For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituaries for those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


ILLINGWORTH, Frederick Thomas, CWO (09 May 1938 - 21 Jul 2017) - age 79 of Halifax passed away July 21, 2017 in The Veteran's Memorial Building, Camphill. Born in Guelph Ontario in 1938, joined the RCN in Cornwallis in1956 and retired as CWO Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator in 1992. Served at Shearwater 881 & 880 Squadrons, CFANS Winnipeg, Summerside 415 Squadron and Greenwood 405 & 404 Squadrons. Had the privilege of. serving as Base Chief Warrant Officer 14 Wing Greenwood from 1982 – 1987. In 1986 served as the Executive Director of the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre until his retirement in 2002. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey, Petawawa Ontario, Richard, Airdrie, Alberta, David, Hampton New Brunswick and Steven, Banff Alberta, daughter Heather, Petawawa Ontario, their mother and friend Jean Illingworth, Coldbrooke, Nova Scotia and granddaughters Charley, Jamey, Sydney, Micaleigh, and grandson Tristian, and sister Barbara Thompson of Durham Ontario. Sincere thanks to the entire Oncology Team at QEII for their kindness and compassion and to Dr Lori Wood and Dr Robyn Macfarlane. A special thank you to Marty Gordon and Natalie and Steve Sampson for all of their assistance during a very trying time. Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be arranged at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory.



GAUNT, William Guthrie (21 Oct 1924 - 15 Jul 2017) - The family wishes to announce his passing at the Smooth Rock Falls Hospital- Long Term Care on Saturday, July 15th, 2017, at the age of 92. Mr. Gaunt is survived by his wife Margaret (nee Shaw), his children: Judy (Kosta) Similinov, Barry (Marianne) Gaunt, David (Frances) Gaunt, Nancy (the late Glen) Higgs, Susan (Claude) Therrien, 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers-in-law Maurice Burke & Alan Shaw (Alice), numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father Alfred William "Dick" Gaunt, his mother Nancy Gaunt (nee Heron), his brothers R. Stuart (Arla), Douglas P., and his sister Patricia Orpha Burke, sisters-in-law, Florence (George) MacKenzie, Laura (Morris) Donaldson, Greta (Elmer) Gerig, Ramona (Mel) Storey and brother in law Glen (Vera) Shaw. Born and educated in Fort William, Ontario. He served in the Navy Communications during WWII. In the fall of 1945 he started working for the CN Railway, marrying in March 1946 to the girl of his dreams … “Together they lived each day to the fullest”  Family will receive family & friends on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Ste-Gertrude Church, 48 Hollywood Ave., in Smooth Rock Falls. The Memorial service will be held at the St-Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 207 Brodie St., South in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 1:30 pm, Joyce E. Yanifhewski officiating. The interment will be held at the Sunset Memorial cemetery. In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or Smooth Rock Falls Hospital- Long Term Care would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Irvine & Irvine funeral home, for information: 705-272-3239.

HAXTON, Ian (Roy) (16 May 1917, Calgary, AB - 21 Jul 2017, Calgary, AB) - passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 100 years. Roy… a gentle heart, character and soul. A true gentleman. Roy was born and raised in Calgary. After returning from five years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy, Roy focused his attention on his career. His fifty years of service with Burns Foods exemplifies a man of outstanding commitment and character. Roy married Marie Laboret in 1989. They shared their love of nature and the outdoors; hiking, skiing, golf and travel. For twenty-eight years, he was a cherished husband, stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather. Roy is survived by his grandson Kevin Cross, two nephews, six step- children, nine grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren. Roy was predeceased by his wife Marie Laboret-Haxton, brother James Haxton, his former wife Orrie Haxton (nee Trottier) and his daughter Brenda Cross. The family sends sincere thanks and appreciation to Roy's doctor and caregivers for their loving support. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McInnis & Holloway (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In living memory of Roy Haxton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 28 Jul 2017)

MYERS, Glenn R., Captain (MARE), Canadian Navy - Unexpectedly, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the age of 65. Devoted and much loved partner of Michael Clarke. Predeceased by his parents, Hilda and George Myers, he was a dedicated father of Lindsay (Dave), grandfather of Matthew Arriaga, and dear brother of Betty Higginbottom (Jim). He will also be remembered by Lindsay's mother Dawn, extended family and friends. Formerly of Montreal, Glenn's career and work saw him travel all over the world as far as Kuwait and Singapore; more recent years found him in Port Dover, ON. Facing any challenge, including declining health, Glenn always remained positive. A service to celebrate Glenn's life will be held at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Glenn's memory to the War Amps or Who Did It Club (Simcoe, ON) would be appreciated.

STALLKNECHT, Kurt Hubert, RCN, Edmonton Police (08 Nov 1933 - 22 Jul 2017) - With great sorrow the family of Kurt Stallknecht announce the sudden passing of their beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Brother. Kurt is predeceased by his son Mark William, his parents, Heinz & Eva Stallknecht, Brothers Henry & Paul, sister Rose (Mertz). Kurt is survived by his loving wife Eleanor, son Roland (Margrette), daughter Karen (Jim); grandsons Clint, Joshua and Matthew; granddaughters Jessica and Meagan; great-grandchildren Konner, Mark, Kiefer and Avah and brother Gary (Ilse). He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Edmonton Police Service for 33 years. He gently but enthusiastically rolled into retirement for the next 30 years. Funeral Services to be held Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8405-83 St. N.W. Edmonton, AB. Pastor Barbara Groote officiating. Interment to follow service at Glenwood Cemetery, Sh. Pk. In Lieu of Flowers donations in memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, STARS or charity of choice. (Edmonton Journal 25 Jul 2017)

TIMMONS, Edward Patrick Alfred (Tim), Chaplain Class II, RCN - of Shawville, Quebec. The family of much loved Rev. "Tim" Timmons, announce his peaceful passing, on July 20 2017, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, aged 92 years. Tim was predeceased by his loving wife "Peg" Margaret Josephine Timmons (nee Allen), his brother James Timmons (Northern Ireland), his son Allen John R. Timmons and two granddaughters, Deirdre Timmons and Melissa Krause. Tim leaves his cherished family, survived by daughter-in-law Cindy (Allen) Timmons of Ottawa ON, children Eithne (Jeff) Reichert of Ladysmith, BC, Moira Timmons of Nanaimo BC, Margaret Timmons (Jim Hartle) of Watson Lake, Yukon, Sheila Timmons of Shawville, PQ, and Colin (Shelley) Timmons of Winnipeg, MB. He was much loved Grandfather to Pat, Chris, Marshall, Nolan, Tara, Bridget, Sean, Justin, Krista, Ben and Meghan and Great-Grandfather to Kate, Jamie, Alex, Lauren, Gabrielle, Marcus, Allyson, Trystan, and Konnor. Born in Dublin, Ireland on 7 May 1925, he immigrated to Canada in 1947 on a student scholarship. He graduated from Emmanuel & St Chad, University of Saskatchewan, and was ordained in 1951 in the Anglican Church of Canada. Rev Tim Timmons served as a missionary to the Western Arctic, as a Chaplain in the Royal Canadian Navy for 19 years, and as an Anglican Minister for parishes in Hull, Montreal, Moose Jaw, Shawville, and other communities. Tim was awarded a "Vicar Emeritus" from St John's, Islandmagee, Northern Ireland. He thoroughly enjoyed his & Peg's time in Ireland over several years. Tim was very well read, traveled extensively and had many adventures with the Navy, with family at the "Innisfree" cottage in Quebec and at "Seaview" house on Islandmagee, Northern Ireland. Tim's extensive library of books included almost every Irish book published in Canada! Tim enjoyed his pipe, sitting on the cottage verandah overlooking the lake, fishing in the canoe, and wandering the farm at Seaview. Tim missed his Peg in the ten lonely years since she left and we are glad that they are together again. A memorial service and interment will take place at a later date in Shawville Quebec. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Tim, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of First Memorial Funeral Services, Nanaimo, BC.

BROWN, Gordon, OS, V66555, RCNVR, MPK - 25 Nov 1944, HMCS SHAWINIGAN - Born 12 Sep 1925, the son of Percy John and Mary E. Brown of Toronto, ON.


Portrait of Gordon Brown



SHIELDS, Amory Russell, Capt (N) (LOG) - (1926-2017) of Duncan and formerly of Victoria, Kincardine and Ottawa peacefully passed away at Sunridge Place in Duncan, BC, on Monday July 17, 2017 at 90 years of age. He was the beloved husband of the late Norma Shields; loving father of Stephen (Gail), Greg and Robert; proud grandfather of Kevin, Mark, Jason, Sara, Scott, Elizabeth and James; treasured great-grandfather of Elliot, Erica and Ryan. Amory was predeceased by his brother, Eric. He will be fondly remembered by sister-in-law, Jean Humphrys and many cousins in and from Meaford, Ontario, as well as nieces, nephews and friends. Amory grew up in the farming community of Meaford, worked for Manufacturers Life Insurance in Toronto following WWII, and in 1952 realized his dream of becoming an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Following an eventful naval career in Victoria, Regina, Hamilton and Ottawa, Amory joined the Department of National Defense as a civilian. In 1988 Amory and Norma retired to Kincardine, Ontario and then made their final move to Victoria in 1996. Amory's thoughtful kindness, sense of humour and constant love for his family will be forever missed. Interment to take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford, at a later date.




GOLDRING (née White), Betty Eleanor, Wren (18 May 1930 - 27 Jun 2017) - Age 87, passed away peacefully in the VG Site, QEII on June 27, 2017. Eleanor was born in Berwyn, Peace River, Alta. on May 18, 1930, the second daughter of Beulah MayWhite (Hamm) of Pennant. Eleanor is survived by her children, Shelli Goldring, Halifax; Melanie Filtness (Bill) of Surrey, B.C.; Tad (Janice) of Langley, B.C.; Brett (Angela) of Coquitlam, B.C.; and Victoria (Panayiotis), Halifax; and her grandsons, Keelan, Camden and Tynan Filtness of British Columbia; Brett Goldring, British Columbia; and Benjamin and Simon West, Halifax. Eleanor was predeceased by our father, Gerald Allan Goldring in December 2014 and her sister, Phyllis Swanson. Our mom spent the first 10 years of her life on a homestead in Peace River, Alta. where she developed her love of reading. At age 10, her mother accepted a job managing the Wild Cat Café in Yellowknife, N.W.T. Mom enjoyed her school days in Yellowknife and made lifelong friendships, her free time was spent fishing with her mom. In 1946, mom and Grammie decided it was time to come home to Nova Scotia. Mom attended the Halifax Business College and got her first job at Hallidays. In 1951, adventure called and she decided to join the Navy (WRENS). At basic training at Cornwallis, she met her dear friend, Dottie Heard (Portland, Ore.). Mom was posted to Esquimault, B.C., this posting would change her life, because it was here that she first saw a handsome, athletic sailor, serving her and hundreds of other service men and women their meals every day. This sailor became the love of her life and she and Gerry were married in Halifax in 1954. Eleanor and Gerry had five children, raising them in Halifax except for dad's two year posting to Goose Bay, Labrador. Mom continued her business education at the vocational school in Goose Bay. Mom and Dad made lifelong friendships in Goose Bay, in particular, Bob and Nan Smith, Annapolis Royal. In 1975, mom started working for the Department of National Defence. She retired in 1996. Over the years, she re-connected with her WREN friends and acquaintances and met many new women as part of the WREN Association. Mom enjoyed reading (a lot!), the daily cryptoquote and cooking. She looked forward to playing 'Bingo' on Saturdays with her friends at Peregrine, the Royal Canadian Naval Association (RCNA) Club in Halifax. Mom was a long-time supporter of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation's Molly Appeal. The family would like to thank Dr. Ken West (mom's son-in- law and book buddy) for his dedicated care, Dr. Jeff Dempster and the kind, caring nursing staff of 6B, VG Site, QEII.

