For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

LOGAN, Bill, HMS Puncher RIP (HMS Puncher was manned by RCN personnel except for the Air side) It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Nicholas William (Bill) Logan, Age 89, on September 12, 2014 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in New Glasgow on January 10, 1925, Bill was the son of Mary Ann Perry and Charles Logan and the adopted son of Hannah and Robert MacIntosh. Always ambitious and willing to help others, Bill delivered newspapers and worked in the coalmines of Pictou County in his youth. During WWII, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the HMS Puncher. His Navy service took him to North Africa, England, France and Norway and he and his fellow crewmembers were inducted into the Order of Neptunus Rex when they crossed the Arctic Circle in 1945. After the war he joined Dominion Stores Limited, retiring after 40 years as manager of Halifax-Dartmouth stores. Bill was active in his community and was a member of Halifax Chamber of Commerce, St Thomas Aquinas Church and St Michael’s Church where he sang in the choir under the direction of his wife Dolores. Bill was a leader, an educator, a warrior and a gentle soul. He had a magnificent sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. His acts of goodness, wisdom, kindness and bravery will always remain in our hearts. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (nee Fougere) and his stepfather, Robert (MacIntosh). He is survived by his wife, Dolores (nee Ward) and daughters Rosemary McDougall (Mike McGrenere) of River John/Halifax and Coleen Logan (Dr. Julia Sagebien) of Halifax; granddaughter Courtney MacDonald (Justin Sutherland) and great grandson Aidan of Scotch Hill, Pictou Co.; step sister, Mary Fennell of New Glasgow; god daughter Anne Marie Melanson of Tracadie; nephew Berky Hayman of Antigonish; many relatives and friends, including those he met at the VMB and his favorite pet therapy "granddog" Stella. Special thanks to the staff and veterans of V4 West, Veterans Memorial Building who gave their love and support to Bill during his stay there. A memorial service will be held at St Michaels church on September 23 at 1:00 pm, reception to follow In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

 

HMS PUNCHER

LOSEE, William J., Lt (P), RCN(R) - 29, of HMCS "Cataraqui" Kingston, died in Kingston December 30 of leukemia. Lieut. Losee, who served in British carriers in the Far East in the Second World War, entered the active list of the RCN(R) as a Lieutenant (P) in April 1947. He was enrolled in the engineering faculty at Queen's University at the time. In the three succeeding years he spent most of the summer vacation periods on naval training and voluntary service on the East Coast. He took flying refresher courses at HMCS "Shearwater," trained and served in "Stadacona" and was in HMCS "Haida" for a brief period. He received his Bachelor of Science degree last spring from Queen's along with a scholarship. Ten days prior to his death he received word he had won first prize in an essay contest sponsored by the Canadian Mining Journal. Lieut. Losee joined the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm as a rating in May 1942 and subsequently received his commission in the RNVR. He was demobilized in March 1946. Funeral services were held in Ottawa January 2 and burial was in Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston. (The CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, February, 1951)

 

HMCS CATARAQUI, HMCS HAIDA

MARCUS, Robert Charles Jackson (17 Feb 1929 - 06 Dec 2013) - Robert passed away peacefully at home. He was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and step-father to his children whom he was very proud of. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on many ships and ports for 25 years. After retiring from the military he worked at Canada Post. He then ventured into helicopters which he loved with all his heart. He moved to the mainland and married Betty-Lou and they spent 20 happy years together. Golf was his pleasure and is probably already planning a few games where God has sent him. We will miss you everyday Robert (Bobby Jack, as his family called him). A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December16 from 1-4 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1025 Ridgeway, Avenue , Coquitlam.

 

HMCS CAYUGA

MATHESON, John Edwin - Age 51 of Eastern Passage, passed . away suddenly March 19, 2014. Born in Edmundston, N.B. John retired from the Navy after 25 years as a sonar technician. He was a member of Halifax Regional Search and Rescue and the UN NATO Veterans Group. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing poker and camping. Most recently John was learning how to play guitar. John is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda (Hobson); daughter, Shannon, Dartmouth; son, Aaron, Eastern Passage; father, Clifford and his wife, Dyan Matheson, Oxford; mother, Gay (Mitton) Matheson, Dartmouth; sisters, Dee Corbiel (Bob), North Bay, Ont: Kathy lsaac, Moncton, N.B.; brother, Clinton (Karen), Saint John, N.B.; stepsister, Kim Ripple, Florida; stepbrothers, David Schoffield (Kelly Anne), Beaver Bank; Graham Schoffield, Ontario; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Burton. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday with a funeral service 10 a.m. Wednesday April 9, Rev. Jane Clattenburg officiating, with a reception to follow, all in Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Halifax Regional Search and Rescue.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

MOFFAT, Jack Arthur (Red) - age 101 of Halifax. Passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 1, 2014. Born on April 3, 1913 in Vancouver, BC, he was the youngest son of the late Alexander William and Emily (Drury) Moffat. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Muriel Duretta (Hurshman), daughter Dale Moffat and son in law Charles Evans, Halifax and six nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Leslie, William and sister, Winnifred Riley. Family ties were important to him and he enjoyed regaling any willing listener with stories of the past. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a shipwright. He was a carpenter by trade and had a passion for working with and fashioning wood. He was an avid gardener and loved the natural world. A kind and caring gentle man, he was always ready to help anyone who needed a handyman. His road in life was not always easy but he navigated it with determination and arrived at his final destination on his own terms with integrity and honour. Many thanks to all the care workers at Home Instead, with particular gratitude to Dianne Crawford, a true angel. In lieu of flowers, a random act of kindness would honour Jack’s memory. A reception and sharing of memories will be held from 2-4pm, Saturday, September 13 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. Interment will take place in Oakridge Memory Gardens, Lower Sackville at a later date.

MOFFAT, William John Bingham (Bill), Maj (R), CD - 66, of Dartmouth, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2001 at the QEII Hospital. Born in Vancouver, B.C. on May 15, 1934, Bill was the youngest of two children born to Grace Wilson of Sheffield, England and William Moffat of Glasgow, Scotland. Bill and his older sister Betty were raised in the North Vancouver community of Lynn Valley. After high school, he attended the University of British Columbia with plans of studying to become a dentist only to end up joining the Royal Canadian Navy (R) as a Midshipman at HMCS Malahat (Vancouver Island) on Nov. 1, 1956. Bill trained as a naval aviator and was awarded his Wings on May 17, 1957. That same year he was transferred to CFB Shearwater where he was based until his retirement from the forces "36 years less a day" later. In 1959, Bill served the first of several tours on board HMCS Bonaventure beginning with VS-880 Squadron. Many other postings and accomplishments followed, most notably: Weapons Officer aboard the HMCS Inch Arron, 1962; awarded Watchkeeping Certificate, 1963; offered a permanent commission, 1963; navigation officer on HMCS Algonquin, 1963; transferred to rotary-wing aircraft, 1970, Officer-in-Charge, Base Maintenance Test Flight, 1983; XO of HS 423 Squadron, 1987; retiring May 14, 1990. Bill accumulated 8,105 hours in both fixed-and rotary-wing military aircraft, including the Avenger, Tracker, Harvard, Expeditor, Hiller and Sea King. He completed over 769 deck landings, of which 114 were made in fixed-wing aircraft. Bill also accumulated more than 700 hours on various civilian aircraft, including the Stearman, Warrior, Twin Otter and Bell 206. After his retirement from DND, Bill went to work for the Ministry of Transportation in 1991 in Moncton, N.B., as an Investigations Inspector in the Regulatory Compliance Branch, retiring in 1998. Bill is survived by his three children, William, Robert and Ann-Marie, his grandson Andrew and granddaughter, Allison, his beloved wife Yvonne Ongo (nee) of North Sydney, Cape Breton, and his sister Betty.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS INCH ARRAN, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS MALAHAT

MUNROE, Frank Charles (08 Oct 1922 - 28 Feb 2014) - With saddened hearts, but with hope eternal, we the family announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather and friend. Frank passed away at home where he was lovingly cared for by his wife and soul mate, Edna. Always proud to have been born and raised in Whitney Pier, Frank was the youngest son of the late Angus and Lillian (Breen) Munroe. Frank attended Whitney School and Sydney Academy before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on HMCS Kapaskasing (minesweeper), HMCS Iroquois (destroyer) and HMCS Victoriaville (frigate) while engaging in Convoy duty during the Battle of the Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Sydney where he studied at the Empire Business College. After graduation, he began employment in the insurance business working as an independent salesman for 12 years before joining Allstate Insurance, where he worked for 28 years. With his outstanding sales ability, Frank was a gold record winner as top salesman in North America and a two time top winner in both auto and home owners’ sales. Frank embraced life with energy and determination in a job well done, qualities he instilled in his children and grandchildren. His hobbies were varied; including fishing and hunting, skating, boating with family on the Mira, and before his illness, wintering in Florida. Frank loved to travel and his trip back to his roots in Scotland was most memorable. In his later years, although confined to a wheelchair, he looked forward to his daily jaunts around the block where he enjoyed socializing with neighbours. Many of his canine friends, especially Jiggs could count on Frank giving them a little treat. Frank was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, branch 128, and prior to his illness he was a member of the Naval Veterans Association. He was a strong supporter of various charities including, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Heart & Stroke, the Cancer Society, the Salvation Army and Christmas Daddies. He strongly believed in the value of a good education and willingly offered support to his children and grandchildren as they met their educational goals. Surviving are his devoted wife and best friend, Edna (Hallett); loving daughters, Carolyn Profit, Lisa (Andre Ouellette) Munroe, Nicole (Stephen) Hardy; grandchildren, Melanie, Melissa, Ryan, Evan; Cole, Zachary; Erika, Victoria, Kyle; special great-grandsons, Lucas, Brodie; brother-in-law, Lloyd Eddy and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law, Alexander ( Jean), John (Ann), Cyril (Mabel) and his sister, Annabelle. He was the last surviving nephew of Jack Munroe, the famed mining proprietor, war hero, author and boxer, honored in the Nova Scotia & Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Many thanks to Dr. Susan MacLeod, the VON and palliative care nurses who visited his home, and his three private caregivers, Gary Bernasky, Betty Morrison and John Bourgeois. Your kindness and compassionate care to Frank was always a comfort and much appreciated. Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel, 49 Welton St., Sydney, today (Monday, March 3) from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Chapel on Wednesday, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Whent and Rev. Boyce Elliott officiating. Burial is to take place at a later date, in Eastmount Cemetery, Whitney Pier. Memorial donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Father’s love never dies ... it glows eternal ... forever in our hearts.

 

HMCS KAPUSKASING, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

MURDUFF, Charles Orville - (1920-2013) WWII Veteran, member of the Peterborough Naval Club and retired long-time employee of GE. Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's at Fleming on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Teresa. Loving father of Jack (Carol), Sandra Pearson (Grant) and the late Lynn Gibson (Lewis). Grandpa will be fondly remembered by Kirk Pearson (Michelle), Shannon Gibson, Drew Pearson, Brandy Herd (Ryan) Dave Pearson (Ashley), Scott Murduff (Erin), Mike Murduff and great-grandchildren Jason, Alexis, Logan and Colton. Dear brother-in-law of Brenda Murduff. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel, 600 Monaghan Road S. Naval Service will be held at 10:45 a.m. with a Memorial Service immediately following. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. In memory of Chuck, donations to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated.

