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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

GILHOOLY, Gordon Clarence, DEMS, RCNVR - After 77 years spent enjoying nature, camping, golfing, watching sunsets, loving to read, being curious, trying to be the very best friend, grandfather and husband he could, Gordon (Gil) Gilhooly drifted off to his eternal home, without pain and with his family by his side on Tuesday May 14, 2002. Gil was born in Semans, SK to David & Elizabeth Gilhooly. He served his country by enlisting in 1943 in the RCNVR sand serving in the DEMS branch. Gil spent his working career with the CNR as an Agent/Operator at numerous points throughout Saskatchewan. He retired in 1982 and spent his remaining years in Watrous. Survived by his best friend and loving wife Frances (Frankie) of nearly 56 years; daughter Lee (Darrell) Costea; son Brian (Elly) Gilhooly; granddaughter Missy Costea. he is also survived by his brother Graham Gilhooly of Thunder Bay, ON.; sister Verna Walden of Orangeville, ON and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predec3ased by his parents, his brothers Dr. Ross & Clifford Gilhooly. The memorial service will be held in Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel, Watrous, SK on Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. Interment in Watrous Cemetery will take place at a later date.

GUSCOTT, William C., CD (20 Jun 1949 - 20 Sep 2017) - William Guscott was a Member of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping and was a member of the Calgary Chapter, Calgary, Alberta. William joined the Royal Canadian Navy in June 1969 and later Transferred to the Canadian Army and was affiliated with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He also transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry until his release in May 1992. He completed a United Nations tour with United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) during the period March to July 1984. William was a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, the Royal Canadian Regiment Association and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 285, Calgary, Alberta.

 

GUSCOTT, Frank Howard (24 Nov 1920 - 04 Jul 2008) - Quietly at Gibson Long Term Care, North York in his 88th year. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Daisy Guscott. Survived by his cousins, Margaret Guscott of North York, John (Heather) Guscott of Pickering; Patricia (Russell) Tiffin of Oakville Eric (Mavis) Bonham of Burlington, Graycie Carmeron and Daisy Thomas of Florida. Mr. Guscott served in the Canadian Naval Services during World War 2. He was with the assessment office for the City of North York. A private family service was held. Interment Prospect Cemetery.

WILSACK, Donald Jeremiah (29 Sep 1940 - 20 Feb 2015) - It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Don after a very courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Suzanne, children Don, Kim Wilsack (Brad Cutler), Stephanie (Craig) Tomori, his mother Mary Copeland, his twin brother Ron, George (2009), step sister Tracey (Ted) Burlak; his grandchildren Zach Myasaki, Lukas Tomori and Lila Tomori. He also leaves behind many in laws, Larry (Georgette) Whissell, Lorraine (Don - 2004) Peachy, Louise (1999) - Richard Maertens, Philip (Heather) Whissell, Gisele (Tyler) Kernaghan, Paul (Louisa) Whissell and Christine (Christopher) Milne, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Don was born and raised in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia until 1958 where he then moved to Hamilton. From there he joined the Royal Canadian Navy from 1958 - 1963. He later settled in Niagara Falls where he lived and worked as an industrial painter until his retirement. Don liked to golf, loved to take care of his wife, children and mostly spending quality time with his two little grandchildren Lukas and Lila. In keeping with Don's wishes, cremation has taken place. Family will receive friends at Pleasantview Funeral Home on Saturday February 28th from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm). A celebration of Don's life will be held in the funeral home chapel immediately following visitation. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of one's choice would be greatly appreciated by his family. 

DEMERAIS, Dennis Garry, C.A.F. (Navy) - late of Prince Albert, SK, passed away on September 15, 2018 in Prince Albert, SK at the age of 70 years with his loving Family at his side. Dad fought a courageous battle with cancer, and although the cancer took his life, his spirit, loving nature and humor did not waver. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Dennis was born in Birch Hills, SK, and he was the fourth child of Ethel and Louis Demerais. He grew up in Birch Hills with his many siblings. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served for five years, traveling to many countries and gathering many entertaining stories along the way. During this time Dennis met the love of his life Colleen Bevin of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They married and had two children, Angela and Dennis (Jr). Dad was gifted with the natural talent of baking and cooking, and his love for baking started at a very young age. This talent led him into culinary school in the navy and into his career as a baker at Safeway Canada. However, his baking career was cut short by an aneurism in 1986 which left him disabled. Although disabled he led a full active life for many years. His last few years were spent in the Herb Basset Nursing Home. A most sincere thank you to the staff who cared for my father and showed him such compassion and love. Dennis is lovingly survived by; Daughter Angela, granddaughter Sarah and great grandson Daine,his son Dennis and his siblings; Fay (Dennis) Leonard, sister in law Wendy, Ken (Mavis), Clive, Maureen (Ken) Konkin Doug (Linda), George, Elaine, Sydney (Beatrice), Verla (Vern) Becker, Lyle (Angela), Lisa and numerous nieces and nephews. Dennis was predeceased by: His wife Colleen, Parents Ethel and Louis Demerais, brother William (Bill) and nephew Shawn Leonard. Visitation will be at MacKenzie Chapel Wednesday September 19th, 7:00 pm We will Honor and celebrate the life of my beloved father, Dennis Garry Demerais during his Funeral Service on Thursday September 20th, 1:00pm at MacKenzie Chapel.

POSTLEWAITHE, Thomas (Tom), PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - Member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 32 years. Passed away peacefully with family by his side at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Monday April 30, 2018 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of the late Betty Postlethwaite. Dear father of Karen Bradley (Steve), and Nancy McPherson (Don). Survived by brother Robert Postlethwaite (Elaine) and sisters Nora Lejeune (Lindsay) and Marge Gill (late Bunny). Dear companion of Loretta McNeil. Proud Poppa of Shawn, Kelcy, Royce, Ty and great Poppa of Oscar. Sadly missed by other dear family members and friends. Guests will be received at Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home, 201 Minet’s Point Rd. in Barrie for a celebration of life gathering on Tuesday May 8, from 12 pm until 3 pm. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery in Barrie. If desired donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation and are greatly appreciated.

HANNAH, Glenn A., WO, RCN - Veteran of the Korean War. Suddenly at his residence on Sunday, February 2, 2003. Glenn A. Hannah of Almonte, age 69 years. Dearly loved husband of Nicole Secours. Beloved father of Lauren Gauthier (Alain) of Embrun, Marilyn Hannah of Arnprior, John (Margaret) of Lunnenburg and Robert of Embrun. Brother of Mrs. Marilyn Campbell. Predeceased by a brother Ken. Also survived by 5 grandchildren. Friends may call at the C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel, 127 Church Street, Almonte from 1 p.m. Thursday until the Service at 2 p.m. The Venerable Rob Davis officiating. Interment at a late date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation. (Ottawa Citizen 04 Feb 2003)

HANNAN, Cecil Howard - of Sarnia went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, July 11, 2008 at the age 81. Cecil was a 60-year member of Bethel Pentecostal Church, a WWII veteran having served with the Royal Canadian Navy, and a retiree of Imperial Oil. Beloved husband of Jean Valetta (McGregor) Hannan for 60 years. Much loved father of Douglas Hannan and his wife Wave of Fort Gratiot, MI, Ronald Hannan and his wife Sharon of Sarnia, Donna Prendergast and her husband Roy of Sarnia and Marlene Hilliard and her husband Tim of Sarasota, Florida. Loved grandfather to Jennifer (Tom) Lenon, Jeremy (Jill) Hannan, Jeffrey Hannan, Gordon Hannan, Philip (Stephanie) Prendergast, Beverly (Domenic) Ruso, Heather (Andrew) Fess, Marlene Prendergast, Sherrie (Tanner) Sheppard, Jim Klages and Katie Ellis, step-grandchildren Michael and Brandon Hilliard and 10 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Kathleen (Ron) Lee, Mildred Miller, Gladys Lyons, Frances McBride, William (Kathy) Hannan, all of Windsor, and brother-in-law of Audrey Wark of Sarnia. Predeceased by his parents Howard and Lillian Hannan, a sister Doris and brothers Clayton and Leonard. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Monday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Teen Challenge or Lambton Crisis Pregnancy Centre. (Times Herald 14 Jul 2008)

McCULLEY, William (Bill), RCN / C.A.F. (served Dec 1953 - Feb 1979) - Born 20 Jun 1934, Medicine Hat, AB. Died 18 Oct 2016, Airdrie, AB. Bill was reunited with his loving wife of 56 years, Marg, on October 18, 2016 at the age of 82 years. Also there to meet him were his parents William “Wullie” and Isabelle “Isa”. Bill was a journeyman communication electrician by trade and an avid woodworker. He loved working with his hands and everything he did was self-taught. Bill also loved reading. From December, 1953 to February 1979 Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy, which he was very passionate about. Sending Bill a farewell are his children: Louise and her husband Don, Linda and her husband Gary, Bryan and his wife Deb; his 4 granddaughters and 3 great-grandchildren; his siblings: brothers Jack and David and sister Ness; along with many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway, Airdrie, AB on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In living memory of Bill McCulley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

PORTER, Henry Richard - Age 79, of Cambridge, Kings Co., passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, with his wife of 58 years by his side. Born in Yarmouth on August 7, 1939, he was a son of the late Gordon T. and Hilda M. (Wagner) Porter. Henry served for 10 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, followed by 26 years in the Canadian Coast Guard until his retirement. He and his wife enjoyed camping and bluegrass music and they had spent 10 winters in Florida. Henry loved to sing and learned to play guitar in his later years. Surviving are his wife, the former Carolyn A. Martin; daughters, Brenda (Vernon) Keddy, New Ross; Elaine Porter (Dan Thurber), Fort Francis, Ont.; April (Dan) Comeau, Liverpool; son, Paul (Jennifer) Porter, St. Johns, N.L.; grandchildren, Isaac and Jonah Comeau; Jackson and Alexandria Porter; step grandchildren, Morgan, Dusty, Edward and Sarah; brothers, Lawrence (Yvonne) Porter, Gananoque, Ont.; Bruce (Sally) Porter and Arthur (Linda) Porter, both of Argyle; sister, Christine (Alvah) d'Entremont, West Pubnico; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by twin brothers in infancy; brother, Carl (Marilyn) Porter; sister, Irene Raynard. A celebration will take place and be announced at a later date, with interment in Berwick Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Carey Me Fund - Supporting Palliative Care in the Home, Victorian Order of Nurses - Annapolis Valley Branch or to any charity. The family would like to say a very special thank you to Dr. Judith Peutz, for going above and beyond for Henry and also a special thanks to the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Palliative Care Team. 

 

FAIRFAX, George William - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of George William Fairfax, age 81 of Amherst, in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Friday, December 28, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Born January 20, 1937 in Amherst, he was a son of the late Wendell and Thelma (Jones)Fairfax. George attended school in Amherst. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was based out of both CFB Halifax and CFB Cornwallis. George was also a professional driver and worked for Archibalds Transfer in Amherst, Maine, Maritime Express Lines in Oakville, Ont., and Howards Transfer out of Prince Edward Island. He then held a position with the Registry of Motor Vehicles Weights and Measures branch at the scale-house in Fort Lawrence. George enjoyed the outdoors, loved camping and four-wheeling. When not outdoors he enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. He was also active with the Lions Club achieving the position of Zone Chairman, the Knights of Columbus serving as State Warden and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 where he held the position of Vice President. One of George's greatest pleasures was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. George is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Sharon (White); daughters, Wanda (Gary) Fairfax Tibbo, Mount Pearl, N.L.; Tracy (Michael) Hachey, Riverview, N.B.; stepdaughters, Angela Legere (Richard Evers), Rosevale, N.B.; Bonnie Everill (John Dickie), Amherst; Joanna Fowler (Kevin), Timberlea; stepsons, Tom (Mary-Jane), Brown, Ottawa, Ont.; Steven Brown, Rosevale, N.B.; 19 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; special aunt, Elizabeth Jones, New York; as well as many nieces, nephews and honorary daughter, Robin Arenburg, Amherst. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by infant daughter, Jill-Lynn; brother, Ted; and sister, Marva. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m., all from Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst, (902) 667-9906. A funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 2nd at 11 a.m. with Deacon Howard Gotell presiding in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 63 Church St., Amherst with a reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions in George's memory may be made to Atlantic Charismatic Renewal Center or charity of your choice.

