In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Percy Warrilow


Stoker Petty Officer, RCNVR


Born: 10 Oct 1924


Died: 2022, Owen Sound, Ontario


WARRILOW, Percy - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Percy Warrilow.


In his 98th year, born October 24,1924. Predeceased by his daughter Nancy and his parents John and Carrie May (Mabel Carnahan) and siblings Jacqueline Morrow, John, Olive Morrow and Marguerite Radbourne. Survived by his brother Elgin. Also survived by his wife Betty (Foster) and sons Robert (Tracy) and David. His grandchildren Rowen (Toby), Rebecca, Riel (Mitch), Edward (Caitlin), Alexis, and his beloved great grandson Angus. Also survived by many nephews and nieces.


The last known survivor of Canada’s first aircraft carrier, HMS NABOB. He survived its torpedoing in the North Sea on a mission known as the Murmansk Run. For this he was awarded the Arctic Star and the Russian Medal.


Percy attended the University of Guelph Agriculture College after the war. He was a founding member of the United Breeders of Maple. Percy’s name is embossed on the founder’s plaque at United Breeders in Guelph. Percy was an advocate of selective breeding and promoted Records of Performance that is now a dairy industry standard. Percy received many awards for breeding and herd performance excellence. He exported his Holstein cattle to the USA, Mexico and Italy.


Percy was responsible for the publishing of the book “Nabob, Canada’s first aircraft carrier”.


He was also a well-known bridge player. Dearly missed by his chosen family: Ted Potter, Gail Garrett-Smith, John Tan, and the many other adopted friends who became family. He was respected by his friends and loved by his family. May his memory be a blessing.


There will be a private family service held at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, Owen Sound, 519-376-7492, on Friday, February 11, 2022. A public gathering to celebrate Percy’s life will be announced at a later date. Interment Boyd Cemetery, Hepworth. (The Sun Times, Owen Sound 10 Feb 2022)


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