 

Charles Murduff enlisted at age 17 and was sent to Halifax where he served on HMCS Woodstock K238 and HMCS Matane K444

 

Photo of Charles Murduff

 

HMCS MATANE

HMCS WOODSTOCK

MURRAY, Arthur William (Bill) - Halifax, passed away January 5, 2014. He was born in Halifax, October 22, 1920, to the late Arthur Vincent Murray and Mary (Mae) Elizabeth Murray. Prior to the Second World War, he graduated from Halifax Academy and attended Nova Scotia College of Art 1939-1940. In early 1941, he joined RCN, graduated as a Sub Leiut., RCNVR from Royals Roads Naval College in August 1941, 2nd officers training class. He saw service in examination vessels and minesweeper HMCS KELOWNA in North Pacific waters; joined new construction Fairmile Q097 in fall of 1942, operating with 76 Flotilla in North Atlantic; commanded Q093 October 1943- April 1944; joined the historic corvette HMCS SACKVILLE and served as Executive Officer up to November 1944. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander RCN(R) on reserve list 1952 and saw reserve time in HMCS HAIDA and MICMAC. Following his discharge in January 1946, he resumed his education at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Ill. He graduated in 1948 and followed up with studies in advertising at Northwestern University. He met his wife, Vera (Hansen), in Chicago where they were married on August 7th, 1948. He worked with Drake Studios, The Daily Newspaper, Chicago American, and for many years with Geyer McAllister Publications. He joined Wall Street Journal in 1960 and, in 1963, was appointed regional advertising manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio office. In 1972, he and his wife returned to Halifax where he took up his appointment of supervisor of advertising, Nova Scotia Department of Government Services. He retired in October 1984, and he and Vera settled in Vero Beach, Fla. Following the death of his wife in May 1998, he returned to Halifax in September of that year. He was an active member of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association and was awarded the N.O.A.C. Bronze Medallion in 1980 for service to N.O.A.C. and Canada. He was also a member of RUSI (Royal United Services Institute); a trustee! of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (HMCS SACKVILLE); and, for several years, was a member of AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists). He was active in newspaper work in Cincinnati. Bill is survived by sister, Mrs. W.L. Garrison, several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. (477-5601). Abiding with Bill’’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Donations in memory may be made to the SPCA or the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. (The Chronicle Herald Metro 09 Jan 2014)

 

HMCS KELOWNA - Appointed to KELOWNA 04 Feb 1942 as SLt, RCNVR

ML Q097

ML Q093

HMCS SACKVILLE - Appointed to SACKVILLE on 26 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

HMCS HAIDA

HMCS MICMAC

MYLES, Thomas (Tommy) - 52, Elmsdale, passed away on April 3, 2007, at his cottage. Born in Ruhr, Germany, he was a son of the late John and Julia (Lappin) Myles. Tommy joined the Canadian Forces (Navy) in March 29, 1977, as a marine engineering mechanic. He served aboard many ships including HMCS Yukon, HMCS Onondaga, HMCS Annapolis, HMCS Nipigon, HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Montreal, HMCS Regina, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Fredericton, HMCS Toronto, and also served ashore at FMG Atlantic, FMF Cape Scott, CFB Halifax, and currently CFNES. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage, golfing, hunting, fishing. Surviving are daughter, Vhari Myles, Ottawa; brother, Johnny (wife Angela) Myles, Scotland; nephews, John and David; sister, Frances Tummon, and nephew, Mark, Scotland. Visitation will take place today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. in CFB Halifax, Stadacona. Donations in memory of Tommy can be made to Matthew Burke Fund.

 

HMCS YUKON, HMCS ONONDAGA, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS MONTREAL, HMCS REGINA, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS FREDERICTON, HMCS TORONTO

MacCULLOUGH, Harold Allan, Captain - who joined the RCN in 1948 after serving in the US Army Air Corps 1944 - 1947, died in Dartmouth, NS in January 2014. During his naval career he served in Ottawa, Montreal, Charlottetown, St John’s, Eastern Passage and Cornwallis; HMCS Ships Magnificent, Cape Breton, Lanark and Columbia; Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, London and No 1 Management Consulting Services Unit (Halifax). After retiring from the Navy in 1975 he was employed as a civilian management consultant with DND. He was predeceased by his wife Janette Catherine and brother Sherman; survivors include children Allan, Robert and Dianne and sister June.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS LANARK, HMCS COLUMBIA

MACFADYEN, Steven Ellis (Steve), CPO1 - Died 29 Oct 2009 - Born in Conway, PEI, he joined the militia 5th Signal Regiment in 1962, transferred to HMCS Queen Charlotte in 1963, enrolled in the RCN and graduated recruit training April 1964. CPO1 MacFadyen served in HMCS Hochelaga, HMCS Swansea, HMCS St. Laurent, HMCS Cabot, HMCS Shearwater, HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Cataraqui, as well as several land posting. He transferred from the regular force to the primary reserve at HMCS Queen Charlotte in August 1995. His last appointment was Coxswain of HMCS Queen Charlotte from 2003 until his retirement in 2006. He was accepted as a member of the Order of Military Merit in 1988 and has received the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, the NATO Former Yugoslavia Peacekeeping Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration. He was an active member on many community and national organizations. A funeral service will be held at the Belvedere Funeral Home Satyurday 31 Oct 09 at 1000. Interment will take place at Sherwood Cemetery. (Source: NAVRESGEN 042/09 N01 16841)

 

HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS QUEEN CHARLOTTE, HMCS CABOT, HMCS CATARAQUI

MACLELLAN, Vincent, Rev., Antigonish - Born 28 Sep 1921 at Sydney , Nova Scotia , Canada Fr. Vince MacLellan, 87 years old, priest of the Diocese of Antigonish and long-time member of the St. Francis Xavier University family died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in Green Meadows Adult Care Facility in North Grant, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. Fr. Vince was a graduate of Sydney Academy and joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1942. He served in Halifax, Montreal and aboard the HMCS Acadia. He was discharged from military service in 1945 upon which time he entered his beloved St. Francis Xavier University as a student. In 1949 he graduated from St. F. X. with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and entered priestly formation at St. Basil’s Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. Fr. Vince was ordained into the Priesthood of Jesus Christ at St. Ninian’s Cathedral on May 30, 1953 by Bishop John R. MacDonald. Later he immersed himself in graduate studies at the University of Toronto, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and at Stratford-on-Avon, England. He received a Masters of Arts Degree from Notre Dame. From 1953-54, Fr. Vince had a short appointment as curate to the Pastor of Stella Maris Parish in Pictou, N.S. In 1954 he returned to St. F. X. University and was appointed to the faculty and served as an Associate Professor of English until his retirement in 1986 after 32 years of service dedicated to teaching and higher education. Fr. Vince faithfully pursued the Xaverian motto, “Whatsoever Things are True” as an educator, priest, chaplain and loyal community member. After a very generous teaching career, Fr. Vince continued to engage himself at the university serving as a mentor, often assisting students having difficulty learning English. In the wider community of Antigonish, he enjoyed serving as Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, Chaplain to the Antigonish Highland Society, Chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion and faithfully ministering as Chaplain to the residents of The Orchard Villa and The JJ Carroll House. Born September 28, 1921 in Sydney’s North End and baptized in Sacred Heart parish, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (MacNeil) MacLellan. Fr. Vince is survived by his sister, Betty (Murdock) MacIsaac, Sydney and brother, Freddie, Oshawa, Ontario; nieces and nephews, Claire (Luc) Rollin, John MacNeil, Valerie Matheson, Vince Mac Neil, Judy Fougere, Sister Maureen MacIsaac, Francis MacLellan, Steven MacLellan, Heather Flynn, Mary Cottreau, Allan MacLellan and Freddie MacLellan Jr.; brother-in-law, Malcolm MacNeil and sister-in-law, Patricia (Pledge), as well as many grand-nieces and grand-nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers, Peter and Donald and his sisters, Mary, Anne (Malcolm) MacNeil and Rita; niece, Marie (William) Tucker, nephew, Douglas and brother-in-law, Murdock MacIsaac and sisters-in-law, Isabel (MacDougall) and Irene (MacNeil). Visitation for Fr. Vince will begin on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in Morrison Hall, StFX Campus and continue Sunday from 2-4 p.m. in the same location. At 6 p.m. his remains will be transferred over to StFX Chapel where a Bible Vigil will commence at 7 p.m. presided by StFX Dean Fr. Alex MacKinnon and homilist Fr. Rod B. MacDonald. Visitation will continue after the Liturgy of God’s Word until 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday June 29th at 11 a.m. at StFX Chapel with Bishop Raymond Lahey presiding and Fr. Paul MacNeil homilist. Priests of the diocese are invited to concelebrate. Faculty from the university are invited to process in academic regalia. After the liturgy everyone is invited to Morrison Hall for a luncheon reception. Funeral arrangements are under the care of MacIsaac’s Funeral Home, Antigonish.

 

HMCS ACADIA

MacLEOD, John Trites (04 Oct 1935 - 22 Jan 2014) - It is with great sadness that the family of John MacLeod announces his death, which occurred on January 22, 2014. John T., as he was known to many, was born in Sydney, to the late John A. and Jessie (MacLeod) MacLeod. John joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1956 and became a member of the Naval Air Branch where he trained as an aircraft technician, serving with VS 880 and V U 32 Squadrons, and on HMCS Bonaventure and Annapolis and later at Maritime Air Group Headquarters. He rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer before his retirement from the Navy in 1983; later working in the engineering department of IMP Aerospace for 10 years, and then serving briefly as a member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at the Canadian Forces Armament Depot in Bedford. John enjoyed playing badminton, basketball and track but the sport he was truly enthusiastic about was sailing, to which he was introduced at the early age of 13, by his brother, King, leading to a lifelong passion for racing at the local, national, and international levels. He first crewed with Art Rooney, winning the Canadian Snipe Championships in 1956 and later with Harry Henderson winning the Western Hemisphere Snipe Championships in 1958. After joining the RCN he was selected as a crewmember on the RCN Yawl 'Pickle' on which he participated in the Newport to Bermuda Ocean Races in 1958 and 1962, and the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race in 1963. As well as being on the water, John enjoyed photography, woodworking, music, researching genealogy, and travel. He was a member of Woodlawn United Church, Kiwanis Club of Woodlawn, and over the years taught University Naval Training Division (UNTD) Cadets how to sail, was a Cub Leader of 1st Cole Harbour Pack, a member of the Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA), Shearwater and Dartmouth Curling Clubs, and Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG). John is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Rob (Brenda Daly) of Quispamsis, N.B.; Calum (Bev Bollong) of Guelph, Ont.; Rod (Suzan Park) of Ottawa, Ont.; grandchildren, Ian, Kyle, Michael, Hayley and Logan of Guelph and Quispamsis; sister, Sandy Callaghan of Hampton, N.B., and several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents; sister, Isabelle, and brothers, David, Russell, King, Roderick (Lefty), and John Alexander Jr. (in infancy). John and his family wish to thank the medical teams, support staff, and volunteers at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, for their tireless care and compassion. Visitation will be held in the Shearwater Aviation Museum, 34 Bonaventure St, Shearwater, NS (12 Wing Shearwater), on 24 January 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held at Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Rd, Dartmouth on 25 January 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Woodlawn United Church Accessibility Fund, or the Shearwater Aviation Museum.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

