For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ARCHIBALD, Vernon W. - 73, Bible Hill, died April 27, 1998, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Hedley Kent and Lillian (MacLean) Archibald. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He retired from Irving Oil Ltd. as a manager in the service department. He served overseas during the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Navy on HMCS Battleford and saw action in the North Atlantic. He was an honorary member of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association and the Nova Scotia Morgan Horse Association. He was a retired member of the Bible Hill Fire Brigade and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26. He was an avid sportsman and loved and played baseball and hockey in the Truro area. He is survived by his wife, the former Elsie Frizzell; daughters, Patricia and husband Stephen Healy, Kentville; Mary-Ann Archibald, Halifax; sons, Daniel and wife Linda, Bible Hill; Stephen and wife Barbara, Olds, Alta.; brothers, Clifford and wife Maizie, and their daughter, Jeanne and son, Kent, East Mountain; Burchell and wife Doris, and their son, Kevin, Salmon River; grandchildren, Mark, Michael, Rebecca, Jonathan, Heather, David, Jennifer, Jessica and Stevie. He was predeceased by granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6-9 p.m., legion tribute 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a firemans' tribute at 8 p.m., all in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, where funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Rev. Brent Robertson officiating. Burial in Bible Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church building and property fund.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD

ARMSTRONG, William James (Bill) - Passed away peacefully surrounded by those he laughed with, lived for and loved on October 15, 2012 at the Sault Area Hospital. Born to William Floyd and Edith Caroline Armstrong on March 6, 1926, he lived his whole life in Sault Ste. Marie and loved the North. He is finally reunited with his soul mate and best friend Betty, whom we lost three years ago. It brings comfort to know they are together once again. Bill was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters Susan (Enzo), Cindy (Jerremy), Jill (Steve). Attentive and doting grandfather of Celina (Mark), Katrina (Antoni), Melissa, Megan, Lauren and Sheradyn. Great grandfather of Montana, Semiah, Celeste and two little ones due within weeks. He is also survived by his brother Tom (Polly), Joyce Armstrong (late Bob), Marjorie Armstrong (late Alec) and predeceased by Cal, Ted (Marguerite), Ellen (Gordon), Bertha (Jack), Katherine (Helen) and Margaret. Brother-in-law of Eldon Ferguson (Irene), Elwood Ferguson (Maureen), Keith Ferguson (Lucille), Jack Ferguson (Alice), the late Marjorie Anderson (late Don) and the late June Edgerton (late Ben). Uncle Bill is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Bill worked for 47 years as a welder at the Algoma Central Railway and loved to take the train to go ice fishing with friends. He loved to watch hockey and was a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. A World War II Veteran, he served as a gunner onboard the HMCS Drumheller. He was also a 43 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25. His most important priority was his family though, never letting any of us leave the house without a kiss and telling us he loved us, then going to the front window to wave. He instilled in all of us to always let those you loved know how much they mean to you and never leave things unsaid. Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral HOme & Cremation Centre on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5 pm until memorial service in the chapel at 7:30. pm. Rev. Phil Miller officiating. Light refreshments will be available during the visitation. Memorial donations to the Legion Poppy Campaign Lest We Forget or ARCH would be greatly appreciated. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the entire staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Sault Area Hospital. The compassionate and expert care they showed to our father will never be forgotten and were such a comfort during his final week. Also, thank you to Dr. Grosso and his staff, especially Jodi. Your care for him over the years has been greatly appreciated. In addition, the family would like to thank all of the nurses, PSW's and other care givers that helped Dad while he was still at home. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. At the going down of the sun And in the morning We will remember them. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion are requested to assemble at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm for a memorial service for the late William Armstrong.

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

AUBRY, Denis H. - Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and former member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. Born in Ottawa and grew up in Sandy Hill, he lived in Nanaimo, B.C. after serving on the Corvette HMCS Chilliwack in the Second World War. Denis, who was 88, died peacefully on March 1, 2008 at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. Husband of the late Mildred Kostka. Son of the late Auguste-Eugene Aubry and the late Valeda Legault. Survived by two brothers Louis (Lucie Gendron) of Rockland and Maurice (Mary Smith) of Ottawa. Predeceased by sisters Suzanne (late Rene Riendeau), Colette, Eugenie (Ninette) and brother Bernard (late Isabelle Allard and Bernadette Rene). He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. A Mass in Memory of Mr. Aubry will be held Saturday March 8, 2008 in St. Maurice's Church, 4 Perry Street, Ottawa, Ontario at 1 p.m. In Memoriam donations to a charity of choice appreciated.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK

BANKES, John Maxwell - Died on Friday, June 15th, 2007 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in his 92nd year. Loving husband of Betty Jean. Exemplary role model for, and devoted father to, Leslie Shikaze (Albert), Joanne Bankes and John F. Bankes (Pamela). Grandfather of Schuyler, Daniel, Stephen, David and Nancy. Devoted brother of Doris Campbell. Served in the Canadian Navy in WWII aboard the HMCS Calgary and HMCS Toronto. Wounded on the High Seas. A career banker, Jack was proud of his long association as an officer with the Royal Bank of Canada. His Bank postings included Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Jack reminisced often about his landmark business trips in 1956 to Russia and in 1958 around the world, including stops in China, with James Muir, Chairman and President of the Royal. His contribution to launching the Banks business development efforts in the oil sector in Alberta set a high standard for future generations of bankers. Following retirement from the Bank, Jack assumed director and advisory roles for a number of diverse businesses including Manufacturers Hanover, Monsanto Canada, Majestic Pipelines, Canadian Schenley, AE Ames, Laker Air and Drivers Jonas. Jack treasured his many friends. Among others, his circle of friendships revolved around his family, the Bank, Stoney Lake, Mulmur Hills, his non-profit roles (for organizations such as Quetico Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company, Pearson College and others) and his many social and sports clubs in Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Naples FL. He loved his swimming, curling, golf, tennis and bird-watching. A very active and loyal churchman, Jack assumed senior lay positions at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and St. Peters-on-the-Rock. Jack will be remembered for his sense of humour, his integrity, his loyalty, his generosity, his dedication, his wonderful gift to tell stories and, above all, his kindness. A memorial service to celebrate Jacks life will be held in TIMOTHY EATON MEMORIAL CHURCH on Tuesday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Jack would have been so pleased and honoured if you would consider a donation to the music program at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON M4V 1R5) or to the scholarship funds in his name at Queens University (Faculty of Arts and Science, 140 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6) or York University (West Office Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3).

 

HMCS CALGARY, HMCS TORONTO

BARTRAM, Vincent James (02 Dec 1919 - 25 Aug 2005) - was born in Milk River, Alberta and passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife Madelene, his father Fred, his mother Kate and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Linda (Alec) Malcomson, three grandchildren, Kelli (Randy) Fraser, Tara (Cliff) Watson and Paul Malcomson, and two great granddaughters, Carlie Shick and Julia Watson. He is also survived by one sister, Freda Kinniburgh of Taber, Alberta, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Vin volunteered for regular service in the RCN in 1938 and served in the Battle of the Atlantic for the entire duration of the Second World War, as a Chief Petty Officer (Engine Room Artificer). He was involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk and St. Valery (HMCS St. Laurent). He also participated in numerous convoys out of Halifax and St. John's Newfoundland (HMCS Camrose, HMCS Blairmore). He participated in the invasion of Normandy (HMCS Blairmore) and swept the approaches to Omaha Beach on the 6th of June, 1944. Following the end of the war, he remained in the Channel and swept for mines until late 1945, returning to decommission the frigate HMCS Seacliffe. He received a Mention in Dispatches during his wartime service. Vin continued to serve his country and was active in the Korean Campaign (1930-1951 HMCS Athabaskan). He was present at the Coronation Review in Spithead, 1953 (HMCS Ontario) and rounded out an illustrious career as the Chief ERA on HMCS Stetter (1956-1957) and HMCS New Glascow (1958-1959). He retired from active service in 1963 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer First Class. Vin served briefly with BC Ferries and commenced a 17 year career with Canada Corrections as the Engineer at William Head Institute. He retired from that service in 1980. In 1994, Vin and Madelene moved to Port Alberni where they enjoyed being closer to their family. He enjoyed his garden and his workshop. He liked to read and loved to fix things in his shop. Vin enjoyed good music and regular visits from his friends. He was loving, kind and gentle, generous to all and considerate in all his ways. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 255, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 1:00 PM at the Chapel of Memories, 4005-6th Avenue, Port Alberni.

 

HMCS CAMROSE, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS SEA CLIFF, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS BLAIRMORE

BEACH, Douglas Keith - Born: 03 Nov 1924   Crossed the Bar: 02 Jan 2004

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD, HMCS CAPE BRETON

BEACHEY, Hubert Thomas - At Bluewater Health on Monday, March 26, 2012, Hubert died peacefully at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Zita Beachey (1999). Loving father of Chris and Janet Beachey, Gail Brodie, Yvonne and Ray Nolan, Tanya and Kevin Smith, Aaron Beachey and Linda Damore. Proud grandpa of Jeff Brodie (Stephanie Selders), Jason (Angie) Brodie, Alison (Dave) Foster, Sarah (Dallas) Savoie, Ryan Nolan (Robyn Dell'Unto), Eric Nolan (Emily Wilch), Chelsey Smith (Travis Hart) and Kirstin Smith; and great-grandpa of Morgan and Ariya. Dear brother of Rett (Tom) Busch and Jim (Anne) Beachey. Hubert proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Drumheller during W.W. II. He was a long time retiree from Polysar as well as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62. He will always be remembered for his unique sense of humour, love of family and friends and kind heart. Bert “Pee Wee“ truly was a good man who was always there for his family, friends and neighbours. Family interment will be held on Saturday, April 7 at Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mckenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Red Cross, 416 East St. N., Sarnia, ON N7T 6Y4. A tree will be planted in memory of Hubert Beachey in the McKenzie & Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

BECK, Harry Commander, RCN - , Veteran WWII, On Sunday, May 13, 2007 in his 90th year. Harry Romeyn Beck beloved husband of the late Katharine (nee Swan). Dear father of Penny Remmer (Bill) of Calgary, Rosemary Beck (Gord McCoy) of Kanata, Jill Stokes (Bill) of Moffat, Nicholas (Brigita) of Kanata and James of Salt Spring Island. Loving grandfather of Will (Amy), Jon, Katharine and Elizabeth Remmer; Rory and Ben McCoy; Katie, Pat and Mike Stokes. Dear brother of Mary Allen and Arthur Beck. Predeceased by a brother George Beck and by sisters Louise Beck and Susie Schaus. A career naval officer, WWII Veteran, Harry's first command was HMCS Drumheller and his last HMCS Haida. Following his retirement from the Navy, he served in Marine Pilotage with the Department of Transport. Harry was a long time member of the Britannia Yacht Club and the Naval Officers' Association of Canada. He enjoyed playing bridge and curling. The family wish to thank the staff at the Empress Kanata and Rideau 2 South at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for their care and support. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Road) Nepean, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Richard's Anglican Church, 8 Withrow Avenue at Merivale Road, Nepean on Thursday, May 17 at 2 p.m. Interment to follow in St. John the Divine Anglican Cemetery, Merivale Road. For those who wish, memorial donations to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre or the Navy League would be appreciated.

 

HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS DRUMHELLER, HMCS ORKNEY, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS PATRIOT

BEEMER, Clarence (Jack) (22 May 1923 - 06 Dec 2010) After fighting a difficult battle with Alzheimer's, Jack passed away at the Brantford General Hospital, on December 6, 2010, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Jean Beemer. Loving father of son Richard, daughter Sandra (Harold), and Colleen (Jim). Grandfather to Rebecca, Malcolm and Hannah. Great-grandfather to Harrison. Predeceased by grandson Christopher. Sadly missed by sister Elva Morris of Windsor and many nieces and nephews. Jack served his country in World War II in the Royal Canadian Navy on the ship HMCS Drumheller. He also retired from Massey Ferguson in Brantford. The family will receive friends at Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home, Ancaste Chapel, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario (905-648-3852) on Friday, December 10, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. until the funeral service in the chapel at 11:30 a.m. with interment at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated.

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

BELL, Joe - Joe Bell was certainly not the best known former NHLer. He played 47 games with the New York Rangers over two seasons - 1942-43 and 1946-47. His enrolment in the Canadian armed forces during World War II interrupt a promising NHL career. Joe Bell passed away last month at the age of 90 at his home in Seattle, Washington. Bell lived most of his post-hockey life in Seattle, but it was in Manitoba where he was a hockey legend. The Portage La Prairie-born Bell is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, where he is enshrined beside his brother Gordie and father Addie. Bell led the MJHL in goals in 1942 as the Portage La Prairie Terriers not only won the provincial championship, but also Memorial Cup as Canada's national junior championships. Coached by father Addie, the Terriers defeated the Oshawa Generals in four games in Winnipeg. Gordie was in net while Joe led the team both in terms of offense and courage. He overcame a hospitalized bout with the flu-turned-bladder infection to win the Memorial Cup. Bell's career was ready to take off and he immediately joined the Rangers for 15 games of the 1942-43 season. The Rangers roster was ravaged by players summoned to World War II, and soon enough Bell was called too. He went to work for the Canadian navy, serving on the HMCS Barrie and HMCS Kapuskasing, escorting convoys across the North Atlantic from St. John's, Newfoundland to Derry, Northern Ireland. Bell returned to hockey duty in 1945-46 and apprenticed in the AHL with New Haven-Hershey, leading the entire league in goals with an impressive 46. That led to a return to the Rangers for the 1946-47 season. He played most of the season in New York - 47 games - but played sparingly. He scored 6 goals and 10 points. That was the last of his NHL playing days, but Bell continued to play in minor league cities such as Buffalo, Louisville, Dallas and Seattle, where he was a notable star. He would remain in Seattle until his death in 2014. He would return to Canada often to hunt, and he also was a very good golfer.

 

HMCS BARRIE, HMCS KAPUSKASING

BENNETT, Graham - Peacefully, but unexpectedly, with family by his side, at the Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the age of 85. Dearly loved husband of Margaret for 55 years. Loving father of Paul and Maureen of Burlington, Jamie and Vivian of Calgary, Rob of Burlington, and predeceased by his son Don (2002). Cherished grandpa of Christine, Julie, Amanda, Jeffrey and Jeremy. Graham was a Veteran of W.W. II, ASDIC Operator on HMCS Belleville, and a member of the Burlington Curling Club. He was also a successful businessman, owner and operator of PDQ Personnel. Graham will be fondly remembered by all his family and many friends. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil Prayers for Graham, Tuesday 7:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, 4072 New Street, Burlington, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Private interment. For those who wish, expressions of sympathy to the Burlington Teen Tour Band - Don Bennett Memorial Scholarship, 426 Brant Street, P.O. Box 5013, Burlington, L7R 3Z6, or the charity of your choice, would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BELLEVILLE

BONNER, John Willard, LCdr, RCNR, MPK - 10 Sep 1942 - Born on 05 Jan 1898 Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, he was the Son of the late Robert and Ellen Bonner. Brother of Wendall, Thomas, May and Eleanor. Husband of Mary Bonner and father of Moira Marilyn of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In peacetime LCdr Bonner served as a marine officer with the RCMP. HMCS Charlottetown was sunk by the German submarine U-517 in the waters of the St. Lawrence near Cape Chat, Que., on 11 September 1942. Nine of her 64 crew members were lost when the Flower Class corvette was torpedoed, including the captain. After the ship was torpedoed, Bonner's men searched desperately for their commander's body as they picked up surviving crew members. They did eventually find him and were able to pull him into a rescue boat. In order to have room to manoeuvre the oars, the crew had to tie his remains to the boat's rudder and it was a struggle as they tried to row for shore. As fate would have it, rather than prevent the men from getting to shore, the rudder was pulled off the boat and Lieutenant Commander Bonner's body disappeared into the mist. (The Charlottetown Guardian, June 3, 2002)

 

HMCS FRENCH, HMCS RIMOUSKI, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

BRAMSON, Leonard (Len) - Passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Sandra (Laurin). Adoring father of Samantha and Alexandra, and her husband Matthew Montgomery of Australia. Loving Poppie to his grandchildren Neve and Madeleine. Dear brother of Alec and his wife Dorothy, Beverley and her husband Des Peters, and their families. Sadly missed by his sisters-in-law Donna Ing and Kim (Sal) De Buono, and by his former wife Judy and her husband Ted Steeves, as well as his many loyal friends. Sincere appreciation extended to the nursing staff of K1C for their compassionate care. Len served in World War II as a naval signalman aboard the HMCS Barrie. He began a brilliant career in the communications business, as writer and editor of the Hockey News from 1950 to 1957. Len went on to become President and CEO of Telemedia Broadcasting Systems (TBS), where he developed the first coast to coast satellite radio network giving Canada the radio voices for baseball and hockey with Tom Cheek, Jerry Howarth and Joe Bowen. In 1990, Len left TBS to become President of The Movie Network, where he launched Canada's first pay per view network, Viewer's Choice. A dedicated sports fan, Len's love for the game lives on. Cremation and a private family service have taken place. A celebration of Len's life for friends and family will take place on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at Rogers Centre, 400 Summit Suite, Gate 13 from 12-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Len's name to the Ontario Special Olympics or Sunnybrook Veterans Grant A Wish Program.

