For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituary transcriptions of those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


FAIRBAIRN, Sidney (Sid) (15 Oct 1926 - 29 Jan 2013) - Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Oak Bay Lodge. Sid is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley, daughter Dawn, son Scott (Heather); and grandchildren Ryan, Laura, and Brett. Sid joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945 and proudly served to 1973. Besides his family and grandchildren, Sid's great joys in life had been his military flight career and being a member of the Victoria Golf Club. A celebration of Sid's life will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 from 2pm to 3pm at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Sid. The family would also like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Oak Bay Lodge for the care and kindness they showed Sid. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Feb 2013)

MacLEOD, James Gillespie, Capt (N) - 74, Halifax, passed away Feb. 7, 2013, in the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Albert and Margaret (Gillespie) MacLeod. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a BEd, Jim assumed his first position, teaching history, at Harrison Trimbull High School in Moncton, N.B. Having served as a UNTD Naval Reservist throughout university, he opted to join the Royal Canadian Navy as an instructor officer at HMCS Stadacona’s Electrical School in 1965. In 1971, he transitioned to the Naval Reserve and to teaching high school again full-time. Over his 30-year teaching career, he taught physics, chemistry and oceanography at Sackville and Sir John A. MacDonald high schools. As a Naval Reservist, he served as HMCS Scotian’s Commanding Officer, and he retired at the rank of Captain (Navy). Jim was a force to be reckoned with, both in his family’s lives, and in the lives of his friends. He had a highly curious nature, fiercely held beliefs, and an inscrutable memory; he was a tenacious intellect. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Suzanne (Archambault); daughters, Jeanne-Marie MacLeod, Gatineau, Que., Katherine MacLeod, Naples, Italy; son, Albert MacLeod, Victoria, B.C.; brothers, Charles, Halifax, Tom; sister, Joan-Nanette MacLeod, both of Baddeck; grandchildren, Gabriel MacLeod-Bertrand, Jocelyn Ross, Tayte and Nyomi MacLeod; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his beloved brother, George. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 477-5601. There will be no visitation or service by request. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



BILLO, Raymond Joseph  - of Dartmouth. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Raymond Joseph Billo, age 74. Ray passed away surrounded by family and friends on Monday, February 13, 2017. Born in Stratford, Ont., June 7, 1942. Ray is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Janet Billo; daughters, Lisa Billo (Bill) and Katelyn Billo; siblings, Rodie Sippel (Wayne), Joanne Welsh; grandson, Chris Regan (Desiree) and his beloved pet granddog, Quinn and Ray's inherited extended daughters, Julie Slen, Lee-Anne Hatcher (Tyler) Jo-Anne Long (Sean) and Sarah Atwood. Predeceased by his mother, Rose Billo; siblings, Donna Billo and Linda Phillips. Ray joined the Royal Canadian Navy October 21, 1959 and served until October 20, 1967; in this time he met his 'brother' and best friend, Michael Mc-Keever. Following Ray's time dedicated to the Navy he was a bartender, security guard and devoted husband and father. Ray was an avid donor to Shelter Nova Scotia, Marleys Hope Dog Rescue and the IWK Children's Hospital. Ray loved spending summers at Sherwood Forest Campground with his wife. He enjoyed sitting on his deck sharing laughs and stories with his family, friends and people who were passing by; he spoke to everyone and had a way of making friends in a matter of moments. Ray enjoyed the many road trips he and his wife took and cherished the ones he took with his family. A special thank you to Dr. Laurie Mallery (PATH Team), as well as Dr. Stephan Duke, Dr. Ann Wadden, Family Drug Center, VON (Amy DesRoches, Shannon Barrie, Jean Gailbraith) and all of the family and close friends (Catherine Duggan) who provided compassionate and dignified end of life care. Memorial donations can be made online at: (account number T858), your donation will assist more families and their ability to provide compassionate and dignified end of life care. Cremation has taken place through Dartmouth Funeral Home. Celebration of life to take place Thursday, March 2, in Brightwood Golf and Country Club, 227 School St., Dartmouth from 7-9 p.m.

PERRY, Robert Irwin (09 Aug 1945 - 18 Feb 2017) - of Glen Margaret, passed away peacefully in his sleep after more than a two-year battle with cancer on February 18, 2017 at the age of 71. Son of the late Randel and Hazel (Austin) Perry. Survived by his loving wife, Lorna Kay (Murphey, Vickers); son, John (Mayu); stepdaughter, Deborah Coles; stepsons, Michael (Linda) Vickers, David (Ki-jin) Vickers; grandchildren, Haruna, Shigen, Yuna and Shogo Perry; Ceilidh Coles, Andrew Vickers, Meaghan MacGillivray; Katie and Sarah Vickers; sisters, Suzanne Lawson and Gay Bannister; brother, Douglas (Jane) Thompson. Predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Arthur Lawson and Roger Bannister. Bob 'Rob' had a wry sense of humour and the ones closest to him understood his jokes and responded to the twinkle in his eye. He loved the sea and fishing for mackerel every day of the summer with his wife, who was his best friend. Bob joined the Navy at the young age of 17 as a radio operator where he reached the rank of Leading Seaman, but found he was seasick whenever he was at sea. He worked for the Department of Highways and Bell Canada before moving to Nova Scotia where he worked for 23 years at Nautel in the Sales Department. He was past President of the Seabright Legion and one of the founders of the local Sea Cadets. Bob was an avid ham operator and bird watcher. He enjoyed the time he got to spend with his dog Victor. Since his retirement, he enjoyed winters in Florida and fishing in St. Margaret's Bay. Many people appreciated the mackerel that were caught. Cremation has already taken place and a Celebration of his Life will be planned for the spring/ summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Canadian Cancer Society.

JONES, Donald Allan, CD, Major - age 76, Middleton, passed away suddenly at home on February 14, 2017. Born in Star City, Sask., he was the son of the late Robert E. Jones (Star City, Sask.) and the late Ethel B. Mitchell (Canora, Sask.). Born into a farming family on October 22, 1940, he spent the first 19 years of his life working the land. In 1959, he joined the military which began an illustrious 37-year flying career with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) initially as a Radio Officer then for most of his career as a Tactical Navigator on the Argus, the Aurora, and while on exchange at RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall on the Nimrod from 1970 to 1972. Don flew into all of the NATO Maritime Patrol bases in North America and in Europe. An avid aviator he volunteered to serve on Sea King helicopters rather than being posted to a non-flying position. From 1979 to 1981 he was the Helicopter Detachment Commander aboard HMCS Huron. While so serving he obtained a Watch Keeping certificate, a rare feat for an aircrew member. A natural leader with outstanding tactical skills and excellent teaching abilities he held the highest of respect from the Anti-Submarine-Warfare community. As a result he along with a few others became the first Aurora navigators to become Crew Commanders, a position normally held by pilots. On retirement he was the Chief Aircrew Instructor at the Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron. He accumulated almost 13,000 flying hours, earning the VP International Gold Pin awarded for accumulating 8760 hours, one full year while airborne in support of Maritime Operations. A stalwart supporter of VP International, he served as its President from 1975 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1985. He spent his retirement life by travelling, spending winters in the southern United States, travelling abroad and then eventually just enjoying his lakeside home with his soul mate second wife, Donna Jones, Halifax. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Lynda Carole Jones (April 1962, Star City). From his first marriage, he is survived by his sons, Dwayne Allan Jones (Melinda), Lower Sackville; Daryle Robert Jones, Edmonton, Alta.; and Deryk Edward Jones (Marie), Edmonton; grandchildren, Shannon Lee Jones, Middleton; Kyle Edward Jones, Edmonton; and Coletyn Allan Jones-Trimper, Middleton; various aunts, uncles and cousins in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. As per Don's wishes he was cremated, there will be no visitation or funeral, rather a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held later in the summer. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., 398 Main St. (902) 825-3448. Donations in Don's memory can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia in lieu of flowers.



MELOCHE, Brian Timothy (RMC 1997) - 37, of Dartmouth, formerly of Wolfville, quietly passed away in Dartmouth General Hospital after a longtime illness on Sunday, September 20, 2009. Born on March 16, 1972, he was a son of Sandy Helmkay and Terry Meloche. Brian was a generous, caring man and a loyal friend who touched the lives of many. His passions were music, swimming and running, the pursuit of and sharing of knowledge, and the Montreal Canadiens. He was a graduate of Horton High School (1990) and the Royal Military College of Canada. He pursued his love of science, earning a BSc in Physics and Space Science with a minor in psychology. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 11 years as a Canadian Forces Officer (1990-2002) and is a lifetime member of the Royal Military College Club of Canada Alumni Association. He worked in Human Services for six years as an addiction counsellor. Brian was also a volunteer running coach and tutor at Phoenix House. He is survived by his parents; sister, Kimberley (Steven) Ball; brother, Kevin (Kaori); sister, Michelle (Wade) Deering. He will also be missed by feline companion, Pandora. He was predeceased by his godfather, Al Patrick Brian. The family offers special thanks to the Palliative Care Unit on 3 East at Dartmouth General Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to Parker Street Food Bank.



FISHER, Eric, LS.BN, 19772-E, RCN (served 11 Aug 1953 - 10 Aug 1963) - of Victoria, BC. Born 08 Aug 1936, died 12 Feb 2017



STAICUE, Roy, C2SG - Died: 2017



MYERS, Frank S. (Stu), V89260, RCNVR / Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Electrical Technician, 6150-E, RCN - Born 22 Nov 1926  Died: 24 Jan 2017



DEAN, Cecil Scott, PO Tel - 87, Brooklyn, Queens Co., passed away peacefully January 1, 2006, in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Sheet Harbour, he was a son of the late James and Viola (Fisher) Dean. He was a veteran of the Second World War serving overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer Telegraphist and was present during D-Day, as well as making the historic Russian Murmansk Run. He was the recipient of the British Empire Medal and C.D. Following the war, he worked for Markland Shipping Company until 1956 when he came ashore to work for Mersey Paper Company as a marine foreman until his retirement. Cecil was a member of both the Masonic and Order of Eastern Star Fraternities for many years. He was a member of Zetland Lodge #9, A.F. & A.M., Liverpool and Arbutus Chapter #30, Milton, O.E.S. as well as being affiliated with other lodges throughout Canada and the U.S. He held the offices of Grand High Priest in 1982 and Worthy Grand Patron in 1986-87. He was member of Mersey Branch #38, Royal Canadian Legion, Liverpool, Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association and Milton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Leaman; sons, Scott (Susan), East Port Medway and James (Muriel), Oakhill; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Heather and two infant sisters. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 4, at 2 p.m. as well as Legion, Masonic and Eastern Star memorial services from Milton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Rev. Jerry Ridling officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Arbutus, Zetland and Prince of Wales Lodges, Liverpool and Milton.

VICKERS, Garnet Augustin (Gus) - 89, of Lunenburg, died January 26, 2006 at the Veterans' Wing of Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, Lunenburg.

WHALEN, H. B. Clyde, 13669-H, RCN - Korean War Veteran, Corner Brook, NL. It is with great sadness that the family of the late Clyde Whalen announce his passing on Sunday, April 16th, 2006 at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook at the age of 75 years. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife of 53 years Ruby (Martin). Children: Robert (Catherine), Stephenville; Trudy (Paul) Fagan, Mt. Pearl; Donna (Tim) Guy, Terry "Buck" (Gillian), Susan (Pierre) Langlois all of Fort McMurray. Grandchildren: Wendy, Rob, Colleen, Jackie, Darryl, Colin, Mark, Isaac, Adam, Marina, Sarah & Stephanie, great-grandchildren: Mia, Zoey, Joshua, Christian, Katelyn & Jordyn, sister Josie (Howard) Hamlyn, Corner Brook, sisters-in-law: Gladys Whalen, Baie Verte, Jean Robbins, Myra (Wilson) Piercey all of Corner Brook, Margaret (Gerry) Wight, Helen (Leonard) Davis & Sherry (Dave) Ellis all of Tennessee, USA, brother-in-law Bob (Ruby) Martin, Corner Brook. As well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents John & Eliza, grandson Daniel Langlois, brothers Eric & Gideon. Friends may visit Fillatre's Funeral Home, 218 Curling Street Wednesday from the hours of 2-4 & 7-9 PM and Thursday 10-12 Noon. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 PM from St. Michael's & All Angels Anglican Church with Rev. Canon Gordon Druggett officiating. Cremation to follow at Humber Valley Crematorium. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Poppy Fund or to the Palliative Care Unit, Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

BRYSON, Robert Vincent - Peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Grace Eleanor (nee Ward.) Loving? father of Maureen and Michael (Jacqueline.) Much loved grandfather of Kellen and Natalie Bryson. Sadly missed by his brother Jack (Marie,) his brother-in-law Robert Parsons all of Woodstock, Harold Cook and by a sister-in-law Jean Everson. Bob is predeceased by his sister Kathleen Parsons. Robert will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends. Bob was a proud veteran of World War 2, and served with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also a member of the Ontario Provincial Police serving in the Brantford and Oakville detachments. Robert and Grace were proprietors of Bryson's Lunch and Variety until their retirement. A gathering of family and Friends to celebrate Bob's life will be held at the Hill and Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 30 Nelson Street, Brantford, on Sunday from 2: 00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Special thanks to Doctor J. HSIAO for his exceptional care. Additional thanks to the staff at the Brantford General Hospital and Versa Care Retirement Home.

