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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituaries for those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


HURAS, Victor Andrew - Born: 15 Aug 1925  Died: 25 Jul 1999


Newspaper article on Victor Huras and his five brothers who served during WW2



SPARK, Gerald Gibson, C1ST, RCN - Another sailor has crossed the bar. He went suddenly, on June 10, 2000, while carrying the Cutlass in the Esquimalt Buccaneer Day Parade. Predeceased by his parents, sister, Maude and brother, Joe. Gerry was born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1920, in Victoria, B.C. Survived by his wife, Norah; son, Murray (Candy); granddaughters, Alicia and Jennifer; sister, Lucille "Lou" Fraser; sister-in-law, Betty Spark; and many nieces and nephews. He served in the RCN, retiring as CPO1 after 21 years and at HMC Dockyard for 36 years, until he retired. He then volunteered as chairman of hospital sick visiting and visiting privately for the Chief's and P.O.'s Association. He captained the A.L.S. Tad Day, at the Gorge Centre, for several years, as well as duty at the CPO's Assn., Esquimalt Legion and seniors. We, his family, his naval buddies and many other friends will miss his happy personality, his jokes and wonderful sense of humour. Funeral Service will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Thursday, June 15, at 3:00 p.m., with the Rev. H. Silvester officiating. Following, a reception will be held at the Esquimalt Legion Branch 172, Admirals and Esquimalt Roads, in the upper hall. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to the CPOs Association, Esquimalt Legion #172 and the Legion Seniors, would be appreciated.





HMS PUNCHER - Served in Puncher as PO (S), RCN

CRANE, Lavinia (Vin) Mary, WRCNS (Wren) - passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. She was an important person in many lives and was dearly loved. Vin developed friendships through her training, work and travel, which she maintained throughout her life. All who knew her will remember her smiling face, cheerful, positive outlook and her love and kindness. A strong, intelligent, independent woman, she was a role model for several generations and will be greatly missed. Vin was predeceased by her parents George Alfred and Isabel (Molly) and brothers: John, George (Selma) and Denis (Joan). She is survived by nephews: John (Heike), Denis G. (Cathy), Les (Mags), Rodger (Alison), Denis D. Jr. and niece Thomasina (Al) Hewer. Eleven great-nieces and nephews, nine great-great nieces and nephews and her "adopted" family: Anne-Marie (Clive), Sue, Kerry (Stewart) and Brian (Deanne) Bingham and their families rounded out her extended family. Family was very important to Vin. She loved keeping abreast of family news, even when it meant learning to use social networks. Then there were her dear friends from university, Wrens and work with whom she kept in touch and enjoyed numerous travelling adventures over many, many years. Born in Westlock, Alberta she moved to Burnaby, BC in 1936. In 1942 Vin embarked on a life-changing adventure by joining the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens). As a Wren, Vin trained as a wireless telegrapher and worked at Special Operations stations, which were part of the larger British Bletchley Park code-breaking "Enigma" program. After the war Vin completed a five-year BScN in Public Health Nursing and became a BC Public Health nurse. In 1961 she completed a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan and was awarded the American Public Health and American Universities Honour awards. On her return, she continued her career in Public Health Nursing as a Nursing Consultant for B.C. Ministry of Health in Victoria (1961-74), Assistant Director (1974-75) and Provincial Director of Public Health Nursing (1975-1985). When Vin retired in June 1985 she was presented with the President's Award, Canadian Public Health Association. Retirement saw Vin serving on several Health and associated boards and taking on volunteer positions in Victoria. She continued to enjoy travelling, yearly trips to Hawaii to visit her long-time friend, Bea and time spent with family and friends all over the world. Daily walks in Victoria, especially along Dallas Road, keeping up with current events, attending Wren functions and inviting friends over for "happy-hours" and dinners made for a very active life. At the age of 80, Vin rose to the challenge of mastering the computer and iPad to keep in contact with far-flung family and friends and to search the Internet in order to satisfy her desire to learn more. Her life was definitely varied and well lived. The family wishes to thank: John and Heike and Amie and Clive for their love and support of Vin; friends and staff at Somerset House, Vin's home for the past few years and the doctors, nurses and care aids at Jubilee Hospital 4th floor South for their wonderful care and compassion during her final days.


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index


COWEN, David L. (04 Feb 1936 - 23 Apr 2017) - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of David Lloyd Cowen in Victoria on April 23 2017. Born in Edmonton, Alberta. Loving husband, father and grandfather. Survived by his loving wife Margaret, son Michael (Donna) and granddaughter Melissa (Craig); sisters Noreen and Bunny, brother in-law Art (deceased wife Mary); uncle to many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. David served in the Navy for 20 years, then went on to work with the Victoria School Board until he retired in 1996. After retirement David and Marg bought a boat and loved to go fishing, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

MCMAHON, Joan Carole (1942 - 2017) - Born at the time of the bloodiest conflict in history, Joan Carole McMahon spent parts of her childhood in some of the most rugged regions of this great country. Her chores included protecting the homestead from wolverines and bears, as well as walking uphill (both ways) in blizzards to fetch food and firewood. The family eventually settled in Calgary (because it's CALGARY!). Joan was educated by the Calgary Catholic School District and graduated from the much historied St. Mary's Girls School, granting her Divine Approval to enlist in the Canadian Navy. She served at a time when words such as 'Détente', 'Brinkmanship', and 'Missile Crisis' entered the common vernacular. Joan had many duties, one of which was being a submarine hunter on board marine reconnaissance aircraft, protecting our waters from Soviet incursions. It was by sheer luck that no Soviets crossed paths with Joan, for surely the filthy interlopers would have been sent to a watery grave. Joan's next assignment came abruptly, but with great national importance: The procurement and training of three new recruits. All of her life experiences to this point gave Joan the necessary skill sets to shape these recruits into exemplary citizens. Joan had an intensity that allowed her to tackle many activities and overcome obstacles. Her interests included crafts, reading, giving proper advice and ensuring her recruits never strayed from the True Path. Joan enjoyed travel and in her later years she twice visited Cuba as a "vacation", but many close to her believe she went to ensure ALL the missiles were removed. Joan was involved in volunteerism, most recently being the Poppy Fund and the KMITT program at the Sunrise Community Link Resource Center. With unwavering resolve, yet a body wracked by pain and illness, Joan Carole McMahon was forced to stand down on April 8, 2017. Pioneer…Cold War Era Warrior…Mother… A Celebration of Joan's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, hug your parents or children (if you can). Condolences may be forwarded through In living memory of Joan McMahon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


Photo of Joan McMahon

DUNCAN, M. Barbara (née Cousens), Wren, WRCNS (27 Aug 1926 - 30 Apr 2017) - It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Mother, M. Barbara Duncan. Barb passed away peacefully, with great courage, in Victoria, BC, at the Lodge at Broadmead on Sunday, April 30, 2017 after a full and rewarding life of 90 years. Barb was born August 27, 1926 in Barrie, Ontario, the first of four children born to parents Col. Gordon and Dorothy Cousens. Sister Pam, brother George and brother Colin followed in short succession. The family made their home in Georgetown Ontario. At the young age of 18 she enlisted in the RCN as a Navy Wren, stationed first at Sydney, NS, then Halifax and subsequently transferring to HMCS Discovery in Vancouver and finishing her service at Naden in Esquimalt. She always said that becoming a Wren was "the best thing she ever did next to having her children". After the War, Barb returned to U of T and completed her Physiotherapy degree. She married on September 11th, 1948, and along with husband Keith, raised their family near Georgetown, Ontario. In the mid 70's Barb moved to Victoria, BC to be near some of her children who had already gone west. Barb had always loved Victoria since being stationed there near the end of the war. A loving woman who will be missed by many and will always be in the hearts of her daughters Janet Wyllie, Ellen Ross (Don), Maureen LeBlond (Real), Kelly Duncan (Philip Bartlett) and her son, Greg Duncan also of Victoria. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren Nathan, Cameron, Colin (Sara), Bryce (Crista), Simon (Leah), Patrick (Crystal), Mathieu, Kalyn and Trevor as well as by her three treasured great-grandchildren, Thomas, Sylvie, and Hudson. Barb served Canadian veterans in many ways since she retired from the Gorge Road Hospital where she had been the Activation Director. Her volunteer work was recognized in 2006 when she was awarded the Minister of Veteran Affairs Commendation. She was a Legion Service Officer working with the Ex-Service Woman's Legion till 2008 and other Victoria Legion Branches up until 2012. Barb was part of the team that organized the 'memorial plaques' at Langford Veteran's Memorial Park honouring all women veterans serving during WWII. She worked tirelessly in seeing that the 2010 'Navy Lady Rose' project was a success. Barb was kind, loving and always helping others in remarkable ways. Special Thanks to Dr. Ted Rosenberg, Dr. Ben How and all the nurses and caregivers at the 'Lodge at Broadmead' and the 'Cridge', who all provided exceptional and devoted care for our mother Barb over the last few years. A Celebration of Life for Barb will be held at MCCALL GARDENS, 4665 Falaise Drive, in Broadmead on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 1.30 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made through the BC/Yukon Command Legion Foundation in support of Cockrell House, which was one of many veteran projects that Barb supported. Cockrell House is operated by the non-profit SMVIZ Veterans Housing Society which was formed in early 2009. (Victoria Times Colonist 13 May 2017)




Wrens Crossed the Bar Index


GILSON, Bryan Charles - Born: 01 Nov 1947  Died: 24 May 2007.  Served 32 years in the RCN



JOHNSON, Kenneth E., C2ET, 17174-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 08 May 1951 - 04 Nov 1976) (20 Dec 1931 - 14 May 2017) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kenneth (Johno) Johnson, aged 85, in Victoria on May 14, 2017. Ken passed peacefully at the Victoria Hospice surrounded by his loving family. Born in Grimshaw Alberta, to Walter and Martha Johnson, Ken served in the RCN for 25 years, and finished his career in the HMC Dockyard until retirement. Ken is predeceased by his loving wife Rheta (nee Barry) of 46 years. He will be dearly missed by his children, Linda, Bob (Leslie), Lisa (Robert), Gary (Connie) and 7 grandchildren.


Portrait of Ken Johnson     Photo of Ken Johnson



MARTINENKO, Victor (07 Apr 1939 - 01 May 2017) - It's with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Victor Martinenko in Westbank, BC on May 1, 2017 at the age of 78. Victor was born in the Ukraine, immigrating to Canada as a child with his parents in 1948. He served his country in the Navy and later became an electrician and travelled throughout North America with his job and finally settled in with CP Rail. Victor married Sarah Benita in Selkirk, Manitoba on August 31, 1979. When Victor and Benita both retired, they chose to live in Peachland, BC where they both built and landscaped two homes. Victor loved to garden and make wine and was also a great bread maker of various kinds (But it was always a secret recipe). He greatly enjoyed music, watching movies and spending time with his family. Victor was predeceased by his parents, George and Clara Martinenko and his stepson James Fey. He will be missed by his wife Sarah Benita; his brothers, Wally and Anthony; his son Shane (Linda); daughter Tanya; stepson David (Kerry) Fey; stepdaughter Patty (Daryl) Sheets; grandchildren, Anthony, Sherisse, Chandelle, Michelle, Christopher, Corrina, Jennifer; and his great-grandson Christopher. Cremation has taken place and interment will be scheduled in Kelowna at a future date. (Winnipeg Free Press 20 May 2017)


MARTINENKO, Victor (07 Apr 1939 - 01 May 2017) - To My Father, Victor Martinenko, who I lost suddenly in Kelowna, BC. Words cannot express a loss of this magnitude, so I just want to say a few words of thanks for the special little things my dad brought to my life. Thank you for being patient and playing silly games with me as a child; for carrying me on your shoulders everywhere we went; for teaching me how to swim, play crib, and for being the voice of Herman, the talking stuffed lion. Thank you for giving me my love of food, for teaching me the right way to make fettuccine carbonara; the best borscht on the planet; the world's most amazing perogies; and for eating halvah with me out of a tin. Thank you for having such great taste in movies; for introducing me to Runaway Train, Apocalypse Now, and Scarface; for letting me stay up late to watch the Chiller Thriller even though my mom told you not to; and for enlightening me that yes indeed, Snake Pliskin is one of the coolest dudes ever. Thank you for the music and for impromptu disco dancing nights listening to Donna Summer in the living room. Most of all, thank you for always being there, for being kind and loving, and for being my dad. What a surprise to find your letter waiting in my mailbox upon returning home from BC after attending your memorial. I will always treasure your final words to me as well as all the memories. I will miss you always. Love your daughter, Tanya (Winnipeg Free Press 20 May 2017)

COMEAU, Russell J. (Russ) (27 Nov 1932 - 28 Apr 2017) - Age 84, of Dartmouth. It is with profound sadness that the family of Russell 'Russ' J. Comeau announces that he passed away on April 28th, 2017, in Dartmouth. Born on November 27th, 1932 in Weymouth, Russ will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Mary (Burke), and his children, Judy (Tim) Kohlsmith, Leduc, Alta.; Dr. Christopher (Chrissy) Comeau, Ogdensburg, N.Y.; James (Betty Ann) Comeau, Ottawa, Ont. He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Anthony, Katie, Kristen, MacKenzie, Burke, Jesse and Dean; great-grandchildren, Nora, Elin and Corbin. He is survived by his siblings, Frances Stiven, Sister Melda Comeau, Louise Haran and Marc Comeau. Russ was predeceased by his parents, Edmond and Marie Rose; siblings, Eli, Linus, Laurent, Delbert, Eric, Andrew and Rosella. Russ joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950, the RCAF in 1954, and in 1957 was promoted to flying officer. In 1960, he began work at the Halifax Dockyard which led him to a career as a logistics specialist within the Department of Supply and Services Canada. Russ was the National President of the Canadian Forces Logistics Association. He was also a member of the Council of the Conference of Defense Association. Also, he was a professional purchaser in the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. A proud moment for Russ was earning his B.A. in Public Administration from Dalhousie University in 1976. Russ had many interests. In scouting, he rose to the level of Queen Scout (its highest designation). He had a passion for the militia, and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel, and commanded the 33 Halifax Service Battalion. He also loved sailing and in retirement went on many an adventure on his sailboat, the Acadian Packet. As the name of his boat attests, he was very proud of his Acadian heritage, supporting and attending Acadian events. Russ had a burning intellect and thirst for knowledge that influenced all that knew him. His generosity was large, his kindness boundless, and his love for life an inspiration. A great man has departed this world, but his spirit lives on in his family and friends. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care that Russ received from the staff on Bay Side and Sea Side as well as Dr. Knowlan at Ocean View Manor. A funeral Mass in memory of Russ will be held on Wednesday, May 3, at 11 a.m. in Saint Thomas More Parish, Dartmouth, with a reception to follow. Those who so desire may make a donation in memory of Russ to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.