 

HMCS BARRIE

BRIAN, Harry Albert Joseph - died peacefully at home on July 8, 2011 at the age of 84, surrounded by his family. Loving and devoted husband of 62 years to Daisy. Proud and supportive father of Henry (deceased 1961), Anne (Amherstburg), Barbara (Welland), Madeline (Thailand/Toronto), Martha (Sweden), Colleen (White Rock, BC), Edward (Windsor), David (Hong Kong/Morpeth), John (Edmonton). Caring grandfather of Rob and Scott Bourgault (BC), April and Christopher Sabucco (Germany), Mathew Meleg (Japan), Amy Flannigan (Chicago), Joshua and Cameron Ahlnas (Sweden), Claudia Mitzel (BC), Michael Brian (Kingsville), Nicholas Brian (Windsor), Timothy Brian (New York), Jordan Brian (Edmonton), and Weston Flannigan (great-grandson, Chicago). Also survived by brother-in-law, John Black (Orillia) and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by siblings, Kay, Geraldine, Margorie, Ken, Donald, and Mac. Proudly served in WWII aboard HMCS corvette, "Camrose". Member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local 552. Special thank you to the nurses of St. Elizabeth. Donations to the Frank Chauvin Orphanage in Haiti or Windsor Downtown Mission. Harry was a true gentleman. Visiting Sunday from 7 to 9 pm at Famlies First 1065 Lauzon Rd, East Windsor. Visiting will resume on Monday at 10 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. 

 

HMCS CAMROSE

BROWN, Gerald Anthony (Gerry) - On Saturday, April 9th, 2011, Gerald Brown passed away peacefully at North Lambton lodge in Forest, Ontario. He was in his 88th year. A veteran of WWII, Gerry enlisted at the age of 18 and served on the HMCS Battleford and the HMCS Kootenay, from 1941-1945. He is predeceased by his first wife Helene Sirois Brown (1983). He leaves behind to remember him his second wife Mary McDonald of Windsor and children Craig, Barbara, Stephen, Janet and spouses and grandchildren Sarah, Isabel, Emily, Genevieve and Matthew and great granddaughters Hannah and Loren. Gerry is also survived by many other family members and friends. The Brown family wishes to invite friends to attend visitation for Gerry on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 from 6-9pm at the Forest Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors (519-786-2401) at 9 James St. South, Forest, Ontario. Cremation will follow with future burial at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations the Forest Legion Branch #176 would be greatly appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD, HMCS KOOTENAY

BRYCHKA, Mitch - Peacefully, on September 7, 2005 at Concordia Hospital Mitch Brychka aged 85 years, beloved husband of Lee (Lena) Brychka, passed away. Mitch was born on August 17, 1920 in Ukraina, MB and moved to Gilbert Plains, MB at the age of four years. He received his schooling at Brickburn. Mitch was very athletic, he also enjoyed playing his trumpet in the Gilbert Plains Band. Following his school years he worked for Maple Leaf Press for three years. In January 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on HMCS Chambly until January 1943. He was then posted to Lunenburg, NS, serving mind sweepers until the end of the war. Mitch then worked for Manitoba Poultry in Portage la Prairie, and then for Brandon Packers. He moved to Surrey, BC and worked for Panco Poultry until retirement. He then worked part time as a food inspector for the B.C. Marketing Board. Mitch married Lee Tycoles in 1945 in Winnipeg. He then moved to Winnipeg in 2002 to be with family. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in May 2005. Besides his wife Lee, Mitch will also be lovingly remembered by two brothers, John (Emily) and Bill (June) all in Dauphin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Nicholas in 1968 by his mother Kay in 1987 and by his brother Peter in 1988. A celebration of Mitch's life will take place 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at Green Acres Funeral Home, Hwy. No. 1 East at Navin Road, Capt. Randy Gatza officiating. Viewing will take place one hour prior to the service. A legion service and interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin at 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 12. In lieu of flowers donations in Mitch's memory may be made to the Salvation Army, Division Headquarters, 500-55 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 1L8 or charity of one's choice. Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery Hwy. #1 E. at Navin, (204) 222-3241

 

HMCS CHAMBLY

BURGMAN, George Edward, D.D.S. - On Tuesday, January 13th, 2004 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the age of 79. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (January 1996). Loving father of John (Elizabeth MacDonald), Toronto, George (Mary Lou), Fort Erie and Janice (Lou Rufo), St. Petersburg, Florida. Proud grandfather of George and Jennifer. Dr. Burgman was a dentist in Niagara Falls with a practice spanning over 40 years. As well, his interests lead him into forensic odontology for over 30 of those years seeing him working with local and regional police and with international organizations. He was the past president of (a partial list) the Niagara Falls Dental Society, the Niagara Peninsula Dental Association, the Canadian Society of Dentistry for Children, Canadian Society of Forensic Science, and the American Society of Forensic Odontology. He was also (a partial list) a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Life Member of the Michigan-Ontario Identification Association and he received the Service Award from the Ontario Dental Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, and the Barnabus W. Day Award for Distinguished Service from the Ontario Dental Association. He was Chairman of the Canadian Dental Association Caribbean Dental Program both organizing other dentists and completing himself over 7 years of donating services on various islands in local hospitals and clinics. He has lectured on the topic of Forensic Odontolgy for the University of Toronto, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and numerous local and international groups. As well as contributing to various publications, he created and was actively maintaining the World Forensic Odontology Contacts, a publication of worldwide contacts for the use of Mass Disaster Identification Teams currently in the form of a web site hosted by the International Organization for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology at the University of Sweden. A veteran of World War II, having served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Chicoutimi from 1944-45, Dr. Burgman was also actively involved in the Niagara community. He was past president of the Boy Scouts of Canada, Niagara District Executive Council, a past president of Canadian Club of the Niagara Frontier and was a member of the King Edward VII, No. 471, A.F. & A.M., and the Scottish Rite. As well, he was involved in photography, curling and downhill skiing, not to mention being an avid golfer. And he held a Private Pilots License from 1966 to 1993. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Lundys Lane United Church, on Saturday morning, January 31, 2004, at 11 oclock. Cremation to take place. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a memorial donation to either the G.N.G.H. Foundation or to the charity of their choice.

 

HMCS CHICOUTIMI

BURNS, Francis Connolly, Stoker 1c, V/37387, RCNVR - DIed - 01 Sep 1943 - Born: 1923 - He was Stoker 1st Class in the RCNVR. He died at sea from peritonitis, aged 20 years. His parents were James Michael BURNS and Mary Gertrude BURNS of Rexton, Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada. He was buried at the Derry City Cemetery Derry County Londonderry, Northern Ireland Plot: M. 10 (RC)

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

CHIPLEY, Victor - On October 7, 2007 Mr. Victor Chipley of Regina passed away at the age of 84 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years Betty; two children Mike (Denise Tremblay) and Susan (Rod) Dusyk; two granddaughters Stephanie and Alana Dusyk; sisters Catherine Woods, Elsie Kramer, Bea (Harold) Hoffert and Helen (Lorne) Ford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Nellie; brothers Carl, Albert and Edward and sister Frankie Amantea. Victor served in the Canadian Navy from 1941-1945. He was onboard the Corvette HMCS Battleford for two years as a telegrapher. Upon his discharge he began a career as a manager in the building trades until his retirement at age 63 years. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK with refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD

 

CLACKSON, Donald Richard, PO SN, RCN (24 Mar 1935 - 25 Mar 2014) - We sadly announce the death of our loving, wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, & friend. Don was the 4th of 6 children born to Norman and Elizabeth Clackson in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where Don attended school, played soccer, hockey, & curled. He joined the RCN and proudly served Canada for 28 years. Later, Don also helped found Precision Orthotics Ltd. and was its president until retirement in 1998. He was a strong, unique, ethical, erudite, and multi-talented man who loved to invent wondrous "whim whams for goose's bridles" (as he called them) in his workshop. Working on his property, RVing', or fishing with son, Gregg and buddy, Ron Duffy brought him great enjoyment. They caught their share of whoppers: both fish and tales! His favourite place was his home where he loved to read and watch over his family. He was especially proud of his grandchildren - Ryan, Sean, & Emily - and their many accomplishments and goals. Don is predeceased by his parents, siblings Jean & Steven & in-laws, Tom & May Tuck. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; son, Gregg (Jill, Sean); daughter, Dana (Ryan, Emily Trelford); siblings, Gerry (Sheila), David (Joanne), Barbara; in-laws, Gordon LaPointe, Donna Clackson, Terry & Jack Molyneaux as well as 16 nieces and nephews. We will love and miss him, forever. Special thanks go to all Don's caregivers throughout his brave 3 year battle with Cancer, in particular: RN Jane Penny, and Doctors JP Henry, Dyan McClurg, & JP McGhie. A celebration of life will occur on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion Branch #292 at 411 Gorge Rd. East. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Don's name to the BC Cancer Society or SPH Palliative Care Unit would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS GATINEAU

CLARK, Thomas (Jr.) - Born on April 25, 1921, our beloved husband and father Thomas passed away on August 6, 2012, at the age of 91 years at Seven Oaks Hospital. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Dee of 65 years (July 26) and his daughter Candee. Also survived by his brother Jim (wife Dorothy), and niece Terry, as well as other nephews and nieces. Predeceased by father and mother(s), brother and sister. Thomas lived on Lindsay (River Heights) and Beverley (West End), where he enlisted on September 25, 1940 to September 10, 1945 in the Canadian Navy, Maryland/Ellice Post. In fact whenever we passed by there, he always saluted. His highest rank is Petty Officer (September 10, 1944). The ships he sailed on were H.M.C.S Barrie and Fennel and (2 Frigates) H.M.C.S Fredericton and Loch Morlick. After leaving the Navy, he went to work at the Canadian National Railroad, as a switchman, February 1948 until he retired in 1985. Tom enjoyed planting his vegetable garden, especially his tomatoes (I planted them for him this year sadly he will not get to enjoy them), 5 pin bowling (even started last September but couldn't continue), going to watch the Manitoba Moose and the Winnipeg Goldeyes, all of which we did together so I will miss my partner so much. He belonged to the White Ensign Club, H.M.C.S Chippewa. 1 Navy Way and The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans, Club 60, Garry St. Special thanks from us are given to the staff of Seven Oaks Hospital, Unit 5, Floor 5, especially to Leah for her caring attitude and love. Private ceremony will be held at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, as requested by Thomas. If desired, donations in Thomas' name may be given to the charity of your choice. P.S. We will love you always and miss you terribly, from Dee, Candee and Pog Hoggis (who came to see you too.) God knew he was suffering He finally closed his weary eyes and whispered Rest in Peace. We will always love and cherish his memories Sometime, someday, we will meet again.

 

HMCS BARRIE, HMCS FREDERICTON, HMCS LOCH MORLICH

CLARKE, Edward Newton, Commodore, RCN - died on April 18, 2011 at his home in Halifax. Born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1914 he was the son of the late Horace and Martha Clarke. A career naval officer, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a cadet at age 18 in 1932. After training and specializing in Marine Engineering Ted, better known as "Cookie" in the Navy, he served in ships of the Royal Navy until late 1940 when he returned to the R.C.N. He served in R.C.N. ships, including H.M.C.S Ottawa as Engineer Officer; H.M.C.S Uganda as Senior Engineer; and H.M.C.S Cape Breton, an artificer training ship, as commanding officer He served in a number of shore appointments, including Deputy Engineer-in-Chief at Defense Headquarters in Ottawa; Commodore Superintendent, H.M.C. Dockyard, Halifax; and Command Technical Officer to Flag Officer Atlantic Coast. Retiring in 1967 he ran a small beekeeping business and was active in the community of Round Hill Nova Scotia for many years. He was an active member and former warden of St. Paul's Church in Round Hill, a Trustee of Sackville Naval Memorial Trust and a member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary; survived by his son Roger (Mary) of Toronto; daughter Nancy Pasquet (Robert) of Halifax; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren and brother, Darrell, Vancouver. The family wishes to thank the wonderful care givers who supported him over the past few years including; the "Newfoundland ladies", Lillian and Diane, the Seniors For Seniors organization, especially Howard, Joyce and Kathleen. Special thanks is given to Dr. David Wood for his outstanding care over the past years and the VON Organization for their palliative home care. Also gratefully acknowledged is his good friend Captain Kevin Power for his regular visits which were enjoyed so much. Cremation has taken place. A family memorial service will be held Wednesday April 20, 2011 at the Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Bridgetown with Rev. Liz Earley officiating Donations may be made to R.C.N. Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 505, Station B, Ottawa, Ont., K1P 5P6; or the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust; or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS ORION, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS AVALON, HMCS UGANDAHMCS CAPE BRETON

COOTE, Daniel John - beloved husband of Isabelle, passed away quietly on March 23, 2004 at the Grace Hospital. Daniel was born in Steinbach, MB on September 14, 1920 and moved to Winnipeg with his parents in 1931. In November 1935 he was employed with Dun and Bradstreet Canada. He enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R in September 1940 and served over three years on the H.M.C.S Chilliwack in North Atlantic convoy duties. Following his discharge in August 1945 he returned to his former employment, and retired in January 1976. In May 1976 he became employed, on a part time basis, as credit manager with Mayers Packaging. He again retired in June 1984 to devote time to his family, hobbies and volunteer work. Dan was an avid gardener and fisherman, spending many weekends with his sons and friends fishing the lakes of Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Together with his wife Isabelle, Dan volunteered with Meals on Wheels for over 15 years and prior to that with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He was a member of Sturgeon Creek United Church for over 40 years and enjoyed serving as an Elder and on other Church committees. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 60 years, Isabelle; two sons, Danny Jr. (Lori) of London, ON, Robert (Linda) of Winnipeg; grandsons, Rob of Edmonton and Jeff of Winnipeg; brother Al (Rena) as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Barbara and Henry, three sisters and six brothers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sturgeon Creek United Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Monday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Dr. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK

CORBETT, James Ronald (Ronnie) - 86 of Halifax, formerly of Port Hawkesbury, passed away on Sept. 26, 2010 at the Veterans' Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Born in Havre Boucher, Antigonish Co. N.S., he was the son of the late Edward M. and Isabel (Gillis) Corbett. Although never a fisherman, his life revolved around ships and the sea. A Second World War Naval Veteran of the Battle of the North Atlantic, he served briefly at HMCS Niobe and then more than three years on the Flower Class Corvette, HMCS Bittersweet. While on HMCS Bittersweet, he made 18 round trips across the North Atlantic with the Convoys. He worked just after the war on the ferry (Scotia), which ran between the Mainland and Cape Breton. With the opening of the Canso Causeway, he joined the Public Service of Canada at Canso Lock and was always proud to point out that it could handle much larger ships than the Seaway. He served at the 'Causeway' for 44 years. Ronnie was honoured with a lifetime membership at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43, Port Hawkesbury. His involvement with the legion through the years was very important to him. His signature trait was the empathy he showed his comrades and to all who passed through his life...as he liked to say, a true small "L" liberal. Ronnie was first and foremost a loving family man and will be sorely missed by everyone. He was famous throughout his community for his whistling, singing (Yellow Bird), walking, good humour and razor sharp Irish wit, which he loved to exercise at coffee club. He loved to stay in touch with people from all the neighbourhoods he lived in. Very well read, he loved to quote poetry from his very early school days. He was a student of the political scene and human nature and always enjoyed a good political discussion, always ready with a comeback. A lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan, he loved to torment anyone who wasn't. He is survived by his loyal loving, supportive wife, soul mate and dance partner of 62 years, Agnes (Chisholm); sons, Patrick, Halifax and Roderick (Lynn), Edmonton; daughter, Claudine Corbett (Jose) Lourenco, Edmonton; grandchildren, Keith (Shayleen) Sampson, Calgary, Jacquelyn (David) Cyr, Toronto, Melissa Corbett (Michael) Robinson, Spry Bay N.S., Jose Lourenco, Toronto, James Lourenco, Toronto, Michaela (Adam) Wier, Halifax; great-grandchildren, Declan and Rylan Sampson, Calgary, Eric Robinson, Spry Bay and Ewan Cyr, Toronto. He was predeceased by his firstborn daughter, Ronalda. As the last surviving member of his family, he was predeceased by brother, John and sisters, Emily Ryan, Hazel Power, Imelda Fougere, Kaye Sparks, Ernesta Bezanson and two infant siblings. Thanks are extended to all the nieces, nephews and friends who spent so much time with Ronnie during his illness. Thanks also go to the caring nurses and LPNs at V5 West Garrison, Camp Hill Hospital who gave him so much comfort during this difficult time. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. and a legion service 7:30 p.m. all in the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral mass will be held in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, 10 a.m. with Fr. Andrew Boyd officiating. The family wishes to thank John Langley at Haverstock's. Family flowers only, please. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS BITTERSWEET HMCS NIOBE

CROSS, Fergus - Fergus joined the Royal Air Force as a navigator in Bomber Command. This led to his posting to No. 33 Air Navigation School at Mount Hope Air Station in Hamilton, Ontario in 1941 as a navigation instructor as part of "The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan". Fergus was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and as time passed it looked like he would have to return to duties in Britain. Rather than have this happen and be separated from his family he applied in January of 1943 for transfer to the Royal Canadian Navy. The RCN was desperate at this time for corvette skippers and Fergus was imminently qualified as he had received his Master Mariner’s Certificate in February 1940. He was soon accepted and told to report for sea duty as First Officer on HMCS Chicoutimi. They set off with the trailer for Halifax, Nova Scotia. They parked the trailer on a large vacant lot on Preston Street. Cornwallis Junior High School was built on this site in 1949. In late summer of 1943 Fergus left as Captain on HMCS Chicoutimi and took over command of HMCS Pictou. He relieved Lieutenant Commander. Anthony ("Tony") Griffin. His story "A Naval Officer's War" is an excellent portrayal of what life at sea in a corvette entailed.

