest Territories. Friends are invited to a memorial service Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Parkinson's Society of Canada, Bloor Street United Church, or the Nature Conservancy. (Toronto Globe and Mail 20 Apr 2004)


CLARKE, Donald Walker, Lieutenant (R) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / St. Thomas - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette of 24 July 1945. Home: Vermilion, Alberta. "For services in HMCS Thomas in action against a German boat."


HMCS STELLARTON - Appointed to Stellarton 02 Feb 1945 as A Lt (El), RCNVR

HMCS ST THOMAS - Appointed to St Thomas 19 Mar 1945 as a Lt (El), RCNVR

HYNES, Robert (Bob), V11346, RCNVR / CPO1, RCN (served 25 Sep 1939 - 04 Apr 1971) - of Kelowna, BC. Born 04 Apr 1921 Died 31 Mar 2000.

HAAS, Eugene Anton Charles (Chuck), P1AA / Lt (LD), RCN - of Victoria, BC, passed away peacefully at home on June 26, 2000, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Chuck was born in Humboldt, SK on April 21, 1928. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Doreen after 48 years of marriage. he will be lovingly remembered by his children, Russ (Linda), Jim and Maureen (Jim) Earl; by his siblings, Gertrude Germann, Carole (red) Johnson and Russ (Ann) Haas and six grandchildren. Chuck was a career Navy man having joined in 1946 at the age of 17. A man of strong moral character, honesty and compassion, his life was a model to those who knew him well. The funeral mass will be held at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Friday, June 30, 2000 at 12:10 p.m. Donations, if desired, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


HMCS NEW GLASGOW - Served in New Glasgow c1964 as a Lt (LD), RCN

HANCOCK, Charles, C2ER, RCN / C.A.F. - of Goderich, ON. Born 28 Jan 1917  Died 30 Apr 2000.


HMCS HAIDA - Served in HAIDA in the late 1950s as a CPO

HELLIWELL, Reginald John, CPO.AW, RCN - fondly known as Papa Reg, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord on September 12, 2000. He leaves Thelma, his best friend and wife of 56 years. His family: sons, Dave (Kathy), Don (Rhonda) and Dug (Maxine); 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul (June) and Grant (Ruth); sisters, Hildegard (bill), Jean and Mary (Howard) and many friends. Reg retired from the Navy after 25 years and then served with the Corp of Commissionaires for 20 years. Reg was known for his hardworking, fun loving and giving nature, his service for his Savior, his special love of children and animals especially in recent years for his best pal "Crockett". Thank you to the staff of teh Gorge Road Hospital for their special care. A graveside service will be held at Hatley Memorial Gardens on September 15, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow at Central Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coastal Missions Society, Chemainus, BC.

HART, William James (Jim), V8653, RCNVR / C1BN, 15724, RCN / C.A.F. (served 11 Feb 1941 - 08 Sep 1972) - born September 8, 1922 in St. Catharines, ON passed away March 27, 2001 in Vancouver, BC. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Peggy; sons Bill (Janice) of Wainfleet, ON, Gary (Susan) of Winnipeg, MB and Rick (Joy) of Surrey, BC; grandchildren, family and friends. A celebration of Jim's life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2001 at Vancouver Memorial Services and Crematorium in Vancouver. Reception to follow at the Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim's name to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

SUTHERLAND, Hugh John Gunn, Lt (E), RCN, died - 29 Oct 1943, HMCS AVALON - Born 14 Aug 1900, son of Hugh John and Barbara Sutherland; husband of Edna Sutherland, all of Vancouver, BC.


Lieutenant H. J. G. Sutherland died at the royal Canadian Naval Hospital, St. John's, Newfoundland from catarrhal jaundice and nephritis with intercurrent pneumonia. He is buried in the St. John's Anglican Cemetery, St. John's East, Newfoundland.


Book of Remembrance entry

WHITMORE, Gordon Stanley, AB, 4471, RCN, died - 15 Nov 1943, HMCS NADEN - Born 24 Jun 1923, son of John and Ethel Whitmore, Dauphin, MB.


Able Seaman Gordon Stanley Whitmore was a farm labourer before his enlisted on July 17, 1941. He died of natural causes - Toxemia due to marked toxic degeneration and fatty infiltration of the liver following fever therapy and sulpha drug therapy. He is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Dauphin, NB.


Headstone of AB Whitmore


Book of Remembrance entry

GREEN, George Charles, CPO, 2062, RCN - died 01 Jan 1944, HMCS NADEN - Born 26 Sep 1889, husband of Charlotte Green, Saanich, BC.