SMITH, David Albert (Ross), C2 RC/RM/CT, CD, RCN / C.A.F. (1937-2018) - It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of David Albert 'Ross' Smith, formerly of Centreville, New Minas, Dartmouth and most recently, Shannex Blomidon Court Nursing Home in Greenwich, on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the age of 81. Born in St. Catharines, Ont., he was a son of the late Lloyd and Helen (Gilmore) Smith. Ross moved to the Annapolis Valley in the early 1980s after retiring from the Royal Canadian Navy where he served for 25 years. He sailed on many ships and wanted to see the world, serving on the Cornwallis, Lanark, Crescent, Saguenay, Cape Scott, Columbia, Chaudiere, Saskatchewan, Skeena and lastly HMCS Iroquois. He was stationed at Stadacona, Albro Lake and Mill Cove. Post-retirement employment saw him at Eyretechnics Dartmouth, Autoport, Valley Communications, Kentville, Sears, New Minas and at Acadia University. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Delores (McGrath); his second wife, Verna (Aalders); sister, Joyce; brother, Allan; and step grandson, Bobby Thompson. Ross is survived by sons, Dave (Annette), Middleton; Daryll (Lori), Kitchener, Ont.; stepdaughters, Sherry (Blaine) Fisher, Lakelands; Janet Poehl (Tom Morton), Halls Harbour; stepson, Dana Poehl, Steam Mill; grandchildren, Rachael and Marcus, both of Kitchener, Ont.; Matthew, Ottawa, Ont.; Derek, Middleton; step grandchildren, Colin (Terri) Mosher, Shanghai, China; Crysta Mosher (Chad Cummings), Aurora, Ont.; David Thompson, California; and sister, Dorothy (Philip) Krafve, St. Catharines, Ont. Ross enjoyed sports and was a jack of all trades and a master of none. He was always smiling and enjoyed serving with his peers in the Navy. He had many friends and was kind to everyone. He will be sadly missed by all. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to the Kings County SPCA or Shannex Blomidon Court Nursing Home, Greenwich. A sincere thank you to all the staff of Shannex Blomidon Court who took such amazing care of both Verna and Ross during their time of need. Arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

 

HMCS LANARK, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS IROQUOIS

SMITH, Richard Lionel (Dick) P1.SG, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 83, of Lower Sackville, passed away after a very courageous struggle with multiple health issues for many years in the QEII Health Sciences Centre on December 29, 2018. Born in Toronto Ontario 1935, he was the son of the late Ernest and Ada Smith. Richard, “Dick” as he was affectionately known, retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Navy in around 1991. He loved to go to his cottage with his wife, Florence and family for 48 years in East Petpeswick. He loved to read, solve puzzles, especially the cryptoquote and crosswords in the paper and always enjoyed improving his knowledge of life. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his sons, Daniel, Vancouver, BC, Rick (Karen), Lower Sackville, Mel Chapman (Irene), Tsawwassen, BC; grandchildren, Nicholas and Benjamin, Lower Sackville, Paul Chapman (Leah), Michael Chapman (Nicole) and Steven Chapman (Leah); great-grandchildren, Laurel and Greyson Chapman, all of British Columbia; brothers, Roland (Gert), St. Stephen, NB, Roy, Roger (Bonnie), Randy; sisters, Linda (Bob Fleury), Faye (Bruce), Dorothy (Bill), Deborah, all of ON; many nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Florence (Chapman), his brothers, Jack (Shirley), Ron (Noreen); sister, Marlene (Gerald). A special thank you to the staff of Cobequid Community Health Centre and QEII for their care and compassion. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 4 from 6-8 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, January 5 at 11 a.m. in St. Francis By The Lakes Anglican Church, 192 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville with a reception to follow in the church hall. Interment, Monday, January 7 at 11 a.m. in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Road. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Francis By The Lakes Student Music Fund would be appreciated.  (Halifax Chronile-Herald 02 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS YUKON, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

SAHLEN, Paris Kemp (Smiley), AB.WS, RCN (1944-2018) - of Calgary, beloved husband to Peggy Sahlen (née Milligan), passed away at the Chinook Hospice on December 29, 2018 at the age of 74. He was a loving father to Glenda (Joe), Lori (Neil), and James (Sonja); grandfather to Kirk (Jessica), Clinton, Janna, Stella, and Sophie; and future great-grandfather to baby Brandon. Paris was born June 30, 1944 in Barons, Alberta where he grew up with his sister Sherri (Rich) Berndt, mother Beryl (née Underwood), and father Harry Sahlen. The family then moved to Springbank where they started the Bronze Acres Turkey Farm. Paris left home to join the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18 which, in his heart, he never left. After the Navy, he settled in Calgary where he raised his family, ran his contracting company, and volunteered with various naval organizations. He was President of the CNVA and Calgary's liaison to the frigate HMCS Calgary since its commissioning in 1995. His was honoured with the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award and QEII's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was extremely proud to be appointed Honorary Coxswain of HMCS Calgary FFH 335 in April 2018 by her Commanding Officer and Crew. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Danish Canadian Club's Valhalla Hall, 727 - 11 Ave S.W., Calgary on January 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. (please note correct date is the 26th).

 

HMCS MARGAREE

MORGAN, Philip Wade (24 Nov 1963 - 01 Jan 2019) - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loving son Philip Wade Morgan on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville. He was 55 years old and a retired Navy Veteran where he served for 21 years. Leaving to mourn are his parents Dave and Rose Morgan, Sister Trina Morgan, brothers: Dave Jr., Todd (Judy), Dean Morgan, and their families; Aunt's: Wanda Radford (Allen), Rita Hall and Susan Hillier (Billy); Uncles: Wayne, Gary, and Butch Morgan, Gordon (Kay) and Wally Young. He also leaves behind a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends here on the island and across Canada. Visitation will take place at Russell's Funeral Home, 57 Prince Rupert Drive, Stephenville, on Sunday, January 6th, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will take place on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 2pm at St. Stephen's Parish, West Street, Stephenville, and Interment at Hillside Interfaith Cemetery on the Hansen Highway. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation or the Bay St. George Sick Children's Foundation. 

 

Tribute: Today we gather to celebrate the life of a great person. Together we may share both our joy in the gift that his life was to us and the pain of his sudden passing. Philip was 55 years old when he suddenly passed away on January 1, 2019 at Sir Thomas Roddick hospital. He grew up in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 21 years as a marine electrician. He loved the Navy and his fellow shipmates and comrades. As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces he was posted to several ships where he travelled the world serving his country including HMCS: Saskatchewan, Cormorant, Provider, Qu'Appelle, Iroquois, Annapolis, Algonquin, Winnipeg, and Calgary; and stationed at CFFS: Halifax and Esquimalt, and FMF Cape Breton bases. He loved being out on the open water and sea. Upon his retirement he moved back to the Stephenville area to be near his family. He as very close with his family and friends here on the island and across Canada. He was a very supportive person. He dearly loved to laugh. Philip lived out in the country along the river with his wonderful neighbours and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, farming, cutting wood, quadding, snowmobiling, hunting, boating, playing on his tractor, small engine repair, playing pool, Sudoku, backgammon, playing cards and music. Philip touched all of our lives in many ways. He lives in our memories and stories, and we are blessed for having known him.

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS CORMORANT, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS WINNIPEG, HMCS CALGARY

MEADOWS, Paul - WW2 Veteran, Canadian Navy. Died - prior to 2018

 

MORAN, Gerard Joseph, V86517, RCNVR - Born 20 Mar 1926, Phelpston, ON.  Died 25 Oct 2007, Barrie, ON.  One Christmas during the war, being the youngest sailor onboard ship, Gerard became the Captain for the Day. 

 

Portrait of Seaman Moran     Certificate - Issue of War Service Badge

 

HMCS FRONTENAC

USHER, Ewart Sheldon, Lt, RCNVR - Died peacefully in Laguna Hills California, USA on September 21st , 2005. Born at Niagara - On -The - Lake, July 25th 1920 and raised at the Beach, Toronto; attended University of Toronto, Mechanical Engineering; was a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve during World War II; worked for Otis Elevator Company in northern United States until his retirement in 1980. Predeceased in 1999 by his first wife, Patricia Ruth Barker. Lovingly remembered by his children David, Rick, Cathy, Jane and Rob and his four grandchildren, all of the United States. He will be mourned by his wife, Marjorie Blanchard - Usher of Laguana Hills, CA and his sister, Joan Scott Laidlaw of Toronto ON. (Globe and Mail 05 Oct 2007)

 

Wedding announcement for Lt Usher and Elizabeth Helen Warner (The Toronto Daily Star 06 Oct 1945)

 

HMCS YORK, HMCS THUNDER, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH, HMCS STE THERESE

STRONG, Donald - Passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 28, 2018 at the age of 93 years at the Chatham Hospice. Predeceased by his loving wife, Betty Strong. Dear friend of the late Marie McPhee (Dec 2016), who helped take care of Don for many years. Loving father of Terry (Anne) of Tecumseh, Heather Ann (Ray) Bechard of Mississauga, Robert (Chris) of Chatham, and Shawn Ann (Paul) Brisebois of Tecumseh. Cherished grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 17. He leaves behind his brother, William (Audrey) of Kingsville, and predeceased by his siblings, Clarence Strong of Windsor and Gerald (Margaret) of London. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Emily (nee Renaud) Strong. Don was involved in many organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of The Pines (Ursuline Sisters), and Milk Distributors. He was a past President of the Goodfellows from 1959-1960, Ice Cream Association and Chatham Optimist Club. He was named Chatham Goodfellow of the Year in 1966. Don was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942-1946 with an honourable discharge. He was the owner-operator of six Peerless Ice Cream Stores for over 25 years. Don was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd (Council #4924) and 4th Degree, and fulfilled the duties of Master of the 5th District Southwest Ontario. Visitation will be held at Windsor Chapel (Banwell Chapel) 11677 Tecumseh Rd E 519.253.7234 on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil Prayers and K of C Vigil at 4:30 p.m. Friends and family are asked to gather at St John Vianney Parish Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. In kindness, memorial donations may be made to Chatham-Kent Hospice. (Windsor Star 31 Dec 2018)

WING, David, C2ER - died 2018 (The Bulletin - Dec 2018, Esquimalt C&POs Association newsletter)

TAYLOR, Robert Allen, Mar Eng, C.A.F. - 52 years. passed away tragically on Wednesday. November 28, 2018 in Alberta. Beloved son Judy (Churchill) and Bob Taylor of Wheatley. Father of daughters Megan (Taylor) and Matt Scott and Jaylynn Taylor (Eric Mayor) and grandfather to Aubree and Austin Scott. Dear brother to Cindy (Taylor) and Ken Robichaud and uncle to Amy and Shawn Robichaud of Chatham. Grandson of Marie (Collard) and Don Taylor (1982) of Wheatley and Alvin "Bus" Churchill (2004) and Helen (Levett) (I959), Merle (Will) (2010), loved by his large family of aunts. uncles and cousins and his many friends, both in Ontario and Alberta. Rob grew up in the Wheatley area and attended school there and in Leamington. Rob did his duty in the Canadian Navy for 5 years in Western Canada. Although Rob returned to Ontario. his love of Western Canada had been born. Being skilled with his hands, he learned the fine art of welding from Gil Pickle (2013) and started his own business. He started a family with wife Kim (Church) but the west was calling him. Rob relocated himself and his business to the west coast where he grew not only his business but his base of many, many friends. Rob was a true outdoorsman who loved the land and simple things in life. Hunting, Fishing, working on his cabin and land, bonfires, jam sessions with Dorian Holuboch (Chosen Brother) Ricky Constantineau (Chosen Son) Gary Reid (Kip) (Chosen Brother) and helping a neighbor were his passions. Patty Schryver enjoyed these passions with Rob the past few years and will miss him greatly. Rob was exactly where he wanted to he when he was suddenly taken; working on his land. He will he dearly missed. Cremation will take place in Alberta where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved dog Kitty. A family remembrance will take place in Ontario and Buck Lake at a later date. The family wishes to thank everyone for the messages. support and prayers.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE

ELSTONE, Tom, C1TI / C1SN, RCN - Died Dec 2018

 

HMCS UGANDA

SHAW, Hugh Victor, Lt, RCNVR - born 1915  Died 1991

 

HMCS INGONISH

EISNER, Andrew Nelson, C1CD, MMM, CD, RCN / C.A.F. - Chester Basin, passed away March 1, 2013, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Nelson was born in Bridgewater in 1930, the son of the late Dewey and Ellen Eisner. He served in the Army Reserve W.N.S.R. as a boy during the Second World War, then two years in the Naval Reserve followed by 25 years RCN as a diver. In his earlier years he worked at the Halifax Ship Yards, Chappels Tire and Dunlop Tire as a tire builder. He ended his working career with Michelin Tire as an industrial mechanic. He was a member of Clarke Lodge No. 61, Royal Canadian Legion No. 88, Chester Basin, Naval Divers Association and an Honorary member of the Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department. He was predeceased by his daughter, Rebecca Ann. Nelson is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Theodore (Trudy); daughter, Marsha (Steve) Rogers; sisters, Audrey and Geraldine. There will be no visitation or service at Nelson's request. (Chronicle Herald 04 Mar 2013)

 

Photo of Andrew's headstone in the Chester Basin, Lunenburg Co., NS

GIOKAS, George - Born February 18, 1924, Regina, SK, died October 7, 2014, Calgary, AB. George passed away peacefully on October 7, 2014 at the Agape Hospice at the age of 90 years. George served in the Royal Canadian Navy May 1941 - Oct. 1945 and was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team 1946 - 1949. George and family lived in Edmonton where he started his sales career with Westinghouse Canada, was very active in minor sports and his first wife Violet passed away in 1967. In 1970 the family moved to Calgary where he married Grace in 1977. He and Grace moved to High River in 1992. In 2011 they moved back to Calgary where Grace passed away on January 4, 2014. George is survived by his children Richard, Gary (Karen), Gregory (Claire), Marina and Steven (Carol), his stepchildren Joan Tape, June (Jim) Cabay, Sharon (Del) Atwood, Patti (Ed) Vandenberghe, and Terry (Donna) Bradburn, several grand and great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Calina; brothers Con, Pete and Bill; his first wife Violet Cox and his second wife Grace Bradburn (nee Rewerts). Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway, on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. A reception to follow with details to be announced.

MARZOCCO, Alan Joseph (26 Jun 1921 - 17 Sep 2014) - beloved husband of Marie Marzocco of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the age of 93 surrounded by his family. Born in Wycliffe, BC, Alan graduated UBC as a Mechanical Engineer then served on active duty as a Navy Lt. in WWII. He was Director of Buildings & Grounds for the Calgary Separate School Board from the mid 1960's to mid 80's. His loves were his family, building his own projects, travelling, gardening, drawing, and learning Spanish. He'd been a long time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Alan is survived by Marie, his loving wife of 56 years, his sons Gerald, Robert, Michael and daughter Karen Marzocco, Daughters-in-Law Patti-Ann and Nancy Marzocco, Grandchildren Jessica Fadness, Daniel, Anthony and Ryan Marzocco. He was predeceased by his siblings Theresa Lassalle and Edward. Friends are invited to Prayers at St. Luke's Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke's on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The family thanks the staff and volunteers at the Colonel Belcher and Foothills Hospital for the excellent care Alan received. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Friends of Colonel Belcher Society. Condolences may be forwarded to www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

MORRIS, Brian - born July 30, 1936, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK, Brian died peacefully on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, eight months after Peggy, his loving wife of 55 years. He is survived by his children Kim, Kevin, Karen and Tracy. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes his friends to remember Brian with a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119-14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6, Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

REID, Lyle Trudeau - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lyle Trudeau Reid on Sunday, December 21, 2014. He was born January 30, 1925 in Ottawa, Ontario to parents Alma and Rodger Reid. He was the eldest of three children. Lyle attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia but interrupted his education to serve his country during WWII by enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy. Following the war he married Zoe Dianna Le Lacheur on August 30, 1947. They shared 66 wonderful years of marriage. Shortly after marrying they moved west to Edmonton, Alberta where Lyle worked with Capital Builders for several years; then established his own custom home construction business. Lyle and Zoe later moved to Calgary where they resided until their passing. Lyle loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed skiing, curling, hunting and fishing. Music also played a large role in his life, he sang in various church choirs, the Edmonton Opera Chorus and the Mount Royal Kantorei Choir. Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his three children Doug (Kate) Reid, Kathy (Irv) Sandulak and Lou (Jean) Reid, his three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family extends sincere gratitude to the staff at Chinook Care Centre for their kindness and compassion. A Celebration of Lyle's Life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 - 15th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a charitable donation to the charity of your choice.