CNAV PICKLE - Crew member during the Bermuda Race in 1958 and 1962 and the Marblehead Race in 1963

MACNEIL, John Alexander - 74, of Sydney Mines, N.S., passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 22, 2005, in his Ontario home. He was born June 16, 1931, son of the late John and Irene (MacDonald) MacNeil. As a young man in the early 1950s John MacNeil joined the Navy. During his Navy career he was a member of the Canada Steamship Lines travelling on the Great Lakes as a seaman. His career continued as a crew member of the White Star Line and served on th e Olympic aircraft carrier, known as The Magnificent. He proudly served two years on the HMCS Haida during its second tour of duty in Korean waters and travelled the world. Throughout the later years, close to retirement, he enjoyed serving on the Sam McBride ferry boat for the City of Toronto. During his retirement years he truly enjoyed the life of leisure and kept busy creating woodworking master pieces. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude Tremblett (Butt), also of Sydney Mines, who died at age 57, March 1 0 , 1992, in Ontario. Loving father of eight children, Sheila King (husband Johnny) and Mike Tremblett, both of Nova Scotia, Jane Christie (husband Fred), Judy Tettman (husband Chris), Susan Tremblett, Peter Tremblett (wife Tammy), Sandra Ghany (husband Herold) and Irene Kay, all of Ontario. Proud grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of three. He is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Harding, Nova Scotia, Yvonne Jerrett, Ontario; brother, Ronald MacNeil, also of Ontario; four nieces, Erna, Irene and Donna, Ontario, and Corrine, Texas. Also survived by close companion, Shirley; her five children and two grandchildren, Sheldon and Jordan. We love you Dad and may God keep you by his side as you rest in peace. Visitation for the late John A. MacNeil 'Sandy' will be held at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Sherbourne St., Toronto. Viewing will be held Sunday, June 26 from 7-9 p.m. and again Monday, June 27 from 10-11 a.m. Chapel service at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. The ashes of John A. Mac- Neil will be laid to rest at the Brookside Cemetery in Sydney Mines, at the footstone of the late Gertrude Tremblett (Butt) at a later date.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT

MACPHERSON, Ian Alexander - 82, Brooklyn, passed away on January 15, 2009, in the Veterans’ Unit of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Wolfville, he was a son of the late John and Velma (Tuttle) Macpherson. Ian attended Tower Road School, Halifax, prior to joining the Navy and attending Royal Roads Naval College (1942-1944). He became a midshipman on HMS Devonshire during the Second World War, Chief Gunnery Officer aboard the Nootka during the Korean Conflict and an officer aboard the St. Laurent in 1956. During his naval career Ian was also Captain of HMCS New Glasgow and HMCS Ottawa. In 1959, he was the Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II during the Royal Tour of Canada, living at Buckingham Palace and sailing on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Ian retired to Brooklyn, Hants Co., in 1980, after living in Halifax, Victoria, Winnipeg and England. He was an avid reader, birdwatcher, stamp collector and active in the local Anglican Church. Ian is survived by sons, Colin (Lomie) Macpherson, Pembroke, Ont.; Peter (Carole) Macpherson, Beamsville, Ont.; daughter, Diana (Peter) Baldwin, Port Williams; grandchildren, Matthew, Ian, Graeme and Stuart Macpherson, Peter and Gillian Baldwin. Besides his parents, Ian was predeceased in 2004 by his wife, Jill (Davidson) Macpherson. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 19, at 2 p.m. in St. James Anglican Church, Brooklyn, Hants Co. A reception to follow in the church hall. Donations in memory of Ian may be made to the Veterans’ Unit of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 239, Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0.

 

HMS DEVONSHIRE (1942)

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka during the Korean war

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1947

HMCS ST. LAURENT

HMCS NEW GLASGOW - 1tth Commanding Officer

HMCS OTTAWA - 4th Commanding Officer

McCULLOCH, Paul Lancelot Steele (Moose) - “Moose”, as his friends and old shipmates in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) called him, “crossed the bar” on Sunday morning, January 18, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. He was born June 15, 1927 in Victoria, B.C. and was educated at Glenlyon School, Brentwood College, and Royal Roads Naval College. A keen sportsman who excelled at rugby and cross country running, Paul loved the sea from an early age and was an accomplished sailor. Upon graduation from Royal Roads in 1946, he entered the RCN and was one of three Canadian midshipmen selected to serve aboard the new British battleship, HMS Vanguard, for the first official cruise of the Royal Family to South Africa in 1947. McCulloch was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, winning a Mention in Dispatches for outstanding navigation aboard HMCS Athabaskan during nighttime operations off the coast of North Korea in 1952. A navigation specialist, he served in numerous ships, notably the aircraft carriers HMCS Magnificent and Bonaventure, and the St. Laurent. He commanded the frigate HMCS Antigonish on the West Coast in 1964-65. In 1966, McCulloch was posted to Winnipeg as a naval staff officer with the CF Unification Task Force. From an unpopular job at home, he was posted as a student to the Royal Navy Staff Course at Greenwich in England. On graduation in 1968, he returned to Canada and assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Restigouche (1968-1970). Shore jobs abroad included a posting to Rome where McCulloch was on the Directing Staff of the NATO Staff College, then served for three years on the International Military Staff at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. On retirement, he devoted his considerable energy and talents to lovingly restoring two historic heritage homes in Nova Scotia: The Bollard House in downtown Halifax, and The Peter Smyth stone house in Port Hood. He was one of the founding members of The Friends of the Public Gardens in Halifax, and also served on the board. McCulloch was active in several other organizations dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Nova Scotia: the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, Friends of the Halifax Commons, and the Chestico Historical Society, Port Hood. He leaves his beloved wife and best friend of 56 years, Joyce; sons, Ian, Sandy, and Hugh; daughters, Gillian and Sarah; grandchildren, Henry, Angus, Meaghan, Nelson, Rowan, Morgan and Alexander; siblings, Liane, Phoebe, Lance, and Richard. Paul was a beloved husband, a devoted father, an older brother, a genuine friend, an officer and gentleman, a heritage activist, and hilarious raconteur. He was a man to whom service, honour, and compassion came first. Paul and his favourite words “Éthat reminds me of a story!” will be sorely missed. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George’s Round Church, Halifax.

 

HMS VANGUARD

HMCS CAYUGA - Appointed to Cayuga on 09 May 1948 as A/SLt, RCN

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to ATHABASKAN 03 Jul 1950 as Lt, RCN

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

HMCS BONAVENTURE

HMCS ST LAURENT

HMCS ANTIGONISH

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

 

 

McGACHY-SMITH, Thomas (Mugak), PO1 - It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Thomas McGachy Smith, 50, Lake Echo, on November 5, 2013. Tommy, or "Mugak", was a charismatic, larger than life personality with a heart of gold, an infectious brand of humor, and was highly thought of by all who knew him. Hi pride and joy were his three wonderful boys and his beloved Scottish pedigree. Hailing from Montreal, by way of Port Glasgow, Scotland, he never missed an opportunity to instill his " Scottish wisdom" on most anyone he crossed paths with. Tommy loved to spin yams, talk "Scottish backwards", and relay his unique brand of humor and talent, as only he could. Ret’d RCN PO1 Thomas Smith was a NESOP by trade and served his country proudly for 26 years. He especially loved is early years in the Navy (or the "Gravy as he sometimes referred to it) and always said that his time onboard HMCS Saguenay (1982-86) as his fondest. Popular and well-respected by all he sailed with, Tommy was a key member with the Naval Gun Run team for several years (Nova Scotia Tattoo) and served Canada loyally in many ships and shore establishments as well as deploying around the world in numerous operations. Mugak was an avid sportsman and lifelong supporter of) his beloved Glasgow Celtic football team. A diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan, he was also a Green Bay Packers and lifelong Montreal Expos fan. He often recanted stories about his visits to Jarry Park and the Big "O". He closely followed the Montreal Alouettes with Cece and even "tolerated" some of the classic Hab heroes. Tommy loved his Montreal times and maintained close ties with his dear friends there. Rock music played a huge role in Tommy’s life. He loved the United Kingdom and New York punk rock scenes, the Doors, the Who, Pink Floyd, the Coop, Warren Zevon, Joy Division, and, of course, Sabbath. A bit later in life, Mugak became a musician himself, where on he took up the guitar and turned heads with his talent and enthusiasm. It was not long before he was writing songs and playing live onstage. He made several recordings and had planned to release an al m of original material in 2014. Tommy is survived by his parents, Thomas and Mary Smith, Port Glasgow, Scotland; his former wife, Sheryl (Wilson), Riverview, N.B.; and his sons, whom he loved dearly, Michael, Halifax; Quinton, and Joseph, Riverview, N.B.; his brother, Paul (Emma); nephew, Archie, Bournemouth, England; his beloved Uncle Cecil, Montreal; his Aunt Jeannie, Santa Monica, Calif; and a wide array of cousins and relatives worldwide. Ironically, Tommy passed away on Guy Fawkes Day (bonfire day), one of his special days of the year. A visitation for close friends and family will be held Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. The funeral service will take place on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS TORONTO

ORMSBY, Chuck, Radar Operator, RCNVR - Peacefully at home on September 3, 2009 in the presence of his loving family and friends. Beloved husband of Shirley, and father of Michael and Maureen. Sadly missed by his relatives and friends. Special thanks to Chuck's doctors, caregivers, and wonderful friends and neighbours for their loving care. A memorial service will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Pkwy. S. (north east corner of Yonge St. and Industrial Pkwy. S.), Aurora, on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1 p.m. If desired donations to cancer care at Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated.

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS HEPATICA, HMCS BLAIRMORE, HMCS PRESCOTT, HMCS NORANDA

McLAUGHLIN, Harry (1942 - Dec 2013) - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of an amazing man, Harry McLaughlin at home, surrounded by the strong love of his family and friends. He will be profoundly missed by his wife and soul-mate, Barb; his children, Jeannie (John) and Brian (Jennifer) and their families (6 grandkids), first wife Karen, his sister Kathy, brother Richard (Penny), Little Sister Tianay (Matt), his many nieces and nephews, and his devoted extended family, friends, neighbours, and pets. Harry had a positive energy and big, caring heart which he shared generously with others. His passion for life, strength of character, and integrity enriched the lives of all that he touched. Harry was an avid runner and tri-athlete who genuinely enjoyed sharing his experiences. Harry spent over 30 years in the Navy and upon retiring, continued with his love of building and repairing. One of his favourite comments when starting a project was, "It needs to be bigger!" Thank you to the Oceanside Hospice (especially Jean, Ken and the Friday group), Dr. Forrest, Dr. Bell, his caring staff, our Home Care Nurse Alana, and our thoughtful community, for all your help and support. Harry believed in the importance of helping others- whenever he saw a need, he did his best to fulfill it. Harry was an active supporter of the Qualicum Cat Rescue, the Oceanside Hospice and acts of kindness to others. Please continue his legacy. We will always feel Harry's strong hugs comforting us. You will never be forgotten in our hearts. Please join us in honouring Harry on Saturday January 4th at 2pm at Fairwinds Golf Club.

