For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
SAULNIER, Dennis William - 85, of Dayton, Yarmouth County, died on October 15, 2010 at the Yarmouth Hospital. Born in Eel Brook, N.S., he was the son of the late Evelyn (Saulnier) and Jeremiah Saulnier. He was a veteran of World War II, enlisting in the Canadian Navy in May, 1943 at the age of 17. He proudly served his country overseas from November 1943 to September 1945 aboard HMCS Stormont, a ship noteworthy for her exceptionally long periods at sea. During this time he participated in convoy escort operations and his ship played a role in the invasion of Normandy, France that was part of D-Day. He was an active and faithful member of Saint Ambrose church, having served for many years as an usher and former parish council member. He was a life member of the Yarmouth Lions Club, serving his community with tireless dedication for 50 years and holding numerous positions, including past president. He was especially committed to the preservation and maintenance of the Lions Club Community Centre on Parade Street. He was a well-known local contractor, operating a painting and flooring business, J.J. Saulnier & Son Limited. He retired in 1988 after 35 years in business. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen (Baker), daughter Melanie Kelly (Stephen) and son Randy (Kathy). He was tremendously proud of his six grandchildren, Ryan (St. John's), Daniel (Halifax), Meghan (Victoria), Katie (Montreal), Colin (Charlottetown), and Hannah (Yarmouth). He is also survived by his sister Edna Saulnier (Dayton) and his brother Victor (Moncton). He was predeceased by his brothers Junior and Camille. Donations in his memory may be made to the IWK Children's Hospital, the Children's Wish Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Visitation was held at Sweeny's Funeral Home in Yarmouth from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, October 18 with a Lions Club Memorial Service at 7:30 pm followed by prayers at 8:00 pm. Family flowers only. A funeral mass was held at Saint Ambrose Cathedral at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, Father John MacPherson officiated. Interment followed at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. A reception was held at the Yarmouth Lions Club on Parade Street.
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