Chief Petty Officer G. C. Green died at the Royal Canadian Naval Hospital, Esquimalt, British Columbia, as a result of a motor car accident, the immediate cause of death being hypostatic pneumonia preceded by a fracture dislocation of his cervical vertebrae with his spinal cord (broken neck). He is buried in the Veterans' Cemetery, Esquimalt, BC.


Book or Remembrance entry

POYNER, Albert Alexander, Stoker 1c, 21914, RCN, died - 09 Jan 1944, HMCS CHIPPAWA - Born 19 Jan 1920, husband of Mary Poyner, Winnipeg, MB.


Stoker 1st Class A. A. Poyner died at the Manitoba Sanatorium, Ninette, Manitoba from generalized serositis tuberculosis of the kidneys. He is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Souris, MB.


Book of Remembrance entry



HUZZEY, Givelin (Jack), P1WU, 9343-E, RCN (served RCN 31 Mar 1951 - Feb 1974) - passed into the arms of Jesus on March 27, 2001, his sense of humor and his love for life undiminished right tot he end. Jack was a strong Christian, a tender husband and father, a faithful grandfather, and a joyful friend. Born on July 6, 1924 in Swansea, Wales, jack was a veteran of WW II and Korea, served in both the RN and RCN and was crazy enough to love serving in submarines. He will be deeply missed by Pat, his loving wife of 54 years, daughter Heather, son Jim, daughter-in-law Denise, grandchildren Bryn, Megan and Kaitlin, and sister Gladys. A memorial service will be held at Sidney Pentecostal Church on Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made in Jack's name to Sidney Pentecostal Church Handicapped Access fund.


HMCS GRILSE - Commissioning crew as P2WU2

HAHN, Walter (Bear), P2BN, RCN / C.A.F. - born on October 26, 1946 in Germany. The angels came for Bear on Sunday, September 2, 2001. Predeceased by his father Rudy in November, of 1999. Survived by his loving wife, Corrine; daughter, Pallas Marie; grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron; mother, Trudy Hahn; sisters, Brigitte (Doug) O'Sullivan and Lori (Dave) McKeil; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stan and Joyce Bell; Grandma McAdams; two nieces, four nephews; brothers-in-law, Kerry (Nancy) and Sandy (Judy) Bell. Bear moved from Germany to Canada with his family in 1954. Bear served with the Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer, retiring on January 26, 1983. A celebration of Bear's life will be held on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan. Flowers gratefully declined; donations in Bear's name to the Cowichan Family Life Association, Duncan, BC would be appreciated

HUESTIS, Clifford Ellis, V-559, RCNVR / 22271-E, RCN / Lt (E), O-34647, RCN - P.Eng. Of Victoria, BC. Born March 9, 1924. Loved husband of Dawn, cherished father of Lynne (john) and Rae (Stephen). Cliff passed away with his family at his side on December 8, 2001. Predeceased by his beloved daughter, Kim in 1996. Survived by brothers, Harold (Norma) of Ottawa, Ont.; Bob (Audrey) of Victoria; sister, Betty (Tom) LaPointe of Milton, Ont.; his beloved grandchildren, Brea Moore, Alex and Bryan Tecter, whom he loved so much. he leaves also many nieces, nephews, other family members and good friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at First Memorial Chapel, Victoria, BC. Flowers gratefully declined.

HUGHES, Clifford N. (Slim), P1, Comm Tech, 11886-H, RCN / C.A.F. (served 25 Apr 1956 - 18 Jul 1976)  - of Chester Basin, NS. Born 25 Dec 1931 Died 11 Aug 2000

HUNTER, George (Gorde), ERA 4c, V39101, RCNVR (served 01 Apr 1942 - Aug 1945) - Of Victoria. Born 06 Dec 1924, died peacefully, surrounded by family on 24 October 2001 at Glengarry Hospital. The family wish to thank the staffs of Dogwood 3, Oak Bay Lodge and Fairfield Unit, Glengarry Hospital, for their care and kindness, and faithful visitors. A memorial service will be held on 1 November at 1:00 p.m. at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, 1800 Quadra St. In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Mustand Seed.


HURRELL, Edward John, P1WS, 8330-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 25 Mar 1949 - 04 Oct 1974) - Ed left us peacefully Monday, February 23, 2009 after a very short illness. Born in Vancouver, B.C. on February 27, 1931, he led a full and colorful life. Predeceased by his wife Eveline, he leaves to remember lovingly, his daughter, Linda Pakos, her sons Matt and Geoff (Sabrina) and son, Martin (Arlene and Russell) and the four stars in his eyes, his great-grandchildren, Robert, Mariah, Ashlyn and Hayden. Ed worked for the Federal Government for 46 years, in the Royal Canadian Navy, RCMP and for Canada Revenue. His passion was fishing with his partners, Charlie and Bob. The family wishes to thank Hospice, Dr. Peter Meyer and their special angel Dennis. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services at 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice would be greatly appreciated. (Victoria times Colonist 28 Feb 2009)