SAULNIER, Norman Joseph, Shipwright, RCN(R) - (12 April 1932 - 16 June 2017) Age 85, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2017, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Weymouth Mills, he was a son of the late Jean and Grace (Comeau) Saulnier. Norman is survived by his daughters, Annette(Kevin) Thomas, Cole Harbour; and Yvette Saulnier, Cole Harbour; grandchildren, Nicole Thomas (Alex MacInnis), and Justin Thomas; great-grandson, Carson MacInnis; brothers, Nelson, Weymouth; Walter, Grosses Coques; and Raymond, Weymouth Mills. He was predeceased by his wife of 31 years, Corinne (Doucet); brothers, Angus, Alfred, Donald, Ivan, and Joseph; sisters, Elsie Blinn, Yvonne and May. Norman came to Halifax in 1950 and completed a four-year apprenticeship program in HMC Dockyard Halifax as a Ship fitter. From1950 to 1955, he also served in the Naval Reserves, attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class as a Shipwright (Trade). He then took his officer training with the Canadian Army Militia, during which time he served in Germany during the summer of 1958. He also served various periods of service, retiring from the Canadian Army Militia at the rank of Captain in 1990. From 1955 to 1960, he attained a Bachelor of Engineering Degree at Dalhousie University. After graduating from Dalhousie University, he worked for Fundy Gypsum Company in Windsor for three years. From 1964 until his retirement in 1991, he was employed by the Department of National Defense in HMC Dockyard Halifax as a Mechanical Engineer. Norman was an avid reader who could always been seen with a book in his hands. He read a variety of publications, which included novels by Isaac Asimov, Time and Mac-Lean's magazines, and every issue of National Geographic. He loved to hunt and spend time in the woods communing with nature. Deer hunting was his passion. He also loved sailing, and in his retirement went on many an adventure on best friend, Russell 'Russ' Comeau's sailboat, the Acadian Packet, travelling to many places as far away as the Magdalen Islands and New York City. Memorial service will be held Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Pastor Martin Zwicker and Pastor Gavin MacCombie officiating. A reception will follow in the funeral home. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, for those who so desire, donations in memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one's choice. The family would like to thank VON Halifax for their visits to Norman's home, the doctors and nurses of Palliative Care, and the staff of Unit 6A of the VG Site for their compassion and care.

SCHULZ, Joachim Erich (Jim) (31 Aug 1941 - 05 Jul 2017) - Age 75, of Eastern Passage, passed away on July 5, 2017, in QEII Health Science Centre, Halifax. Born on August 31, 1941, in Konigsberg in East Prussia, now known as Kleningrad, Russia, he was the son of the late Erich and Emilie (Schroeder) Schulz. As refugees in West Germany just after Second World War, he immigrated to Canada in 1955. Jim joined the Navy at the ripe old age of 18 and was stationed in Halifax. There, he met the love of his life, Margaret, and they were married in 1966. After spending 25 years protecting this great nation, he retired and quickly got a job at St. John Shipbuilding which later became Fleetway. Jim got the greatest joy by simply spending time with his family, of whom he was so proud. One of the many things he enjoyed was capturing moments in time through taking over 20,000 pictures. Most notably, going for the occasional walk (ha ha), collecting rocks and Hermit Crab hunting with his grandkids, Evan, Owen, and Miria. Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons, Doug (Wanda and Miria), Derrick (Janice, Evan, and Owen); brother, Dick (Sadie); and sister, Marianne (Gordon) Strain. There will be no visitation, by request; a memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Colby Drive Bible Chapel, Cole Harbour. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be to Earltown Village Cemetery or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro.

CORY, David Frederick - Peacefully at the Lennox & Addington County Hospital, Napanee with his family at his side on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of the late Jane (nee Read). Dear father of David Jr; Peter (Carolyn), both of Napanee and Henrietta Cory, Kingston. Predeceased by his parents David and Neta Cory. The family will hold a Graveside Service at the Belleville Cemetery on Wedesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. Donations by cheque to the Anglican Church Primate Fund by will be remembered with appreciation by the family and may be made through the Wartman Funeral Home "Napanee Chapel".



CARLE, Richard, Capt (N), RCN - (10 sep 1926, Shanghai, China - 28 Nov 1972, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA) - the former skipper of the destroyer-escorts HMCS Fraser and Yukon, Capt. Richard Carle, died suddenly at Virginia Beach, Va., on Nov. 28. Born in Shanghai, China, in 1926, Carle came to Victoria in 1937 with his family. His service postings took him to England and the U.S. Prior to being posted to Norfolk, Va., he was commanding officer of the 7th Canadian Escort Squadron based at Halifax. He is survived by his wife Wilda, son Andrew and daughter Virginia Gail, now in Norfolk; and a brother, Maj. Michael Carle with the Canadian Forces, now stationed in Tacoma, Wash.




HMCS FRASER - 6th Commanding Officer

HMCS YUKON - 2nd Commanding Officer

BROWNE, Robert Gordon (Bob) - beloved husband of Mrs. Islay Browne of Calgary, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, May 4, 2001, at the age of 81 years. He was born in Winnipeg, MB. During World War II he served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He worked for the Canadian Indemnity Insurance Co. for over forty years in Winnipeg and Calgary. He is survived by his wife Islay; five children, David Browne and his wife Colleen, Margaret Burrell and her husband Gordon, Gary Browne and his wife Dawn, Nancy Matthews and her husband Randy, Daniel Browne and his wife Colleen; four grandsons, Steven Burrell, Ryan and Ian Matthews, Nathaniel Browne; a brother William A. Browne. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew him. A private family service will be held. In living memory of Robert Browne, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes "Park Memorial Chapel".




HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda during WW2

HARVEY, William Ross (Bill) (02 Feb 1947 - 31 Jul 2017) - age 70, of Hubbards, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 31, 2017, in his home with family by his side. Born in Uxbridge, Ont., he was a son of the late Ada (Yake) and Clarence Harvey. Bill was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy; from 1965 to 1992, he was posted to 17 ships, his first and favourite being the Bonaventure. He was deployed on a peacekeeping mission in Vietnam. He was fiercely proud of his family. He will be forever missed and lovingly cherished by all who knew him. He is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Mitch) Harvey, Dartmouth; April (Philip) Latham Harvey, Hubbards; sons, Russell (Angela) Harvey; Robert Harvey, both of Dartmouth; Adam (Stephanie) Latham Harvey, Hubbards; sister, Linda Doran; brother, Loyd Harvey; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Roxanna Lee and his brother, Bob Yake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope for Wildlife. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 160, 703 Main St., Dartmouth at 2 p.m., officiated by Rev. Clarence Bungay.



MacINTYRE, Terrence Leonard (Terry) - age 75, of Mississauga, Ont., formerly of Point Tupper. Terry passed away due to several illnesses on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga. Born in Antigonish on May 21, 1942, he was a son of the late Patrick and Estelle (Fougere) MacIntyre. He worked in numerous jobs. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy; after being discharged he worked for K-Mart in Dartmouth then to London Ont. He was a jack of all trades; he could build anything. His last job was a handyman for the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 582, Cooksville, Ont. from which he retired due to illness. Terry volunteered all his free time to that Legion, doing weekly BBQs, raising funds for different projects and, most important, raising thousands of dollars for the Poppy Committee. He received many awards from the Legion including a Life Membership. He enjoyed writing poetry and listening to his country music. Terry is survived by sons, Mark, Dennis and adopted son, Sean, all of Ontario; granddaughter, Regan; sisters, Maureen Bourgeois and Irene MacIntyre, both of Port Hawkesbury; brother, Fred 'Bugs', Antigonish; his former wife, Patricia (Graham) Gibson; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mariliane (Murray) MacIntyre; stepmother, Robina; sister, Dianne Hamill; brothers, Peter, Wayne, Allan, Clifford, Michael 'Bud' and Raymond. In keeping with Terry’s wishes, cremation has taken place; there will be no visitation or church service. Burial of ashes will be in the family plot in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Port Hawkesbury at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Terry may be made to the Poppy Committee of any branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Arrangements are under the care of Scott Funeral Home, Mississauga, Ont. and Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury.

PEARCE, Harvey C., C2SG (21 Jan 1941 - 30 Jul 2017) - Harvey passed away peacefully with his wife Eliza by his side. Harvey was supported by his loving family and friends during his short illness with lung cancer. Harvey was born and raised in Chilliwack, BC. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1961 and married Eliza in 1962. Harvey and Eliza lived on both coasts, settling in Victoria in 1977. Harvey enjoyed his second career with Canadian Tire after which he retired and spent many hours at the golf course. Harvey lived to spend time with his grandchildren and was a familiar figure in the various sporting venues. Harvey was predeceased by his parents Charles and Edna Pearce, and his daughter Rose. Harvey will be deeply missed by his wife Eliza, daughters Charlene Hudon (Syl) and Denise Rossander (Steven), grandchildren Lucas, Codty, Russell, Jarod and Emma, great grandchildren, sisters Lorraine and Lila, brother Ed, many nieces and nephews, and a wealth of extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life for Harvey will be held on August 5, 2017 at 2pm at Sands Funeral Chapel located at 317 Goldstream Ave. Colwood, BC. We are grateful for the support and care Harvey received throughout his illness and in his final days at Victoria Hospice. A special thank you to Veterans Affairs for their compassion and assistance during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Victoria Hospice. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Aug 2017)






HMCS KOOTENAY - Served in Kootenay as Yeoman of Signals


McWADE, Patrick Owen - age 81, of Charlottetown, P.E.I., passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Patrick is survived by his loving partner, Donna Mc Iver; his daughters, Jennifer (granddaughters, Sarah, Christine) and Laura (Jennifer); sisters, Mary and Mickey (Ernie), and brother, Bert (Patti). Pat was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lynn (Forcey); brothers, Gordon, Frederick, Terrance, and sisters, Claire and Ruth. Patrick was born in Victoria, B.C. on July 4, 1936. He graduated from Saint Dunstan’s University under the UNTD Naval program, and served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Sub Lieutenant. He ended his working career with Sears Canada, and retired to Nova Scotia and then to Prince Edward Island. He was a mentor and speaker for many years in the AA program. Patrick loved the hours he spent at the Charlottetown racetrack as a horse owner and race fan. He will be sadly missed by his many horsemen friends. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today, Tuesday, August 1, in Hennessey-Cutcliffe-Charlottetown Funeral Home at 35 Longworth Ave., Charlottetown. Private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memoriam contribution to the Prince Edward Island Provincial Palliative Care Centre, where Patrick received outstanding care. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be sent directly to the Provincial Palliative Centre, 93 Murchison Lane, Charlottetown, PE.

VAN IDERSTINE, Carle Melvin (1917-2017) - 99, of Dartmouth passed away peacefully July 30, 2017 while in residence at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital. Carle served his country for 28 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He enjoyed camping and being outdoors. He skillfully created stained glass masterpieces for all those who were lucky enough to receive them. Carle is survived by his two daughters Carol Luczak (Endi) and Susan Cann (George) and their grandsons Brian Luczak, Eric Cann, Andrew Luczak and Michael Cann. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Terry, of 68 years, who passed away earlier this year. Their family is comforted that they are together again. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "The Last Post". Thank you to the nurses and staff at Camp Hill V6 West for their tireless devotion and compassion to all those under their care.