 

HMCS YUKON, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

McMAHON, Johnston Alsenas (Jack) (02 Feb 1923 - 02 Jan 2014) - Born in Peterborough, Ont., in 1923, he was a son of the late Harold and Sybil McMahon. Jack is survived by sister, Frances Harris, of Oakville, Ont. He was predeceased by a sister and a brother. His wife, Elsie, passed away in 1978. Jack is survived by six daughters and two sons: Jacqueline Dobson, Halifax; Elizabeth Otter, Winnipeg; Nancy Buck, deceased (Surrey, B.C); Catherine Moore, St. John's N.L.; Patricia MacDonald, Halifax, Denise Rankin, Westville; sons, Daniel and Donald; also by several grandchildren. Jack joined the RCN as a Boy Seaman in 1940 and during the war years served aboard the original destroyer Saguenay and Corvette Drumheller in the Battle of the Atlantic. In 1943, he joined the Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla 65 until the end of the war. In 1944, he was Mentioned in Dispatches while serving in the English Channel. Following the war, until his discharge in 1948, he was Admiral's Coxswain in Halifax. He was employed at The Joint Maritime Warfare School and the DND Fire Department until his retirement. Jack is also survived by his companion of many years, Ruth Mitchell. From 1981 until the present, Jack and Ruth spent the majority of their winters in St. Petersburg, Fla. Jack was always an active hunter and fisherman and a long-time member of the Halifax Wildlife Association and the Atlantic Beagle Club. Also a member of Vimy Branch 27 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Oakfield Golf and Country Club, as Associate member of the Atlantic Chiefs and PO's Association as well as the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. Cremation has taken place and our family will lay Dad to rest with our mom Elsie in Liverpool at a later date. ( the Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS DRUMHELLER

NEUMANN, Larry Lawrence - passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital on September 17, 2014 at the age of 91. Larry was born in Ellerslie, Alberta on November 18, 1922, to Emil and Olga Neumann. He had 7 siblings: Ferdinand, Herbert, Sidonia, Eleanor, Freida, Edna, and Edlyn all of which were predeceased. He is survived by his loving wife, Susie, of 67 year; his son Derrill (Barbara), and his grandchildren: Scott (Chelsey) and Lara (Mathieu). Larry served in the Royal Canadian Navy on HMCS Kokanee during the Second World War. After the war, Larry achieved his Master Plumber accreditation and was a past president of the Mechanical Contractors Association. He thoroughly enjoyed being with his family, fishing and hunting in the great outdoors, traveling throughout the world and spending time with his numerous pets. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the charity of your choice. A memorial service for Larry will be held at a later date.

 

HMCS KOKANEE

NEWMAN, Grant Hilding -  It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father and grandfather, Grant who passed away September 19, 2014 at his home at the age of 93. Grant was born December 6, 1920 in Viscount, SK. In his youth, he grew up on a farm in Viscount. He lived in a small one-bedroom paper shack. He enjoyed hunting rabbits and getting into mischief with his older brother, Walter. The family moved to the new farm house in 1941. Dad left home to join the Navy in 1942. He trained in Calgary as a Radio/ Radar Operator and graduated 2nd in his class. Big city living brought him his first introduction to indoor plumbing! In April, 1943 he was sent to HMCS Stadacona in Halifax. On completion of his training in 1944, he was transferred to HMCS Prestonian, as a Petty Officer (only technician on board). By 1945, the war was winding down and he returned to St. Hyacinthe and he became a radar instructor until the war ended in September, 1945. He wanted to carry on with his love of electronics and went to work at the Record Shop. By 1948, he was dating our future mother, Maureen; she worked at the front counter selling records. At first she wouldn't give him the time of day as the bookkeeper had told her dad was married with 6 children! It was a match made in heaven; they wed on June 29, 1951 and enjoyed 37 years together before mom passed away in 1988. Mom and Dad enjoyed many years as life-time members at HMCS Unicorn especially the many years of curling and social gatherings. We believe he was the oldest living HMCS life-member. Being in the Navy was very important to dad and he always had many stories to share. Dad worked for Eaton's for over 20 years and then purchased a confectionery with mom by his side in 1977 (Twin Stores). After its sale in 1982, Dad retired again, but he later went on to work as a commissionaire and remained employed with them well into his 70's. Dad's greatest love was working in his yard. He took great pride in his flowers and garden. His favourite spot was sitting at the dining room table and looking out over his backyard and watching the birds. The birds really appreciated his bird bath. He even fed the squirrel peanuts; that was one spoiled squirrel. Another favourite past time of dad's, was wine making. He always brought a bottle of his wine to all family gatherings. We could always rely on dad to keep all of our stuff in good running order. He loved the challenge of fixing anything broken. He inherited this from his father, Hilding, who was a well-known builder/carpenter in the Viscount area. Dad was an avid sports fan including his two favourite teams – Roughriders & Blue Jays. His love of baseball started as a youth on the "Midway" baseball diamond at the farm where he grew up. Prior to his brother Murray's passing, they enjoyed many summer fishing trips together. He looked forward to it every year. Up until his sudden death, Dad remained very active. His latest project was helping his neighbour refurbish their shared fence. He was extremely proud of his staining job. He is survived by his three daughters, Janice and granddaughter Kathy (Sean); Joanne; Barb (Don) Ludwig; sister-in-law, Lou; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Maureen (1988); mother, Myrtle; father, Hilding; brothers, Walter; Erland; Murray; sister-in-law, Isabelle. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. At our father's request, there will be no funeral. Dad you will be greatly missed by us and everyone who knew you, but you will live on in our hearts forever. It brings us much comfort to know he has been reunited with our mother. Love you both. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 24 Sep 2014)

 

HMCS PRESTONIAN

NICHOLLS, Richard William (Nick) (12 Dec 1925 - 10 Jun 2011) - Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Friday, June 10th, 2011, passed away in his 86th year. Predeceased by his wife Mary Nicholls. Dear father of Arthur Nicholls of London and Tim (Ann) Nicholls of Woodstock. Dear brother of Alice Manning of St. Thomas, and predeceased by his brother Fred Nicholls. Also loved by his 3 grandchildren Julian, Ben and Samantha Nicholls. Special friend to Barb Brennan and family of London. Cremation has taken place, and a graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London, on Wednesday, June 15th at 1 P.M with reception to follow. Please gather at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street (at Wavell), London, before the service. Memorial donations appreciated to the Alzheimer Society.

 

HMCS LONGUEUIL

O'HANLEY, John Angus - 78, of Shediac Cape passed away at The Moncton Hospital, Saturday, February 9, 2002. Born in Moncton Jack was the son of the late Roderick and Margaret (MacLeod) O'Hanley. Jack retired in 1994 as President and General Manager of Imbrex Cassidy Ltd., Moncton and President of Packer Floor Covering, Montreal. Jack was a member of Wesley Memorial United Church, former member of the Moncton Golf and Country Club, B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge, Moncton City Club, Life Member and past President of the "Nummies" and a 50-year member of the United Commercial Travelers. Jack was a veteran of the Second World War, serving as leading signalman aboard the HMCS Midland and HMCS Ottawa. Jack is survived by his wife, Betty (Walker); daughters, Peggy Read (Dave), Jeanie Smith (Phil), Shediac Cape; son, Bill (Liz), Shediac Bridge; grandchildren, Becky and Amy; great grandchildren, Billy and Emily; brother, Donald (Norma), Moncton and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sister Jean Elizabeth Dick and his brother Buddy. Resting at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995). There will be no visitation by personal request. Funeral service will be held at Wesley Memorial United Church, corner of St George and Cameron Street, Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 2:00p.m. Reverend Lloyd Bruce, Reverend Paul Cumming officiating. Reception in the church hall following the service. Interment in the spring. In Jack' s memory, those wishing may make donations to the NB Heart and Stroke at 1-800-663-3600. This would be appreciated by his family. (The Times & Transcript 12 Feb 2002)

 

HMCS MIDLAND, HMCS OTTAWA

OLSEN, Stuart - was born August 29, 1957 in Vancouver and died March 28, 2011 in Victoria, BC. He is survived by his loving wife Tammy and beautiful daughter Sara. Also survived by his parents Einar and Lil Olsen, brothers Michael and Peter, sisters Janet McDiarmid and Celeste Olsen, niece and nephews Michelle, Walter and James Olsen. A memorial service will be held on Monday April 4 at 1:00 pm at Sands Funeral Chapel in Duncan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Ambulance 205-169 Craig Street, Duncan BC V9L 1V8.

 

HMCS YUKON

OPDEBECK, Neil Francis - (1941-2014) Halifax, passed away peacefully at the QEII Halifax Infirmary, on Sunday, August 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Calgary, he was the son of the late Frank and Patricia (O’Neil) Opdebeck. Neil was well loved and respected by his friends, colleagues and members of the community. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years, having worked for St. John’s Naval Services and the Corps of Commissionaires. Neil was well known for his sense of humor and his ability to run a tight ship. He was a member of St. Michael's Parish for 45 years. He spent his spare time with his children, taking them on various adventures. Neil loved animals and will be especially missed by his cat Charlie. He will loving be remembered by his wife of 49 years, Christine Opdebeck (Dorey); children, Lynn (Chris) Nicholson, Frank Opdebeck and Pamela Opdebeck (Jonathan Chen); grandson, Jakob; brother, Michael (Pat) Opdebeck; sister, Patsy (Marcel) Lapointe; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nurses of QEII 8.3, for their compassionate care and support. Arrangements are under the care of J. A. Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Road, Halifax, where visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 7 at 11 AM in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Frank Pellerin as celebrant; reception to follow in the parish hall. Neil will be interred with his wife's family, of who he was very fond, at the Immaculate Conception Parish in West Arichat. Family flowers only, donations in Neil’s memory can be made to St. Michael's Parish.

 

HMCS FRASER

OWENS, Fred G. (Buck), CPO2, CD, SSM, CDS Commendation - age 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 3, 2013, in the VG Site, QE1l. Born in Noris Arm, N.L., in 1943, Fred was a son of e late Titus and Nelly (Whitt) Owens Fred joined the Navy in 1962 and served with distinction for 35 years, finishing his naval career in 1997 as a Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class in charge of Bedford Rifle Range. Following his retirement from the Navy he joined the Corps of' Commissionaires. Always an active member of his community, Fred gave his time to many organizations, including Fultz House Museum, Arsenault’s Ambulance Service, Search and Rescue, Citizens on Patrol, Shaw Cable and Canada Games. He was n long-time member in good standing of the Sackville Legion, Calais Branch No. 162. After moving to Ketch Harbour with Carol, his wife of five and a half years, Fred George became a valued member of St. James United Church where he was much loved for his beautiful smile, contagious laughter, generosity of spirit and true community involvement. Most recently Fred participated in the popular Sambro Dinner Theatre, where he shone in his acting role. He also had the honour of giving his first public performance of his accordion skills in Sambro. No matter where Fred was, people were always drawn to his warmth, kindness and great love of life. Fred touched many hearts and will always be remembered by the pee pie privileged enough to have known him. A devoted and loving son, father, brother, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, Fred loved time with is family. He is survived by his adoring wife, Carol Fiander Owens and her children and grandchildren, Mme Marie (Peter) Adiletta, Paul (Christine) Fiander and Victoria (Patrick) Devenish and Lauren, Christopher, Emily and Sarah and his daughter, Carla (Danny) Owens a his grandsons, Tristan (April) Adams and Luke Adams and granddaughter, Rhiannon Owens; great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Alana; brothers, Cecil (Kay) Owens and Irvin (Nancy) Manuel; sister, Daphne (Burt) Freaks; his adopted "mom" Madge Lantz and special nieces, Lisa and Karen. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax, NS B35 0E1 (455-D531). Funeral service and interment, followed by a reception, will be held Tuesday, August 13, at 3 p.m. in St. James United Church, 3811 Old Sambo Rd., Sambo, Rev. Keltie Van Binsbergen officiating. Donations may be made to St. James United Church, Old Sambro Road, in memory of Fred.