HAAS, Russell C. (Russ), C1ET, 11163-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 13 Aug 1948 - 01 Mar 1974) - was born on December 28, 1929 in Armley, Saskatchewan and passed away peacefully on November 8, 2009. He is predeceased by his father, mother and brothers Harold, Gerry and Chuck and survived by his sisters Gertrude and Carol. He is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann, daughter Tracy (Ron), sons Geoff and Tony, and grandchildren Jonathan, Todd, Brett, Melissa, Alysha and Emily. Russ was a longtime member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club, his second home, and will be missed by all his golf buddies. He served in the Canadian Navy retiring in 1974. He went on to be an electrical estimator at DND and retired from there to pursue his golf hobby full time. Special thanks to Dr. Gantz and Dr. Clark for their special care of Russ. He will be missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at McCall's Floral Chapel at Johnson and Vancouver Street on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Nov 2009)


HMCS MARGAREE - Served in Margaree as C2ET

HANNAH, George G. (Gordy), CERA, 21513 / Lt (E), O-30585, RCN (served 28 Feb 1938 - 13 Feb 1968) - of Victoria, BC. Born 03 Feb 1913 died 01 Feb 2002.

HILL, Carl J. C2ER, 13113-H, RCN / R16385, RCNR (served 08 Nov 1939 - 06 Jun 1963) - of Langley, BC. Born 22 Jan 1925 died 16 Dec 2001

HAYWARD, Donald Kenneth, P1RM, 3187-E, RCN - passed away peacefully at Oak Bay Lodge, Feb. 19, 2002. Born in Winnipeg, Dec. 9, 1919, coming to Victoria in his teens. He is predeceased by infant son Donald George. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Bernice, son David (Ginny) of Vancouver, loving daughter Donna (Gary) of Victoria; his much loved grandchildren Sheri (Darren) of Rocky Mt. House, Ron of Nanaimo, Dana (Alun) of Gibsons and Crystal (Tom) of Victoria. Not to forget his great grandchildren Shanel, Reanne and Hunter of Rocky Mt. House, Zeal and Aidan of Gibsons and Brandon or Victoria, his brother Mervin of Vernon and sister Joan of Victoria. Don joined the Navy in 1938 - 1957. He ended his working career as Radiomonitor at Albert Head. Don was a member of the 172 Legion, their Seniors Assoc. and the Chief & PO Assoc. He loved all sports, especially curling. Don spent many happy hours camping and going to Reno. Private service. After the installation of the plaque on the Navy Wall, the family will hold a memorial. Can't thank the staff of Maple 3 at Oak Bay Lodge enough for their care and kindness to Don, it will never be forgotten.

LLOYD, Evan Sidney, Paym/Lt, RCNVR / LCdr (S), RCN - 80, Sydney River, died April 12, 1998, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late John and Maud (Soward) Lloyd. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939-1963. During the second World War, he served at several posts overseas as a supply officer. Before he retired, he was supply officer at Point Edward Naval Base. He was instrumental in developing and promoting tourism in Cape Breton as tourism director and was well known for his television show. Tourist Topics. He was very active in numerous community-based associations. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Ruth Delia Phelan; brother, John E.; sisters, Helen, Florence, Dorothy. There will be no visitation. Funeral Wednesday in Christ Church, Rev. G. Kent officiating. Reception to follow in the reception room (2nd level) of T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Donations to any charity. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Apr 1998)


HMCS KOOTENAY - Appointed to Kootenay 01 Apr 1944 as Paym-Lt, RCNVR

HMCS ROCKCLIFFE - Appointed to Rockcliffe 22 May 1948 as Lt (S), RCN, Supply Officer

HAYES, Raymond, L/Stwd (demobilized 06 Jan 1946) - passed away June 29, 2002 at the age of 79 years. Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Diana; step-daughter, Nonie (Oliver) Goldsmith; grandchildren, Tom (Lynn) Goldsmith and Nicki, Gina (Ken) Mazar; four great-grandchildren, Jorden, Nathan, Kevin and Eric. Also many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 37, 1660 Mills Road, Sidney. If friends so desire, memorial donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 37.