BILDSTEIN, Donald Douglas - It is with great sadness Don’s family announces his passing on July 30, 2017. Don passed away peacefully at his home in Timberlea at the age of 77 surrounded by his family. Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, he was a son of the late Edward and Gertrude (Simms) Bildstein. In his early years he served in the Royal Canadian Navy. Afterwards Don started his career as a carpenter and worked for Queen Square Developments up until his retirement. He was very involved in his community especially his church, Sacred Heart where he volunteered on several different committees including Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, as well as being a member of the Knights of Columbus. Don was an avid sports fan coaching Ringette, playing old timers hockey and was very passionate about his Boston Bruins. He enjoyed gardening, loved to dance a good Polka. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Cheryl (Cusack); daughters, Margaret (Merrill) Tibbo, Pauline (Charles) Pilcher, Donna (Jeff) Keeler; grandchildren, Marc (Elisabeth), Josh, Jamie, Elliott, Erin, Brendan, Mackenzie; great-grandson, Russell; brothers, Lyle (Mary), Dewayne; sisters, Shirley McCallum, Elaine Powis, Marlene (Dave) Summers as well as several nieces and nephews, especially his niece Merle who was very dear to his heart. He was predeceased by his brothers, Archie, Kenny, Mervin; sisters, Evelyn, Virginia, Hazel as well as his nephew, Lynn. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 pm Thursday, August 3 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am Friday, August 4 in St. Margaret Bourgeoys Church, 18 Scholars Rd. Upper Tantallon with Fr. Joe MacKinnon officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

COX, Clarence Edward - age 94 of Dartmouth, formerly of Selma, passed away July 29, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building (V6E), QEII, Halifax. Born in Sterling Brook, he was the youngest son of the late Edgar and Susan (Faulkner) Cox. Clarence graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Medical Branch of the Royal Canadian Navy where he spent more than two years in the Navy Hospital in Sydney, and was later drafted on board the frigate, HMCS New Waterford. While serving in the Navy his father died and on his discharge, Clarence came home to the family farm. With his brother Austin, together they created Cox Brothers Poultry Farm Ltd. which was incorporated in 1953. Clarence was a very active member of his community. He was a member and elder of the United Church of Canada (Selma), as well as a member of the Egg Marketing Board and Canadian Hatchery Association. He also served as a Councillor for the Municipality of East Hants for seven years. He was actively involved with the Family and Children Services throughout the years, and was a role model to many. Clarence was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Clifford (of Tiverton); as well as siblings, Gertrude Pratt, Austin Cox, Lloyd Cox and Lydie MacPhee. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Webber-White of Dartmouth. He is also survived by his children, Susan (Terry) Price, Rosemary McCluney, Paul (Heather Addley) Cox, Danny (Brenda) Cox, Anne (Cory) Garbolinsky, Andrew (Annette) Cox; stepsons, Mark (Pam) White and Richard (Marilyn) White; grandchildren, Jason, Jeffrey, Jennifer, James, Olivia, Breanna, Matthew, Rachel, Ashley, Jessica, Nicholas, Philip, and Jennifer; greatgrandchildren, Hannah, Garrett, Brenna, Emma, Willow and Weston; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held beginning 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 2 until time of service at 4 p.m., both in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie, Rev. Martin Reid officiating. A private family burial will be held in Selma United Church Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Family and Children’s Services of Hants County, Windsor. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses of V6East at Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, for their compassionate care.


HMCS NEW WATERFORD - Served in New Waterford during the Second World War


KARLICH, John Francis (22 Nov 1930 - 24 Jul 2017) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Francis Karlich at the age of 86 on July 24th, 2017 in Ocean View Continuing Care in Eastern Passage. At the time of his passing, John was with his loving wife of over 64 years, Florence. Born in Glace Bay, John grew up enjoying hunting, fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. In high school, John was captain of the hockey team, played football, basketball and rugby. John continued to play hockey into his 70’s and enjoyed golfing, which he and Flo took up in their retirement years. He was an amazing cook and Sunday dinner was his tradition; John took great pleasure in making sure everyone had enough to eat! He loved the ocean and taught his girls, grandchildren and great-grandchild how to skin-dive and snorkel, ride their bikes and took them on many outdoor adventures. Beagles had always been a huge part of John’s life and each of his prized hunting companions was treated as another member of the family. John was a dedicated member of the naval armed forces for 28 years. He started his career on the HMCS Quebec (C66) in 1954 and finished his sailing career aboard HMCS Iroquois (DDG280). John 'Came Ashore' to apply his trade as Master Machinist teaching at the Canadian Navel Engineering School at Stadacona, Halifax. John had a great ability to teach and is fondly remembered by his students with his famous 'Gather Round' where John would bring his students together often around a lathe for another lesson. John leaves behind his wife, Flo; daughters, Wendy (Paul Coote) and Susan (Christian Charest); his sister, Gerry (Robert Lawrence); grandchildren, Julie (Eric Bouchard), Valerie (Jean-Michel Molle), Lorimeg, Josh and Holly (Kyle Mosher); three great granddaughters and many nieces and nephews. John will be remembered especially, and above all, as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed. The family would like to especially thank the staff at Ocean View, Shoreside unit for their loving care they gave to John and continue to give to Flo. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. 



HMCS IROQUOIS - Commissioning crew as a CPO2, MAR ENG 311

LAFRANCE, Michel Joseph (29 Sep 1939 - 20 Jul 2017) - age 77, passed away on July 20, at his home in Musquodoboit Harbour. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and served between 1958 and 1988. He is survived by his son, Robert and daughter, Linda. Mass will be held in Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, 320 Flying Cloud Dr., Dartmouth on Friday, July 28, at 11 a.m.

MacNEIL, Lawrence Daneil (Lonnie) - It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Lawrence (Lonnie) Daniel MacNeil, age 82, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Northside Guest Home with his family at his side. Although he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, we take comfort knowing that he is united with his Lord. Lonnie was born on June 1, 1935 to the late Lawrence and Mary Catherine (Kathleen) MacNeil. A loving and devoted family man, Lonnie had an unyielding devotion to God, his family and his roots. At the age of 17 years he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy to serve his country. He was employed with Sydney Steel, Devco, and later travelled to various jobs throughout Canada as a member of the Millwright's Union in which, even after retirement, he was a very active member; always supporting his fellow union brothers. Although he visited many provinces, countries and continents throughout his life, there was no other place but his Cape Breton home. Lonnie was a professional and Golden Gloves boxer, and throughout his life he dedicated much of his time sharing his love of this sport by coaching the youth of his community. He also loved to skate, dance and socialize. Lonnie will be sadly missed by his children; His adoring daughter Cathy (Frank) Sentance ,Ontario, Sons: Lonnie (Nancy) MacNeil, George's River, Michael MacNeil ,Ontario and his special boy, Kevin MacNeil, North Sydney. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren: Maria, Billy, Kyle, Jackie, Katrina and Justine,5 great grandchildren; sisters: Theresa (Ted) Andrea , Halifax. ,Kay Hicking, Truro, Sally (Jim) Sampson ,Millville, brothers: Joseph (Donna) MacNeil, Sydney Mines, Danny (Debbie) MacNeil, Sydney Mines sisters-in-law: Betty & Connie MacNeil, Edie Foster, Mickey Bushnick, Joan Hurley (Lawrence), Verna (Cameron) MacNeil brothers-In-Law; Rickey (Gloria) and Brian Brady (Maura), many nieces and nephews and life-long best friend: Walter Stewart. Besides his parents, Lonnie was predeceased by sons: Jack and Ryan MacNeil. Wives: Shirley (Richards) Clarke and Patricia (Brady) MacNeil, brothers: Bobby, Jack and Norman brothers-in-law; George Hicking and Joseph Richards and sisters-in-law: Nanda Mac Neil, Cathy Brady, Marie Barber, Shirley Adams and Theresa Baily Visitation will take place Sunday July 23, 2017 from 7-9 pm at JM Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St. Sydney Mines. A funeral mass to celebrate his life will be held Monday July 24th at 2pm in Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines with Fr. James Oliver officiating. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dr. Eugene Ignacio (Danielle), Susan Abeheimer and the staff of the Northside Guest Home for their excellent care, dedication and support for both Lonnie and his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society.

WICKSTROM, Dewain, CPO2, RCN - 89 of Westbank, BC, previously of Waverley, Nova Scotia, passed away July 17, 2017. Dewain was born November 20,1927 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and raised in Cabri, Saskatchewan. He was the son of the late Carl V. Wickstrom and Inez M.(Tanner) Wickstrom. He was a cancer survivor, having dealt with GIST for the past 9 years. Dewain joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946. After retiring from the RCN in 1969, Dewain was employed in a variety of jobs including 12 years with Canada Post. Dewain and wife Dorinne moved to Waverley in 1957 and became very involved with the community in many ways including Waverley Ratepayers Association, Cheema (as a founding member and Vice Commodore), youth baseball and hockey, and also a team member on the Navy ball and hockey teams. He also played hockey for the Waverley Gold Diggers in the Halifax Suburban League. Dewain was predeceased by wife Dorinne (Cunning) Wickstrom. Also predeceased by sister Joyce (Robert) Lister, Burlington, Ontario, daughter-in-law Brenda (Steve) (nee MacEachern) Wickstrom, Oakfield, NS, son-in-law Doug Boutilier (Coral), Wellington, NS, and great-granddaughter Molly Habermann, Florida USA. Dewain is survived by children all residing in Nova Scotia: Patricia (Roland) Swim, Tantallon, Christopher (Janet), Fall River, Susan (Arthur) Lynds, Beaver Brook, Steven (Heather MacFarland), Oakfield, Coral (Doug Boutilier) Wickstrom, Wellington, Julie (Arthur) Boyle, Lower Sackville. Dewain also has 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren all of whom he worked hard to keep track of and had great interest in their lives, including the great-grandchildren whom he may not have met, as well as each families' pets. Although Dad spent his working years on the east coast, in his heart he was truly a man of the west. His favourite movies starred John Wayne; Stage Coach was his favourite. A true road warrior who knew all the routes to take through Canada and the US. He loved traveling to Las Vegas and other casino towns to take part in a game and enjoy the western scenery along the way. He was a Blue Jay's fan who stayed with them through their good seasons and bad, like the rest of us. No funeral service by request. Donations to The Cancer Society, local SPCA or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

AHLBLAD, Kurt Ensio, RCN - of Halifax, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Helsinki, Finland, he came to Canada at a young age with his parents, Mary and Erik Ahlblad, and his brother, Bjorn. His early education was in Finland and Quebec and he later received his engineering degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. He served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy and later became head of Electrical Engineering Ship Repair Atlantic - HMC Dockyard, Halifax. He was a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. In retirement, he and his wife, Margaret, donated many hours to St. Patrick’s Church and the St. Patrick’s Church Restoration Society in Halifax. A humble man, Kurt also demonstrated a quiet strength that was deeply felt by his family, friends, and all who knew him. At St. Patrick’s, he was particularly loved by parishioners where his gentle demeanor and quiet dedication was instrumental in the work of the parish and the restoration of Halifax’s iconic Irish heritage church. No task was too small or too large for both he and his wife, Margaret, to ensure the retention of the church, and the continued good work of the parish and the Restoration Society. He was a generous man, with both his time and counsel, and loved being part of the team that has worked tirelessly for St. Patrick’s. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret; son, Erik; daughter, Rosalie (Matthew Preston); grandchildren, Andrew, Alexander and Elizabeth; brother, Bjorn; as well as brothers-in-law, John and Peter; sister-in-law, Janet; and many other nieces, nephews and relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Erik Ahlblad. There will be a funeral mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 2263 Brunswick St., Halifax, on Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow in the church hall. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Parish or St. Patrick’s Church Restoration Society.