LOGAN, Peter Andrew, MS, Naval Radio Operator / Nav Comm, RCN (7 or 8 Apr 2017) - It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Andrew Logan announces his passing at the age of 49 in his Halifax home. Born in Renfrew, Ont., Peter served in the Canadian Navy as a Master Seaman based in Halifax. He served his country proudly for 24 years and was awarded both for his long-time service and peace-keeping efforts over the span of his military career. Peter will be remembered lovingly by his siblings, Gord (Sandy), Tom (Cecile), and Cathy (Jamie), as well as by his nieces, nephews, and friends.

TOBIN, Orrington Edward (Ed) (26 Sep1926 - 04 May 2017) - The family of Orrington 'Ed' Tobin of Halifax is saddened to announce his passing in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the age of 90. Ed was born in Canso on September 26, 1926, a son of the late Edward and Alice (Casey) Tobin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Brown); sisters, Nora Allebone and Vera Yeadon and brother, Leander Pietche. Ed is survived by his loving partner, Gillianne McCully of Halifax; his daughter, Noreen Bondar (Ron) of Toronto; his son, Rick Tobin (Deborah) of Truro; and grandchildren, Scott Tobin (Lisa) of Stellarton; Stacey Tobin (Sean) of Airdrie; Cheryl Tobin (Denis) of Halifax; great-granddaughter, Emma and several nieces and nephews. Ed served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the the Second World War and was a long-standing member of the Canadian Legion. He was an avid music lover, talented guitarist and singer. The family would like to thank the staff of the Garrison West, 5th floor, at Veterans' Memorial for their long-term care. There will be no visitation as per Ed's wishes. Anyone wishing to honour him is asked to do so by supporting our veterans and active servicemen and women.

STEGEN, James William (Jim), CD, LCol (25 Jul 1933, Barcelona, Spain - 01 May 2017, Dartmouth, NS) - Age 83, passed away on May 1, 2017 in Dartmouth. He is survived by his loving wife, Elinor (Cornwell); his children, Cindy Webster (Glenn), Ronald (Wendy), and Andrew (Marie); his grandchildren, Corey (Lisa), Gillian, Hannah, Samantha, Alix, and Mathew. Predeceased by parents, Gaston and Margarita (Singleton), and older brothers, Fred and George. Born in Barcelona, as a toddler the family was evacuated to England by the Royal Navy at the start of the Spanish Civil War. They returned to Spain only to be faced with the onset of the Second World War and decided to emigrate to Canada, settling in Montreal. At 17, Jim joined the Royal Canadian Navy, was commissioned, and married Elinor, a RCN nurse senior to him at the time. Jim earned his Wings, and served 36 years in many different postings in the air, at sea and on land. He was most fond of his time flying off the carrier HMCS Bonaventure. After retirement, Jim and Elinor settled in the Annapolis Valley, where he attended Acadia University as a mature student and obtained his BBA. Jim was a tireless lifelong volunteer for many community organizations, most notably the Boy Scouts (Silver Acorn Award) and Rotary Club. There will be no service at this time. Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the Rotary Club of Wolfville ( or Shearwater Aviation Museum (


*A ceremony was held for the Committal of Ashes of Jim Stegen to the sea from HMCS SACKVILLE on 01 May 2022 during Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony


HMCS HURON - Served in Huron in 1953

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1954

HMCS NEW GLASGOW - Served in New Glasgow in 1954


HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure in 1959

HMCS LANARK - Served in Lanark in 1961

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville in 1962


CHISLETT, Michael Gordon - Passed away peacefully at home in Sooke, B.C. on January 02, 2003, aged 67 years. Predeceased by his parents Edward and Nellie. Survived by his brother and sister, his four children and his six grandchildren. Also survived by the mother of his children. Retired from a life-time Naval career. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 12:30 pm at Branch #91 Royal Canadian Legion, Station Road, Langford, B.C. Cremation entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. (Victoria Times Colonist 07 Jan 2003)



WARREN, Robert Edward (Bob), CPO2 (14 Jan 1942 - 08 May 2017) - age 75, of Welshtown. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, and brother-in-law, who peacefully passed away at home on May 8, 2017. Born in Cobalt, Ont., Bob was a son of the late Gordon and Florence (Watterson) Warren. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959, retiring in 1981. He continued his career with 102 CFTSD until 1988 when he moved to DSS/PWGSC as Contracting Officer. Upon his retirement, Bob formed his company Larboard Marine Services, and provided Marine Consulting to Shelburne Ship Repair. Bob enjoyed his retirement at the cottage in Welshtown, where many projects and renovations kept him happily busy. His sense of humor and his gift of the gab, and eagerness to tell stories were his trademark and special to all of who knew him. Bob will be sadly missed by his wife, Lilianne (Davis); sons, Barry (Cathy), Bobby (Dawn), Kevin (Cindy); stepson, Daniel MacKay; stepdaughter, Carly MacKay; grandchildren, Craig, Kyle (Jill), Keith (Cheryl), Kayla, Cody, Sidney, Dylan, Alyssa, Patrick; great-grandchildren, Blake, Zoe, and Ethan; many nieces and nephews, and many step nieces and step nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Barbara Despres (Thomas); brothers, Ronald (Helen), Gerald (Theresa). Cremation has taken place under the direction of H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home and Crematorium Ltd. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 19 at 2 p.m. in H.M. Huskilsons Funeral Home, Shelburne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Victorian Order of Nurses, or charity of choice.

SPENCER, Frederick Earl (1925 - 12 May 2017) - The death of Frederick Earl Spencer in his 92nd year, of River Philip, occurred in Cumberland Regional Hospital on May 12, 2017. A lifelong and very proud resident of River Philip, Fred was a son of the late Trueman and Gertrude (Patriquin) Spencer. Fred is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie (Keiver); son, Brent (Helen), of Riverview, N.B.; daughter, Laurel (Gil) Giles, of Moncton, N.B.; granddaughters, Jana and Courtney Giles, of Moncton, N.B.; sister, Doris (late Vaughn) Smith, of Dartmouth; sister- in-law, Marie Spencer, of Shelburne; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Fred was predeceased by brothers, Edwin and Layton; and sisters, Jean and Ella. Fred, first with his father and then with Bonnie, owned and operated Spencer's General Store in River Philip for over 50 years. The store for many years served as the focal point of the community and Fred enjoyed the company of thousands of people he met over the years while serving the public. He also served as postmaster in River Philip for many years, retiring from both positions in 1990. Fred served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War aboard the minesweeper HMCS BLAIRMORE. Active in the Community, Fred was a member of the Masonic lodge in River Philip and had recently been awarded his 70 year membership pin. Fred was also a former officer of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. Fred served for many years as an elder, steward and treasurer for the River Philip United Church and was a long-time member of Branch No. 36 Royal Canadian Legion in Oxford. Arrangements have been entrusted to Allen's Funeral Home of Oxford. There will be no visitation or public service. Burial will be in the River Philip United Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the River Philip United Church cemetery Fund or to the charity of one's choice. 


HMCS BLAIRMORE - Served in BLAIRMORE during the Second World War

ORR, Donald Gerard, Fin Clerk (07 Feb 1958 - 12 May 2017) - Age 59, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 12, 2017. Donnie was born in Halifax and lived on Dublin Street until joining the forces in 1975. He retired in 2009 after 34 years of dedicated service. Donnie was married to his best friend Shelley for 36 years, during which they had three boys and lived in Halifax, Dartmouth, Germany, Debert, Saint John, Ottawa and Kingston. Left with fond and loving memories are his wife, Shelley; sons, Kevin (Ashten) and Brandon; grandson, Kayden; siblings, Bob, Phillip (Jane), Joseph (Mike) Orr and Judy (Rick) Naugler. Predeceased by his beloved son, David (1996); parents, John and Jean Orr; siblings, Jackie, Billy and Mary. Donnie was known for his sense of humor and kindhearted nature. He had many lifelong friends and will surely be missed by many. Visitation will take place from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in Atlantic Funeral Home, Dartmouth Chapel, 771 Main St., from where the memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, with reception to follow. Interment in Fairview Lawn Cemetery.



LeBLANC, Roger Hawkins - (28 Nov 1931 - 13 May 2017) - Age 85, of Halifax, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Moncton, N.B., he was a son of the late Maude (McKay) and Claude LeBlanc. Roger was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 36 years. He enlisted in 1950, and was on tour in Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Germany, Vietnam, Africa and Middle Eastern countries. He also served on HMCS Saguenay. He was an avid and passionate golfer. He loved and played hockey and also refereed for many years for the Ontario Hockey Association. After retirement he became a snowbird and headed south for the winters. Roger will be forever missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Myrna; son, Paul (Betty), London, Ont.; stepsons, Steven (Sharon), Windsor; Kevin (Christine), Halifax; and Mark (Kelly) Sampson, Ottawa, Ont.; stepdaughter, Cindy (Donnie) King, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Taylor, Brooke, Tonia, Nathan, Mitchell, Keith, Rebecca and Patrick. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Janet LeBlanc; sisters, Doreen Miller, Ruth Smith, Shirley Capson; and brothers, Donald and Vincent LeBlanc. We would like to thank the staff at V3-East Veterans' Memorial Building for their kind hearts and professional care. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Rd., Middle Sackville. A time of fellowship and light refreshments will follow at 1 Oakwood Court, Dartmouth.



MOSER, Harold L. (Ben) - (25 Aug 1931 - 16 May 2017) - age 85 of Dartmouth, passed away on May 16, 2017 in Shoreham Village, Chester. Born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., he was a son of the late Ida (Oswald) and Enoch Moser. Ben's career was with the RCN where he served as a signalman on several Canadian ships. In later years, he served as a seaman with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and during retirement, worked part-time as a taxi driver. He was predeceased by his partner of 39 years, Minnie (Grant) Bremner. Cremation has taken place. At Ben's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Special thanks to the staff of Shoreham Village and 'Ducky' for your care and kindness.

LeMESSURIER, Les, CD, PO1, Mar Eng (11 Jun 1945 - 06 May 2017) - It is with great sadness that his family announce his passing at Kingston General Hospital on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 in his 72nd year. Les was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, "papa", brother, uncle, and friend to all. A celebration of life in Les's honour will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. "Has gone to sea one last time"



RENT, Frederick Charles - (28 Sep 1938 - 15 May 2017) - age 78 of Halifax, passed away May 15th, 2017 in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late 'Buster' and Sadie (Clarke) Rent. Known to family and friends as 'Sonny', he joined the Canadian Navy at an early age and served on the HMCS Bonaventure Aircraft Carrier. After leaving the Navy, he returned to civilian life continuing his career in the aerospace industry. He had a passion for motorcycles, owning several throughout his lifetime and talked about riding until his final days. He also loved to 'cut a rug' at neighborhood dances where back in the day, he met his true love Judy at the Olympic Gardens. As of late, 'Timmies' was his favourite haunt where he'd meet up with buddies and talk about the good ol' days, as well as spend time with special long-time friend Carol. Sonny is survived by his sons, Frederick 'Jody' (Kim Beed), Halifax; Charles, Vancouver; and daughter Tracy, Truro; his grandchildren, Shauna, Sara, Brennan, Lauren and Jack; his greatgrandchildren, Logan, Sage, Vada, Grace and Odynn; sister, Elaine, Halifax; and brother, Kenney (Jean), Lower Sackville; sister-in-law, Linda, Halifax. Several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; his wife, Judith (Isnor); and brothers, Norman and David. Graveside service will be held Friday, May 19th, at 1 p.m. in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Reception to follow. After 44 years, our father is finally reunited with our mother. 'RIP ole' man'



HUBBARD, Kenneth Arthur Henry (03 Jul 1935 - 05 Mar 2017) - Age 81 of Glen Haven, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Halifax. Born in Gorlestonon-Sea, England on July 3, 1935, he was the son of the late Arthur and Edith (Morse) Hubbard. He was deeply loved by his family and friends, and highly respected by countless others. He is survived by his loving wife, Caroline Louise (Bennet) Hubbard; sisters, Maureen Hubbard and Jennifer Brown; daughters, Amanda (Steve Kissel) and Sarah Tingley (Geoff ) and son, Jamie (Lyn Kerans), as well as by his beloved grandchildren, Helen Kissel, Jay Hubbard, Sandy Hubbard and Anna Louise Tingley. He is also missed by a large extended family and many close friends. He was predeceased by a young sister Eileen, in childhood, and by his infant daughter, Susan Louise. Ken entered Dartmouth Naval Academy in Dartmouth, England and then graduated from RNC Greenwich. He went on to enjoy a successful career in the Royal Navy, where he retired as Lieutenant Commander. Ken first came to Halifax to join the Sixth Submarine Squadron in 1958. Here he met Caroline Bennet, who held his heart forevermore. They married in England in 1960 and together raised a happy, loving family. They enjoyed the opportunity to live in many parts of the world over the years, with time spent living in England, Scotland, Singapore, Labrador and Nova Scotia. Ken emigrated to Canada in 1968, working at Wabush Mines in Labrador as Labour Relations Manager for several years before moving to Nova Scotia, where he began a new career as a Management Consultant. Ken's insights and advice were highly sought after throughout his career by colleagues, clients, and those he connected with in all facets of his life. Ken was a man of honour, who taught his children the value of working hard, respecting others, and following through on commitments through his example of doing the right thing, not necessarily the easy thing. He demonstrated that there was deep value in serving others through many years of volunteer work, and his willingness to help his friends and community. He had an especially deep connection with St. Paul's Anglican Church, French Village, where he served as both Warden and Treasurer. Ken's work ethic and vigour were legendary. In just over one week, in 1974, he and his friends built the beautiful log home in Glen Haven that he and Caroline lived in from then on. From this treasured spot, they raised their family, welcomed friends, and never tired of taking in the view. After Ken's retirement, he and Caroline were a familiar sight walking on Indian Point Road each and every weekday morning, throughout the year. In their later years, they led active and adventurous lives, trekking across Newfoundland, New Zealand, Austria, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, where they completed the Coast-to-Coast Walk, one of many memorable distance hikes they enjoyed. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, officiated by Rev. Brieanna Andrews, and assisted by Rev. Neale Bennet, in St. Margaret's Anglican Church, 36 St. Margaret's Crescent, Tantallon. No prior visitation. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ken's memory to Parkinson Canada or St. Paul's Anglican Church, French Village would be appreciated.