 

HMCS CHICOUTIMI, HMCS PICTOU

DALEY, Charles Gregory (Charlie) - The death of Charles Gregory “Charlie” Daley, loving husband of Emma (Gallant) Daley occurred peacefully on Friday September 10, 2010 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in 1921 in Saint John he was the only child of the late Walter J. and Gladys M. (Heenan) Daley. Charlie grew up in the south end attending St. John the Baptist School, St. Vincent’s Boys School and Saint John Vocational School. Upon the outbreak of World War Two, Charlie immediately joined the RCNVR through HMCS Brunswicker. He left for Engineering Branch training in Halifax shortly after turning 18. He was assigned to the corvette HMCS Camrose, seeing action in the North Atlantic, North Africa and the Mediterranean. In 1943 he was on the commissioning of the frigate HMCS Swansea, in Esquimalt, B.C. prior to it’s sailing through the Panama Canal. Charlie served the rest of the war on the Swansea, seeing U Boat action in the Caribbean, North and South Atlantic, and the Mediterranean theaters. Swansea supported the D Day Normandy landings. Charlie was discharged from the Navy as a Stoker Petty Officer, in late 1945. Before joining the Saint John Police Department in 1950, Charlie worked in retail sales and the winterport. Serving 10 years as a Police Officer, Charlie worked a number of different units including a stint as one of the first Motorcycle officers in the city. Charlie joined Canada Post in 1960, being instrumental in the new Postal Code system rollout in the late seventies, prior to retirement in 1985. After retirement Charlie went on to acquire his amateur (Ham) radio license and also kept busy with wood working. With a keen interest in technology, Charlie was on his computer and email daily, well into his eighties. Charles and Emma bought their first home in Forest Hills in 1960, and were founding members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. They were very active in the parish. Charlie provided leadership when the first Boy Scout troop was established at St. Ann’s in the early 1960’s. He was a member and Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 and was a District Commander of Saint John District of the Royal Canadian Legion. Charles was also an active union executive member in the late 1960’s. In addition to his devoted wife Emma of 56 years, he is survived by his loving children; son Michael Daley of Fort McMurray, AB; daughters Lynn Capson (Bob) and Gerarda Borden (Rod) both of Saint John; grandchildren Curtis Daley, Angie Daley, Michelle Trainor, Jennifer Capson, Michael Capson, Ann-Marie Borden, Matthew Borden and Sarah Borden; great grandchildren Madison, Connor, Morgan and Leah; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Resting at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John (646-2424) with visitations on Sunday September 12, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A tribute to a Veteran service will be held at the funeral home Sunday evening at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Monday September 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The family would appreciate donations made to St. Ann’s Church Building Fund, Romero House Soup Kitchen or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

HMCS BRUNSWICKER, HMCS CAMROSE, HMCS SWANSEA

DELANEY, George Harold - Born in Saint John March 23, 1924, passed away on July 30, 2006 at the Perley Rideau Veterans Residence, Ottawa, Ont. He was the son of the late Harold and Beatrice (Knox) Delaney of Saint John. Survived by sisters, Dorothy (Gillis) of Riverview, Audrey (Ciccanti) of Montreal and Elaine (Robinson) of Oak Haven, N. B. and several nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving in the Navy as Able Seaman with the HMCS Baddeck from 1945 to 1949. George was a teletypest with the Telegraph Journal in Saint John for 30 years and later with the Citizen in Ottawa. Interment will be held at a later date at Cedar Hill Extension in Saint John. MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS BADDECK

DENNIS, John Charlebois (Jack) - Born October 12, 1917, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2007 in his 91st year at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, with his family at his side. Jack, beloved husband of 60 years to Gloria (nee Peppiatt). Loving father of Marc (Phyllis), Christine Sirett (Greg), Susan Skuce (Dwight) , Theresa Varey (Dale) , Jeff (Debbie), Julia Duck (Andy), Elizabeth Galluzzo (Joe), Lucy Kuryliw (John) and Caroline Davis (Richard). Grandpa will be lovingly remembered by 27 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Adelaide Kral and Joan Sakerand predeceased by his brothers Howard, Allan and Paul. Jack served his country in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve (RCNVR) from 1940-1945. Jack served on Corvettes including the HMCS Chambly. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Newmarket Health Centre and the Palliative Care Unit of Southlake Regional Health Centre. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John Chrysostom Church, 432 Ontario Street, Newmarket on Friday at 11 a.m. followed by interment at St . John ' s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CHAMBLY

DIGOUT, Ralph Victor (Vic) - With thanksgiving for his life, the family of Ralph Digout announce his passing at the Woolcott Wing of the Welland Hospital on Saturday April 2, 2005 at the age of 89. He was born at French Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on March 3, 1916. By his side throughout 59 years and right to the very end was his loving wife and best friend Angelina (Burke). Loving Dad of Don (Bev), Robert (Sophie), Raymond (Joyce), Al (Faye), Gord (Rose), Gloria (Marcel), Laurie Meredith and Annette Laferriere (Clem). Cherished Grandpa of Gail, Rebecca, Sherri, Rob (Sue), Gordie (Shylow), Michelle (Nick), Kim, Nicole, Shannon, Chris, Crystal (John), Jessica (Jeff), David and Katie. Loving Great Grandpa of Rikki, Adam, Andrew, Madison and Ryan. Vic is survived by his brothers Murdock and Lawrence and sister Elnora of Cape Breton and sister Earldeen of Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Ralph served on the HMCS Collingwood and HMCS Iroquois during WW2 and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4. He is a retired employee of John Deere Welland Works and a former member of the John Deere Retiree's Club. Vic will be remembered as a quiet, humble, hard working man who loved his family. The family will receive their friends at J. J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence 19 Young Street, Welland on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a Vigil will be conducted at 3 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Welland Hospital Foundation.

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD, HMCS IROQUOIS

DIXON, Robert S. - After a lengthy illness, Bob passed away November 23, 2008. Predeceased by his loving wife Barbara. Survived by his loving children Wayne (Bonnie) and Lynn (Lloyd). Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Carrie-Anne (Mike), Richard (Joanne), Clayton (Tara), Tara (Chris), Matthew (Mira), Corey (Becky), Scott (Ketrina), Emmaris, great-grand- children Alexander, Izabella, Paul, Emma, Megan and Cole. Survived by sister ShirI, brother Grant (Shirley). Predeceased by brother Bill. Will be also missed by nieces, nephews and friends. Bob was a member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union Local #67 (Hamilton) and Argyle Elgin Masonic Lodge #7 (Montreal), Hamilton Scottish Rite and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 60. Bob served with the Navy in WWII on the HMCS Buctouche and HMCS New Glasgow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Memorial Service will be held at the Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New Street, Burlington (905-637-5233) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. "Thanks for the laughs Dad, Papa"

 

HMCS BUCTOUCHE, HMCS NEW GLASGOW

DOUGLAS, Donald Albert - Born: 28 Feb 1926, Died: 05 Jun 1993

 

HMCS COBALT

DROBOT, Thomas - It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Drobot announces he passed away peacefully at home in Atikokan, Ont. on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at the age of 84. He was born Oct. 1, 1922 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Anne and Mike Drobot. During WW II, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on two Corvette destroyers, the HMCS Ottawa and the HMCS Barrie. Tom was an electrician by trade and while he spent a few years at the paper mil in Fort Frances, he spent most of his years working at the Steep Rock iron mine in Atikokan. In 1949, he married Elsie Brennard in Fort Frances. The moved to Atikokan in 1959, where they lovingly raised their four children. Tom was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Special occasions and visits with his family were very important to him. Tom was a quiet man with a witty sense of humour. He also was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening, hunting, and picking blueberries and mushrooms, but his passion was for fishing. Tom is survived by his daughter, Janice and husband, Terry Lee, of Stratton, Ont.; son, Randy and wife, Rachel, of 150 Mile House; B.C.; son, David of Atikokan, Ont.; daughter, Beverly of Kitchener, Ont.; and grandchildren, Andrea Lee, Angela Lee, and Ryan Drobot. A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Rev. Barb Miller officiated, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances. The pallbearers were David Drobot, Randy Drobot, Terry Lee, Michael Brennard, Eddie Tetu, and Adam Wiwcharyk. In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS BARRIE, HMCS OTTAWA

DROINE, William (Bill) - age 87, resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Grandview Lodge January 23, 2008, after a brief illness. Bill was born October 2, 1920 in Port Arthur, attended Central School and graduated from P.A.T.S. (Hillcrest High School). He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2 on the corvette HMCS Camrose. In 1946, he married the love of his life, Ollie Kinaschuk and they settled in Port Arthur to raise their family. Bill worked at Canadian Car and Foundry for 21 years and then for Vercival and Company, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Elks. After the loss of his beloved wife Ollie in 1992, Bill lived independently in his own home until his move to Grandview Lodge in November 2007. Our Dad was happiest when he was with his family, whether it was walking in the bush looking for mushrooms, blueberry picking, fishing, Sunday picnics, or playing hockey on the backyard rink with his three children. In his later years, he kept a regular routine of exercising on his stationary bike, doing sit-ups and watching Star Trek and Bluejay and Leaf games on TV. He was an avid reader and believed in the importance of a higher education. In 1993, his twin granddaughters Kim and Michelle were born. "Grampa" was extremely proud of all their accomplishments and his face lit up whenever they visited him or he spoke of them. Our Dad loved playing crib, and when he could no longer see all those 15-2's, he played a modified version with his "coach" son-in-law Bill where they "beat the board" the last game they played on January 22. Dad was predeceased by his wife Ollie in 1992, his parents Feydor and Lena Draganiuk and older brother Steve. He will be deeply missed by his son Bob (Linda) Owen Sound, son Bill (Mary Jane Finlayson) Toronto, daughter Corinne (Bill) Krezonoski and granddaughters Kim and Michelle, Thunder Bay and numerous other nieces, nephews sisters-in law and one brother-in law. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke or . Arrangements entrusted to the Sargent & Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street. Thank You We would like to thank the staff of Grandview Lodge (F wing) for their exceptional care"

 

HMCS CAMROSE

 

EASTON, Alan Herbert, D.S.C. - was born in Cork, Ireland in 1902. On 17 Feb 1940, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve (RCNVR) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He died 21 Sep 2001, Ottawa, Ontario

 

HMCS ACADIA, HMS CARADOC, HMCS BADDECK, HMCS BATTLEFORD, HMCS SACKVILLE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS MATANE

EDGE, William Arthur - passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011. Bill was born in Vancouver, B.C. on January 25, 1921. He moved to Montreal at the age of six and graduated from King's Junior School and Westmount High School. During World War II he served in the Black Watch as a second Lieutenant but in order to get active service switched to the Royal Canadian Navy. He graduated in December, 1941 from HMCS Royal Roads, Victoria B.C. and served on the HMCS Dawson which joined the US main fleet that liberated the Aleutian Islands from the Japanese. As a Lieutenant, he served on the frigates HMCS Prince Rupert and HMCS New Glasgow escorting convoys across the Atlantic to Great Britain. Following World War II, he returned to McGill University where he graduated with an Arts degree in 1948. He became manager of the Investment Dealers' Association in Montreal before switching to become an institutional salesman for Nesbitt, Thompson & Co. He was later transferred to Ottawa where he served the latter part of his career as Treasurer of the CBC Pension Fund. Bill was an active sportsman playing cricket, tennis and squash. While at school he played on the football, hockey and baseball teams. He was also an avid gardener and writer whose books, poems, plays and hymns were enjoyed by many. Over the years he was involved in the Ottawa Kiwanis Club, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and The Naval Officers Club. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mairi (nee Mackinnon), a McGill Science graduate, and his three children Thomas Edge, Cynthia Phillips (Michael Phillips) and Diana Dowling (Joseph Dowling). His children, his eight grandchildren, Alexander, Isabelle, Jacqueline, Charlotte, Brian, Miles, Victoria and Joseph and his many friends will miss his sense of humour, zest for life, flair, and dignity. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 82 Kent Street, Ottawa on Saturday, August 13th at 11 a.m. Parking is available across the street from St. Andrew's at the Supreme Court Building and handicap access is available at 84 Kent Street. Cremation has taken place and the remains were interred during a private family ceremony at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

 

HMCS DAWSON, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

FENSON, Morley - passed away November 20, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with services held at Chesed Shel Emes and burial at Rosh Pina Memorial Park in Winnipeg. Pallbearers were nephews Eitan and Mark Fenson, Evan and Ron Elkin, Randy and Robert Kligerman. Morley was born in Borsczow, Poland (now Ukraine) on March 21, 1922. He emigrated to Winnipeg in 1926 with his mother Molly and older brother Leo, reuniting with his father Jack who had preceded them two years earlier. Upon their arrival, they found that the original family name Feuerstein had been changed to Fenson. The family became complete with the birth of younger brother Harry two years after their landing in Canada. Morley grew up in Winnipeg's north end and remembered spending many cold, winter nights on his bicycle delivering meat for his father's kosher butcher store. The period was filled with memories of the Eagles, a club for Jewish youth, where he made friendships that would last a lifetime. Throughout all his travels later in life, Morley remained in contact with these friends, who he always referred to as his "Band of Brothers". With the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and would serve for five years on three different ships whose primary role was to protect supply convoys headed to Europe. He would love telling stories of his adventures as the wireless operator on HMCS Dauphin and was most proud of his Chief Petty Officer designation aboard HMCS Buckingham. It was on one of his leaves in 1944 that he returned to Winnipeg and met the love of his life, Shiffra Kligerman. They married December 22, 1946, a marriage that spanned 67 years. After the war, Morley received training as a production industrial engineer and began a business career in Winnipeg's garment industry. A man who was bold in doing things to try and improve himself, Morley and family moved to Tupelo, MS, back to Winnipeg, to San Diego, CA, to St. Louis and then back to Winnipeg in 1966. It was then he became a partner in clothing manufacturer Monarch Wear in charge of production and later the same in Panther Pant. Always one to try and keep pace with the changing areas of manufacturing, his work took him to factories in Brazil, Asia and numerous parts of Canada. After retiring from the garment industry in 1980, Morley began a venture importing goods from the People's Republic of China. He and Shiffie retired to Palm Springs in 1985 where they spent many happy years enjoying their friends and entertaining their growing number of grandchildren. They moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 2001 to be closer to children. Morley was exceptionally loving and loyal to his family and friends. He would go to great lengths to ensure his children knew their uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends, and insist on travel to anywhere there was a family celebration. Nothing would make him happier than seeing all his family and friends together at a celebratory occasion. Never shy to discuss or predict events, a signature photo of him would be one at a family celebration engaged in a discussion of current events, a casual glass of scotch in hand. Morley is predeceased by his mother Molly, father Jack; brother Leo and sister-in-law Shirley Fenson, brother Harry and sister-in-law Leah Fenson; sister-in-law Anita Fenson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lou and Eva Elkin, and Bill and Selma Kligerman. A man who lived a full and event-filled life, he is very much missed by wife Shiffie, daughters Carla (David) Fenson-Bronstein and Ronna, son Ken (Susan), his seven grandchildren: Mira, Shana, Ben, Sarah, Joel, Danielle and Jacqueline, great-grandchildren: Morgan, Preston and Taliah, and his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

HMCS ACADIA, HMCS BURLINGTON, HMCS DAUPHIN, HMCS BUCKINGHAM

FIRTH, Herbert Charles - In his 89th year, Herbert Charles Firth of London, Ontario died peacefully surrounded by family at University Hospital on Thursday, November 18, 2010. Dearly loved husband of 66 years to Helen (Reinhart). Beloved father of Donald (Melanie), James (Susan), David (Barb) Michael (Lina), Terry, and Nancy Brock (George). Predeceased by his son Raymond (2010). Beloved grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Doris Marshall of Brantford and the late Jack Firth. Herb retired from Canada Post after 24 years of service. A veteran of World War II, he proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Baddeck, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Victory Branch. The family would like to thank all of the nurses of the 7th floor University Hospital for their kindness and compassion and also the Team 3 Medical team who also provided exceptional care. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Sunday from 2-4 o'clock and Monday, November 22 from 10 o'clock until the time of the funeral service at 11 o'clock. Cremation with interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Legion service Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. If desired, donations to the the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada, 145 Front Street East, Suite 306, Toronto, ON M5A 1E3 would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BADDECK

FLETCHER, Jackson (Jack) (Jay) - Died peacefully on November 2, 2006 at age 82. He was a loving, kind and gentle man who was loved so very much by all who knew him. He joined the Navy at age 17 and was on the ships Annapolis, Uganda in the South Pacific and HMCS Calgary. He also attended the reunion of the new HMCS Calgary. Jack was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Branch. He was predeceased by his first wife in 1995 and his only son, John, in 1988. He leaves his loving wife and best friend, Janette and his pride and joy, his dog, Brandy; daughter-in-law Dottie (Andrew) and granddaughter, Megan. He also leaves behind many loving relatives and friends: sisters, Winn (Bert); Muriel and Dot; grandson, Stephen; mother-in-law Dorothy; sisters and brothers-in-law Carol (James); Teresa (Joe); Tom (Addie); Brenda (Johnny); Marlene (Johnny); Kim (Albert) Robert; Terry; Linda; Debbie; Bruce and Flo Smiley. Most of all our wonderful friends and neighbours, Wayne and Judy Dunsmuir, who have been there for us. Many thanks and love to our family physician, Dr. Keeler, who has been by our side all along. Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and volunteers at Victoria Hospice for their love and care. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 pm at McCall Bros. Funeral Home, Vancouver and Johnson Streets followed by a reception. No flowers by request but donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation. My darling, you did not go alone. Part of me has gone with you. Love you forever

