For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


Murray Frances Somers


Born: 12 Dec 1922


Died: 31 Dec 2006, Trenton, Ontario


SOMERS, Murray Francis - peacefully succumbed today, after a valiant two year struggle against cancer at the Trenton Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Loving husband of Dorothy (Jean) nee Hancock since the 12th of April 1946. They had lived in Brighton this past 18 years. Loving father of Wayne and Theresa and their spouses Pamela and John Casey. Grandfather of Susan, Christopher, Lesley, Alexandra and Jewel. Great-grandfather of Robin and Genevieve, the children of Susan. Loving Uncle of Verna Leclerc and buddy to her spouse Francis Sibiri. Murray retired from the Bell Telephone 19 years ago after a career spanning over 43 years in their Toronto technical offices. He retired from the old "Cherry" exchange in Weston. Resting at the Rushnell Funeral Centre, 60 Division Street, Trenton. A family service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 at 11 a.m. Rev. Michael Calderwood officiating. A Graveside Service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto at a later date. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Murray's name would be appreciated.


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Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Christmas Card


Autograph book belonging to Murray Somers

 The signatures in this book are from Dec 1940 time frame








Below are the names listed in the autograph book. These names are linked to the ships they served in, not the documents above - however they are listed in the sequence they appear in the autograph book.


(1) Frank Aldred - HMCS Skeena   (2) Frederick Bonner - HMCS Algoma   (3) John Fiddler - HMCS Skeena   (4) Alex Howe - HMCS Skeena


(5) Bas Goodrich - HMCS New Westminster   (6) Frost - HMCS Assiniboine   (7) J.A. Russell - HMCS Annapolis   (8) Joe McPherson - HMCS Restigouche


(9) Doug Hawkins - HMCS Prince Henry   (10) Francis Sampleton - HMS Vanquisher   (11) D.S. McMeekin - HMCS Bittersweet   (12) N. Clarke - HMCS Skeena


(13) H.W. Fleet - HMCS Nootka   (14) Wilfred LeBlanc - HMCS Renard   (15) William B. Browne - HMCS Nootka   (16) T. Robertson - HMCS Rosthern


(17) John Currie - HMCS Restigouche   (18) E.A. Morley - HMCS Restigouche   (19) (Jazzy) Ford - HMCS Restigouche   (20)  Horatio Nelson Lay - HMCS Restigouche


(21) Chas. S. Richardson - HMCS Restigouche   (22) L.A. Dalphere ?? Daliphere?? - HMCS Restigouche   (23) James Mann - HMCS Restigouche


(24)  A.J. Mulhern - HMCS Restigouche   (25) Chuck Wilmott - HMCS Restigouche   (26) Sam Agnew - HMCS Restigouche   (27) H.W. Watson - HMCS Restigouche


(28) (??) Rigg - ship not listed   (29) Henry Raybould - HMCS Restigouche   (30) R. Truman - HMCS Restigouche   (31) Charles S. Smedley - HMCS Restigouche


(32) Jack McCowan - HMCS Restigouche   (33) W.C. Heron - HMCS Restigouche   (34) Ken Jamieson - HMCS Restigouche   (35) Lefty Heyward - HMCS Prince David


(36) W. Perkins - HMS Revenge   (37)  D. Collins - HMS Malaya   (38) D. Pierce - HMCS Saguenay   (39) Frank Stewart - HMCS Restigouche


(40) Alfred Askin - HMCS Restigouche   (41) Gord Soupey - HMCS Restigouche   (42) Rolly Hill - Ship not listed   (43) G. Hood - HMCS Restigouche


(44) L.A.C. Paige - HMCS Restigouche   (45) Chas. P. Burns - HMCS Restigouche   (46) Fred Durrich - Ship not listed   (47) Edward Hitchin - Ship not listed


(48) Michael William Brown - Ship not listed   (49) Doug Hudgin - Ship not listed   (50) ?? H. Badger - Ship not listed   (51) Howard Cliffer - Ship not listed


(52) ?? H. Sibbett - Ship not listed   (53) F.J. Keleher?? - Ship not listed   (54) Percy Percival - HMS Royal Sovereign


Courtesy of Stephen Snutch


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