For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
SIGRIST, Gerald Wilson (Jerry) - Age 85 of Halifax, formerly from Bridgewater, passed away in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax on Monday, July 16, 2018. Born in Essex, Ont., January 1, 1933, son of late Casper and Hazel (Armstrong) Sigrist. He married in 1957 to Ruth (Delany). Jerry began his working life as a seaman on the Great Lakes Steamships in 1949. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 serving until 1982. During his career, Jerry served on five British submarines and one Canadian submarine, the rest of his Naval career was served on surface ships and various shore postings. He was a Member of the Atlantic Chief's and PO's Association, The Submariners Association of Canada both East and Central Branches and many years as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a founding Member of "Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association". He also served several years on the executive of the National Royal Canadian Naval Association. In his early years of retirement and love of travelling found him on the road a few months each year roaming the USA and Canada with summers spent at the cottage and his beloved gardens at Covey Lake, Lunenburg Co. He is survived by daughter, Cathy, Bridgewater; son, Michael and his wife Noreen (Chaston), Dartmouth; son-in-law, Terry Rideout, Newfoundland; grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) St-Germain, Adam, Andrea, and Rebecca Sigrist, and Matthew and Tyler Rideout; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Hailey, Rosalynn and Cadence St-Germain, Brayden and Avery Cavanagh; brother, Donald and his wife Betty of Windsor, Ont. and many nieces and nephews in Ontario. Jerry was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife Ruth who was his best friend; daughter, Carolyn Rideout; great-grandson, Wyatt St-Germain. In lieu of flowers he requested donations made in his or Carolyn's memory to Lupus Nova Scotia or Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Division. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Jerry's life 2 p.m., Friday, July 20th in Sweeny's Funeral Chapel, 35 York St., Bridgewater with Father Alvin Westgate officiating. Cremation has taken place and burial at sea will be at a later date. Cathy and Mike would like to send a big thank you to all the employees, volunteers and special visitors of the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII for all the "good times" and loving care they provided to Dad.
Ships served in:
HMS/m EXCALIBUR - Served in Excalibur 21 Jan 1959 to 10 Dec 1959 as Senior Radioman
HMS/m EXPLORER - Served in Explorer 11 Dec 1959 to 13 Oct 1961 as PO Tel (peroxide dive)
HMS/m ALDERNEY - Served in Alderney 01 Jun 1962 - 07 Apr 1963 as POTEL
HMS/m TALANT - Served in Talant 05 Nov 1964 to 24 Nov 1965 as PO Tel
HMS/m TIPTOE - Served in Tiptoe 25 Jan 1966 to 09 May 1966 as PO Tel.
HMCS OKANAGAN - Commissioning crew as a PO. Served in Okanagan 23 Oct 1967 to 01 Jun 1969 as PO Tel.