HUGHES, Frederick Gordon, P1RP, RCN (served May 1948 - Jul 1953) (1926-2002) - Aged 75 of Comox, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital on Sunday, September 22nd, 2002. Predeceased by his parents Frederick Charles and Stella; and brother-in-law William Emslie, Fred is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife Maureen; son Randy (Frederick R.) and wife Wendy; grandchildren Nathan, Carmel and Charis Ester; sister Joyce Emslie of Comox; sister-in-=law Rhoda Collins of Courtenay and his many nieces and nephews. Fred served with the Canadian Army from December 1944 to September 1945 and with the Royal Canadian Navy from May of 1948 to July of 1953. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 35 years and retired in 1990 from BC Ferries. Fred will be remembered by friends and family for his talents as an accomplished woodworker and carver. Models of his ships will be displayed in the Courtenay Museum in the near future. Private family arrangements. For those desiring, donations in Fred's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Courtenay, BC would be appreciated.

HASKELL, Norm, P1NS, 8249-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 30 Nov 1948 - 23 Feb 1972) - after a lengthy battle with cancer, passed away at home with his family on December 20, 2002. Predeceased by his parents, Stan and Mildred Haskell; Norm is survived by his wife, Joan; their children, son, Lee (Bonnie), daughters, Laureen Hodges (Gil) and Linda Sinclair (Tom); granddaughters, Dana, Cassandra and Sarah; grandsons, Ryan and Dean. Norm was born on May 28, 1927, in Vancouver, BC. He enlisted with the Canadian Navy at the age of 21, where heserved for 24 years. After retiring from the Navy, he worked 15 years for the Provincial Government in the Ministry of Health. He was very active in local sports, having played softball, soccer, basketball, tennis, squash, racketball and golf. Norm was a long time member of the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Norm will be sadly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to say thank you to Dr. Peter Vizsolyi and to the wonderful Hospice Palliative response team, with a special thank you to Coby. As requested, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, all wishing to celebrate Norm's life are invited to make a donation to the charity of your choice. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. (Victoria Times Colonist 24 Dec 2002)

HERDMAN, Robert James (Bob), V45951, RCNVR / R6323, RCN(R) / C1ER, 10860-H, RCN  / CDR, O-32616, RCN / C.A.F. (served 01 Aug 1942 - 01 May 1972) of Tucson, Arizona. Born 30 May 1922 died  09 Mar 2003


HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Served in CAPE SCOTT in 1959

HOGG, George Graham, C2BN, 4369-E / LCdr, O-33618, RCN / C.A.F. (served 02 Jun 1941 - 18 Mar 1972) - of Delta, B.C. Born in Merrit B.C. on March 18th, 1922 passed away peacefully on March 15th, 2003. Predeceased by his wife, Margaret Helen (nee Ekse) in 1986 and three brothers, Robert, William and Douglas. Survived by daughter, Beverly (Ron) Routledge and son, Douglas (Elaine) Hogg, grandchildren, James, and Kelsey Routledge, Brian, Richard and Kristopher Hogg, one brother, Donald (Sylvia) Hogg, nieces and nephews. George joined the Navy in 1941 and served in World War 2 and the Korean War. He was an active service man for 32 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1972. He was a very active member in the Kennedy Senior Center for many years. The family wishes to thank Dr. Dindo for his support. Memorial service to be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 20th, 2003 at the Arbor Chapel at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC. Following the service a tea will be held at the Kennedy House Seniors Recreation Center. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Mar 2003) 



HOLLAND, Donald (Bud), P1CK / Lt (N), RCN / C.A.F. - aged 69 years, retired Captain, Canadian Armed Forces, passed away suddenly, peacefully, on Sunday, April 20, 2003, at his home in Coquitlam, BC. Loving and missing him are his devoted wife of fifty years, Helen (nee Rodgers of Halifax, Nova Scotia); his children Linda, Wayne, and Martin (Vancouver); his beloved daughter-in-law Eileen and his adoring grandchildren, Matthew and Kelly. Don is already much missed and is lovingly remembered by his father Arthur Holland Sr.; his brother Art; sisters Patricia and Joan (Halifax); and his many friends and extended family throughout Canada. Don's distinguished 32-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces led to a lifetime of friendships across our nation and throughout the world as a member of several United Nations peacekeeping efforts. Prior to his military career, Don explored worldwide ports-of-call as a member of the merchant marine. An active lifestyle led to hobbies such as golfing, curling, traveling and a love of boxing. An award winning chef, Don was recognized on numerous occasions throughout his career for his culinary skills. Family and friends were always in his heart and those that were privileged to know this charismatic and charming person will surely miss him forever. Now, as always, he has preceded us on yet another "posting", where he will wait for us peacefully until we rejoin him in better times. Family and close friends are invited to the funeral service Friday, May 2, 2003 at 2:00 pm. Viewing from 12 noon -1:45 pm, at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam, BC. In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to support Parkinson's Society of BC. (Vancouver Sun 26 Apr 2003)

LAWRENCE, James (Jammy), RCN - WW2 Veteran. Died 1973.


HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in RESTIGOUCHE Nov 1940 - May 1941

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY Mar 1943 - Jun 1943



HMCS ONTARIO - Served in ONTARIO Jul 1948 - Nov 1948

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in ATHABASKAN Nov 1948 - Oct 1949

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Served in ANTIGONISH Oct 1951 - Mar 1952

HUGHES, Robert Harold, C1CM, 40620-E,  RCN (served 09 Aug 1939 - 28 Dec 1963) - Born February 1915 - Died April 7, 2003. Predeceased by wife, Marjorie March 2000 and granddaughter Shelley Hughes. Will be forever missed by son, Robert (Carole); grandson, Evan (Kori); daughter, Marilyn Gill (Barry); granddaughters, Heather Heywood (Peter), Susan Elvedahl (Brian); daughter, Shirley Gorman (Dean); granddaughters, Dallas Carnahan (Daniel) and Robin Gorman and six great-grandchildren. Many thanks to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Dr. Lloyd Hildebrand for their exceptional care and comfort in the final days. Private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations, if so desired, may be made to the Mount Newton Centre Society, 2158 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Apr 2003)

HARRADENCE, Gordon, V10420, RCNVR, C1SG, R10838, RCN(R) (served 18 Jun 1940 - Apr 1964) - Born June 26, 1918. Beloved husband of Inez Harradence of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre on Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the age of 85 years. Besides his loving wife, Gordon is remembered by two sons and daughters-in-law Brian and Lynne Harradence and their daughter Krystine, Bill and Brenda Harradence and their son Joshua, all of Calgary. A private Family Graveside Service will be held at Queen's Park Cemetery at a later date. Gordon spent his entire career at the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool until his retirement in June, 1983. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and continued in the Naval Reserve. He and Inez moved to Calgary in 1994 to be with their family. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund, Veteran's Food Bank, #109, 315 - 10 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0W2. Telephone: (403) 265-6304. In living memory of Gordon Harradence, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Calgary. (Victoria Times Colonist 30 Jul 2003)


HICKS, Lloyd Clinton, CPO.GI, V14314, RCNVR (served 30 Nov 1936 - 04 Dec 1945) - age 84, passed away on September 13, 2004 at St. Mary's Hospital, Sechelt, BC. Lloyd was born on May 22, 1920 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan and was raised in Vancouver, BC. He joined the Navy as a teenager and was discharged from the Navy after WWII with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Lloyd spent several years in Harrison Hot Springs where his children were born and raised and then he returned to Vancouver to work for the Department of Highways. In 1971 he transferred to Gibsons, B.C and retired in 1981. Lloyd is survived by his two daughters, Larrie Riddell, Kamloops and Leslie Paris (Jim), Cloverdale; his grandchildren, Troy Cooper (Pam), Prince George, Deborah Jarman (Mark Winters), Kamloops, Rebecca Cooper, Kamloops and Brandy and Chelsea Paris, Cloverdale. Lloyd is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Willow and Josh Cooper, Prince George and Bailey and Gradyn Cooper, Kamloops. Lloyd was predeceased by his son Lloyd Clinton in January 1963 and his son-in-law Neil Riddell in June 1994. A memorial will be held for Lloyd on Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 2:30 P.M. at the Legion Hall, Branch 109, Gibsons, B.C. Donations to the Variety Club of B.C. in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. (Vancouver Sun 22 Sep 2004)


HOPKINS, Walter, P1CK - Died 31 May 2005

HAID, Russell William (Russ), CPO ER 3c, V41927, RCNVR (served 18 May 1942 - 20 Nov 1945) (06 Jul 1914 - 28 Jun 2005) - Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by first wife Rose Margaret in May 1976 and Mildred Jean in October 2000, brothers Lawrence and Bob, and sister Helen Baker. Survived by brothers Harold (Lorna) of Saskatoon, sisters Jean Connor of Saskatoon, Mabel Marshall (Alex) of Victoria and sister in law Gladys Haid. Before moving to British Columbia in 1963 Russ spent 25 years (including 3 years wartime service in the Canadian Navy) with a whole sale automotive firm in Saskatchewan. In 1959 Russ resigned from the automotive firm to attend the University of Saskatchewan and in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering moved to Port Alberni to join the engineering department of Alberni Pulp and paper. Russ retired from Alpulp in 1979 and continued to live in Port Alberni till October 1996 when he and wife Mildred moved to Rosebank Gardens in Victoria. Russ married Rose Margaret Cutting while stationed in Victoria in 1944 and was widowed in 1976. Two years later he met and married Mildred Holmland who had been bereaved at about the same time, Russ and Mildred celebrated their 20th Anniversary on December 2, 1998. Russ belonged to the Chiefs & P.O. Association and was a life member of the Professionals Engineers of BC. A Funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 30, 2005 at 10am. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 Jun 2005)