 

HMCS CALGARY, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS ANNAPOLIS

FRASER, John Newby - Born September 28, 1915, Jack passed away on February 2, 2009 after a full and rewarding life. He will be greatly missed by his wife Alice and children John (Jandi), Richard (Sarah), Pamela (Drew) and Bruce (Catherine). Grandfather to: Graham, Lisa, John Campbell, Alicia, Richard, Laura, Adam, Elizabeth, Jean, Claire and Anya. Great Grandfather to: Amelia, Wyatt and Felix. Jack was born and raised in Victoria and attended South Park Elementary and Victoria High schools. His career with the Royal Trust in Victoria spanned four decades. During World War II Jack served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a navigator on the corvette HMCS Calgary escorting convoys across the North Atlantic. Jack and Alice were both born in Victoria and enjoyed the company of their life-long friends, many of whom gathered to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary in 2002. Jack was an avid sportsman playing soccer, basketball and tennis in his early years. He later devoted many hours to refining his golf game, square dancing and bridge skills. He continued to play tennis into his eighties. His friendship, positive outlook and sense of humour will be long treasured and remembered. No flowers please. Funeral service to be held at All Saints by the Sea, Ganges, Salt Spring Island on Saturday, February 14 at 2PM. Reception to follow in the church hall. Yes, it is Valentine's Day, but then Dad was a real sweetheart

 

HMCS CALGARY

FREURE, J.R., Coder, RCNVR - Coder J.R. Freure Succumbs While Serving on Corvette - Word was received Thursday on the death of a Canadian sailor during an emergency operation for appendicitis on board a corvette somewhere in the Atlantic. The sailor was Coder James Ralph Freure, RCNVR, 22, who enlisted here in June 1942 and had been serving on a Canadian corvette for some time. He was to have been given a furlough on arrival back in Canada. Coder Freure was born in Wellandport, Ontario, and when he was eight years old the family moved to Hamilton, where he resided until he enlisted in the navy last year. He attended Delta Collegiate Institute and played on the rugby team there. He was manager of the senior basketball team at Delta Collegiate. According to the message received by his relatives from naval headquarters in Ottawa, Coder Freure was buried at sea. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Leah Freure, 607 Water Street, Peterborough, who has been an active member of the Peterborough Auxiliary to the navy since moving there last year; one sister, Mrs. John G. Adams, at the same address, and one brother, Thomas Russell Freure, London, Ont. His father, the late Samuel Freure died 15 years ago, and a sister Dorothy passed away eight years ago. Coder Freure was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and Sunday School in Hamilton. He worked at the Wallace Barnes plant before enlistment. (Ultimate Sacrifice, Vol 3, Part 1 by Robert P. D'Aoust)

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

GALLIVAN, William Leo - formerly of 160 Shore Rd., Sydney passed away Feb.14, 2011. Bill was a resident of Taigh Na Mara where he received excellent care for the past two years. Mr. Gallivan is survived by his four sons, Gregory (Mary-Lou), Strathmore, Alta., Brian (Marilyn), Sydney, Lorne, Edmonton, Alta. and Leo (Cheryl), Calgary, Alta.; sister, Eileen MacNeil, Glace Bay; daughter-in-law, Marlene, Sydney; grandchildren, Chris, Dallas, Kyle, Erin, Lindsey, Janine and Courtney, great-grandchildren, Dylan, Cameron, Caiden, Brianne and Liam. Mr. Gallivan was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Mary Genevieve ‘Jennie’ in 1990 along with sisters, Ann-Pauline, Colette and Cecilia. Bill was a lifelong resident of Whitney Pier. He served during the Second World War on the corvette HMCS Bittersweet and worked at the International Coal Piers for most of his life and was very active in the labour movement having served as president of UMWA local 7749 International Coal Piers for 21 years, been vice-president for three terms and served on various union committees as well. Bill believed very strongly in honest representation of fellow union members. In his earlier days, Bill was one of the founding members of the Broadway Ramblers soccer club which won fame in the local ship to shore league and provincial playdowns. Bill was an active bowler, skater and with Jennie and the boys, spent many happy days at the bungalow in Boisdale. Bill will be sadly missed by his many union, legion, and local friends. Bill was a faithful member of Holy Redeemer parish in his beloved Whitney Pier. The family wish to thank the staff at Taigh Na Mara for incredible kindness and love and also to Dr. Mark Sampson who for many years gave dad excellent care. Dad and mom are now truly one forever. Visitation for the late William L. ‘Bill’ Gallivan will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass to celebrate Bill’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Paul McGillvray officiating and Fr. Errol MacDonald concelebrating. Reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Redeemer Building Fund.

 

HMCS BITTERSWEET

GARAYT, Leslie (09 May 1922 - 26 Dec 2009) - passed peacefully with his family by his side. Leslie was born in Montreal, one of 11 children. Dad spent 40 years in Montreal and 47 in Vancouver. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Rachel. Leslie and Rachel were married in Montreal and they had 5 children and 9 grandchildren. In his last 3 years Leslie lived at George Derby Centre, a care facility for Canada's war vets. As a child Dad worked in the family knitting business, the GarGray Knitting Company, where sweaters for the "Original Six" NHL hockey teams were made. Leslie served in the Navy 1941-1945. Four brothers, 2 half-brothers and a brother-in-law also enlisted. They became the "Fighting Garayts" as coined by a Montreal newspaper. Dad loved the artistic, funky side of life. His real passion was in his paintings. We have great memories of bonfires on the beach; chopping wood until he was 84 years old; and his "Leslie's Fried Chicken" restaurant. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at Bethany-Newton United Church on April 5th at 2:00. Leslie has finally made it to university! He has generously donated his body to the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Leslie's final resting place will be at The National Military Cemetery, in Ottawa. TTFN (Ta Ta For Now) Pappy! Davis, Daniel, James, Lauren and Kathleen.

 

HMCS DAWSON, HMCS LOCH MORLICH, HMCS SCATERIE

GEE, Gordon Wallace - On Saturday, September 14, 2013 in his 92nd year at Etobicoke General Hospital - William Osler. Gordon, beloved husband to Birdie. Loving father to Barry and his wife Cheri, Bob and his wife Janice, Brian and his wife Linda and Brenda Cain and her husband Dan. Fondly remembered by his 9 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren. Survived by his brother Fred and sisters Audrey and Doreen. Gordon graduated with honours from Western and University of Toronto and held the position of Chief Meteorologist at Toronto International Airport. Many Ontarians grew to know Gord Gee as a weather forecaster on CBC radio. A WWII survivor, he proudly served on HMCS Buctouche. Friends will be received at The Glendale Visitation Centre, 1810 Albion Road (at Highway 27 and Albion Road), on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 12 noon until a memorial service in the chapel at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations to The Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BUCTOUCHE

GORDON, Vayle Austin - Great Village. Its with great sadness we announce the passing of our Dad on May 15th 2010. He was 82 years old. Born in 1927 in Rolleau SK, he was the son of the late Roy and Florence (Jackson) Gordon. The family left SK when Vayle was 9 and settled in his father's hometown of Oxford, NS. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and saw duty on the Corvette HMCS Camrose, stationed out of Plymouth, England. Most of his service was spent in the North Atlantic and North Sea to Russia. When the war ended in Europe he was sent to Vancouver and while waiting for a posting, the war ended. He then returned to NS where his parents had relocated to Great Village, hometown of his paternal grandmother, where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Jean (Smith) Gordon. He had a lengthy career as a mechanic, machinist and as an independent construction/contractor, his last project shaping and reclaiming marshland. After retirement he spent his time tinkering in his garage and keeping family members vehicles running. Besides his wife Jean, he is survived by daughter Linda, son Ross, daughter Lois, granddaughter Kelli, sister Audrey (Ken) Congdon, sister Jean Schaschl, sister-in-law Mary (Jack) Barley and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two baby daughters, son-in-law Ross McLean, sister Shiela MacRae, brother-in-laws Karl Schaschl, Louie MacRae, Russell Smith, Donnie Smith. The family invites all family and friends to join them at the Royal Canadian Legion, Cobequid Branch 72, Great Village on Saturday May 22nd, at 3:00pm. Donations in memory of Dad can be made to the Great Village Fire Department.

 

HMCS CAMROSE

GREEN, John Warburton (Jack) (17 Oct 1918 - 25 Apr 2012) - Born in Victoria, B.C. Died peacefully at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He will be missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Anne Green, by his daughter Mary Elizabeth Green (Doug Donley, deceased), by his son, Richard Warren Green (Martine Caron) and his granddaughter Margaret Rebecca Green (Patrick Evans) and his great-grandchildren, Mavis Anne and Tyler Douglas Evans. Jack was educated in Victoria, graduated from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto (M.C.). He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1941-1946) and (1952-1956), was Executive Director of the Air Transport Board of Canada (later the Air Transport Committee of The Department of Transport). He received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977, and, on retirement, was one of five Canadian Civil Servants honoured by Governor General Jeanne Sauvé for outstanding service. The funeral will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Mills Road, North Saanich, at 2:00 p.m. on May 1, 2012. Donations in memory of Jack to be left to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS COBOURG

HAMILTON, James Alexander (10 Aug 1923 - 29 Apr 2012) - Too soon he left us. Our hearts are now shrouded in sadness and sorrow. And a new star shall shine brightly in the nighttime sky. Son to James Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Bowers. Brother to Sarah Brown (Regina, 1921). Husband of 45 years to Joan Marie DeCarlo (November, 1999). Father to Cheryl, Terrie-Lee and Heather (Brian Sharpe). Breanne's own Poppa. Born on Dundas Street in Toronto and raised in Campbellford, Jim joined the RCNVR in 1942 and served in HMCS Cobourg, HMCS Iroquois and HMCS New Glasgow. His wartime service included numerous trans-Atlantic convoy runs and three missions to Murmansk, Russia. In 1946 Jim laid a wreath at the Peterborough Cenotaph in memory of naval comrades. He had the unprecedented honour of doing so for 65 consecutive years each Remembrance Day. Jim's death marks the passing of the last founding member of the Peterborough Naval Association. He organized the 1st and 25th national reunions of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and represented the PNA on numerous veterans affairs committees and at community events. An active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Jim painstakingly sifted through local naval records as his contribution to the Wall of Honour. Throughout his 45 years at CGE, Jim was an active union supporter which reflected his respect for working men and women. A life member of the NDP, he spent endless hours screen painting election signs and monitoring finances. He was a school board trustee (Lily Lake) and a long-time goal judge for the Peterborough Petes and Lakers. A member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church since 1954, he served on the Board of Managers and was an elder for many years. In 2009, Jim was recognized with a County of Peterborough Award for Volunteer and Community Service. Previously, he won the Smith Township Gold Blue Box. In his memory, please register for organ donation; share stories of your experiences and dreams with loved ones; and, if desired, consider a contribution to a charity of your choice. Copper bids farewell: "Thanks for all the treats, Poppa." A Naval Association Service will be held at 10:30 am followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at ST. Giles Presbyterian Church, 785 Park Street, South. Arrangements entrusted to Comstock Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street.

 

HMCS COBOURG, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS NEW GLASGOW

HANRAHAN, Seamus (Jim) (01 Jul 1922 - 08 Oct 2010) - It is with sadness that we announce the death of a wonderful, dear husband. Beloved love of Helen, his adored wife of 24 years. He was predeceased by his first wife Althea, grandson Barry, brother Lawrence. Survived by brother Desmond, sister Barbara Côté and their children of Quebec City. Survived by loving son Kenneth and his wife Iris and their children Cindy (Matt) and Tara, their spouses and children. Also by Helen's children Terry, Michael, Susan (Steve), Thomas (Julie) and their children. Seamus was a B.Sc. Graduate of McGill, Veteran of WWII, and a Canadian Navy Officer who served on the corvette HMCS Belleville in the Atlantic. Business career included management in the frozen food production, chemicals, medical diagnostics and president and owner of Hankal Scientific. Seamus was an expert skier, swimmer and in his youth played tennis, softball and lacrosse and was a track star for his school. Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held for the family. Donations to the ALS Society of Ontario would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BELLEVILLE

HENDERSON, John Douglas (Jack) (10 Jul 1919 - 17 Jul 2008) - After a long battle with cancer, passed away peacefully at home with his children by his side. Predeceased by his wife, Nan, (nee Mathew, July 1995). Jack leaves behind his son, Douglas, daughter Ann Szostakiwskyj (Julian), beloved grandchildren, Tess and John. Also his brother Darcy Henderson, (Adeline), nephews Brian and Wayne and a very large extended family. Special mention to niece Janie from Bellingham. He will be deeply missed by his dear friend, Charlotte Galick. Jack began his sea life with steam and ended with steam. One of his first postings was on the historic tug, the Haro. His last sea posting was as Chief Engineer of the Canadian Hydrographic vessel the William J. Stewart, (featured in this month's Pacific Yachting). During the war years, he served in the Battle of the North Atlantic as "stoker Petty Officer " on HMCS Calgary, Stratford, Chilliwack and Avalon. He travelled extensively with Nan. Following her death, he continued travelling, visiting many friends worldwide. He was a prolific writer, contributing many articles and photographs to marine publications worldwide. Jack had an unfailing memory to the end, often providing and correcting dates and details with exactitude, many times the result of firsthand experience. His writing wasn't limited to marine matters and he frequently addressed political misdeeds and gaffes with stinging letters to the editor. Jack was a keen supporter of many maritime historical societies, especially the Victoria and the Vancouver Maritime Museums. In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children. Service will be held Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 at First Memorial, 1155 Fort Street, Victoria at 2:00 p.m. Reception at the Marriott downtown Victoria to follow.

 

HMCS CALGARY, HMCS CHILLIWACK, HMCS STRATFORD, HMCS AVALON

HOUSE, John H. (Jack) - A Proud Canadian Passed away at Toronto on Monday, April 16, 2012 in his 88th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Dawna (2009), as well as the mother of his children and first wife Gladys M. Fike. Survived by his three children Tim (Rosemary), Patti (the late Charlie) and Jenni (Andy). He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren David (Lisa), Marie, James, Andrew (Joy), Jessica (Jono), Emily (Brian), Gillian (Steve) and Katy. Also by his great-grandchild Kingston and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Brother of June E. McCallum of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Jack was the son of the late Grace Cort Day and Harry Hamilton House. He spent his early years in St. Catharines, Ontario prior to joining the Royal Canadian Navy and serving on the HMCS Bradford during the Second World War. After the war, Jack was at various times a swimming instructor, an electrician, a teacher and vice-principal. Upon graduating from the University of Alberta with a PhD in Educational Administration, Jack moved to Toronto to start a long and successful career at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Jack retired from OISE-UT on July 1, 1990 after 24 distinguished years in which he was Acting Director, Assistant Director for Planning and Resources, and a professor of Educational Administration. Jack's enduring passions included his eight grandchildren, politics and politicians and the stock market. Jack's family extends sincere thanks for the excellent care he received from St. Michael's Hospital and West Park 3EC. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Chapel Limited, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 12 noon until the time of service in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, followed by a reception in the Rosedale Room of the funeral home. If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the National Ballet of Canada.

 

HMCS BRANTFORD

HOWELL, Charles Alfred - of Moncton, passed away suddenly after a brief illness at the Moncton City Hospital on Thursday, January 22, 2004. Born September 8, 1924 in Moncton, NB, he was the eldest son of the late Norman H. and Ellice (Palliser) Howell. He was a veteran of the Second World War from 1942-1945, serving as a submarine detector on board the HMCS Chilliwack (Corvette). Charles was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 6 Moncton, and a member of Zetland Lodge #24 F&AM Shediac Cape. He retired in 1985 after working at NB Telephone Co. for 37 years in various positions in Moncton, Bathurst and Saint John, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. In addition to his wife, Patricia (Lasky) of 56 years, he is survived by four daughters, Patricia Lynne Blackwood of Quispamsis, NB, Peggy Ellice Samson (Sam) of St. Catherine's, ON., Rebecca Anne Tippett and Norma Christine Howell both of Saint John, NB; nine granddaughters; one grandson and twin great grandsons; one brother, N. Joseph of Riverview; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Elinor Wunderlich of St. Petersburg, Fla.. Visiting hours will be held from Cadman's Funeral Home, 114 Alma Street, Moncton, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6 Moncton will hold a memorial service Sunday at 7:00 PM from the funeral home. The funeral service will be held from the St. George's Anglican Church, Moncton on Monday, January 26, 2004 at 11:00 am, with Father Kevin Borthwick officiating. Donations to the memorial of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK

HUNTER, Frederick Ferris - Passed away peacefully at Hospice Wellington, on Saturday April 7, 2012, his 92nd birthday. Survived by Edna Marie Hunter (nee Richer), his wife of 72 years. Predeceased by his sister Gwen Jordan. Lovingly remembered by sons Garry (Bev) of Guelph and Brian of Ottawa. Loving grandfather of Lynda Hunter Wheelhouse of Guelph, and Neil and Mark (Paty) of Ottawa. Sadly missed by great-grandchildren Ryley & Connor Wheelhouse of Guelph and Adriano & Luana Hunter of Ottawa. Fred served with the RCNVR on the HMCS Barrie, in the North Atlantic, during World War II. Thanks to the staff of The Village of Riverside Glen, and to the nursing staff of 5 West at the Guelph General Hospital for their support during his last weeks. We would like to express our special appreciation to Dr. Slatkovsky and to the staff and volunteers at Hospice Wellington who made his last days and hours comfortable and peaceful. We would also like to thank Fred's nephew, Ric Jordan, and his best friend, Ken Buist, for keeping him company and making him laugh. A memorial gathering will be held at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Memorial contributions to Hospice Wellington, 795 Scottsdale Dr., Guelph, ON, N1G 3R8 would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BARRIE

IRONS, Donald Bruce RCNVR 1940 - 1945 - Served on HMCS Collingwood and Fundy Peacefully at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, on Monday March 28, 2005, at the age of 91. Survived by his wife Jean and his son Roy (Denise). Grandfather of Eric and Julie, and great-grandfather of Chase. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Road), Nepean, on Thursday March 31, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. until the memorial service in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Pinecrest Cemetery.

