For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


William Alfred Boudreau, C.D.


Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, Engine Room Artificer


12368-H, RCN


Born: 02 Feb 1929, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia


Died: 23 Oct 1969 at sea


Book of Remembrance


BOUDREAU, William Alfred, CPO2, 12368-H, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969, HMCS KOOTENAY - Son of William and Cecilia Ellen Boudreau of Stellarton, NS; husband of Ester Margaret and father of William, Michael, Daniel, Dana and Shelley of Halifax, NS.


CPO Boudreau was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was buried at sea.


BOURDREAU, Chief Petty Officer William A. - 40, of 37 Circle Drive, Spryfield, died at sea Thursday in an accident aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of the late Willia and Mrs. Cecilia boudreau, Stellarton, and was the father of five children. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, the former Esther Murphy; four sons, William, Michael, Daniel and Dana; and a daughter, Shelly, all at home; five sisters, Jean (Mrs. Earl Anderson, Moncton, N.B.; Margaret (Mrs. Herb Henderson), Stellarton; Phyllis (Mrs. Al Stokan, Hamilton, Ont.; Eleanor (Mrs. Stanley Murphy), Bedford and Marjorie (Mrs. Robert Humphries), Spryfield. CPO Boudreau will be buried at sea.


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Official Place Name Certificate - naming Billy Boudreau Brook in honour of CPO2 Boudreau

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Billy Boudreau's sons presented with the Official Name Certificate for Bill Boudreau Brook


The Boudreau family at the dedication ceremony on 22 Oct 2022





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