In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Rita Katherine Dwyer, C.D.


Lieutenant (S), O-21450, WRCNS


Lieutenant (W), W-21450, RCN


Born: 17 Jan 1914, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 22 Mar 2011


DWYER, Rita Katherine - was born in Toronto, the youngest of eight siblings. She was predeceased by her sisters: Sister Alice Gratia (IBVM), Cecile (Ceal) Annett, Ethel Clarkson, Isabelle Moran, and her brothers: Ray Michael Dwyer, Pvt (WWI), Joseph Dwyer, Lieut, RCNVR (WWII) and Reverend Monsignor Paul Dwyer, pastor of St. Gregory the Great in Oshawa. She is survived by her only nephew, John Annett, his wife Gail, and their children Matthew, Kirsten and Megan Annett. Rita travelled extensively and has friends around the world. Rita graduated from Loretto Abbey, Toronto and Saint Michael's College at the University of Toronto. After working in Cuba, Rita served in the Canadian Navy and then in the Department of External Affairs working with Ambassadors in Argentina, Portugal and Turkey. She returned to Canada and the Navy. A highlight of this tour was her participation in Canada's medical survey expedition to Easter Island. Rita's interests were wide-ranging. She enjoyed skiing, tennis and later lawn bowling. She had a great interest in classical music and art, developed during her years abroad and continued on her return to Canada. Embassy life gave her the opportunity to entertain and she enjoyed her role as a host when Ottawa and Toronto became her homes. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 50 Hoskin Ave., Toronto on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. A reception in the adjacent Newman Centre, University of Toronto will follow. Special thanks to Dr. Veenstra, Norma, and the staff at Thorne Mill on Steeles. (The Toronto Star 26 Mar 2011)


Ships served in:

HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Lt Rita Dwyer served in CAPE SCOTT during the METEI deployment as a Research Assistant and Interpreter.



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Following the sign to the YWCA - Wren Frances Rumble; Lt Edith Scott; Wren Mary Banka; Wren Reta Schmidt and Lt Rita Dwyer


The Ottawa Citizen, Thu, 16 Aug 1945

Ball Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the RCN


RAdm Walter Hose; RAdm E. P. Tisdall;  Mrs. Tisdall and Lt Rita Dwyer


The Ottawa Journal, Fri, 21 Oct 1960

Lt Rita Dwyer and Lt Mary King to take part in Medical Expedition to Easter Island


The Montreal Gazette, Tue, 17 Nov 1964

Memontos of an Island - Lt Dwyer and her bounty


The Ottawa Citizen, Sat, 27 Mar 1965



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