In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Alan Andrew Dickie


Coder, RCNVR


Born: 15 Mar 1918, Caiplie Farm, Fife, Scotland


Died: 29 Dec 2005, St. Catharines, Ontario


DICKIE, Alan Andrew - At the St. Catharines General Hospital, with his family by his side, on Thursday, December 29, 2005, Alan Dickie, in his 88th year. Loved husband for almost 61 years of Hazel (nee Parks). Dear father of LaVerne (Kostas) Bieliunas of Welland and Janis (Bruce) Hunter of Smithville. Dearly loved grandfather of Kathy (Mike) Calvert of Campden, Karen (Larry) Mans of Lowbanks, Vincent Bieliunas of Portland, Maine, Kelly (Chris) Jarvis of Hamilton, Andrea (Pat) Deschambeault of Welland, Lisa (Dave) Hutchinson of Beamsville, Kristiann (Jeremy) Hunter of Hamilton and Kyle (Laina) Hunter of Smithville. Great grandfather of Megan and Eric Calvert, Nathan and Ashley Mans, Joshua Jarvis and Garrett Deschambeault. Also survived by his sister Helen Ryce of Victoria, B.C. and her family. He will be greatly missed by his nephews Marvin, Gordon and Jim Dickie. Predeceased by his loving brothers, Alfred, Sandy, John and Neil. Born in Caiplie Farm, Fife, Scotland on March 15, 1918 to Helen and Alexander Dickie and emigrated with his family in 1929 first to Woodstock then to Waterdown and finally settling at the farm in Campden. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1941 and served on the corvettes DUNVEGAN and CAMROSE as a coder until the end of the war. He will be missed by his dear friend Willy Welsh of Winnipeg. Alan was a born farmer. Very well know and respected in the community and he will be missed. The family will receive friends at the Vineland Chapel of the Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. on Monday 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Vineland Chapel on Tuesday, January 3, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Town of Lincoln - Vineland Cemetery. If desired memorial donations may be made to the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Building Fund.


Ships served in:

HMCS CAMROSE - Served in Camrose 1941-1945

HMCS DUNVEGAN - Served in Dunvegan in 1945


Photos of Alan Dickie

Courtesy of Karen Mans



An "End of the War" bet - story below the photo



While serving in HMCS CAMROSE, friends and shipmates, William Welsh and Alan Dickie, made a bet on when the war would end. It reads: "Bet on when the war will be over. $20.00 with Willie Welsh. Willie's guess 31st March 1945. My guess 30th Sept. 1945. Deadline 15th June 1945. Bet made 29th June 1943. (Signed) Alan A. Dickie. (Signed) On my honor as a member of the same crew. W Welsh."


52 years later - In 1997 Alan Dickie sent a letter to William Welsh and included the original copy of the bet and $20. The letter read, in part: "it's time to pay up. The note doesn't say anything about interest, so you'll have to settle for the original debit."


Courtesy of Kyle Duan



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