TARVES, Laurie D. (04 Apr 1920 - 09 Oct 2014) - Peacefully, and surrounded by his family, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away at the age of 94, leaving us to mourn his loss, but also to celebrate a life so well lived. Born in Birch Hills Saskatchewan, Dad was proud of his prairie roots, and despite being a Stampeders' fan, we know he always secretly harboured "Rider Pride". The family moved to Calgary in 1929, and although his youth was profoundly affected by the Great Depression and World War II, he frequently reminisced with great fondness of those formative years. He and his brothers spent many carefree days fishing, hiking, camping in the Waiparous Creek and Bow Valley area and these happy memories sustained him right to the end of his life. The Tarves brothers also raised champion racing pigeons and would take a bird with them on their camping expeditions, sending the pigeon home with a note tied to its leg to let their parents know they had safely arrived at their destination. He was a talented athlete who was once offered a hockey scholarship in Santa Rosa, California, but turned it down to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He served in the Canadian Navy with his three brothers and was among the Allied forces participating in D-Day. On returning to civilian life in Calgary, he joined the Calgary Police Service where he served for 33 years. He was a proud member of the service and often talked fondly about those years and riding his "Harley" (even in -40 temperatures) which justifiably earned him the nickname of "The Ironman" from his co-workers. Laurie is survived by his children Jill (Jim), Rene (Steve), Kim, Launa and Tracy as well as grandchildren Shauna (Lee), Candice (Jeremy) and Evan, siblings Gordon Tarves, Gail (Jerry) Parcells, and Joan (Gordon) Evans, extended family June Tarves, Margaret Carr and Lavina Tarves as well as great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty one years' Dallas, infant daughter Wanda, his parents Goldie and Gordon, his brothers Dale, Bruce and Terry as well as sister Beryl. Dad was a man of great integrity, strength, humor and kindness and a gentleman in the very best sense of the word. He valued his family above all else and was never happier than when he was surrounded by family and friends He leaves us with a lifetime of memories to cherish. Rest in peace #1 Dad, you will always be loved and forever missed. Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Laurie's life at Rotary House - Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way S.E.) on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Trout Unlimited Canada 160 - 6712 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 2A7 or The Calgary Poppy Fund 1 - 4539 6th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family is forever grateful for the kind and compassionate care provided by Drs. Robin Dargie and Paul Gladman and the wonderful staff of Dover Unit at Carewest Colonel Belcher Veterans Care Centre. We would also like to extend our thanks for the care Dad received from the doctors and health care professionals on Unit 82 at the Foothills Hospital, your kindness will not be forgotten

 

"You feel smaller when your father dies because he was strong and lifted you, carried you and taught you, and when he's gone the room feels too big without him." 

 

TARVES, Gordon Melville (18 Dec 1923 - 24 Dec 2014) - Gordon passed away at the Foothills Hospital 24 December, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Born in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, our Father was an outdoorsman at heart, reminiscent of his prairie upbringing. The family moved to the then bustling town of Calgary in 1929, the year the first talking picture equipment was installed in the Palace Theater to serve the then 30,000 strong residents. The days were filled with outdoor activities that brothers would do in the then still pioneer western town of Calgary. After Navy service from 1942 to 1945 with his brothers, Gordon followed his love of the outdoors joining the Forestry Department as a Ranger and subsequently Alberta Power as a landman. Gordon loved nothing better than to head for the hills on his favorite horse or park the family in a camping spot far from neighboring campers. Gordon is survived by his children Donna (Dave) and Dale (Debra), sisters Joan and Gail. Gordon was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Ethel (nee Suttle), parents Goldie and Gordon, sister Beryl and brothers Dale, Bruce, Terry and Laurie. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate and caring staff at the Belcher Chartwell Senior Residence and the sensitivity of the staff at Unit 62 Foothills Hospital. In living memory of Gordon Tarves, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

TARVES, Bruce Wesley Howitt, PO, RCN - Died 29 Mar 1990, Age 71. Bruce is buried in the Queens Park Cemetery and Mausoleum Calgary, AB.

 

Photo of Bruce's headstone

BOLLAND, Robert George - Born May 21, 1925, Regina, SK. Robert "George" Bolland, much loved husband, father and grandfather, died after a lengthy illness on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the age of 89 years. George enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, and related stories of his travels and adventures during that time. After his return to Calgary, he was employed by the CPR accounting department for several years, after which he was a director with the Calgary Board of Education, retiring after thirty-three years. George was a member of the Naval Corvette Club and volunteered with the sale of poppies, and was also a watch keeper at the Naval Museum of Calgary. George is survived by his loving wife Fanny Margaret of sixty-five years; sons Lee (Margaret) and Mark (Cheryl); grandchildren, Jenna (Ken), Scott (Jessica), Jesse (Laura), Trevor (Roberta); and dear sister Adeline Young. No Service will be held. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Prostate Cancer Canada, 2 Lombard Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto ON M5C 1M1, Telephone: 1-888-255-0333.

HAMILTON, Jonathan James (Jim), Lt (E), RCNVR - passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Beverly Centre Midnapore at the age of 93 years. Jim was born August 22, 1920 in Winnipeg and lived in Neepawa and Dauphin, MB and Kamsack and Saskatoon, SK. Jim's grandfather was one of 150 Royal North West Mounted Policemen who marched west in 1874 establishing Fort Macleod and Fort Calgary. Jim married Marion Jean McCallum on September 11, 1943, and they were married for 57 years. Jim met Marion at the University of Saskatchewan where he was completing his Bachelor degree in Physics, and she was studying for her first class teaching certificate. Jim joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and due to his expertise with radar; Jim was loaned to the British Navy where he served as Lieutenant and Radar Officer on the British Heavy Cruiser, HMS Belfast. At the end of the war Jim departed Yokohama, Japan and arrived in San Francisco, California on December 15, 1945. He returned to Saskatoon, where he and Marion would make their first home together. Jim continued his studies at the University of Saskatoon, obtaining a Master's degree in Physics, and in 1947 the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he obtained a Master Degree in Physics and Mathematics. In 1950, Jim and Marion moved to Calgary where Jim accepted a position with Shell Oil as a Geophysicist, where he stayed until his retirement in 1977. He continued to work in the Alberta Oil patch as a consulting geophysicist until 1984, and pioneered the exploration of oil and gas in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and the North West Territories and offshore in the Arctic and North Atlantic. Jim and Marion adopted a son, Harry James Hamilton in 1952 and a daughter, Nancy Jean Hamilton in 1958. Jim is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Harry James (Judy Lynne) Hamilton of High River; grandson Michael James (Lana Rae) Hamilton; granddaughter Jessica-Lynn Hamilton; and great-grandchildren Brady James and Chase Michael Hamilton of Turner Valley, AB and Reid Nolan and Jordon Marion Schooley of Okotoks, AB; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was pre-deceased by his wife Marion in 2000 and daughter Nancy in 2010. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org.

 

HMS BELFAST

MURRAY, Mary Teresa Vera (nee Imhoff), Lt (MM), RCN (02 Feb 1928 - 14 Aug 2014) - beloved wife of Sam Murray of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Vera was born in New Carlisle, a small town in the beautiful Gaspe region of Quebec. She joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 as a Registered Nurse and met Sherman (Sam) Murray. Sam and Vera married in 1960 and have five children. Vera is survived by her husband Sam, son Gordon Murray, son Ross Murray (Carolyn), daughter Therese Murray, daughter Danielle Valenzuela (Americo) and daughter Nicolle Hans (Trevor). Vera was a loving Grandmother to Daphne Stevenson (Go Flames Go!), Glenn Carlson, Jorden Murray, Kayleann Murray, Samantha Hans and Kevin Hans. Additionally, Vera came from a large family in Quebec and is survived by her sisters Irene and Mary, her brother Eric and many nieces and nephews throughout Quebec and Eastern Canada. She spent many happy hours playing Hearts and enjoying family gatherings with Paul, Marilyn Scott and Gina Rasmussen. She was predeceased by her brothers Charlie, Frank and Jerry and sister Ruth. She is also predeceased by her brother-in-law Paul Rasmussen of Calgary. The family would like to thank the Southwood Hospice for their exceptional care and attention to Mom and the family during this difficult time A Celebration of Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway, Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

GUNDRY-WHITE, Frederick Lionel (09 Aug 1921 - 20 Jul 2014) - beloved husband of Loretta (Etta) passed away in Calgary on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the age of 92 years. Lionel was born and raised in Calgary, he served in the Canadian Navy from 1942 - 1945, he played for The Calgary Stamepeders in 1945 - Jersey No. 11. He worked for BMO from 1938 to 1979. He was a long standing member of the Free Masons a member of the Cascade Lodge in Banff for 50 years; The Royal Canadian Legion, and a member of the Parade Unit of Shriners International. Lionel loved to travel with Etta and enjoyed curling, golf, bridge and was an avid reader and poker player. Anyone whomever met Lionel knew that he made a difference on this earth, from his very beginning to his very end. He will continue to be loved and will be missed by all. Lionel will be lovingly remembered by his wife Etta, son David (Olga), grandchildren Kevin (Nadine) and Cheryl Ann, brother Clifford (Elaine) and numerous sister and brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Marguerite and his first wife Patricia. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made directly to a local Calgary Charity.

MATTHEWS, Francis Richard (Dick), Paym-Lt, RCNVR - (19 Aug 1920 - 02 Oct 2013) - Francis Richard (Dick) Matthews, Q.C., C.M. after a long and productive life, Dick passed away peacefully in Calgary on October 2, 2013. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joyce (nee Jarvis) in 2004, by his mother Grace (nee Cathro) in 1951, by his father Charles Curtis Matthews in 1970, by his brother Don in 1996, and by his sister Alison Hankins in 2009. Dick will be greatly missed by his loving children Rick Matthews (Janet) of Canmore, AB, Betsey Ryan of Palgrave, ON, and Michael Matthews (Jane Crow), of Harrogate, B.C. and his grandson Andrew Matthews (Amanda Robertson and son Grayson) of Calgary, AB. Dick attended Western Canada High School in Calgary, graduating in 1938. He spent his summers on the family ranch Highland Stock Farms west of Calgary. While in high school, he became a member of the Calgary Highlanders in 1935, an association he maintained into university under the Canadian Officer Training Corps (COTC) program, obtaining his commission as an officer in 1939. He attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1941 and a Bachelor of Laws, Magna cum Laude in 1948. In 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant. Promoted to Naval Officer, he was assigned to HMS Prince Robert escorting Canadian troops in the Pacific theatre. He was posted to Ottawa in 1942 where he met his future wife, Joyce Jarvis of Toronto, who was a WREN. They were married in Victoria on November 10, 1944. In 1948 Dick joined the firm of Porter, Allen & Millard in Calgary where he became a Partner in 1953. The firm evolved into MacKimmie Matthews where he remained a Partner and Of Counsel until 1999. Enormously respected as a lawyer Dick took several tax cases to the Supreme Court. Dick held many Directorships over his career with such companies as Ranger Oil Limited, Murphy Oil Limited, Pembina Resources Limited, Westburne Industries, PanArctic Oils Ltd. and Husky Oil Limited. Dick was an avid supporter of the arts, his generosity exceeded only by his modesty. He was instrumental in the formation of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 1955 and has ardently supported it since. He made significant contributions to the Alberta Ballet, the Calgary Opera, Honens International Piano Competition, Banff Centre, Pro Musica, Mount Royal Conservatory of Music, the National Arts Centre, the Rozsa Centre and the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary. He and Joyce received the CPO's "Golden Baton Award" in 2001 for outstanding service to the CPO. He endowed the "F.R. (Dick) Matthews QC Excellence Scholarship in Law" in 2005 and the "Professor of Business Law" in 2007 at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. He also supported the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. In 2010 Dick was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his philanthropy. He was also the recipient of the City of Calgary "Generosity of Spirit Award" in 2009. He received the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Those who knew Dick were keenly aware of his enormous ability to enjoy life. His hobbies and interests were many and varied. He loved raising bees and riding his horse as a young boy. Later he took up flying and soaring, photography, skiing and scuba diving. He loved to travel the world with his wife Joyce, and succeeded in visiting all 7 continents. The family would like to thank Dr. Rod Elford and Dr. Brian Huang from Copeman Health Care Centre for their attentive care. The family also thanks Classic Life Care - especially Miriam, Imelda and Hergie. Thanks also to the staff of Southwood Care Centre Hospice where he spent his last days. A Celebration of Dick's Life will be held at Christ Church, (3602 - 8 Street SW, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra http://www.cpo-live.com

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Drafted to Prince Robert 16 Apr 1941 as a Paym-SLt, RCNVR

MORTON, Donald Albert - July 6, 1920 - Calgary, Alberta September 22, 2013 - Calgary, Alberta Donald Albert Morton passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the age of 93. Don was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where he met and married Isabella Muir in 1947. Don served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He worked for Imperial Oil for thirty years at the Calgary Refinery, the Strathcona Refinery in Edmonton, and at the Lago Refinery in Aruba. Don was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for thirty years. Don loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. During his lifetime he also loved camping and was an avid fisherman. Don will always be lovingly remembered and sadly missed. Don is survived by two daughters, Norma Morton- Paterson and Patricia Locke, five grandchildren Matthew Rasmusson, Sara Nowosad, Anders Rasmusson, Zach Locke, and Alison Webster, and nine great- grandchildren. Don was predeceased by his wife Isabella in 1995 and his daughter Dani in 2002. At Don's request, there will not be funeral service. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Lupus Canada, No. 209, 18 Crown Steel Drive, Markham, ON L3R 9X8 Telephone: (800) 661 - 1468. In living memory of Donald Morton, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane. (Calgary Sun 25 Sep 2013)

DAVY, Arthur Cecil Montague., Lt (E), RCN - Born 11 Oct 1902 in Westmount, on the Island of Montreal, QC, son of Richard Montague Davy and Katherine Josephine Cudlip. Arthur died on 02 Mar 1967 in North Saanich, BC.

