For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
HILL, Gerald Henry Hill - 79, Bedford, passed away peacefully at home, on February 28, 2007, following a period of heart illness. Born in Bristol, England, he is survived by his wife Mary (Trett), son Geoffrey, Dartmouth, daughter Margot (Bill) Williams, Dartmouth, daughter Jessica (Rados) Miksa and son Robin both of Petawawa, Ontario. He is also survived by his grandchildren Claire and Chris Williams and Graham and Andrew Hill. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Mabel (Folland). His career at sea began on HMS Conway leading to the British Merchant Navy during WW II on the Union Castle Line and continued in the Royal Canadian Navy until retirement in 1974. He worked in the Public Service with Health and Welfare Canada until final retirement in 1990. During these latter years he remained active in the Naval Reserve at HMCS Scotian until 1984. Throughout his life he was keenly interested in the Canadian Navy and belonged to the Naval Officers Association. In his later years he cultivated an interest in gardening, bridge, yoga and the welfare of animals. He often recounted his experiences, during the war, to family and friends and contributed to the Canadian Memory Project. Gerald maintained contact with many colleagues, friends especially life long friends Pam and David king of Somerset. Friends will fondly remember his cheerful companionship. Funeral service will be held at Cruikshanks Funeral Home in Halifax at 2:00pm on Saturday March 3, 2007. Donations in his memory may be made to the Pick of the Litter Society.
Ships served in:
HMS CONWAY - Merchant Navy training establishment in the UK
HMCS DONNACONA - Appointed to Donnacona as a SLt, RCN(R) (seniority 14 Sep 1949 (Navy List Jan 1950)
RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax 11 Jun 1951 as a SLt, RCN (SSA) for the Short Service Officers' Basic Training Course (Navy List Jul 1951)
HMCS LA HULLOISE - Appointed to La Hulloise 10 Dec 1951 as a SLt, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jan 1952). Appointed A/Lt, RCN (SSA) (seniority 14 Nov 1941) (Navy List Apr 1952)
RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax 17 Oct 1952 as an A/Lt, RCN (SSA) for J.O.T.L. Course (Navy List Jan 1953) Appointed Lt, RCN (SSA) (seniority 14 Sep 1951)
HMCS BUCKINGHAM - Appointed to Buckingham 19 Jun 1954 as a Lt, RCN (seniority 31 Mar 1952) (Navy List Jul 1954). Re-appointed 25 Jun 1954, Commissioning crew.
HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to Niobe 07 Jan 1957 as a Lt, RCN for QN 22 Course (Navy List Jul 1957)
HMCS RESOLUTE - Appointed to Resolute 04 Nov 1957 as a Lt (N), RCN, Squadron (N)avigating Officer (Navy List Jan 1958)
RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax, Operations Training 26 Nov 1959 as a Lt (N), RCN. Appointed LCdr, RCN (seniority 31 Mar 1960) (Navy List Jul 1960)
HMCS ALGONQUIN - Appointed to Algonquin 09 Nov 1961 as a LCdr, RCN, CANADIAN ESCORT SQUADRON Navigating Officer (Navy List Apr 1962)
HMCS CRESCENT - Appointed to Crescent 02 Jul 1962 as a LCdr, RCN, CANADIAN ESCORT SQUADRON Navigating Officer (Navy List Oct 1962)
HMCS ALGONQUIN - Appointed to Algonquin 13 Mar 1963 as a LCdr, RCN, CANADIAN ESCORT SQUADRON Navigating Officer (Navy List Apr 1963)
NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NHQ Ottawa, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Air and Warfare, Staff of Director of Naval Fighting and Equipment Requirements 03 Sep 1963 as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Oct 1963)
CANADIAN FORCES HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to CFHQ, Staff of Directorate Sea Operational Requirements 03 Sep 1963, as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Apr 1965)
HMCS GATINEAU - Appointed to Gatineau 07 Jul 1965 as a LCdr, RCN, XO (Navy List Oct 1965)
CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSION LONDON (CDLS LONDON) - Appointed to the Canadian High Commission London Aug 1966 as Naval Attaché until Jul 1969.
*Honourably released - 1974
LCdr Gerry Hill, XO, HMCS GATINEAU presenting a C.D. to an unknown Leading Seaman on HMCS GATINEAU c1964-65
LCdr Gerry Hill, Guard Officer escorting Governor General Vincent Massey at Botwood, Nfld. in Aug 1955.