THORPE, Harold Alexander (Alex), CPO ERA - passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at his seaside home in Martin’s River, after a period of declining health. He was born on March 27, 1920 in Edmonton, Alberta, first child of Joseph and Katheryn Thorpe. He attended school in Canning, Nova Scotia and graduated from KCA in Kentville, Nova Scotia in 1937. He received his apprenticeship papers at the Halifax Dockyards after serving four years. During this same time frame he attended the Nova Scotia Technical College two and one-half days a week for four years. In the spring of 1943 he volunteered to join the Canadian Navy serving on the HMCS Iroquois from March 1943 until the summer of 1945. While in the Navy he served with the rank of Chief Petty Officer ERA. Alex saw extensive service in the North Atlantic and the Murmansk Run. He was later presented with the 30th Anniversary Murmansk Medal from the Russian Ambassador to Canada. While serving overseas he met his future wife, Mary Lyon "May" Gordon of Scotland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Duff Gordon of Troon, Scotland. They were married on August 19, 1943 in Scotland. After the war years he held various positions in Halifax and Vancouver, B.C., prior to joining Shell Canada Limited’s merchant oil tanker fleet. Shell Canadian Tanker ships were sailing regularly from Portland, Maine to many South American oil ports. Alex completed his Marine Chief Engineer’s certification in 1951. He served as Chief Engineer on the largest oil tanker constructed in Canada to date, from 1962-1976. He retired in the spring of 1976 from Shell. During this time frame in life he lived in Portland, Maine; Wolfville, N.S. and finally settling down in his favourite haven in Martin’s River, Lunenburg County. In his retirement years, Alex pursued many of his interests; woodlot manager, lapidary work, beekeeper, organic gardener, fishing and community work. In 2002, Alex was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee medal. He was past president of his Legion, Chester Basin Branch; President of the Over Forty Club, Secretary/Treasurer of the Naval Tribal Assoc., member of the Falls Committee, life member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriner’s to mention some of his distinctions. He left many footprints and touched so many friends and comrades with his light humour and stories. Alex is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, May Thorpe of Martin’s River; his three children, Donald (Suzanne), Dallas, Texas; Gordon (Dianne), Wolfville, N.S.; Irene (Brian) Hirtle, Wileville, N.S.; grandchildren, Donald, Maryland; Meghan, North Carolina; Heather, Calgary; Kimberly, Riverview; Trevor, Wolfville; Erin, Utah; Simon, Halifax; Devon, Montreal; Shannon, Wileville and four great-grandchildren, Donald, Blaise, Ashlyn and Abigail in Maryland. His cherished sisters, Helen Little, Scotts Bay, N.S. and June Gast, Toronto, Ont., also survive him. Several nieces and nephews always were in his thoughts. Visitation will be 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2007 in Mahone Funeral Home, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2007 in Western Shore Baptist Church, Western Shore, Pastor Donald Dunn officiating. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or South Shore Palliative Care.


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois during the Second World War

HYATT, Herman George, CPO2 - 84, Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., passed away suddenly on March 16, 2008, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Wardsworth, Sask., he was a son of the late Rev. Francis and Mary Hyatt. He retired from the navy in 1973 as Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class after 27 years. He then worked at Maritime Paper in Burnside for 14 years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 24, Bridgewater, and a member of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association. He was past president of the Bridgewater Senior Citizen's Group and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater. Surviving are his wife, the former Anita Crouse; sons, Benjamin, Steven, both of Ontario; daughter, Glennys, Ontario; brother, Herbie, Ajax, Ont.; step grandchildren, Christopher, Leana, Lesley, Scott; great-granddaughter, Kalie Galbraith; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Ella, Esther; brothers, Padre Wilfred, Paul, Bernie, and Art. Arrangements are under the direction of R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater, Rev. Paul Jensen officiating. Private family burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

EMSLEY, Jack Leroy (Jake), RCN (07 Aug 1932 - 10 Dec 2009) - Passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the Norfolk General Hospital. Mr. Jake Emsley of Simcoe in his 78th year. Dear partner of Janice Haskett. Dear father to John Emsley, Bobby Emsley, Mary Thumwood, Peter Bradley, Lesley McDonald, Deidre Briggs, Debbie Bradley and Diane Casselton. Predeceased by his first wife Allison and his second wife Jenny, parents Lance and Ida Emsley and brother James Emsley. He will be sadly missed by other relatives and friends. Jake served with the Royal Canadian Navy from November 25, 1949 to November 30, 1969 earning the Canadian Decoration Medal . He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79 Simcoe, a member of AN & AF Unit 255 Simcoe, a member of the Phoenix Club, a member of the Masonic Lodge, past member of the Officer’s Mess and former member of the R.S.L. in Australia. Under the auspicious of the AN & AF #255 Simcoe a Memorial Service will be held at the AN & AF Hall on Water Street, Simcoe on Wednesday, December 16 at 2 p.m. The Reverend Bryan Robertson officiating. Reception to follow. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519) 426-1314. Donations may be made in Jake’s memory to the Salvation Army.

DOUCET, Charles Edward (Ed) - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Charles "Ed" Doucet on May 23rd, 2013 in Ottawa, at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Luce Denis. He leaves behind his children: Marc (Claudine Léger), Jo Ann (Ron Larivière); his wife's children: Stéphane Jacques (Nathalie Manseau) and Denis Jacques (Marianne Crêtes); his grandchildren: Krystle (David Awmack), Jillian, Megan (Henry Wong), Alexandre, Sarah, Véronique, Emmanuelle and Chloé and his great-granchild: Heather. He also leaves many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The celebration of life will be held at the Cooperative Funéaire de L'Outaouais, at 1369, La Vérendrye O. Bvld, in Gatineau, on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive condolences at 1:00 p.m. Donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated instead of flowers. The family wishes to thank Dr Marc Ruel and his team for their support and exceptional care. (Ottawa Citizen 29 May 2013)

HURST, Charles Kenneth, RCN - WWII Veteran. Peacefully in Ottawa on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in his 98th year. Born January 20, 1916, Calgary. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Freda McKinnon, parents Janet and Oswald John Hurst (Hurst Construction 1908, Calgary) and sister Muriel. Loving father to Jock (Wendy) (Ottawa), Janet Griffiths (Wakefield, QC) and Andy (Penny) (Vancouver). Cherished Pappy to Sam and Matthew Griffiths (Toronto); Amy Hurst (Adrian Flückiger) and Marnie Hurst (Kyle McWhinnie) (Ottawa); Keri Hurst, Katy Hurst (Geoff Huffman), James Hurst (Andrea Haugen) and Alison Anderson (Ray) (Vancouver). GG Pappy to Griffin, Zachary, Maëlle, Hailey, Tristan and Helena. Will be missed by many special friends, in particular Al and Katie Keys, Helen Beatty, buddies from Parkdale United Church and the gang from Public Works, who continued to visit him during his declining years. A graduate of the University of Alberta (B.Sc., Civil Engineering, 1937) and the University of Iowa (M.Sc., Hydraulics, 1940), Charlie initially worked for the city of Edmonton waterworks system and the Dept. of Transport Ottawa. He became the resident engineer of the Trent Canal System before his secondment as an advisor to Gen. McNaughton, Chairman of the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission for the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. He remained as an engineering advisor to the Commission, continued as a member until retirement. A career civil servant for 35 years, Charlie was respected worldwide as an expert in the fields of water conservation, pollution control and navigation. During the 1950s, Charlie supervised the project to remove the navigational hazard, known as Ripple Rock, situated in the shipping lane between Vancouver Is. and the BC Coast. In 1971, he was appointed to the highest position attainable as an engineer: Chief Engineer of Public Works of Canada, which he held until his retirement in 1975. During the war, he served as an officer on a Royal Canadian Navy Corvette doing escort duty in the North Atlantic and as staff torpedo officer to the North Atlantic Escort Command. He retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Lt. Commander in 1955. Charlie was a tireless volunteer in the Ottawa community: Council on Aging (Margaret Griffiths Award); Seniors' Employment Bureau; Glebe Centre; Neighbourhood Services; Parkdale United Church; past president YM-YWCA; Ottawa West Community Support; among others, receiving the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 1996. Other awards include: Citizenship Award from the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Medal of Merit from the Canadian Ports and Harbours Association, and the Bicentennial Award from the Province of Ontario. Special thanks to the respectful caring staff of the Westwood (Central Park Lodge) and the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Ottawa or the Union Mission for Men. A celebration of Charlie's life will be held in the chapel at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 315 McLeod Street on Saturday, November 30 at 11:30 a.m. (Ottawa Citizen 23 Nov 2013)

VAN HAASTRECHT, John P. - was an RMC graduate of applied science in 1966. He served his military commitment in the Royal Canadian Navy Air Arm and subsequently left the navy in order to foster a career in real estate with A.E. LePage in Toronto in 1969. He held a number of senior positions in the real estate industry, including with Columbia Commonwealth Limited, a company involved in the development of regional shopping centers and office buildings throughout Canada and the United States. Mr. van Haastrecht also acted as a developer and real estate advisor to a variety of companies and to the Ontario government. From 1980 to 1985, Mr. van Haastrecht was with Campeau Corporation, where he was responsible for the Shopping Center Division, the National Capital Region, and the Western Office and Industrial Division. He founded Devan Properties Ltd. in 1985, and successfully grew the company to be a major force in the Canadian real estate industry. The company was sold in 1998, and subsequently rolled into Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust in 1999. He became President and CEO of Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust in August 1999. He retired in 2001. He was also a Director on the Board of the Royal Military College Foundation. Mr. van Haastrecht will be missed by his wife Beth, his two children and six grandchildren.

HAMILTON, Donald James Cdr, RCN (15 Nov 1923 - 26 Jan 2015) - Peacefully in Ottawa, in his 92nd year, after a brief illness. Predeceased by his beloved first wife, Miriam Ruth Heney and his second wife, Ruth Mesley, and his brother Robert George Hamilton. Loving father of Susan Steele (David), Donna O'Connor (Michael) and Jane Hamilton (Joseph Wilkinson). Cherished Poppa to Sarah and Elliot Steele, Kevin O'Connor and Lindsay O'Donnell (Sean), Amelia and Hannah Wilkinson and much loved great-grandfather to Sadie and Charlotte. A Celebration of Don's Life will be held at Beechwood Cemetery on Friday February 6 at 1.30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 29 Jan 2015)



HMCS RIMOUSKI - to Rimouski 01 Jun 1945 as SLt, RCNVR



PERCY, Arthur Montague LCdr - 17 Apr 1926, Kent, England - 08 Mar 2015, Ottawa, ON - Peacefully with family at his side. Beloved husband and soul mate of Doreen (nee Becker) for 65 years. Cherished father of Linda Percy (Bill Beauregard). Devoted grandfather of Celeste (Ryan Bonwick) and Sierra Percy-Beauregard. Son of the late Herbert George Percy and Alice Ruby Percy (nee Martin). Predeceased by sister Ruby "Babs" Balean (the late Oswald) and by brother Herbert "Bill" Percy (the late Mary "Vina" nee James). Fondly remembered by Linda's brothers-in-law, Mike and Brian, many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Proudly served in the Royal Navy from 1942-1951 and the Royal Canadian Navy from 1951-1973. Retired from the Department of National Defence in 1985. Special thank you to the staff on 5E at the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre for their care and support. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception. In Memoriam donations to the Alzheimer Society appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 14 Mar 2016)

PATRICK, Alexander, LCdr, RCN - passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Dover Cliffs LTC in his 92nd year. Loving husband of Jean, former husband of Eleanor Patrick and June Hallam (deceased), dear father of David Patrick of Toronto, Allison Patrick of Toronto, Peni Patrick (Victor Lind) of Picton, Douglas Burnett, Alan Burnett and Jennifer Kirk all of Scotland, Wendy Waind (Hallam) of St. Catharines and Peter Hallam of Kingston. Cherished grandfather of Jason, Matthew, Conor, Andrew, Jamie, Jesse, Kathryn, Bryson, Michael, Amanda, Niki, Debbie, Peter, Scott, Melanie, Mark and Jeff, also numerous great - grandchildren. Will be fondly remembered by his sons - in - law Douglas Ledger and Paul McArthur of Toronto. Predeceased by his parents William and Mabel and brothers Moffat, Norman and Roy. Alex attended Lawrence Park C.I and Earl Haig S.S. in Toronto. He completed Grades 12 and 13 in one year in order to enter the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, England; following which he attended the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth, Devon. After graduation from Naval College as an engineer, Alex served overseas in WWII on the North Atlantic and then served in the Korean War. He served on Her Majesty’s ships Warrior, Iroquois, and Saguenay. He retired in 1968 and bought a farm in Port Dover and grew peaches for many years. He consulted to the Navy in Ottawa and was renowned for his weekend drives from Ottawa to Port Dover and back. Alex had many hobbies and interests. He loved chess and was a national champion in his chess association and was the only player to not lose to a visiting Russian chess champion; he forced a tie. He loved nature and was knowledgeable about many birds an d other species. He became a beekeeper and made his own honey. He was an avid golfer and played hockey until he was 80. He insisted on fixing his own cars and family members can tell stories about engines being removed entirely and then replaced many month s later. During the war he caught and collected butterflies in Malta. Alex was a long time member of the Port Dover Lions Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 and Knox Presbyterian Church. He also enjoyed his trips to the Dover Dairy Bar for coffee and conversation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519 - 583 - 1530). A Funeral Service to Celebrate Alex’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church corners of Chapman and St. George Streets. The Reverend Cathy Kay officiant. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to consider the Port Dover Lions Club.


