In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Charles Hugh (Chuck) Nelson


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


Born: 18 Jul 1931          Died: 11 Oct 2023


NELSON, Charles Hugh (Chuck) - was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He left us on October 11, 2023, at the age of 92 years. Chuck was born to Laura and Granville Nelson on July 18, 1931, into a family that eventually had seven children. He met his predeceased wife Lillian in Halifax. They had two children, Michael and Bruce. Chuck will be remembered and missed by his brother Ray, his sister Norma, his daughter-in-law, Anne and Bruce’s partner, Heather, his granddaughter Keri and Anne’s children Stephen, Rachelle and Elyse, his nieces and nephews and his many friends and neighbours. In his youth, Chuck was the unlikely (at 5’ 6”) star of his high school basketball team, the class valedictorian upon graduation and the Boxing Champion at C.F.B Cornwallis in 1950. In his Naval Career he sailed in H.M.C.S. Magnificent, H.M.C.S. Bonaventure, H.M.C.S. Huron as well as other RCN ships. He maintained and repaired pretty well anything that landed on and flew from those vessels and is remembered by many as a mentor and respected leader. In retirement he was for a time editor of the Warrior at C.F.B. Shearwater and was a proud member of Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG). Chuck and Lillian attended CNAG events and Lillian attended CNAG lunches with other Naval Air wives until the end of her life. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Dartmouth General Hospital, Emergency Department and Third Floor East for their compassion and care. Doctor Moore was key in letting Chuck make his decision about his final care. Thanks also to the staff at the Halifax Office of Veterans Affairs Canada who showed Chuck great kindness and respect over the last few years. In accordance with his wishes Chuck’s ashes will be scattered at sea from an R.C.N. vessel. Donation in Chuck’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Ships served in:




HMCS HURON - it is not known which HURON he served in .... 1st or 2nd of name.



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