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Channing Deacon (Chan) Gillis


Lieutenant Commander, O-27180, RCN


Born: 1921, Point Prim, Prince Edward Island


Died: 24 May 2012, Halifax, Nova Scotia


GILLIS, Channing Deacon - of Bedford. It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Chan was born in Point Prim, P.E.I., and was a son of Bessie and Clarence Gillis. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (O'Keefe) (Mount Uniacke); daughter, Georgia Guenther (Kingston, Ont.); brothers Eric and Lauchlin (Point Prim); Ray (Pictou). Chan is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Fagan); sister, Mary Chamberlain (Edwin), Sackville; sons, Robert (Lorraine), Vancouver; Wayne (Deborah), Calgary; John (Amy), Florida; stepchildren, Ron Kelly (Debbie), British Columbia; Joseph Kelly (Anne), Mount Uniacke; Cathy Diamond, Waterloo, Ont.; and Brenda Burke (Blair) Bedford; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Chan spent 30 years in the Canadian Navy and was a Second World War Veteran and another 11 years he served in the Coast Guard. He loved the sea with his most memorable journey being a Medical Expedition to Easter Island (METEI). Chan loved his family first, traveling, winters in Florida and the Blue Jays. We would like to thank all the docts and nurses on 8.2 the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, for their compassionate care they gave him. Also thanks to his Home Caregivers, Kristina, Deanna and Emma. A celebration of Chan's life will be held in the Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Crossroad, Sackville, on Thursday, May 31st at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Ships served in:

HMCS KINGS - Appointed to Kings For Disposal or Under Training 07 Jul 1943 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Aug 1943)

ML Q078 - Appointed to Q078 11 Oct 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 24 May 1943) (Navy List Oct 1943)

ML Q076 - Appointed to Q076 20 May 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Jul 1944)

ML Q072 - Appointed to Q072 14 Aug 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1944)

ML Q057 - Appointed to Q057 27 Sep 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, C.O. (Navy List Nov 1944).  8th Commanding Officer

HMCS VENTURE (Depot Ship) - Appointed to Venture 25 Dec 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, Add'l (Navy List Jan 1945)

HMCS COBALT - Appointed to Cobalt 30 Dec 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Mar 1945)

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Appointed to St Hyacinthe as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1945)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Apr 1946 - Jul 1950)

HMCS REVELSTOKE - Appointed to Revelstoke 03 Feb 1951 as a Lt, RCN (SSA) (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Jul 1951)

HMCS SHEARWATER - Appointed to Shearwater 04 Jan 1952 as a Lt, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Apr 1952). Re-appointed to Shearwater 28 Apr 1952 LCdr, RCN (SSA) (seniority 24 May 1952) (Navy List Jul 1952)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax for J.O.T.L. Course 01 Aug 1952 as a LCdr, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Oct 1952)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax, Staff of Reserve Training Commander 16 May 1953 as a LCdr, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1953)

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to Cornwallis 15 Sep 1953 as a Lt, RCN (seniority 25 May 1947) (Navy List Oct 1953 - Apr 1955).  Appointed LCdr, RCN (seniority 25 May 1955) (Navy List Jul 1955)

HMCS SCOTIAN - Appointed to Scotian, Add'l, School Relations Officer, Maritimes 04 Oct 1955 as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jul 1956)

HMCS CHIGNECTO - Appointed to Chignecto 11 Mar 1958 as a LCdr, RCN, CO (Navy List Jul 1958). 2nd Commanding Officer

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to Cornwallis, Assistant New Entry Training Officer 13 Nov 1959 as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jan 1960)

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to Stadacona 03 Oct 1960 as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jan 1961)

HMCS SCOTIAN - Appointed to Scotian, Area Sea Cadet Officer 11 Sep 1961 as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Oct 1961).  Appointed ROTP and UNTD Training Officer as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Apr 1962)

HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Appointed to Cape Scott 14 Jan 1963 as a LCdr, RCN, XO (Navy List Apr 1963), LCdr Gillis was XO for the METEI Expedition

HMCS SCOTIAN - Appointed to Scotian 07 Sep 1965 as a LCdr, RCN, CO (Navy List Oct 1965)

* Retired 1967 (The Nauticapedia)



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