HMCS WARRIOR - Appointed to Warrior 22 Jun 1946 as Lt (E), RCN

HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois during the Korean War

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay in 1958 as E.O.

ANDERSON, Alexander C. - WW 2 Veteran, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1923. He joined the Navy and served as a leading seaman torpedo man on the HMCS Courtenay, HMCS Pound Maker, and HMCS Miramichi. He was part of the G8 group convoy sailing from St. John’s to Londonderry, Ireland. During his time in the war, he served on the High Seas, England and Canada. Alexander was a legion member for thirty years and a Life Member of The RCL Winnipeg Beach # 61 for fifteen years, serving on the Executive as Treasurer and President till his death on June 2, 2010.



BENOIT, Armand Ovila - Surrounded by his family Armand Ovila Benoit passed away at Pinecrest Home on June 18th at the age of 88. Armand "Benny " Benoit was born August 1, 1925 in St. Boniface, Manitoba to Joseph Albert and Anna (Bella) Benoit. He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Patricia, son-in-law Shane and his siblings Alfred, Donat and Lucille. He is survived by his brothers Edouard (Agnes) and Gerald (Margaret) and children Tenis (Sharon), Linda (Art), Murray (Judy), Bernard (Gail), Mark (Wendy), Tracey, daughter-in-law Bev as well as Grandchildren Darren, Nicole, Jamie, Jolene, Jamie, Rachelle, Jordan, Kim, Derek, Jade, Simone, Mackenzie and Hayden. He was also blessed with several Great Grandchildren Brittany, Danielle, Darian, Hunter, Raeleigh, Carlie, Raiden, Isla, Sam Lacey, Scarlet, Jackson and Great-great granddaughter Carla. Benny enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 at the age of 17 and served his country until the end of the Second World War. At war's end he moved from Winnipeg to Keewatin, Ontario. It was in Keewatin that he met and married the love of his life Patricia and settled to raise his family. He worked at the Five Roses Flour Mill and then at the Kenora District Jail as a guard and later as a Stationary Engineer until his retirement in 1987. Above all things Benny loved the family gatherings at their home on Lake of the Woods where Sunday dinners and visits took place. There was always much laughter and conversation and many cherished memories were created. Benny was also an avid participant in sports such as boxing, baseball, swimming, curling and golf. He fought as an amateur boxer in the Navy and competed for the Manitoba Golden Gloves. He turned to professional boxing and fought many bouts in Western and Central Canada as well as matches along the western USA. In his younger years Benny enjoyed attending boxing matches in Winnipeg with his family and country music concerts with Pat. He was proud of his children and his strength and resilience was instilled in each of them. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of Pinecrest Home for their incredible care over the past 7 years. Benny developed close relationships with many of the staff who went above and beyond for him, especially in his last days. A celebration of life will take place on Monday, June 23rd at St.Louis Church in Keewatin at 11:00 a.m. Luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Shane Butts Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Beaver Brae Secondary School, 1400 Ninth Street North, Kenora, Ontario. P9N 2T7. C

BUCHAN, Fred - On Saturday, February 19, 2005, Fred Buchan, passed away at his residence. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 55 years, Lucy; children, Raynold (Linda), Gregory (Lenore), Lori-Lee (Chris); sister Marion Pike (Jim-deceased); brother Gordon (Lorraine); step-sisters, Anne Fosberg (Ray), Sandra Jones (Ray); step-brother Raymond Craig (Laura); granddaughters, Melody (Leo), Erin, Lacey and Brett; grandsons, Adam and Derek; great-granddaughter Nyla; great-grandson Fredrick; brother-in-law Ralph Minchin (Laura); sister-in-law Jackie Minchin (Paul-deceased); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, George (1976); mother Hazel (1986); sister Freda Uhryniuk; and step-father, George Craig (1985). Fred was born on June 2, 1928, in Waseca, SK. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an air mechanic in the spring of 1945 and was discharged in 1947. For the next ten years, he was employed as an electrician and in 1957, changed careers and was employed by Public Works Canada, in the Property Management Division until his retirement in 1990. After retirement, his greatest joys were time spent with family and grandchildren, golfing during the summer and curling during the winter season. He was past-president and life member of the Fort Garry Legion Branch No. 90, a share-holder and member of the Carman Golf Club and a past-president/life member of the Pembina Old-Timers Recreation Association. A special thank you to Dr. L.P. Leung Shing in appreciation for many years of excellent care. The family also thanks the many doctors, nurses and health care workers for their support and care of Dad over the past years. We especially thank Riverview Palliative Care, Jo Duffy and Norma and a special thanks to my buddy, Ralph. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, February 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Garry Legion, 1125 Pembina Hwy., followed by cremation. A private family interment will be held at a later date. My beloved, May the angels sing of your love and praise, on your silent journey home. Lucy (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Feb 2005)

CLEVETT, Jack Edward - was born on August 6, 1926 at Souris, Manitoba and passed away on April 10, 2004. He joined the Navy, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry on September 23, 1944 and took his basic training at HMCS CHIPPAWA in Winnipeg. Moving to HMCS GRIFFON then to CORNWALLIS, he trained on torpedoes and anti-submarine warfare and was stationed at HMCS NIOBE, Scotland. After V.E. Day, Jack signed up for the war in the Pacific against Japan, was sent home on leave and was in Halifax during Japan’s Atomic bombing. He worked in the torpedo men’s draft regulating office until his discharge in Winnipeg then returned to Souris and worked for the CPR. Jack was a member of RCL Souris Branch #60 for fifty-nine years.





COUCKUYT, Brian D. - was born in Boissevain, Manitoba in 1959 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in HMCS Kootenay, Restigouche, Gatineau, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Qu’Appelle, Regina and Saskatchewan. Brian passed away in 2007 and was a member of the Esquimalt Dockyard Branch #172, BC Royal Canadian Legion.



DE VOS, Marcel A.H. - was born In Swan Lake, Manitoba in 1926 and joined the Navy, serving on the High Seas and at HMCS Stadacona and HMCS Naden. He passed away in 1973 and had been a member of the Norwood-St. Boniface Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion for over twenty-five years.

DEWIS, Peter Victor Porter (18 Sep 1926 - 09 Jan 2010) - passed away peacefully at the Portage District General Hospital at the age of 83 years with family members by his side. He was predeceased by his parents Victor Porter Dewis and Carrie Leota Dewis (nee Cole), his wife of 39 years, Fern Dewis, brothers and sisters-in-laws Audrey and Walter Miller and Frank and Hazel Galbraith. He is survived by his son Larry (Bev) and grandchildren Jay (Julene) and Kelsey; daughter Lynn (Mark) Booker and grandchildren Alissa and Shane, as well as special friend and companion Joan Hochbaum whose influence contributed to Dad's well being over the past two decades. In compliance with Peter's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. In honour of Dad, there will be an evening of remembrance on Thursday, January 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the A.N.A.F. Hall upstairs (25 3rd Street NE, Portage la Prairie). There will be an opportunity for those who wish to share a memory at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Portage Terriers Junior A Hockey Club, Box 33, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3B2 or to the Adhoc Committee - Ball Diamond #9 Project of the Republic Park, c/o The City of Portage la Prairie, 97 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0L8 will be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. (Winnipeg Free Press 12 Jan 2010)

FRY, Howard - was born in Hartney, Manitoba in 1926 and joined the Navy. He served in Canada and on the High Seas. Howard passed away in 1989.






HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida as a Sto 1c

GALLANT, Ronald E. - was born in Morden, Manitoba on August 21, 1940. He served in HMCS New Waterford, HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Kootenay. In recognition for his service with NATO in Germany from October 1959 to November 1960, Ron received the Special Services Medal with NATO bar. He was honourably released February 6, 1967. Ron was a member of the Thompson Legion for four years and was with the Mackenzie BC Legion Branch #273 thirty- two years, serving on the Executive as Vice-President and Treasurer. He received the BC-Yukon Command Provincial Volunteer of the Year Award. Ronald passed away in 2009.



MacLEAN, Cameron Roy - was born in Sperling, Manitoba on February 13, 1917 and received his education there. Before enlisting, Cameron worked in the district of North Antler. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in April 1942 and on completion of training, was on Atlantic duty on the destroyers Annapolis and Dundas. He was discharged in November 1945 and later worked with Canada Packers Limited. Cameron passed away in 2002



McCREADY, William Robert (Bill), Leading Stoker, V32766, RCNVR - 85, of Golden Age Manor, Emo, Ont., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. Funeral services to celebrate Bill’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Emo, with Pastor Tony Geense officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 from 1 p.m. until service time. The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 Colour Party will offer a tribute during the service.


McCREADY, William R. - was born in Berwick, Ontario on February 22, 1920 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Prince David, serving in Normandy, France, Greece, North Africa and England. He joined the General Lipsett Branch #99 of The Royal Canadian Legion on May 10, 1951


Served 08 Apr 9142 - 19 Dec 1945




MINIELY, Lawrence, Tel, RCNVR - (1923-2014) It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of Buzz. Buzz was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Peggy of 65 yrs, daughters Diane and Jo (Dave), grandchildren Michelle and Matty and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by sons Ross and Frederick, his parents Winlow and Dora, brothers Floyd and Gordon, sisters in law Lois, Norma and Muriel and brother in law Bob. Buzz lived most of his 91 years in Rainy River except for a period of time attending Angus Business School in Winnipeg and serving as a wireless operator in the Canadian Navy during World War Two. His ship the HMCS Magog was torpedoed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on October 14, 1944. Buzz was employed at the Canadian Customs in Rainy River for 34 years until retirement in 1977. Buzz loved sports as a participant and observer, and had a great fondness for horses, trains, music and dancing. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the Rainy River Knox United Church, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating. Legion honours will be provided by the Rainy River Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 54. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Rainy River, Ont. If desired in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


MINIELY, Lawrence E. (Buzzie) WWII Lawrence was born in Rainy River, Ontario on February 17, 1923 to Winlow and Dora Miniely. He enlisted at nineteen with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and from January 1943, trained as a wireless radio operator in Winnipeg, Rivers and Portage la Prairie, MB. He served on HMCS Waskesiu in Halifax and on the HMCS Magog in the North Atlantic, escorting convoys. On October 14, 1944, the Magog was torpedoed by an enemy U-Boat in the St Lawrence River and three seamen were killed. Discharged in Winnipeg in September 1945, Lawrence married Margaret (Peggy) in July 1949, worked for Canada Customs and then retired in 1977. He has been a member of the Major Hughes Branch #54 for fifty-five years.




