For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


Wallace Arthur (Wally) McLean


Able Seaman, DEMS Gunner, V72733, RCNVR


Born: 06 Oct 1924, North Vancouver, British Columbia


Died: 22 May 2007, North Vancouver, British Columbia


McLEAN, Wallace Arthur (Wally) - Passed away peacefully in his 84th year at Lions Gate Hospital. Survived by his wife of 55 years Betty Jean, daughter Jennifer (Bob) Richardson, sons David (Denise) and Andrew (Laura) and grandsons Trevor and Stuart McLean and Matthew and Daniel Richardson. Wally served in WWII with the Merchant Navy then worked 36 years with BC TEL. He coached soccer and was a "Mr. Fix-It" for anyone needing a hand. He loved his family and took them on many happy camping trips. An open house for family and friends will be held at the family home on Saturday, June 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. No service by request. Donations appreciated to the charity of your choice.


Ships served in:

HMCS DISCOVERY - Enlisted: 13 Sep 1943. Commenced active service: 10 Jan 1944

HMCS CARIBOU - Served in Caribou 10-16 Jun 1944 while in training at HMCS Cornwallis

SS WINDERMERE PARK (DEMS) - Served in Windermere Park 19 Oct 1944 - 03 Apr 1945

SS DORVAL PARK (DEMS) - Served in Dorval Park 19 Jun 1945 - 17 Dec 1945

HMCS DISCOVERY - Drafted to Discover 24 Dec 1945. Demobilized 25 Feb 1946


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(1) Portrait of Seaman McLean  (2) Certificate of Service  (3) Naval Training and Active Service record  (4) Record of Movements D.E.M.S. ratings  (5) Record of Conduct  (6) Portrait of Seaman McLean  (7) Wally McLean and Vera Shore McLean


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(8-9) Crossing the Line Certificate on SS Windermere Park 23 Nov 1944



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