UNCLES,  John William (Jack) - passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Calgary, AB. Dad was born June 11, 1924 in Moose Jaw, SK. He was involved at an early age with helping at his father's abattoir business, serving with navy cadets, and then he started working at the CPR at age 17. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1942. The HMCS Prince Robert took him from Esquimalt, BC, through the Panama Canal and into the North Atlantic for convoy duty. This was mainly between England, Scotland, Ireland, and Gibraltar, and later into various Mediterranean ports. Dad returned to the CPR after the war and retired as a locomotive engineer in 1984. He was actively involved with the business and social of his union BLF&E 521, the NDP, and contributed significant energy to acquiring and moving locomotive 2634 first to Crescent Park and then to the Western Development Museum site. He served on the WDM board for a number of years as well as in the MJ Legion colour party. Dad was an exceptional gardener and passed this love on to his children. He was also a skilled woodworker, home renovator, fisherman on Saskatchewan lakes (in both summer and winter), dog trainer, and a Roughriders fan. He was predeceased by the love of his life Gladys in 2015 (married 1951), and older siblings Joe (2009) and Vera (2016). Jack and Gladys moved to Calgary in 2011. Left to mourn are son John (Donna) of Calgary, AB; daughters Karen (Rick) Jackson of Calgary, AB and Leslie (David) Ell of Regina, SK; grandchildren Rebecca, Ito, Alison (Matt), David, Jeffrey, Jared, Meghan, Alyssa (Justin), and Jordan (Brittany); great-grandchildren Abril and Evan; and other relatives and friends. By request, there will be no funeral service. Prayers will be said during the regular Sunday communion service on August 27, 2017 at Moose Jaw's St Barnabas Anglican Church where Jack and Gladys were baptized, confirmed, married, and attended for 80+ years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's name to the Western Development Museum Moose Jaw, 50 Diefenbaker Dr, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1L9 or to Prostate Cancer Canada, 2 Lombard St, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 1M1. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director. (Regina Leader Post 03 Aug 2017)



BERARDI, Nicholas (26 Sep 1988 - 31 Jul 2017) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Nicholas Berardi on July 31, 2017 at the age of 28. Nicholas Peter Joseph Berardi was born on September 26, 1988 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Nick worked very hard throughout his life and we were all very proud of his accomplishments. He graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 2006 and later went on to become a Journeyman Boilermaker by Trade with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 555. Through his life he also served in the Canadian Navy, as a Power Engineer, and worked as a Millwright at Resolute Forest Products. Nick strived for excellence throughout all of his endeavors. Nick had a love for anything outdoors, especially sledding in the winter season and hunting and fishing with his Dad. He shared a birthday with his mother and loved travelling with his partner Jodi. He loved spending time with his sister Tavia, their family pets, and cherishing their annual holiday occasions together. Nick was very passionate about travelling and visiting many places in the world, especially Scotland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Jasper, and most recently fulfilling his dream of going to Italy. Nicholas is survived by his parents, Peter and Kathryn Berardi (Bob), sister Tavia (Alan), and his loving partner Jodi Corbett. He is also survived by his grandmother Rosaire Lidkea, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his Nanny and Papa (Lidia and Giacinto) Berardi, grandfather Garrett Lidkea, and his aunt Judith Anne Lidkea. A Celebration of Nick's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, presided by Rev. Luigi Filippini of St. Anthony's Church. Visitation for family and friends will begin one hour prior, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Nick's memory to MADD Canada would be greatly appreciated.


DAVIDSON, Alexander Thomas (Al) - Member of the Order of Canada Born in Fort William, Ontario on January 11, 1926. Al passed away peacefully at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario on July 28, 2017 at 91 years of age. Dear husband and best friend to Joan Alexander. Loving father to Chuck (Eva), Ron (Lynn), James (Anne), John (Cindy), and loving grandfather to thirteen grandchildren. Survived by his niece Gerry Matyczuk. Predeceased by James Morry Davidson (father), Charlotte Emma Potter (mother) and Ollie Davidson (brother). Al served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Following his service, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Queen's University (1948), and a Master of Arts degree in geography from the University of Toronto (1951). In 1991 Al was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies. Al greatly valued education, and had a boundless passion for learning. Following his graduation from the University of Toronto, Al's love for the outdoors coupled with his concern about the conservation of land, forests, rivers, and wildlife led him to pursue a career in public service. Over a thirty-five year career, he served in senior public servant roles for both the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada. Highlights of his career include: Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Field Operations in the Ministry of Natural Resources Saskatchewan, ADM of Water, ADM of Policy, Planning and Research in the Department of the Environment and ADM of Parks Canada. He made a name for himself as a sensible policy-maker and a good steward of Canada's natural resources. He helped to negotiate the first Great Lakes Agreement, launched the Canada Land Inventory, oversaw the establishment of the Canadian Heritage River system and marine conservation areas, and led the establishment of dozens of national parks and national historic sites. In addition to his work in the public service, Al volunteered for several non-governmental organizations. He was President of the Canadian Association of Geographers, President of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and President of the Canadian Wildlife Foundation. In 2007, Al became a Member of the Order of Canada, bestowed on him for his outstanding environmental conservation work both inside and outside of government. He was also a proud recipient of the Massey medal an honour bestowed by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1999). Looking back on his career, Al fondly recounted that it was a geographer's dream. He will continue to be an inspiration, an example of how someone can work with persistence and tirelessness to make a difference for his community and the country. Al spent some of his time in retirement curling. He enjoyed his fellow curlers and their friendship. We would like to thank the kind and compassionate palliative care staff at Élisabeth Bruyère for their end of life care. They provided dignity for all family members at a difficult time in his life. A private family funeral service in memory of Al will be held on August 2, 2017. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in his memory. (Ottawa Citizen 02 Aug 2017)

McLEOD, Cathel James (Jim) (Mickey), C2ERA (23 Jul 1919 - 18 Jul 2017) - was born in Calgary in 1919 and grew up in Alliance, Alberta. He met his love Eva in Edmonton and they married in 1949. He joined the Canadian Naval Forces and served in WW2 and the Korean Peacekeeping mission. He traveled around the world while continuing his career as a CPO diesel engineer. Mom and Dad eventually settled in Victoria. Dad worked at the Executive House and then Camosun College after retiring from the Navy. He was an avid coin and stamp collector. Predeceased by his wife Eva Marie, he leaves to mourn Kathleen, Jim, Laurel, Sybil, Suzanne, Taelor and Aaron. A graveside service and a memorial gathering will be held at St. Peter and Pauls' Church at 1379 Esquimalt Rd. on September 13th, 2017 at 1 pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Aug 2017)



PAYNE, Harold B. (05 Nov 1930 - 11 Jun 2017) - Harold (Hal) was born in Burnaby, B.C. and passed away in Victoria. He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon. He is survived by his wife Therese, his three children; Joseph (Joe), Janet, and Rodrick (Rod), 2 grandchildren; Alecia and Michelle, and 3 grandchildren, and his sister Ruth. Hal had two careers, as a radio technician in the Canadian Navy and as a bus driver. He will be missed. (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Aug 2017)

STARKINGS, William John (Jack) - Peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the age of 90. He is survived by Patricia, his dearly beloved wife of 62 years, as well as his son John and daughters Elizabeth (Chris Williams) and Suzanne. Cherished grandfather of Lee (Jackie), Lindsay (Damien), Samantha and Ruby. "Pappy- Jack" to Joaquim, and great-grandfather of Ninamae, Grayson, Jeff, Cal and Violet. Born in London, ON, Jack, who held commission in the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) had devoted 10 years of service as Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet corps "RCSCC Jacques Cartier" in Sept-Iles, QC prior to joining the Coast Guard in 1968. He retired from Federal public service in 1994 after 26 years of service. Jack was an avid photographer and a long-time member of the Ottawa R. A. Centre Photo Club. Although he will be greatly missed, his family and friends will always remember him for his "joie de vivre", his passion for photography, love of nature, the air, the sea and the sand. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff on A3 of the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre Palliative Care team for their most compassionate care and service. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Road) on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 05 Aug 2017)



JEFFERSON, Frank Harvey, Engineer Captain, CBE, RCN - died July 29, 1977 in Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.


HMCS NIOBE - Served in NIOBE in 1910 as an A/Engineering SLt, RCN






HMCS PATRICIAN - Appointed to Patrician 31 Jul 1922 as LCdr (E), RCN


HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay in 1931 as an Engineering Commander, RCN

CUMMINGS, William George Ernest "Bill", RCN (23 May 1929 - 18 Jul 2012) - 83, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, formerly of Truro, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, July 18, 2012, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, from Lewy Body Disease. Born May 23, 1929, in Wallace, he was a son of the late Ernest and Hattie (Boone) Cummings. Bill served with the Royal Canadian Navy (Chief Warrant Officer) before retiring in 1973 followed by 15 years as a civilian member of the RCMP. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Betty Margaret (Peppard); children, William "Bill" (Debora), Bonnie (Mark), all of Ottawa, Ontario; Brian (Patricia), Waterloo, Ontario; Belinda Rogers (Gordon), Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; grandchildren, William Cummings (Michele), Andrew Cummings, Danny Cummings, David Cummings, Michael Rogers, Alexander Rogers, Rachel Neilsen, Emily Neilsen; great grandchildren, William Cummings, Christian Cummings; siblings, Robert "Bob" Cummings, Lola Lynds, Evelyn Soper, Margaret Johnson. Along with his parents, Bill was predeceased by his siblings, James Rector, Millard Rector, Melita Geldart, Mina Canning, Lois (Tiny) Smith, Dorothy Quigley, Jean Lambke, Donald "Donnie" Cummings. The Cummings family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Summerside and Charlottetown hospitals as well as Beach Grove Home for their care and support. Bill's family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Belvedere Funeral Home, 175 Belvedere Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Reverend Roger Moore officiating. Reception will follow. Interment will be held in Robie Street Cemetery, 125 Robie Street, Truro. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Bill's memory to Salvation Army or charity of choice are welcomed.

COSSEY, Hylton Herbert, Chief Engineer, VR-5485, RNCVR (01 Mar 1894 - 13 May 1967) was born on 01 Mar 1894 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. His parents, Herbert Thomas Cossey and Rose Annie Lake were married in Yarmouth in 1893. Hylton came to Canada with his parents and siblings in June of 1903. Hylton later worked for the Cossey boat company in Keewatin and also at a bank. He married Florence Mabel Auckland on 15 Oct 1917 in Talbotville, Ontario. They had met in Keewatin where "Flossie" had come to teach in 1915. Hylton enlisted in the Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve on 23 Sep 1914 and served during WW 1. He was Chief Engineer on HMCS Niobe and was in Halifax harbour during the explosion of the French munitions ship Mont Blanc. A piece of shrapnel from the explosion was kept as a souvenir of the event. Hylton's service was commemorated on the Town of Keewatin plaque which hangs in the Keewatin Legion and he was one of the returning veterans honoured at a ceremony in Keewatin in Aug 1919. After his discharge from the Navy, Hylton returned to Keewatin and continued is work in boat building as a designer. Their daughter, Viva Florence, was born in Aug of 1922. A fire destroyed the family home on May Avenue, Keewatin and they moved to Windsor, Ontario where a second daughter, Catherine, was born in Mar 1924. Around 1927 Hylton began working at Fisher Boat Works in Detroit. Eventually the family moved to the USA taking up residence in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  After he and Flossie divorced in Mar 1950, Hylton married Helen O'Donnell, daughter of James O'Donnell and Frances Cobeck, on 29 May 1950 in Steuben, Indiana. Hylton Cossey died on 13 May 1967, at Saint Clair Shores, Macomb, Michigan. Helen later died in 1986 in Pasco, Florida. (source: The Great Canadian War Project)


Photo of Hylton Cossey in the cockpit of a Cossey built boat in Keewatin, ON.


