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John Victor Searle


Lieutenant-Commander (P), O-65867, RCN


Born: 03 Dec 1928, Ingersoll, Ontario


Died: 24 Jul 2019, Perth, Ontario


SEARLE, John Victor - Peacefully at Lanark Lodge, Perth, ON, age 90. John was born in Ingersoll, ON and raised in Woodstock, ON. John joined the Navy in 1952 and traveled the world with various postings to submarines, destroyers and aircraft carriers. John trained as a naval aviator flying fighters, fighter bombers and tracker aircraft. He later trained to fly helicopters and carried out search and rescue missions off the East Coast (HMCS Shearwater). John and his family moved around Canada between Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. He instructed on Tutor jets in Moose Jaw, SK. His last posting was to St Hubert, QC working at Mobile Command. Flying a desk was not in John's nature so he left the Navy in 1975 and joined Pratt and Whitney Canada (aircraft engine manufacturer) as a test pilot and later became Chief Executive Pilot. He finally retired from flying for good in 1993 at 65 years of age. John and his wife Dorothy settled on Black Lake by Perth, ON in 1997. Sadly Dorothy passed away in 2008. Predeceased by his sister, Grace Funnel and his brother Harold Searle. John is sadly missed by his sister, Gwen Harrington of Hamilton and his three children and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. His daughter Linda (Paul) McCarthy and David McCarthy (Erica), Sid, Ben and Sam, Kathryn McCarthy (Greg Noel) Abigail and Heidi, Sheila McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy (Emilie), and Kody Moreau of Ottawa. His son John of Montreal. His daughter Susan (Tim) McArthur and Jessica of Toronto. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 31, beginning at 12 noon at the O'Dacre Family Funeral Home, 15 Victoria Street, Perth, with a celebration of John's life that will follow in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends will meet for a reception immediately after the ceremony. A private, family only interment will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Lung Association would be appreciated. Mr. Searle's arrangements are entrusted to the O'Dacre Family Funeral Home, Perth. 613-237-3082. Published on July 29, 2019 To plant a tree in memory of John V. Searle, please visit Tribute Store. (Ottawa Citizen 29 Jul 2019)


Ships served in:

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to Cornwallis 04 Jul 1952 for the Junior Aviation Officers Basic Course as a Midshipman, RCN (Navy List Jan 1953)

HMCS QUEBEC - Appointed to Quebec 10 Jan 1953 as a Midshipman, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Apr 1953)

NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NHQ Ottawa 24 Jul 1953 for Course at RCAF Station, Centralia as an A/SLt, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Oct 1953)

HMCS SHEARWATER, VT40 - Appointed to VT40 27 Aug 1954 as a SLt, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Oct 1954)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to Niobe 04 Oct 1954 for JETS O.F.S. course as a SLt, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jan 1955)

HMCS SHEARWATER - Appointed to Shearwater for Instrument Rating Course 14 and Seafury Proficiency Flying 28 Mar 1955 as a SLt (P), RCN (SSS) (Navy List Apr 1955)

HMCS NIAGARA (Washington) - Appointed to Niagara for N.A.S. Key West, Florida 26 Jun 1955 as a SLt, RCN (SSA), Navy List Jul 1955)

HMCS SHEARWATER, VF 870 - Appointed to VF 870 01 Nov 1955 as a Lt (P), RCN, (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1956)

HMCS SHEARWATER, VF 871 - Appointed to VF 871 19 Mar 1958 as a Lt (P), RCN, (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1958)

NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NHQ 06 Apr 1959 as a Lt (P), RCN, as Staff of Naval Assistant to the Commandant CJATC Rivers, Manitoba (Navy List Jul 1959)

FIX TRI SERVICE - Attached to Fix Tri Service for Joint Photographic Intelligence Centre, Rockcliffe, 24 Oct 1960 as a Lt (P), RCN (Navy List Apr 1962)

HMCS FORT ERIE - Appointed to Fort Erie (training and transient) 01 Oct 1962 as a Lt (P), RCN (Navy List Oct 1962). Appointed as Department Head (Navy List Oct 1963)

HMCS SHEARWATER - Appointed to Shearwater (training and transient) 02 Mar 1964 as a Lt (P), RCN (Navy List Apr 1964)

HMCS SHEARWATER, HS 50 - Appointed to HS 50 11 Jul 1964 as a Lt (P), RCN, Operations Pilot (Navy List Oct 1964)

* retired 1975

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