MOIR, Harvey R., Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Ship's Writer, 51104-E, RCN / C.A.F. (Navy) (08 Apr 1928 - 28 Mar 2014) - It is with great sadness that we announce Harvey Moir passed away peacefully on March 28th at Broadmead Lodge. Survived by his loving wife Evelyn to whom he was married for 63 years. Harvey is fondly remembered by his son Al (Teresa) and daughter Debbie (Rob); 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sisters Edith and Ruth; and many nieces and nephews. Harvey was born in Hartney, Manitoba (pop 415) weighing in at a whopping 3.5 lbs. He came from a family of 5 brothers and sisters. As a young man, his after school job was to chop wood resulting in the nickname "Chop." Harvey had 2 careers in his working years. The first one was serving on various ships in the Canadian Navy for 25 years. This was followed by a second career working with the Superannuation Commission of the BC Government. Harvey loved all sports but his true passion was salmon fishing. Harvey and Evelyn, owned a cottage on Gordon's Beach in Sooke. During fishing season you could always find him out on the water trolling for the "big one." He once won the local fishing derby catching a 28 lb spring salmon. The family would like to thank everyone at Broadmead Lodge for their care, compassion and understanding during Harvey's stay there. For that we are forever grateful. At Harvey's request there will be no funeral service but the family will have a private celebration of life at a later date. (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Apr 2014)


MOIR, Harvey R. - was born in Hartney, Manitoba on April 8, 1928. He joined the Navy in Winnipeg on August 12, 1946 and for the next twenty-four years, served on HMCS Uganda, Rockcliffe, Sault Ste. Marie, New Glasgow, New Waterford, New Glasgow, Saguenay and Saskatchewan and ashore, at HMCS Naden, Malahat, Nonsuch, Donnacona, Aldergrove and Chippawa until retiring on September 16, 1970 as a CPO2.



POWELL, John H. Tel. - was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1923 and joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve as a telegrapher and served in Canada, England and the High Seas. John passed away in 1994 and had been a member of the Fort Garry Branch #90 of Royal Canadian Legion for thirty-six years.

RADBOURNE, Walter K. - son of Walter and Edith Radbourne, was born in Emo, Ontario in 1918 and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He passed away in 2002.

RUSTULKA, Mike - was born in Bienfait, Saskatchewan in 1932, joining the Navy in 1950 and training in Cornwallis, NS. During the Korean War, he served on HMCS Crusader and after the war, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, earning the rank of Master Corporal in the Mobile Support Equipment Operator trade. Retired in 1978, he worked at Canadian Forces Base Southport, MB until 1992. He received numerous medals for his service in Korea, Egypt, Germany as well as the Canadian Decoration for long service. Mike died on February 27, 2010 in Portage la Prairie at seventy-seven and is survived by three daughters and four grandsons. He was a member of RCL Branch #65 for forty-eight years as well as the Korea Veteran’s Association of Canada


HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as an AB(NQ)S


SCOBIE, Trenton Claude - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa T. Claude Scobie (T.C.) on February 15, 2011 at Deer Lodge Centre at the age of 88. Claude was predeceased by his loving wife Florence in 1996. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Diana (Clive), son, Brian (Lee), grandchildren, Brad (Kelly), Matthew, Ben (Anissa), Corey (Kristi) and Jana (Derrick), great grandchildren, Tristjan, McKinley, Jace, Madison and Dexter. Claude was born in Neepawa, MB on August 10, 1922. He was proud to serve his country in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1945 as a telegrapher on several ships in the North Atlantic convoys. He married his childhood sweetheart Florence (Robertson) Feb 20, 1943 and they were together for 53 wonderful years. He spent his working career with Canada Post as Post Master in Emerson and Morden MB. Following retirement, Claude and Florence became snowbirds and spent 20 enjoyable winters in Alamo, Texas. Claude was a very active community member in Emerson, coaching hockey, serving the United Church, Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge, member of Eastern Star, the School Board and past president of the Royal Canadian Legion. One of his real pleasures in life was to nurture his grandchildren, attending their various activities and preserving those memories on his video camera. Over the years, Claude was most delighted to meet and hold his great grandbabies. The family extends sincere gratitude for the excellent care he received at The Waverley, The Rosewood and Deer Lodge Centre. A celebration of Claude’s life will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3J 0L3.




SHAW, John Alexander - was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1922 and for three years, served as a volunteer in the Navy on HMCS MAHONE, HMCS COWICHAN and HMCS COLLINGWOOD, often on the “Derry Run” from Halifax to Londonderry, Ireland. His convoy duty also took him to Algiers, Bermuda and on two occasions to New York where they spent time for a refit. Jack was on the boarding crew when the German U-boat U-889 surrendered at Shelburne, NS at the close of the war. Discharged in July 1945, Jack had been a Life Member of RCL Brandon Branch #3 when he passed away on March 28, 2000. He is buried in the Veterans’ Section of the Brandon Cemetery.



SUTTON, Kenneth C. - was born in Roland, Manitoba in 1914. He joined the Navy, served in Canada (St. Lawrence) and was a member of the Rockwood Army and Navy in Winnipeg from 1945-1946 to 1996. He passed away in 1996.


THIBEDEAU, Francis Joseph (Frank) - was born in Pine Falls, Manitoba on July 16, 1930 and enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy in May 1949. He trained in Cornwallis, NS as a radio operator, in Esquimalt, BC on HMCS Cayuga and went to Halifax, NS for an electrical course. He then joined HMCS Cayuga in Korea as a seaman radio operator till 1952, then served in Canada on HMCS Athabaskan II before going back to Korea for twelve months. Back in Winnipeg, he served on HMCS Chippawa for five years. Frank received the Volunteer Medal, the Korean Medal, the Peacekeeping Medal and the United Nations Medal (2 tours) and was a member of RCL Pine Falls Branch #64 until his passing on August 16, 2012.


HMCS CAYUGA - Served in CAYUGA during the Korean War

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in ATHABASKAN during the Korean War

WATSON, Hector G. - was born in Scotland in 1911. He joined the Navy and served in Prince Rupert. He was a member of Prince Edward Branch #81 of The Royal Canadian Legion.



WILSON, William Hugh - was born in Kenora, Ontario in 1936. He joined the Navy OSS Rainbow Division Class “C” in August 1953 in Winnipeg and served on HMCS Lauzon, Chippawa, Naden, Cayuga, Cornwallis and Stadacona in Bermuda, Barbados and other areas. He was discharged in October 1955. William passed away in 1986




WYATT, Donald C. - was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1926 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in Canada, England and the High Seas. He passed away in 2009.

YOUNG, Earle, PO, ER, RCN - was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in Canada, England and the High Seas. He passed away in 1994.

ZLOTY, Steven - was born on Cape Breton Island in 1911 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in Canada, Britain and the High Seas. He passed away in 2002 and had been a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans’ Branch #141 of The Royal Canadian Legion for fifty-five years.

HOWE, Jack S. - enlisted in Winnipeg in February 1944 with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and was discharged there in January 1946. Jack passed away in 2003.

McMURTRY, David - enlisted with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Petty Officer in September 1943 in Saskatoon and was discharged there in January 1946. David passed away in 1989


HMCS UNICORN (Naval Reserve Unit)

ZASLOWSKY, William - Passed away at 86 on February 15, 2017. Born in Montreal to the late Harry Zaslowsky and the late Sarah Green. Predeceased by sisters Sue, Molly, Sally, Rosalie and Betty. Survived by his wife Marilyn, daughter Tammy, sister Evelyn Oppenheim, and several nieces and nephews. Military involvement, learning, teaching and his family were William's main interests. He served overseas with the RCN during the Korean War. Later, armed with a B.A. and a B. Comm. from Sir George Williams, he taught at several high schools in Montreal and the South Shore. More studying earned him an M.A. from Columbia University. In the 60s, he was a RCN instructor at the Military Academy in Ghana. While at Centennial School in Greenfield Park, he founded CGG Army Cadet Corps 1979. After retirement, he became a St. John Ambulance master instructor in CPR and First Aid and finally an officer in the Order of St. John. He was a training officer in 1 Air Reserve Wing and later a Firearms Safety Instructor. There were memberships in several organizations including the Korean Veterans' Association and Legion Branch 215 in Brossard, the city where he lived with his family. A very special thanks to the many compassionate caregivers involved with William during his eight years in Remembrance Pavilion of Ste. Anne's Hospital. A private burial was held at the National Field of Honour in Pointe Claire. (Montreal Gazette 25 Feb 2017)

CURRIE, Gordon Gray (20 May 1923 - 22 Feb 2017) - It is with profound sadness, but deep gratitude for a life well lived, that we announce the passing of Gordon Currie in the palliative care unit of the Pasqua Hospital. In recent years, Gordon had suffered with medical issues yet always retained his quick wit and sound, inquisitive mind. He was predeceased by his darling wife of 57 years Shirley; his brother Bob and sister-in-law Evelyn; his brother-in-law Jim Meaney; his nephew Gary Doane; and great-nephew Doug Barber. Gordon is survived by his sons Bob (Joyce), Doug (Cathy), and Jim (Safia); granddaughter Rosalyn (Tyler) Parsons; great- granddaughter Payton; his sisters Pearl Doane and Lucille Meaney; several nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Gordon was born in Semans, SK, and lived in various rural communities as the son of a Pool Elevator Agent. He attended Notre Dame College in the Pere Murray days. He was a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII. Gordon obtained his B.Ed at Mount Allision College in New Brunswick. In 1947, he returned to Regina where he was hired at Balfour Tech to teach history and promote sports. This was the start of an illustrious career in coaching and mentoring kids. His successes in coaching were many including the Balfour Redmen (both hockey and football), the Regina Red Sox, and of course, the Regina Rams. Gordon was a respected teacher and principal at Balfour and Campbell and was an innovator in the development of the Cochrane High School program. He spent a short term in provincial politics. Of his many awards, most notable included induction to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1978) and the CFL Hall of Fame as a Builder (2005). He was named as a member of the Order of Canada in 1979. Gordon's legacy will be encouraging young people to strive to be the best they can be! A Celebration of Gordon's life will be held at the Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina, SK on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Friends so wishing may make memorial donations in Gordon's name to the Doug Barber Memorial Fund, c/o the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, 3934 Gordon Rd., Regina, SK S4S 6Y3 or to a charity of their choice. (Regina Leader-Post 25 Feb 2017)


HMCS STRATFORD - 9th / Last Commanding Officer

DAVIDSON, William Lorne Douglas (Doug), Lt (SB), RCN (12 Feb 1925 - 22 Feb 2017) - passed away peacefully at his residence in Kingston, in the presence of family shortly after his 92nd birthday. Born in Toronto, son of Helen (nee Scott) and Lorne. Predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Anna (nee Lockerby), his sister Ruth Plewes (Tom) and his great- granddaughter Mia. Survived by his children John (Lydia), Linden (Suzanne) and Lorna Jean. Proud grandfather of Lauren (Wayland), Adrienne (Jordan), Graeme and Jennifer Davidson; Connor and Adam Davidson; Anna Jane and Matthew Edmonds. Great-grandfather to Hermione and Elisa. Fondly remembered by Mark Edmonds, Hana and Daniel Fehrenbach, Sam Hughson, Michael and David Bowkett, and nephews Doug, Don (Joanne) and Scott (Tawnye) Plewes. Doug was a graduate of Carleton University (Public Administration) and the University of Toronto (History) where he was an avid sportsman excelling in varsity football and hockey. He served his country, initially with the National Research Council followed by a distinguished career as an Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. He later served his community in the Office of the Clerk for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton until his retirement in 1990. Arrangements entrusted to James Reid Funeral Home, inurnment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery, The National Cemetery of Canada, Ottawa at a later date. Special thanks to the staff and community at the Waterford Retirement Residence who provided autonomy, friendship and dignity in Doug's later years. Donations in Doug's memory to the University of Toronto or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 25 Feb 2017)

FERRIMAN, Rodney Lewis (Rod) (30 Sep 1923 - 03 Feb 2017) - passed away peacefully on February 3rd in his 94th year, in Port Moody, BC, following a very brief battle with pneumonia. Born and raised in Ontario, Rod was very proud to be a Royal Canadian Navy Veteran serving abroad in WW2. In 1954, after serving in the Navy, he married the love of his life, Brenda, in Ontario where his three children were born. In 1970, the family relocated to BC. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Brenda of 62 years, his children Mark (Brenda), Lynn (Michael), and Peter (Heidi), his six grandchildren Ashley, Paige, Travis, Braeden, Keegan and Kade, and three great-grandchildren Emerson, Maddox and Cordelia. The family wishes to extend their immense gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Eagle Ridge Hospital for the wonderful care Rod received. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Rod's love for all things nautical, donations can be made to Veteran Affairs Canada, or to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Rod was the patriarch of the Ferriman family and will be forever missed. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 25 Feb 2017)

FLECKNELL, Neil P. - of Bloomfield, husband of Ruby (Bizzo) Flecknell occurred February 7th, 2008 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He was born in Derbyshire, England, son of the late Hedley and Ellen (Boylan) Flecknell. Neil was a resident of Bloomfield since 1966. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy for thirty five years as a Submariner. He was a member of Hampton Branch No. 28, Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; two sons, Robert Flecknell (Doris), Bloomfield and Kenneth Flecknell (Judy), Perry Point; one sister, Anne Melanson, Saint John; one brother, Matthew Flecknell (Mavis), Saint John; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, his twin Vesey and Hedley Jr; and one sister, Judy Lambert. Resting at Reid's Funeral Home (832-5541), 1063 Main Street, Hampton, with visitation on Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm. Vigil prayers will take place on Friday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Alphonsus Church, Hampton, on Saturday at 10:00am. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Saint John. Memorials to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated.