Service Record for Hylton Cossey


HMCS NIOBE - Served in NIOBE 23 Oct 1917 - 31 Dec 1918 as AB, EA, Sto, Sto PO and 11 Jan 1919 - 16 Mar 1919 as Sto PO


TR 31 - Served n TR 31 from 10 Jun 1918 to 10 Jan 1919 as a Sto PO


KOVACS, John Robert (24 Jun 1924 - 03 Aug 2005) - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, John, at the Hamilton General Hospital on Wednesday, August 3, 2005, in his 81st year. John will be lovingly remembered by Helen (Buda), his wife of 58 years. Much loved father of Janis, Michael (Mayeli), Marc (Joan), Marian (Garry), Nancy, and Kelly (Paul). He will be sadly missed by his brother Louis, his wife Mary and their children.  Dear grandpa of Amy (Tony), Adam, Lana, Chris, Karyn, Diane, Sabrina and Desmond and great-grandpa to Jordanna and Samantha. John was a Veteran of WWII and a devoted and loving family man. Funeral Mass on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church on Alder Street, Dunnville. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. God Bless you, John. We love you.


Card of Thanks: Kovacs, John Robert - Beloved husband of Helen Buda. Dearest father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Many thanks to the J.W. Hart Funeral Home, Dunnville; Father Michael and the choir of St. Michael's Parish. Much gratitude to John and for the floral tributes and mass cards. Special thank you to the Dunnville Legion for their rendering of the Last Post. Thank you also to the staff of the C.C.U. of the Hamilton General Hospital. We shall never forget your kindness and care. Sincerely, the Kovacs Family.  John, you will always be with us. We love you with all our hearts. Rest in peace.


Portrait of John Kovacs



GIASSON, Frederick, OSET - died: 23 Nov 1997- A Canadian Navy sailor died Saturday night after apparently falling during a night at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Frederick Giasson, 25, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was discovered lying in an alleyway bleeding from the head with fractured arms and chest injuries, and was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. at Massachusetts General Hospital, police said. Giasson was discovered near a fire escape whose ladder was in the downward position, but Boston police would not say whether they believe he fell from the structure. Responding to a call made by an employee at the Trinity nightclub on Chatham Street near Faneuil Hall, Boston police were led to an alleyway between State and Chatham streets shortly after 11 p.m. (Boston Globe, Boston, MA 24 Nov 1997)


HMCS FREDERICTON - Commissioning crew

ANDERSON, Martin Peter (Andreychuk) - passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the age of 94. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Barb Shawcross and Rosemary Coss (Andrew), granddaughters, Tiffany Engels and Andrea Shawcross (David Stockton), great-grandsons, Joshua and Kieran Engels, and older sister Kay Hladun. Dad also had many nieces and nephews who will miss him, especially Kim Kreutzer who was so very helpful to Mom and Dad in their final years. Dad was very proud of his time in the Navy during the Second World War and, after being released, married the love of his life, Rose (nee Kreutzer). They were married for 67 years. Dad worked in the bridge building industry and was the owner of La Salle River Construction Company for many years, building timber bridges all over the southern part of Manitoba. Dad loved his time with Mom in the house he built for her at 33 Glen, at their mobile home in Florida, and at their trailer near West Hawk Lake. He was an incredibly generous, talented, and loving man. We want to thank the home care workers, Dr. Miller and the staff at St. Norbert Personal Care Home, and the volunteers at the High Steppers Club who all aided him in his last few years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB in Winnipeg, who were so helpful to him when he lost his vision. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. "I've gone to join your Mother, I'm going home at last." Funeral Arrangements in Care of: Wheeler Funeral Home Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street (Winnipeg Free Press 05 Aug 2017)


ALLAN, David Moyes (09 Dec 1922 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - 06 Aug 2017 - White Rock, British Columbia) - of White Rock, British Columbia, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the age of 94 years. Never one to give up, he exemplified "a good old age". David relished life, family and a home cooked dinner. He always had a smile and was in his element at social events. A resident of Crescent Gardens since 2014, David embraced some of the activities such as Bridge, Bingo, Choir and was known for his prolific reading. In earlier days, David called himself a "Navy lad" and was on duty in England readied for WWII. After the war, David graduated from the University of Alberta, and subsequently worked as a corrosion engineer at Trans Mountain Pipe Line and later for SNC-Lavalin. He started family life in Edmonton marrying Eileen Keates, and had son Tim in 1947. His work career culminated with a Life Member award in 1988 with the Association of Professional Engineers in Geological and Geophysical Professions. Curling in the 1960s and golf in retirement were hobbies. David is survived by his son, Tim Allan (Sandy Hartley) of South Surrey, BC; grandchildren, Andrea Allan of Surrey, BC and Sean Allan (Victoria Morgan) of Regina, SK; great-grandchild, Ashley Allan of London, ON; sister-in-law, Doris Allan of Invermere, BC; nephew, Dave Allan (Lori) of Calgary (working in Trinidad & Tobago); nieces, Joni Allan (Exu Nazares) of Vancouver, BC and Tracy Bruns (Jim Sidorchuk); grandnieces, Rachel Halsted of Calgary, AB, Jade Allan, Shayla Allan and Teagan Bruns; grandnephews, Joel Allan, Tommy Allan and Justen Bruns. David was predeceased by Eileen Allan; partner Elizabeth Rust and brother, James F. Allan. David thrived on his independence, and thus the family extends appreciation for the kindness and support of Dr. Debra Harper, Peace Arch Hospital and Crescent Gardens – all key players in David's final years. A Graveside Service will be held at Burnsland Cemetery (Cemetery Rd and Spiller Rd. S.E., Calgary, AB). Private dinner to follow. In living memory of David Allan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary herald 11 Aug 2017)

CATHCART, Donald Stuart (Kitty), PO TAS/SN, 10377-E, RCN (1931-2017) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Stuart in the early morning of Saturday, August 5th with family by his side at VGH. Survived by his loving wife, Sybil, of 63 years, sons Brian (Terry) and Mike (Laura); grandchildren, Lea (Jocelyn), Kyle (Casey), Jessica (Spencer), Nolan, and Kendra; his first great-grandchild, Addison; his sister, Barb, as well as many nieces and nephews. Born in Regina on October 3, 1931, Don was a dedicated lifelong fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He joined the Canadian Navy in September 1950, where his career spanned 27 years including two tours during the Korean War. In 1977, he retired as a Warrant Officer but remained a lifetime member of the Chiefs' and P.O.'s Association. He then joined Canada Post in 1978 and remained there for the next 14 years. Don was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast, enjoying years as a spectator of his sons and grandkids both in baseball and soccer. He served on the executive of Gorge Soccer, and was a regular of the Saturday 4 O'Clock Club. He enjoyed his spring trips to Arizona as well as numerous trips to Disneyland with the grandkids. There were many years of laughs and good memories at the house with neighbours and lifetime friends met through the military and sports. The family wishes to thank Dr. Medhurst for years of care, as well as the staff at VGH ICU and 6 North for the special treatment he received during his time there. We would also like to thank our friends and family for their thoughtfulness during this difficult time. Don was small in stature but large in life, and we will miss that quick sense of humour. No service at Don's request. Dad, in your next journey, don't be flipping the cheeseburgers. Love always. You will be missed. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Aug 2017)


Photo:  Kitty Cathcart and Cowboy Watt



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







FINAN, Alexander William (18 May 1913 - 06 Aug 2017) - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and brother Alexander William Finan, in his 105th year on August 6, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Peggy (2015). Loving father of Dan Finan (Patricia) and Don Finan. Leaving behind many treasured memories with his grandchildren Jessica, Kevin, Alexander, Matthew and Gregory Finan. Alexander is survived by his brother Jack Finan and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by twin brother Harry Finan, brother Edward Finan and sister Mary Henderson. Alexander was a Navy Veteran, retired Stationary Engineer at Stelco Inc. and a 60 year parishioner of St. Eugene's Parish. He had a love of sports and travelling, staying physically fit through aerobics, skating and swimming in the family pool. Nicknamed "Howie" (Meeker/Cosell), he was known for his insightful hockey, football and baseball commentary. Many thanks to Dr. Ambis, the nurses and PSW team at Pine Villa nursing home for all their wonderful care over the past 4 years. The family will receive visitors at Markey Dermody Funeral Home, 1774 King St. E (at Kenilworth) on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 5-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Eugene's Roman Catholic Church, Hamilton on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment to take place at a later date at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

GORDON, Donald McAuley - died peacefully with his wife of 64 years, Carleen, holding his hand. Born in Penticton, raised in Hedley, he served his country in the Navy during the war. He attended UBC in Engineering. In 1961, ordained in the Anglican Church and served in Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Ladner and Gabriola Island. Also served on faculty at VST. Dad met mum in 1946 through her piano teacher, Mr. Harvey. They were married in 1952. Our parents exemplified the cherishing part of their wedding vows. Their loving marriage has been an example to their daughters, Heather, Christine and Muriel. Dad will be greatly missed by his sons-in-law; Robert, David and Tom; grandchildren, Bruce (Jill), Michael (Robyn), Lauren (Dave), Nicole (Patrick), Tristan, Matthew and Emily; great- grandchildren, Lily and Kaitlyn; and sister Gloria. We would like to thank West Shore Laylum, the Family Doctor, Dr. Tsia, and the doctors and the nurses at Delta Hospital for their superb care. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, Ladner, BC. (Yes, there will be chocolate.) (Vancouver Sun / The province 13 Aug 2017)

RAMSAY, Wayne Eric (Fong) - of Halifax, N.S. passed away peacefully on August 3rd, 2017 at the QE2. Wayne was born in Halifax on Oct 6th, 1948. He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Iris Ramsay. Wayne was one of six children, with the youngest, Richard, being his loyal caregiver during the last couple of years of Wayne's life. Wayne is survived by his biological children: Mark, April, Mae, and June of Nova Scotia, and Angela and Ashley of New Brunswick. Additionally, stepchildren: Jamie, Shauna and Jody, also of New Brunswick. Wayne was also the grandfather of too many children to mention :) Wayne grew up in Halifax and he loved playing baseball in the commons as a young boy. Later in his life, he would bring his children to the commons and play. He joined the Navy at a young age and then became a porter in the Victoria General Hospital. Wayne did the best he could given his life circumstances and conquered many obstacles throughout his journey. He took great pride in his children. He adored that his boy was a boxer. He was extremely proud for fathering such beautiful girls. Although Wayne appeared to have a "chip on his shoulder", he had a very soft soul. During his later years, he admitted to many of his faults and asked for forgiveness. He regretted not being able to be a better father to all of his children and stepchildren. During the last few years of Wayne's life, he enjoyed his humble abode with a beautiful view of the water from his balcony. There will not be a service dedicated to Wayne, however, cremation will be taken place this week and Wayne's ashes will be spread in the Ocean and at a "secret" spot where he spent many days as a child.

