For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
STEVENS, Ronald Gerald (Gummy) - passed away quietly on May 15, 2003 after a lengthy illness. Ron will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his sons Mark (Heather) of Victoria, Jack (Julianne) of Toronto, Robert (Lori) of Victoria and daughter Judy (Mike) Barber of Shawnigan Lake; his grandsons Angus and Maxwell Barber, and Jak (Lannette) New of Vancouver; his brother Bob (Joan) of Courtenay; Janet Stevens of Victoria, the mother of his children; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Born in Vancouver on August 7, 1927, Ron was the youngest of eight children in a very patriotic family he and five siblings answered the call to arms. Ron joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and later served two tours of duty in Korea aboard HMCS Cayuga. After retiring from the navy in 1965, Ron acquired his small vessel master's ticket and worked for many years as mate and captain of numerous support vessels at HMC Dockyard. Ron spent his last years at the Lodge at Broadmead, where many will miss his cheerful attitude and distinctive singing voice. His family would like to thank the staff at the Lodge and at the Memorial Pavilion for their help and kindness over the years. 'Now reunited with his mother, Etta, father, George, and brothers and sisters Lawrance, Norman, Jack, Margaret, Muriel and Gwen'. A Celebration of Life will be held in Victoria at McCall Bros. Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Friday, May 23, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Lodge at Broadmead would gratefully receive donations in Ron's memory. (The Times Colonist on May 21, 2003)
Ships served in:
HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga 15 Sep 1949 - 15 June 1952 during which she took part in her 1st and 2nd Korean War tour. Ronald is listed on Cayuga's nominal roll 30 Jun 1951 as ABAAS
HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga 23 Feb 1953 - 22 Mar 1955 during which she took part in the 3rd Korean War tour.