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD, HMCS FUNDY

JACKSON, Jack Walter - Passed away in his Dartmouth home on March 13th, 2010. Born in Belleville, Ontario on July 30th, 1920, Jack joined the Royal Canadian Navy on his 18th birthday and was posted to Halifax. Within weeks war was declared and he began 5 years of deployment on the North Atlantic without leave. Jack was proud to serve on the HMCS Charlottetown until her sinking in the St. Lawrence by a German U-Boat. Later in his long naval career, Jack was granted his commission and retired after 30 years of service to his country to his country. Jack then went to work within Nova Scotia Family Courts until retirement at age 65. Since that time, he has enjoyed his collecting, painting, reading, staying physically fit and most of all his family, and in particular, times spent with his son Ron caring for cats in need. A highlight of his retirement was the Remembrance Day Train ride of 2005 shared with and largely organized by Ron who was employed with Via Rail in Halifax. Jack is survived by his wonderful wife and our idol, Shirley Evelyn (Wrin) whom he married in 1945, and three devoted children; Ron (Elisabeth), Judie (Richey Clarke), and Don, all of Dartmouth. Jack will also be missed by his grandchildren, Dr. Adam Clarke (Rebecca) of Port Williams and Jodie Usher (Daryl) of Dartmouth along with his great-grandchildren, Aiden and Brady Clarke and Abbie and Jackson Usher. Jack is also survived by sister Marjorie and brother Robert. Jack was always there for his family, and in particular, his children with support and a firm conviction to do what is right. He was a good man. Family would like to thank Dr. Wylie Verge (family physician) for his guidance over the years as well as Dr. Nancy Macdonald (cardiologist), even though she liked dogs. A lifelong cat lover, Jack and his family would very much appreciate donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Bide Awhile Animal Animal Shelter Society at 67 Neptune Drive, P.O. Box 50029, RPO Southdale Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4S2. Tel (902)469-9578. Cremation has taken place and a service will occur at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Homes at 29 Queen Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

JOHNSON, C. Cameron (Cam) - WWII Veteran - 5 Years RCNVR Over 64 Years Knights of Columbus 937 Saint John, NB-10617 Ottawa, ON 4th Degree Assemblies Fr. J.L. Reynolds Assembly 1670 S.K W. Vincent Taillon Assembly 2903 Peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 30, 2010. He will be dearly missed by his loving and devoted wife Alice (nee Bisson) of 66 years. Loving father of 8; John Cameron (predeceased), Teri Lecuyer (Norm), Vicki Funston (Dave), Kathi Beyers-Johnson, John (Sue), Alan (Debbie), Marc (Donna) and Brad. Grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 14. Dear brother of Patricia Johnson. Born in Fredericton, NB on January 21, 1923. Educated in Saint John, up to grade 10. After service in the Royal Canadian Navy on two ships-HMCS Cobalt Corvette and the HMCS Ottawa II Destroyer (Credited with 3 submarines Sunk) he returned to school (CVT #3) to complete his high school education. Graduation entitled Cam to the University of his choice -University of New Brunswick in 1946. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (B.Sc.C.E.). He was appointed to the New Fundy National Park (Alma, NB), where he had served for two summers as a Student Assistant. He was in effect the Park's first Park Engineer. He transferred to Fort Smith Mackenzie Delta (54-58) for four years. He was promoted to Ottawa in 1958. He retired from Indian Affairs Northern Development in 1978. Friends and family may pay their respects at Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Road, on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to Holy Cross Church, 685 Walkley Road on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 10.a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS COBALT, HMCS OTTAWA

JONES, Herbert W. -  Shortly after his 18th birthday, Herb enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and in September 1940, he entered active service. For the next five years, Herb served on the HMCS Dauphin, HMCS Buxton and HMCS Ettrick, earning the rank of Yeoman of Signals (Petty Officer). Herb met his lovely wife, Jo, at a dance in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1943. They were married April 24, 1946 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. We are all so proud of you! With Love, Your Family (The Windsor Star 11 Nov 2011)

 

HMS BUXTON, HMCS ETTRICK. HMCS DAUPHIN

KAPAC, Jack William - With sorrow we announce the passing of Jack Kapac on Friday, August 16, 2002, at the age of 78 after a difficult struggle with cancer. Jack is survived by his wife Irene; his children Jack; Robert (Barbara) and their children Christina, Benn, Monica, Luke and Jon; Jayne (Rhonda) and Thomas (Mary Ann) sisters, Anne Eustace and Helen Baker and by many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his father Stephen, mother Anastasia and brother Alec. Jack was born in Winnipeg on May 27, 1924 where he resided his entire life. At the age of 19 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served overseas on HMCS Calgary. Jack remained a life-long member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 141. Jack and Irene married in 1950 and would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on August 25. Jack was proud of the accomplishments of all of his children and derived great joy from his grandchildren who affectionately called him Gigi and persuaded him to give up cigars. Although it grieves us that Jack did not live to see his youngest son Thomas marry on August 23, we draw comfort from the knowledge that he wished the wedding to proceed as planned. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. on Wednesday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Lynne Hutchison of St. Lukes Zion Lutheran Church officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba. The family wishes to thank Dr. Moncek and the staff of the 5th floor, Seven Oaks Hospital who made special efforts to ease Dads suffering and to make his last days as comfortable as possible. Rest eternal grant him O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him.

 

HMCS CALGARY

LONG, John Herbert (19 Oct 1923 - 23 Jan 2013) - Medicine Hat, Alberta. Died January 23, 2013 at his home at the age of 89. Predeceased by his father G. Fred H. Long, mother Clissie Mae Tingley. Predeceased by his precious daughter Patricia Ann on January 19, 1995, age 38 and his wonderful son Fred on March 21, 2003, age 47. Also predeceased by his brother Charles F. Long and his wife Betty. Survived by Evelyn, his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, granddaughters Christie Long, Taryn Lees, grandsons Russell Long and Conor Lees, daughter-in-law Sharen Ferguson, who brought so much joy into our lives, her husband David Pottinger, nephews Dr. Bruce Long (Jill), Ward McAllister, Neil McAllister (Kristen), nieces Margo Valer (Ron), Janet McAllister, and many wonderful friends. John graduated from Magee High School in 1941, attended U.B.C. until joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. He served on HMCS Llewelly, Battleford and Sioux, performing mine-sweeping and convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic until the end of hostilities. He returned home and re- entered U.B.C. and was finally awarded a B.Comm. degree in 1951 much to his father's relief. John was President and CEO of Lister Iron Works (now Lister Chain & Forge Inc.) from 1956 until his retirement in 1997. Lister Iron Works began as a blacksmith shop for Vancouver in 1911 and grew into a major supplier of chain and specialized steel products though innovation and growth. Lister Iron Works became a North American leader in its industry. John, also known as "Curlie" by his close friends, enjoyed many years of membership with the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and was elected Commodore in 1976 and Honorary Life Member in 1984. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the skill and kindness extended to John by Dr. Ann Marie Falk, Shirley Lanorias and Divina Garcia Canapi during his final days. There will be an Eight Bells service with a committal of his ashes at sea off the RVYC Jericho Station, 3811 Pt. Grey Road, February 8, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.. Reception to follow at 12:30 pm. "ADIOS AMIGOS – I'VE GONE SAILING." Donations to the BC Cancer Foundation in lieu of flowers

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS LLEWELLYN

MAHONEY Charles Hugh, Lt, RCNVR - On Tuesday Nov. 23, 2004 after a brief illness at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Hugh was the loving husband of the late Patricia (1976) and dear father of Mary Anne of Victoria, Jean and Witold Kinsner of Winnipeg, Catherine of Vancouver, Charles and Elizabeth of Campbell River B.C., Father Michael of Sioux Lookout, Ont., Daniel and Margaret of Chatham, Paul of Toronto, Hugh and Marlene of Fergus, Peter of St. Catharines, Julie of Edmonton, James and Chris of Beijing, Joseph and Vickie of Cold Lake, Alta., and also the beloved grandfather of Michael and Kathleen, Patricia, Helena, Theresa and Christopher, Jeannie, Conrad and Zacharias, Jonathan and Janine, Megan, Hannah, Gracen and Thomas. Also survived by his brother Earl and Betz of Castro Valley Ca. and his sister Anne and William Hall of Renfrew, and predeceased by his sister Eileen Murray and brothers Leo and John Mahoney. Hugh was a member of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Knights of Columbus Council #1394 and the 4th degree Msgr Morris Assembly, former member and Chair of the St. Catharines Public Library Board, former member and trustee of the former St. Catharines Public School Board, former member and Chair of the Board of Governors of Denis Morris High School, member and past president of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines. On February 12, 1999 Hugh was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a Pontifical Equestrian Order. In 1941 he was Commissioned Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserve, then serving as a Lieutenant on the HMCS Chilliwack on convoy escort duty. Hugh was called to the bar on June 19, 1947. He then practiced law in St. Catharines where he became a founding member and senior partner with the Sullivan Mahoney Law Firm. Hugh is resting at the George Darte Funeral Chapel 585 Carlton St. until Saturday at 9:30 am. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria at 10 am. Rite of committal will be held in Victoria Lawn Cemetery. Visiting hours are Thursday and Friday 2-4 & 7-9 pm . Vigil prayers for Hugh will be said on Friday at 7 pm in the funeral home. Memorial remembrances to Wellspring Niagara or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK

MARTIN, Arthur H. - Navy Vet. WW 2, In hospital on Friday, August 8, 2003, Arthur in his 81st year. Loved husband of the late Mildred Caroline Martin. Loving father to Bruce; brother of Jack and Jim Martin. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Tuesday, August 12, at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre (2500 Baseline Rd., Ottawa) from 2 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service in the Pinecrest Chapel at 3 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the or Bereaved Families of Ontario would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CALGARY

MELNYK, Walter (12 Nov 1921 - 02 Dec 2011) - 90, beloved husband of Mary, peacefully passed away at home on December 2, 2011 surrounded by loving family. Walter was born November 12, 1921, in a farmhouse 6 miles east of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, to Sam and Annie (nee Krysak) Melnyk. He attended normal school at the City College in Saskatoon and graduated in 1941 with a teaching degree. In 1942 he volunteered for military duty. Walter was a Lieutenant Signals officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He served aboard the HMCS Belleville based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was on Convoy Duty on the mid Atlantic Ocean, from Halifax to St. John's, Newfoundland, and on to Londonderry, Ireland. Walter met Mary in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1944, while she was serving in the Canadian Women's Army Corps. They were married at King's College Chapel on March 16, 1945 in full military attire. He worked for thirty-seven years as an employee of Canada Packers, along with being a member of The Royal Canadian Legion #264 for forty-four years. He enjoyed golfing with the family and critiquing hockey from the press box with his brother-in-law Doug. Once he retired he became a world class e-mailer. Walter is survived by his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Mary (nee Barkley), and children; Gary (Susan) of Toronto, Dean (Karen) of Calgary, Gayle (John Michalyshyn) of Canmore, his grandchildren; Josh and Melissa of Calgary, Rodger and Mary-Jo (Pradeep) of Toronto, Nicholas and Noah of Canmore, along with great- granddaughter Taylor and loving sister Mary Dudder of Calgary. He is survived by brothers-in-law Doug Barkley (Marianne Brandow), Ron (Edith) Barkley and Stan Martin, as well as sisters-in-law Velma and Ollie Barkley; and numerous nieces, nephews and cherished friends. He is pre-deceased by his parents; two infant brothers; sister Sally and Don Beer, as well as brother-in-law Don Dudder. "The whole country is in mourning for a sailor that died." Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Thanks to Dr. D. Reuther and the staff of the Tom Baker cancer center, the nurses of palliative care with special thanks to Lana and Daelin and family doctor Keith Laatsch. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2

 

HMCS BELLEVILLE

MOWAT, William Franklin - Born July 25, 1924 to William Franklin Mowat and Hazel (Lambert). He grew up surrounded by his siblings Barbara, Anne, Margaret, Don, and Betty. At the age of 17, John volunteered to serve with Royal Canadian Navy. Dad crewed on various ships until he made Chief Petty Officer on the HMSC Chambly (K-116) engaged in convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic for 3 years. The horrors of war had a profound effect on the rest of John’s life. In 1949, John joined the Windsor Police and served with them until he joined the Riverside Police department in 1956. He rejoined the Windsor Police when Windsor Amalgamated with Riverside in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1984. John served through the ranks in the police department and finally retired as a highly regarded Staff Sergeant. John was an active member of the Police Association and was well known for his activities at many of the functions sponsored by the Association. After retirement, John joined the Courts system and served as a Court Services Officer until he retired at age 75. John loved being a Police Officer and had a positive effect on all those he came in contact with. Dad will be sadly missed by his oldest son John and youngest son Chris who looked after him in his later years. Dad will also be missed by countless family and friends, especially fellow retiree’s Fred Brannigan and Tom Fortier. John married Patricia Peschalk (deceased) in 1951 and is survived by son John and his wife Joan, granddaughters Trista (Chris) and Kim (Mark) and great grandfather to Nathan; son Christopher and his wife Kathy and grandchildren Richard, Meagan, Britnee, Eric, and great-granddaughter Makayla; daughter Cynthia and husband Brian and their children Amanda, Sarah, and Michael, and two great-grandchildren; son Robert and Janine. Special thank you to caregivers from CCAC, St. Elizabeth’s and Veterans Affairs. Donations to the Brentwood Recovery Home would be appreciated. Visitation Wednesday from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Veterans Memorial Service under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Service Committee Wednesday 7 p.m. Funeral Thursday (time incomplete) at Families First 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Cremation to follow.

 

HMCS CHAMBLY

McEWAN, Gordon Manson - On Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 4:52 a.m. our lives changed forever when our Husband, Dad, and Grandpa peacefully passed away at Deer Lodge Hospital. Gord is survived by Joyce, his wife of 63 plus years, his children, Brian (Colleen), Dayle (Dave), and Donnie and their families. Gord was born January 15, 1922 in Winnipeg and was predeceased by his sisters, Rose, Mille and Beryl. He attended Earl Grey and Kelvin schools. After a short time working with MTS, he joined the Navy in January 1941 and served on convoy duties from 1942 to 1945 on the Corvette HMCS Barrie. Following his discharge from the Navy Gord returned to work at the Manitoba Telephone System until retiring in 1977. Joyce and Gord enjoyed many trips together including Hawaii, Portugal, and countless bus trips with their friend Merv. He was a proud life member of the Prince Edward Legion #81 where he served as its treasurer for two terms. Many happy times were spent at their cabin at Nutimik Lake where special memories were made. Gord was extremely proud of his three grandsons, Brent (Deanna), Scott (Alexis) and Jamie (Laura). Gord was loved by all who knew him, especially his lifelong buddy Gordie Mackie. Gord and his family would like to extend a very special thanks to the staff of E2 at the Deer Lodge Hospital. Their compassion warmth and care were much appreciated. Special thanks to Erin, Karen and Jessie. At Gord's request cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. Gord, no one can take away all the great memories we have of you. You will always be in our hearts.

