In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Louis J. Broten


Chief Engineer


Born: 13 Feb 1914, Wildrose, North Dakota, USA


Died: 2013


BROTEN, Louis J. - was born February 13, 1914 in North Dakota in a farming community near the hamlet of Wildrose. His family moved to Saskatchewan in May 1917 where he spent his childhood on the family farm. He purchased his own homestead on his 18th birthday February 13, 1931 in Choiceland, SK. He moved to Edmonton, AB in 1940 and shortly after enlisted in the army in Calgary, taking basic training in Wetaskiwin. He met and married his wife Vera in 1942. He transferred to the navy and spent the rest of his almost four years of services on the East and West Coasts of Canada, never being sent overseas during the war. He returned to civilian life and took a job with the Canadian National Railway mainly as a locomotive engineer for 36 years while raising a family of four children with his wife Vera. During that time he also served for 19 years on the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (BLF&E) Union Board of Directors as a Canadian representative. Upon retiring in 1978 he wrote many articles for the Edmonton Journal, working with several seniors organizations, and volunteering at his local Senior Community Hall. He lived a full life before his death in 2013 at the age of 99.


Ships served in:

HMCS GLENDON - Served in Glendon as Chief Engineer



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