 

HMS EMPEROR OF INDIA, HMS ORION, HMS AJAX, HMS TOREADOR, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS SKEENA, HMS KEMPENFELT, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NADEN, HMC DOCKYARD, HMCS DISCOVERY

 

CULLEN, John Francis (Frank), Tel, RCNVR (1924-2001) - Peacefully at home, on Thursday, May 10, 2001. Frank Cullen, at age 76. Beloved husband of 52 years to Rita H. Cullen (nee Jolicoeur). Dear loving father of Patricia Brown (Peter), Susan Alidu, Fay O'Brien (Larry) and Mark (Trish). Caring grandfather of 15 grandchildren. Dear brother of Joan MacTavish (Ken), Faye McCarney, Judy Bourdage (Fern) and Sharyn St. Germaine (Donnie). Knights of Columbus Council 10617, Holy Cross, for 30 years. A special thank you is extended to Dr. G. Anstee and all the In Home Health Care nurses. Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Road (east of Bank) Sunday, May 13th fro 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service in memory of Frank will be held Monday, May 14th in the Chapel at 1 p.m. In remembrance, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation would be appreciated.

 

Frank served in HMCS Strathadam during WW2 and was wounded when HMCS Strathadam launched a hedgehog attack on a suspected U-boat.  One of the bombs detonated on launch, killing 6 sailors and wounding 9 others - some of whom were in the Communications rates mess deck below the launcher and were wounded / killed by shrapnel that penetrated the deck.

 

Portrait of Frank Cullen

 

HMCS STRATHADAM

BOAM, James W., Cook - Born 1919  Died 2000. James is buried in the Oakridge Memory Gardens, Middle Sackville, NS.

 

HMCS GODERICH

 

KIRKEY, Jack D., Petty Officer (28 May 1926 - 30 Dec 2013) - Passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital-McConnell Site, on Monday, December 30, 2013. Jack Kirkey of Cornwall; age 87. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Kay” Kirkey (Locke). Loving father of Laura Jane St. Andre (Andre) of Cornwall and Betty Ann Paradis (Yvon) of St. Jerome, QC. Father-in-law of Darlene Kirkey. Grandfather of Jason, John-Gordon, Shannon, Jamie, Kevin, Kimbrly and Andrew. Great-grandfather of Carson, Iain, Jack, Shyanna and Simon. Survived by brothers Joseph Kirkey, Donald Kirkey (Dagmara) and Russell Kirkey (Shirley). Son of the late Morris Kirkey and the late Annabelle Lapierre Rafferty. Predeceased by his son Brian Kirkey, by brothers Gerald, Basil and Calvin Kirkey and by one sister Helen Duval. Resting at Lahaie and Sullivan, Cornwall Funeral Home, West Branch from 2 P.M. Monday. Funeral, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 for Service at Knox-St. Paul’s United Church at 11 A.M. Spring interment, Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will in attendance on Monday from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. and on Tuesday from 9 A.M. until time of service. As expressions of sympathy, Memorial Donations to the Charity of your Choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS GODERICH

DOREY, Clifford Arthur, RCN - 80, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Wednesday April 21, 1999 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Saint John, NB, he was a son of the late Charles and Rose (Stark) Dorey. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 21 years and then worked for Matthew Conveyor until his retirement. He was a life member of Centennial Legion, Branch 160; life member of the Royal Antediludian Order of Buffalos, Harbour Lodge 53; member of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Nova Scotia, John Albro Branch 122; member of the Supreme Council the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; president of Lake Loon Seniors Club and a member of the Emmanuel Anglican Church, Dartmouth. Surviving are his wife, the former Dorothy M. Moore; daughters, Rosemary (Mike) Smith, Eastern Passage; Cheryll (Stewart) Cameron, Lower Sackville; Kathleen (Jack) Drummond, Dartmouth; sister, Helen Ross, Hampton, NB; brother, Norman (Ann), Surrey, BC; grandchildren, Charles, Craig, Clifford, Shawna, Mark, Scott and Karla; six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sister, Dorothy and son, Charles. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth, visitation will be from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today, April 23. Masonic service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, funeral and legion service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the funeral home chapel, Rev. Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, with a reception to follow in Centennial Legion, Branch 160, Main St., Dartmouth. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of choice.

CHAPLIN, Ronald Patrick Joseph - Born in Gambo, Newfoundland on June 28, 1958 passed away in his home in Sioux Lookout, Ontario on June 13 2010, surrounded by his family and friends. Ron suffered from lung cancer. Ron is predeceased by his mother and father, Lillian and Arthur Chaplin and his brother Michael Chaplin and sister-in-law, Helen Chaplin. Left to mourn are his wife Linda, sons Stephan and Derek and daughters Lysandra, Kimberly and Lenore. Brothers James, Gerard, and sisters Anne, Agnes, Theresa (Don), Nephews Craig (Paula), David, Troy and niece Michelle and great-nephew Michael. His sisters-in-law Anna, Tricia (Clement), brothers-in-law William, Wesley and Frank. Also numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family on his wife's side. Ron attended Memorial University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Education Degrees. Ron was a travelling soul. He lived in Labrador for a year working as a 4th class Power Engineer. Ron also worked in the Canadian Coast Guard and served in the Canadian Navy which enabled him to travel the world in those capacities. He later moved to Northern Ontario and worked as a Teacher and Principal on First Nations and then moved onto Funding Services at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He decided Sioux Lookout would be his home and settled there until his passing. Ron was a dedicated husband, father, brother and uncle. He was also dedicated to children on First Nations in his work and strived to achieve better living standards for them. Ron was always the life of any get together, quick witted and loved to sing. He will be missed by everyone he touched with his energy and zeal for life. The knowledge will continue to comfort us that are left behind in knowing that his energy has returned to the Earth and is now in peace but we can still hear him in all the songs he sang. Friends were received at the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home on Tuesday June 15, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Funeral Services for Ronald Chaplin was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Mike Mahoney officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Sioux Mountain Public School Breakfast Club through the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home, Box 1449, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, P8T 1B9.

STUDD, Guy, RCNVR - (21 May 1921 - 10 Jan 2013)- passed away in Calgary, Alberta. Guy is buried in the Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Funeral Home Services provided by Mountain View Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. (Calgary Herald 21 Jan 2013)

 

HMCS GODERICH

HUBLEY, Allan Murray, Lt, RCNVR (02 Feb 1918 - 26 Nov 2010) - Allan was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He attended Nova Scotia Tech and Dalhousie to pursue a degree in engineering, but interrupted his studies to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as an officer on many vessels and as Chief Engineer on the minesweeper HMCS Georgian. Following the war, Allan returned to school to complete a mechanical engineering degree. His career took him to Trois Rivieres, Quebec where he worked for Consolidated Paper Company. He served on the official board of St. Andrew’s United Church, and for many years was the Chairman of the Protestant School board of Three Rivers. In 1992 after consulting for many years, he and Alice retired to White Rock, British Columbia and lived there until their passing. Alice (Foote) Hubley predeceased Allan in 1996. Allan leaves to mourn son John Murray (Karen), daughter Debbie (Rex) Coupland, grandchildren Tara (Steve) Lafond, Kerry Coupland, Devon (Tangraya) Coupland, and great grandchildren Delaney and Neala Lafond. Interment of his ashes will be in Mount Herman Cemetery, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at a later date. The family would like to thank all the caregivers Allan had over the years as well as all the staff at Peace Arch Hospice for their TLC in his final days. Sympathy may be expressed with a donation to White Rock Hospice. 

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Appointed to Prince Henry 09 Jun 1941 as a SLt (E), RCNVR.

HMCS GEORGIAN

HMCS TORONTO

HMCS SAINT JOHN

TOWLE, John W. (Jack), Cook - Born in October 1914 in Leamington, ON, and died in April 1971.

 

HMCS ARVIDA

STINSON, Hewitt Arthur (Hew) - Age 83 of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home Christmas morning, December 25, 2018. He was the eldest son of the late Oliver and Pansy (Curry) Stinson. Hew left home at 17 to join the Canadian Navy, upon his retirement from the service he was employed with Royal Trust Real Estate for a number of years and then on to the Corp of Commissionaires where he retired. He is survived by his brother Ford (Jeanette), sister in-law Shirley Emberly, niece Karen Emberly, great niece Amanda Bellestaros Emberly, and Daniel Deschaines, nephews Gordon, Greg and Scott Daniel of Port Hope, Ontario and his best friend his dog Darcey. He is predeceased by his wife Ruth (Emberly), daughter Susan and son in-law David Briggs, sister Alice and Ken Daniel, Port Hope, Ontario, brother in-law Ralph Emberly, and niece Heather Ann Deschaines, (Stinson). By request no visitation or service, cremation has taken place under the direction of A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home with interment at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Bide a While animal shelter, Hope for Wildlife Society or a charity of choice.

 

ROBERTS, Earnest Albert Charles Alan - Died 10 Jul 1989

 

Portrait of Seaman Roberts

 

HMCS WOODSTOCK

ROBERTSHAW, Ivan Edward - Son of Stanley and Vida Robertshaw, was born 16 Feb 1926, at Winnipeg. He attended North Lakeland and Langruth schools. In Mar 1943, he enlisted in the Navy, and after brief training went overseas 12 Jan 1944. He made several trips along the Atlantic coast, with headquarters at Londonderry, Ireland. In Jan 1946 he received his discharge. In Jan 1949, Ivan married Gwennie Owens of Vancouver, where they reside. (Source: Pioneers of Langruth, MB)

 

Ivan died on 07 Mar 2013 in Shelton, Washington, USA.

JADOT, Mike - Died 07 Jan 2019

BURGIS, Charles William, LCdr, RCNVR - died 1982

 

HMCS STRATHADAM

LEEMING, John McWhannell, M.I.D., CD, Cdr, RCN - Born: 16 Apr 1911, Victoria, BC.  Died21 Nov 1986, Victoria, BC.

 

Citation for Mentioned in Despatches:  John McWhannell, Acting Lieutenant - Commander - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.  "Following a premature explosion on board one of HMC Ships, this Officer, though suffering from blast, took firm control and calmly led a fire and repair party to extinguish fires threatening to explode more ammunition. His courage, enterprise and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy."

 

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HEALY, R. Paul, Telegraphist (1920-1989) - 69 Church Street, Port Williams, died Friday in Blanchard Fraser Memorial Hospital, Kentville. Born in Port Williams, he was a son of Lulu (Kidston) and the late J. Theron Healy. He served overseas during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Navy, serving with the motor torpedo boats in the English Channel. He was a former employee of the Kings County School Board. He was a member of St. John's Anglican Church, Parish of Cornwallis, Port Williams, and the Dr. C.B. Lumsden Branch, Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville. He is survived by his wife, the former Blanche MacLeod; two daughters, Linda (Mrs. Larry Bennett), Fredericton; Judi, Toronto; a sister, Sheila (Mrs. John Watson), Yarmouth; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph. The body has been cremated. Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday in St. John's Anglican Church, Parish of Cornwallis, Church Street, Port Williams, Rev. Linda MacDonald officiating. Burial of ashes will be in church cemetery. Donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart Fund. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Aug 1989 - researched by George Newbury)

 

Newspaper article on Paul Healy serving during WW2 - The Halifax Mail, Fri. 21 Apr 1944

MOSHER, George Edward (Sam) - 94, of Halifax, passed away June 9, 2010, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Halifax, Sam was the son of the late Samuel and Laura Mosher. Sam retired from the HMC Dockyard, with 30 plus years of service, and was a veteran of the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was an avid fisherman, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and also by his constant companion, his dog 'Cutie'. Sam is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Matheson; daughter, Mabel Bryden (George), Halifax; son, George William (Cathy) Mosher, Bridgewater; stepsons, Barry and Blane; step-daughters, Trena and Tracey; five grandchildren. He is predeceased by his first wife, Vera Mosher. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 11 in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, Rev. Heather Fraser officiating. Burial will take place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family would like to send a thank you to the staff of 8.4 in the Halifax Infirmary for their care and compassion shown to Sam and family. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

 

MILES, Kenneth (Ken), CPO2, RCN / C.A.F. - 76, Truro, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Ken was born in Montreal, QC and was a son of the late George and Irene (Delaney) Miles. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ken joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1961 and served for 35 years, retiring in 1995 as Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class. He enjoyed his career with the Navy and served on many different ships. Upon retirement, he became a member of the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officer’s Association. Ken was one of the founding members of the new Saint Michael’s Church in Brule dedicating many hours to its construction. Upon moving to Truro, he became a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Muriel (Neatt); brothers, Patrick (Brenda) MacDonald, Joe (Pam) MacDonald as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Irene Miles; step father, Michael MacDonald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 11 at 11am in Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro with Father Cristinel Fartadi, officiating. Reception will follow in Campbell Hall. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro.

 

Portrait of Seaman Miles

RILEY, Joseph Allen (20 May 1921 - 11 Sep 2017) - Born in Saint John, New Brunswick to William John Riley and Margaret Moore. Predeceased by his beloved wife Myrtle Evelyn Linton and all his siblings: Louis, Leo, Bill, Ron, Chris, Patrick, Mary and Helen. A veteran of WWII, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy and had a long career in the Canadian Air Force. His wartime experiences formed the basis of his self–published “A Sparker’s War”. Al was active in community theatre and enjoyed writing scripts. He was especially proud of his one–act play that was produced on ATV Halifax. He enjoyed his grandchildren, the theatre, long walks, operas and Broadway shows, singing, reminiscing about his times at Lily Lake, Fort Howe and his home on Moore Street, writing letters to editors and trying to have more of his scripts produced. His perfect day would include classical music, apple pie and lottery tickets. Al always anticipated his annual visit to Saint John to reconnect with family and friends. In 2016, he moved into Sunnybrook Veterans Centre where the kind and compassionate staff cared for him with respect and a cheerful smile. We appreciate that so many staff joined us in honouring his service and his life in a flag ceremony after he passed. Al leaves behind his greatest legacy, his children: Kerry Riley (daughter Morgyn Johnston), Shawn Riley (wife Bev), Moira Kilgour (husband Barry), Aleen Riley (wife Melanie James) and Tracy Muir (husband Rob and sons Brian, Alex). The extended Riley/Linton clan, spread all across Canada, will remember him well. He was delighted that many of them were able to join him in celebrating his 90th birthday in Toronto. Al has been cremated and will be returned to his beloved Saint John.