HOYLE, Frederick William, C2HT, 17517-E / LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. (served 07 Apr 1952 - 24 Dec 1982) - Born in Red Deer, Alberta on February 3, 1928, passed away on Saturday July 9, 2005. Enlisted in Navy April 7, 1952, and after a long enjoyable career Frederick retired as LCdr. December 24, 1982. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Irma, sister Mildred Marshal, stepsons Kent (Pat) and Richard (Randy) MacLeod; step children Art, Jackilyn (Alistair), Robert (Janet) and Richard. Many beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren. Legion member for 38 years and Naden Wardroom Social member. A viewing will be held on Wednesday July 13 from 4-5pm with a memorial service on Thursday, July 14 at 2:00pm at First Memorial Funeral Services 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to the Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Jul 2005)

HARDY, Edwin T., C2ER, RCN / C.A.F. - Passed away in Duncan at the age of 75 years. He will be fondly missed by his wife Pinky", children; Ken (Ann Marie), Barb, Gary (Kathy), Linda (George), Gordon, and Dewey, grandchildren; Christopher, Angela, Victoria and Chelsea, as well as his sister Doreen (Bill) his dear friend misty and many family and friends. Edwin served in the navy for 23 years and retired as Chief Engineer 15 years ago. He spent his retirement years traveling abroad with his beloved wife. Edwin will be remembered as a gentleman who was loved by many. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Cowichan District Hospital as well as Dr. Thompson and his staff. If wishing, donations may be made to the Duncan Hospice Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Dec 2005)



WALKER, George Edward AB, V33442, RCNVR killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 03 Oct 1943, son of Thomas and Emma Walker, of Montréal, QC.






(GW01) Photo of George Walker with his mother - 1942  //  Courtesy of Tom Ansell

(GW02) Photo of George Walker with his father - 1942  //  Courtesy of Tom Ansell

(GW03) Newspaper article on the death of AB George Walker

(GW04) Documents from the Service File of George Walker


Book of Remembrance entry



HOOSER, Douglas Robert, C2GI, 4044-E, RCN (served 15 Nov 1940 - 18 Nov 1961) - Born 22 Sep 1922, Cloverdale, BC.  Crossed the Bar on February 8, 2006, after a brief illness. Predeceased by his father Arthur, mother Honey, and brother Jerry. Douglas served his Country loyally in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 to 1961. He was a proud and decorated veteran who kept close ties with naval colleagues after his Honourable Release. A native son of Surrey, B.C., Doug was curator of the Surrey Museum from 1962 to 1987. Later, he assisted in the establishment of the Honey Hooser Weaving Centre and funded a scholarship in her name. A collector at heart, he donated many prized possessions to naval and other museums in Canada and internationally. He generously funded the Surrey Foundation and Museum to preserve Surrey's history for future generations. Doug leaves two nieces Gina and Geraldine. He is also missed by many good friends and other relatives. Special mention and thanks to Bill Mathers and family who assisted Doug to the end. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on the 20th day of February, 2006 at the Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue, Cloverdale, B.C. Twilight and evening bell And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 16 Feb 2006)

HOWELL, Cliff R., C1RM, 3713-H, RCN (served 05 May 1940 - 05 May 1967)  - of Dartmouth, NS. Born 14 Jul 1921 Died 03 Sep 2005

HAMOR, Paul Peter, P1CK, 9938-E, RCN (served 01 Apr 1948 - 07 Apr 1972) - passed away at his home in Brentwood Bay on the morning of May 29, 2006. Barbie, his beloved wife of forty-five years had gone ahead. He was born Paul Peter Hamor on September 23, 1930, in Woodbend near Edmonton, Alberta. There he leaves, with his love, his mother Marie Shuhany, his friend and favourite aunt, Carrie Block, his brother Dick Shuhany, his sister Gloria Schlese, their families and extended families. Peter joined the navy at the age of seventeen. He came to the west coast where he served as a cook, on ship and shore, for almost twenty-five years. After the navy, Peter worked in civilian life and retired as a manager with the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. In Victoria he leaves his loving family, daughters Elizabeth Darche, Erika Ferguson and their husbands, Michael. In Vancouver he leaves his very much loved grand-daughter, Jennifer Dyan Longson. The family would like to thank the care givers of Beacon Home Support Services who helped make it possible for Dad to remain independent and stay in the home he'd shared with Barbie. Special thanks to James, Dennis and Toni who cared for him at the end. At Peter's request, there will not be a service. Please, as you may be moved, make a donation to the BC Lung Association in his memory. (Victoria Times Colonist 03 Jun 2005)