 

HMCS BARRIE

McLAREN, William - Peacefully on August 1, 2009 at the Deer Lodge Centre, Bill passed away at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his son Fred (Ann) and granddaughters Charlene and Kristina from Ottawa, Ontario; two sisters Isobel Marsch and Edith (Bob) Bird and sisters-in-law Norma and Mame McLaren; also numerous nephews and nieces. Bill was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Edith McLaren, his wife Olive in 2002, three brothers Joseph, Robert and twin brother Thomas. Born on February 25, 1924 in Glasgow, Scotland, Bill immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of six months. He grew up in the west end of Winnipeg, attending Principal Sparling and Daniel McIntyre schools, before joining the Navy and serving on the HMCS Dauphin during the Second World War. After the war he enrolled in a painting and decorating course and was employed by the Winnipeg School Division maintenance department until his retirement in 1988. A longtime member of the Sparling United Church, Bill served on various boards and committees and especially enjoyed his many years as a member of the choir. Special thanks to the staff on 4E at Deer Lodge Centre for the compassionate care they provided. Funeral services will be held on August 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., with Reverend Scott MacAuley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to Sparling United Church, 1490 Burrows Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 0S8 or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS DAUPHIN

McMURDO, Wilson Reginald (Will) - Born at Toronto, Ont on 29 Aug 1922, he was the son of David Sands McMurdo. He died at Port McNicoll, Ont on 20 Nov 1988. His ashes were scattered on Georgian Bay.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK

McNEVIN, Sydney Raymond - 89, formerly of Jordan Bay, passed away peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building (6 West) on February 9, 2012. Born in Prince Edward Island on September 7, 1922, he was a son of the late Sidney Frederick and Margaret (Costello) McNevin. Syd joined the RCNVR January 1, 1940 and served until December 1946, serving on convoy duties in the North Atlantic on HMCS St. Croix, HMCS Nanaimo, HMCS Dauphin and HMCS Uganda in the Pacific until the end of the second World War. Syd rejoined the RCN in 1948 and retired from CFS Shelburne in 1968. After retirement he served with the Commissionaires, was custodian of Shelburne Regional High School and later custodian at CFS Shelburne. In retirement, Syd became noted for his floral and vegetable gardens and Christmas lighting displays of which he and Frances received awards for both. Syd is survived by daughter Dale; son Donnie; stepdaughter, Carol (Frank) Robertson; stepsons, Kenny (Linda) MacAlpine; Danny (Deby) MacAlpine; several half brothers and sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances (Cunningham); brother, Louis and son, Sidney. While in Camp Hill, Syd always looked forward and enjoyed frequent visits by his grandson Scott and great grandchildren Olivia and Paige. Cremation has taken place under the direction of H. M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, Shelburne and by request there will be no visitation or service. A graveside service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society

 

HMCS DAUPHIN, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS NANAIMO, CFS SHELBURNE

NORLANDER, Herald Edvall - of Kamloops, BC, peacefully passed away in the arms of his wife and children on April 24, 2012 at 87 years of age. Herald is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; children Terry (Charlene), Jeannie (Rod), Dianna (Leonard), Leslie (Johanna), and Dennis (Cindy); many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; siblings Ada, Irene, Gladys and Ed; and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Herald was predeceased by his beloved daughter Gail, parents Erik and Ellen, and siblings Helen, Betty, Al, David and George. In May of 1924 Herald was born at Hay Lakes, AB and raised on the family farm there. Dad joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and while serving, participated in the D - Day Invasion onboard the HMCS Camrose. After the war Dad returned to Alberta, worked on the pipelines, at a sawmill and in logging. In 1946 he settled in Surrey, BC, where he met and married his loving wife Helen in 1947. Dad worked at various jobs until 1954 when he started his own contracting company, which prompted him to relocate his family to Kamloops in 1959. Some of Dad's endeavors in Kamloops included, Norlander Western Pools, Kamloops Bulldozing and Norlander Contracting. Dad was hired on at BC Hydro in 1967 as a construction foreman. He was transferred to Terrace, BC in 1977 as Sprv / Foreman where he stayed until his return to Kamloops in 1987. Dad was highly regarded within BC Hydro for his skills and knowledge in civil construction. Dad retired form BC Hydro in 1989. After retiring Dad did not waste anytime, he was always finding a building project to work on. His hobbies included golfing, fishing, gold panning and in the last few years taking over Mom's Garden (LOL). Dad's greatest joys were his children and his grandchildren with whom he spent many hours teaching them different skills. Dad's favorite saying was "When it's too tough for everyone else, it is just right for me." His family was always taught, "Never say can't." Godspeed Dad, We Love you, and you will be sorrowfully missed by all your family. Special thanks to Dr. Doug Hamilton and the entire medical staff on 7N at the Royal Inland Hospital. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any one of the following charities: Royal Inland Hospital Foundation - Kamloops, BC, MS Society - Kamloops, BC or the Canadian Liver Foundation (Research).

 

HMCS CAMROSE

OLSON, Carl Jonas - On March 9, 2009, Carl Jonas Olson, beloved husband of Gene Stratton-Porter Olson, passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg. Carl was born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan, on January 10, 1919, the third child of the Rev. Carl J. Olson (1884-1951) and Olöf Sveinfrdur (Freda) Sveinsson (1890-1925). His childhood and youth were spent in Saltcoats, Lancer, Weyburn, and Wynyard, Saskatchewan; Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Seattle, Washington. Carl graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg. In December 1941, he enlisted in the RCNVR as a seaman, training in Toronto and Halifax on HMCS York and HMCS Cornwallis. He was sent overseas in October 1942 on HMCS Baddeck, serving in the Mediterranean and North African campaign (November 1942-March 1943), the North Atlantic (April 1943-March 1944), and in the English Channel, France, Belgium, and Holland (April 1944-May 1945). He was discharged on October 10, 1945. Upon returning to Winnipeg, Carl attended the University of Manitoba (where he later, in the 1960s, resumed his studies). He then began a 40-year career at Moore Business Forms, finally retiring at the age of 70. After retiring, Carl continued his studies at the University of Winnipeg, taking seniors’ classes in religion, literature, history, and political studies. In addition to his parents, Carl was predeceased by his sister Katr?n Margaret Olson (1914-1986) and his brother, Gisli Robert Olson (1922-2000). He is survived by his wife, Gene; his sister Ingibjorg Lillian Lane of Brockville, Ontario; and his daughters and their families. Carl was a quiet, gentle person with a passion for poetry, books, and learning. He will be remembered with love and thankfulness. Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea. Cremation has taken place. Carl's ashes will be interred in the Gimli Cemetery on the old family farm at Loni Beach.

 

HMCS YORK, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS BADDECK

PANTER, Thomas Phillip -Passed away on March 5th, 2012 at age 87 with his loving wife and daughter at his side. He is mourned by his dearest friend and devoted wife, Marcia, her daughter, Donna McCarty (Jeff) and children, Emma and Jack Thomas of Hamilton. Dear father of specially loved daughter, Heather Tindall (Bryan) and grandfather of Karen Chrabasz and great grandson Nickolas; Darryl Tindall (Kelly); and his son Jack Panter (Daphne). He is survived by his brother Wallace (Mae) and dear sister, Daisy Brown; all of Victoria B.C. Mr. Panter has many nieces and nephews of whom he was very proud and with whom he kept in contact. Mr. Panter joined the R.C.N.V.R. as a stoker 1/c and was discharged as an E.R.A.4. He served in the corvette HMCS Battleford on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Mr. Panter retired from the Naval Service in H.M.C. Dockyard, Esquimalt, B.C. in 1979 after 32 years. Mr. Panter was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Niagara Region, and as acting Chaplain conducted the Memorial Services for deceased Shipmates. Tom Panter is perhaps best known as the Editor of the Messdeck Messenger, the Newsletter of the R.C.N.A. He was a past President of Prince Edward Branch, R.C.L. in Langford, B.C. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Tom's family will receive visitors at the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines on Saturday, March 10th from 11am- 12:45pm. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow in the funeral home chapel at 1pm. A private family inurnment will be held in Victoria Lawn Cemetery at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD

PICKARD, Antony Fenwick (1913-1972) - served with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during 1940 to 1965. He started his naval career by joining the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1940. The next year, he served on the HMCS Chambly, which resulted in his promotion to Lieutenant and his appointment to executive officer of the HMCS Chambly. In 1944, Pickard commanded the HMCS St. Catherines. For the remainder of the war he was ashore in Newfoundland in charge of the Tactical Training Centre and the Night Escort Trainer. In 1946, Pickard was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his service in the Second World War. After the war, Pickard transferred to the RCN as Lieutenant Commander. He commanded the HMCS Avalon and the HMCS St. Stephen for short periods of time before moving on to command the HMCS Haida. In 1944, he became the first Director of Service Conditions and Welfare. After holding the position of executive officer at HMCS Shearwater and on HMCS Quebec, he became Canadian Naval Commander, Newfoundland. In 1959, Pickard became Canadian Commander Escort Squadron 1 as well as commander of the HMCS Algonquin. Pickard retired from the RCN in 1965.

 

HMCS CHAMBLY, HMCS ST CATHARINES, HMCS ST STEPHEN, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS SHEARWATER, HMCS AVALON

PLATO, Franklin Raymond - Peacefully passed away January 12, 2010 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital in his 88th year surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Franklin (Ray) Plato was the husband of the late Helen (2008). Beloved father of Rick and Andrea Plato, John and Shelley Tamas, Jeff and Sue Quin, Sandy Thomas and Joanne Switzer, Joe and Pam Sheptenko, Raymond (Hazel), Patricia (Danny) Devereux, and Roy (Shirley). Loving Papa to Helecia Gross, John Tamas, Stephanie Quin, Jackie Quin, Joanna Staniak, Brittany Quin, Jessica Thomas and Mollie Sheptenko. Great grandpa to Aaron, Elliott, Oliver, John, Kaitlyn, Brock, Hannah and Riley. Dear brother of Jean Reichelt, Margie (Fred) Barber, Keith (Shirley) Plato and Dave (Heather) Plato and sister-in-law Geraldine Plato. Predeceased by parents Franklin Raymond and Evelyn Plato, sister Mabel Peck, brothers William Plato and Donny Plato and grandson Bobby Quin. A World War II Veteran in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a Navy Seaman and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and served aboard several ships including the Corvette HMCS Bittersweet. Friends may call at the The Williams Funeral Home, 722 Ridge Road North, Ridgeway from 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. George Roman Catholic Church on Friday morning at eleven o'clock. Interment at St. Michael's Cemetery. Memorial donations would be appreciated to the Military Casualty Support Foundation.

 

HMCS BITTERSWEET

PORTEOUS, Alexander (01 May 1099 - 28 Dec 2010) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alex early Tuesday morning, December 28th. He will be greatly missed by Ada, his devoted and loving wife of 63 years, children Glynda Benn (Vern), Sandra Bergink (Jan), Garth (Sue), and Greg (Annelies); grandchildren Stacey, Dana (Amber), Heather, Simon, Emily, Catherine, Mike (Kerri), Meghan (Andrew), Nicole, Sascha, Stefan and Isabelle, and his 5 great grandchildren Keira, Alexis, Hanna, Aidan and Macy. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Fred, two months ago, and is survived by sisters Agnes and Eleanor. During the Second World War he served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Dawson out of Halifax. After the war he co-edited the BC Digest magazine before moving with his bride to Trail, BC to work for Cominco. In 1950 they moved to Victoria where he worked for the provincial government. He retired in 1979 as Assistant Deputy Minister of Mental Health. He was a past member of the Kinsmen Club, Chairman of the Saanich School Board, helped to start the original Sidney Library, and was a volunteer driver for Beacon Community Services for many years. His many interests included sailing (he built his own 26' sailboat), woodworking, music, reading, gardening and he especially enjoyed the beauty of nature. He loved his family and his home. He and Ada resided happily at Woodside Farm on McTavish Road for over 58 years. He left us as he lived, quietly, with dignity and surrounded by family. The family wishes to thank Dr. Wray and the staff at SPH for their exceptional care. Memorial tea to be held on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. Everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS DAWSON

POUND, William Gilbert - Crossed the Bar: 15 Jun 1961

 

Photo of William's headstone

 

HMCS COBOURG, HMCS CARLPLACE

POWELL, Robert Montague - In Brockville, Ontario on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in his 90th year. Beloved husband for 65 years of Louise Dewar Powell. Cherished father of Susan (Thomson) and Mayo (Graham), both of Ottawa. He also will be greatly missed by grandchildren Martha Joslin, Robert Thomson, Ana and Zoe Yuristy. Eldest son of the late M. Grant Powell and Aurelia C. Hughson (Rockcliffe Park). Attentive brother to Anne (Toronto) and the late Hugh and Alan. Bob graduated from Trinity College School, Port Hope, from the Royal Military College, Kingston (Head Cadet B.S.M. 1934-35), and from the University of Toronto. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 until the end of WWII, latterly as Commanding Officer of the HMCS Belleville. He was employed as a chemical engineer with CIL/DuPont Canada for more than thirty years in Shawinigan, Montreal, Windsor, Texas and Brockville. A gentle-man of integrity, generosity, wry wit, intelligence and strength, he believed in honouring the natural environment and providing for those less fortunate. These acts of belief and kindness will be remembered in his work with St. Peter's Church, Sherwood Park Manor, the CNIB, the United Way, conservation authorities and environmental groups in the Brockville area. Bob passed on to his children and grandchildren his love of nature and adventure. He lived a truly selfless and courageous life, most recently in supporting his dear wife through this past decade of her loss of memory. Bob's family is grateful to the wonderful staff of St. Lawrence Lodge for their care and kindness. RIP A celebration of his life will be held at one o'clock Saturday, March 20 at St. Peter's Anglican Church (corner of Pine and Park Streets, Brockville). Interment will follow at St. Peter's (Oakland) Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Sierra Club of Canada, or the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements with the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville (613-342-2828).

 

HMCS BELLEVILLE, HMCS MERRITTONIA

QUINN, John Gordon (Jack) (06 Sep 1925 - 13 Apr 2011) - Jack weighed anchor and with the evening offshore breeze, sailed into the sunset on April 13, 2011. Born to James Arthur and Clara Belle (McMartin) Quinn in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on September 6, 1925. Jack enlisted in the Canadian Navy in 1941 serving his country on the minesweeper HMS Ingonish, corvette HMCS Barrie and destroyer HMCS Sioux seeing action during the Battle of the Atlantic on the Murmansk run and during D-Day. Jack spent 40 years working with meatpackers in Alberta and British Columbia. Burn's Foods, Gainers, J. M. Schneider's and Olympic Meats were all the beneficiaries of his boundless energy and matchless customer sales and service skills. Jack concluded his career as a broker with Costco bringing his legacy of his knowledge to the fledgling operation. Pre-deceased by wives, Teresa, Yvonne, and Edwina, sons Bruce and Patrick, brothers William and Morris, sister Dorothy, brother-in-law Keith. Loving and missing him always are wife Jean, brothers James (Edna), Gordon (Margaret), sisters-in-law Rose, Kae, sons Ronald (Patricia), Gregory (Katherine), Randal, Matthew (April), stepsons Gavin (May) and Jeremy (Gabriela), grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and all their families. Late in life, Jack met Jean and together they enjoyed golfing, fishing, sailing, traveling and hosting family gatherings featuring legendary turkey dinners. Married at the fabled Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu on December 3, 1990, they celebrated a magical 20th Anniversary in December 2010. In Jack's memory, we would be grateful for donations to Honor House Society providing accommodation for families of Canadian Forces and BC First Responders receiving medical care in Metro Vancouver. Jack was a remarkable man who lived his life in a truly inspirational fashion, challenging all of us to make the most of our opportunities to overcome incredible obstacles and to never let setbacks determine our destiny. "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." W. H. Henley. A gathering will be held at St. Margaret's Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 East 22nd Street, Vancouver, B C, on Sunday, May 8, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

HMCS BARRIE, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS INGONISH

ROBERTSHAW, Norman James - Born February 7, 1925 in Langruth, Manitoba; passed away peacefully January 1, 2013 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, June; son, Paul (Julie); daughter, Kori-Ann (Darell); three grandchildren, Britiny, Ashlee and Chelsea as well as his two sisters, Ruth and Marie and many friends. Norman was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Royal Canadian Navy 1939 to 1945. Later he became an elevator constructor for 28 years with Montgomery/Kone Elevator and retired to Oliver/Penticton for 21 years. He loved to fish, hunt and woodwork and was also an avid gardener. He also enjoyed involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 133. He will be especially remembered for his keen and witty sense of humour and strong lust for life. We will truly miss you and we love you. May you rest in peace. A Celebration of Norman's Life will be announced in the spring.

 

ROBERTSHAW, Norman James - Son of Herbert and Myrtle Robertshaw, Norman was born February 7, 1925. He attended the Langruth public and high school. At the time of his enlistment, December 5, 1942, at Vancouver, he was in the employ of the Hamilton Bridge Co. Ltd. He took basic training at HMCS Discovery, Vancouver, B.C., and HMCS Naden, at Victoria, then to Comox, B.C., for a course in Commando training. With the completion of that course, Norman came back to Victoria and picked up his first ship; HMCS Dawson. He spent four months in the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak and Kiska. On his return to Vancouver, via the Panama Canal to Halifax, he had spent seven months on the "Triangle Run"- Halifax to Newfoundland, New York to Londonderry, Ireland. In June, 1945, he returned to Canada, and on December 2, 1945, received his discharge as Able Seaman at HMCS Discovery, at Vancouver. At present he is employed at diamond drilling. (Source: "A Tribute to the Soldiers and Pioneers of the Langruth District", published 1950)

 

HMCS NADEN, HMCS DAWSON

ROBINSON, John Donald (Jock) - enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in Port Arthur, Ontario in April of 1942 at the age of seventeen and a half. Following in the bootsteps of his father, who served in the First World War, Jock trained first as a wireless operator in St. Hyacinth, Quebec. He was stationed out in St. John’s, Newfoundland sending radio signals to ships, but by February of 1943 was on HMCS Bittersweet for convoy duty. He sailed from Victoria to Halifax through the Panama Canal, as well on the North Atlantic. He was made an officer during this period, and moved to the Kingston to oversee a sea cadet camp on the Rotary Islands. Jock found this experience to be most enjoyable, but his favourite experience during the war was being the Captain of a tugboat. Unfortunately, the tugboat soon encountered engine troubles and spent the remainder of the war in the yard waiting to be fixed. The poor tugboat was eventually scrapped with the ending of the war and Jock finished as a Lieutenant in the R.C.N.V.R.

