For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
MANN, Cyril F. (Cy) - was born near Bridgeford, Saskatchewan and grew up on the farm with 3 siblings and his father, Herbert and mother, Dora, both recent immigrants from England. At the onset of WWII Cy and his brother, Dennis joined the Navy together after their father refused to let them join the Army due to the loss of Cy's uncle, after whom he was named, in WWI as a stretcher-bearer. Both boys ended up together on a converted yacht patrolling the BC and Alaska coast looking for submarines but finding only salmon. While in Vancouver on training he met Teena Pacholko, also from Saskatchewan, at a dance, and they became engaged, then married in May, 1944. Cy was sent to Victoria to join his new ship HMCS "Kokanee" where he and Teena lived for all of a week before he was sent to the North Atlantic for convoy escort duty until the end of the war. Cy enjoyed 25 years in the Navy in various roles in Shore Patrol and as a regulator and rising to CPO, becoming Coxswain on HMCS Ontario. He was away at sea on many voyages and spent 2 years in Nova Scotia with his family training new sailors and Sea Cadets. Cy was an avid golfer at Gorge Vale Golf Club and an active square dancer and curler (while in Nova Scotia he was on a navy team that won the Nova Scotia championship in 1960). While on the Ontario he helped organize and run talent shows for the crew and as emcee entertained with his yodelling voice using guitar and fiddle and piano. He was the unofficial ship's barber and after retiring from the Navy ran the Naden barber shop along with his friend, Stan Johnson for almost 10 years. He ended his work career at UVic as sports equipment manager. Cy was a happy well-liked outgoing person who seemed to know someone where-ever he went on his twice daily 1-2 hour walks, interspersed with hours at the golf course with old buddies from the forces and other friends. He was a wonderful dad, granddad and great-granddad, always smiling and willing to help. He will be greatly missed. Cy passed away peacefully In his sleep after a long period of care at The Lodge at Broadmead In Victoria. Cy was pre-deceased by his brother, Dennis; sister, Julie and wife, Teena, and is survived by his sister, Pat (Gordon) Riddell; sons Alan (Sally), Keith (Helen) and daughter, Janice; grandchildren, Ann Roat, Mara-Tatiana Robertson (Toby), Darcy Mann, and Celina (Josh) Tate; and great-grandchildren, Tanner, Gwyneth, Fionnaula, Ruby, Solomon, and Isaac. Special thanks to the incredible doctors, nurses and staff at The Lodge at Broadway, most of whom came to know and love Cy over his long stay there. No funeral service by request. The Lodge at Broadmead, 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria, will have a memorial service for Cy and other recently deceased on June 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm. In the Oak Room. There will be a memorial plaque at First Memorial Gardens on Falaise Crescent, Victoria, beside that of his wife, Teena. Donations In Cy's name may be The Lodge at Broadmead. Contact Alan Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org to express condolences. (Victoria Times Colonist 21 May 2017)
Cyril served in the RCN from 16 Sep 1940 to 16 Sep 1965.
Ships served in:
HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario as Cox'n
HMCS COUGAR - Served in Cougar 704