FLECKNELL, Vesey J. - Of Grandview Avenue died peacefully on April 23, 2003 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He was born in Derbyshire, England and was the son of the late Hedley and Ellen (Boylan) Flecknell and husband of Constance (McHugh) Flecknell. Vesey served with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and was a member of Branch #53 Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by three sons; Patrick (Karen) Flecknell of Ontario, Terry (Lorraine) Flecknell of Nova Scotia, Gerald Flecknell of Saint John, six daughters; Ellen Anderson of Saint John, Linda (Wayne) Foggoa of Darthmouth, NS, Gail (James) Braman of Raymore, Sask., Mary (Thomas) Boucher of Dartmouth, NS, Judy (Greg) Smith of London, ON, Joan Flecknell of Greenwood, NS, two brothers; Neil (Ruby) Flecknell of Bloomfield, Matthew (Mavis) Flecknell of Saint John, one sister Anne (Donnie) Melanson of Saint John, 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one son Arthur Hedley Flecknell, one brother Hedley Flecknell and one sister Rosemary "Judy" Lambert. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7-9 pm and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at A.W. Cavanagh Funeral Home, 91 Leinster Street, 634-1712. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 12 noon at Stella Maris Catholic Church followed by cremation and inurnment at Ocean View Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family. Reception will be held at Stella Maris church hall after the funeral. A tribute to a Veteran's Service will be held at the funeral home Friday night at 7 pm.


Served in MTBs in the English Channel, North Sea, Zeiderzee, North Atlantic & Baltic Sea.

LeMIRE, Bruce James - 72 of Dartmouth passed away February 9, 2009 in the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Windsor, Ont. he was a son of the late Herman and Marie LeMire. Bruce was an Electronics Technician with the Royal Canadian Navy retiring in 1976. He went on to become a foreman at the Michelin Plant in Bridgewater and later the HRM Bridge Commission until his retirement in 1996. He was a past member of the Bridgewater Royal Canadian Legion. Bruce is survived by his wife Rena, daughters Linda Julian, Carla (Dave) Dunnett, Tammy (Tim) Bell, Dawn (Chris) Wheaton, all of Dartmouth and Melody (Dave) Hartnett, Halifax, five grandchildren Dayna, Jamie, Kyle, Sylvia and Jake and sister in law May LeMire, Windsor, Ont. Predeceased by brother Carl. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday February 11, 2009 in Atlantic Funeral Home Chapel 771 Main St. Dartmouth. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Windsor Star 10 Feb 2009)

OAKE, Charles (Chuck) RCN 1951-1976 - Born: 1932   Died: 1997

FISHER, Brian John  - age 75, of Bedford, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Victoria, BC he was a son of Eloise Angeline (Bishop) and the late John W. Fisher. Brian is survived by his wife of 50 years Margaret Rose (Miles) Fisher; Sons, Christopher Brian (Tracey), Houston, Tx; Andrew Miles (Karla), Orlando, Fl; Daughter, Kathleen Anne (Hugie) MacNeil, Calgary, Ab; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Maggie, and Callum MacNeil, Mack Gennette, Caleigh, and Camden Fisher, Miles, Matthew Fisher; mother, Eloise Fisher “Gang”, Victoria, BC; sister, Sally (Keith Hamilton) Fisher; and his brother, Charles (Carolyn) Fisher, both of Vancouver. Brian attended Concordia University (Sir George Williams) in the ROTP program and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Following graduation, Brian commenced his career as an Officer in the Canadian Navy, where he shared a brotherhood and met most of his life-long friends. Brian retired as a Commander in 1995. He was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and golfing. In retirement, he also enjoyed many winters with Marg and one of their beloved dogs traveling south in their RV. A few of his many passions were his seven grandchildren, working on his two MG sports cars, genealogy research, his motorhome and doing projects around the house. Brian was a wonderful man, father and husband who will be sadly missed, fondly remembered but never forgotten! We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Keating, Dr Milroy, Dr Graham and all the wonderful nurses. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. If you wish please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.


'FIGHTER' A warrior, So strong and brave He fights to see another day. His wife he loves And she loves him back, A family man there's no Doubt about that. The battle he fights The toughest one, It takes a toll. There is so much pain But yet he fights, For his children and grandkids The bravest grandfather one would ever see. He puts up a front Through all the pain, He manages to smile, He is so brave. At Christmas he sits and reads, Giving his grandchildren Such precious memories. Teaching them how to be Strong and brave. He is in so much pain But yet rarely complains. It's truly amazing How hard he fights. He fights for you, he fights for his life. He has so much to live for And through his strength You will see The face of true Bravery. By Maggie MacNeil, Brian's beloved granddaughter.



HMCS RAINBOW - Commissioning crew as a Lt

HMCS OKANAGAN - XO during the collision with Grey Rover

HMCS CORMORANT - 3rd Commanding Officer

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay as XO



OLSON, Carman Wilfred (Blondie) (Ole) - age 92 of Wellington (Formerly of Dartmouth). Passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in the Veterans Memorial Building, QE II. Born in Spalding, SK he was the son of the late Conrad Olson and Mary Cattermole (Quallie). At a young age Ole joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After leaving the Navy Ole was employed at the Halifax Dockyard where he retired after 35 years of service with Queens Harbour Master (QHM). Ole enjoyed card games, country music and dancing. He loved travelling to Cape Sable Island to visit his wife’s family. Ole was survived by daughters, Georgena Spencer (Wayne), Dartmouth, Sharon Strum (Jerry), Dartmouth, Marilyn Jones (David), Enfield; son, Carman (Donna), Onslow; grandchildren, Krista, Sean, Tracy, Cari, Collan,; great grandchildren, Morgan, Austin, Corey, Domenick, Maddie, Tyler, Payton, Abby, Audrey; great greatgrandchildren, CJ, Caleb. Ole will be missed by his long time work buddy, Norm Crewe. He was predeceased by his wife Ada; sisters, Alma, Hilda, Mildred; brother Milo and special friend, Margaret. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to be held at a later date in Atlantic Funeral Homes 771 Main Street Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society. Special thank you to all the nurses and staff of 3 West Cedar Crest, in the Veterans Memorial Building, QE II.

SLOR, John (20 Nov 1945 - 06 Mar 2017) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John Slor, age 71, following a short illness. John was the beloved husband of Sandra (Harvey), cherished father of children Krista (Sandy) MacPherson and John David Slor, much loved brother of Kathy Murray. He is also survived by sister, Anna (Robert) Saari, and 5 nieces. He was predeceased by his parents John and Margaret Slor and sister, Etty Slor. He came to Canada from Holland on the ship Volendam in 1951 through Pier 21. John had a 22 year career with the Royal Canadian Navy – Fleet Air Arm until he retired as a PO2 in 1985. He was passionate about singing in choirs, most recently with You Gotta Sing. He loved driving any vehicle he could get behind the wheel of including Nascar, semi-trucks and F1 type vehicles; but especially his 1962 Volvo. He enjoyed many roles with Bedford Players and many other volunteer activities including Abenaki Aquatic Club. John was always working in his garden. He enjoyed camping with Krista and her husband during which he discovered a great affinity for s’mores. He had many fine qualities. He was kind and generous and could be counted on to always help out someone in need and could fix almost anything. John had a quick sense of humour and was always early for everything. Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday March 8, 2017 in Dartmouth Funeral Home 29 Queen Street. The service for committal will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers we request a donation be made in John’s name to Canadian Mental Health Association or Canadian Red Cross.


On 31 Mar 1977, John survived an Argus plane crash at Summerside, PEI.



LANGMAN, Donald George (Don), CPO, RCN - age 87 of Hammonds Plains (formerly of Dartmouth), passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in White Hills Long Term Care Facility. Born April 24, 1929 in Belleville, Ont. he was the son of the late Maxwell Ernest and Dora May (Churchill) Langman. A 25 year retired Chief Petty Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy, he proudly served on the HMCS Magnificent, Bonaventure, Saguenay and Assiniboine. He had a second career as a technical writer at Pratt & Whitney in Longueil, Que. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Ona (Henderson), sister, Margaret and brother in law, Ronald. Don is survived by daughters, Erika (Bill), Maxine (Peter) and Kerry (Brian); sister, Edna Maxine; sister in law, Millicent “Millie”; grandchildren, Patrick, Shannon, Julia and Evan; step grandchildren, Joshua and Tabitha; great grandchildren, Abigail, Noelle, Chase, Rowan and Collin and many nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens to follow. The family would like to thank the staff of White Hills Long Term Care Facility for the love, kindness and support given to Donald and to them. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.



FORBES, Ivan Leroy (01 Sep 1923 - 28 Feb 2017) - Long time, well respected member of the Dartmouth business community. Ivan L Forbes, 93, passed away peacefully on February 28, with his loving wife by his side. Born in Fredericton, NB; he was the son of the late James E. and Irene Forbes (nee McKeill). He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII, 18 months in Corvettes in the North Atlantic and Minesweepers and Corvettes for 20 months in the Pacific. During that time he met his wife Lea in Victoria and married in February 1945 returning to Fredericton in November of 1945 where he worked for J Clark & Sons while studying accounting with the Certified General Accounting Society. They moved to Dartmouth in 1967 and purchased the former Teasdale and Foote Chevrolet dealership thus founding Forbes Chevrolet which moved to new facilities on Portland Street in 1971. A prominent and well respected Dartmouth businessman; he was active in many community and business activities for the Halifax Dartmouth Automobile Association as President, and in 1981 -1982 and served as President of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association. He was an avid sports enthusiast curling in four national championships. He was a founding member of the Capital Winter Club in Fredericton and served as a former president. He was a member of Somme Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, a life member of both the Dartmouth and Dartmouth East Rotary Club and as an avid golfer was a member of Brightwood Golf and Country Club and a member of both the Maritime Senior Golf Association and the Atlantic Senior Golf Association. He always had time to stop and talk with anyone who wanted his advice or opinion and he will be fondly remembered for his humanitarian qualities, sense of humour, loyalty and deep love of family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 72 years, Lea; sons Patrick and wife Susan, Gary and wife Verna; grandsons Ivan and wife Shelley, S. Patrick and wife Jennifer; great grandchildren Kyle, Emily and Ashlin. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was predeceased by his brother Ronald; sisters Alberta and Winnie. As per Ivan’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family gathering at a later date. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for him over the last months and especially those who took time over the years to touch and enrich his life in so many special ways. Donations in memory of Ivan made to the Metro Food Bank would be greatly appreciated by his family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Homes, Dartmouth Chapel.

MACKAY, Victor Heatherington - It is with sadness, the family of Victor announces his passing at home on February 25th, 2017 surrounded by his family, at the age of 93. Born in Truro, NS on February 12th, 1924 to Harry and Laura (Crowell) MacKay, upon his 16th birthday, he signed up for the Royal Canadian Navy and served in active duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1942 to 1945. He said back then, "If I can walk off the ship carrying my own duffle bag and we have won the war, I will never complain again" and he kept that promise. Shortly after when he arrived in Wolfville to attend Acadia University (class of 1949) and stepped off the train, he looked around at the Town of Wolfville and declared he would always return to raise his family here. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Geri McCully of Bible Hill, NS and they returned to Wolfville in 1952 to become residents of the Town. He always considered Wolfville to be the most beautiful place in the world. Victor accomplished much and contributed to the community in many ways throughout his life but family and friends were most important to him. He often said, "If you know a person that has had a better life than me, I sure would like to meet them". His dream of having his own family business was realized in 1971 when he opened MacKay Real Estate. He also loved his summers at the cottage and later his winters in Florida. He enjoyed an active life, with golf being a big part of it. He could never pass up a chance for an early morning Tim's run to socialize and get the news of the day and meet with friends. He loved to meet and connect with people, as he always found everyone to be so interesting and you could always learn so much. He treated whomever he met with respect and kindness and was guaranteed to always have a one liner for everyone. Victor is survived by his wife Geri of 65 years, children Marty (Ross) DeWolfe, Cathy (Jeff) Cantwell, John (Ann), Heather (Mike) Grass, and Jim along with his 11 grandchildren; Angela, Rory (Sandy), Connor (Sarah) Cantwell, Victoria (Simon), Stephen, James, Lara (Chris) DeWolfe, Harry, Margaret (Mike) MacKay; Logan MacKay and Nicole Grass and his 4 great-grandchildren, Rosalie, Oscar & Marlowe Cantwell and Owen DeWolfe. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers Gordon and Edwin. There will be a visitation Tuesday, February 28th 6-8:00PM with a Royal Canadian Legion service to follow the visitation at the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville where the Celebration of his Life and a reception will be held Wednesday, March 1st at 2:00PM. The family would like to thank the following for their amazing service and care when the family needed them the most; the VON, EHS, Palliative Care and the compassionate caregivers from Always Home HomeCare. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the VON. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