HANLON, Bruce Edward, P2BN, RCN / C.A.F. - Born 17 Jun 1946.  It is with deep sadness to announce the sudden passing of Bruce Edward Hanlon on December 18, 2006. He was predeceased by his son Joseph and mother Helen (nee Johnston). Bruce is survived by his wife Katherine; daughters Carmen, Kristina, Kristin and Katherine; grandchildren Dustin and Ellora and his father Russell. Bruce joined the RCN in 1968 and served until 1998 after a long and rewarding career. He then joined the reserves 11 Service Battalion where he was in instructor in Wainwright, Alberta, WATC for his last four years prior to full retirement in June of 2006. He retired from the army reserves with a rank of Sergeant. Bruce thoroughly enjoyed teaching the new recruits and had developed an excellent rapport with both army and navy personnel. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Memorial Service will be held in Christ Church Cathedral, 912 Vancouver Street, Victoria, BC on Monday, January 8, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow in the Prince Edward Legion, Station Road, Victoria, BC at 3:30 p.m. If friends and family so wish, donations in Bruce's memory may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, 107 1001 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 4C9. The gift of a lifetime of service Is the planting of a seed. A seed of inspiration for others To carry on in word and deed. The dedication you have shown In accomplishments great and small, Has made a difference to so many And left a living legacy for all. (Victoria times Colonist 05 Jan 2007)


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

HARRISON, James Anthony Christopher, RCN - Passed away on December 19, 2006. Jim was born in Victoria on August 9, 1934. He was predeceased by his much-loved wife Gerry, son Robert, and his parents Tony and Flo Harrison. He leaves his sons Mike Harrison and Todd (Joy) Harrison, sister Isabel McFarland, brothers Dave (Marg) Harrison and Bert (Karen) Harrison, granddaughters Michelle and Samaya, grandson Reese, and great-granddaughter Faith. At Jim's request, no service will be held. Following cremation, his ashes will be buried at sea. For those wishing to remember him, donations may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch #91, 761 Station Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 2S1. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Dec 2006)


MWO Harrison's ashes were committed to the sea on 16 Apr 2007


HILLS, Arthur - World War II Veteran, Royal Canadian Navy Passed away peacefully in Aurora on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of June. Loving father of Michael and Ann. Dear papa of Katie and Karly. Survived by his sisters Dorothy and Diane. Predeceased by his brother Ted. Special thanks to the staff at Aurora Chartwell. Memorial service will be held at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street S., Newmarket, on Saturday, March 1st at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. (Toronto Star 27 Feb 1914)

HUTCHINGS, William Charles, C1ER, 21816-E,  RCN (served 18 Nov 1940 - 18 Nov 1965) - With great sadness, the Hutchings family announces the passing of Bill Hutchings on Saturday, January 27, 2007 in Victoria. Born November 4, 1919 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Bill was the eldest son of Will and Ellen Hutchings. Bill is survived by Olive, his loving wife of 64 years, his sons Bill Jr., David (Nancy), his daughter Denise (Ed) and 4 siblings, Helen, Irene, Pat, and Don. Also grandchildren Angela, Michael, Dana, Stephen, Joanna, Lynn and Diana, great grandchildren Jacob, Anthony and Nicolas. He is predeceased by his son Donald and 8 siblings. Bill started his career in the RCN and served there for 25 years, retiring in 1965 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After two years in the shipyards at VMD, Bill went to the Ship Repair Unit in the Dockyard as a draughtsman. He finally retired in 1982 to go fishing and traveling. Bill was a member of the Victoria-Columbia Masonic Lodge, Columbia Royal Arch Chapter, Acme Council, Cryptic Rite, Western Gate Perceptory, York Cross of Honour, all three Scottish Rite bodies and a Shriner of Gizeh Temple. He was also a member of the CPO's association. He was a true and dependable friend, wonderful husband and father, a devoted mason and an avid fisherman. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 1, at 2pm at Royal Oak First Memorial. No flowers by request, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 30 Jan 2007)

BERGERON, Albert Francis (Doc) - 78, Halifax, passed away at the VG Site, QEII, Palliative Care, on September 19, 2018. Born in Williamstown, Ontario on August 3, 1940, he was a son of the late Duncan and Elsie Bergeron. Throughout his life, he sailed on many ships with the Canadian Navy and loved every minute of it. He is survived by his loving wife, Lois, daughters, Reta (Randy) and Natalie (Kevin), both of Cornwall, ON, his son, Paul (Patricia), Windsor, NS, his grandchildren, Chantal, Windsor, NS, and Melissa and Tyson of Cornwall, ON, as well as his sisters, Margaret, NY, Reta, Quebec, Lillian, Cornwall, ON, his brothers, James, Douglas and Floyd, all of Cornwall, ON, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Elenor and Helen, and bother, Percy. Special thanks to family doctor, Mike Gniewek, and to all the staff of Palliative Care 7A, especially Amanda, Cindy, Patti and Dr. Dempster for all the care given to Al. Thank you also to Leslie Findley, Sambro Creek and Albert Sampson for all the rides, Jaddus Poirier and everyone at Spryfield Legion, Branch #152, and to Walker Funeral Home. God bless you all. By request, cremation has taken place under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. There will be no visitation. A Legion Service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 1-4 PM at the Spryfield Legion, Branch 152. Interment will take place at a later date. Family flowers only, in lieu, donations in memory of Albert may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.