 

ROBINSON, Dr. “Jock” John Donald (Vet WWII Royal Canadian Navy) At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Sunday, September 30, 2012 of Flesherton in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Geraldine Moore. Loving father of Mary(Alex) Ramsay of Walkerton, Kim Robinson of Toronto, Mark(Julia) of Elliott Lake, and Scott(Barbara) of Guelph. He will be loved and remembered by his grandchildren Alex”Sandy”, Peter, Caily, Cooper, R.J., Catie and Cole. Dear brother of Eleanor Kerr of Ottawa, Patricia Lytle of Toronto, and the late Dr. Stuart Robinson. A reception will be held in the main foyer of Grey Highlands Secondary School, Flesherton on Saturday, October 6 from 1:30 – 4:30pm. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Grey-Bruce Conservation Foundation or South Grey Museum would be gratefully appreciated.

 

HMCS BITTERSWEET

ROGERS, Jack D. - Died peacefully with his family at his side on June 29, 2003, at the age of 81. He was the beloved husband to Anne Rogers (Zakow) and loving father to his four children: Shellie Bruner & husband Bob (Windsor), Jackilynn Rogers (Toronto), Nick Rogers & wife Debbie (Sparta), and Tom Rogers & wife Jane (Chatham). He was grandfather to five grandchildren: Michelle Bruner, Nicole Hall, Douglas Rogers, Ian Rogers, and Blair Rogers. Great grandfather to a great granddaughter Morgan Hall, and great grandson Solomon Rogers, Pat Pocock (Rogers) of Lucan, special cousin. Jack served in WW II, with the RCNVR mainly on the Corvette HMCS Brandon K149. He was the only son to William John and Sarah Rogers of Riverside. Jack was a well-known potter in the Kingsville/Windsor area. He served with the Windsor Police Force before moving to Edmonton, Alberta, later taking up residence in Kingsville where he had his pottery studio. Visiting in the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Bruce Pocock officiating. Cremation to follow. A Naval Veterans Service will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at 7:00 p.m.

 

HMCS BRANDON

SAARI, Ossie ( 1922-2003) - Passed away peacefully at the North Bay General Hospital - Scollard Site, on Thursday August 28, 2003. Much loved husband of Dorla Saari (nee Nicholson). Dear father of Judi Suraci ( husband Frank) of Mississauga, Donna Feradi of Calgary, Jeff of KimberlyIn lieu of flowers, donation to the Redeemer Lutheran Church, the North Bay General Hospital Foundation or the Cardiac Fitness Club would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BRANDON

SHERWIN, Lyle B. - passed away peacefully on Oct. 23, 2009. He was 87. Born and raised in Ontario, Sherwin attended Queen's University, obtaining his B.Com in 1943. He then joined the Royal Canadian Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant and serving aboard ships including HMCS Beauharnois on the North Atlantic during World War II. Returning to Queen's University, Sherwin earned a bachelor's degree (1947) and a master's degree (1948) in mathematics. He joined London Life Insurance Co. and completed his actuarial examinations, becoming a fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1959. After his distinguished 40-year career at London Life, which included the post of director of individual new business, he spent seven enjoyable years as a part-time consultant with Canadian Reassurance Co. in Toronto. Following his retirement, he enjoyed music, especially opera, and gardening. Sherwin will be lovingly remembered by his family particularly for his integrity, common sense, support, humor and kindness. He will be sadly missed by his devoted dogs. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Doris Eleanor, (nee Lick). He is survived by his daughter Linda; son Rick and daughter-in-law Maureen; and grandchildren Heather, Mark and Danielle.

 

HMCS BEAUHARNOIS

SIMMONS, Edward Theodore (Ted) - was born in Vernon, BC in 1910, eventually moving to Victoria where he attended school and later trained to be an interior decorator. In 1939, with war in Europe looming, Simmons registered for service with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), leaving civilian life and a promising career behind.

 

After completing his initial training, Acting Lieutenant Simmons was appointed in the spring of 1940 to a naval training facility at Kingston, Ontario. When corvette K116, HMCS CHAMBLY, was commissioned in December 1940, Simmons became its second in command. K116 soon joined a Newfoundland-based escort force assigned to accompany vessels across the North Atlantic and train other escorts.

 

In September 1941, a convoy of 64 merchantmen fell prey to a deadly attack by German U-boats off Greenland's coast. Some 18 merchant ships were sunk in the running battle that followed. HMCS MOOSE JAW and HMCS CHAMBLY rushed to the convoy's assistance. As that disastrous night of September 10th unfolded, MOOSE JAW finally picked up an underwater contact and laid a pattern of depth charges that forced U-501 to the surface. After MOOSE JAW rammed the U-boat to slow its speed, CHAMBLY's captain ordered a boat away and a boarding party led by Lt Simmons jumped aboard the U-boat despite the perilous heavy sea running. They were in search of code books or one of the elusive German cipher machines; such a prize would allow the Allies to break the secret of enemy communications.

 

Once the party was on the U-boat's heaving deck, Simmons yelled "Hands up!", seized a German crewman who spoke English and ordered him below. When his captive refused, protesting that "No good, boat alles kaput!" Simmons brandished his 45 calibre pistol and propelled two other Germans towards the conning tower. They too refused to go below; the sub was now sinking stern first and time was running out. Simmons jumped onto the ladder down the hatch with a flashlight. Descending, he discovered that the captured U-boat was flooding fast. Simmons abandoned hope of retrieving code books and scrambled back up the conning tower. He quickly ordered everyone over the side, boarding party and prisoners alike.

 

When the group mustered aboard CHAMBLY, it was discovered that a stoker, William Irvin Brown, was missing, possibly sucked under by the U-boat as it descended to the sea bottom. For his "bravery and enterprise" in the sinking of U-501, Lt Simmons received the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).

 

The following year, he again demonstrated courage and resourcefulness when, as commander of the corvette HMCS PORT ARTHUR, he became involved in another show-down with a sub. On convoy duty in the Mediterranean, PORT ARTHUR detected the lurking presence of an Italian submarine, the Tritone, off Algeria. In what was described as "a classic engagement", Simmons laid a ring of depth charges around the sub, forcing it to the surface to be finished off by the guns of PORT ARTHUR and another escort vessel. For this encounter, Simmons was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)" ...for courage, gallantry and skill in action with submarines."

 

In 1944, Lieutenant-Commander E.T. Simmons DSO, DSC, returned to his hometown to commission the River class frigate HMCS BEACON HILL. "Victoria's very own ship" was soon engaged in patrol and convoy duties in the Irish Sea and English Channel with Ted Simmons - now an acting commander - as Senior Officer of Escort Group 26, an "all-Canadian striking force". By war's end, BEACON HILL had supported, or distantly supported, a total of 79 convoys under the command of her famous 'sub chaser' captain.

 

Following war service, Ted Simmons worked for Distillers Corporation Canada and later became its president. He retired to England in 1965, and died in 1988. In 1989, a service commemorating his distinguished career was conducted aboard HMCS HURON, from which his ashes were committed to the deep. (Source: CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum)

 

HMCS CHAMBLY, HMCS PORT ARTHUR, HMCS BEACON HILL

SMITH, George Sellars - Peacefully, in his sleep at the Royal Victoria Hospital on May 3, 2007. Son of the late Allan Smith and the late Mary Sellars. Predeceased by his wife Gina, his brother Allan and his beloved Montreal Expos. Survived by his sons Allan, Peter (Maria) and Matthew (Patti) and his grandchildren Matthew Jake and Katie, his brother Dick and many neices and nephews. George was born in Montreal's East End where as a youth he excelled at soccer and as a drummer. He served aboard the HMCS Chilliwack in WWII. He graduated from McGill University and worked for many years at Cockfield Brown ad agency where he made many lifelong friends. As per George's wishes, no service will be held. He will be buried in Nova Scotia at a later date.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK

SPEED, Ronald Dick (Ron) (30 Dec 1925 - 19 Oct 2008) - passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie, children, David (Donna), Karen (Russell) Blow and Daniel (Nancy Hayes), grandchildren Terry, Jeff, and Brett, Oliver and Lucas (Blow), Jessica and Blake. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) in 1944 as an Ordinary Seaman, serving aboard HMCS Belleville during the Second World War. He also served in Korea in 1952/ 53 aboard the HMCS Crusader, and retired from the Canadian Forces in 1979 as a Lieutenant Commander. Residing in Qualicum Beach, Ron had a passion for golf, camping and enjoyed fishing off the coast of Vancouver Island. He loved to play his piano, do the daily crossword and spent most days quietly reading a book. We had one last Happy Hour" together on the night of your passing, you will be forever in our hearts. At the request of the family, no service to be held. in lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the Salvation Army. Ready Aye Ready"

 

HMCS BELLEVILLE, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS YUKON

STOKVIS, Wilfred David - Born September 19, 1913 in Burnaby, B.C. Died at his home in Vancouver on May 24, 2000. He is survived by two daughters, Susan W. Stokvis and Gillian E Stokvis-Hauer of Vancouver, B.C.; his sister Wilhemina (Billy) Cragg of New Westminster, B.C.; granddaughters Tina Stokvis and Alyssa Hauer of Vancouver, B.C.; his dear friend of 30 years Margaret Solar of New Westminster, B.C.; his niece Daphne (Michael) Fahey-Cragg of Truro, Nova Scotia; nephews Tom (Wendy) Cragg of White Rock, B.C., Ted (Rosemary) Cragg of Vancouver, B.C., Eric (Karen) Cragg of Orleans, Massachusetts and their families. Predeceased by sisters Winifred Mather-Hillman and Eleanor Cummins of Vancouver, B.c. Wilf graduated from South Burnaby High School and was a five letter Athlete there and won the Senior Decathlon Track and field Championship during his junior and senior years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of British Columbia in 1939 and was an avid sportsman on the U.B.C. rugby and basketball teams. After graduating from U.B.C. his career was interrupted by wartime service. He served 5 years in WW II with The Royal Canadian Navy. After being the Captain of two Canadian Warships, the Minesweeper HMCS GRANDMERE and the famous ocean going R.C.N. Corvette HMCS BARRIE he retired as Lieutenant Commander R.C.N.R. While in command of the HMCS BARRIE during the grim Battle of the Atlantic he was responsible for picking up 14 survivors of a torpedoed Merchant ship. Incredibly, amongst the survivors was a seaman that he had rescued two years before in October 1942, when his ship picked up survivors from the CARIBOU, that was torpedoed in approximately the same place between Canada and Newfoundland. After the war Wilf went into business in Vancouver as an Executive with James H. Lovick International Advertising Company, then in 1947 on to Advertising Manager for the Late Lord Thomson of Fleet's Vancouver Morning News - Herald. In 1957 when the News - Herald ceased publication Wilf joined the general advertising staff at the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers for the next 21 years and retired in 1978. Wilf always loved his bridge games, and since 1945 he was a daily keen Bridge player at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. He was well - known in Vancouver bridge circles as a solid player, but has played in and distinguished himself in many tournaments as well as playing with some of the world's top experts. He gained his National Masters title in 1965. Popularly known as the "Chairman" by his bridge buddies at the Club, he will be greatly missed by them all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A reception in celebration of Wilf's life will be held at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club on Friday June 2, 2000 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

HMCS BARRIE, HMCS GRANDMERE

TAYLOR, Paul Elliot (19 Apr 1989 - 24 Jul 2015) - Beloved son of Stephen and Beverly Taylor, loyal brother to his sister Madison. Lost his fight with his delusions. Paul's last few years were a struggle with the effects of schizophrenia. Paul attended Pauline Haarer School and briefly NDSS. He finished his education at Shawnigan Lake and upon graduation joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer. He served proudly for five years and was just two courses short of graduation for an Arts Degree at the University of Victoria. He was a gentle soul who always cared how everyone else was feeling. He was noble, honourable, a loyal friend and always fun to be around. We miss him so much. The world is a smaller place without him. He leaves behind his loving and heartbroken parents Stephen and Beverly, sister Madison, a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and his best friends Kyle, Chase and Brad. Funeral Service will be held July 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo.

TEMPLE, Albert (1923-2005) - beloved husband of Mrs. Mary Temple of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Hospital on August 5, 2005 at the age of 82 years. Besides his loving wife Mary, he will be dearly missed by his three sons, Albert, Murray and David; and his grandson Jonathan. As well as being a great family man, his proudest accomplishment was serving his country in World War II. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on HMCS Collingwood from 1943 to 1945. Friends and relatives are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Committal in the "Field of Honor" at Queen's Park Cemetery (3219 - 4 Street N.W.) on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 2:30 p.m.

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD

THOMAS, John (Jack) (01 Nov 1922 - 20 Sep 2011) - Peacefully at the FJ Davey Home on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Doris. Loving father of Rob (Kelly) and predeceased by Janice Ball (Rick) and Stephen (Tammy). Grandfather of Steven Ball, Chris Myers, Kevin Myers, Emily Nethery and predeceased by Frank Ball, Natasha Thomas and Shannon Thomas. Jack is predeceased by his brothers Lawrence Thomas (Betty) and Alvin Thomas (Mary). Jack will be sadly missed by his nephew Tom Wall (Sharon) and by other family members and friends. Dad proudly served aboard the HMCS K165 Battleford during the Second World War. Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 11 am until 1 pm. At Jack's request there will be no funeral service. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society or the Elk's Lodge #341 would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD

TUCKEY, Jack Charles - A resident of Blenheim, Jack Tuckey passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the age of 86. Born in London, son of the late Cyril and Winnifred (Archer) Tuckey. Beloved husband of Marilyn (Kaltenback) Tuckey for 54 years. Father of Lynda Tuckey of London, and Jacquie McKee of Collingwood. Grandfather of Ryan McKee. Brother of the late Eric Tuckey and Nancy Walters. Mr. Tuckey was a Veteran of WWII, and served overseas with the R.C.N.A. aboard the HMCS Kamloops, and the HMCS Battleford. Cremation has taken place. Donations in Jack's honour to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD, HMCS KAMLOOPS

WALDRON, Cdr. William James (Bil), CD, BComm, MA Economics - Born Sept. 15, 1922 in Brantford, ON and passed at home in Essex on Friday, February 14, 2014 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Thelma (nee Wighton) (2011). Proud father of Lois Copley, (Essex); David (Calgary); late Keith (2002); Clifford Clark and wife Wilma (Spruce Grove, AB). Cherished Grandpa of Corey, Lindsay, Nicole and Casey (all of Alberta) and Great Grandpa of Jetton of Alberta. Dearest brother of late Margaret Woolley, late Jack (Janine), late Jean Thompson (late Terry), Mary Patis (late Larry), Ronald Waldron (Jackie). Dear brother-in-law of Jim Wighton (Tecumseh). William served in the RCN in WWII from 1942-45 on the HMCS Barrie on Convoy Duty in the North Atlantic. After marrying Thelma in December 1951, he signed on for an additional 3 year term in Quebec City with the RCN. In 1961, he was second in command of the University Naval Training Division at the HMCS Hunter and was also a Lt. Commander at Naval Base Cornwallis, NS in the summer of 1964. He retired from RCNR at the rank of Commander. After serving his country in WWII, he completed his BComm with honours at University of Toronto and then went on to achieve his Master of Arts in Economics with honours. He began his teaching career at Essex District High School and progressed to other secondary schools in the area and then became Professor of Economics at St. Clair College, heading the Business Department before retiring in 1984. Upon retirement, he acquired his Financial Planning Designation and worked several years with Tillican Financial. He served 18 years as a Director with Woodslee Credit Union. He was a long time member of the Masons with the Parviam- Central, Lodge #395 Essex since 1961. Also a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 201, Essex, a life member of the RCNR and the Naval Officer's Association. He was also elected as Councillor for the Town of Essex. William was also instrumental in developing the St. Clair College Retired Teacher's Association. During his tenure at St. Clair College, he was the Assistant Coach for the St. Clair College Saints hockey team for several years. His passion for hockey led him to serve as President of Essex Minor Hockey, as well as playing Monday night hockey for the Essex Legion for several years. He coached the Essex Bantams for years, culminating in a Provincial Championship in 1967-68. With the Essex 73's, he served as treasurer on the Executive for 10 years, witnessing many championships throughout those years. Mr. Waldron was very proud of many players he coached that went on to play in the NHL. William was humble, a true gentleman and mentor to many. His children idolized him and all of his accomplishments. Mr. Waldron will be forever missed by all the people; young and old, who had the priviledge of knowing him. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E, Essex (519-776-4233) on Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Royal Canadian Naval funeral under the Auspices of the W.V.M.S.C. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11 am. Rev. Stan Fraser officiating. Masonic Memorial Service Friday 7:30 pm. Private family interment. If desired, memorial donations made to Essex Minor Hockey or the charity of choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS BARRIE

WALKER, Douglas William James - of Calgary, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Agape Hospice, Calgary on Sunday, November 14, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer. Doug is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-three years, Jeanne Louise Walker (nee Dorman). He will be lovingly remembered by their three children, Erin (Jeff) Massicotte, Bruce and Rob; three grandchildren, Richard, Andrew and Stephanie; his sister Betty (Jack) Waldie; numerous nieces and nephews and many worldwide friends. Doug, born March 22, 1924 in Vermilion, Alberta began his military career as a boy seaman in 1941 at the age of sixteen, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Doug retired from the RCN in 1975 to Comox, BC. As a telegrapher during World War II, Doug served on the HMCS Camrose, HMCS Battleford and HMCS Iroquois in the North Atlantic, as well as taking five convoys to Russia as part of the Murmansk Run, for which he received the Russian Commemorative medal. Following the war, Doug served at various military bases including Alert, Chilliwack, Chimo, Churchill, Coverdale, Gloucester, Masset, Ottawa, Washington, DC, and Bermuda. Doug and Jeanne enjoyed twenty-eight years of retirement as snowbirds in Florida, with their close friends and family. Doug will be fondly remembered for his devotion to family, love of life and his kind and caring ways. "A true gentleman." At Doug's request, there will be no Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Agape Hospice Calgary.