JOHNSON, Alistair Cairns (Al) - age 72, passed away on February 17th, 2017 in Halifax. Al was born at home in Hinckley, England on March 8th, 1944 and in 1947 immigrated to Crescent Beach, B.C. with his late parents, Leslie Cairns and Olive (Bown); and surviving siblings, Margaret and Ian. After studying at Simon Fraser University, Al joined the Royal Canadian Navy (East Coast) as a Sonar Technician. Following his years of military service, Al worked in financial management with Household Finance and finally retired from the CIBC after 35 years. His other business pursuits included Kim Crouch Collars, Johnson Sports Apparel, Pizza Delight and in retirement Tim Horton’s and Versatile Construction. Al married Sharon Lynn (MacDonald) of Bedford, in 1968 and was the proud father of his eldest son, Darren Michael Cairns of Vancouver, B.C.; his daughter, Suzanne Lynn of Oakfield; his youngest son, Ryan Christopher (Kristy Drake) and grandfather to Maxwell Brendon of Dartmouth. Al had a large extended family, he was a brother in-law to 14 and uncle to many surviving nieces and nephews. A champion of community and sport, Al dedicated his life to the development of many associations, teams and charities including: WADRA, Halifax Herald Fishing Derby, Bedford Minor Hockey Association, County Thunder Midget AAA, Run for The Cure, Ski Club 30, Lockview Dragons Ski Team, various Meetup groups, and PCC. He received the Olympic Volunteer Medal in Sport in 1988. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. in St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 1288 Bedford Hwy., Bedford on Saturday, February 25th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prostate Cancer Canada: ( Al will be missed by many including the Brake Poulain family.

CURRAN, Ralph Joseph, RCNVR - The family of Ralph Joseph Curran, 93, is sad to announce his death on February 23, 2017 at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Hospital in Halifax, after a short illness. He was born in Halifax on March 19, 1923, the son of Roy Howard and Florence (Pelham) Curran. He is survived by his son, Pat Curran (Janet Hamm), and daughter, Paulette Britton (Bob Britton), all of Halifax; grandchildren, Colleen Britton, Robert Britton (Chrissy Lynch), Sarah Purdy (Tim), Kelly Curran David Harris), Patrick Curran (Jin-sun Park), Joanne Shaw (Bill), Kevin Curran, Peggy Britton, Matthew Britton, Kate Curran and Brigid Curran; great-grandchildren, Emma Purdy, John Pádraig Harris, Ciara Harris, Brenna Shaw and Kieran Curran; brother-in-law, Paul Viau; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Gertrude Alma (Fairn) Curran; brother, Alan; sisters, Grace Russell and Florence Viau; grandson, Sean Patrick Curran. Dad grew up in St. Patrick's parish, in the area where his father operated a garage. He spent most of World War II on corvettes in the North Atlantic as a member of the RCNVR. Just after the war he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent two years in the naval hospital at Cornwallis, where he had been posted at the time he met Mom in 1943. He became a career employee with Central (now Canada) Mortgage and Housing Corporation, working throughout Atlantic Canada, on the Prairies and in the North. He retired and returned to Halifax in 1981. Dad made friends of all ages easily and from everywhere and kept in touch with countless of them by letter and telephone. With Mom's help, the house was like a United Nations, with visitors over the years from such widespread locations as Turkey, Lesotho, Réunion Island, Mexico, Poland, Cambodia, China and Ireland. He wrote, called and visited when he could relatives and friends from across Canada and in the U.S. and he corresponded for years with several Catholic missionaries. He also wrote quirky, hilarious letters and cards to his children and grandchildren. He was generous with both his time and money, helping many individuals and organizations. He was a mentor, almost a second father, to some young Polish refugees who jumped ship in Halifax Harbour and went on to have successful lives in Canada. He gave a special welcome to the former Waterford Crystal workers who came to Halifax in the late 1990s. Animals always responded to Dad as someone with affection for them. He kept a photo of his cat companion Tómas in his hospital room. He also took a great interest in environmental issues. He was a good athlete, mainly as a baseball and hockey player when he was young. He had many lifelong friends from his years of coaching minor baseball and minor hockey. In middle age he took up golf and played regularly into his 80s. Dad cherished his Irish heritage and had many Irish friends in Nova Scotia, Ireland and elsewhere. He maintained an excellent collection of Irish books and recordings. He was a charter member of An Cumann / The Irish Association of Nova Scotia and had great regular telephone conversations with what seemed to be the entire membership. Dad was a man of strong opinions, a family characteristic. If you didn't agree with him, you might have said stubborn, but even diamonds have flaws. Visitation will take place 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm on Monday, February 27, at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 28, at St. Agnes Church, corner Chebucto Road and Mumford Road in Halifax. Reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial will take place at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery.

CHRISTIE, William (Bill) (17 Mar 1924 - 24 Mar 2015) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the Patriarch of our family, Bill Christie. Bill Christie, beloved husband of Sheila was born and raised in Elmwood where he attended Elmwood and Lord Selkirk schools. He joined the Merchant Marine in 1942 and was employed by Union Steam Ships of Vancouver until enlisting in The Royal Canadian Navy serving on the North Atlantic until 1945. Following his service in the Armed Forces he was employed by the Federal Civil Service Accounting and War Assets at Fort Osborne Barracks. He left his position to return to University of Manitoba where he studied Commerce until 1948 then joining the staff of the CNR Commissary Department in the Union Station. Later that year he began working at Vulcan Iron and Engineering holding various offices with that company through many corporate acquisitions until it's closing in 1981. He was then transferred to Russell Steel Inc. as structural steel products manager until his retirement in 1990. Bill devoted much of his time to the community through coaching little league hockey and baseball at the Deer Lodge Community Centre and was a past board member of the St. James district Cubs and Scouts where he organized a Volunteer Based Swim Program. He was a Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Examiner, a member of the Water Safety Instructors Association, The Royal Life Saving Society and The Manitoba Underwater Council. He was a volunteer instructor at the Winnipeg Central Y.M.C.A. where he was recognized for teaching the Monday Night Adult "Learn to Swim" program for over thirty years. His love of curling was evident through his membership with the Elmwood and Deer Lodge Curling Clubs and later the Antlers, the Winnipeg Steelers and the Steelmen's Association. He belonged to the St. James Royal Canadian Legion #4 regularly meeting with and enjoying the company of a group of fellow comrades where he shared many laughs. Bill was an avid golfer and shot many fine rounds at the Teulon Golf and Country Club where he was a member. Bill bravely headed up many annual family camping trips. Some of his favourite days, according to him, were taking his young family and his 1968 Silverliner tent trailer all across North America. Bill and Sheila were avid travellers, enjoying the delights of Europe, UK, Mexico and Hawaii. He spent many happy years as a cottage owner at Matlock, taking great pleasure in the company of family and friends. Bill was exceptionally hard working, a person of great integrity and respected by his peers and all who came to know him. He was true to his principles and never hesitated to speak his mind. He will be sorely missed, remembered with much fondness and never forgotten by his wife Sheila, daughter Catherine (Kate) Christie, son Bob and wife Gloria Christie, daughter Barbara and husband Bruce Sewart, grandchildren Taylor and Drew Christie, Mac and Isabella Sewart and devoted dog Sadie. As per Bill's wishes there will be a private family celebration of Bill's life. Both Judge Judy and WWE Wrestling have lost a loyal fan. (Winnipeg Free Press 28 Mar 2015)

WADDINGTON, Malcolm R. - Born: 20 Nov 1922   Died; 04 Jan 1971



JOHNSTON, Brian Kenneth (07 Jan 1936 - 26 Feb 2017) - Surrounded by the love of his family, Brian quietly passed away at the age of 81 on the evening of February 26 at Poseidon Care Centre. Brian was predeceased by his parents David and Barbara Ann Johnston, brother Stewart Johnston, in-laws Edwin and Ericka Stenbeck and brother-in-law Robert Stenbeck. Left to cherish Brian’s memory are his loving wife of 53 years Charlotte (Stenbeck), daughters Andrea Kurtz (Daniel), Erika Chura (David), Arlene Lachance (Hubert), son Douglas Johnston (Angie), Clifford Chartrand, Daniel Pazdor (Calvin), grandchildren Arlana Dujlovic (Andy), Deanna Chura (Andrew Paterson), Michael Chura, Joanna Lachance, Victoria Kurtz (Nicholas Pele), Brayden Chura, Hayle Marie Johnston (Danel G.), Maygen Johnston, great-grandchildren Alexander Paterson and Laurielle Dujlovic. He will also be deeply missed by his sister-in-law Joan Johnston, brothers Gordon Johnston (Eloise), Bruce Johnston (Laura), sister Barbara-Ann Balshaw (Michael), along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and life-long friends. Brian was born and raised in St. Vital growing up on Norberry Dr. He attended Norberry School and Glenlawn Collegiate. In his younger years, Brian spent time working on the family farm in Green Ridge, MB where he learned of his passion for farming. Brian did a short stint in the Royal Canadian Navy and also worked in Edmonton as a gas meter reader. Migrating back to St. Vital, Brian took up varied short term employment positions leading him to upgrade his schooling, from which he was hired on with MTS. This is where he remained until his retirement in 1993. In 1961 Brian met the love of his life Charlotte. They were married on May 18,1963. After being blessed with a growing family of four children, they designed and built their family dream home and hobby farm on an acreage in St. Germaine. It was here that Brian and Charlotte continued to give of themselves by opening their hearts and home as a foster family. Some of these children were raised along-side of their growing family of grandchildren and continue to be loved as an integral part of their family today. Family and friends were very important to Brian. He loved spending time with them whether working in the hay fields, repairing farm machinery or simply relaxing by a campfire sharing stories with his unique sense of humor and wit. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. A special thank you to the entire staff of Poseidon Care Centre, in particular the second floor nursing staff that always provided compassionate care for Brian and the family, right to the very end. In keeping with Brian’s wishes, cremation has already taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 11 at Wheeler Funeral Home, 1800 Day Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity that is close to your heart.

BROCKIE, William Glenn - Passed away on March 5, 2017. Bill was born in Winnipeg May 14, 1915 to Connie and George Brockie. He attended Kelvin High School and the University of Manitoba where he was a founding member of Phi Kappa Pi fraternity. After leaving University Bill joined Dominion Textile Co. Ltd. in 1934. When WWII broke out he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served as XO aboard HMCS Kokanee and had a brief command aboard HMCS Hespler prior to his discharge. He redlined the reserve as XO of HMCS Chippewa during the flood of 1950. While living in Montreal he served as Commanding Officer of the UNTD at the University of McGill retiring as Lt. Commander in the late 1942. He married Mary Armstrong December 28, 1940. Their daughter Marilynn Glenn was born in 1942. After returning to Winnipeg in 1958 Bill joined the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg and served as President in 1963. Bill also served as Treasurer of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, National President of the Navy League of Canada, a member of the Winnipeg Trap and Skeet Club. In 1968 he was on the executive of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 1975 Mary and Bill retired in Charleswood where they enjoyed gardening and the many Labradors and Golden Retrievers they had. Bill was always very proud of his grandsons Glenn/Donna and Trevor/Dian and his four Great Grandchildren Erin, Sara, Brockie and Talya-Lynn. He was a great Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. A Memorial service will take place on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00 am at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard.