FINCH, Alan G. - Enveloped by the love of his family, on May 22, 2017 Alan went to join his beloved Dorothy who had passed November 2, 2011 after 34 years of marriage. They can now be together again. Alan was born May 17, 1924 in Moose Jaw, SK the seventh of nine children and survived by his youngest sister Elsie James of High River, AB. Alan is also survived by Dorothy's daughters Beverly Turick, Marjorie (Jim) Foseid and son Rand (Cia) Barker and by Alan's children Frances MacLeod and Alan Scott Finch; grandchildren Todd (Renata) Turick, Rodney (Julia) Turick, Kimberley and Stephen Barker; great- grandchildren Logan Turick and Alba Turick. Uncle Al is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews all whom had a very special place in his heart. Al enlisted in the Navy on May 17, 1942 and was called into active service February 3, 1943. He served on HMCS Owen Sound as an Anti-Aircraft Gunner where he served 18 months in the North Atlantic and was waiting reassignment to the South Pacific when the war ended. Alan eventually relocated to Vancouver where he settled into a career with Beaver Lumber for 35 years, until his retirement October 1, 1985. Al and Dorothy moved to West Kelowna in 1988 to pursue their love of golf, gardening and enjoying life, family and friends. Al was truly a kind and gentle soul. Al spent his final 2 years at Brookhaven Extended Care facility where he enjoyed being spoilt by the excellent, caring staff. We wish to thank everyone there for their compassion and care shown to Al throughout his stay. Al, Dad, Uncle Al is missed beyond words, but we know he is now in a much better place. As per Al's wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer or the MS Society. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 27 May 2017)



CERESINO, Joe - passed away peacefully at Bethammi Nursing Home on May 23, 2017 at the age of 93 years. He was born in Port Arthur on March 26, 1924 to proud immigrant parents, Frank and Emilia. He was the oldest of four boys and provided care for his parents throughout their senior years. In his youth, Joe enjoyed hockey and baseball, but golfing was his life's passion until he met Helen (Huchenski) Sillman in 1974. In 1975, after a wonderful courtship, they married. Their shared love of golf took them on many adventures. Joe joined the Canadian Navy near the end of World War II and talked often about his experiences on the war ships. He joined Northern Telecom (and eventually Nortel) as a linesman and then worked for a number of years as a stockbroker for Midland Doherty before he fully retired. Joe and Helen wanted to golf all year round, so they decided on a second home on a golf course in Mesa, Arizona. Joe's goal was to always have a golf score that was less than his age and, even into his mid-eighties, he consistently accomplished that. Joe “loved” the Blue Jays unconditionally, regardless of their performance!! He followed the stock markets closely and, even up until his last days, questioned if the stocks were up or down. He was a great handy-man, grew tomatoes from seed and made his own pasta. Our family spent many Sunday dinners together eating spaghetti with Helen's home-made spaghetti sauce and Joe's pasta. Joe is survived by his wife Helen, her children Charlene Sillman (Dalton Prince) and Janet Sillman (Tom Walters), grandchildren Laura Dahlgren (Eric), Ryan Belluz (April), Michael Belluz, Justin Sillman, Kaila Sillman (John Russell), Timothy Walters and Alina Walters, and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Angelo (Pauline) of Beeton, Ontario, sister-in-law Lorraine in California and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Frank and Emilia, brothers Ray and Mario, sister-in-law Rose and step-son, Kenneth Sillman. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 when family and friends will gather in St. Andrew's R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 11:30 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Antoni Fujarczuk. The interment will take place at a later date in St. Andrew's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph's Care Group - Bethammi Nursing Home would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street.

CLIFFORD, Kenneth Roy (28 Jul 1926 - 22 May 2017) - Passed away May 22, 2017 Late of Kingsville. Loving and caring husband of Mary (nee Toth) for 71 years. Cherished father of Sharyne (Gary) Segave and Brenda (late Tom) Parr. Dear grandpa of Michel (Cliff Arnew) Clifford, Kristofer (Laurie Capogna) Guerrieri, Adam Guerrieri, Leeah Parr and the late Matthew Parr. Dear great-grandpa to Emma Arnew, Owen Guerrieri and Addysan Guerrieri. Survived by sister Betty Carder and sister-in-law Francis Clifford. Predeceased by brothers George Clifford, Lawrence Clifford, Art Gough; brothers-in-law Ellery Carder and Burt Davies; sisters Rose Davies, Kathleen Clifford and Grace Irwin; sisters-in-law Betty Clifford and Ursula Gough. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and many friend. Ken served in the Navy in WWII. Farmed in Gosfield South Twp (now Kingsville) for over 70 years. Served on the Council for Gosfield South. Has been a Canadian Legion member for years. He was an avid member of the Kingsville Golf Club for many years. In his free time, he greatly enjoyed working with wood to make furniture, birdhouses, bird feeders and many other interesting things. Funeral service from the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home, 91 Division St. S. Kingsville on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. As per Ken's wishes cremation will follow. There will be no visitation. (Windsor Star 24 May 2017)

DUNCAN, Lawrence (Bud), M.M.M. CD (03 Apr 1932 - 23 May 2017) - Peacefully in hospital after a prolonged illness on May 23, 2017. Bud was a proud member of the Order of Military Merit from his days in the Royal Canadian Navy and after leaving the Military, Bud was employed at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus as manager of the operating room. He is survived by his beautiful bride of 65 years Lucille (Rasmussen). He will be dearly missed by his children Derrick and Barb (Grella) and Dawn (Firnkes), his grandchildren Curtis Duncan and Christina Cooper, Chelsea Harper and Shannon Firnkes. Great-grandfather of Bailey, Emma, Caitlyn Duncan and Dylan, Peyton, Eli, Jesse and Morgan Cooper. Many thanks for the care and compassion shown by the staff of the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre. (Ottawa Citizen 27 May 2017)

MARTIN, John (Jack) (1927-2017) - Predeceased by his wife Nola (Merrell) and Grandson Corey. Survived by his 2 Sons, John and Dan (Cindy), Daughter Diane, Granddaughter Annie, Great-Granddaughter Grace and many Nieces and Nephews. Born and raised in Burnaby, Jack lived his whole life in the "Heights". He spent his working life at UBC as a master plumber. Jack also proudly served in the Navy in Korea. In younger days his passion was his garden, and in later years he doted on his Grandchildren. Jack volunteered many hours to the Burnaby Association for the mentally handicapped. He was a good man and lived a good life. We will miss you Dad. Forever in our thoughts. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 23 May 2017)

WILLIAMS, Lloyd George, RCNVR/RCN(R) (11 Aug 1921 - 28 Apr 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, great uncle, Fit Fella's "commander" and friends. Lloyd is survived by his daughters Jane and Martha Williams; grandchildren Evan Williams (Melissa), Kyle Williams (Jacqueline), and Paul Steffes; great grandchildren Jayden and Kai Williams; and his extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins who adored him. He is predeceased by his brothers Tom and Frank, his sister Mary Thomson, his son Dai and wife Bette. Lloyd attended Kitsilano High School and UBC. In June 1940 he joined the Canadian Navy and served on loan to the Royal Navy in Combined Operation Forces from 1942 to 1945. After the war Lloyd worked for Simonds Saw Company for 20 years and then became a trade consultant with the BC Government. Lloyd loved sports. He belonged to the Vancouver Rowing Club in 1940 and was on the Meraloma basketball team when they won the Canadian Championship in 1946/47. Rugby was Lloyd's lifelong passion and played for Kitsilano High, the Canadian Navy, UBC and the Meralomas. He was president of the BC Rugby Union in the 1970s and was inducted into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame in 2008. In retirement Lloyd enjoyed gardening, playing golf and spending time at the West Vancouver Seniors Centre where he was involved in woodcarving and Fit Fellas. In 2015 Lloyd was the recipient of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, France's most prestigious decoration for his contribution to the D-Day landings in Normandy in WWII. With his quick wit and sense of humour, Lloyd had a story about almost everything. He was a passionate family man who loved life and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. (North Shore News 26 May 2017)


LCI(L)-310 - Commanding Officer during D-Day landings

LEIGH, Laithwood Lewis, LCdr, RCN(R) - Born: 1914   Died: 1972 in Victoria, BC


Fisherman's Reserve Vessel CANCOLIM - Served in CANCOLIM 26 Jan 1940 - 18 Oct 1940 and 01 May 1941 - 05 Aug 1941 as Engineer In Charge

Auxiliary Vessel STANPOINT - Served in STANPOINT 19 Oct 1940 - 17 Mar 1941 as Engineer In Charge

HMCS VENTURE - Served in Venture 06 May 1943 - 07 Nov 1943 and 20 Dec 1944 - 23 Jun 1945

HMCS PROVIDER - Served in Provider 09 Nov 1943 - 28 Dec 1944 and 26 Jun 1945 - 04 Aug 1945 as Engineer In Charge. Then 04 Aug 1945 - 23 Oct 1945 as Engineer I/C Machinery

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Served in ANTIGONISH 12 Sep 1949 - 25 Sep 1949


HMCS BROCKVILLE - Served in Brockville 22 Apr 1954 - 26 May 1954




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(1) Laithwood Lewis Leigh  (2) Medals of Laithwood Leigh early in the war, possibly in Halifax  (3)  Laithwood Leigh's handwritten summary of his military service  (4) Family photo - Laithwood Leigh, wife and daughter  (5) Summary of Appointments for Laithwood Leigh  (6 & 7) S.S. Grainer circa 1930-1933  (8) Merchant sailors on the S.S. Grainer. Laithwood Leigh standing with man on his shoulders  (9) Rock Bay, BC circa 1930-1933


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(10) Diesel Power Plant Operators Certificate  (11) Letter of Recommendation from  L. Gardner & Sons Ltd  (12) United States Naval Institute Membership  (13) Laithwood Leigh on unknown ship - possibly HMCS Provider  (14 & 15) Unknown minesweeper iced up  (16) Unknown officer climbing down ladder to what appears to be a Fisherman's Reserve vessel  (17) Group of officers - occasion and location unknown. RCN photo  Laithwood Leigh, back row, 2nd from left.


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(1) Letter of Performance 19 Oct 1940  (2) Letter of Performance 19 Mar 1941  (3) Service Dates on Fisherman's Reserve Vessels 14 Jul 1941  (4) Performance letter 31 Jul 1941  (5) Appointment to A/Wt (E) 24 Feb 1943  (6) Appointment A/Wt (E) 26 Feb 1943  (7) Engineer Room Trg Cert. 10 May 1944  (8)  Appointment to Slt, RCNVR 12 Jul 1944

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(9) C.N.S. 450 - 28 Dec 1944  (10) C.N.S. 450 Demobilization 07 Jan 1945  (11) C.N.S. 450 - 15 Jan 1945  (12) Performance letter for Slt Leigh 26 Jun 1945  (13) C.N.S. 450 - 30 Jun 1945  (14) Appointment to Lt, RCNVR 09 Jul 1945  (15) C.N.S. 450 - 22 Oct 1945  (16) Appointment Msg - 18 Feb 1949

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(17) C.N.S. 450 - 26 Sep 1949  (18) C.N.S. 450 - 07 Feb 1952  (19) C.N.S. 450 - 12 Sep 1952  (20) Promotion to LCdr 01 Dec 1952  (21) C.N.S. 450 - 03 Nov 1953  (22) Appointment Msg 08 Jan 1954  (23) Msg 24 Mar 1954  (24) C.N.S. 450 - 26 Apr 1954

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(25) C.N.S. 450 - 26 May 1954  (26) Appointment Msg 03 Jun 1954  (27) Appointment to HMCS Chippawa 23 Sep 1954  (28) Appointment to HMCS Star 06 Sep 1957  (29-32) Engine Room Branch Record of Service


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Photos courtesy of Judy Saunders

WARD, Richard Martin, O-76045, Chaplain IV, RCN (29 Jul 1913, Toronto, ON - 15 May 1956, Orleans, ON) - a Roman Catholic priest, enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Chaplain on the 3rd of July 1944. He had been a parish priest in Toronto and after joining the Navy and completing training he was appointed to shore bases on both of Canada’s coasts. When the Navy’s aircraft Carrier HMCS Warrior was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Ward was named as Chaplain (RC). He accompanied Warrior when she was returned to the RN and joined her replacement, HMCS Magnificent, in the same capacity on her commissioning.


In September 1950 Ward, now a Chaplain III, joined HMCS Cayuga on the staff of CANCOMDESPAC. In this capacity Ward served as chaplain to the three destroyers then serving in Korea, HMC Ships Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux. He completed his 2nd Korea tour in HMCS Nootka in the same capacity and then re-joined Cayuga for her 2nd tour. When the Pacific based destroyers were relieved, he would return to Canada in November 1951.


Chaplain Ward, promoted to Chaplain IV (Commander level), then became the RC Pacific Coast Command Chaplain which included Royal Roads Military College. Following this appointment, he was assigned to Naval Headquarters, Ottawa, as Assistant Chaplain of the Fleet (RC). He would also undertake duties as chaplain to the Grey Nuns’ Rest Home, Orleans, Ontario.


Late in the evening of May 15 1956 an RCAF CF100 based at Uplands RCAF base, Ottawa, on an intruder intercept mission inexplicably crashed into the Rest Home killing 15 including Padre Ward. The inquest was not able to determine the cause of the jet’s malfunction but Chaplain Ward was lauded for his efforts to get the residents of the home out before he died on the lawn where he had been flung by the exploding aircraft rockets.


His WW2 service resulted in the award of the CVSM and the 1939-45 War Medal and his service in the Korean theatre the Queen’s Korea (Canada) and the United Nations Korea Service medal. Chaplain Ward had received his medals about 6 months before his tragic death. An article in the Ottawa Citizen of June 12, 1956, included this: “A war service medal inscribed with Father Ward’s name was found buried 29 feet in the ground”.


(Research by Dave Mildon.  This biographical sketch has been developed from public information and from his Service Record.)



HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga during her 1st and 2nd Korean War tours

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka during her 2nd Korean War tour

NERBAS, David John Philip (15 Apr 1939 - 20 May 2017) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dave Nerbas, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dave is survived by Dawn, his beloved wife of over 50 years, daughter Nadine (Todd) Black, son Russell (Suzanne) Nerbas, adored grandchildren Bradley (Carolyn), Brittany, Ryan, Jordan, Brendan, and great-granddaughter Mya. He is also survived by his sister Donna Burton and family of Lethbridge and Thompson, and by his loving second family in Brisbane, Australia, Beryl and Ian Hatcher and families. Dave was born in Kenville and raised in Swan River, Manitoba. After school, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on the HMCS Ontario from CFB Esquimalt where he travelled the South Pacific. After returning to Winnipeg he discovered his love of cars and, while working at a dealership, in walked the love of his life. Along came marriage, children, and the family business D.N. Auto Sales for 20 years. In semi-retirement he enjoyed driving tours for Vital Transit with 20 more years of loyal service. In all aspects of his life Dave was known for being hard-working, humble, kind, patien`t, respectful and generous. Qualities we all aspire to achieve from his example. He was an avid reader, had a passion for animals, nature and photography. He will be missed and remembered with love by us all forever. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will be held. In honour of Dave, donations to Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated. Mizpah Dave (Winnipeg Free Press)



DAYCOCK, Richard John -  It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Richard Daycock. Rick died at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, after a short illness. Rick was born in Winnipeg on July 17, 1943. He obtained a B.SC from the University of Manitoba. He then worked in the administration of the university and later purchased a business in Camperville, Manitoba. In 1988 he was co-owner and later President of the Yacht Charter and Sailing School, Cooper Boating, Vancouver. Rick retired to Winnipeg. During the 1960s Rick was an officer in the R.C.N.R. He loved the Navy and made many friends. In these years he developed a keen interest in sailing and off shore racing. He retained this interest and while with Cooper Boating he was a CYA instructor. Rick was predeceased by his parents William and Irene Daycock, and is survived by his two brothers Davis and William, and by his 13 nieces and nephews What remains is an abiding love and unperishable memory of this kind, generous and talented brother, uncle and friend. We shall always be grateful for the kindness of the staff at the Health Sciences Centre and at the Victoria General Hospital. Thank you so much. A memorial gathering for family and close friends will be announced at a later date. (Winnipeg Free Press 27 May 2017)



DIBBEN, Robert Sheppard - (1914-1982) At University Hospital, on Monday, Oct. 4, 1982, Robert Sheppard Dibben of 1270 Webster St., in his 69th year. Beloved husband of E. Eileen (Pratt) Dibben. Dear father of William of Fort Erie, also loved by 2 granddaughters Alicia and Mackenzie. There will be no funeral home visitation. A memorial service will be held on Wed, at 1 PM at Logan Chapel Furtney Funeral Homes, 471 Dundas St. with Reverend Dr. Reid Vipond of Metropolitan United Church officiating. Cremation. Friends who wish may make remembrances to the Cardio-Vascular Research Fund, c/o University Hospital, London.


Active Service and Training page for CPO Dibben


HMCS CHARNY - Served in CHARNY 10 Jul 1942 - 22 Oct 1942 as an A/ERA 4/c

HMCS MATAPEDIA - Served in MATAPEDIA 11 Jun 1944 - 13 Jun 1945 as an ERA 4c PO, ERA 4c CPO, ERA 3c CPO

HMCS PORT COLBORNE - Served in PORT COLBORNE 27 Jun 1945 - 15 Aug 1945 as an ERA 3c CPO

TOTTEN, Isaac, PO, RNCVR - date of death unknown


Portrait of Isaac Totten


MELOCHE, Raymond AB, V35940 (1923-2017) - Passed away peacefully on May 29, 2017 at the age of 93. Beloved husband of late Jacqueline Duchêsne. Predeceased by his son Michel. Loving father of Daniel and Denyse (Michel). Proud grandfather of Jean- François and Mélanie and great grandfather of Charlotte. He will also be greatly missed by his brothers Guy (Ida) and Jean, his nieces and nephews, Laurent and Mike as well as many other relatives and friends. Visitation will take place at Rideau Funeral Home (4275 boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des- Ormeaux, QC) on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A chapel service will follow at 1 p.m. The family wishes to thank the devoted staff of Sainte-Anne Hospital for the great cares provided to Raymond. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sainte-Anne Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. (Montreal Gazette 03 Jun 2017)


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Survived the sinking of Athabaskan. Captured by the Germans - became a POW.

WESTOVER, Darroll Edward (26 Sep 1941 - 29 May 2017) - Only child of Irene (Ashworth) and Edward Albert "Ted" Westover, born, lived and died in Victoria. After Darroll was encouraged to leave Oak Bay High School, he followed his dad into the Royal Canadian Navy to see the world, as long as he could come back to Victoria. Served in HMCS St. Laurent (205) and HMCS Cape Breton (100) as Stoker and Artificer. He was always proud of being responsible for a triple-expansion steam engine on Cape Breton. His favourite naval cruises were to Alaska (stealing a polar bear pelt from the US Marines) and to Hawaii (it took 3 miles to get the engines to slow down after chugging away for 2 weeks to get there - he used to kid they were halfway to Japan before they could get her slowed down). When the Navy wouldn't guarantee he could stay in Victoria, he decided to join his dad at Yarrows Shipyard and stayed there through all of its various incarnations until he retired from Victoria Shipyard, Washington Marine Group. He was a proud supporter and member of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and Capital City Yacht Club. Darroll is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Moar) and the dear Rivers family - Bob (the late Pam (Keating)), Casey (Tiffany - Chloe and Austin) and Iain (Lisa - Kennedy). Many thanks to Dr. Chan, Dr. J. Whyte, Dr. G. Inman (and Dana), Dr. G. Hargrove, Dr. M. Williams, Darlene at the Gorge Rd. Hospital, Dr. Yip and all nurses and other staff with these and other doctors who conducted such a delicate balancing act with all of Darroll's medical issues. No service or flowers please. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Jun 2017)




COWPERTHWAITE, Charles David (1943-2017), RCN, 2RCR, Commissionaire -  Passed peacefully at the Almonte Hospital on Thursday May 25, 2017, David is survived by his brother Bill, nieces Kate and Stephanie and nephew Robert. He is also fondly remembered by his extended family, Suzanne, Bernie and Michael, the dogs Shorty and Kable and the four cats, Nougat, Squish, Mina and Maya. He was a veteran having served in the RCN and 2nd Battalion RCR. He was also a Commissionaire in Ottawa. David graduated from the Ontario College of Art and liked to do black and white sketches of interesting buildings and animals; he was an avid reader of History and Military events as well as a sports fan, especially the Boston Bruins. Dave approached life with humour and kindness to all. He will be missed by his many friends at his favourite local, Grumpy's on Bridle Path Dr. in Ottawa. A celebration of his life will be held at Grumpy's date to be announced. Remembrance donations to (Ottawa Citizen 01 Jun 2017)

ELRICK, Thomas Alexander (09 Jan 1941, Selkirk, MB - 28 May 2017, Calgary, AB) - It is with both heavy hearts and uplifting voices that we announce that Tom, beloved father of Andrea, Bruce, Sandy, and Drue, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the age of 76 years. We appreciate all of the support the staff at Holy Cross Manor (Covenant Care) have given him over the last few years. He was a friend to many, loved by all, especially those close to him. A unique soul, he would brighten a room when he came in or brighten a mood when he saw someone down. He loved to tease and be teased and would offer to help anyone at any time. It is in this spirit and love that we commend him to his next journey. We cannot know for sure, but we believe he is out there smiling down on everyone. Born in Selkirk, he grew up in Winnipeg and Barrie area as part of a Forces family. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and could speak English, French, and Mandarin. Tom married Florence (divorced) and had four children. He served three years in the Navy as an Aircraft Navigator and became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served there until his retirement at the rank of Sergeant. He enjoyed refereeing the Canadian game of hockey in Ottawa. His love of shortbread and rum will not be forgotten. Tom is survived by his children and grandchildren: Andrea Hancox (Andrew, Wyatt, Jesse, and Jolene), Bruce and Nancy Elrick (Alex and Matthew), Sandy Elrick, and Drue Elrick. His ex-wife: Florence Ducommon. Sister and Brother-in-Law: Janet and Bruce Noble. Sister-in-law: Barb Elrick. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Elrick, father and step-mother, Alexander (Sandy) and Jean Elrick, and mother, Bessie Elrick. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at Funeral Home. In living memory of Tom Elrick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 31 May 2017)

MATHESON, Alexander (Al) (20 Apr 1926 - 31 May 2017) -  always loved a challenge but on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at the age of 91, Al met the one challenge he couldn't conquer and passed away with his family by his side. Al was the definition of a jack of all trades. He worked for Bowman Brothers for 20 years, in various positions, in various locations, and in many roles. Al spent a year as a mechanic with Kramer tractor and then followed his entrepreneurial dreams with businesses like a second hand store called the Option Shop in Saskatoon. Later at Waskesiu, he and his wife Marj ran the the Red Deer Hotel, WASH-ka Sou DRY and the Fluff N Stuff where multiple generations of kids were able to purchase candy floss, popcorn and candy apples or have summer jobs. In his 50's, Al also took a pre-employment plumbing course at Kelsey. He worked part- time at Centennial Plumbing and Marveon Signs and for Armstrong Hillcrest Cabins at Waskesiu . Al was the go-to guy for his neighbours dealing with any plumbing or electrical issues, construction and renovation, tv and satellite dish set-up and appliance repair. Cottage owners depended on him to view playoff hockey this time of year. People often said if he couldn't fix it, it couldn't be fixed. Al, or Alec as his sisters Wilma and Bunty used to call him, was the son of Scottish immigrants who came to Canada after the Great War. He went to Pleasant Hill School and Saskatoon Tech. He went into the Navy at the age of 17 and later served in the Canadian Forces Reserve. The defining moment in Al's life came one summer at Waskesiu where he met Marjorie Davies. Al and Marj would eventually marry in 1950. This May, with Marj by his hospital bed, they celebrated 67 years of marriage. Al built the house in Montgomery Place where the family lived for 27 years and raised three children – Janet, Gail and Scott. Al and Marj loved to square dance and developed many life-long friendships through that activity. Al also served his community as a volunteer helping to run community recreational craft programs, gymnastics and Montgomery's Saturday night teen dances. He was also a member of the Saskatoon Muzzle Loaders Club and participated in the first Louis Riel Relay race as a canoeist with the club. They won best costume. After retirement, Al and Marj spent 27 years splitting their time between Waskesui in summer and Yuma Arizona in winter. Al continued to enjoy fishing well into his later years and Al and Marj's place in Waskesiu was always the central gathering place for not only their kids, grandkids and now even great-grandchildren. Al was predeceased by his parents Alex and Agnes Matheson, father-in-law Bert and mother-in-law Marion Davies, his sister Wilma Conkey, brothers-in-law David and Bob Davies, Robert Shaw, Bill Wack and sister-in-law Louise Wack. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marj, daughter Janet Sullivan and grandson Connor, daughter Gail (Mike) Gelsinger and grandchildren Brent, Garett and Trevor (Rose) and great- grandchildren Jakob and Alex, son Scott Matheson (Theresa) and grandchildren Tyler and Robyn (Aaron) and great-grandchild Marshall, his older sister Agnes (Bunty) Shaw, sister-in-law Mary Davies plus many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the awesome staff at Sherbrook Veteran's Village and Stensrud. We would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at St. Paul's Hospital, particularly those in Flex Unit 2, who gave Dad exceptional care and were so respectful in his final days. Please thank a nurse today on his behalf. At Al's request, there will be no formal funeral service. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to remember Al, please direct donations to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Lyle Burkell at Prairieview Chapel. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 02 Jun 2017)


THACKERAY, Bruce Allan, P1RP, 5637-E, RCN (22 Jun 1927 - 10 Apr 2017) - Korean Veteran. Passed away peacefully at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of 65 years, daughters Anne, Linda (Phil) and Karen and sons Bob (Susan), Richard (April), David and Ken, 13 Grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by parents Robert and Kate, and siblings Evelyn, Ken and Gordon and great granddaughter Maddison. After 25 years serving in the Royal Canadian Navy as a radar technician, Dad went to work at DND Dockyard for 18 years in the rigging loft. Dad was always a good family man and supporter of all the family's interests. You would find Dad at the hockey rink, soccer field, lacrosse box, baseball field, and girls' softball field (where he did a little coaching). In his spare time, Dad enjoyed working in the garden applying his own 'special' techniques and he loved to take the grandchildren to the pond to feed the ducks, something he continued to enjoy up until he went to hospital, Nov. 2016. Special thanks to the Staff at Broadmead Lodge where he received wonderful care, and deep gratitude to daughter, Anne, for the care, love and patience in the care of our father to be able to remain in the family home for as long as possible. No service upon request. (Victoria Times Colonist 03 Jun 2017)



HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine as a P2RP

WAMBACK, Leland Herbert - It is with heavy hearts, the family of Leland Herbert Wamback, announce his passing on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, just shy of his 97th birthday, in Camp Hill, Halifax. Born in East LaHave, Leland was the son of Bessie Helena May (Wentzell) and Garrett Obed Wamback. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943; while stationed in Saint- Hyacinthe, Quebec, he met his wife, love of his life, Hazel. Moving back to Halifax, he completed his apprenticeship in metalwork, and worked for Hermes Electronics Limited for 30 years. Following retirement, Leland and Hazel moved back to his family home in East LaHave where he and Hazel ran Riversford Bed & Breakfast for several summers-opening their home to those who shared the same passion for travelling. Spending 20 winters in Florida, they formed wonderful lifelong friendships. While there, he and Hazel enjoyed time at Chulavista and Hawaiian Isles, partaking in ice cream socials, shuffleboard, supporting Hazel and her fellow "Hula Cats" performances, dabbling in construction, biking, swimming, evenings spent playing game after game of "hand and foot" while always opening their door to family and friends. Leland was an avid crafter & woodworker and when not in the garden or on the ride on mower he could be found in his workshop. He created a business selling his beautiful "whirligig" creations along the South Shore. Leland was a delight to be in the company of, always had a positive take on life itself, a great sense of humor, a kind soul and a perfect gentleman,- Leland was adored and loved by all who knew him. There was nothing he liked better than an interesting conversation. The past six years, Leland resided at Melville Heights where he became a part of the Melville family- enjoying games of crib and challenging puzzles with fellow residents. He is survived by daughter Claire Pelerine (David), son Gary Wamback (Janice), granddaughters Sara Durling, Laura Cesana (Fabrice), grandson Jonathan Wamback (Amy), all of Halifax, step-granddaughter Jennifer Leahy (Shane), England, great-grandsons Aidan, & Mac Cesana, Leland (Jr) Wamback, and nieces Norma Macdonald & Marlene Buckler. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Hazel; brothers Norman and Raymond; son-in-law Cecil and nephew Arthur. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Melville Heights, and most recently Camp Hill for their care and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 1pm, at Melville Heights, 24 Ramsgate Lane, Halifax, with a reception to follow. Internment in St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Halifax, Creek Hill Cemetery, East LaHave or to a charity of choice.