WATERS, Gordon Ralph (Jan 1926 - Aug 2017) - Passed away peacefully at S.M.H. with his son Gordy at his side. Gord was born and raised in Port Mann, and that is where he and wife Yvonne raised their family. Gord worked for the CNR for 44 years with 2 1/2 years interrupted to serve time in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. In their retirement years, Gord and Yvonne loved camping and that special drink around the campfire. Gord loved people and people loved Gord. Gord is survived by Yvonne, his wife and best friend for 68 years; two sons, Terry (Charlene) and Gordy Jr.; three grandchildren, Corey, Kevin (Tera), and Adelle (Randy); and three great-grandchildren, Stone, Avery and Kaia. No service by request. R.I.P. Dad/Grandpa - we love you. XXOO (Vancouver Sun / The Province 12 Aug 2017)

WEBSTER, Harry Alexander, P2RP, RCN (10 Mar 1936 - 29 Jul 2017) - passed away quietly July 29, 2017. He will be missed by his wife Anne Webster, son Gord Webster, daughter-in-law Dawn Webster and many friends and cousins. He was very proud of his navy service. The many friendships he made in those years and subsequently through his volunteer work with Chief's & Petty Officers Association were a big part of his life. As in life we're sure he's riding his motorcycle through heaven's gates. With the assistance of the Navy he'll be taking one last voyage to sea. For those who like him enjoyed a wee dram, next time you pour your favorite, join us in toasting him fair voyage. Funeral Home First Memorial Funeral Services - Victoria 1155 Fort Street Victoria, BC V8V3K9 (250) 384-5512 (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Aug 2017)













CURLEIGH, Colin M. Brigadier-General, CMM, OMM, CD (03 May 1936 - 09 Aug 2017) - Age 81, died peacefully Wednesday 9 August 2017 resting on his deck with his family, overlooking his favourite view of the Minas Basin. Born in Aklavik, N.W.T., he was the son of the late Assistant-Commissioner (RCMP) George and Jean (Stoddart) Curleigh. He was a graduate of the College Militaire Royal de St. Jean, Dalhousie University, the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK, the Command and Staff College, Toronto and the National Defence College, Kingston. He served on several naval ships prior to his career as a helicopter pilot. Following flight training in Patuxent River, Maryland in 1963, he flew the first Sea King helicopter to Shearwater. He served in four Sea King Squadrons, flew from HMCS Bonaventure, the Canadian DDH's and had a posting in the USA flying off several US aircraft carriers. He served on the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington), the Directing Staff of the Staff College in Toronto, was Commandant of the Canadian Forces Staff College, Toronto, the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces' Central Europe in Brunssum, The Netherlands, Commander of the Maritime Air Group, Halifax and the Defence Attache to the High Commissioner at the Defence Liaison Staff in London, England. He was fondly referred to as “The Sea King” by his kids and their friends. He was on the board of The Royal International Tattoo and President of the Aeronautical Institute of Nova Scotia. Colin and Nancy enjoyed retirement in Greenhill (Parrsboro) where Colin, a voracious reader, enjoyed his books and the beauty of his surroundings. He was active in the community serving on several boards; the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society/Ottawa House which was his passion, the Parrsboro Band Association/The Hall, the Fundy Geological Museum and the RCMP Advisory Board. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy (Melanson); his children, George and Jen (Coyle), Vancouver; Jon, Vancouver; James and Jackie (Brown), San Francisco and Sara (Curleigh) Parsons, London, England; his beloved “Treasures” his grandchildren, Sam, Emily, Kate, Thomas, Sarah, Chris, Hannah, Zan, James, Ben, Scotia, Olivia, Caroline and Joshua Colin; sister, Mary (Dick) Micklich, Idaho Falls; brother, Alan (Raymonde), Montreal; sister, Sue (Lloyd) Kay, Moncton; brother-in-law, David Smith (Brenda), River Hebert; sister-in-law, Dora Melanson, Hubbards; several nieces and nephews; and his “Florence Nightingales” Debby, Brenda and Shelley. A farewell gathering will be held at the Ottawa House, Parrsboro from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday 13 August 2017. Committal will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a charitable donation to the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society/Ottawa House, the Parrsboro Band Association/The Hall or to the Shearwater Aviation Museum. (Smith's Funeral Home)


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois in 1956

HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga in 1959

HMCS NIPIGON - Served in Nipigon in 1966

GRUBB, Frederic Ernest, M.I.D., O-29570, Cdr, RCN - Born: 18 Jul 1910, London, England, Died: 29 Mar 1985, Victoria, BC


GRUBB, Frederic Ernest, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Moose Jaw - Awarded as per London Gazette of 19 May 1942 (no Canada Gazette). "For good service in HMCS Moose Jaw, in action against enemy submarines and in rescuing survivors from a merchantman."


Portrait of Lt F.E. Grubb


HMS ERBUS (1927)



HMCS VANCOUVER - Appointed to Vancouver 14 May 1934 as Slt, RCN


HMCS ST LAURENT - Appointed to St Laurent 21 Apr 1938 as Lt, RCN

HMCS MOOSE JAW - Appointed to Moose Jaw 03 Jun 1941 as Lt, RCN.  1st Commanding Officer

HMCS CHARNY - Commanding Officer 09 May 1942 - 15 Nov 1942


COLLINS, Irvin (02  Jun 1924 - 26 May 2017) - passed away peacefully at George Derby Care Home in Burnaby, British Columbia at the age of 92. Irvin was predeceased by his wife Florence, and brother Bruce. He is survived by his son Allan (Terry), daughter Kathryn, and grandchildren, Lindsey and Erin. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War, Irvin worked at a number of different jobs during his lifetime, most notably Eaton's, Canadian Aviation Electronics, and finally Canadian National Railway from which he retired in 1989. After retirement he spent many years volunteering at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg. Anyone who knew Irvin was aware of his fun loving sense of humour, tireless devotion to helping others, and dedication to family. Irvin was one of a kind and will truly be missed. (Winnipeg Free Press 14 Aug 2017)

PRESTON, Donald Eric (10 Nov 1925 - 04 Aug 2017) - The family is sad to announce the peaceful passing of Don Preston at Deer Lodge Center. He was predeceased by his son Neil, sisters, Helen and Dorothy, and brother Bill as well as countless lifetime friends. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Shelagh (McKnight), sons, Doug (Angie, Mark and Michele) and Bob (Christy, Erin and Ian), daughter Eileen and daughter-in-law Cindy (Kailie and Nikki), and great-grandson Tyson. Don was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and moved to 457 Kingston Row in Winnipeg in 1939. Dad attended St. Johns College from 1939 to 1942 after which he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served in the Second World War as a communications officer seeing action on the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Mom and Dad met through a mutual group of friends, the group would party together and go to dances. Mom had her eye on the tall smooth talker and even warned her friends to watch him and not be swayed by his good looks and wit. Luckily Mom didn't take her own advice and after 64 years of marriage their love continued to grow. An accomplished sales and management professional, Dad spent the majority of his working life dedicated to the automotive industry. Dad started his career as sales and district manager for Imperial Oil, a short time after he purchased the Imperial Esso Station on Portage and Mount Royal. Dad was offered a position at General Motors as a fleet manager in Winnipeg, Calgary and London, Ontario. Dad returned to Winnipeg in 1970 to work with his lifetime friends at Birchwood Motors and in 1972 he became President and General Manager at National Toyota. Dad operated a number of dealerships until he opened his own business, Woodhaven Toyota in 1978. Dad's long time passion was selling cars. He returned to Birchwood Motors to work with his lifelong friend Robert Chipman where for 31 years he took care of thousands of repeat customers until an unfortunate broken hip forced his retirement at age 83. Dad continued to have customers call him at home where he would take the information and pass it onto his longterm sales partners, Steve Mestrovic and Dennis Verrier. A natural athlete, Dad participated in many sports excelling in swimming. Dad swam for the Royal Canadian Navy Team and the Manitoba Tankers. In 1947 he won the Canadian Title competing in a three mile lake race and many other events across Canada. Dad combined his love of family and nature by always ensuring we had a place to enjoy at the lake. Seasonal trailer sites at Falcon and then Granite Lake led to the purchase of the family cottage in 1971 at Granite Lake, Ontario where we have had many years of great memories. We are very fortunate to share the lake with many great neighbours, Mom and Dad's longtime friends, Bob and Edna Convey on one side and 46 years of friendship with family's on the other side with the Bailie's and the Ainley's. Dad enjoyed swimming to the neighbour's docks for a visit. With his strong front crawl he covered the distance in no time, even his last swim two summers ago. Dad also enjoyed sailing with his sisters and brother and fishing with the boys. We will remember Dad for many things, his great physical and mental strength, his love for family and friends, his kindness and willingness to understand and support, to see beyond the negative and encourage and develop the positive, as well as his determination and drive to stay focused on all of the good things in life. In his last few days he repeated many times, "Love, Family, Friends, Peace." "Keep on Keepin On." The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Deer Lodge for their dedication and compassionate care they provided Dad. As per Don's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a family service to follow. Flowers are gratefully declined. Dad had a soft spot for animals and if so inclined, a donation in Dad's name to the Winnipeg Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Rest in Peace Dad, we love you! For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. (Winnipeg Free Press 12 Aug 2017)

TISDALE, Bret - Died: 11 Jul 2017 - Friends and relatives are invited to Visitation on Sunday evening from 7 to 9 pm and on Monday morning from 9 to 10:45 am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Complete Funeral Service to celebrate Bret’s life and legacy will be conducted on Monday, July 17th, 2017, at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 195 Victoria St., Simcoe, by President Bill Biggley. Cremation to follow service. Memorial donations in Bret’s memory are payable to the “BC Children’s Hospital Foundation,” 938 West 28th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4, or online at, or through the funeral home. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with confidence to Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc., 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519)842-4238.



HANDRAHAN, Daniel Joseph, CK - (16 Apr 1971 - 18 Aug 2017) age 46 of Stewiacke, NS, formerly of Miramichi, NB Born April 16, 1971 in Chatham, NB, died August 18, 2017. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Danny, who we loved with all our hearts. Danny loved his daughters very much and his family. He worked hard and wanted to set a good example for his children and step children. He loved being on the water and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his bird dogs: Lady Di, Max, Maya, CJ, Jetson and Maggie. Danny was in the military for ten years as a Red Seal chef. He was known for his absolutely awesome seafood chowder. He was very proud of his service in the Canadian Navy. He was a great big man with an even bigger heart. He is survived by his common-law wife, best friend and soulmate, Shelly Woods, daughters Haley and Mariah; stepsons Christian and Nicholas; his mother Elizabeth (Holland) Lewis, step-dad Allen Lewis Sr., father Carroll Handrahan PEI, sisters Erin, Kelly, Brenda, Karen, Tammy, Mary, Lysa, Patricia, Kristal, and Carol-Anne; brothers Sean, Cory, Len, Lee, Dale and Allen Jr. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie, NS. A visitation will be held 3-5pm Thursday August 24, 2017 at 56 Riverside Avenue, Stewiacke. A funeral mass will be held at 11 am Saturday August 26, 2017 in St. Michael's Basilica Catholic Church, Miramichi, NB, Father John Bowmaster officiating. A reception will follow.


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois 1997-1999 as a Cook.

GLASS, John Gordon, Tel (08 Jan 1924, Moosejaw, SK - 12 Aug 2017, Calgary, AB) - beloved husband of Audrey Glass of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Gordon (the "Silver Fox") grew up in Moose Jaw, living through the depression and 'dirty 30s'. He joined the Navy in March 1942. He served aboard the frigate HMCS Wentworth (North Atlantic convoy duty) as a telegraphist. After being discharged in August 1945 he worked various jobs while completing grade 12. He then enrolled in UBC, earning his B.Comm. in 1950. Getting a job as a tank wagon salesman for BA Oil he met Audrey in Prince Albert; they married June 21, 1952. Gordon and Audrey moved to Calgary in 1959 where they lived in the same house for 55 years. They enjoyed 65 years together. Gordon worked in the oil and gas industry and commercial real estate retiring in 1988. Gordon enjoyed politics, sports, and traveling. Gordon will be remembered for being a loving husband, supportive father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Gordon is survived by his wife Audrey; his children Ken (Wendie Wisbey), Bob (Lori), and Jim; grandchildren Robert (Jennifer), Joshua (Lisa), Jordan, Honey, Ben and Brontë; great- grandchildren, Keane and Reece; brothers Jim (Gloria), Dick (Aubrey), and sister Shirley Crittendon. He was predeceased by his parents James and Alice, and sister Anne McCaig. In accordance with Gordon's wishes, cremation has taken place with no visitation or funeral ceremony. A family gathering will be planned for a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund, #1, 4539 - 6 St NE Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, website: Our family would like to thank the staff at Lake Bonavista Village for the care our parents received while living there. (Calgary Herald 18 Aug 2017)



BOWERS, Jack Edward (1933 - 2017) - Born in Hamilton, Ontario. Joined the service and spent 5 years in the Navy and 20 years in the Air Force. He retired in the Comox Valley and moved to Victoria in 1987. He has been predeceased by his grandson Michael and daughter Sharon. Jack is survived by his loving wife Del, daughters Leslie (Bryan), Debby and Donna (Jerry), as well as grandchildren Shauna, Christopher, Denai and Jennifer and 3 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Kidney Foundation. (Victoria Times Colonist 19 Aug 2017)