CORBETT, Joseph Alphonse - passed away quietly on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Sydney on April 13, 1939, he was the son of the late Michael and Elsie (Mombourquette) Corbett. Joe was an excellent singer and entertainer. He will be long remembered and missed by his many friends on the Sydney boardwalk, Karaoke and the Sydney Legions. He was an original member of the Memory Lane Singers. Joe was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12, Sydney. He had a long career in the Royal Canadian Navy and traveled to many foreign shores in his younger years. Left behind to grieve are his wife, Norma (MacMillan) Corbett and son, Joseph Corbett Jr. He will be sadly missed by his sisters, Mary Reid (Frank), Baddeck, Gen Patterson (George), Sudbury, Ont., Charlotte "Snook" Antonello (Maurice), Sydney and Bernadette "Bun" Ryan (Ray), Sydney; brother, Michael (Evelyn), Chatham, Ont; many nieces and nephews. Also left to grieve his loss are his long time friends, Theresa White and Roy and Peggy Nichol. Joe was fortunate to have many good and helpful neighbours over the years. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation at his request. Memorials may be made to the Lung Association or a charity of your choice


Photos of Joseph Corbett

ANGUS, Ian, LCdr, RCNVR - died 11 Jun 1989, Vancouver, BC.


HMCS KOOTENAY - Appointed to Kootenay 12 Apr 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS PRESTONIAN - 1st Commanding Officer

HMCS QU'APPELLE - 7th Commanding Officer

CAMERON, David Allen, RCAF - After a lengthy illness, the life journey of David Cameron has come to the end. He passed away quietly in the early morning hours at Victoria Hospice on September 18th, 2018. David was an intensely proud Canadian who served his country starting as a teenager when he joined the Air Cadets. In College he served with the Air Force Reserves and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. His more than 22 years of military service took him to the cold Arctic north at Alert, to peacekeeping duties with the United Nations in the Golan Heights (Syria), and around the world during 11 years on warships with the RCN. David was born in Montreal (1953), raised in Ottawa and Trenton and attended college in Toronto. After leaving the military, he resided and was employed in Victoria. He will be fondly remembered, and sadly missed by family, friends and comrades at the RCL Britannia #7. He is survived by his brothers Donald (Ann) of Trenton, Douglas (Kathy) of Lantzville, nieces and nephews, and loyal loving friend, Ethel. A Celebration of his life will be held at the RCL Britannia #7, 780 Summit Ave., Victoria, on Saturday, September 29th, 1:30 till 4:00 pm. Please join us and share your memories. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Sep 2018)

COAKLEY, Daniel J., Royal Navy / Capt. (ANAV), RCN /C.A.F. (25 Oct 1929 - 28 Aug 2018) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Danny. Danny moved to Canada from the Royal Navy in 1955 to join the RCN, where he spent the next 30 years, mainly in Shearwater as a Naval Aviator (Avenger, Tracker, Sea King). He was proud to be part of the introduction of both the Tracker and Sea King to the Navy. His proudest achievements though were the 7 children he had with Caroline: Geraldine (Mike Foley), Chris (Mary), Mary (Matt Lambert), Andrew (Myrtle), Tim (Arlene) Fergus, and Jennifer (Daryl Atkinson). He also welcomed Stephen & Michele (Keith Chown) as his own children when he married Patricia, who predeceased him in 2014. Danny also had 15 grandchildren (each his favorite!) and 6 great grandchildren. Danny was an extraordinarily entertaining storyteller, enhanced by his Irish upbringing and love of company, a gifted artist, woodworker and gardener. He was also a lover of Classical Music, Netflix, and Maynards Wine Gums. Danny will be missed by, Caroline, all of his children and their families and his many friends across Canada and the UK. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Sep 2018)





HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent as a LSCV1, RCN. Commissioning crew


HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser in 1968 as a Commissioned Officer, RCN, Air Det.

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay 1970 as Capt, Air Nav, C.A.F., Air Det

HMCS MARGAREE - Served in Margaree 1977 as Capt, ANAV, C.A.F., Air Det


Index for those who have Crossed the Bar