WOLFE, Ronald Eugene (06 Nov 1937 - 25 May 2017) - 79, of Halifax died Thursday, May 25 in the QEII Hospital, Halifax. Born in Milton, Queens County on November 6, 1937 he was the son of the late Russell and Lillus (Anthony) Wolfe. He joined the Navy after high school, retiring in 1982. He is survived by daughters Shawn and Dawn, sister Sandra Turpin of Liverpool, niece Karen Wolfe of Lakeside, Halifax County and nephew Todd Turpin of Orillia, Ontario. He was predeceased by brother Roger. Cremation has taken place under the direction of J. A Snow Funeral Home. His ashes will be taken to Stadacona for burial at sea.

DAVIS, Stanley William, 7358E, RCN (29 Oct 1930 - 28 May 2017) - It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Stanley William Davis, at Red River Place, on May 28, 2017. Forever remembered in their hearts are his three sons, Darryl, Dale (Lisa), and Darrin and Stan's sister, Beatrice. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased and now reunited with his loving wife Anne and daughter Ruth. Also reunited with his mother Gratia, father Arthur Glen and brother Gilbert. Stan was born in Winnipeg in 1930 and later moved to Fisher Branch where he spent most of his childhood. Because both of his parents passed away when Stan was very young, he, his older sister Beatrice, and younger brother Gil, were raised by their grandparents, Henry and Clara Mabb on the family farm. Stan attended Maidstone School and later joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1948. After going through his basic training in Esquimalt, BC, and taking a few tours in South America, Stan went to Halifax to train in communications. In early 1952 he was shipped to Korea to join with Canada's Commonwealth Allies who were aiding the South Koreans in their war with the North. During the Korean War, he served on the HMCS Cayuga and Crusader as the ship's signalman in charge of radio, Morse and semaphore communication until the middle of 1953. Stan was discharged from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1955 and began his career working for the Federal Government in the Department of Communications until his retirement in 1985. Stan and Anne (Reimer) married in Winnipeg in 1954 and had four children. While working for the government, he and his family relocated a number of times to places including Port Arthur, Ontario, Churchill, Thompson and finally landing back in Winnipeg. In 1974, Stan and his family moved to Stonewall where they resided for the next 40 years being very active in the community and involved in hockey, curling and baseball. He and his wife Anne were also members of the local Legion. Stan first signed up with the Legion in Esquimalt during his Navy training back in 1951 and again with the Stonewall branch in 1974. Over the years he had served as president and has worked on various committees. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, which is the Legion's highest honour, and his Lifetime Membership. Stan and his beloved wife Anne, of over 61 years of marriage before her passing in August of 2015, moved to Selkirk for their remaining days. Family and community were very important to Stanley and he devoted a lot of his life to helping others. He was a warm and loving man that will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace. Many thanks to the staff of Woodland Courts, The Selkirk General Hospital, and Red River Place in Selkirk. Memorial service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017, at MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, 433 Main Street, Stonewall, Manitoba. MacKenzie Funeral Home Stonewall 204-467-2525 Publish Date: Jun 3, 2017


HMCS CAYUGA - Listed on Cayuga's nominal roll for 30 Jun 1951 as an ABCR1

HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as a LSCV1

GEDDES, Catharine Verna, Wren, TAS, RCN - 90, Halifax, passed away June 6, 2017, in Saint Vincent's Nursing Home. Born in Strathroy, ON, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Mabel (Finlay) Scott. She was a long time resident of Halifax since 1950. She served in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service as a Torpedo Anti-Submarine Rate then as an Administrative Writer. She also worked at Cleveland Industries, and the Victoria General Hospital in Admitting and Bookkeeping, then at Hematology as an office supervisor. She became Secretary of the former H.M.C.S. Haida Association (now known as Friends of Haida), and was a member of the Nova Scotia Wren Association, and the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officer's Association. She was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her twin daughters Pamela and Patricia (partner Jim Lane) and several nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Donald and sister Barbara. Cremation has taken place. A private committal will take place at 11am June 12,2017 at St. John's Cemetery and Columbarium, 6 Bedford Highway with Reverend Michael Koslowski officiating. Donations may be made to the Palliative Care Fund or the Chapel Fund of Saint Vincent's Nursing Home, or the Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia. Special people in Mom's journey include Dr. Graeme Bethune, Paulette Cromwell, Cindy Shaw, Madeline Bright, Calvin Presbyterian Church Pastoral Care Committee, and Saint Vincent's Nursing Home's caring staff, management, volunteers, and residents.

KRYS, Harry - passed away suddenly at home on June 1, 2017, with his wife of almost 65 years by his side. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (neé Hatcher); and two daughters, Diane (Frank) and Janet (Linda). Harry was predeceased by siblings, Elizabeth, Marshall, Anne, Sophie and Mary. Harry was born January 23, 1929 in Derwent, AB to Eva and Martin Krysa. He was a country boy at heart, though he spent 29 years in the Navy on the East Coast. He met Dorothy in Halifax, NS, and they married June 7, 1952. Harry and the family returned to the prairies after his retirement from the Canadian Forces. Harry loved his family and he loved to laugh. Ice-cream and coffee were on the list, as well. Witty and mischievous to the end, Harry will be missed by so many. The family will host a Celebration of Harry's life, to be announced later this summer. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, or a charity of your choice. (Edmonton Journal 10 Jun 2017)

SADDLER, Albert Ernest (06 Oct 1922 0 06 Jun 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Albert Ernest (Ernie) Saddler on June 6, 2017 at Sunnybrook Hospital at the age of 94. Born on October 6, 1922 in Montreal, he was the only child of Fanny Vincent and Ernest Albert Saddler. He is survived by his devoted wife, Grace Margaret Poulton, his three daughters, Carol, Donna (Alan Owler and grandson, Colin) and Janet. Lost to Alzheimer's disease, we would like to thank the extraordinary staff and doctors who cared for Ernie in the Veterans' Wing of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Hospital in Quebec and for the loving and caring staff and doctors who cared for him for the last six years in the K3C Veteran's Wing at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Everyone who knew Ernie knew a man with a quick smile, a great laugh, and a huge heart. He never refused any request for help and rarely sat still. If not 'puttering' around the house, he could be found in his garden, garage, or workshop, helping a neighbor, or driving a senior to an appointment. Ernie joined IBM Canada in Montreal in July 1940. In 1942 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was sent overseas. Upon his return, four years later, he met the love of his life, Grace, and within a year they were engaged, marrying on June 12, 1948. He retired from IBM in March1983 after 43 years and, missing the daily challenge, he became the Secretary-Manager at the Royal Montreal Curling Club where he remained for nine years. True to form, still unable to sit idle, and after having been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1947, he became President of the St. Lambert Legion, Branch 68 for six years. He never knew how to do anything, as he would say, 'half-assed' and took on each job full throttle! His daughters could not have asked for a happier home to grow up in, blessed with parents who were a loving team. Rarely apart, they enjoyed doing everything together. With Ernie around, there was always a joke, a song or a hug for Grace and the girls. He was a great storyteller and loved to sing. He always finished every song with a big smile and a 'Boop-boop-deboop'. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in his seventies, the husband and father his family knew and loved slowly slipped away. Unable to care for him at home any longer, he was moved into the Veteran's Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. A few years later, to be closer to Grace now living in Aurora, Ontario due to her advancing Alzheimers, he was moved to the Veteran's Wing at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Our family cannot say enough about the caring staff at both hospitals, who treated Ernie like he was a member of their own family, with dignity and compassion. A special thank you to the K3C staff who went above and beyond for Ernie and his family during his last few days. Please do not forget those suffering with Alzheimer's Disease. They may not remember you, but you know who they are and they would not want to be ignored or forgotten. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge St. (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.) on Saturday, June 17th for a memorial visitation and reception between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully appreciated by The Alzheimer's Society; Ste. Anne's Hospital Foundation, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec; or the Veterans' Comfort Fund, Unit K3C, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

PHILLIPS, Donald Martin - On April 14, 2015, Don Phillips passed away at the age of 93 years. Don is lovingly remembered by his children, Tim (Gillian), Donna; stepchildren, Noreen (Doug), Karen and Alan; grandchildren, Justin, Angela, Greg, Ryan, Jennifer, Ian, Robyn, Matthew, Thomas and Daniel; siblings, Gordon and Marie; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth "Betty"; second wife, Gloria; granddaughter, Theresa; and ten siblings. Funeral Service Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton, AB. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to MADD, Edmonton and Area, #6, 3908 – 97 Street, Edmonton, AB T6E 6N2 in memory of his granddaughter, Theresa. (Edmonton Journal 15 Apr 2015)

ESSELTINE, Charles Archie - of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Friday, August 10th, 2012, at the Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy, in his 91st year. Beloved husband of the late Clara "Jean" (Crossett) Esseltine (2005) and dearly loved father of Joan (Bill) King of Camlachie, Barb (Charlie) Birdsey of St. Thomas and Rob (Elizabeth) Esseltine of St. Thomas. Dear brother of Marie (Raymond) Cleary and Esther Parker all of St. Thomas. Predeceased by 3 sisters Irene, Alice and Ruby and brothers Bob (Edwin) and Reginald. Dear grandfather Carolyn (Mark Mitchell), Vicki King, Virginia (Carl Bright), Donald (Karen) King, Laura (Evan) Reid, Kevin (Joslynn) Esseltine, Kim (Craig) Harwood and Jennifer Babcock. Sadly missed by a number of great grandchildren. Archie was born in St. Thomas on June 5th, 1922, the son of the late Charles Morgan and Ardellas (Matthews) Esseltine. He was a retired crane operator with G.M. Archie served in the Navy. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.




KAYTER, John Andrew - passed peacefully on Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at the age of 74 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Noreen. John will be missed by his five daughters, Faye-Marie Kayter, Donna-Mae (Jim) Harvey; Barbara-Joan Miller, Cathy-Anne (Jim) O'Connell and Laura (Jack) Maetche; eight grandchildren, Chad (Erinn) Sehn, Wayne (Susan) Berglof, Dawn (Brian) Williams, Gary Berglof, Jason and Jared Miller, and Hannah and Sarah Maetche. He also leaves to remember him, his brother Martin (Delores) Kaytar and their three children. John's friends, Hanne and Glenn Mason will also miss him. A Memorial Service will be held at the Calgary Crematorium Chapel, 3219 - 4 Street N.W., (within Queen's Park Cemetery), on Monday, December 8, 1997 at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Prescott Burrill officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in John's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 114, 1212 - 1 Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 0G8. Funeral and Cremation arrangements in care of Heritage Family Funeral Services.


Portrait of John Kayter



STILL, Wilfred Eric, D.E.M.S. Gunner, V82335, RCNVR / Control Armourer, 6191E, RCN - Wilfred Still, was born about 1926 in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area. He enlisted in the Canadian Army Royal Winnipeg Rifles 23 Mar 1943 and was discharged 29 Oct 1943. He enlisted in the RCNVR on 21 Mar 1944. After a brief period of training he was rated an OS (DEMS) and served aboard two merchant ships Goldstream Park and Albert Park operating on Canada’s west coast. Wilfred was honourably released on 16 Nov 1945, for his war service Still was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, CVSM(C) and the 1939-45 War Medal. He returned to the Navy on 12 Aug 1946, enlisting for five years. He was rated an A/Armourer 4/c July 1, 1947. As P2CA3, he was drafted to HMCS Athabaskan, 23 Mar 1950 and promoted P1 on 01 May 1950. Still served aboard Athabaskan for all of Tour 1 and a significant part of Tour 2. In the Operations Theatre, Still was drafted to HMCS Cayuga on  05 Jan 1952; and then to HMCS Sioux when Sioux was en route back to Esquimalt in Feb 1952. Still was awarded the Queen’s Korea and the UN Korea medals. Still remained in the RCN as a Control Armourer serving in HMC ships including HMCS St Laurent. He was honourably released 11 Aug 1956. After the RCN Still was listed as a ‘gas fitter’ in the Vancouver Kingsway 1958 Elections lists, he passed away 07 Dec 1987 in Vancouver. (Research by Dave Mildon)




HMCS ATHABASKAN - Drafted to ATHABASKAN 23 Mar 1950. Served in ATHABASKAN for 1st Korean War tour and part of the 2nd tour

HMCS CAYUGA - Drafted to Cayuga on 05 Jan 1952 while in Op Area during 2nd Korean War tour.

HMCS SIOUX - Drafted to Sioux in Korean War Op Area just prior to her departure on 14 Feb 1952

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent as a Control Armourer

McGUIRE, Keith J. (Mickey), Tel, RCNVR (1921-1989) - At the Hamilton General Hospital on Friday, July 21, 1989. Mickey McGuire in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Frances McGuire. Loving father of Gary and Gregory of Toronto and daughter Maureen. Loving step-father of Jane and Paul Ormiston. Much loved brother of Lillian Bailey of New York. Mr. McGuire was a retired employee of Air Canada, with 36 years of service and had served for 5 years in the RCNVR during the WW II. The family will receive friends at the Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home Mt. Hamilton Chapel, 1020 Upper James St., Hamilton, from 204 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10 a.m. at Regina Mundi Church, Hamilton. Cremation to follow. Donations tothe charity of you choice greatly appreciated by the family. Parish Prayers Monday evening 7:30 p.m.


