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Kenneth John Beaver


Chief Petty Officer Signalman, RCN / C.A.F. (Navy)


Born: 25 Jul 1928, Dutch Settlement, Nova Scotia


Died: 03 Sep 2014


BEAVER, Kenneth John - It is with great sorrow yet with great relief that we announce the passing of Kenneth John Beaver, of Porters Lake, NS, on Wednesday September 3, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Ken's strong will to live and force of spirit sustained him throughout a 10 year struggle with mesothelioma. Ken was born July 25, 1928, in Dutch Settlement, Nova Scotia. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in April 1949 and served a twenty-five year career, sailing on a number of vessels as signalman and spending time at Stadacona and in Cornwallis, teaching his trade. His vessel postings included the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent 1950-51, the frigate Algonquin 1953-54, the cruiser Quebec 1955-56, destroyers Crusader 1958-59 and Columbia 1963-65, and aircraft carrier Bonaventure. He was proud to be a member of the crew who travelled to Belfast, Northern Island, for the initial commissioning of the HMCS Bonaventure and her maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1958 and was once again back on board the "Bonnie" when she was decommissioned at the end of her sailing years in 1970. He ended his twenty-five year career with the navy in 1974 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, stationed at CFB Halifax and Maritime Command. His naval career was his great source of pride throughout the rest of his life. His other sources of pride included his family of four children, and his extensive volunteer time with with the Boy Scouts of Canada, where he served a number of years as District Commissioner in Dartmouth. Following retirement at the age of 67, he lived in Dartmouth and Porters Lake. He was an avid bowler for over three decades, playing in leagues well into his mid eighties and still showing the "young ones" how to do it! Ken was predeceased by his parents, Aubrey Wilson Beaver and Annie Elizabeth (Logan) and his brother Lewis. He is survived by his sister Pearl (Bob McNeil) of Bible Hill, and brothers Cecil (Elizabeth) of London, Ontario, and Harley (Doreen) of Elmsdale. He leaves behind him his loving wife for 64 years Ina Pearl Beaver of Porters Lake, sons Kenneth Richard in Edmonton, Aubrey Carl (Maggie LeRue) in Halifax, and Mark Kevin (Marion Shaw) in Halifax, and his favourite daughter Leanna Irene (Ray Boudreau) in Dartmouth, and three grandchildren, Holly Beaver (Lethbridge, AB) and Darien Boudreau and Daniel Boudreau, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The family would like to express their greatest appreciation to the staff and physicians of the Cancer Center at the QE-II Hospital in Halifax and to the dedicated nurses of the Victorian Order Of Nurses, who were such a great source of comfort and support during the last ten years. Visitation will be held from 7-9pm Monday September 8 with a memorial service 10am Tuesday September 9, reception to follow, all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Atlantic Funeral Home Dartmouth Chapel)


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