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Richard Frederick (Rich) Messervey


Petty Officer, Boatswain, RCN / C.A.F.


Died: 03 Apr 2019, Halifax, Nova Scotia


MESSERVEY, Richard Frederick (Rich) - Age 74, of Bedford, Rich passed away in QEII Health Sciences Centre April 3, 2019 with family by his side. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Fred and Pat (Conrad) Messervey. Rich was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn (Fansher); brother, Joey and brother-in-law, Donnie MacDow. Rich is survived by his sons, Rick (Jacqueline), Greg (Jackie) and mother of his children, Darlene "Toni" Huntley; grandchildren, Tanner, Taylor and Hailey and great- grandsons, Jack and Jackson. He is survived by siblings, Alice (Donnie) Cox, Sheila (Ernie May) MacDow, Judy (Nick) VanZutphen and Mary "Winnie" (Rocci) Pearson, Roy (Denise), Laurie (Nancy); sister-in-law, Linda and many nieces and nephews. Rich spent his life committed to the Canadian Forces with the Royal Canadian Navy. Rich took pride in his career and spent months sailing on various Canadian Ships. He was a member of the Sackville Legion. His favorite places to port included: San Juan and the Region of Scandinavia. He enjoyed socially travelling with Evelyn and friends and recalled lots of great times with Donnie M., and Tigney. Rich passed on his love of seeing the world, risky adventures included, to his youngest granddaughter, Hailey. The two often talked of where they had been and the places they would go. Rich loved being a grandfather and he did it well. Gramps will be missed. He often reminded us that "He was Navy Trained" and maintained his independence until the end. You are in a better place now "Petty Officer Messervey", May you rest in Peace. Cremation has been entrusted to Cole Harbour Funeral Home. No service or visitation is planned. Rich had requested to be returned to the sea, as it is the right of a sailor. Family will ensure these wishes are met. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any Women and Children's Shelter, Homeless Shelter or charity of choice. 


Ships served in:


HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Served in Cape Scott as a LS.BN

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Commissioning crew as a MS.BN




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