HMCS KOKANEE - Drafted to Kokanee 22 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR. Commissioning Crew. Served in Kokanee as XO



BROSH, James Robert - On 20 Feb 2017. It is with heavy heart we say farewell to Jim after his 22 year ongoing battle with cancer. Jim as born April 18, 1942 to Carroll and Lois Brosh in Calgary. His life of service began at 17 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. Jim enjoyed a notable 33 year career with the Calgary Fire Department and retired as a District Fire Chief in 1995. Jim and his family moved from Calgary to Didsbury in 1975 and retired to Sundre in 1998. He was a volunteer with the Didsbury Fire Department and sat on various boards including Firefighters Credit Union, Royal Canadian Legion, Lions Club, Sundre Town Council and Alberta Transportation Safety Board. He was also instrumental in helping the Vietnamese Community preserve their freedom flag as he believed in justice and fairness to all. Many days were spent helping family and friends with construction projects including houses, barns, decks, arenas and the list goes on. In his spare time he enjoyed landscaping, camping, quading in the west country, fishing, travelling, golfing and attending his grandchildren's activities. Jim was also an avid crib player, reader and considered himself a budding author. His life motto was "A job worth doing is worth doing it right the first time!" and Jim did just that!! Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Carol; daughters Tracey Brosh, Kelly (Wes) Brown; grandchildren Tyson Brown and Shelby, Zane, Alia, Maclean and their father Rob Simmonds; sisters Carol (Lea) Florendine, Coleen Hutton as well as numerous extended family and friends. Many heartfelt thanks to Dr. Landsbergen and all the caring staff of the Sundre Hospital and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Memorial services will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Evangelical Missionary Church, Didsbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre or S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance. (Heartland Funeral Services 06 Mar 2017)



FERSTER, James Carney (Jim) - A Good Man has Quietly Sailed Away… Recalled to Duty for the Eternal Voyage. James Carney Ferster, of Calgary, died on March 6, 2017, at Foothills Hospital in the company of his caring family at the age of 96 years. Jim was born in Dowling Lake, Alberta to Ray and Annis Ferster, on March 5, 1921. Raised in Calgary, he was accepted into the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve on April 5, 1940 and served on seven different navy ships, "for the term of hostilities only" which included 1445 duty days on the high seas. A model of the HMCS Calgary built in 1994 by Jim and donated to the Naval Museum of Alberta is on display at Calgary City Hall. Jim was a quiet man of great intelligence, meticulous, and with a great dry sense of humour. He loved nature, birds and animals… especially his dogs…flowers and gardening. Jim adored his wife Peggy and was predeceased by her in 2008, and by his beloved first born grandson, Micheal Norman Smith, R.N. in 2014. He is lovingly remembered by his four children, Dianna (Gerald), Jim Jr. (Chris), Nancy-Lou (Carl), Terry (Ruth); his grandchildren, Patrick, Dana, Juliann, Susan, Graham, Dani, Esther, Emma, Paul, Luke; and fifteen great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (404 Northmount Place NW) on Monday, March 13, 2017, with Tributes starting at 10:00 a.m. and the Mass at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Raul Ranola, Presider. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Foothills Hospital Emergency and Cardiac doctors, nurses and staff for their compassion and support in his final days. (Calgary Herald 09 Mar 2017)

ROBERTSON, Neil Stuart (Robbie), LCdr, RCN - "Robbie" as he was known to his many friends and acquaintances was born in London England on the 1st April, 1930, the son of James Fair and Mabel Robertson. He spent four happy childhood years at a Boarding School in Essex and to avaid the German bombing of London during the latter part of 1940-41 locally called 'the Blitz'. Subsequently he spent four years in the British Merchant Marine. Then in 1952 following training he flew 'Spitfire' fighters in the Royal Air Force. Two years later he immigrated to Canada and transferred to the Royal Canadian Air force and to serve in several Bases including in 1959-60 HMCS Shearwater followed by 'Bonaventure' and 'Preserver'. Upon retirement in 1975 from the Navy, he served in Ottawa in the Federal Government Transport Canada Department. While living in Ottawa he became actively involved in both the Ottawa Little Theatre and Kanata Little Theatre. Subsequently with his wife Nona (Stove) he moved to Victoria where they enjoyed life with many friends. After a lengthy decline in overall health and near complete loss of his eyesight he died peacefully on the 5th March 2017 in Sidney. He is survived by Nona (Stove) his wife of 47 years stepchildren, Charles (deceased), Diana, and Naom, granddaughters Keitha and Samantha Boyle, nieces Fiona and Caroline and nephews Graham and Jon Robertson There will be a Celebration of Life at Holy Trinity Church (Mills Road) Saanichton at 1400 on Saturday, 11 March at 2PM. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Mar 2017)




CNAV PICKLE - Navigator of PICKLE for 1969 Trans Atlantic Race

HMCS PRESERVER - Served in Preserver in 1973 as AirO


AGNEW, Jack Bruce (15 Jan 1923 - 07 Mar 2017) - Peacefully in his sleep on March 7, 2017 in his 95th year. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Marion Louise and his grandson Scott. He will be sadly missed by his children Ron (Sonia), Rick (Fran), Ruth Boag, and Rob; and his grandchildren Amy (Jason), Rees, Brandon, Katie, Jessica (Mitch), Ryen, Kelly and Stacey; and his great-grandchildren Lincoln, Quinn and Jack. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and was an employee of Canadian Westinghouse for more than 44 years. Special thanks to the staff at St. Peter’s at Chedoke, Cedar Terrace for their outstanding care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his Life will be held at Cresmount Funeral Home-Fennell Chapel, 322 Fennell Avenue East, Hamilton on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. Memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated by his family.


Photo of Jack and Marion Agnew



BAIER, Nickolaus (05 Mar 1928 - 21 Feb 2017) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a very special man. Predeceased by his wife Emm in 1996 and brothers Peter and Koon. Survived by his daughter Valerie and son Vernon (Marie), along with 4 grandchildren Tammy (Thomas), Tyronne, Chris (Steph), Jen (Brock) and 4 great-grandsons; also sisters Bette (Chuck) Streifel of Victoria and Anne (Gene) Swain of Calgary; brothers Joe (Ann) and George (Dianna) of Medicine Hat, AB. Nick was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Redcliff, AB. He resided in Victoria from 1946, serving in the Navy for 5 years, and then worked in the Naval Dockyard for 33 years prior to retiring in 1983. He enjoyed his bowling and curling upon retirement. Nick was a member of the D.R.A. Esquimalt Legion and Victoria Eagles. No service by request (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Mar 2017)

EMSLIE, Robert Brian - Passed away peacefully at Hospice House in Kelowna on March 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born November 5, 1923 in Kelowna, BC. He was predeceased by his wife Mona, the mother of his sons, in 1983; sisters Gwen and Barbara. He is survived by his wife June; two sons: Jim (Jennifer), Colin (Cyndi) and his grandchildren: Scott (Victoria), Geoff (Carmen), Sara (Josh), Greg (Chelsea), Chris (Meg), Graham (Lyanna) and Jamie; great grandchildren: Alida, Simon, Lewis, Olivia and Thea. Bob served in the Navy during the Second World War. He returned to Kelowna to finish his education, then to UBC and ultimately to the University of Toronto to receive a degree in dentistry. He set up his practice in Kelowna and later became the Dental Health Consultant for the region. Bob was a long-time member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. He had a love for music and belonged to the Barbershop Chorus, the Apple Tuneovers Quartet, as well as the Allegro Singers, Mask, Encore and then aptly named by Bob, "Take Five," which was a challenge and a joy. He will be missed. A service to honour Bob's life will be held in his church, St. Michael's and All Angels Cathedral, 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00 pm, conducted by the Very Rev. Nissa Basbaum. Interment to take place in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice House or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 08 Mar 2017)

FLETT, David George (Dave) (29 Jul 1922 - 12 Feb 2017)  - passed away in North Vancouver at the age of 94, finally joining his beloved Joyce. He enjoyed gardening, travelling, sports and music. He loved singing old-time songs in the choir at Lynn Valley Care Centre. Seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought a sparkle to his eyes. Dave called Vancouver home, but was a Scot at heart. A Kitsilano High School graduate, he began working in 1940 with BC Electric. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the navy, serving on both coasts of Canada. Upon his return, he worked at Pacific Stage Lines and Grayline Sightseeing Tours until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Skal Organization for many years. Predeceased by his wife Joyce of 72 years, Dave is survived by his two sons Stephen (Connie), and Douglas, grandchildren Gavin and Melanie (Kevin) Stewart, and great-grandchildren Aylin and Brandon. The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all involved in his care-Eva, Roya, Rubie, Jane, Ester, and choir leader Isabel for their kindness and support. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24 at First Memorial Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to BC Children's Hospital. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 11 Mar 2017)

GURR, George Daniel Thomas (Dan) (24 Feb 1949 0 06 Mar 2017) - Dan was born in Toronto, ON, the fourth child of the late Alfred and Sheila Gurr. Always happy and giving, Dan participated in many activities growing up (boy scouts, baseball, altar server, music lessons, paper route, skiing and football). At eighteen he left school and joined the Navy for two years. From then on he worked diligently, even returning to school at George Brown College. He kept a wonderful sense of humour always, even in times of distress, bringing much comfort and assurance to those around him. He is survived by his wife, two children and a granddaughter, as well as five siblings. His family will miss him greatly and gives thanks to God for taking him home to rest in God's unconditional love and peace. The family would like to thank all the staff in the Poplar Section of Providence House for giving Dan loving and tender care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence House.

LAWSON, George William (1917 - 2017) - On March 2, 2017, George William Lawson, aged 99, passed away at Mississauga Trillium Hospital, with his precious family by his side. Born in Montreal, Quebec on May 13, 1917, he was the son of the late Alfred Lawson and the late Florence Gertrude Wookey. During the Second World War, George served from 1940-1945 with the Royal Canadian Navy, most memorably participating in the Battle of the Atlantic and the hazardous Arctic convoys to Murmansk, Russia. George was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Muriel Young, who died in 2013. After her death, he continued to live independently in his own home in Toronto until his final couple of days. He is dearly missed by his daughters Barbara (Ron Greaves) and Ann and his son Grant (Angela Balan), by his grandchildren Kimberly, Clark, Marcus, Kate and Allison, his sister-in-law Elizabeth Lawson, his nephew Ian Spencer and great-nephews Nicholas and Michael. He was predeceased by his siblings Evelyn, May, Betty, Patricia and Fred (Happy) Lawson, his niece Janet, and his nephew Peter. At George's request, there will be no funeral. A celebration of George's life will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal. Flowers gratefully declined. (Montreal Gazette 10 Mar 2017)

LAYMAN, Donald James (04 Oct  1923 - 08 Mar 2017) - The well-lived life of Donald James Layman came to a peaceful end in the Veterans' Unit of Wascana Rehabilitation Hospital on March 8, 2017. Don grew up on the family farm in Riceton with his parents Billy and Lorena and siblings Eldon, Russel and Ruth. Upon completing grade 12 he began working at a bank in Regina. When WWII started he enlisted and like many land-locked, non-swimming Saskatchewan farm boys where else but the Royal Canadian Navy. After basic training in Equimalt and Winnipeg he was stationed at the naval base in Grenoch, Scotland in 1943. In Scotland he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Fernie Shankland, a lovely, intelligent lass from Paisley. Following his war service, Don resumed his career in banking in Regina, however his interest in cars led him to take a job as a traveler with Ford Motor Company where his considerable social skills were put to good use. His territory covered most of the province and he fell in love with the lake area north of Prince Albert. Consequently, he jumped at the chance to join Modern Motors, the Ford Dealership in Prince Albert as a salesman. He moved to P.A. with Margaret and infant son Bill in 1951. Daughters Barbara (1952) and Lisa (1961) completed the family portrait. He and a partner took over as owners of the dealership in 1969. Don built his own house from the ground up in the Veterans area of Prince Albert, and also established one of the early cabins at Neis' Beach, Emma Lake where they enjoyed many happy years with wonderful friends and all the beloved Layman pets. Don's love of the lake and environment led him to serve for many years as a beach rep and other committees in Lakeland. He was an active member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Prince Albert Kinsmen club. He enjoyed many a golf game with good friends on the Emma Lake course. He and Margaret were able to enjoy summers at the lake well into their 80's. Don and Margaret moved to Saskatoon for several years, but health concerns necessitated a move to Regina in 2010 to be closer to daughter Barb and family. Don and Margaret were among the first residents of College Park Retirement Residence. Don thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many new people there and participated in many activities with bridge, cribbage, shuffleboard, dances and pool being favourites. Following the death of his beloved Margaret in 2011, Don remained at College Park until mobility and other health problems required him to move to the Veteran's Unit of the WRC in Regina in November 2016, where he received loving care from a kind and dedicated staff. Don was predeceased by his wife Margaret; his parents Billy and Lorena Layman; brothers Eldon and Russell Layman; and sister Ruth Aitken. He is survived by his daughters Barbara (Jim) Stewart and Lisa Layman (William Holden); son Bill Layman (Lynda Holland); grandchildren Fraser and Lauren Stewart and Zane Layman. Don was successful at everything he put his mind to, particularly business, building, photography and painting. He was utterly unique and had eccentric but effective ways of doing things. Don, like most of his generation, put service to country before self-interest. We will remember him with love and laughter. A memorial service for Don will be held for family and friends at the family cottage at Emma Lake in the summer of 2017. Anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Don may do so to a charity of their choice. (Regina Leader-Post 11 Mar 2007)

PHILLIPSON , Kenneth L. (30 Nov 1934 - 12 Feb 2017) - After suffering 4 long years with dementia, I lost the love of my life on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The staff at Acacia Ty Mawr provided Ken with the most loving care during his stay there. Ken was born in Vancouver, BC. and spent many happy years as a youth in the Yukon Territories. He served his country with the Royal Canadian Navy and was a longtime employee of Canada Post. Ken is survived by his loving wife Barbara of 62 years, his daughters; Wendy, Jennifer and Ellen, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren. A Celebration of his life will be held at 2:00pm on March 11, 2017 at HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, BC. In lieu of flowers donations in Ken's memory may be made to Wild ARC or Alzheimer's of BC. (Victoria times Colonist 04 Mar 2017)

SHARP, George (28 Apr 1925 - 08 Mar 2017) - passed in his 92nd year. Independent to the end. George was a Veteran of World War II who proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy. A longtime resident of Toronto's east end, George could often be found feeding his squirrels either at the Beach or in Dentonia Park. George will be sadly missed by his remaining family and friends. Reunited with his dearly beloved Lillian at last. "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." Anchors aweigh. Visitation will take place at the Giffen-Mack Danforth Funeral Home, 2570 Danforth Avenue, 416-698-3121, on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A Funeral service wll take place on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Giffen-Mack Danforth chapel. Burial to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael Garron Hospital or the charity of your choice.


