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Nicholas Brock (formerly Boychuk)


Stoker 1st Class, V76870, RCNVR


Died: 25 Dec 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba


BROCK, Nicholas (Boychuk) - Peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2001, at Deer Lodge Centre, Nicholas Brock (Boychuk), V-76780 RCNVR WWII, beloved father, grandfather and brother, passed away at the age of 75. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Voyage Funeral Home at 220 Hespeler Ave. Interment to follow at Brookside Cemetery. Survived by his sons, Garry of Waterdown, ON, and Robert (Elizabeth) of Manuels, NF; and daughter Christine (Steve) Jenkins of Gloucester, ON; grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, Emily and Sydney. He also leaves to mourn his sisters, Mary Welyki and Olga Prosick; brothers, John and Martin Boychuk, all of Winnipeg; dear cousin Alice (Merle) Ellison of Petersfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nick was predeceased by his parents; and by sisters, Jean, Jesse, Vicki; and brother Mike. Nick was born and raised in Winnipeg. He joined the sea cadets and then the Canadian Navy in time to see active duty during the Second World War (Stoker I) on board the first Canadian-manned aircraft carrier, the HMS Nabob. Nick survived the torpedoing of the ship in August of 1944 while hunting the battleship Tirpitz and returned to Canada that same year, eventually transferring to the Army Reserves, Fort Garry Regiment, where he served with distinction, reaching the rank of Captain before being honourably discharged in 1959. Nick married that same year and started a family in Transcona before relocating to Oakville, ON, where his three children were raised. The industrial heartland of southern Ontario became his stomping ground where he grew to know cities such as Hamilton and Toronto like the back of his hand while working in the transport, automobile, and taxation business. In the late 1970s, Nick returned to Manitoba, eventually retiring in the Winnipeg Beach area. Along the way, Nick touched the lives of many and in turn left an indelible mark whether in service to his country, community, family or friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Arthritis Association.


Ships served in:

HMS NABOB - Survived the torpedoing of HMS NABOB

HMCS BIRCHTON - Served in BIRCHTON 24 Nov 1944 - 28 Jun 1945



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