 

HMCS PRESERVER

PASK, Charles Anthony (Tony) (19 Jan 1958 - 26 Oct 2008) - Shawinigan Lake, BC Always one for adventure, Tony went on the road at 16 leaving Shelburne, NS, and crossing the country to fish off Prince Rupert. Returning to Nova Scotia, he worked odd jobs before joining the Navy. This launched a 25+year career that allowed him to travel the world from Alaska to San Francisco, Japan and Dubai as well as three tours of the Persian Gulf, gathering a wealth of friends and stories along the way. Everything was fair game for discussion, from politics and philosophy to the Montreal Canadiens' Stanley Cup chances or the New York Yankees' pitching prospects. Retiring as Chief Petty Officer, Tony had more time to play golf, which he enjoyed more for the camaraderie than the score. Ever up for a good debate (or crib or Scrabble), he loved to entertain friends and family with his legendary pastas, spiced with wit and washed down with liberal amounts of Pask-made vino or Captain Morgan. Tony prized good conversation, good books and good food, but above all, his family: Danni, Alex, and Mitchell, as well as family and friends from the East to the West Coast who will never forget him. No service will be held at Tony's request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cancer Society. A toast to Tony will take place at 413 Viaduct Ave West, Victoria, this Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3pm.

PECK, Clifford Roy - Roy Peck, 82, of Moncton, went home to be with his Lord on Friday September 8, 2006 after a brief battle with Cancer. Born in Georgetown, ON. Roy was the eldest son of the late Walter and Edythe (Dillon) Peck. He was educated in Georgetown, and as a radio operator at the Canadian Electronic Institute in Toronto. Upon graduation he served the Norwegian Merchant Marine as a radio operator on the S/S Ravnefjell prior to joining the Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve at HMC dockyard (Halifax) as a radio Artificer. He served at sea on the HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Dunver. Following a time as a radar technician at HMC dockyard he became the Marine Supervisor, Maritime Region with Canadian Marconi Company working in Halifax and Montreal. He returned to HMC dockyard in 1952 working in the electrical engineering office involved with radio, crypto, electronic warfare and submarine electronics. From 1966 to 1973 he was group head marine electronics at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, NS, after which he changed careers to personnel, becoming a personnel officer at the Bedford Institute. In 1975 he transferred to Moncton as personnel officer with Transport Canada from where he retired in 1983. Roy was active in Scouts Canada as a Cub leader, Scout Master and group committee member. In 1990 he received his 25 year pin for service with the Steeves Memorial United Church Troop in Moncton. He was recognized for 40 years service with Scouts Canada. He was a member and past president of the Dartmouth Y's Men Club. His Church life was active enabling him to serve his Lord as a Sunday School Teacher at West End and Bayers Road Baptist church in Halifax and Stevens Road United Baptist, Dartmouth. He also served as Sunday School Superintendent at Bayers Road and Stevens Road Churches. In Moncton he was a faithful member of Uplands Baptist Church and former member of the church choir. He loved his music and gave praise to the Lord through his participation in choirs at all churches to which he belonged. His faith in God never wavered and it carried him through his entire life. Roy will be sadly missed by his wife of over 61 years Marguerite (Peggy) (Graves) Peck: his children, Christine Taylor (Dennis), Stratford, PE; Darryl (Marilou), Toronto, ON; Deborah Zwicker (Barry), Tantallon, NS; Clifford (Cathy), Random Island, NF; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his brother Doug, Guelph, ON and fifteen nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his younger brother Ralph. Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995), Monday 7 to 9 pm. A service of Celebration of his life at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday September 12, 2006, 1:30pm. Rev. Norman Woodworth, Rev. Gordon James officiating. Reception following the service. In Roy's memory, donations to Friends of the Moncton Hospital, N.B. Alzheimer Society, Canadian Cancer Society or memorial of choice. Published Saturday September 9th, 2006, Times & Transcript

 

HMCS WINNIPEG, HMCS DUNVER

PENDERGAST, James Edward - (1925-2011) The death occurred at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Sunday, January 2, 2011 of Mr. J. Edward Pendergast, RCN (Veteran of W.W. 11), of Charlottetown and formerly of Kensington, P.E.I. and Riverview, N.B., in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Donalda (nee MacDonald) Pendergast, and dear father of John Pendergast of Halifax, N.S., Liz Pendergast (Paul Shaw) of Stratford, Donald Pendergast of Charlottetown, and Katherine Pendergast (Donnie Arsenault) of Egmont Bay. He is also survived by five loving grandchildren Jared, Erin, Madeline, Emily and Robyn; brothers and sisters, Patricia Stanyer of Richmond, B.C., Austin (Ethel) Pendergast of Darnley, Tom (Sheilgh) Pendergast of North Bay, Ont., Eugene “Casey” Pendergast of Bedford, N.S., Frances (Tom) McSwiggan of Ottawa, Ont. and Fr. Arthur Pendergast of Palmer Road; sisters-in-law, Eileen Pendergast of St. Louis, P.E.I., Sr. Wanda MacDonald, Sr. Katherine MacDonald, Anna MacDonald (Richard Duffy), Geneveive MacDonald (Carl), Etta Anderson and brother-in-law John A. MacDonald. He was predeceased by his parents James & Gertrude (nee Cullen) Pendergast; infant son, Fraser; twin sister, Mary and brothers, Reg and Bill. Resting at the Hennessey Funeral Home until 10:15 Wednesday morning then transferred to St. Pius X Church for funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment later in the family plot in St. Patrick’s Parish Cemetery, Fort Augustus. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation or the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Tuesday 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. Branch #1 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold a veteran’s tribute service at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m.

 

HMCS EYEBRIGHT

HMCS SARNIA

HMCS NEW LISKEARD

PETTER, John Charles Frederick - age 86 of Waverley, passed away Monday August 11, 2014 with his family by his side in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in England, he was a son of the late Frederick and Annie Petter. He loved sports and in his younger years, played rugby in England. John retired from a career in the Royal Canadian Navy with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After retirement from the Navy, he worked at Canadian Tire on Tacoma Drive for 20 plus years. John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Shirley; daughter Linda (Craig), Waverley; son Lee (Shelley), Porters Lake; grandchildren Harley, Tristan, Jade and Joshua; brother, Allen and also nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday August 16th at 10am in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, 767 Main Street, Dartmouth, Rev. James Haughn officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy of Canada or the World Wildlife Fund.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

POWELL, Joseph Henry, Lt (E), RCN - (died 17 Mar 1950) 54, of Mahone Bay, N.S., died March 17 in Camp Hill Hospital. Funeral services were held March 21 in Halifax. Burial took place in Fort Massey cemetery. A veteran of 25 years' service with the Royal Canadian Navy and three years with the Royal marines, Lieut. Powell retired in 1945 and since that time had lived in Mahone Bay. Born in Yorkshire, Lieut. Powell served in the Royal marines in HMS "Warspite" during the First World War. He came to Canada in 1920 and joined the RCN as a stoker, serving in the cruiser "Aurora" and the destroyers "Patriot," "Patrician," "Vancouver," Champlain," "Skeena" and "Saguenay." He was promoted to the rank of Warrant Engineer in 1940. (CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 7, May, 1950)

 

HMCS AURORA

HMCS PATRIOT

HMCS PATRICIAN

HMCS VANCOUVER

HMCS CHAMPLAIN

HMCS SKEENA

HMCS SAGUENAY

RIEDL, Paul - Paul Riedl was 22 years old when he joined the Canadian navy, and spent 3 1/2 years as a Chief Petty Officer aboard the Minesweeper HMCS Kentville patrolling the Atlantic Ocean in WW II. Paul passed away at the age of 91. July 31, 2012.

 

HMCS KENTVILLE

ROBITAILLE, Gerard Joseph (Gerry), CPO1, CD - Age 79, of Halifax, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2014, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Born October 7, 1934, in Quebec City, Gerry was the eldest son of the late Cyrille and Therese (Carrier) Robitaille. Gerry proudly served our country with a long military career in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He sailed on many ships, beginning with the HMCS Iroquois in 1952 and retiring from the HMCS Preserver in 1984. He was predeceased by his wife, Abbie (Baxter) in 2003; brother, Jean Paul Robitaille and niece, Jill Coughlin. He is survived by his companion, Lane Thomas, Halifax; son, Michael (Val) Robitaille, Beaver Bank; his daughter, Fran (Paul) Grichen, Ottawa; granddaughters, Nicole Robitaille (Bill Sarty), Dartmouth; Jennifer (J. P.) Lachance, Beaver Bank; grandsons, Devan and Mitchel Pennell, Ontario; and great-granddaughters, Ava Grace and Tessa Kate Lachance, Beaver Bank. He is also survived by brother, Michael (Pat) Robitaille, Madoc, Ont.; sisters, Helene (Gordon) MacLeod, Dartmouth and Rae Beckman, Belleville, Ont.; as well as several nieces and nephews. Gerry could often be found at his favorite local 'watering hole', sharing a laugh and a beverage with his many dear friends. He was proud to boast that he had never spent any time in jail and he never got a tattoo. Cremation has taken place. At Gerry ’s request, in lieu of visitation or funeral service, his ashes will be scattered at sea and a memorial reception will be held in The Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, support staff, and volunteers in the Palliative Care Unit of the VG Site, QEII and Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Donations in memory of Gerry may be made to Capital Health Palliative Care Services or Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS PRESERVER

ROLLINSON, Frederick, Leading Seaman, RCN - Funeral services for Ldg. Sea. Frederick M. Rollinson, 36, of HMCS "Stadacona", who died in Halifax on April 23, were held on April 27 in Toronto. Burial took place in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Born in Rollinson, Alberta, Ldg. Sea. Rollinson was living in Toronto when he joined the RCN in February 1931. In the years before the war he served in the destroyers "Saguenay" and "Ottawa" and ashore at Halifax an in the United Kingdom. In May 1942 he was drafted to the "Ottawa" for the second time and was among those rescued when the ship was torpedoed in the North Atlantic in September of that year. Later he served in the destroyers "Iroquois" and Qu'Appelle". In April 1946 he joined HMCS "Micmac" and the following year was injured when the ship was in collision with a freighter off Halifax. LS Rollinson was awarded the RCN Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in October 1946. (CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, June, 1950)