Portrait of Mickey McGuire




Photo of K. McGuire

Source: T. Eatons Co. Ltd Newsletter "Contact"

Vol. 12 No. 5 dated 31 Dec 1940

For Winnipeg and Western Branches


ROSE, Donald Lyon (22 Jan 1932, Toronto, ON - 11 Jun 2017, Calgary, AB) - at the age of 85 years. Don was on the HMCS Sioux during the Korean war, and 20 years with Firestone. He very much enjoyed working for the Milner, Fenerty law firm, and so enjoyed the people there, retiring in 1994. Don was an exceptionally wonderful husband to wife Deborah, blessed with a son Michael (Pat) and daughter Kathryn (Kyle) Bergum. He enjoyed his three granddaughters, Sarah (Nick), Emily, and Julie (Shane), and one grandson Steven. Don built and flew model airplanes, and had a large collection of model planes. He had a great time on his computer and enjoyed walking his dog MacKay. Don's family would like to thank the exceptional staff of Peter Lougheed Hospital, the Dr. Fanning Care Centre, the George Boyack Care Centre, and Foothills Hospital for their compassionate and professional care of Don over the past year. Don was predeceased by his parents and brother. A Memorial Service will be held at the Garden Road Seventh Day Adventist Church (155 – 100th Street NE Calgary) on Friday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. (Deb and Don's 61st wedding anniversary). (Calgary Herald 17 Jun 2017)


HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux during the Korean War

APPLEYARD, Robert C., LCdr, RCN (13 Sep 1930 - 07 Jun 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Charles Appleyard Lt. Commander, RCN. Bob passed away peacefully June 7, 2017, at RJH. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Wendy, his sons James (Jim) and David (Dave), daughter-in-law Linda, who he considered to be the daughter he never had, grandchildren Darryl, Shauna, Shawn and Megan (husband Dave), great grandchildren Jayddren, James and Ayodin, and many nieces and nephews and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Hatley Memorial Gardens on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Donations to the Victoria Hospice Society appreciated in lieu of flowers. (Victoria Times Colonist 14 Jun 2017)

HODGKINS, Frederick William Anderson, C1SG, 4274-E, RCN (served 23 Mar 1941 - 23 Mar 1966) (04 Apr 1922 - 11 Jun 2017) - It is with great sadness that the Hodgkins family announces the death of Fred, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at Royal Jubilee Hospital. At the time of his death Fred was surrounded by his wife and family. Fred is survived by May his loving wife of 74 years, sons Les (Alexis) and Wayne (Cory), daughters Gail (Jim) and Sandra (Don); grandchildren Vanessa (Mike), Angela (Dale), Neil (Trisha), Cameron, Daren (Beth), Jamie, and Lucas; great grandchildren Alyssa and Caius. Other family members include brother-in-law Roy (Sylvia), sister-in-law Norma, chosen daughter Diane, and chosen granddaughter Rie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends. Fred was born and raised in Russell, Manitoba and enlisted in the RCN in World War II before going on to serve for 25 years in the Signals section. He served on a mine sweeper at Omaha Beach on D Day and was also a veteran of the Korean War. Fred earned numerous service decorations during his career in the navy and for years afterward was active with the Chief and P.O.'s Association and Fourandex of Canada in Victoria. After 'retirement', Fred went on to work for Robbins Parking Service for more than a decade, finally retiring for good in the late seventies. Fred and May built a house on Brannen Lake in Nanaimo and spent many happy years there. During this period May and Fred also travelled extensively around the world. Fred was an active curler in Victoria and Nanaimo for many years and was still throwing from the hack until he was 86. Fred and May were avid gardeners and their vegetables and blooms were the envy of the neighbourhood. Special thanks to RJH emergency and 8 South staff and to Brigitte at the Victorian for her support and friendship. A service will be held in the Chapel at the Victorian on Mackenzie, at 4000 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC on Thursday, June 15th, at 2 p.m. (Victoria Times Colonist 14 Jun 2017)




BEHAN, Douglas W., Signalman (30 Nov 1921 - 01 Jun 2017) - Doug Behan's life journey ended when he passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 95. His daughters, Nancy and Cathy, who he was so proud of, were by his side. Doug's life began in Toronto and he grew up in Montreal enjoying winter sports and summers in the Maritimes. He moved to Winnipeg where he attended college, worked summers at Jasper Park Lodge and joined the Royal Canadian Navy to serve in WWII. Then, like his father, Doug enjoyed a successful railway career that started in Winnipeg, and brought him to Vancouver after marrying Lydia Hawthorne. Doug will be remembered for his vitality, strong work ethic, and for touching the lives of many as a mentor. He loved golf and enjoyed walking the fairways at Capilano with his buddies. Doug also enjoyed gardening and following world news. His wife, Lydia, pre-deceased him. Doug will be missed by his sister Shona Hookings; son-in-law Bill; nieces and nephews Sue, Anne Joyce, Jackie, Patti and Alan; and many friends. We thank Doug's neighbours for their friendship and everyone who cared for Doug, especially, Merly and Theresa who have become family, and the Atkinson family for their joyful visits. At Doug's request, there will be no service. His favourite drink was rum and coke. Raise a glass to Doug's memory and to a life well-lived. Donations may be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Neurology. (North Shore News 16 Jun 2017)


HMCS ORILLIA - Served in Orillia in 1944

BIRD, Wilfred Lawrence - passed away peacefully on June 13, 2017 at Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert, AB after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. Wilf is survived by his loving wife, Anne; his three sons, Doug (Karen), Ken (Rebeccah), and Larry (Sandra); six grandchildren: Kelsey Brisebois (Braedon), Madison, Jordan, Eric, Georgia, and Charlotte; three sisters, Chris Mooney, Yvonne Dunstan, and Noelle Hoffart (Wendell); three brothers, Raymond, George (Donna), and Adrien (Deanna); together with many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his brothers- in-law Ed Clayton (Marilyn), Dan Clayton (Joanne), Wayne Clayton (Edy), and his sister-in-law, Marie Maksymchuk (Dennis). Wilf was predeceased by his sisters Nesta, Gladys, and Doris and by his brother Maurice. Wilf was a kind and caring man who loved being with family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humour, he loved to laugh and he made everyone around him laugh as well. Wilf was born in Moosomin, SK on September 18, 1932. At age 17, he saw adventure beckoning and joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After 5 years service, he met his wife of 58 years, Anne Clayton, and moved to Alberta where they raised their sons Doug, Ken, and Larry. Wilf taught school for 20 years after earning a teaching degree from the University of Calgary. After retirement, Wilf and Anne embarked on many adventures across North America. Wilf was passionate about many hobbies. Over the years, he took piano lessons, built violins, constructed furniture, took up oil painting, and brewed many bottles of wine and beer. He was an excellent dancer who loved the jive and old-time waltzes. He loved camping and fishing with his family, and proudly drove his sons to their sports and model airplane competitions. He also enjoyed a game of golf with family and friends. He adored his six grandchildren and all they are about; that they were all able to spend some time with him over the last few months of his life was extra special. The family would like to thank Drs. Kasavan, St. Martin, Basappa, and their teams, as well as the very caring staff at Foyer Lacombe for their excellent care. Thank you as well to all our family and friends who visited Wilf over the last few weeks or kept in touch by telephone and e-mail. A very special thank you to Anne's sister Marie who came and stayed for several weeks to provide comfort and support. Memorial Donations may be made to Foyer Lacombe Hospice, 1 St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, AB, T8N 1K1 or Alberta Urology Research Centre, Suite 400, Hys Centre, Edmonton, AB, T5H 4B9. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Connelly- McKinley, St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta. (Edmonton Journal 17 Jun 2017)

LAFORET, Jack Frederick - Passed away peacefully in the Veterans wing at Sunnybrook Hospital on June 6, 2017 in his 95th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Lillias. Jack was the much loved father of Andrea, Gary (Raylyn), John (Luis), Beth (Andy) and James (Renee), the proud grandfather of Jennifer, Jessica, John, Craig, Stephanie, Jonathan, and Jacqueline, and the treasured great-grandfather of Jillian and Christopher. Refusing to be sidelined by childhood polio, Jack successfully persisted in enlisting in the Navy in 1943 and served until 1946. After WWII he taught elementary school in Windsor, Ontario, and went on to teach in Ontario Teacher's Colleges in London, Windsor and Toronto, continuing his education while raising five children with love and laughter and pursuing his career. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at McDougall & Brown, 2900 Kingston Road, Toronto, ON, M1M 1N5. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. (Windsor Star 14 Jun 2017)

O'REGAN, Joseph Walter - Peacefully at Simcoe Manor, Long Term Care, Beeton, on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Joe O'Regan, in his 83rd year, was born in Turner Valley, Alberta, in the mid-thirties. The family moved around in the oil fields and eventually settled in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and after five years went to St. Michael's College, at University of Toronto. He became a High School Teacher and a Principal. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret. His survivors include his brother Robert, nephews Mark and David and their mother Brenda O'Regan, Paul Tough and niece Reverend Susan Tough. Service will be a Catholic Mass at St. James Church, Colgan, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in St. James Cemetery, Colgan. No flowers, prayers for the souls of the deceased. Donations in Joe's memory to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Rod Abrams Funeral Home, Tottenham. (Toronto Star 18 Jun 2017)

VICARY, Donald Lewis - Passed away in his 92nd year on June 8, 2017. Survived by his daughter Cheryl Day (Rick), daughter-in-law Debbie Vicary (Australia), grandson Christopher, granddaughter Michelle and great- granddaughter Lucie. Predeceased by wife Shirley (Soper) (2011), son Jim (2013), brothers Jack and Bob, parents John Vicary and Mary (Mills). Don was born in Windsor, ON and proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He was a long-time employee of the Ford Motor Company, working primarily in the Ford Asia/Pacific Division. When he returned to Canada he became the Industrial Relations Manager for Stelco Credit Union. Thank you to the staff at Tansley Woods for all their care and support. It meant a lot to Don and his family. Special thanks to Dr. Amanda Jerome (Tansley) and Dr. C. Patterson (St. Peter's Hospital) for their care and support. A private family service and interment will be held at a later date. Donations to the ALS Society would be appreciated. (Windsor Star 12 Jun 2017)

HIGGS, Herbert G. (Herby), AB, RCNVR - (21 Oct 1923 - 20 Nov 2004) - Proud Canadian, RCNVR 1942-1945, caring husband, great dad, outstanding grandfather, member of White Ensign Club of Montreal. He is survived by his dear wife Mary, sons Glenn (Molly-Ann), Steven (Judith), Bob (Janice), granddaughters Laura, Sheila, Kayleigh, sisters Ellen, Jean, in laws Gordon, Irene, Marcel, Sheila, Sandra, nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by infant daughter Linda Mary. Family will receive condolences at Blythe Bernier Funeral Home, 940 Ogilvy Ave. Wednesday, November 24 between 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service Thursday, November 25 at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment at Field of Honour, Pointe Claire. In lieu of flowers donations to Montreal Children's Hospital - SIDS research would be appreciated. (Montreal Gazette 23 Nov 2004)


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(1) Portrait of Herbert Higgs  (2) Herbert Higgs on Leave, St Denis St, Montreal  (3) Herbert Higgs on Leave, St Denis St, Montreal  (4) a bunch of guys outside a barbershop. Front row centre is William (Billy) Grandin, RCNVR, veteran of convoy duty including the Murmansk Run. Herbert joined up with Billy. On the far right is Edouard (Eddy) Daoust, RCNVR. Herbert is in the bask row, 3rd from the left. Photo dated 26 Feb 1944  (5) Herbert Higgs (left) and Eddie Daoust  (6) Herbert Higgs (left) and a friend who is serving in the Army as Herbert's parents place on St. Denis St. Montreal  (7) Herbert Higgs at the War Museum in Ottawa Jul 1987

Photos courtesy of Bob Higgs



NYLUND, Fred, PO - Born: 1915, Fort William, ON. Died: 1984, Thunder Bay, ON


HMCS OSHAWA - Served in Oshawa during the Second World War

WILSON, Jeffrey Augustus -died at home in Wilmot, with his family by his side, on June 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Ward), and their combined families - daughters, Erika Wilson (Jean Paul), Laura Wilson (Jamie), Allison Meisner (Brian); son, Michael Harvey (Shirley); and grandchildren, Sophie, Jane, Dana, Kyle and Amber. Jeff worked at his life’s passion doing photography; starting in Bear River; joining the Royal Canadian Navy in the 1960s; then running his own studio in the Annapolis Valley. He was a follower of Bill W. for many years. By his request, his body has been donated to Dalhousie University for Research and there will be no service at this time. Donations in memory of Jeff may be made to Fidelis House, Kentville.

McVEY, S. R. (Kerr), CD, LCdr - (1944-2017) Passed away on June 17, 2017 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer at the age of 73. Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Kerr immigrated to Canada in 1954 with his parents, the late Robert McVey and Jean Scott Strain, and settled in Toronto. He attended Balmy Beach Public School where under cheerful peer pressure he lost his broad Scottish accent. He attended Malvern High School where he played trombone in the Concert and Dance Bands, the University of Waterloo, and later graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa. Kerr followed in his father's Royal Navy footsteps and joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving for 30 years with the Navy and Canadian Forces Security Branch. He completed his Officer Training at HMCS Venture and served on HMCS Columbia and HMCS Margaree. After transferring to the Security Branch, he served at CFB Esquimalt, NDHQ Ottawa, SIU HQ, CFB Halifax, MARCOM HQ and retired as Commander Special Investigation Detachment Atlantic. After voluntary retirement, Kerr was given the opportunity to work part-time with his passion for golf at Golf Central Burnside with Roger and Mary Surette, Kathy Powers and many wonderful staff members. It was the lure of Myrtle Beach -- where he and Betty spent many fun-filled winters -- and winter golf that took him away from his hobby job of twelve years. Kerr was an active member of Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club and Oakfield Golf and Country Club. There are a few trophies that bear his name at both courses. Kerr is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of 47 years, his two daughters of whom he was ever so proud, Emergency Physician Dr. Jennifer McVey, Halifax and Assistant Crown Attorney Kerry McVey, Ottawa, son in-law Giuseppe Agnello, and his darling grandsons Saro and Luca. Cremation has taken place and at his request there will be no visitation or service. A private burial service will take place at a later date on Lake Muskoka, Ontario, a place that was so important to him during his teenage years. Many wonderful summers were spent there with the Hogarth family at their cottage. Kerr had a quick wit and a great sense of humour that will be missed by many. The family wishes to thank the many Doctors, Nurses and friends who supported them throughout his last days.