 

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COCKBURN, Gordon Blake (Bernie), PO2 Adm Clk - Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday evening January 10, 2019, at the age of 80. Loving sweetie to his partner Antoinette. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Etheleen (Tiny). Proud devoted father of Joanne, Cathy (Ken) and Dan (Lisa) and much loved and cherished grandfather to Matthew (Shelley), Joshua (Julie) and Spencer, and great-grandchildren Charlee, Daxeena and Jack. Predeceased by his brother Colin and sister Jean and parents Ross and Margaret. Bernie is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed and will remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. A deep heartfelt loss will be felt throughout the entire ringette community. His love for the game was never ending. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the staff and physicians in the ICU at the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital for his loving tender care. Friends may pay their respects at Heritage Funeral Complex (1250 Trim Rd., Orleans, ON), on Friday, January 18, 2019. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., immediately followed by Words of Remembrance. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 12 Jan 2019)

 

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COOPER, Hubert Stanley (Bert), RCNVR - WWII Veteran. On Saturday, January 5, 2019, after a wonderful Christmas filled with family celebrations and a few tots of rum, our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully in his 96th year. Dearest husband for almost 72 years of Eunice, loving father of Philip and Valerie (Russell) and caring grandfather of Brenna (David) and Michael. Will be missed by his sister Joan, brother-in-law George, nieces, nephews and many friends. Predeceased by his parents Stanley and Alice as well as Hilda, Lionel, Bruce, Norma and Sharon. Born on April 16, 1923 in Kenora, Ontario, Bert was an amazing athlete. He played semi-pro hockey in Montreal and was chosen to attend the 1940 Olympics (cancelled) in track and field. Bert joined the navy at seventeen and served on the cruiser HMCS Uganda where he circled the globe and saw action in the south Pacific. After the war he worked at Montreal Locomotive Works and then met the love of his life, Eunice. Together they made a wonderful home in the new development of Crawford Park, Verdun. Bert worked very hard for his family eventually becoming President of Davanac Industries, a railway supply company. After retiring they moved to Toronto to be near their grandchildren and became a very important part of their lives going to every music concert, sporting event and graduation. Another passion was attending Phil's car races around Quebec and Ontario. In 2017 Bert moved to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, K1W where he enjoyed many activities, such as music, physiotherapy and especially the Tuesday lunch group. We are very grateful to the Grant a Wish Program for making it possible for Bert to attend his granddaughter's wedding where he and Eunice shared a special dance. Thanks go to all the exceptional staff and volunteers on K1W for the care and love they gave to Bert including Dr. Chu, Linda, Lorna, Nora, Melissa, Glenn (Colonel Bogie), Jim and Doe – you all enriched his life. Funeral service has already taken place. Donations to the Grant a Wish Program at https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=veterans-grant-wish-program would be appreciated. And as Bert, ever the hockey fan, would say – remember to back-check! (Toronto Star 12 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS UGANDA

COUSE, John Alpine Scott, CPO Ordnance Artificer -  great sorrow, the family of John Couse announces his passing on January 6, 2019 at 98 years of age after a brief struggle with a respiratory infection. Just 12 days before, his children, grandchildren, their partners, and his caregivers had celebrated with him over a Christmas dinner at which his strength and equanimity were still much in evidence. John was the last of his generation to leave us and was predeceased by his four brothers and sister, as well as his wife, Phyllis, in 2009. Born at home in Cookstown, Ontario on August 28, 1920 to John R. Couse and Clara Monkman, he grew up with his four brothers and sister in circumstances he described optimistically as idyllic, but never got over the death of his mother in 1928 and younger brother, Paul, in 1934. He left home in 1937 without completing high school and took various jobs in northern Ontario as a mechanic, logger, and welder before enrolling in the Machine School in Galt, graduating at the top of his class to become a draftsman and millwright at a munitions manufacturer in Toronto. Enlisting on New Years Day 1942, to ensure the medical examiner's hangover would prevent him from noticing John's partial blindness, he went to sea for two years on the convoy escort frigate HMCS Montreal (K319) as an Ordnance Artificer, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and serving until the end of the war. Returning to Canada, John opened and operated a machine repair shop in Cookstown with his brother, Keith, during summer months while obtaining his senior matriculation at Ryerson Collegiate in Toronto, before enrolling in Engineering at the U. of T. in 1946. During his last 'skule' year in 1950, John contracted tuberculosis, entering the sanatorium at Sunnybrook Hospital before his final exams. Expected not to live, U. of T. awarded him his degree on compassionate grounds, seriously underestimating his durability by 70 years. After convalescing, Dad embarked on his career in 1953, working with Cochrane, Cancorp (Baldrive), and Bundy of Canada over the years. He met the love of his life (and unstoppable force of nature) Phyllis Johnson, while skiing at Mont Tremblant in 1954 and they married in 1955. Family followed soon after with Chris (Carol Elder), Joel (Ariane Roumier), and Carolyn (Kim Jepson) being born in 1957, 1960, and 1962. After a busy and active career, John retired in 1985 to cultivate his many interests and enjoy his growing family, all of whom he loved unreservedly and in whose accomplishments he took enormous pride. He was seldom without a list of 25 projects launching or underway when he was not travelling or skiing, which he did until age 90. John was a great friend, mentor, partner, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and neighbour. His occupations included paperboy, grocer's assistant, welder, draftsman, serviceman (RCN), blacksmith, machinist, mechanical engineer, manager, board member, and educator. Among his many pursuits he was a sailor, skier, duck hunter, fisher, music lover and musician, carpenter, amateur astronomer, beekeeper, apple farmer, builder, sundial maker, lip-reader, Francophile and French-speaker. John was passionately engaged with life and the people around him. He will be remembered by many as a consummate charmer, conversationalist, wit, raconteur, mischief maker, and avid fan of woman-kind. Deafness that neared totality from mid-life on and bouts with TB, prostate cancer, hernias, partial blindness, and cataracts did little to hold him back. John's life was long and his fortunes were great; as he would have said, he had 'a good run.' A reception to celebrate his life will be held on January 18th, following a service at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Cremation Centre (formerly Mount Pleasant Mausoleum), Carfrae Chapel at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Hearing Society would be appreciated. Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16, 2019

 

HMCS MONTREAL

BEER, Charles Harding (Chuck) (19 Jan 1925 - 15 Dec 2018) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, father-in-law and grandpa on December 15th, 2018 in North Vancouver, B.C. Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Winnifred Beer, Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Susan, his daughters Janice (Steve) and Diane (Bill), and granddaughters, Lauren and Haley Mooney. Born in Calgary on January 19th, 1925, he grew up in Olds, Alberta, moving to Victoria, B.C. at age 17 where he completed his schooling. Following service in the Canadian Navy on a destroyer in the eastern seaboard, he attended Victoria College and the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1949. Chuck had a long and successful career with Scotiabank, the bulk of that time specializing and pioneering in the fields of Human Relations and Employee training & development. In retirement his main pursuits were gardening, golfing traveling and woodcarving. Above all, throughout his life, Chuck was devoted to his family and friends. He was very proud of his daughters, their husbands, and his two granddaughters. He lived his life with a wonderful combination of consideration for others, kindness, graciousness, compassion and wit. All who knew him would call him a true gentleman. He was loved greatly and is deeply missed. A memorial service will be held at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 11th, 2019. (North Shore News 09 Jan 2019)

FAWCETT, Robert Peter (Bob) - aged 78 years, passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2019 at TBRHSC. His loving family surrounded him for days while in hospital to support and love him on his journey to the spirit world. Robert was born to parents Edith (nee Finlayson) and Edgar Fawcett on January 13th, 1940 in Fort William, Ontario. He grew up as the eldest of seven and took on the role of "Chief" for his siblings when both parents died young. At the age of 18, Bob joined the navy sending half his paychecks home to help the family. He returned to Fort William where he began his family, marrying Diane Wragg. He spent the majority of his hard working life at the Great Lakes paper mill. Rain or shine, sick or healthy, Robert went to work instilling in his children, Michael and Jennifer, a strong work ethic and commitment to follow through. In 2004, Robert remarried to Marilyn Morrow Fawcett and the two enjoyed twenty-five plus years of laughter, love, and taking care of each other. His charm, love of life, the ability to dance up a storm at any party, and his gentle loving spirit made him a "favourite" to all our friends and "Uncle Bobby" to his nieces and nephews as well. Robert was deeply proud of his Indigenous ancestry and became a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario in 2015, after living a lifetime of knowing and honouring his roots. He passed along his deep respect of Indigenous ways of being to his family and he modelled inherently the values of walking a good path with kindness, courage and humility. In 1998, Robert joined the Thunder Bay Metro Lion's Club and dedicated over 20 years of volunteerism. He was a pillar of self-less service, even battling snowstorms and ailments to work at various fundraisers. He was proud of the work of this service club and likely one of the most dependable members of all time. He was an avid sports fan and some of his happiest times were taking his son Michael to various sporting activities through out the years. Bumpa, as his granddaughters Rilee & Shae-Lynne knew him, never missed a dance recital or special event in their lives. For Jennifer, he was her rock and unconditional support that enabled her to grow and flourish in her life and career. For his wife Marilyn, he was the love of her life, her rock through life's challenges, and her best friend. A love of travel took him to exotic and far locations around the globe and his family is sure his spirit will continue to visit many places, stopping for a beer along the way. Robert is survived by his wife, Marilyn Fawcett-Morrow; his son, Michael Fawcett (Cherryl); his daughter, Jennifer Fawcett (Walter), his grandchildren, Rilee and Shae-Lynne Willianen, Hannah, Illeana, Damon and Alex Fawcett; sisters Jean Beyko, Glenna Fawcett, Darlene (Wayne) Stokes and Ruby Fawcett; brother Jim (Flo) Fawcett, and numerous loving nieces and nephews. His father and mother, Edgar and Edith Fawcett, predecease him and he will be reunited with his brother Bruce Fawcett so the two can pull off a few more pranks together. A celebration of life will occur at the West Thunder Community Centre, 915 Edward Street South, at 4:30pm on Friday, January 11, 2019. The family is grateful for the condolences, and donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Northern Cancer Fund or the Thunder Bay Metro Lion's Club.

TAIT, Donald Howard, Instructor LCdr, RCN (1927 - 2019) - A teacher, educator and public servant, Don passed away gently, at home in Ottawa early on January 5, 2019 with family around him and his beloved Shirley (Flemington) at his side. Don and Shirl had been side by side since meeting as students at Mount Allison University and marrying in 1952. To have Shirl as his wife was Don's deepest joy and proudest accomplishment. Don was the devoted father of Karen, David (Darlene Gunther) and Richard (Suzanne Bullock), and loving granddad of Sean and Ally Crighton (Karen, Iain Crighton parents). Don's little sister, Patricia (Bob MacDonald, deceased) of Dartmouth, N.S., survives him, along with brother-in-law Peter Flemington (Jean) of Toronto and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins, whose lives Don followed with great interest and love. Don entered Mt. A to study theology, but graduated in 1951 with a BA in history and a B.Ed., beginning as a school teacher in Nova Scotia. He soon joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an instructor officer, and was promoted to lieutenant- commander in 1961. Don and Shirl began their family at Annapolis Royal, N.S., and moved to postings in Victoria, B.C., Dartmouth, N.S., Ottawa, Plymouth, U.K., Toronto, and back to Ottawa, where Don retired from the navy in 1974. He then worked for nine years as a training specialist with Revenue Canada Taxation in Ottawa. Through all his moves, Don never really left Dartmouth, N.S., which remained at the core of who he became. He was the son of Arthur Howard Tait, who had served in the First World War with the 85th Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders, and Helen Masters Morash, who grew up on a farm in nearby Cole Harbour. Don felt blessed to have grown up on the shores of Lake Banook. He was committed to paddling and coaching (and dances) at the Banook Canoe Club, and was continually organizing basketball and hockey teams with friends. He was immensely proud of the women's war canoe teams he coached at Banook during summers home from Mt. A. Don was also grateful to those teachers in Dartmouth who helped him through early doubts at school, and felt much accomplishment when he earned an MA in history from Dalhousie University in 1962, despite a full-time naval career and three small children. Those struggles and accomplishments shaped him to be a fine teacher, a fine father, and a caring and loving husband most of all. The family is deeply grateful to the Champlain LIHN and to the skilled and kind helpers it provided. No service at Don's request. Interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa in the spring. In lieu of flowers, Don's family encourages donations to wherever they may help others. (Globe and Mail 12 Jan 2019)

WOOD, Norman Angus, Tel 3c - Born 04 Jul 1923 in Brantford, ON. Norman served on HMCS Thunder from Jan 1943 to Jan 1945. He was then drafted to HMCS Chaudiere till Aug 1945 when he was drafted to HMCS Protector II at Sydney, NS.  While at Protector he met Evelyn Cameron. After his discharge from the navy  in November 1945, they returned to Brantford, ON, where they were married on 08 Jun 1946.  Norman passed away 22 May 2003.

 

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CRABB, John Milne (Jack), LS, RCNVR - Passed away on September 16, 2009 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born on January 21, 1920 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the son of the late William and Helen (Milne) Crabb. Jack was a naval veteran of World War II. As professions, he operated several service stations in the North End of Saint John. Before retiring he worked with C A Munroe as a salesman, traveling mainly in Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife Velma Crabb; son, William (Bill) (Sharon Robinson) Crabb, of Fredericton; daughter, Charlotte (Paul) Roberts, of Martinon; two step-daughters, Glenda (Wilson) Morash, of Lunenburg and Cynthia (David) Wentzell, of Lunenburg; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie (Babbitt). Resting at Castle Funeral Home, "Fallsview Chapel", 309 Lancaster Ave., Saint John West (634-1701) visitation will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will be held on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11:00 am from The Church of the Resurrection, Grand Bay-Westfield, followed by a reception at the church hall. Interment will take place at Ocean View Memorial Gardens. Donations, in memory of Jack, may be made to Church of the Resurrection Building Fund or CNIB. (The Telegraph-Journal 18 Sep 2009)

 

Newspaper article on John during WW2 - Crow's Nest Newspaper March 1944

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

SWINEMAR, Merrill, CD, P1ER, 25021-H, RCN

 

SWINAMER, Merrill P1, CD - Martin's Point, passed away August 22, 2005. Born November 6, 1918, he was a son of the late Delbert and Mabel Swinamer. Merrill is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Shirley (Joudrey); his daughter, Merrillynn Swinemar-Wilson (Kelly Wilson); son, Ken; granddaughters, Alena and Adrienne Wilson, Dorothy and Emma Swinamer. Also surviving Mel are sisters, Gloria and Doreen (Hugh); brothers, Ralston (Tina), Gary (Marlene), Cedric (Rosalie), and Malcolm (Norma); sisters-in-law, Jessie, Louise, Gladys and Mary Swinamer. Merrill was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth (Lamey), and son, Stephen; sister, Minnie; brothers, Scott, Lloyd, Lemoine, Garth, Ivan, Lowell, and Woodrow (in infancy); sister-in-law, Hilda; brother-in-law, Max. Merrill served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and after a brief time as a mobile service mechanic with the Nova Scotia Department of Highways returned to the navy in 1950 and served until retirement in 1969. After his retirement from the service, Merrill worked with Canada Post and the Corps of Commissionaires. Finally retiring completely in the late 70s, Mel and Shirley greatly enjoyed their homes in Martin's Point, Lunenburg Co., and Pinellas Park, Fla., and in addition traveled quite widely in Canada and abroad. A gathering of friends and family to honour Merrill's life will be held in the Chester Basin Legion, Branch No. 88, No. 25 Highway 12, Chester Basin, on Monday, September 12, from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Merrill's memory to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 88, Chester Basin, NS B0J 1K0.