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

HMCS OTTAWA - Survived the sinking of HMCS OTTAWA

HMCS IROQUOIS

HMCS QU'APPELLE

HMCS MICMAC

RONAN, Arthur (1924-2009) - Mr. Arthur Ronan, husband of the late Alice Ronan, of Miramichi, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at the Miramichi Regional Hospital, at the age of 85. Art was the son of the late Thomas Pierce and Eloise (Leblanc) Ronan and served in the Navy on the HMCS Hepatica. He worked at Pierce's Lunch Restaurant, Frasier's, Metropolitan Life, and then went on to become the owner and operator of Ronan Sanitation. He attended St Mary's Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Canadian Legion Branch #10. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Donna Bergeron (Andre) of St Bruno, Quebec, and Joanne Ronan of Halifax; four sons Robert (Dawn) of Halifax, Ray of Moncton, Pat (Madeline) of Hardwicke, and Dana of Miramichi; two brothers Tom (Betty) of Ottawa, Ontario, and Leo (Beryl) of Riverview; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Art was predeceased by his wife Alice Mary, and two sisters Norma Adair, and Jean Ronan. The family will receive relatives and friends at Northumberland Funeral Home, on Sunday, November 22, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 23, 2009, at 11 am, from St Mary's Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Northumberland Funeral Home, 102 Pleasant St. (The Times & Transcript 21 Nov 2009)

 

Portrait of Arthur Ronan

 

HMCS HEPATICA

RYBCZYN, Alexander Roman (Al) - Age 57, of Lower Sackville, passed away January 30th, 2014, at home on his favourite couch after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his close friends and family throughout the best and worst of his fight. Born in 1956, in Bradford, Eng and, he was a son of the late Wasyl and Stefania (Fedkiu) Rybczyn. He immigrated with his parents and sister, Irene, to Toronto in 1963. Growing up in Toronto, he worked several different jobs during his teenage and young adult years before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1978 as a Marine Engineer, retiring in 1998 as a Petty Officer, 2nd Class. He continued to work as a reservist for the DND Damage Control Division until March 2011. He held a great love of music of all types, teaching himself bass guitar early in life and joining a punk rock band with some of his closest friends in the 70’s. His interests extended into the many realms of science, especially modem physics and astronomy, and he was a bookworm in the most endearing sense of the term. He loved golfing, vegetable gardening, cooking, chess, and anything that challenged his mind. He had a great love and respect for animals, especially dogs, and did his best to love by the mantra "Do no harm". Al will be sadly missed by his dog of 11 years, Badger, and the other canine cousins in the family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Fedwa "Feddy" (Elkateb); daughter, Stephanie Rybczyn, at home; mother and father-in-law, Mohamed and Theby (Rahal) Elkateb; brothers and sisters-in-law, Zenko Balahura, Moneir (Rose); Celwa (Reza); Aisha (George), Houda (Mario), Suehila (James); niece, Olivia; nephews, Darius, Gabriel. He was predeceased by his sister, Irene. Al will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the many other lives he touched. He was thankfully able to see many of these people one last time in the recently passed months. His family would like to thank the staff of the V.G. Site, QEII, Palliative Care Unit, and V.O.N. nurses, especially Barb Stewart and Rhonda Roche, for all of their help during these difficult times. Together, they made Al’s battle and passing as painless for him as possible, an did everything they could to help him and his family through it. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 13, between 12-2 p.m. on the Bridge at the Chief ’s and Petty Officer's Mess CFB Stadacona. Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory may be made to the The VG Site, QEII, Palliative Care Unit; Victorian Order of Nurses Nova Scotia Chapter; S.P.C.A. Nova Scotia Chapter, or any cancer research charity.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

SAUNDERS, James Patrick - (1955-2001) - 45, of 405 Pearl St., Milton, Ontario, passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, July 6, 2001. Born in Halifax, he was a son of James and Jean (Fitzgerald) Saunders, Pugwash. He was raised in Carbonear, Nfld., where during his high school years was a member of the R.C.S.C.C., Beothic, Harbour Grace, NF., until joining the Royal Canadian Navy, serving 61/2 years on board the HMCS Ottawa and the HMCS Fraser. He then moved to Ontario where he has resided and worked until now. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #23, Carbonear, NF. He enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar and singing and was also an avid sports fisherman. Surviving are his daughter Leah, Shubenacadie; sons: James and Ryan, both of Halifax; granddaughter Taylor, Shubenacadie; sisters: Joan Parsons (Len), Red Deer, AB, Jan Saunders, Pugwash, Jill McIntosh (Rick), Fonthill, ON; nieces: Becky, Jaclyn, Sara and Laura; nephew Cody. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, with a Legion Tribute Service at 7 p.m., both in Mundle's Funeral Home, Pugwash. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. George's Anglican Church, Pugwash, Rev. Bruce Ward officiating. Burial will be in the Palmerston Cemetery, Pugwash. Memorial donations may be made to the St. George's Anglican Church, IWK Grace Children's Hospital, or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS FRASER

SAWYER, Thomas Anthony - Thomas Anthony (Terry) Sawyer CPO, RCN, Ret’d Veteran of WWII and Korea 1926-08-31 to 2013-09-06 Tom (Terry) Sawyer has now, at the age of 87, followed those of his shipmates from HMCS Warrior, Cornwallis, Donnacona, Swansea, Sioux, La Hulloise, Stadacona, Granby, Magnificent, Prestonian, Nootka, New Waterford, Montcalm, Assiniboine, and Discovery, HMS Dolphin, HM submarines Andrew, Alcide, and Aeneas, and HMC S/M Ojibwa, who have ‘crossed the bar’ before him. For 50 years, the Navy was his life. Through the ranks to chief electrician, communicator (coder), ship’s diver, submariner, rifle team instructor, Bisley shot, and on ‘civvie’ street, captain of Horton Maritime Explorations Ltd's submarine Auguste Piccard, and DND QA and electrical officer for the refit of Navy ships in BC and Ontario. Post - retirement he worked on the restoration of a Swordfish at Downsview, and the restoration of electrical systems on HMCS Haida, as well as volunteering at the Oakville Humane Society. To those in the Canadian and Royal Navies and the numerous Naval Associations to which Tom belonged, please have a ‘tot’ in memory of Tom and all those who have crossed the bar before. He leaves behind his wife Laine and children Carolyn, Allen, Christopher, and Timothy, and granddaughters Emily and Jessica.. At Tom’s request, friends and colleagues are welcome at a wake at the Oakville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 114, 36 Upper Middle Road East Oakville, Saturday September 14th , from 1 pm (1300 hours) until about 5 pm (1700 hours). There will be a time for reflection at 3 pm (1500 hours). In lieu of flowers, Tom’s favourite charities were the Humane Society, the Foodbank, and the Salvation Army. 

 

HMCS DONNACONA

HMCS WARRIOR

HMCS SWANSEA

HMCS SIOUX

HMCS LA HULLOISE

HMCS GRANBY

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

HMCS PRESTONIAN

HMCS NOOTKA

HMCS NEW WATERFORD

HMCS ASSINIBOINE

HMS ANDREW

HMS ALCIDE

HMS AENEAS

HMCS OJIBWA - Commissioning crew as a CPO

SEELY, Norman W. (Rip) - The death of Norman William "Rip" Seely of Ragged Point Beach, Saint John, husband of Bette (Hastings) Seely, occurred on Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the Saint John Regional Hospital, after a period of failing health. Born in West Saint John, he was the son of the late William Thomas and Elizabeth Anne (McAllister) Seely. Rip was a graduate of Saint John High School he entered the Canadian Armed Forces and served as a Naval Seaman aboard the Aircraft Carrier HMCS Nabob from 1939 to 1945 and joined the Saint John Police Force serving as a Detective before moving to New York, USA, where he was employed for many years, before retiring to Saint John. Rip was a well known athlete and was a member of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in Basketball and Baseball, and was voted the most outstanding basketball player of the Century for New Brunswick and was a member of the Saint John Hall of Fame. Rip was an extremely active supporter of basketball and wheel chair basketball in the Saint John and Kennebecasis area, and has a tournament named in his honour, "The Rip Seely Challenge", and was an honourary member of St. Malachy's Memorial High School and Saint John High School Basketball Booster Club.. He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sandra Day (Tony) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and Wendy Eagan (Tom) of Greenwich, CT., two sons, Norman Seely (Patricia) of Fredericton , NB and Scott Seely (Dr. Georgia Seely) of Richmond, VA., one sister Shirley Martin of Boynton Beach, FL, eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Muriel McCarthy and brother-in law Hillary "Woody" Martin. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (506-634-7424), with visiting on Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, Charlotte Street, Saint John, NB on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. A Royal Canadian Legion Tribute to a Veteran Service will commence at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Brenans. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of the donors' choice. (The Telegraph-Journal 11 Jul 2003)

 

HMS NABOB

SHIERS, Arthur E. - Born March 17th, 1938, passed away June 7th, 2013, after six weeks of illness. Art is survived by his wife, Eve; daughter, Elena; son, Derek; daughter-in-law, Janet and grandchildren, Andrew and Ashley; sisters, Donna Tiemens of Burlington, Ont.; April Sawler of Halifax; brother, Gary Shiers of Whitby, Ont. and nine nieces and nephews. Art served 32 years in the Canadian Armed Forces having worked all three elements. The highlights of his service were two years aboard the HMCS Athabaskan, two years service for United nations Peacekeeping missions in Cyprus and Egypt, and three years spent in Germany. Art attended Richmond School and Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax. He was an active member of the former St. Lawrence Parish, now Saint Benedict Parish. As well, Art was a long-time member of St. Vincent de Paul Society and Knights of Columbus. He will be tremendously missed by his family. A reception will be held in Saint Benedict Parish Hall, located at Dunbrack Street and Radcliffe Drive, on Wednesday, June 12th from 7-9 p.m.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

SIDAWAY, John Francis (Frank) (1921-2007) - Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family April 8, 2007 in his eighty-sixth year. Beloved husband of Doris McGregor and cherished father of Grace, Elizabeth (Steven) and John (Anjanette). As well as his precious grandchildren; Ashley, Sean, Mathew and Stirling. He also leaves behind his loving siblings, Leonard (Janice), Betty (John) and many nieces and nephews. A WWII veteran with the Royal Canadian Navy. (H.M.C.S. Woodstock) Member of Shriner-Karnak Temple Devonshire lodge #120 and Branch legion #29. He will always be remembered by his family for his gentleness and loving devotion as well as those whose lives he has touched. The family would like to thank the Dialysis Unit at Hawkesbury General Hospital for all their wonderful care and tenderness and much thanks to all those who helped with home care.  Visitation will be held April 12, 2007 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 chemin de la Foret, Outremont 514-279-6540. Service in the Mount Royal Cemetery April 13, 1007 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of the Shiner Hospital for Crippled Children. A fighter to the end. "Rest in peace Daddy - till we meet again - Promise". (the Montreal Gazette 11 Apr 2007)

 

Photo of Frank Sidaway

 

HMCS WOODSTOCK

SIMPSON, John Murray (Jack) - age 84, of Halifax. Jack passed away peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax, on the morning of September 1, 2013. Jack, as he was known by his friends and family, served his country for 25 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and retired as a Petty Officer 1st Class. Jack spent a further 10 years with the Canadian Coast Guard. Jack and the love of his life, Clara, spent 20 years as Snowbirds at their second home in Florida. He was a former member of the Masons and Shriners. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 64-plus years, Clara (Nickerson) and their children, Linda Simpson, Windsor; Donna Olsen (Carmen), Truro; Iohn (Leanna), Ft. Saskatchewan Alta.; Jim, Halifax and Stephen (Denise), Dartmouth. Jack was a and father to Troy Simpson (Sonja): Colin Olsen, Bethanne Robinson (Danny), Jennifer Simpson and Alyssa and Natasha Simpson. He was also very fortunate to be a great-grandfather to CJ Olsen, Cody Simpson, Ryan and Paige Robinson, and Reid and Norah Simpson. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 6, in Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Rd., Cole Harbour. Jack’s family sends a special thank-you to the nurses and doctors who cared for Jack during his stay on the 4th floor (west wing of Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building. Thank you also to the staff who cared for Jack at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, including the Abbie J. Lane 9th floor staff and Canadian Red Cross who supplied Jack with necessary equipment for his brief stay at home. Donations to Canadian Red Cross in Jack’s name would be welcome.