CHANDLER, Wallace Theodore (Ted) - It is with much grief and heartache that the family of Wallace Theodore Chandler, 86, of Chester, Lunenburg Co., announce his passing in South Shore Regional Hospital on Tuesday evening, June 6, 2017 after a sudden and brief illness. Born in Chester, Ted was a son of the late Guilford and Ella (Bond). Ted worked in the Bank of Nova Scotia in Chester for many years with his loving wife, Jacqueline, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage until her recent passing in April. He then had a 30 year career in finance as paywriter in the Royal Canadian Navy until his retirement as Chief Warrant Officer on July 31, 1980. In 1982, Ted received a Member of the Order of Canada medal and, in 2012, the Diamond Jubilee Century of Service Veteran’s Honorary Medallion. He was a very active Chester community member serving as 2nd Vice-President of Royal Canadian Legion, Butler Branch No. 44; President of Chester Golf Club, and Chester Curling Club; Manager of Eleanor Pew Memorial Rink; 23 year term as Treasurer, Chester United Baptist Church; Deacon, Trustee and Treasurer of Anderson Home when a new wing of Shoreham Village Seniors Home was built. Dad contributed this and much more including many turns volunteering. Our Dad was a loving man who was the definition of 'a provider' for his family. He gave us the safety and warmth of a family life as it was meant to be. Although his early years in the Navy took him away from home, we always felt his love and presence. He would bring material gifts home from around the world but the best gift was the return of the Dad we were so blessed to welcome back. We will miss you so much, Dad, and we hope heaven includes the greenest golf course you’ve ever played! He is survived by son, Bradford Kevin, Chester and daughter, Karen Patricia, Timberlea; Karen’s 'partner'/best friend (Ted’s 'Leftie'), Randall Bleasdale; sister-in-law, Patricia 'Patty' Peterson, Chester and brother-in-law, Olaf Peterson; several nieces and nephews, and his newfound love, Sparkle the kitten. Besides his parents, Ted was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline Muriel (LaFrance); brothers, Donald and Lovett; sisters, Ada, Catherine; several brothers-in-law and sistersin- law; numerous aunts and uncles. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held in Chester United Baptist Church, 84 King St. on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dan Green officiating (including Legion ceremony). Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery. Following the burial a reception will be held in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.


HMCS TERRA NOVA - Commissioning crew as a PO

LEADBEATER, Alvin Currie (Al) - passed away peacefully with loving family by his side in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII, in the early morning of June 10, 2017 at the age of 96. Al was predeceased by wife, Dorothy (George) whom he adored. He was also predeceased by his daughters-in-law, Deborah (Bennett) and Joyce (Baxter); brothers, Stuart, Donald and Lloyd. Alvin and Dot were married for 63 years until her passing in 2003, and are survived and lovingly remembered by their children, Robert (Lorraine), Tantallon; George, Spruce Grove; James (Jenny), Nerepis, N.B.; Bryan, Kingston, Ont.; Brenda (Pat) Adams, Enfield; Carolyn (Donnie) MacDonnell, Enfield; Donna (Tim) Hines, Whittenburg; numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, great great-grandchildren, and a few 'angels' who went above and beyond to keep him in his home as long as we could who have become his extended family. Al was a Veteran of the Second World War with 35 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and served on many ships and later in his career served as Chief Warrant Officer 1st Class at Shearwater Naval Base. After retirement he earned a teaching degree in Industrial Arts/Woodworking and taught in Halifax. He enjoyed many years as the announcer at the Halifax County Exhibition. He was a lifetime legion member and held many executive positions including Provincial Zone Commander. His awards and attributes are too long to list as he proudly represented the Veterans in all aspects. He was passionate about the annual poppy campaign and all it stands for. He loved working with his hands and could fix or build anything he put his mind to. He had a large accumulation of parts that 'he may need someday'. He has donated his remains to Dalhousie University for medical education, so a Legion Memorial Service will be held in Branch 133, Enfield, on Thursday, June 15, beginning at 4 p.m. A gathering to celebrate his life will follow the service, refreshments will be served. No flowers by request of the family, any donations may be made to the 6th Floor West of Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII as an expression of gratitude for their kind and compassionate care in the last months of his life. Family interment will follow at a later date.

SIMPKIN, Laurie A., CD (1921-2017). It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our father, husband, grandfather and uncle. Laurie passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 4, while in residence at Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. He was born a son of the late Harry and Mary (Dauphinee). He was the last surviving member of his family being predeceased by brothers, Donald, and John (Muriel); sisters, Mary (Frank), and Gracia (Robert). He began his naval career in 1939, retiring in 1960, after achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He was a Veteran of the Second World War. Laurie was an avid sports fan, huge follower of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. He loved music and was a member of the Church Choir at St. Michael’s Parish, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Chebucto Community Singers and a Knight, with the Knights of Columbus. He loved to play the harmonica and the ukulele and could sing along with any song from yesteryear. Laurie was first and foremost the loving husband to his devoted wife, Dorothy (Sleigh) for 76 years. He is survived by Dorothy and their children, Don (Sandra), David (Linda), Denis, Nancy Laphen (Steve), Diana Fisher (Mark); 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephew. A special thank you to the phenomenal care Dad received from the staff on V5 Garrison West and the private care given by Tracy Potter, Physio and Mary MacKay, Footcare. Cremation has taken place. Visitation Thursday, June 15, from 7-9 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Halifax. Funeral Mass will be Friday, June 16 at 11 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, Spryfield. Donations in memory made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or the charity of choice. Family flowers only.

HURDIS, Gerald (Gerry) - 76, Halifax, passed away suddenly May 31, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Carleton Place, Ont., he was a son of the late Jack and Freda (Carter) Hurdis. Gerry served 33 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a cook. He had a passion for country music, antique cars, animals, and spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes, Cole Harbour; daughters, Charlotte 'Sherry' (Peter) Lightfoot, Canning; Jeannie (Lloyd Ralph) Cromwell; son, Brian (Jessica) Hurdis, all of Cole Harbour; grandchildren, Theresa 'TJ', Tamika, Chantal, Michel, Austin, Addison; three great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Bryan) Drynan, Ontario; nieces, Donna, Brenda; nephew, Randy. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Rd. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow in Royal Canadian Legion Centenial Branch. Donations in memory may be made to Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Branch.


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Commissioning crew as a LSCK

RUTLEDGE, Wendell Vaughn - 90 of Eastern Passage, passed away May 25, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. He was born in Amherst, May 11, 1927 to the late Edward and Olivia (Tucker) Rutledge. He is survived and greatly missed by wife, Gloria (Hilchey) Rutledge; daughter, Wendy Heuston; granddaughter, Andrea Lothian; sisters, Marjorie Evans and Marie Barker; sister-in-law, Roberta Rutledge and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Douglas, Chester, Vincent, Ronald, Frederic and sister, Irene. Like his father before him and all eight siblings, Wendell joined the military, enlisting in the Canadian Navy in 1950. Wendell served in the RCN and Public Service for 35 years. Cremation has taken place, and by his wishes, there will be no service. A family interment of ashes will follow at a later date. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or animal rescue group of your choice would be greatly appreciated.


PARIS, Arthur Thomas (Art) - It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our husband, father and grandfather (“Pepe”), following a brief illness, at home on May 22nd. Born on November 2nd, 1928 in Mitchell, Ontario, he was a son of the late Jack and Rae Paris, and stepmother Iva Paris. Art grew up in Mitchell, moving to Halifax and joining the Navy in his early 20s. A proud Veteran, he played the French horn in the Stadacona Band. He met the love of his life, Marie, on a blind date and they married in 1951. After retiring from the Navy, he went on to work at Via Rail in various roles, from the dining room to the sleeping cars, then as an Inspector, until his retirement in 1989. He loved reading, history and music and he could often be found cooking in the kitchen while listening to big band music. He enjoyed spending time with family, taking in the bands at the Public Gardens and completing his weekly Lexicon. He and Marie loved spending time at the Casino, where they enjoyed socializing more than anything else. He was truly one of a kind; a classy, honorable, patient and kind man, who loved and was loved by so many. The world will never have another Pepe. Art is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marie Paris (Dauphinee), daughters Judy (Bob) Powers and Donna (Gary) Keddy; grandchildren Terri (Jason), Jennifer (Lee), Kyle (Courtney), Jeff (Lindsay), Jason, Kevin (Sarah) and Kelly; great grandchildren Cayden and Cooper; sisters Jean Mullenix and Joyce Cameron.; sister-in-law Barbara Landry and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother Bob; sister Evelyn; nephew Bobby; brothers-in-law Vincent Landry, George Dauphinee, Alec Cameron and sister-in-law Lorena Paris. There have been many people in his life who have helped him through the past few months - Dr. Craig St. Peters; special neighbors Ron and Linda, Hugo and Vera, and Carol; his caregivers who have become close to our family, Nora and an extra special thank you to Sonya for everything she did for him and for being with him until the very end. We would also like to thank the staff at Casino Nova Scotia for always treating him so well. We are so grateful that he had so many special people in his life. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Friday, May 26 from 2-4 and 7 - 9 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 27 at 4pm at Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Head & Neck Cancer Patient and Family Fund #T-751 c/o QE II Foundation Office, 1276 South Park Street, Halifax, N.S. B3H 2Y9.

GRUNDY, William Albert (Bill) - 76, of Truro, “Bugs, VE1AHG”, passed away May 22, 2017, peacefully, after a heroic battle with cancer. His daughters and partner were by his side. Bill was born in Hamilton, ON. February 15, 1941. He was the son of the late Violet Mae (Brill) and William Radcliff Grundy. He is survived by his girlfriend, Norma Jean MacAloney; his two loving daughters, Dawn Holmes (Bruce) Shelburne, and Cathy Weatherby (Wade) Truro; grandchildren Carrie (Tanya), Katie, Kaysha, Brittany, Kamaya, Emma, Alex; great- grandchildren Karome, Stephen, Kai; first wife (28 years) Helen Archer (Donald); brother Clifford, sisters Isabel, Wendy, Judy. For 10 years he was a Leading Seaman, Communications Operator in the Royal Canadian Navy. The next ten years he was an Electronics Shop Teacher at the Shelburne Regional Vocational school. He retired at Colchester Regional Vocational school as an accomplished and well liked Electronics, Math, Science and Computer Teacher. Bill loved spending time with family, was a Founding Member and long -time President of the Miniature Aircraft Society and Wings Instructor, built his own home, enjoyed photography, reading and Sci-fi, and having a good political debate. A celebration of Bill’s life and visitation will be held at Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro on Saturday May 27th, from 2pm-4pm (visitation, informal service, reception). We would like to thank Dr. Robert Graham, Dr. Mary Keeting, special nurse Darlene Deveaux, VON, Palliative Care, Truro Hospital Nursing staff. Donations may be made to the Miniature Aircraft Society of Truro.

WESSON, Albert William - of Eastern Passage. `It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Albert William Wesson, on April 25, 2017, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, in Halifax, where he was residing. Dad was born in Ottawa, Ont. in 1927, the second son of the late Jack and Ada Wesson. While training with the RCNFAA during the Second World War, he met and fell in love with Edith Higgins. Mom and Dad married in 1949 and made their home in Eastern Passage, until her passing in 1996. After Dad’s service with the RCNFAA, he worked with Fairey Aviation and IMP as an aircraft mechanic. Upon his retirement, he was the Personnel Manager for IMP. Dad was predeceased by his only sibling, Leslie. In recent years, Dad was a fixture along the Shore Road and Boardwalk in Eastern Passage, where he would walk no matter the conditions, making his daily trek to Tim’s for two of his favorites things, his Iced Capp and blueberry muffin. Left to mourn are his children, Cathy Wesson (Derek Pepler) and Paul Wesson (Roxanne Myers). Dad was know as Gandy to his grandsons, Ryan Pepler (Kelsie) and Cale Pepler (Kristen) and his 'little guy', great-grandson, Riley Pepler. Also many nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the staff, nurses and doctors at the Veterans Memorial Hospital for their care and patience. Private service and burial has already taken place. Donations can be made to Hope for Wildlife or local SPCA.

DAGENAIS, Albert Laurent - The World According to Al Has Been Forever Altered. Albert Laurent Dagenais, age 72, passed away suddenly en route to the QEII Health Sciences Centre Emergency. Born in Halifax to Alma Zong and Albert Joseph Dagenais. At the age of 17, Al joined the Canadian Navy, Naval Air Electronics Division, and after seven years on various ships he released. He operated several local businesses, retiring in 1996 from Marlant. Al was known to many, all across Canada and in his Summerfield, Fla. winter home. He was an avid reader, enjoyed working to improve his homes, and would do anything to support and encourage the aspirations of his children and grandchildren. Al has left to mourn his soul mate, best friend and wife, Cheryl Campbell; sons, Lawrence (Pam) and Vincent (Sherry); daughters, Cynthia (Paul), Suzanne (Rob) and Ellen (Brian); grandsons, Corey, Mack, Noah, Nathan, and Gabriel; granddaughters, Taylor, Megan, Alicia, Emma, and Julia; great-granddaughter, Harlee Dawn; and his brother, Jean Yves. Celebration of Life service Friday, April 28th at 11 a.m., in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Dartmouth, 9 Veterans Ave. with celebrant, the Rev. Matthew Sponagle. Reception to follow in the church hall. Cremation has taken place under the care of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, St. Luke’s Anglican or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting:

BIDNOCK, Michael - age 95 of Dartmouth, formerly of Yorkton, Sask., passed away peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax on Monday, April 10, 2017 surrounded by his family. Mike was born March 20, 1922 in Estevan, Sask. He served his country in the Canadian Navy (1942 - 1967). was an avid golfer, swimmer also loved to cook. He was Maritime Diving Champion of the navy the late 40’s. He was a lifelong of the Legion and The Chiefs and Petty Officers In 2001 he was inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall of for swimming, diving, track field, bowling and golf. He also the Canadian Master Swimming Championship in 2004. Mike survived by his wife, Winnie; son, (Kim) and stepchildren, Steven Cindy), Carrol (Gordy) Joy (Michael) Gary and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. has taken place under direction of Dartmouth Funeral By Mike’s request there will no service. The family would like thank the staff of 6th West Camp Veterans’ Memorial Building, Halifax, for their excellent care Mike during the last two years of life.