 

Newspaper article on Merrill SWINEMAR and his brother Garth serving during WW 2 - researched by / courtesy of George Newbury

PERRIN, Rick Ashward - Age 55, Parrsboro, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018. Born in Tatamagouche, Rick was a son of Ella Perrin and the late Raymond Ashward Perrin. Rick grew up in Parrsboro and later served in the Royal Canadian Navy having been based in Halifax for most of his career. He recently retired and moved back to Parrsboro to be closer with his mother and family. Rick also enjoyed doing carpentry and cabinet-building in his spare time and keeping up with the firewood pile. Besides his mother, Rick is survived by brothers, Steven, Toronto, Ont.; Laurie (Theresa), Kentville; Layton (Barb), Orlando, Fla.; Ray, Parrsboro; nephews, Ryan and Lucas; nieces, Janice and Jessica. Rick will be sadly missed by his mother and family. A special mention to his friends, Ross, Glen, Garth and especially Ralph who have all helped him a lot, thank you. Arrangements are the care of Coulter's Funeral Home, Tatamagouche (902-657-3288). A graveside service for Rick will be held in the spring in Hamilton Cemetery, River John. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Jan 2019)

BRUSHETT, Donald - Age 96, Halifax, born December 30, 1922 in Burin, N.L. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dear father on January 12, 2019. He was the youngest son of the late William and Harriet (Riggs). Donald served three years in the Royal Age 96, Halifax, born December 30, 1922 in Burin, N.L. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dear father on January 12, 2019. He was the youngest son of the late William and Harriet (Riggs). Donald served three years in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War in England and Holland. He was a devoted member of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Spryfield where he served as Warden for a number of years. A member of the IOOF, Granite Lodge 158, Duke of Kent Mason 121, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Spryfield Branch 152. He enjoyed his family, walks and a good game of pool. He is survived by daughters, Brenda (Rodney) Kirby, Donna (Denise) Lambert, Dorcas (Randy) Baltzer and Angela (Richard) Smith; grandchildren, Scott, Craig, Kimberley, Jennifer, William, Steven, Adam, and Alexander; great-grandchildren, Callan, Kyle, Juliana, Roco, Enzo, Victoria, Lauren and DJ; great great-grandson, Jaxon. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Caroline (Beazley); son, William in infancy; siblings, Leonard, Douglas, George, Jessie, Edith Mary, Helena, Evelyn and Vickey. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Rd., where visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 16th from 6-9 p.m., with Legion Service from 6-6:30 p.m. Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, January 17th at 1 p.m. from Emmanuel Anglican Church, 322 Herring Cove Rd. Reception to follow. Interment will be in Emmanuel Anglican Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Anglican Church General Fund. We the family would like to thank the staff of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII for their care shown to Donald. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Jan 2019)

BOUDREAU, Peter Gordon, RCN (served 1954-1960)

 

I, Peter Gordon Boudreau, announce my passing (January 11, 2019). I leave to mourn, my wife of 61 years, the pillar of our family, Idella (Boudreau) Boudreau; my children Audrey Boudreau, Pondville; Simone (Richard) Boudreau, Renette (Godfrey) Sampson, Joël (Mindy) all of Petit de Grat; Daniel (Colleen), Beaverbank; Armel (Renée), Hammonds Plains; and my 12 wonderful grandchildren Maurice (Jannick), Julien (Stephanie), Adèle, Réal, Nicole, Andrée (Drake), Maia, Erin, Emily, Sarah, Sophie and Miquel. I was also blessed with a great-granddaughter, Élodie. Also left to mourn are my brothers Herman (Norma), Arichat; David (Donna), Whiteside; sisters, Delia White, Medford; Delima (Elmer) Scanlan, Whiteside; Claire (Hubert) Doyle, Lockside; brother-in-law, Clem Landry, Little Anse and extended family brother in law Charles Boudreau Petit de Grat; sisters in law Louise (Barry) Marchand, Magdalen (Vernon) Samson both of Petit de Grat, Sister Gloria Boudreau, Sister Sylvia Boudreau both of Moncton, Anne Boudreau, Poulamon and Jonathan Osmond. I was predeceased by my parents, my brother Russell, my sisters Evelyn Gotell, and Isabelle Landry; and my brother-in-laws Joe Gotell, George White, Alcide Boudreau; sister in law Lucy Boudreau; my mother in law and father in law, Lubin and Evangeline (Marchand) Boudreau.

I was born in Little Anse, Nova Scotia on July 22, 1935 to Hyacinth and Clara (Samson) Boudreau. At the age of 16, I left home for Halifax in search of work. In 1954, I joined the Royal Canadian Navy and I served until 1960. I was honored to be one of the founders and first Commanding Officer of the RCSCC 235 Arrow Sea Cadet Corps. I served in various positions for several summers at HMCS Acadia, Cornwallis. I was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 150. In 1968, I enrolled in a teaching program and I subsequently taught Cooking at IMDH and in Vocational Institute of Technology. Pursuing my love of cooking, I completed a Master Chef Program and was awarded the designation ‘Chef de Cuisine’.

I once owned and operated Chez Gordon Bakery, Chez Gordon Insurance, New Gord Enterprises and Chez Gordon Funeral Home. In all my business ventures, I could always depend on my good friend Gerard LeBlanc.

My most cherished moments were spent with family and friends, whether camping, Snowbirding in Florida, in the kitchen preparing meals and at the card table for a friendly yet competitive game of poker.

My greatest wish is that my children and their families continue to share in friendship and in love and that they remain close for the rest of their lives. Your mom and I have left you a legacy, a Marina/boat house, for family gatherings and pure enjoyment.

As per my wishes, my body has been donated to Dalhousie Medical Science.

Thanks to Dr. Debbie Marchand, our family doctor, Ashley Lavandier, Hattie Samson and to the team of Continuing Care/Home Support/Palliative Care. My family’s heartfelt thanks to Dr. Steven DeRoche whose compassion and dedication allowed me to remain at home until the end. We are forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 235 Arrow Sea Cadets or to St. Joseph’s Renovation Fund.

Visitation will take place at CH Boudreau Funeral Home on Sunday, January 13, 2019, from 6-9 pm. Memorial mass will be celebrated Monday, January 14, 2019 at 11 am in St. Joseph’s Parish Church, Petit de Grat with Rev. Dan Doucet presiding. A reception will be held following mass in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Petit de Grat. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to CH Boudreau Funeral Home in Arichat.

PELLEY, William John Aubrey - Age 88, of Halifax, passed away January 12, 2019 in Maplestone Enhanced Care. Born in Corner Brook, N.L., he was the son of Stephen and Evelyn (Butt) Pelley. William immigrated to Halifax in 1947 to join the Navy and a highlight of his career was to be chosen as honour guard for Princess Elizabeth and Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh during a royal visit. He served as an electrical officer in the Canadian Coast Guard and following that, he was with the Department of National Defense for 35 years. In 1953 he married Mary (Crewe) and they were happily married for 65 years. They loved to entertain their family and friends, play cards and dance. Survived by daughter, Dale Bungay (Jim), Cole Harbour; sons, Wayne (Najiba) and Gary (Nancy), Halifax; sister, Mildred Dallas (Joe) Webb; brothers, Arthur, Wilfred (Melita), John and Lorne (Ruth); grandchildren, Jim (Kim) Bungay, Steven (Kristy) Bungay, Galen Pelley, Charmaine Al-Molky; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Rylea, William, Kaitlyn, Christopher and Emma Bungay. Visitation Wednesday, January 16th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and Funeral Service Thursday, January 17th at 10 a.m., both in J.A. Snow Funeral Home. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 15 Jan 2019)

IRVING, David Caverhill, CPO1, Air Electronics Technician (RA), 51253-H, RCN - Age 91, of Falmouth, passed away suddenly at home on January 4, 2019. Born on November 10, 1927, in St. Anicet, Que., he was a son of the late Thomas and Jessy (Caverhill) Irving and the last surviving member of his immediate family, including nine siblings. He left the family farm, moving to Halifax, and enjoyed a long career in the navy, sailing on such aircraft carriers as the HMCS Magnificent and the HMCS Bonaventure. In Halifax, he met Shirley Maxine MacPherson. They married on August 14, 1950, and raised their four children until his retirement as Chief Warrant Officer from Shearwater. Moving to Bridgetown, they embarked on a new adventure as owners/operators of the Carleton Motel, eventually retiring to Falmouth where he enjoyed working in his garden. Dad was a wealth of knowledge on many topics, not only for his children but extended family as well, and will be greatly missed. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, in 2009 and is survived by his children, Maxine, Lucasville; Robert, Calgary; Keith, Auburn; and Peggy (Whitman), Paradise; as well as six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren, and his long-time brother- in-law, Frank Doolittle (Judy), Middleton. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Raymond Rehberg, Falmouth, for his kindnesses over the years to dad. Arrangements for cremation were entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, with interment and a memorial to be held at a later date. Donations in memory of David may be made to a charity of your choice. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 15 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE

PHILLIPS, Edward C. (Ed) , C2ER, 11055-E, RCN (29 Dec 1931 - 26 Dec 2018) - Ed was born in Coleman Alberta to Alfred and Beatrice Phillips. Ed is survived by his second wife Kate, sons David of Surrey BC, Rodney (Judy) of Fort St John BC, granddaughters Victoria (Richard), Lauren (Jason) and three great grandchildren. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 49 years Ida Phillips nee Ward in 2001 and son Brian in 1955. Service to be held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church Parksville on Friday, Jan 4, 2019 at 1 PM.

 

Edward joined the RCN in 1949

 

HMCS NEW LISKEARD, HMCS WALLACEBURG, HMCS GASPÉ, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS CAPE BRETON

STEWART, Edith Winnifred, WRCNS (Wren) (nee MARTIN) May 29, 1918 - January 2, 2019 Born in Assam, India and immigrated to Canada in 1929 with her family (siblings Dick, Jack, Peter, Nancy, Muriel, Gwen and Connie). Passed peacefully in her sleep in Victoria, at the age of 100 years. Married in 1945 to Geoffrey James Stewart, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years in 2010. She is survived by her children Jim (Bev), Dianne (Wayne Butterfield), Roy (Jenny), and Reg (Sonia Santarossa); 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; her older sister Nancy Linnell, and sister-in-law Helen Cooper. Edie grew up in Victoria and completed her graduation at Victoria High School after which she enlisted and served with the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) until her marriage. She was a devoted homemaker, aspiring to elevate the level of holistic good health of all family members. In many ways she was ahead of her time with her passion for organic gardening and produce, homemade bread and baked goods. She was an avid composter, developed her own recycling and conservation methods and was actively involved in the successful campaign against the fluoridation of the City of Victoria's tap water many decades ago. She loved to take long walks, ride her bike, swim laps in the pool, and soak in the seaweed with her beloved sister, Gwennie when the families vacationed at Kye Bay Beach in the late 1950s and 60s. Geoff and Edie travelled to England, Scotland, Australia, Fiji, across Canada and the Northern United States and Alaska. Hawaii was a favorite destination for many years for family gatherings. In 1976 Edie and Geoff began wintering in Rancho Mirage, CA. They were greatly compatible and thoroughly enjoyed their life, interests, and activities together, along with family members, in the sunshine. Now they are together again, forever. Lovingly missed and always remembered. The family would like to extend special thanks to Edie's caregivers, especially Diana, and to the nursing staff at Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Victoria Hospice in Edie's name would be welcome.

YOUNG, John (Jack), P1FC, RCN (1931-2006)

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war

HMCS MARGAREE

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

HMCS QU'APPELLE

MAZE, Richard Martin (Rick) (1935-2017)- of Brampton, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Martin Joseph Maze and Elizabeth Katherine (nee Ortman) Maze. We are heart-broken to announce that our beloved Rick left us on December 11, 2017. He had struggled valiantly to live and to be home again but it was not to be. Daughter Lesley and Grand-daughter Dana were by his side, with each holding one of his hands, as he passed. Rick was the devoted and cherished husband of (Helen) Joy Maze, adored father of Lesley (Blaine Commandant) and Ian Maze. Loving Grandfather to Dana (Joe Astolfi), Rachel (Justin Galbraith) Kayla and Gary. Great-Grandfather of Livia and Step-Great-Poppa to Brooke. Dear Brother to Joan (Peter Shenher) , Doug (Norma) and Ralph. Dear Brother-in-law of Kathleen (Cyril Corry) and Alice (David Jamison). Much loved Uncle of Martin (Barb), Michelle (Charlie), Amanda, Katie (Brian), Michael (Angela), Martin (Melanie), Elizabeth (Alec) , Alan (Sharon), Stephen (Sandra), Colin (Jackie), Ian (Lorraine), Colin, Cathy (Noel Fenning) and Great Uncle to all of their children. Rick will be sorely missed by his many, many cousins across Canada. Rick met and married the love of his life Joy while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and while stationed in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage on December 22nd. Moving from Northern Ireland to Nova Scotia to Northern Ireland and then to Ontario, Rick went where the work was. He and Joy started their family during this time and in 1965 Rick was posted to Germany by Litton Systems Canada to work with the RCAF. His assignment was for 6 months but lasted 7 ½ years. Rick and Joy made the most of their time overseas; when Rick wasn’t working , he and Joy and the kids went exploring. He would remain with that company for many years in different capacities, and would as a result, travel the world in his professional as well as his personal life. Rick and Joy returned to Ontario, Canada and built their forever home where they happily welcomed friends and family alike. They discovered boating in the late 70’s and Rick rekindled his love of sailing and the open water. Eventually, Rick changed his professional direction and worked with Navhouse, an Aerospace Navigation & Control Systems company, as their Technical Director. Rick adored his family and extended family and was adored by them in return. Music was a passion that he enjoyed sharing with others. Rick loved a good debate on any subject, was an avid reader well versed in the classics and would often recite from same; he could tell a compelling story or joke and was quick-witted with an incredible sense of humour. He made friends wherever he went and revelled in the camaraderie of others and what they too had to offer. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of many who knew him.

