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Adolf Paul Specht


Chief Petty Officer, Torpedo Coxswain


Born: 22 Aug 1922, Fort William, Ontario


Died: 31 Aug 2002, Thunder Bay, Ontario


SPECHT, Adolf Paul - On Saturday August 31, 2002, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital-Port Arthur Site, Adolf Paul Specht in his 80th year went home to meet his Lord. Paul was born August 22, 1922. He was raised and attended schools in Fort William. In 1940 Paul enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served aboard ships in the North Atlantic and Caribbean. He was discharged at the end of World War II on October 7, 1945 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. While serving aboard the CHARLOTTETOWN in the North Atlantic on September 11, 1942 his ship was torpedoed by a German Submarine. Paul was employed by Canada Safeway from October 24, 1945 until August 30, 1987. Paul is survived by his much-loved wife of 58 years Catherine (Wachoski). Beloved father to Deborah, son-in-law Victor Ischkin and loving grandfather of Steven (Thunder Bay). Dear dad of Allen and wife Karen (St. Albert's, Edmonton) granddad of Richard and Stacie. Paul is also survived by his brother Rudy (London Ontario), sister Olga Kalyniuk (Newmarket Ontario), en route. He was predeceased by his parents Adolf and Mary Specht. His main interests were his home, children and grandchildren. Following Paul's wishes, a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday September 5, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel with Rev. P.M. Stilla officiating. The service will be complete in the chapel with a private family service of interment to follow later in Mountain View Cemetery. If friends desire memorials to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Adolf Specht in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 29, 2003.(The Chronicle Journal)


Ships served in:

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN - Survived the sinking of HMCS Charlottetown on 11 Sep 1942





(AS01) Adolf Paul Specht with Screech - the mascot of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 - This photo was taken after they were rescued when HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN was torpedoed.  Screech found Adolf in the water and held onto him until they were rescued.


(AS02) Chief Petty Officer Torpedo Coxswain Adolf Specht



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