VAN ALLEN, William G., Signalman - 1923-2001



ALLEN, Kenneth W., V63380, AB, RCNVR - died: 14 Feb 1997





HMCS ALGONQUIN -Served in Algonquin 01 Feb 1944 until the end of the war 

BEER, William Henry, V83410, PO E.A., RCNVR - died: 09 Apr 2002



BLACKMORE, S. Barry, V55618, Coder, RCNVR - Peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2002 at his residence. Barry Blackmore loving husband of Barbara Louise, loved father of Hilary and Graham Greene of Udora, Liz and Bill Winders of Canonsburg Pa., Chris at home, dear papa of Max Winders, One of 13 children Barry is now survived by his sister Edith Teasdall and brother Vincent Blackmore both of White Rock B.C. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Barry was a member and a Eucharistic Minister of Star of the Sea Church, Veteran of WWII serving with the RCNVR, a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, a Life and 50 year member and Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Port Dalhoiusie Branch # 350, was a zone Commander of Zone B-5 with the Legion, Knights of Colombus Council # 1394 for 50 years, worked with Bell Canada for 43 years. Barry is resting at the George Darte Funeral Chapel 585 Carlton St. until Monday at 10:30am. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at Star of the Sea Church at  11:00am. Cremation to follow. Vigil prayers for the deceased will be held in the funeral home on Sunday at 8:30pm A Legion service will be held at the funeral home by members of the Port Dalhouse Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Royal Canadian Naval Association on Sunday at 7:00pm. Visiting hours Sunday 2- and 7-9pm. Memorial remembrances to the Alzheimer's Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Our grateful thanks to the Linhaven Adult Day Care Program and the Alzheimer's Society, for their caring and support of Barry on his journey.


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BLAKELY, Arthur W., V38893, Tel (S.O.), RCNVR - died: 09 Jul 2006. Arthur served at Gordon Head W/T Station and NRS Masset.

BOCKUS, Donald Roland, A4117, Chief Stoker, RCN(R) - At Welland County General Hospital on Monday, February 11, 2002, Donald Bockus of R.R.#2 Welland, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Lia (Lehnert) Bockus and loving father of Elaine and her husband Norman Gill of RR #3 Wellandport, Richard Bockus and his wife Diane of St. Catharines, David Bockus and his wife Leslie of RR#2 Welland. Also loved by his grandchildren Shelley and her husband Dale Osborne of Englehart, Ontario, Ron Gill of RR3# Wellandport, Brian Bockus of Englehart, Cheryl and her husband Herven Loisel of Welland and Jeremy Bockus of RR#2 Welland and great-grandchildren, Sara Osborne, Jonathon Loisel, Justin and Brandon Bockus. He was predeceased by his brother Herbert. Donald was a marine engineer with N.M. Paterson and Sons on the Great Lakes, both before and after WWII. He was a WWII veteran who joined the Navy (RCNR) in 1939 and served on several ships throughout the war at sea. His ship participated in the D-Day landing. Donald was a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Niagara, as well, he was a member of Myrtle Lodge #337 AF & AM Port Robinson and recently celebrated 50 years of masonry. He was a dedicated man that went quietly about his work. Friends will be received by the family Tuesday, February 12th, 2-4 & 7-9 pm. at the James L. Pedlar Funerl Home, Dixon Chapel, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill, Ontario where the complete funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday February 13, 2002 at 11:00am. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Members of the Myrtle Lodge #337 AF & AM Port Robinson will hold a memorial service at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 7 pm, sister lodges are invited followed by the Royal Canadian Naval Association Niagara memorial service at 8pm.





HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville during the Second World War


BRETTELL, Harry, V74744, L/Patrolman, RCNVR - died: 25 Dec 1999



BROOKS, William Graham, V71061, RCNVR - died: 05 Apr 2002



BURLA, Joseph J., V39597, Submarine Detector, RCNVR - Born: 21 Apr 1921  Died: 13 Mar 2006



HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea during the Second World War

BIRBECK, Richard W., AB, V4793, RCNVR - Died 26 Feb 2004





CAPPADOCIA, Mario, AB, V95244, RCNVR - Born: 22 Jun 1926  Died: 14 Jan 2002



CATON, John Alexander, AB, V61708, RCNVR - Born: 12 Jul 1925  Died: 22 May 2004




CORNELL, Winfield Duncan (Winn), OS, Combined Operations, V4918, RCNVR (served 13 Mar 1942 - 22 Oct 1945) (16 Dec 1923 - 18 Nov 2006) - At the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Saturday November 18, 2006, in his 83rd year. Winfield Duncan Cornell beloved and devoted husband for 60 years of Phyllis (Willick) Cornell. Loved father of Jody Watson (lee), Donald Cornell (Patricia), Deborah Prychidny (Walter). Loving grandfather of Shawn, Joel and Hope Watson, April Tyrrell, Alicia Boake, Aaron and Adam Prychidny. Also surviving are 8 great-grandchildren. Resting at the funeral chapel of Hetherington and Deans, 5176 Victoria Ave. where the family will receive visitors Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service will be held at Chippawa Presbyterian Church on Wednesday November 22, 2006, at 11 AM. Interment Lundy's Lane Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy contributions to The Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. On Tuesday afternoon the Royal Canadian Naval Association will hold a memorial service in the Chapel at 2:30.



DRAKE, Bert, CPO, Diver, RCN 1930-1950 - of Thorold Ontario died: 05 Sep 1997.  1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, CVSM, War Medal, Long Service Medal



FAGAN, Alvin Harland., PO ERA, V36511, RCNVR - On Sunday December 18, 2005 Al passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the age of 86 years. Cherished husband of Mary for 61 years. Loving father of Doug (Linda), Wayne (Janet), Craig and Vickie Fagan. Proud grandfather of Randy, Nathan, Elise (John), Tiffany (Mark), Mary Beth, Heath and Jack. Great-grandfather of Lucas. Dear brother of Ella (Caesar), Ray (June) and Bruce (Bernie). He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Al was predeceased by his daughter Wanda Diane. Al served in the R.C.N.V.R. and was a retired customs officer with Canada Customs. He was well known for his involvement with community organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #479, a Past President of the Niagara Falls Golden Central Club, President of the local Customs Union and the first Life Member of the National Customs Excise Union and Dounes Accise (C.E.U.D.A.), and a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association. Al will be remembered for his very active involvement in politics as well. Al is at the Morse & Son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes, 5917 Main Street. His family will receive friends on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 o'clock. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Greater Niagara General Hospital Foundation or to the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club.



FOY, Ronald Joseph, Sto 1c, V56576, RCNVR - died Feb 2002



HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea during the Second World War



FURLOTT, P. Douglas, Sig (T.O.), V50982 - of St Catharines, ON, born 07 Mar 1925 died 09 Jan 2000



GALWAY, Ronald E., PO, 4846-E, RCN - of St Catharines, ON, born 30 Aug 1926, died 14 May 2001


Portrait of PO Galway



GOODMAN, Lawrence Holloway, L/Sig, VR-1598, RNCVR - of Jordan, ON. Born 19 Jul 1902, St Catharines, ON. Year of passing unknown. He lied about his age to enlist as his service records show his year of birth as 1900.



CAMPBELL, Edward Alexander (Sandy) (29 Mar 1926 - 18 Jun 2017) - was the beloved only child of George and Hilda Campbell. His childhood was spent in Strawberry Vale, Colquitz, in an old house on Dunsterville that still stands. He had very happy memories of his early years in old Victoria, among which were riding the streetcars, biking into town to sell his chicken eggs, exploring Fan Tan Alley, and skating at Panama Flats. In those early years, Sandy made four important lifelong friends: Alan and Jimmy Horwood and Pete and Louise Chandler. The war years he spent at Lakefield College in Ontario, a school he enjoyed tremendously, and where he developed two great interests: watching Toronto Maple Leaf hockey games at Maple Leaf Gardens and riding Canadian trains back and forth across the country. After graduating, he served in the navy at HMCS Cornwallis and in the Atlantic. Back in Victoria after the war, he attended Victoria College at Craigdarroch Castle. Sandy met and married Bonna Emily Cockell in 1949. They built their first home in Esquimalt, where they raised their five children: Nancy, Wendy, Cathy, Shirley, and Alan. He was proud of his children, and of his ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Sandy made hobbies of building homes and roaming the backwoods of Vancouver Island, prospecting with good friends, Bob Stirling and Tom McEwan. His working life was spent first as an electrician and then as an elevator mechanic. Sandy gave his children unconditional love and a number of holidays they will always remember, driving some of the dubious backroads of B.C. He considered himself very fortunate to be able to spend the last ten years of his long and happy life with his daughter, Cathy. Together they enjoyed countless hockey games, Belafonte records, and more thrilling driving adventures. Sandy was a gentle gentleman, and well deserved the nickname given him by his colleagues - "Nice Man". He will be greatly missed by his children and their families. There will be a graveside service gathering at the front office at Royal Oak Burial Park on Monday, June 26th at 9:30 am which will be followed by a reception held at First Memorial. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Jun 2017)



DeLaFRANIER, Lawrence James (Jim, Jimbo) (18 Oct 1922 - 21 Jun 2017) - Peacefully, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 aged 34,580 days. Beloved husband of the late Katherine (née Woodland). Loving father of Brenda Nason (Gary) and Lucy Dawson (Peter). Proud Bumpa of Christine Cleghorn (Tommy) and Katie Dawson. Great Bumpa of Dustin and Natasha Cleghorn. Great Great Bumpa of Easton Cleghorn. Dear brother of Lucille Brunt (Douglas), and predeceased by his brothers William (Joyce), Jerry (Margaret), Robert (late Margaret) and John (Carol). Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Jimbo was a WWII veteran proudly serving in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939-1945, aboard HMS CAMPBELTOWN and HMCS MALPEQUE. A long time employee of Canadian Tire as a head buyer, he retired at the age of 46 to spend his golden years golfing, fishing and gambling. A generous and giving man, a kind and gentle soul, Jim never had a bad word to say about anyone. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, 356 Rubidge Street. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 386 Rogers Street, Peterborough on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to PRHC Emergency Care or St. Joseph's at Fleming Foundation would be greatly appreciated by his family. Special thank you to the Emergency Room staff and nurses; especially Lynn, Casey, Jane and Danielle; the fourth floor nurses Melanie and Taylor; and the amazing staff at St. Joseph's at Fleming.




WHITE, George Tennant, Capt (N) (LOG), RCN (1927-2017) - passed peacefully at the Queens Way Carlton Hospital on Friday June 23, 2017 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Barbara E. White. Father of Craig, James and Christopher. Loving grandfather of Lauren, Allison, Erika, Matthew, Haylie and great grandfather to Joaquim. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and support staff of the Queens Way Carlton Hospital for their special care. A celebration of life service will be held at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre on Friday June 30, 2017 at 1 pm. Contributions to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 24 Jun 2017)

COOK, Robert Richard (07 Dec 1924 - 19 Jun 2017) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Cook at Deer Lodge Centre on Monday, June 19, 2017. He was born in Brandon, Manitoba on December 7, 1924. Left to cherish many fond memories are his daughter Sandra (Bill); grandsons Fr. Darren and Brent (Kelly) Kawiuk; stepsons Ted and Dale (Donna), as well as step-grandsons Tom and Patrick Robbins. He was predeceased by his dear wife Doreen; his parents and three sisters. Dad served in the Navy during W.W.II and had various careers. Upon his retirement, he and Mum loved to travel and would also spend their winters in Arizona. He lived independently until he was 91 and then due to failing health, entered Deer Lodge (Chronic Care) where he was treated with great kindness and dignity. A private family Interment will be held in Pilot Mount, Manitoba at a later date. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 1020 Main Street.


HARDY, Stewart Walter (Stu),CPO, RCN (29 Jan 1924 - 23 May 2017) - passed away in Edmonton, AB after a brief illness. He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Kaye, his son Don, his parents George and Ivy, and his sister, Lorna Scott. He is survived by three children, Pat (Mark), Dean (Chona), Barb (Terry), six grandchildren, Chris, Jaimie, Dawne, Elisa, Kelly and Keara, six great grandchildren and Lorna and Kaye's extended families. Stu joined the Navy at 17 to support his widowed mother and his sister. After WW2 he married Kaye and worked for Gestetner until he retired at 60. His retirement years were spent travelling with Kaye, camping and fishing at their special place at Lower Waterfowl Lake, raising and training his horses, involvement in the Quarter Horse Association, woodworking, generally 'fixing' things, going to Trapper's games and spending time at the lake cottage he built. Stu had many friends in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. He enjoyed his role as an adviser on Seniors' issues and worked to ensure that Seniors' voices were heard. The family would like to thank his 'Gatewood Place' friends and neighbours who generously shared their time and friendship with him during his later years. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no service. His parting words to all who think of him would be, "one day at a time". If you wish to make a donation in his name he would have appreciated support for the SPCA, as it held a special place in his son Don's heart. (Edmonton Journal 23 Jun 2017)



HMCS MASTODON - Served in MASTODON after the Second World War


HEENEY, Rex Bain - Following a brief illness, Rex died at Cowichan District Hospital on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the age of 94. In his final days he displayed the humour, intelligence, and calmness he had exhibited his entire life. Rex was born in Kitchener, Ontario on June 3, 1923. Following high school, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic from 1942 until the spring of 1945. In the fall of 1945 he enrolled at the University of British Columbia graduating from Civil Engineering in 1950. More importantly, the UBC campus was where he met Mary Eleanor McTavish, his future wife of 64 years. Rex is survived by his four children and their spouses, Paul Heeney and Joanne Moser, Adam and Maureen Heeney, Martha and Glenn Robinson and Kate and Collin Clinton, as well as four grandchildren, Julia, Hannah, Mary and Hamish. Also missing Rex is his sister Alice and family, as well as many friends across Canada and in the United States. He was predeceased by the love of his life Mary in 2012 and his brother Byng in 1976. Rex had the logical mind of his fellow professional engineers, the language skills of a grammarian, an unparalleled sense of humour and the patience of Job. He made friends easily, whether on the golf course or travelling the globe. We will miss his kind and generous ways. Please join us for a celebration of Rex's life on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Bird's Eye Cove Farm, 5881 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, B.C. The family would also like to acknowledge the excellent care Rex received over the years from Dr. Gilbert and from Dr. Seymour and the nursing staff on the third floor of Cowichan District Hospital during his last days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society or the charity of your choice. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 24 Jun 2017)


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