 

“His wings were ready but our hearts were not.”

 

The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Friday December 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Eulogy follows at 2pm. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion. 

 

HMCS NEW LISKEARD, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE (pre-commissioning crew commencing Apr 1956)

HEALY, Everett A.P. - The death of Everett Healy occurred on June 5, 2012. He was born in 1922 in Moncton, N.B. and was the son the late Robert E. and Freda (Davis) Healy. He was pre-deceased by his wife and best friend Marjorie (Hewson) (Lyne) and survived by four children Barbara (Don) Munro of Belleisle Creek, NB, Michael Healy of Fredericton, Anne (Roger) LeBlanc of Bedford, NS and Patricia Teed [Murray Hoyt] of St. Andrews, NB, and eleven grandchildren, Laura Thiemann, Ryan Thiemann, Sarah Healy, Lisa (Healy) Perna, Jennifer (Hewson) Anyegah, David Hewson, Danny LeBlanc, Katherine Teed, Michael Teed, Christine Teed and Emily Teed, four great grandchildren Monicah, Morgan, Anthony and Jack. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Janet Robb of Moncton, brother Clair (Sinclair), of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy [Page], and sons James Healy and Bruce Hewson, daughter-in-law Valerie Healy and brother Robert. He was employed for a short time with the Bank of Nova Scotia, following matriculation from Moncton High School, then during the war years, served in both the Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army. In 1946 he joined Willett Foods Ltd, and worked in Moncton and Campbellton before coming to Saint John in 1967. Retiring in 1985, he and Marjorie spent winters in Florida, and their summers on the Belleisle, before moving to Rothesay in 1994 where they enjoyed family, relatives and friends. In 2010 they moved to Parkland in the Valley where they met and enjoyed many new friends. They were avid gardeners, and had an active life in music, curling and in service to the community, in Florida and at home. A Diocesan lay reader for many years, Ev served at St. George’s Anglican Church in Moncton, St. Paul’s (Valley) Church in Saint John, The Parish of Central Kings and at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Rothesay. He was an active Rotarian in Moncton and Saint John. Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424) with visiting on Friday June 8 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Rothesay on Saturday, June 9 at 3 pm. Internment will take place in Moncton at a later date. For those who wish, remembrances to the James Healy Memorial Fund at Mt Allison University, 82A York St, Sackville, NB, E4L 1G2, or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

ROMANS, Roy Frederick (Apr 1919 - Dec 2013) - Veteran of Canadian Navy WWII. Survived by the love of his life Margaret, devoted son Gary and daughter - in-law Maria, and sister Ruth. Predeceased by brothers Clyde, Sidney , Foster, Earl and Albert and sisters Cornelia, Ella, Hilda and Jeannie. Visitation will be held at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Rd., 416-266-4404, on Sunday, January 5th from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maria Goretti Church on Monday, January 6th at 10 a.m. Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

CORNECT, Donald Joseph - 81, Coldbrook, Kings Co., passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, January 26, 2009, at home with his family by his side. Born in Cape St. George, N.L., he was a son of the late Eugene and Germaine (La Page) Cornect. During his time with the Royal Canadian Navy, he served on The Magnificent, Bonaventure and The Saguenay. In retirement he resided for many years in Dartmouth. He then moved to the Annapolis Valley where he was employed on the survey crew with the Department of Highways. He was a strong family man. Donald was an avid golfer and curler; had a great love for nature and the outdoors and loved to garden, and was a very gifted harmonica player. He is survived by his wife, the former Sheila Lonar; daughters, Judy Metcalf, Cranbrook, B.C.; Sherry (Alfie) Comeau, Kentville; Nancy (John) MacEachern, Berwick; sons, Donald (Maria), Moncton, N.B.; Blair (Lisa), Berwick; grandchildren, Tara, Kathleen, Sacha, Nancy, Tony, Samantha, Matthew, Jonathan, Janelle, Krista, Vanessa, Nicole, Colin, Gregory, Britney; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Riza Brownridge, Mission, B.C.; Marina (Emmanuel) Simon, Cape St. George; Claudette Cornect, Cape St. George; brothers, Maurice (Dorothy), Yarmouth; Roderick (Madeline), Cape St. George; Robert (Anne), Cape St. George; Leonard (Eileen), Cape St. George. He will be sadly missed by his loving family. Donald was predeceased by sisters, Maisie and Hilda; brothers, Gordon, Algernon and Eugene Jr. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 30, from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Berwick, Father Larry Pitcher will officiate. Reception to follow in the church hall. Donations in memory of Donald may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 28 Jan 2009)

KING, Casey - Veteran, Canadian Navy, WW2.  Nephew of Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King.  Date of passing unknown.

 

Casey King (left) ashore with shipmate.  Casey was best friend and shipmate of Thomas Joseph Simpson on HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS La Hulloise.  Photo from the collection of Thomas Simpson. Courtesy of Ronald Simpson

 

HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS SHAWINIGAN

BENSON, George Floyd Alexander, AB.QM, RCN (served 1952-1963) - At Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday, October 18, 2007, George Floyd Alexander Benson, of R.R. #2, Ingersoll, in his 73rd year. retired from the Royal Canadian Navy serving five years on the west coast and five years on the east coast. Beloved husband of Shirley (Turkington) Benson. Loving father of Pat and her husband Bob Roos of Woodstock, Gwen Bensn and partner Paul Farrelly of Woodstock and Darryl and his wife Robinn of Ingersoll. Loving grandfather of Jennifer McKay, Jessica McKay and fiancé Brookes Murray, Scott Alexander Benson and Shay Benson. Dear brother of Shirley and her husband Garnet Prouse of Ingersoll, Beverly and her husband Jerry Phillis of Ingersoll and June Kelly of Woodstock. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by three brothers Robert and James Benson and Ken Herman. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. Donald McKay officiating. Interment Oxford memorial park Cemetery. Memorial Donations to Woodstock Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated.

 

HMCS PREVOST, HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS COMOX, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS BROCKVILLE, HMCS BUCKINGHAM, HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

HUNTER, John David (Bud), O-35060, Lt, RCNVR (1924-2008) - B.A. with Honors Business Administration, University of Western Ontario, 1949; Masters of Economics, University of Calgary, 1981. Died in Oromocto, New Brunswick, November 29, 2008 after a brief illness. He is survived by his longtime companion, Verity Caskey of Lower Cambridge, NB; his daughters, Peggy (Bellows) of Victoria, BC, Julia Hunter and son, Paul bother of Calgary, AB and brother, Dr. Andrew Hunter of London, ON; several nieces and nephews and four loving grandchildren, Kai, Hunter, Sarah and Hannah. He was predeceased by his sister, Julia (Stapleford) in 2007. Following graduation from the Royal Canadian Naval College in 1943, John served two years as a Lieutenant in the RCNVR on North Atlantic convoy duty and in the English Channel on D Day during WWII. John was a member of the Faculty of SAIT in Calgary for six years, and subsequently was in Botswana working and teaching with CIDA at the Institute of Development Management for Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho for nine years. He retired to New Brunswick in 1985 where he enjoyed rural life with his dogs and many friends. Cremation will take place on Tuesday. Donations may be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada or to a charity of the donor’s choice in John’s memory. Oromocto Select Community Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. (357-5100)

 

HMCS KENTVILLE, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS CRESCENT

GOODWIN, Donald Leslie (1922 - 2019) - 96, born in East Stewiacke, NS passed away on 16th January 2019. Don met Beth at Danforth United Church in Toronto when he spotted her in the church choir and joined it just so he could meet her. When he retired, his plans were well in hand and we recall the wallpaper of palm trees in our home...the dream of retiring in sunny Florida which he and Mom fulfilled. Those who were lucky enough to know him will recall his stories, such as running to catch the train to Truro from Stewiacke to go to school and a ‘cranky old conductor’ who one day gave Dad a helping hand onto a moving train as Dad was running beside it with a big smile on his face (Dad had that effect on people). Another of his Father riding his horse catching up with Dad as he walked to school on a bitter Winter’s day in Stewiacke, telling him to take the horse to school and ‘don’t worry, jump off when you get there and the horse will find his way home’ which it did. Hitchhiking to Mexico by plane while on leave from the Navy in Vancouver. Going to Broadway shows in the early 50s when living in New York while working with the Bank of Nova Scotia on Wall Street. He was a hockey coach, an avid curler, a golfer, a music lover and he loved gardening - he could make anything grow, even in the sandy Florida soil. Towards the end of his career he became a stockbroker for a few years just because it interested him. Dad loved living in the Valley and was happy to return following his time at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Kentville in the 40s. He is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 64 years; his sister, Jean (Garth); his children, Helen, Dianne (Mitch), Pam (Bob); his grandchildren, Emily (Dan), William, Brendan, Colleen; and his great grandson, Sidney (Emily). Don is predeceased by his brother, George; his son, David; and his grandson, Emmett. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, 19th January in Wolfville. Memorial donations may be made to the Brigadoon Village. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Wolfville Funeral Chapel, 568 Main Street, Wolfville, B4P 1E5 (902-542-4656). (Halifax Today 19 Jan 2018)

DOWNS, Danial Steven (28 Mar 1955 - 03 Jan 2019) - of Clearwater, BC passed away suddenly on January 3rd, 2019 at 63 years of age. Born March 28th, 1955 in Quesnel, BC to Ernest and Reta Downs. Dan is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Leslie Downs, two sons Vincent (Cindy) Downs, Justin (Kayla) Downs, his mother Reta Downs, brother David (Yvonne) Downs, 7 grandchildren (Caitlyn, Kirsten, Tori, Hayley, Jayden, Tiannah and Darian) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Dan served in the Navy at a young age and dedicated his working years to the logging industry where he was loved and respected by many. His passion was the outdoors; hunting, fishing, golfing, camping or just sitting around the fire in his own backyard enjoying a glass of wine. Dan was a family man with a contagious laugh who had a deep love and admiration for his wife "girlfriend" and his beautiful grandchildren. There will be an intimate celebration of his life at a later date. (Kamloops This Week 17 Jan 2019)

INSTANT, Ernie, P1ER, RCN - of Sardis, BC.  Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS KOOTENAY

JOHNSON, Malcolm, P2PH, RCN - of Victoria, BC. Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ANNAPOLIS

JONES, Walter, C2ER, RCN - of Victoria, BC. Born 1919.  Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE, HMCS SUDBURY, HMCS RUNNYMEDE, HMCS PRESTONIAN, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS CRESCENT

MELENCHUK, John (01 Jul 1922 - 11 Jan 2019) - It is with great sorrow we say goodbye with the passing of John Melenchuk. He is survived by his loving wife Marie Melenchuk; his daughters Linda and Debbie; step daughters Suzanne and Claire; son-in-law (David Ryles) along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. John was born in Canora, SK on a farm where he grew up. John served his country aboard the HMCS Clayoquot as an Able Seaman, along with his shipmates who, on Christmas Eve 1944, survived a torpedo hit and 40 minutes in the North Atlantic Ocean before being rescued. His working years after the war were spent in gold fields in the Yukon, followed by a position as a foreman at Phoenix Pipe in Coquitlam BC. Later, he worked as a commercial fisherman with his wife Marie on their boat "Melbo" until they retired. We would like to give special thanks to all the staff and Dr. Willams at the West Coast General Hospital. They showed such compassion and care for John during his difficult time. We would also like to thank United Cab for their excellent service to Marie as always which is very appreciated by our family. A service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Port Alberni Legion Hall 4680 Victoria Quay, Port Alberni, BC.

 

HMCS CLAYOQUOT

 

BISSELL, Philip, G., Cdr, RCN (22 Feb 1926 - 12 Jan 2019) - died January 12, 2019 at the age of 92. He lived a remarkable life of generous service to his family, the community, and our country. Predeceased by his first wife Catherine, sister "Bunty" and daughter Lynn. Survived by his wife Dorothy, sons Bruce of Victoria, Christopher of London, England, step-children, Marilyn Campbell (Howard) and Ross Brain (Kerri) both of Victoria. Phil was proud of his six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Born in Rossland, BC in 1926 but schooled in Turner Valley, Alberta. Joined the RCN as an Ordinary Seaman in Calgary in 1944. Served on nine different HMC ships and ashore in Halifax, Esquimalt, United Kingdom and Washington, DC retiring in 1977. Past president and life member of the Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island, member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers' Association, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 172, Esquimalt, past president and member of the Victoria Chapter ALS Society, and past member of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. A celebration of his life will be in the chapel at St. Mary's Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Victoria, Saturday, January 19th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, support of the Victoria ALS Chapter or The Lodge at Broadmead would be appreciated. Funeral Home. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS MICMAC, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS CHAUDIERE

BROWN, Terence Horton (Terry) (07 Oct 1921 - 23 Dec 2018) - Terry was born in the Manitoulin Islands, Ontario and passed in North Vancouver, BC. Terry lived in the Dunbar area in a home he and his wife Irma bought from 1961-2016. He was predeceased by his wife Irma in 2011 and his grandson Robert Brown in 2001. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Rosa Brown, grand- daughters Jessica Brown and Jennifer (Fraser) Crosbie and great grandsons Domenic and Anthony Crosbie; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and John Kelvin, grandsons Andrew (Sarah) and great grandson Izaak Kelvin, Neal (Gillian) Kelvin and Craig Kelvin. Also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Al and Peggy Brown and many nieces and nephews. A WWII veteran, he served in the navy on the frigate HMS New Glasgow in the North Atlantic. After the war he attended UBC where he was a member of the first Pharmacy class to graduate from UBC. He received his Masters and PhD from the University of Washington. He was the first UBC Pharmacy grad to be hired to teach in the UBC Faculty of Pharmacy and taught there until he retired in 1986. He was always up for an adventure and constantly trying to improve his already brilliant mind. He was a kind and gentle soul with a wicked sense of humour which stayed with him until the very end. Special thanks to Shirley Gorrell for always being there for him, Dr. Amy Weber for her support and the exemplary staff of Sunrise Senior Living of Lynn Valley. A Celebration of Terry's life will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Seymour Golf and Country Club, 3723 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver. If you would care to make a donation in Terry's name, please consider donating to the Terence H. Brown Scholarship in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. memorial.support.ubc.ca/terence-brown (Vancouver Courier 17 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS NEW GLASGOW

DAVIS, Robert Calvin (Bob) (21 Nov 1924 - 08 Jan 2019) - It is with great sadness we announce Dad's unexpected passing. Dad was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the navy. After the war, he spent a couple of years in Langley with his parents before they all made the move to Powell River. After working a few different jobs, he landed in the paper mill, where he spent most of his 39 years in the shipping department. Dad will be remembered for being a very hardworking man, for his compassionate and caring nature and his sense of humour. He loved to socialize and share a joke with people and was always humble and kind. Dad is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years Pearl, his son Dallas, daughter Shirley, two grandchildren Maranda (Bob) and Rob (Alicia), as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. The family is grateful to Dr. Marentette, Dr. Tinmouth, Dr. Loewen, Dr. Watson and Dr. Gregory, as well as the nursing staff who cared for him at Comox Valley Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Comox Valley Hospital Foundation, Powell River Hospital Foundation and to a charity or cause of your choice. A private graveside ceremony will be held at 11 am on Friday, January 18, at Powell River Regional Cemetery in Cranberry, with a tea to follow at the (last) house Bob built. A celebration of life will be held from 1 pm to 3:30 pm on March 2, 2019, at Cranberry Seniors Centre. (Powell River Peak 18 Jan 2019)

DREAPER, Donald William (Don) (14 Jan 1919 - 06 Feb 2015) - Don passed away peacefully at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. He leaves to mourn: his beloved wife Dorothy of 74 years; children: Bill (Sandi), Donelle, Bonnie Frankson, Lorna (Keith) Wood; ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Rick in 1983 and brother John. 

