They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Leslie James Calder, C.D.


Petty Officer 1st Class Yeoman of Signals, C.A.F. (Navy)


Born: 24 Jan 1968, Rainy River, Ontario


Died: 19 Jun 1987 at sea


Book of Remembrance


CALDER, Leslie James, PO1, Yeoman of Signals, C.A.F. (Navy), died 19 Jun 1987, HMCS HURON - born 24 Jun 1948, Rainy River, ON, son of Mary of Rainy River. Husband of Roberta Calder. Father of Lisa, Leslie and Shane Calder. Brother of Gary Calder. Les enlisted on 15 Jan 1968 in Winnipeg, MB. He is buried in the Hatley Memorial Gardens, Victoria, BC.


Remembering Less Calder - submitted by Tim Spring, C1SG - Les died at sea in HURON when they were doing the coastal transfer. I got down to see him before they sailed thankfully because that was the last time I saw him alive. Great guy full of love for his wife, kids and shipmates. Les was my senior hand on TERRA NOVA in the early 1970s. I knew his wife Roberta and remember them having a very hard time getting pregnant. Les had webbed toes and always said if his missus ever gets pregnant and has a child it better have webbed toes or it is not coming home. (Actually he said if the old boot gets a belly full of arms and legs and she drops a sprog it better have webbed toes or its not coming home). By the way all his kids arrived with webbed toes. He was a happy man. Les was one of the funniest guys I ever met and would say thing like "I don't give a Jesus if the Rainy River freezes and the cows come skating home" and "For one thin dime, one tenth of a dollar, guaranteed not to rip, tear, bend at the knees, crawl on his belly like a reptile"


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In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index