SPRAGUE, Robert - Veteran of Royal Canadian Navy WWII and the Artillery Corps in the Korean War  - Peacefully at The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre on March 7, 2017 at the age of 91. Predeceased by his loving wife Vaike (Jensen), father to Paul (Maryanne) and grandfather to William. Bob was a long time employee of CMHC. After retiring, he began his own consulting firm as a Spatial consultant working with many community health centers. He graduated from Queens University with a BA (History) and University of Chicago with Masters (Social Sciences), and was an avid bowler for over 50 years. Friends are invited to visit at Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery 3700 Prince of Wales Drive on Friday, March 10 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. Special thanks to the staff at The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre G2N for their care and support. For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be directed to the Alzheimer Society. (Ottawa Citizen 09 Mar 2017)

TIMBRES, Gordon Allan Joseph - (25 Feb 1925 - 01 Mar 2017) - It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of Mr. Gordon Allan Joseph Timbres on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Gordon was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He served in the Navy during the Second World War. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Florence; his three daughters Victoria (Martin), Marcia (Barry) and Patrice (Werner); grandchildren Elysia, Hilary, Brieann, Jessica, Adam and Erika as well as four great grandchildren. Many thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and the staff of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, for their excellent care and compassion and also thank you to CCAC. As per Gordon's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 332 North May Street, Thunder Bay. Should friends so desire, donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

WILLIAMS, Edward Joseph (28 May 1925 - 28 Feb 2017) - Born in Perth, Ontario, Ed died peacefully with his family by his side at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Elva Gallagher (1995), his parents Thomas Williams and Carmel Grennon, and his brothers James (Lois, deceased), Frank (Barbara), and John (Linda). Ed is survived by his siblings Donald (Evelyn), Marie Pacini (Basil), Gerald (Donna, deceased), Thomas (Diane), Carmel Primeau (Robert), and Patrick (Gloria). Ed will be remembered fondly by 33 nephews and nieces and their spouses. Ed was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Perth, Ontario and a 4th degree member of The Knights of Columbus. He was a proud member of the Canadian Legion for 57 years. Ed was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1943-1945, and a veteran of the Canadian Army (48th Highlanders), 1950-1953, stationed in Germany. He was a long-time employee of the Department of Transport (Pearson Airport). The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Sunnybrook Veterans LSFE Wing for the compassionate care Ed received. Resting at Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2058 Kipling Avenue, Toronto on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Airways Church, 7407 Darcel Avenue, Mississauga on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Assumption Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Veterans Comfort Fund. (Ottawa Citizen 04 Mar 2017)

BOARD, Gordon Edward, CD,  CPO1, RCN - Passed away at 89 years, on December 3, 2008, in Saint John, N.B. He was born in Saskatchewan, to the late Edward John Board and Minnie Klankai. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in June 1938 retiring June 1966. During the Second World War he served in various naval ships escorting the North Atlantic Convoys. He was employed by Canada Post for 14 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Muriel Pearl Board; son, Gordon Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dawn and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by daughter, Marcie Ann; brothers, Norman and Melvin and two brothers and a sister who died in infancy. Gordon was a life member of the Bayers Road Baptist Church, serving as Usher, Teller, and as Trustee over the years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion with Ensign Branch, Atlantic Chief's and Petty Officers Association, Royal Canadian Naval Association, CPO's and Sergeants Mess and the Canadian Tribal Destroyer Association. He is resting in Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Rd., Saint John, (506-646-2424). Visiting hours will be one hour prior to the time of service. A Tribute to a Veteran Service will be held at 1:45 p.m. The Funeral service will be held in Fundy Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 6. Interment will follow in Rothesay Baptist Cemetery.



BORGAL, George Gordon - 90, of Halifax, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family Thursday November 10, 2011, in the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Pleasant Harbour, January 4, 1921, he was a son of the late Lewis and Hazel (Jennings) Borgal. George served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1937 until 1964 (WWII Campaign Stars 39-45, Atlantic, with France and Germany Bar, Pacific, granted survivor's leave three times, Korean War medal). Following his service career, George furthered his education and achieved his Master's Seagoing Ticket before driving the Halifax/Dartmouth Ferry for several years and then joining the Queen's Harbour Master in Halifax to manage the Navy's small boat fleet until his final retirement in 1982. Throughout his retirement he was a strong supporter of the C&PO's Association and HMCS Sackville, Canada's Naval Memorial. George is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Margaret 'Peggy' (Byrne); sons, George and Shirley (Brown), Halifax; Danny and Debbie (LeGay), Bedford; daughter, Karen and Mike Spurr, Halifax; grandchildren, Matt (Rebecca), Colin (Judit), Kim (Andrew), Lori (Richard) and Kate; great-grandchildren, Ryalee, Rowan and Calvin; brother, Ernie, Halifax; sister-in-law, Maude, Bridgewater. Besides George's parents, he was predeceased by daughter, Sharon; brother, Percy and sister, Ruby. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, November 13 in At-lantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, where a funeral service and reception will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 14. Interment will take place in Oakridge Memory Gardens at a later date. Family flowers only. The family sincerely thanks all those in 8.2 of the Infirmary for having given George and his family the highest quality of care and respect. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. George's life centered on his wife, Marg, and their commitment to family. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his generous and humble spirit and wonderful sense of humour. Upon leaving family and people he was close to, George would give them a hug saying: 'God Bless'.

BONNER, Leonard Ross - Has died after complications following bowel surgery on 18 March 2013. He is survived by his second wife, the former Tena Jewers and by son, Richard. Born in 1927 in Mayberly, Ont., he attended public school at Griffith and high school in Bancroft, both in Ontario. Leonard started his naval career in 1944 as a deck hand on a Lake Ontario Ferry and again on a Great Lakes grain carrier the following year. In 1946 he was old enough to join the Canadian Navy where he served for 30 years. Much of those years were on many famous Canadian warships such as The Restigouche, The Saguenay, The Magnificent and The Bonaventure, for a total of 11 vessels - two of them twice. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer (First Class) whereby he went into civilian service at various locations in the Halifax area. Some of his work saw him at the former Victoria General Hospital, the Shannon Park Arena and for a long time at the Halifax Dockyard. Leonard eventually retired from work where he spent his time fishing and also travelling with his first wife, the former Beatrice Miller. After her death he married Tena and travelled extensively with her until his health no longer allowed him to drive. Leonard will be cremated and the service will be private with family only. As per his wishes, please no flowers or donations.

BRINEN, Bernard Homer, LCdr - age 88 of Middle Sackville, passed away peacefully, July 20th, 2015, in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in South River, Ont., he was a son of the late James Alexander and Lucinda May (Good) Brinen. He served 37 and a half years in the Royal Canadian Navy, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Maritime Engineering Branch. Bern will be sadly missed by his loving wife of over 65 years, Gloria (Leighton); his children, Larry (Debra), Susan and Sheila (Walter) Garnier; his grandchildren, Lisa, Colleen, Peter, Mary, Amy, Laura, Jillian, Marshall, Marc and Shaelynn and 12 great-grandchildren. Survived by sister, Bernice Stevenato and brother, Walter Brinen. Predeceased by sister, Pauline and brothers, Wallace and Grenville. He loved spending time with family and enjoyed gardening, boating, playing squash, horse racing, the Blue Jays, woodworking, picture framing, being home on the lake and was a collector of many things. Visitation 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday with funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr. Reception to follow in the funeral home reception lounge. Burial in Fernwood Cemetery, Middle Sackville. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

ALLEN, Gordon Clifford - at Moira Place Long-term Care Facility, Tweed, on Friday, March 3, 2017. Gordon Allen, of Eldorado, in his 94th year. Husband of the late Helen (Russell) Allen. Father of Murray, Jane, David, Richard and the late John. Grandfather of Anne, Heather, Greg, Ruth-Anne, Jeremiah, Britney, Ryan and Shawn. Great Grandfather of 11. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service in Madoc Wesleyan and Free Methodist Church on Thursday March 30 at 1:00 p.m. Spring Interment St. James on the Lines Anglican Cemetery, Pentanguishene. Donations are requested to the Heart of Hastings Hospice or the Madoc Baptist Church Building Fund. 

ST-ARNEAULT, Roland Joseph - The St-Arneault-Pitt family regrets to announce the death of Roland St-Arneault (Jan 26, 1921 - March 10, 2010), who passed away in Trenton, Ontario, on March 10, 2010, at the age of 89 years. He was the son of the late René St-Arneault and the late Régina Fontaine. He was predeceased by his wife Hilda Helen Shindruk and her daughter Corine (Forester). He is survived by his daughter Rolande (Harold Pitt) and his son David; his 7 grandchildren: Suzanne, Shawn, Maryanne, Jonathan, Aaron, Amanda and Davandra and his 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brother Raoûl (Alice Wooden) and his 3 sisters: Denise (late Jean-Paul Filion), Alice (late Lionel Lacroix) and Carmen (late Wilfrid Forget). He was predeceased by his brothers: René (Jeanne), Gaston, Lucien, André (Claire), Émilien (Claire), Raymond, Noël and Paul-Émile (Irene) as well as 3 sisters: Thérèse (Hormidasse), Émilienne (Fernand) and Rita (Réal). He also leaves to mourn many nephews, nieces and friends.



ADAMS, Clifford Leslie (Cliff) (08 Jan 1923 - 11 Aug 2013) - died peacefully at 90 years young. Predeceased by his loving wife Donna and son Dan; father of Leslie, Doug (Carol), Liz and grandfather of Andrew, Chris, Josh and Julia. Cliff, Tex, Dad, Papa and Uncle Bud will be missed by all who knew him. He had a deep love for family and friends. Born in New Westminster, Cliff had a rich childhood growing up in Burnaby. He lived life to the fullest through his navy days, UBC, his Canfor career, many community activities, travels and enjoying time at Crescent Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zajac Ranch for Children or the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. A memorial service will be held August 24, 2 p.m. at Crescent United Church, 2756 127th Street, Surrey. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 17 Aug 2013)



GREEN, C. Ross, V86127, RCNVR, M.D. - Passed away peacefully at his residence in Thorndale, on Friday, December 16, 2016. Ross was the beloved husband of Shirley (Hitchon) Green for over 64 years. Loving father to Cheryl Montgomery and David, of Toronto, Larry Green of Thorndale, Jayne Fragiskatos and Nikolaos of Hensall, Kathryn Marie of St. Marys, and Barbara Hogg of Thamesford. Cherished grandfather to Panayese Fragiskatos (Katherine Low), Fragiskos Fragiskatos, Artemysia Fragiskatos, Dimitris Fragiskatos (Marlene Pavoni), Gregory Woldnik, Andrew Woldnik, Natalie Woldnik (Kristoffer Hansen). Ryan Hogg and Holly Hogg, great-grandfather to Denethor Hanson (Natalie and Kristoffer), Marianna Fragiskatos, and Lydia Fragiskatos, (Panayese and Katherine). Also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a brother Allan Green. Ross was C.M Queen’s 53 Ordinary Seaman Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve 1944-1946, HMCS WASKESIU, and Honorary Member of Fanshawe Yacht Club. As per Ross’s wishes, his body has been donated to the Anatomy department of Western University as his favourite subject was anatomy. Family will receive relatives and friends at Brock and Visser Funeral Home, Thamesford Chapel, 177 Dundas St., Thamesford, 519-285-2427 on Sunday, December 18th from 1- 5 pm, the memorial service will be held at the Thorndale Zion United Church on Monday, December 19th at 11:00 am with Pam Wilcox officiating. Reception to follow in the Thorndale UC hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thorndale Zion United Church or the Canadian Food Grains Bank.


HMCS WASKESIU - Served in WASKESIU Jan - Aug 1945 


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