Don was born in Kitsilano, B.C. to Will and Helena who were new immigrants to the area in 1919. Don was extremely proud of his Irish roots. He actively kept alive the collections of stories which had been passed down through generations. His family relished in the beauty and activities which Vancouver had to offer. In the summer, from dawn to dusk, Don spent his time at the seaside Kitsilano pool where he watched and learned the art of swimming and diving from Mr. George Athens Sr. and in the winter, spent countless hours hiking his way up to Mount Hollyburn where he would backcountry ski. He became one with nature at a very young age.

Don moved to Victoria at the age of 14. It was here that he would later meet Dorothy (13 years old) at a ballroom dance lesson. The two became inseparable and would spend their future Saturday nights dancing at the Crystal Gardens (Empress Hotel), which would be a favourite gathering place with their friends. Rugby was Don’s interest during his high school years as Dorothy cheered him on from the sidelines. Don and Dot married on November 23, 1940 in Victoria, and then moved to Hamilton for a short time and then back to Victoria. During WWII, Don went on to proudly serve in the Navy as Chief Electrical Artificer on the navy ship Capilano, where he was heavily involved in the Battle of Britain. When he returned home from WWII, Don attended college at Craig Derrick Castle which later became UVIC. Life’s journey would end up steering Don into the B.C. Police Service and RCMP where he would be stationed in Ucluelet. Dorothy became his right hand woman and would attend to the jail while Don was on duty as the local Police Officer, Coroner and Fire Chief. Ucluelet would bring another dimension to outdoor play for the young couple and some of their greatest memories together would birth from the area. The couple were later transferred to Port Alberni, Victoria, and finally Nelson, again another outdoor adventure where Don would backcountry ski and hike into Kootenay Park during all of the seasons.

The move to Vernon came in 1967. Don loved the Okanagan and felt that every day was like living in paradise. His spare time was spent baking delicious organic bread, growing his vegetable garden, swimming, hiking, boating, writing, square dancing, taking classes and most of all cross country skiing at Silver Star. For 30 years Don served in the RCMP and during his final years ranked as Sergeant D. W. Dreaper. Don retired at age 56 from the RCMP, and worked part-time as a corrections and probation officer where he was able to make a difference in counselling young people, a gift which he found very rewarding. Don and Dorothy were fortunate to retire young and had the means gifted to them from their parents to travel all over the world. They saw it all; from mud bathing in Turkey to riding camels across the desert of Tunisia to walking the Great Wall of China.

Don was a very good father and husband. His family was always at the forefront of everything he did.

On behalf of the family, we would like to give a warm Thank You to Dr. Smit, Dr. Poulin, and the nursing staff at VGH for making Don’s last days comfortable.

Cremation and a small family service will commence at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com

 

HMCS CAPILANO

MARTIN, Michael Edward - The Honorable, Q.C. - died on January 13, 2019 one month from his 93rd birthday. Born on February 16, 1926 in Brandon, Manitoba, Mike was a true gentleman who emanated kindness and lived his life with integrity and humility. Mike also had a curious intellect and a wry sense of humor which accounted for his many unique expressions. Mike's proudest accomplishment was his family. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth (Beth Ann Joy) Martin; and his children and their spouses, Elizabeth Monk (Peter), Michael Martin (Margot Stokreef), Julia Martin (Matthias Falkner) and Catherine Martin; as well as eleven terrific grandchildren. He is predeceased by siblings, Jack Martin, Maureen Schroeder and Sheila Lacroix. He leaves many loving nieces and nephews. Mike taught us that there is no greater pleasure on earth than a 'Happy Family Time'. A veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy in the second World War, Mike earned a law degree at the University of Manitoba and first worked as a lawyer in that province. He later moved his practice to St. Catharines, and then to London in 1963 where he became the Crown Attorney, and eventually the Regional Crown Attorney for Southwestern Ontario. In 1986, Mike was made Director of Crown Attorneys for Ontario at the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto. In 1988, he was appointed as a Judge of the Ontario Court. Mike was a tough but fair adversary and judge, whose skills in the courtroom are renowned. He was also a role model, mentor and comrade to many colleagues in the 'law business', as he liked to call it. Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 73 Picton Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake. A reception to follow. Rather than sending flowers, please do something nice with your family and think of Mike. Arrangements entrusted to Morgan Funeral Home, 415 Regent St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Globe and Mail 17 Jan 2019)

SPICER, Daniel Clifford (Dan), RCN / C.A.F. - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in Dykeland Lodge, Windsor, at the age of 89. Born on May 8, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio, he was a son of the late Ralph Roland and Grace Ethel (Hosken) Spicer. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in Dykeland Lodge, Windsor, at the age of 89. Born on May 8, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio, he was a son of the late Ralph Roland and Grace Ethel (Hosken) Spicer. Dan joined the Canadian Navy in 1948 and served for 33 years. He enjoyed bowling, curling, darts, crib and volunteering his time to organizations like the Legion and RCMP. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his booming laugh. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara (Wright); son, Paul; stepdaughters, Marina, Kim and Deanna; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Linda; and brother, Roland. Besides his parents, Dan was predeceased by his first wife, Marie; grandson, Kiel Mosher; and nephew, Jeffrey Spicer. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Dykeland Lodge for their great care. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St. Windsor (902-798-8317), where a funeral service celebrating Daniel's life, followed by a reception, will take place on a date to be announced at a later time. Donations in memory of Dan may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, 2719 Gladstone St., Halifax, NS B3K 0A4. (Halifax Chronice-Herald 21 Jan 2019)

CALDWELL, Wendell Donaldson (Don), SLt (S), RCNR (UNTD) - At St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton, Ont., with his loving wife, Aldona by his side, Don passed away on January 17, 2019. Born in Halifax on September 13, 1936 to Ronald and Carrie Caldwell. Predeceased by his first wife, Daphne (Dawe) and sister, At St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton, Ont., with his loving wife, Aldona by his side, Don passed away on January 17, 2019. Born in Halifax on September 13, 1936 to Ronald and Carrie Caldwell. Predeceased by his first wife, Daphne (Dawe) and sister, Carolyn. Dear father of Bonnie (Iain), of Charlottetown; and Bobby, of Oakville. Cherished grandfather of Emma, Jack and Quinn. Sadly missed by brother, David (Sylvia); brother-in-law, Peter Delefes; daughter-in-law, Jen; and sisters-in-law, Paula McGuire and Diane Armstrong (Russ). Don will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, Daphne (Jeff) and son, Ben; John; Michael (Milits); Meghan (Colin) and daughter, Ivy; Aldona and son, Aidas. Raised in Halifax, Don was educated at Acadia University in Wolfville, and throughout his life sustained a deep attachment to his alma mater. He played hockey at Acadia, and was captain of the team in 1957. Don received his commission from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959 and that same year began a 34 year career in publishing with Prentice Hall, retiring in 1993. Since then, Don and Aldona enjoyed golfing and winters in Arizona. Aldona would like to thank the staff of St. Peter's Hospital for their care of Don. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 24th, at 11 a.m. in Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ont. Memorial Service will follow at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 21 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS SCOTIAN

GOLDHAM, Robert (Bob) (12 May 1922 - 06 Sep 1999) - Long before he was hockey's first shot-block expert, and long before he was a popular analyst for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, the "Golden Boy" was famous in his hometown for his love of sports. Robert Goldham was born May 12, 1922 in the small community of Georgetown, Ontario. Early archives from the local newspaper clearly show the pride that the town felt for their young sports prodigy. Goldham excelled in basketball, football, and rugby. However, it would be his accomplishments in hockey that would later bring him fame. The Georgetown Herald fondly remembers the youngster as a "little happy-go-lucky, dirty faced kid." He often hitched rides to watch games at Maple Leaf Gardens, riding in an apple box on the back of a truck. They recalled a boy who incessantly played shinny on frozen ponds and creeks, who would "monopolize the arena with the local James St. Gang" every chance they could get. Goldham learned much from these golden years, claiming that "playing with 35 guys divided by 2, now that's when you learn to skate and stick-handle." In a 1940 Globe and Mail article, writer Ted Pitkin described him as "real big-league timber...a lean, raw boned stripling of 16 who shook incoming forwards from stem-to-stern." The arena Goldham starred in was destroyed last year. Bob claimed that he never really learned hockey strategy until his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs. To help the "greenie," coach Hap Day teamed Goldham with veteran stalwart Bucko McDonald. Goldham praised his defensive partner for showing him the ropes, saying "Bucko told me to watch a forward's shooting shoulder, and when it drops, he's going to shoot. You have to study forwards just like a baseball catcher studies a batter to know what they will do." In the 1953 classic "The Hockey Book," author Bill Roche interviewed the legendary coach about the pairing. Day recalled a practice when he tried to teach the duo the fledgling art of the shot block. In his first attempts, Goldham deftly fell into the shots of the three forwards attempting to score. Bouncing Bucko, who Day described as a "stand-up-straight-and-knock-'em-down" type, was initially not quite so nimble. He dropped to the ice to thwart the rushing forwards, and then "straightened up with a jerk and howled to high heaven." He had stabbed himself in the butt with both skates. The gashes required stitches and a layoff from play, but Bucko eventually learned how to "guard the Leafs' rear- and his own, too!" In the 1940's, equipment was paper thin and primitive compared to today. With no helmet, Goldham would drop to one knee and keep his hands beside his body to take up as much room as possible from the shooter. The 200 surgical stitches to his face and head were a testament to the danger and effectiveness of his play. In a 1952 interview with The Hockey News Goldham explained to writer Marshall Dunn how this style once saved his team a goal against the Montreal Canadiens, but resulted in a ten inch scar on his face. He had dropped for a shot by Rocket Richard. "The Rocket followed through with his stick after shooting. I blocked the puck with my thigh pads and I blocked the stick with my face." During the second World War, Goldham spent three years in the Navy, which interrupted his career with the Leafs. He was stationed at CFB Cornwallis in Nova Scotia, and worked as an instructor. He put in a request to be drafted, but the captain at the naval base was an avid hockey fan and denied the request so he could play Goldham on the local Navy team. In a 1952 Herald story, Goldham displayed a self-deprecating humour. "Back when I was in the Navy, I was playing with a service team and we had Chuck Rayner as a goalie. Some one comes down, and I drop to block. I think the puck is under me, and I crouch with my head down waiting for the whistle. I'm still kneeling there when Rayner skates out and taps me on the shoulder. "Better get up now," Chuck says, "we're ready for the face-off...up at centre ice." "What had happened was that the puck had trickled through my legs, where the forward had picked it up and gone in to score. And there I was, still kneeling." After the war ended, Goldham returned to the Leafs. One night, rugged Irishman Pat Egan hit him with a bodycheck that fractured his arm. The injury required bone grafting and four metal screws. The Leafs called up Bill Barilko, who ended up taking Goldham's place on the roster. After his injury healed, Leaf owner Conn Smythe declared that Goldham was "neither mentally or physically fit to play. We are sending him to the American League with strict orders that he be given plenty of work to enable him to return to the Leafs as soon as possible." Shortly after, Smythe traded Goldham to Chicago. It didn't take long for the Blackhawks to fall in love with their new defender. On January 19, 1949, the Chicago Stadium Review crowed that it was "proven that he learned the three R's from the old school- Ram 'em, Rough 'em and Reel 'em." Robert Goldham won five Stanley Cup rings, two with the Toronto Maple Leafs. On September 6, 1999, he passed away from a stroke. He was surrounded by his loving family.

 

Portrait of Seaman Goldham

ANDERSON, Sam, LS.WU, RCN / C.A.F. - Died 02 Feb 1970

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

AUTTERSON, William R. - Peacefully, with his family by his side, on January 18, 2019, at 92 years of age. Beloved husband of 67 years to Julia "Judy". Loving and devoted father of Jill (Greig) Hayes, Bill (Maryann), Alex, Judy Anne (Doug Parent), Jessica (Andy) Root, Barb (Dave) Bonney, Robin (Mark) Body, Gordon (John), and Tracy (Derrick) Tamm. Cherished grandpa to fourteen grandchildren and will be missed by his great- and great-great-grandchildren. Survived by sister Barbara. Predeceased by siblings Gordon, Jessie, Mae and Clarence. Also survived by his nieces, nephews and cousins. William was a WWII Veteran, serving with HMCS North Bay. He was retired from Bell Canada after 35 years of service. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Huron Lodge, their special staff and to William's "Girls" for their care and compassion. Special thanks to Ginna for her support and friendship. If you so desire, donations to Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Tuesday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with parish prayers at 4:30 p.m. and a Veteran's Memorial Service under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Memorial Service Committee at 7:30 p.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor 519-969-5841 On Wednesday, friends are invited to join the family after 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (4401 Mt. Royal Dr.) followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. (Families First 21 Jan 2019)

 

HMCS NORTH BAY

JICKLING, Leon D., CPO - Born 23 May 1917 near Hoosier, SK. Died 14 Jun 1993, Victoria, BC.

    

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