 

CFS ALERT, CFB CHILLIWACK, NRS CHIMO, HMCS CHURCHILL, HMCS COVERDALE, HMCS GLOUCESTER, HMCS BATTLEFORD, HMCS CAMROSE, HMCS IROQUOIS

WARNE, Robert - Bob passed away suddenly on October 13th at the age of 85. He was born in London, Ont., and moved to B.C. in 1947. He is survived by his wife Joy, of 54 years, and their two sons, Rick and Bob. He had three children from a previous marriage, Sandra, Bill and Rob. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and 4 great, great grandchildren. He also leaves behind two older sisters, Ruth and Florence in Ontario, as well as the Broome family here. Bob was in the Navy from 1943 to 1945, aboard the HMCS Collingwood. He was a Salesman for Fletcher Challenge for 35 years. He was a "Charter Member" of the Barbershop singers. He loved to sing! He also enjoyed his years as "Head Coach" with the LMHA. No services by request. A donation in Bob's memory to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD

WENNBERG, Erick Theodor Pate (1911-2002) - The death of Erik Theodor Pate Wennberg, husband of Margaret Anne (Brierley) Wennberg, occurred peacefully on May 7, 2002 at the St. John and St. Stephen Nursing Home, Saint John, NB. Erik was born in London, England on November 1(All Saints' Day), 1911. He received his education at South Norwood College and William and Ellis School, London and, after moving to Canada in 1926 with his sister, at Hamilton Central Collegiate and the Business Management Programme at LaSalle Extension University. Erik joined The Steel Company of Canada in 1928 and, after increasingly senior sales management positions in Winnipeg and Ottawa, he established the Atlantic Regional Sales Office of Stelco in Saint John in 1966. He retired from Stelco in 1972 after 45 years of service. During World War II, Erik served in the Royal Canadian Navy almost entirely on North Atlantic convoy duty, in command (Lieutenant-Commander) of HMCS corvettes Dauphin and Frontenac and the frigate HMCS New Glasgow. Erik loved the game of golf. He played it almost all his life, and spent many happy hours at Riverside Country Club in Rothesay demonstrating his skill and his passion for the game. In later years, he also became an avid curler. Erik was a former active member of the Manitoba Club (Winnipeg), the Rideau Club (Ottawa), the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Marylebone Cricket Club (Lord's Grounds, London), the Royal Overseas Club (London), the Union Club in Saint John and the Kennebecasis Rowing Club. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club in both Ottawa and Saint John, the Canadian Club, the Boy Scouts Association (as National Finance Committee Director), the Canadian Red Cross (Chairman, Disaster Services), the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, both the Ottawa and Saint John Boards of Trade, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, The National Geographic Society and the Royal Astronomical Society. In 1988 he was made an Honorary Life Member of The Maritime Seniors' Golf Association. He served on the board of the Saint John Arts Council and served as Vice-President and President of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Erik also served for many years on boards of the Anglican Dioceses of Ottawa and Fredericton, and as Treasurer of the Anglican Church's Summer Music Camp in Rothesay. Music was always an extremely important part of Erik's life, and he was a dedicated and longstanding member of the St. Paul's Church Choir, Rothesay, NB, as well as a great dog-lover and a hard-working and successful gardener. Erik was predeceased by his Scottish mother (Margaret Pate Morrison) and Swedish father (Theodor Wennberg), by his sister Christine Warr (Edmonton, AB) and his son Richard Pate Wennberg (Fall River, NS). He is survived by his wife Margaret Anne (Brierley) Wennberg (with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November, 2001), his daughter Anne Brierley Menzies (Barrie, ON), his son Michael Douglas Wennberg and daughter-in-law Margaret (Blagrave) Wennberg (Rothesay, NB), and grandchildren James Michael Menzies (Toronto), Robin Kathleen Menzies (Barrie), Megan Jane Brierley Wennberg, Phillippa Anne Wennberg and Emily Harriet Hutton Wennberg (all of Rothesay, NB). The family also wishes to express its thanks to Erik's caregivers over the last few years, Susan and Allan Thomas, for their dedication and friendship. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Thursday, May 9 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held from St. Paul's Church, Rothesay on Friday, May 10 at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in Hamilton, ON at a later date. For those who wish, and in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Fund of St. Paul's Church, Rothesay or to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

HMCS DAUPHIN, HMCS FRONTENAC, HMCS NEW GLASGOW

WEST, Helmer Cameron (27 Aug 1924 - 08 Jun 2008) - With sadness we announce the passing of Helmer Cameron West, age 83. Helmer passed away peacefully with family at his side, June 8. Born in 1924 in Surrey, his family were pioneers of the area then known as South Westminster. In his early years Helmer fished commercially in the Fraser River and along the BC coast. Following his WWII naval service in the North Atlantic (HMCS Cobalt) he returned to fishing and then married. With family life evolving he traded his fishing nets for life rings, working as a safety boat operator for New Westminster longshoremen and during construction of the Deas tunnel. His knowledge of the Fraser River and skill as a scuba diver also brought opportunities to assist local businesses and fishermen. He leaves Lena, wife of over 55 years, children Cameron, Christine, Robert and Lorraine, grandchildren Douglas, Kelsey, Kelly, Courtney, Maureen, Jennifer, Jessica, and his sister, Eva. Cremation with no service, by his request. We will miss his white cap and stories.

 

HMCS COBALT

WESTELL, John Russell (Chief) - Retired as Lieutenant (N) CD) RCNVR 1940-1946. Served aboard HMCS Dauphin as Radio Operator 1941-43 under C.O. Captain MacNEIL, RCNVR, who was awarded the Norwegian War Cross and OBE. RCN 1950-1978 Communications Research John was born May 27th, 1920 at the Kincardine Lighthouse, Ontario. He passed peacefully with his family July 17th 2013 at The Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre in Ottawa. Predeceased by parents Oran Westell (WW1 veteran), Jane Russell of Manchester, England and sister "Toots" Jarrell (who remembered him as 'Jack'), his wife Jeanne Anne Hayden of Port Hope and thereafter by Virginia Ada Bryant of Virginia, U.S.A. He retired to Kincardine with Jenny within hearing distance of the sounds of Lake Huron. His sister Arlene McQueen of Belfast, P.E.I., survives, along with sons Ian and Jamie of Ottawa, Granddaughters Mishka Westell of Austin, Texas, Julie Cipryk of St. Catharines and stepdaughter Susan Brown of Port Clinton, Ohio. We give special thoughts to PSW Shelley Miedema of Port Colborne and PSW Joan Anderson of Ottawa.

 

HMCS DAUPHIN

WHARTON, Leonard Arthur (Len) Born: 26 Apr 1920. He was the son of Freeman John and Alice (nee Whiles) Wharton and brother of Cecil and Freda, of Mount Dennis, Ontario. (Freeman was a Veteran of WWI) His brother Cecil Stanley Wharton with the Canadian Grenadier Guards, R.C.A.C. was also killed in action on Feb. 26, 1945 at age 20. He is commemorated on page 123 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance, the Halifax Memorial-Panel 8, and on memorial plaques in the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 31, and Bala Ave. Public School in Mount Dennis, Ontario. There is a Tribute to him on the Roll Call of Honour website. Citation: 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. He died when HMCS Charlottetown was torpedoed by a u-boat in the St. Lawrence River and sunk. His body was never found.

 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

WHEELER, Alden (Sunny) Dodge, CD (17 Aug 1923 - 01 Nov 2010) - passed away peacefully on November 1, 2010 at Victoria General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his father of the same name in 1928 in Boston and mother Vivian Stuart Galbraith Wheeler/Mattson in 1979. He is survived by Joyce (Lytton), his wife of 60 years, son John (Shannon), sister Diana Grandfield of Port Hope, Ontario, two grandsons, David and Sean, and many nieces and nephews and their extended families. A special thanks to nephews Jim and John Wenman for their support as Al and Joyce coped with his heart condition over the last few years. Alden was born in Toronto and grew up in Bowmanville, Ontario and attended Trinity College School (TCS class of 1943) in Port Hope. He served from 1943 to 1945 in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in corvette HMCS Atholl on North Atlantic convoy duty. In 1950, he graduated from McGill (BSc. P.E.) and was married in Victoria. His early career spanned recreation, public relations and NORAD systems training most of it serving in or with the RCAF up to 1972, including a stint of UN peace keeping in the Gaza Strip. He returned to Victoria and worked in real estate and retired as a trust officer in 1989. Always active socially as a curler, golfer and a volunteer, he will be missed by many friends at the cottage in Newcastle, Ontario, at TCS, and as a volunteer and attendee at the Lodge at Broadmead and Saanich Probus Club. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd at 2 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 9 with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the Broadmead Care Foundation Veterans Health Centre or to a charity of their choice.

 

HMCS ATHOLL

WILSON, H. Grant - Suddenly at home on February 2, 2007 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Janet (nee Maclean) and father of Jim of Calgary and Pat (Tom) of Toronto. Dear grandfather of Christopher, Katherine and Stephen Little. Predeceased by brother Jack of Amherstburg and survived by brother Bob of North Carolina. Graduate of Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa and a telegrapher in the Canadian Navy during WWII serving onboard HMCS Brandon. A long time travel counsellor with TCA (Air Canada) in Ottawa, CAA in Hamilton and other agencies in Burlington. He was a member of Mac "Turtles" and a 10 year volunteer driver for the Canadian Cancer Society. Family will receive friends at Swackhamer, Blachford & Wry Funeral Home, 1341 Main Street West, Hamilton, (opposite McMaster) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BRANDON

WILSON, Leonard Walter - the family of Leonard Walter Wilson announce with great sadness his passing. He was the husband of the late Emily (May) Wilson and a resident of Lorneville, Saint John, NB. His death occurred on December 10, 2006 at the Saint John Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. Born July 15th, 1913 in Lorneville, Leonard was the son of the late Walter and Jennie May (Downey) Wilson. He fished with his father at a young age, by 13 he was on the Bay in his own boat. He was a fisherman, a boat builder, and a carpenter. During the early part of WW II he ran the Army boat ferrying supplies and personnel to Partridge Island. Later in the war he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Gunner, rising to the position of Petty Officer. He served abroad the corvette HMCS Collingwood and the frigate HMCS Stonetown, making more than 30 trips across the North Atlantic on convoy duty. Following the war he served in the Merchant Marine abroad the Hampstead Park. He spent a year fishing Pacific salmon out of Rivers Inlet, BC, before heading back to NB via the oil field of Leduc, Alberta. Upon his return to Lorneville he resumed fishing for Atlantic salmon, lobster and also worked his herring weirs. He purchased a dragger and pursued ground-fish for a time. During the winter season he worked at the port as an ILA Checker. He was very proud of his boatbuilding abilities, from the initial design, to the selection of trees, the cutting, milling (at the sawmill he built himself) and the steaming and bending of the lumber, to the final construction details. He built over thirty boats in his lifetime, in later years he constructed one of the first ferro-cement boats to be built in NB. He was knowledgeable in many areas, from mechanics to navigation, and was a natural leader. He was the founder and president (11 years) of the Saint John Commercial Fishing Association and was instrumental in securing compensation for the Bay of Fundy salmon fisherman who lost their livelihood when the government closed the fishery. He was a Life Member the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 serving in an executive capacity for many years. In later years he enjoyed listening and singing along with his hymns. Leonard is survived by his six children Paulette Cooke (Keith), Brenda Tower (John), Walter (Cathy Cummings), Cindy Agnew (Stephen), Arliss (Elaine) and Robert (Angela), grandchildren Rocky (Glenda) Cooke, Rob (Pam) Cooke, Danny (Laura) Tower, Dale Tower, Meghan, Luke and Rebecca Agnew, Michael and Emily Wilson and Morgan and Brooke Wilson, sisters Mabel Theall and Gladys Coldrick and numerous nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. His brothers Elmer, Edgar and Stanley and grandson Randy Cooke predeceased Him. He also lefts to mourn two every special caregivers, Margaret Ann Derrah and Carol Segec, whose compassionate and loving care will long be remembered. Resting at Brenan’s Bay View Select Community Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Road (634-7425), with visiting on Monday from 7-9 pm and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 1:00 pm, from Bay View Chapel. Interment will take place at the Lorneville Community Cemetery. Remembrances made to the Lorneville and Seaview Cemetery Fund, the Lorneville United Church or a charity of donor’s choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS COLLINGWOOD, HMCS STONE TOWN

WOODHOUSE, Cyril Edward - Passed away, peacefully, at the Guelph General Hospital, on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at the age of 92 years. Beloved husband for 71 years of Margery Elizabeth (Groves) Woodhouse. Loving father of Paul, David and Helen. Grandfather of Michael, Adam, Amanda and great-grandfather of three. Missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by five brothers and three sisters. Edward was a veteran of the Second World War, serving overseas as a petty officer, on the HMCS Calgary (Corvette). He was a member of Col. John McCrae Branch 234 Royal Canadian Legion and the A.N. & A.F. Club. Cremation Woodlawn Memorial Park. Services are private. In Edward's memory, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society Wellington County Unit or to War Amputations of Canada would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CALGARY

YOUNG, Donald Douglas (1919-2011) - The family of Douglas Young announces with sorrow his death on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at Deer Lodge Centre. Doug, the elder son of the late Dr. Donald and Mrs. Evelyn Henry Young, is survived by his wife Thora, his daughters Moira (Wayne) Neufeld, Steinbach, and Margaret (Robert) Irwin, Ottawa, by his grandchildren, Stephen and David Irwin and Brette Neufeld, sister-in-law, Mrs. Joyce Young, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Dr. Arthur Young. Doug was born in Emo, Ontario on October 26, 1919. He attended schools in Emo and Fort Frances and graduated from the University of Toronto in Honour History in 1942. He enlisted in the navy in December 1942 and served briefly on the minesweeper HMCS Malpeque. From February 1944 until the end of the war with Germany in 1945, he served on the corvette HMCS Chambly as a sub-detector (A.S.D.I.C.) on convoy duty on the North Atlantic. After the war Doug attended the College of Education in Toronto, receiving a specialist's diploma in history. He taught in Kenora for a year. Doug and Thora Craigie were married in Wesley United Church in Fort William in 1947, and moved to Winnipeg where Doug worked at the Winnipeg Free Press for several years. While working as a radio news editor for the CBC, he decided that he was more interested in the Good News than in the world news. He studied theology at the University of Winnipeg and was ordained to the ministry of the United Church in 1959. Doug served churches in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Winnipeg (Kildonan), Melbourne and Emo, Ontario. He and Thora moved back to Winnipeg when he retired in 1985. In Winnipeg he enjoyed curling with the chaplains, meeting with the White Ensign Club and oil painting with an art group. For the past two years, Doug was cared for in the Special Care Unit at Deer Lodge Centre. His family appreciates the excellent care and friendly attention he received on T3. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jeri Bjornson officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish, donations may be made to Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 3E2, the Special Care Unit at Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 0L3 or to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS CHAMBLY, HMCS MALPEQUE

YOUNG, Wilfred Henry - Peacefully with his family by his side at Seven Oaks Hospital on August 6, 2002, Wilfred passed away at age 79. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Margaret; and children, Robert (Terry) Young, Wendy (Reiner) Ruf, Pat Young, Donald (Darlene) Young, Victor (Gayle) Young; grandchildren, Catharine (Darryl), Robert Jr., Christy, Brittany, Chad, Sean, Breanne, Brian; and great-grandchild Riley. He will also be sadly missed by his two brothers, Doug (Flora) Young of Winnipeg, Ron (Lillian) Young of Lundar; and one sister Helen Hansen of Aldergrove, BC; and many nieces and nephews. Wilf was predeceased by his mother and father, brother Walter, sister Marie, daughter Candy, grandson Gregory and nephew David. Wilf was born December 31, 1922 and grew up in Winnipeg. He served in the navy during the Second World War, 1941 to 1945 on board HMCS Wentworth and the HMCS Chicoutimi. Wilf worked for 43 years with Burns Food until his retirement. After his retirement, he enjoyed doing yard work, spending time with his cat Fred, walking his dog Buddy, and talking with the people on his walks until he came down with COPD three years ago. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Seven Oaks Hospital I.C.U. for all the care and kindness they showed our father. Also a special thanks to Dr. S. Husarewycz for the great care he provided. Active pallbearers will be Robert Young, Donald Young, Robert Young Jr., Reiner Ruf, Bruce Young and Mark Sumka. Honorary pallbearers will be Victor Young, Doug Young and Ron Young. Funeral service will take place in the chapel of Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St. on Friday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. A gathering of family and friends will follow in the Glen Eden Reception Centre.

 

HMCS CHICOUTIMI, HMCS WENTWORTH

 

 

 

 

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