SYLVESTER, Roy Howard, LCdr, RCN  - At Sunnybrook Veterans' Wing, Toronto, in his 91st year. Survived by Ruby, wife of 61 years; sons Cmdre (Ret'd) James Sylvester and wife Diane, William Sylvester and wife Jennifer; grandchildren Byron, Jocelyn and Tanya. Commanding Officer of Canadian Warships Arrowhead and The Pas during W.W. II; served post-war in Halifax, Windsor, Victoria, Ottawa and London, England retiring from the RCN in 1965. Subsequently employed at R.L. Crane of Ottawa until 1966 and Anthes Business Forms/McLean Hunter of Toronto until 1984. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of DVA and Sunnybrook for their service, support and kindness. Visitation will be held at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre (275 Lesmill Road, Toronto, 416-441-1580), on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Published in the Toronto Star on August. 29, 2009

 

HMCS ARROWHEAD - Appointed to Arrowhead on 01 May 1943 as Lt, RCNVR

HMCS THE PAS

TAKAOKA, James Kiyoto, RCN (14 Feb 1933 - 31 Aug 1973) - Reflect today on forty- one years since our dear loved family member was granted eternal peace, and trust light perpetual continues to shine upon him. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and "good friend" to many. In his short life he loved the sea, became a seaman, naval officer, track competitor, marathoner (Boston) but his main focus was to be a good servant of The Lord. "The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them for they are at peace." "We loved them in life, let us not forget them in death". St. Benedict. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN R.I.P. Lovingly remembered by Cicely and Beskal family, Roger, Kayla and the Takaoka family living in Canada.

TITUS, Alexander Cowan, Lt, O-073515, RCN (12 Apr 1927 - 11 Dec 1950) - A memorial service for Lieut. Alexander Cowan (Sandy) Titus, 23 of Toronto, who died December 11 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Halifax, were held on board HMCS "Micmac" December 15, with shipmates and other close naval associates in attendance. Burial services were held the same day in Toronto. The service in the "Micmac" was conducted by Chaplain (P) Harry Ploughman in the after mess flat of the destroyer while she lay alongside in the Dartmouth slips. Lieut.-Cdr. F.C. Frewer, commanding officer of the "Micmac," in which ship Lieut. Titus had served for the past 13 months, read the lesson prior to paying verbal tribute to the deceased on behalf of the ship's company. Lieut. Titus was born April 12, 1927. After graduation from Royal Roads in July 1946, he entered the Royal Canadian Navy at HMCS "York" as a midshipman and went to the United Kingdom for courses and training at sea with the Royal Navy. He was confirmed in the rank of sub-lieutenant in May 1949 and returned to Canada a month later to take a communications course at "Stadacona." He was appointed to the "Micmac" in November 1949 and two months later was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. ( CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, February, 1951)

 

HMCS HAIDA - Appointed to Haida 13 May 1948 as SLt (A), RCN

HMCS MICMAC

TOBIAS, James J., CD, LCdr, RCNVR, RCN / CAF - Passed away suddenly at home, 17 March 2006 Bridgewater. Born in Saint John, NB, he was the son of the late Solomon and Jean (Corey) Tobias. He served in the RCNVR during the Second World War, on convoy duties, minesweeping during D-Day. Engaged in the Liberation of Cherbourg, France, Channel Islands and Bordeaux. Demobilized in 1945, re-engaged in RCN in 1948, commissioned from the ranks in 1960. Served in Buckingham, New Waterford, Weapons Officer on Cayuga. Physical Education and Recreation Officer at Cornwallis, NS, Esquimalt, BC and Greenwood, NS. He served as Commanding Officer of HMCS Acadia, a National Sea Cadet Camp at HMCS Cornwallis for a number of years, retiring in 1980. In civilian life, he was a motel manager, clothing store manager, and real estate agent. Also a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 24, Conquerall Bank Fire Hall, NS, Naval Officer's Association, Atlantic C & Po's Association Volunteer Driver for Senior Wheels in Bridgewater. During his retirement, he enjoyed boating on his boat, Jambar, oil painting of which family heirlooms are many, travel, darts, bowling, golfing, time spent on the computer, and time spent with family. Predeceased by brothers Fred, Louis, Francis, David sister Vicky. Surviving are his companion, Barbara Proux of Bridgewater; sons Jamiel, Calgary, AB, David, Victoria, BC; daughters Catherine, Homestead, FLA and Elizabeth (Slauenwhite) Halifax, NS; grand-daughter Lindsay; grandson Jamiel; sister Alannah and brother Peter. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Saint John, NB. A memorial service will be held from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Waterloo Street, Saint John, NB on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 10:00am. Donations to Senior Wheels, Bridgewater. (telegraph-Journal 24 Mar 2006)

 

HMCS BUCKINGHAM, HMCS NEW WATERFORD, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ACADIA (National Sea Cadet Camp at HMCS Cornwallis)

TREMAYNE, James Douglas (Jim) (served 1944-1945) (1926-2012) - passed away peacefully on May 1, 2012 after a long illness. He is lovingly remembered by Jean (LeFeaver) his devoted wife of 62 years, his children Susan (Clifford Moon), Carol, Michael (Lynne), Lisa (Phillip Jones) and John (Vicki) and their cherished grandchildren Andrew, Kalin, David, Karen, Laura, Emily, Christopher, Ian, Kirsten, Alex, James, Cecilly and Stuart. Predeceased by his brothers Bill and John and sister Agnes Probert. Jim was born in Toronto but spent his formative years at his cherished Rothesay Collegiate School in New Brunswick where he excelled at athletics. Jim loved his country having served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and as an officer in the army reserve during the 1950s. He graduated from engineering at University of Toronto and pursued his passion of civil engineering. While he took great pride in his engineering challenges, his greatest career pleasure was working with his colleagues as President of Winter and Associates. Jim lived his life in a simple, ethical manner and relied on his spiritual compass in all his endeavours. For the past ten years, with exceptional grace, dignity and determination, he dealt with the effects of renal failure. The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Karanikolas and the staff at St. Joseph's Health Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Kidney Foundation. A visitation will be held on Friday, May 4th from 10 a.m. at St. Olave's Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue, with the service to follow at 11 a.m.

 

Photo of Seaman Tremayne

 

HMCS WOODSTOCK

TURNER, Paul Edgar (Topsy) - 61, Eastern Passage, passed away on February 26, 2009 after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Blackpool, England, he was the son of the late Margaret Beranice (Hepworth) and James Clifford Turner. He is survived by his wife Janet; sons, Paul and Andrew; daughter, Karina; grandsons, Shawn, Stephen, Mitchell, Karman, and Nathaniel; granddaughters; Samantha, Kaitlin, and Shannon; sisters, Wanda, Cheryl, and their spouses. Paul joined the Royal Navy in 1963 and was a dedicated Submariner for a combined 40 years serving both England and Canada proudly on O class submarines. He served Britain in Borneo and the Falkland Islands, receiving many medals and awards throughout his service to Queen and country. Paul retired from the Royal Navy in 1990 as a CPOMEM to pursue an opportunity within the Canadian Navy. Paul emigrated from Plymouth, United Kingdom, to Nova Scotia, as a Chief Electrician where he served for 13 years, retiring in 2003 as PO1. After being home for a short time Paul decided that retirement was not his cup of tea and sought employment with NETE as senior supervisor until he took sick in 2008. Paul was also an avid "football" fan, coaching Dartmouth United U12 to U18 boys teams between 1995 and 2002, including the Provincial Championship Team of 1999. The family would also like to say a great thank you to all of the doctors and nurses involved in Paul's care, including the Victorian Order of Nurses and Palliative Care that were there for Paul and his family. Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2009, from 2-4 p.m. in A. L Mattatall Funeral home, Portland St., Dartmouth, with a Memorial service immediately to follow. A celebration of Paul's life will take place following the service in the Chiefs and PO's (Submariner's Mess) MOG5, Halifax Dockyards. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Children's Wish Foundation on behalf of the late Paul "Topsy" Turner.

 

HMCS ONONDAGA - Served in Onondaga in 1993

TYTLER, Donald Milne - Peacefully in Kingston General Hospital overlooking Lake Ontario on Tuesday, November 15th 2005 in his 82nd year. Loving husband of Betty (née OSBOURNE) and father to John, Ian and Meg all of Toronto. Long-time friend to Gwenyth BAYES of Toronto, brother to Ruth and brother-in-law to Terry and Margaret OSBOURNE of Cambridge. Pre-deceased by his brother John and his wife Thoni. Don was never far away from water. He spent his summers growing up on Toronto Island, was a life long member of the R.C.Y.C. and member of the Canadian Olympic Sailing team in 1952 and 1956. During the War he served aboard H.M.C.S. Galt in the North Atlantic. Don will be fondly remembered by family and Friends as someone with a warm sense of humour, always willing to lend a helping hand. He spent many pleasant summers at the family cottage on Buck Lake near Huntsville. Don was a graduate of the Faculty of Applied Science at UofT (4T9) in Mechanical Engineering and spent twenty years with the Toronto District School Board in their Engineering Department. The family will receive visitors at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home at 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy) on Sunday, November 20th, between 3-6 p.m. The funeral service will be on Monday November 21st at St. James Chapel 635 Parliament Street at 11: 00 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sunnybrook Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS GALT

VANIER, Edmond Albert Sr. - Edmond Albert Vanier Sr. passed away peacefully at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Friday September 3rd, 2004. Born January 29th, 1923 in St. Agathe Quebec, a Navy Veteran of the Second World War, he last served on the HMCS Wetaskiwan, - Fondly known as the "Wet Ass Queen." During the post war, Edmond worked as an electronic tech at Abitibi Pulp and Paper in Iroquois Falls Ontario until 1957, Johns Manville, North Bay Ont. until 1964, then Rothesay Pulp and Paper Saint John, NB. until his retirement. He was also active in the Labour movement-past president of local # 601. He also enjoyed being a ham radio operator in the amateur radio club. Edmond was predeceased by his parents, the late Stan and Emma (Michaud) Vanier and three brothers, Victor, John and Dan. Edmond is survived by his wife Rita (Keeping), children, Ruby (Darwin) Ryan, Edmond (Lorraine), David (Frances), Valerie Savoie, and Robert, brother Sam of Calgary, and a sister, Beatrice of Montreal. Edmond will be missed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Arrangements are under the care of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John, NB (646-2424). At Edmond's request there will be no visitation at the funeral home but a Memorial service will be held on Wednesday September 8th, 2004 at 2 pm from the Fundy "Chapel." Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian War Amps or to the memorial of the donors choice. (Telegraph-Journal 08 Sep 2004)

