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Colin Murdo Macaulay


Lieutenant, O-43416, RCN(R)


Born: 10 Apr 1931


Died: 19 May 2020, Picton, Ontario


MACAULAY, Colin Murdo - It is with deep sadness that we announce that Colin Murdo Macaulay died on May 19th, 2020 at H.J. McFarland where he was cared for with kindness and compassion. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-seven years, June and three daughters, Jane (Peter), Susan (Glenn), Sarah (Stan), four grandchildren Drew (Nat), Jan (Noushon), Liam and Natalia and his two great grandchildren, Theo and June. Colin joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 and while he was stationed in St. Merryn, Cornwall, England he met June Lee, a WREN in the British navy. They were married in Bath in November, 1952 and moved to Shearwater, Nova Scotia soon afterwards and following several moves settled in Picton in 1990. After completing his naval commission he became a teacher and vice-principal. A consummate gentleman, he encouraged others to be the same; inspiring them to hold themselves to higher standards, not because of possible repercussions, but because they did not want to disappoint him. Colin was universally respected for his deep intelligence, curiosity and graciousness. He had a zest for life and learning. Colin and June travelled extensively and their genuine interest and respect for people enabled them to make friends all over the world. Colin loved to hear and tell a good joke and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour and his warm smile. He will missed by his many friends and especially by his family. A celebration of Colin's life will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton, ON.


Colin Macaulay joined the RCN on a SSA (02 Jan 1951 - 31 Jul 1958). On completion of his SSA on 31 Jul 1958 he transferred to the RCN(R)

Ships served in:

ROYAL NAVY - Listed as serving with the RN as a Midshipman, RCN (SSA) (seniority 02 Jan 1951) (Navy List Jul 1951 - Oct 1952)

HMCS SHEARWATER, VS 880 - Appointed to VS 880 Squadron 16 Dec 1952 as an A/SLt (O), RCN (SSA) (seniority 25 Jul 1952) (Navy List Jan 1953)

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to Cornwallis for Officers' Divisional Course 27 Mar 1953 as an A/SLt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Apr 1953)

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Appointed to Magnificent, VS 880 Squadron 06 May 1953 as an A/SLt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1953). Appointed SLt (O), RCN (SSA) (seniority 25 Jul 1953) (Navy List Oct 1953)

HMCS SHEARWATER, VS 880 - Appointed to VS 880 Squadron 04 Nov 1953 as a SLt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jan 1954)

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Appointed to Magnificent, VS 880 Squadron 02 Jul 1954 as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA) (Seniority 25 Jul 1954) (Navy List Oct 1954)

HMCS SHEARWATER, VS 880 - Appointed to VS 880 Squadron 22 Feb 1955 as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Apr 1955)

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, VS 880 - Appointed to Magnificent, VS 880 (AEW Flight) 16 Apr 1955 as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1955)

HMCS SHEARWATER - Appointed to Shearwater, for Operations Room, 11 Jun 1956 as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1956)

NAVAL SERVICE HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NSHQ Ottawa, Naval Aviation Section 22 May 1957 as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA), Staff Officer (Statistics) (Navy List Jul 1957).  Appointed Staff of Directorate of Naval Flight Safety (Flight Safety Section) as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jan 1958).
HMCS BYTOWN - Appointed to Bytown as a Lt (O), RCN (SSA), Add'l (Navy List Jul 1958)

HMCS YORK (Retired List) - as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 25 Jul 1954) (Navy List Jan 1959). Last noted in the Navy Lists for Jan 1960 as HMCS YORK on the retired list as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960) 



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