SLESSOR, Allan John, SG, RCN (10 Dec 1931 - 12 Jul 2017) - It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Slessor announce his passing on July 12, 2017 at the Sturgeon Hospital. Allan will be deeply missed by his sons, Robert and Mark (Deanne); daughter, Tracy (Peter) and their families; stepsons, Michael and David (Belinda) and their families; and his wife, Valeen. Allan was predeceased by his first wife, Gina in 2002. Allan was born in Winnipeg, MB. He started his adult life serving in the navy as signalman on a minesweeper off the West Coast of Canada. After his military service, Al, his wife, Gina and son, Robert moved back to Winnipeg where Al landed a sales position with LaFarge Canada and began a career that lasted 40 years. Al and Gina had 2 more children, Mark and Tracy, and the family enjoyed time at their cabin and camping around Western Canada. He was transferred to Alberta and settled in St. Albert, where he was very active in sports, coaching hockey, curling, and playing golf. As per Allan's wishes there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. (St. Albert Gazette 19 Aug 2017)

LUNDQUIST, Clarence Leonard - Born: 1917  Died 08 Jul 1977, Vancouver, BC



MacNEIL, Stephen Francis (Steve) (10 Jul 1929 - 24 Jun 2017) - Steve was born in Sydney, Cape Breton. A feisty, individualistic and fearless young man, Steve joined the Canadian Navy at the age of 19, after spending several years working as a linesman for the Cape Breton Power Corporation. His 25 years with the Navy took him across the globe; he served on the HMCS Nootka, Haida, Bonaventure, Swansea and many others. He was especially proud of his wartime service in Korea, for which he was recently awarded the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea. After he was honourably discharged in 1974, he worked at the Halifax Dockyards as a rigger. Although Steve and his wife of 61 years, Anita, lived in many different places in Canada and the United States, their fondest memories centered on their years in England, where Steve trained on submarines, as well as their many excursions to their cottage in Molega Lake. For his entire life, Steve was an ardent pigeon fancier, and won many races as a member of numerous Canadian and American pigeon clubs. He was also an enthusiastic boxing fan, having developed his passion for the sport as a talented amateur boxer in Cape Breton and the Navy. Steve’s other lifelong love was pool; his fiercely competitive nature made him a skilful player who would happily challenge anyone to a game. Steve is survived by his children, Patricia (Michael), Roxanne, Deborah, Steve (Diane), and Christina (Lea); his grandchildren, Jordan, Shayne, Derrick, Amanda, Dustin and Lauren; and his great-grandson, Hunter. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Florence; his siblings, Harry and Gloria; and his beloved wife, Anita. A service at sea for the Committal of Ashes will be held for Steve and Anita on the HMCS Sackville in Halifax, on May 6, 2018. We miss and love you always Dad.



HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida 1952-1953 as a LSAA



McLEAN, Greg (Barking Dog), C2RM, RCN - died: 03 Aug 2017, Victoria, BC

PIERCE, Jeffrey E. RCNVR - Born Margate England in 1922  Died Jun 1996. Jeffrey's parents immigrated to Canada after WW1, Windsor Ontario. He enlisted in the RCNVR in late 1941 and was part of the commissioning crew of HMCS Stormont. Like most, he didn't talk a lot about the "war part" but spoke often of Navy life and life at sea. He married in Windsor, ON in 1950 and lived there until they moved to Detroit in 1957. They lived there, raising a family, right up to his passing in 1996.


Portrait of Jeffrey Pierce        Letter advising Jeffrey Pierce to report to duty, and his discharge certificate


HMCS STORMONT - Served in Stormont as an AB

RIMMER, John Edward (Jack), LS, Gunner, Combined Operations, RCNVR - Passed away peacefully at the West Island Palliative Care Residence on July 27, 2007 at the age of eighty-three. Beloved husband of May Tostevin, dear father of John, Ann, Lorna and Ted, and spouses; loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren. Veteran of World War II, Jack held the rank of Leading Seaman in the R.C.N.V.R., and served on loan to the Royal Navy with Combined Operations. Service included Africa, Sicily, Italy and D:Day Landings in Normandy, France. Visitation at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White, 222 Highway 20, (Cartier exit 49) Pointe Claire, 514-483-1870, on Monday, July 30, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday from 10 a.m. Funeral service to be held in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to all the staff at the W.I. Palliative Residence for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Palliative Residence would be greatly appreciated.


Jack is buried in the The Last Post Fund National Field of Honour, 703 Donegani Avenue, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5G6.



ATWELL, George Ivan Henry, LCdr, RCNR, UNTD (21 Jan 1925 - 17 Aug 2017) - our father, George Ivan Henry Atwell, passed away peacefully at 92 years of age in the company of family members. A blend of intellect, character, passion, humour, and, (particularly once his kids grew up), joyfulness, he cherished being a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed by family in Canada, Trinidad and around the world. Dad was born in Siperia, Trinidad where, at the age of 14, he left school to work in the oil fields to support his mother and eight siblings upon the illness and subsequent death of his father. Obtaining his high school diploma through correspondence courses, he came to Winnipeg in 1949 to attend the University of Manitoba. On his second day in Canada, he met Frances Helen Brown, then a recent pharmacy graduate, whose family owned the boarding house where he would live for the next few years. Dad and Frances, our mom, married in 1953. Dad became a teacher and they had the seven of us children. They moved to St. Norbert in 1959 where they lived and were active in the community until they became residents at Deer Lodge Centre in 2015. While in university, Dad joined the Canadian Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander (Major). The Navy remained a significant part of his entire life and the Canadian Armed Forces was a source of support through his final years at Deer Lodge Centre. In the 1960s, Dad started an apiary (honey farm) having learned beekeeping from his father as a child. Sons Gerry and James spent many summers working hard at Dad's side and getting stung while the rest of us enjoyed honey comb, fresh out of the hive. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while teaching English and French, Dad started writing and had two stage plays (one in English and one in French) produced in Winnipeg and Brandon by St. Norbert's Theatre St. Genese company. George Atwell was an extraordinary man and we are truly fortunate to have had him as our father so long into our lives. A person of unshakeable integrity and character, along with our mother, he will remain our moral compass always. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife of almost 62 years, our mom, Frances, his sisters, Lucille, Ella and Ruth and his brothers, Arthur, Frank and Harold. He is survived by his brother, John, his sister, Phyllis, his children, Carol (Richard), Judy (Paul), Jocelyn (Ken), Gerry, Vincent (Angie), James (Suzanne) and Cathleen (Simon), his grandchildren Sean, Carla (Darrin), Brendan (Jarita), Nicola, Bennet, Kim and Julien, great-grandchildren Caleb and Jacob, as well as family around the world. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Louise Dubois for her years of dedication to Dad as his personal caregiver. Thanks also to Deer Lodge Centre, particularly the Tower 4 staff, for our father's care over the past three years. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St., Winnipeg. A celebration of George Atwell's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at HMCS Chippawa, 1 Navy Way (entrance off Assiniboine Avenue at Smith Street), Winnipeg, Manitoba. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in George Atwell's name to the charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 22 Aug 2017)



BISHOP, Frank - was born on April 4, 1927 in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 16 serving briefly in the Halifax-Newfoundland area as a stoker, escorting convoys en route to England. After the war, Frank was employed for 37 years at CNR. He met Betty and they married in 1949. They spent summers at their cottage at Lee River until her death. A subsequent marriage to Aline terminated and Frank arrived on Vancouver Island to look up his friends, Les and Joan Dale. He and his dog Billy enjoyed living in Cowichan Bay. Frank was active all of his life; as a coach for boys baseball and hockey for 25 years and in the local church and senior groups in the Duncan area. A celebration of Frank's life was held in Duncan. Interment will take place at Thomson in the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. on Monday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. Come and share your memories of a life well-lived. (Winnipeg Free Press 19 Aug 2017)

WATSON, Elmer Gordon - Its with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elmer Watson, aged 83, who peacefully passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Maples Personal Care Home, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Barbara Watson; his sons, Rick (Terra) Watson and Rob Watson; son-in-law Rick Baxter; grandchildren, Chad (Amanda) Baxter, Lisa (Greg) Toews and Amber Dzamon; great-grandchildren, Addilyn Toews, Mackenzie and Sydney Salamandyk; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks to niece Laura Habina for the time spent with Elmer in his final days. Elmer is predeceased by his precious daughter Leslie Baxter; parents, Gordon and Myrtle Watson; parents-in-law, Clary and Sadie Wilson; sister Carol Wolfe; and sister-in-law Gail Stevenson. Elmer spent five years in Victoria while enrolled with the Navy. He moved back to Winnipeg and started his career with the CP investigation department. He retired after 30 years as a plain clothes investigator. Elmer spent his retirement travelling with his wife Barbara and spending his days with his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of your choice. A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street. (Winnipeg Free Press 22 Aug 2017)

GIBSON, Kenneth John (18 Nov 1923 - 19 Aug 2017) - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ken Gibson, at the age of 93, on Saturday, August 19 at the Victoria Hospital. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Bernice; son Kevin (Brenda), granddaughters Coral (Matt Short) and Breanne; brother Don (Vivian); sister Beverley (Fred Thurner), and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Anna Gibson; daughter Sandra, and first wife Rita. At an early age Ken followed in the family footsteps and entered employment with the T. Eaton Co. working his whole life there, starting as a stock boy and ending up as the Personnel Manager, only leaving while serving with the Navy for the Second World War. While overseas he met and married his first wife Rita and brought her back to Winnipeg where they had two children, shortly thereafter Ken was transferred to Toronto. Within a year after arriving in Toronto Rita became sick and passed away in 1964 leaving Dad with two small children. In 1971 the family returned to Winnipeg settling back in St. Vital. It wasn't long before Dad met Bernice while she was employed at Eaton's. They were married in 1972 and she looked after his every need for 45 wonderful years together. Ken was a lifelong member of Calvary Temple and sat on the church board for many years and was very proud of his involvement in many projects. Dad was the ultimate arm chair athlete and always had an opinion on just about every sport. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 25, 2017 at Calvary Temple, 400 Hargrave Street, in the Buntain Chapel with a reception following. Bardal Funeral Home. (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Aug 2017)

RYALL, Patrick John Michael, LCdr, RCNVR, RCN(R) (17 Mar 1917 - 07 Dec 1989) - 72 years. Beloved husband of Patsy (nee Retzcko). Dear father of Mrs. Patricia Morneau and husband Ken and Sue Ann Field and husband David, Windsor, Patrick and wife Elaine, California, Jo Ann Caskey and husband Reynold, Peterborough. Dear brother of Mary Cushman and husband Roy, Windsor, Eileen Sima and husband Arthur, Chicago, William and wife Muriel, Woodslee, and Kathleen Moulder, Rutherford, Ont. and the late Dan Ryall (1983) and Dave Ryall (1987). Also survived by twelve grandchildren. Resting in the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home 1700 Tecumseh Rd. E. until Sat., Dec. 9, 1989 at 9am. thence to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church for Funeral Mass at 9:30am. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Prayers Fri. at 8 pm. R.C.L. Branch #255 will hold a Service Fri. at 7:30pm. Mr. Ryall was retired from Bell Telephone, a member of the Telephone Pioneers, former president of the Naval Officers Association, a member of the Military Institute of Windsor, a member of Branch #255 R.C.L., was past Executive Officer of HMCS Hunter and was a Lieutenant Commander in the RCNVR He served in HMCS Border Cities as a Sub-Lieutenant during WWII. Donations to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.