 

HMCS WETASKIWIN

WALLER, Harold Taylor - (1940-2013) age 73, passed away suddenly after a brief battle with cancer. Harold, or “Hal” to almost everyone, was born in Kingston Ontario. He was the son of the late Mary (Taylor) and Clifford Waller. Hal was very proud of his youth spent growing up the Portsmouth area, but when he moved to the East coast he never looked back. He considered Nova Scotia his home. Hal joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1958 and served as a cook on many ships including the Fort Erie, the Assiniboine, the Nipigon and the Preserver during his 25 years. After his naval career, Hal worked at the Autoport in Shearwater for another 10 years. In 1959 Hal’s friend Ken set him up on a blind date, and that’s when he met the love of his life, Cecilia. Hal and Cece were married in 1961, and they raised their family in the beautiful Woodlawn area of Dartmouth welcoming sons David, Jeffery, and after a wee gap, daughter Patricia. Hal was a Lifetime Member of the Kinsmen Club of Dartmouth and K40. Joining shortly after the club’s inception, Hal worked tirelessly on multiple community projects to benefit the residents of Dartmouth. Hal’s efforts to establish the Kinsman rink that stood on Caledonia Road won him the first ever “Dartmouth Kinsmen of the Year” Award. Hal also chaired the Kinsmen Christmas Miracle for many years, and more recently could be found working at the very successful Kinsman Community Brunch at the East Dartmouth Community Center. If Hal loved anything as much as his family and his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, it was spending every summer at the family cottage in East Linden, NS. The family spent many years enjoying BBQ’s, bonfires, crib games, family celebrations and long conversations, all with Hal – as usual – in the middle of it all, louder and larger than life. When people ask me about our Dad Hal – the first word that always occurs to us is “big”. Hal was a big, burly man. He had a big laugh, and a big voice and a big appetite. He had a big temper sometimes, and the big opinions that sometimes went with it. People didn’t mind it much though, because he also had a big heart and he gave the best big hugs. He was fiercely loyal. He had lots and lots of friends whom he loved dearly. And when Hal loved you, you knew it. He will be very, very missed. Hal was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Donald, and son David. He leaves behind beloved wife Cecilia, son Jeff and daughter Patti and daughter-in-law Michelle. Hal also leaves 6 grandchildren who were his absolute joy: Edward, Margaret (his “favorite-est granddaughter”), James, and Thomas Waller, Benjamin and William Tabor all of Dartmouth. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 15th at St. Thomas More Church, 1 Kuhn Drive, Dartmouth at 11 am. A reception in the church hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Dartmouth Funeral Homes Ltd.)

 

HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS PRESERVER

WALSH, Ebert Norval (Red) (10 Apr 1933 - 31 May 2014) - 81, Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully, Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Shawville, Que., he was a son of the late David Clifford Norval and Ethel Bertha Maye Walsh. Ebert began working at Scott Paper in 1967 and had been employed as a Power Engineer Second Class in Department Five until retirement in 1992. In earlier years, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy and had been a Power Engineer with Nova Scotia Power, Tuffs Cove for several years. Ebert was a member of Trinity United Church, New Glasgow. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter, who enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Lochaber with his family. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Priscilla Walsh; daughters, Nancy (Pleman) Woodland, Cole Harbour; Janice (John) Spears, Stellarton; son, Brian (Stephanie) Walsh, New Glasgow; grandchildren, Ashley, Pleman Jr., Jonathan, Amanda, Jillian, John Jr. and Ben; sisters, Doreen Walsh, Montreal, Que.; Dorothy (Lawrence) Cross, Wakefield, Que.; Hazel (Alton “Mickey”) Weedmark, Carp, Ont.; brothers, Lennis Walsh, Bristol, Que.; Earl (Elaine) Walsh, Huntsville, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Gilbert, Mayburn and Keith. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow from where funeral service will held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 with Rev. Donna Tourner presiding. Interment will be in Abercrombie Cemetery. The Walsh family wish to thank the staff of Valley View Villa and the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their care and kindness. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in Ebert’s memory to Aberdeen Health Foundation Palliative Care Unit Endowment. Monday, June 2, 2014 The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, N.S.

WHITE - Chaplain Charles DeWolfe White, OBE, RCN, 47, Command Chaplain (P) of the Atlantic Command, died in the RCN Hospital, Halifax, on April 22, following a brief illness. Funeral services, with full naval honors, were conducted April 25 from All Saints Cathedral, and burial was in Camp Hill cemetery. Archbishop G.F. Kingston, Anglican Archbishop of Nova Scotia and Primate of all Canada, officiated. A firing party of 24 men and a naval guard of honor led the procession from the cathedral to the cemetery. They were followed by the gun carriage bearing the flag-draped coffin and drawn by 32 men from "Stadacona". The honorary pall-bearers marched beside the gun carriage and were followed by the insignia bearer and pall-bearers. The mourners, consisting of clergy from the three armed forces and naval officers from ships and establishments of the Atlantic Command, were next in the procession, followed by an escort of 200 men from "Stadacona", "Magnificent" and "Shearwater". Private cars brought up the rear. Honorary pallbearers were Cdr. A.G. Boulton, Cdr. R.L. Hennessy, Cdr.(P) B.S. McEwen, Cdr.(S) H.A. Black, Cdr.(E) J.S. Horam, Ord. Cdr. G.B. MacLeod, Instr. Cdr. I.F. Ritchie and Cdr.(L) J. Deane. Pallbearers were Ordinary Seamen John C. Thomas, Bernard W. Dubois, George T. Parker, Richard V. Mallory, Joseph A. Appleyard and Francis MacArthur, all from "Stadacona". Padre White was widely known throughout the Service. Entering the Navy in 1940, he served first in HMCS "Venture", in the Halifax dockyard. In November 1942 he went to Ottawa and became the first Protestant chaplain to serve at Headquarters. A year later he went overseas to set up a chaplain service for the RCN in the United Kingdom. In August 1944 he was appointed to HMCS "Uganda" and remained in the cruiser throughout her period of service in the Pacific theatre. He left the "Uganda" in December 1945 to become Command Chaplain (P) at Halifax, an appointment he held until the time of his death.  Padre White was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire in The King's New Year's Honors List of January 1945. The citation spoke of the marked success with which he had carried out his duties, both in Canada and overseas, and of Padre White's "great understanding of men" and his "excellent influence and great help to all those with home he came in contact". His services received further recognition when the degree of Bachelor of Divinity was conferred on him by The University of King's College in 1946. A native of Kentville, N.S., Chaplain White received his early schooling there, at Summerside, P.E.I., and at King's College School, Windsor, N.S. He graduated from the University of King's College, Halifax, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1925, and in 1927 was ordained to the priesthood of the Church of England in Canada in Christ Church, Windsor, N.S.  Between 1927 and 1940, he served in the parishes at Arichat and Petite Riviere, N.S., was chaplain of King's College School and was rector of St. Luke's Church, Annapolis Royal, and St. George's Anglican Church, Halifax. He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Blackall of St. John's Nfld., and one son, Andrew, residing at 16 Ogilvie St., Halifax; by his mother, Mrs. Ethel White, of Windsor, N.S., wife of the late Ven. Archdeacon Charles deW. White, and by five brothers and four sisters. (CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, June, 1950)

 

HMCS UGANDA

WIGMORE, Gerald A. - Passed away at the Moncton City Hospital on Saturday, September 9th, 2006 at the age 81. Loving husband of Enide (Steeves) Wigmore of Lower Coverdale. Born in Sunny Brae on May 12th, 1925, Gerald was the son of the late Henry W. and Rose (Brown) Wigmore. Retired from CN and Marine Atlantic. Member of St. George's Anglican Church but attended Salem Baptist Church in Salem, Albert Co. regularly for a number of years. He was a member of the Acacia Lodge, Past Master of Zetland Lodge and the Moncton Shriners. Gerald also served overseas in the North Atlantic Convoys from 1943 - 1945 on the HMCS Leaside. Also served in the Canadian Army Reserve for 15 years. Besides his loving wife, Gerald is survived by his brothers-in-law; Alden Steeves (Evelyn) of Moncton, Hinson Steeves (Sharon) of Joggins, NS and Norval Steeves (Sheila) of Salem, sister-in-law; Joy Steeves of Lower Coverdale and by many nieces and nephews. His brother and sister-in-law; John and his wife Doris predeceased him. A special thank you to Mike Steeves for all the help you gave to us in the past years. Visitation will be held at Fair Haven Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from the funeral home chapel on Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Danny Steeves officiating. Burial to follow at Fair Haven Memorial Gardens. The family would appreciate donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to Salem Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton (506) 852-3530. (Moncton Times & Transcript 12 Sep 2006)

 

HMCS LEASIDE

WILSON, Rodmond Clair, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Marine Engineer, 24876-E, RCN / C.A.F. (Navy)

 

Served: 26 Aug 1954 - 04 Dec 1979

 

(04 Dec 1932 - 11 Jun 2014) - Passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Victoria on June 11, 2014. Clair is survived by his wife of 56 years Rosemarie, sons Shaun (Dawn - Paige, Aidyn) and mark (Emily), grandsons Jordan, Nicolas, and Kieran. He is also survived by his brother Mervin (Georgina) and several nieces and nephews. Clair was born in Brandon, Manitoba and was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy form 1956 - 1979. He served on British and Canadian Submarines and retired as Chief ERA of HMCS Saskatchewan. A Celebration of Life will be held at Heritage Acres, 7321 Lochside Dr. Saanichton BC, July 27, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 1 pm.

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

WRIGHT, Gregory Lloyd - (1948-2013) Age 65, of Fox Point, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Black’s Harbour, he was a son of Freda (Justason) Wright, St. Andrews, N.B., and the ate Carroll Wright. Gregory retired from the Royal Canadian Navy and worked with the Commissionaires at CFS Mill Cove for 27 years. Besides his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Charlene and Jolene; grandchildren, Gregory and Erika, all of Fox Point; brothers, Terry (Linda), Sackville; Scott, British Columbia; sisters, Jackie and Belinda, both of St. Andrews, N.B. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his wife, Sharon and son, David. The family will receive visitors 3-6 p.m. Sunday, December 29 and funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 30, both from Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards, Rev. Lynn Uzans officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

WROCLAWSKI, Paul Joseph Edward - Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class. Age 48, passed away suddenly June 15, 2014. Paul was a son of Georgina Edwards and the late Chester Wroclawski. He will be deeply missed by his children, Eric John Alexander and Alexandra Analise Catherine. Paul leave behind his partner, Vanessa Robert; his mother, Georgina; and sisters, Barbara Wroclawski, Beth Lafleche. He was predeceased by his brother, Mark. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd. (477-5601) where a visitation will be held Friday, June 20, from 6-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place in the funeral home chapel, Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia (5657 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, NS B3J 3R4, as well as the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre, WP 106, Windsor Park, Halifax, NS B3K 5X5.

 

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