Photo: Patrick Ryall sailing off Port Arthur, ON 1943


HMCS HUSKY - Served in Husky Jun 1943 (for 3 weeks)

HMCS BORDER CITIES - Served in Border Cities 10 Apr 1944 - Sep 1945 as SLt / Lt, RCNVR. Commissioning crew

HARDING, Lloyd George (The Duke), CPO1, CD, RCN - At age 100, formerly of Dartmouth NS, born in Trail, BC, crossed the bar August 9, 2017 in Ottawa. Lloyd joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1938 and spent a lot of his time during the second war at sea. Then came the Korean conflict and once again he found himself shipping out. He retired from the RCN in the late nineteen fifties. He was awarded the CD as well as many more medals for his service to country. He went on to join the D.O.T Marine Division in Dartmouth NS as a stores tech in charge of supplying Coast Guard ships. Some years after that he took a transfer to Prescott, ON and from there retired to Ottawa, ON. He stayed on the sidelines for about 10 minutes, as he soon took a position with the Corps of Commissionaires. After a time with them he finally retired for good. He was predeceased by his wife Goldie, parents William and Mary Harding. He is survived by son William of NS; granddaughters Krista of NB and Tracy of ON as well as great-grandchildren Sydney, Taylor and Reagan all of NB; nieces Nancy (Howie Hennessy) McKnight, Gillian (Russell) Blackburn all of NS, Tedda (Bob) Grimshaw ON, Pamela (Patrick) Coe, Caitlin Coe all of ON; nephews Alan (Sandra) Johnson, Noah Johnson, Duncan Coe all of ON; Douglas (Dolena) MacDonald of NS; as well as sister- in-law Iris (George) Johnson, ON. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be at a later date. There will be no public service or memorial at Lloyd's request. However donations may be made to any military benevolent fund of your choosing in memory of Lloyd for his long service to Canada. (Ottawa Citizen 23 Aug 2017)

PERRY, Donald Edwin, P1ERA, RCN - Was born on March 12th, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Frederick and Agnes Perry. One of 12 siblings in a depression era household, Don learned early the value of consistent and reliable work habits, keen observation and clear judgment. These were to stand him in good stead for the rest of his life. He learned water works engineering, knowledge that had practical application when he joined Royal Canadian Navy. Serving in the RCM for two decades, Don retired in 1968 as warrant officer. In retirement, he served with the BC Provincial Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit in Victoria, retiring again in 1998. Don served with the RCN in Korea and joined several veteran's associations after retirement. In 1980, he married Gwendolyn Evenden with whom he shared a marriage of 37 years. He is survived by Fredwin, son from his previous marriage and many nephews and nieces. Sincere sympathy is extended to all family members and friends at this time of loss of a "favorite uncle and friend". A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don's name to a charity of your personal choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Aug 2017)

VAREN, Gordon Floyd (Mick), LCdr, RCN (31 Dec 1935 - 18 Aug 2017) - age 81 of Halifax, sadly passed away in the early hours of Friday, August 18, 2017 in the Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building, QEII. With unbelievably broken hearts we sorrowfully announce the sudden passing of Gordon Floyd 'Mick' Varen. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed by those he loved. He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after 35 years achieving the rank of Commander after serving on the Bonaventure, Athabaskan, Algonquin, and the Annapolis as well as various postings. Shortly after retirement, he accepted a position as Deputy Regional Director of the Canadian Forces Technical Service Agency responsible for oversight of building the Tribal Class Destroyer fleet. After retiring from that position upon completion of the project he had more time to spend doing the things he loved; kayaking, windsurfing, and canoeing were on Ponhook Lake which was one of his favorite spots to go with his family. He spent many enjoyable weekends there teaching his grandchildren how to do those things, but learn to ride bikes and swim as well as chaperone their occasional catch and release frog hunting missions. He also liked exploring, hiking, cross country, and downhill skiing as well as playing guitar. He was born with a quick wit, and keen sense of humor not being shy to use it, always good with the comebacks. He was a perfectionist at everything he decided to take on. He was a former member of Toastmasters, an organization dedicated to promoting public speaking skills. He received many accolades for both his speech writing and presentation abilities. He was also a member in good standing with the Probus Club. He and his wife Joanne loved to take the fall and winter traveling to the White Mountains in New Hampshire ending up at their favorite spot, Ogunquit, Me. Gordon is survived by his wife, Joanne; sons, Glenn and Greg; grandchildren, Britney, Tyler, Dakota, Bow, Alex, and Alea. As well as great-grandchildren, Preston and Adrienne. He is also survived by brothers, Earl, Jack, Eric, Wayne, Allen, Neil; and sisters, Phyllis and Janet. He was predeceased by his parents, Gordon, Vera (Pepper) and his stepmother, Simone Depatie. Visitation will be Thursday, August 24 from 7-9 p.m. in Cruikshanks Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, with Funeral Mass, Friday, August 25 at 11 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena, Bayers Road, Halifax. Burial at a later date in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or charity of your choice.



GOOD, Raymond Stanley, P1CK, RCN - Born April 11, 1928, passed away August 16, 2017 at home in his 89th year. Survived by wife Mary, of 43 years of marriage, two daughters Carol Cacciato and Gloria Paper and one son Tom Good all of Victoria area. Ray is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; a sister Ann Steylen of NB, and brother Lloyd of Victoria, BC. Predeceased by one son Fred Good in 2011. Ray was a lover of water and sailing, a Veteran of 24 years in the Royal Canadian Navy on the west coast, he went to Winnipeg to visit his mother and met his future wife. They owned and managed a restaurant for several years than went to the East coast and owned and managed a motel for several more years. After which they moved to the West coast, first to Nanaimo than to Ladysmith where Ray continued sailing. No funeral by request. Ashes to be set free over the harbour at 11 am on Wednesday, August 23 followed by a celebration of life at the Eagles Hall, Ladysmith from 1 to 4 pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Aug 2017)

KING, Herbert George (Bert) - died of natural causes in Edmonton at the age of 94 on August 23, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife Pearl. He leaves behind son Ken (Robert Hunter) and daughter Karen (Stan Chow); three much loved grandchildren Becky (Jordan Richey), Wendy (Justin Wong) and Alan (Michelle); and five great-grandchildren – Maya and Kai Richey, Mateo and Maliya Chow, and Leila Wong. Bert spent his early years in Elnora before serving in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II. After the War, he returned to work as a station agent for the CNR in Alberta (Minburn and Mercoal) and Saskatchewan (Eatonia). He and Pearl finally settled in Edmonton in 1958. After moving to Edmonton, Bert coached community hockey for a number of years. When not working, he loved to curl and golf, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. After his retirement, Bert and Pearl spent happy years escorting tours for Wiebe Tours, as well as travelling on their own. He also devoted many hours as a driver for the Cancer Society and Meals-on-Wheels. They ultimately moved to Sunrise Village and, from there, to Churchill Manor. A Celebration of Bert's Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 28 at Hainstock's Funeral Home, 9810 – 34th Avenue, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to your favourite charity in Bert's name. (Edmonton Journal 25 Aug 2017)


WALLACE, Sidney Robert (Sid), LCdr (MT), RCN (01 Nov 1923, Detroit, Michigan - 21 Aug 2017, Calgary, AB) - passed peacefully in his 94th year at the Colonel Belcher Long Term Care Residence. Sid was proud of his service during World War II and his ensuing career as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy; his contribution to the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary; his time spent with Loram; his role as an advocate for veterans and founder of the Friends of the Colonel Belcher Society; his achievement as Knight in the Order of St. John; and his participation on several provincial committees. Sid was honoured to have served his country, province and city. His was a life well-lived in service to others. Ready Aye Ready. Sid is survived by his loving family, Beverley (Blackburn) Wallace, his wife of thirty-four years; sons Bob (Mary Ann) and Laurie (Lily); daughter Carolyn (Steve); his six grandchildren, Philip (Melissa), Bradley, Natalie, Jonathan, Nathan and Graham; and his stepson Scott Stockell (Cindy, Stacey). In living memory of Sid Wallace, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 23 Aug 2017)


Portrait of LCdr Wallace     Active Service and Training document


HMCS SWANSEA - Served in SWANSEA 30 Jun 1945 - 07 Jun 1948 as a L/SBA and SB PO, RCNVR/RCN

HMCS WALLACEBURG - Served in Wallaceburg 02 Nov 1950 - 05 Apr 1951 as a S.B. PO, RCN

HMCS OTTAWA - Commissioning Crew.  Served in Ottawa 10 Nov 1956 - 16 Nov 1957 as a C2HA4, RCN

WASYLYK, Edward Denis (27 Aug 1935 - 22 Aug 2017) - Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba - passed away at the age of 81 in the Selkirk Regional Hospital, with family at his side. Survived by wife Nancy, of 58 years, daughter Dawn (Jeff), son Tom (Erin), grandchildren Varina (Rod), Evan (Julia) and Jessica (Alex), sister Lenore, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his son Christopher James (1983), parents Harry Sr. and Irma Wasylyk, sister Pauline Seniuk, and brother Harry Wasylyk Jr. Denis was born in Winnipeg and was raised, and attended Donald School in Narol, MB. Denis served in the Royal Canadian Navy until receiving a compassionate discharge, eventually joining the family businesses Poly Bag Manufacturing, and later Grainmaster Manufacturing. He enjoyed fishing at Caddy Lake in the Whiteshell, Sasaginnigak in Northern Manitoba, and on the Gulf of Mexico catching King Mackerel while visiting his parents in Florida. He often fondly recalled time spent hunting in and around Birds Hill Park before it was a park, with his life long friend Karol Miller. Despite being diagnosed with MS in 1966 he remained an active traveller visiting much of Canada and the USA, as well as Spain and Portugal. Family and friends were of utmost importance to Denis who organized many reunions over the years, often holding theme events such as pig roasts and luaus that everyone who attended continues to reminisce about. He enjoyed many lifelong close friendships whom he considered as family, and it was a rare Friday night if the dining room table was not surrounded by his friends. Cremation has taken place. As per Denis's wish there will be no funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined. Flowers respectfully declined. In lieu, donations may be made to the MS Society of Manitoba, or a charity of one's choice. Special thanks is extended to the medical team in the Emergency Department and Medical Ward #2 at the Selkirk Regional Hospital in Selkirk, MB. "Dai Bozhe" (Winnipeg Free Press 26 Aug 2017)

MULLEN, Tyler Lee, Mar Eng - age 45 of Amherst, formerly of Weymouth, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in Amherst. Born in Digby, on December 2, 1971, he was a son of Richard E. and Sheila R. (Hill) Mullen, Easton. Tyler had served in the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring as a Marine Engineering Technician, serving on both submarines and Iroquois Class Ships. He had worked on the family mink farm. Tyler will be sadly missed by his family and many friends and will be forever remembered. Besides his parents, he is survived by his companion, Jennifer Winters, Amherst; former wife, Ramona Mullen, Ardoise; sons, Cole Blackhurst, Dartmouth; Taylor and Kade Mullen, both of Ardoise; brother, Devin Mullen, Digby; sister, Shannon Mullen, Easton; grandparents, Jack and Vera Hill of Hassett; niece, Tannah; nephew, Kamen. He was predeceased by grandparents, Edmund and Josephine Mullen. Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., toll free 1-855-825-3448, from where a private funeral service will take place. Dominic J. Rivard officiating, with interment in the Lakeside Cemetery Hilltown Extension, Hilltown. Donations in his memory may be made to Diabetes Canada or to a charity of one’s choice.



NAGEL, Thomas, MS - (Died 2017) A tribute to my brother - Thomas passed away peacefully this past month of natural causes. He was in his late 50's and was enjoying retirement after 21+ years of service in the Canadian Navy. He lived in Victoria, BC, after his last posting at the naval base in Esquimalt. Thomas was a Master Seaman - NAV Electronic Tech and he sailed the world many times over. He served on the West and East coasts of Canada. Some of the vessels that he sailed on included the HMCS PROVIDER, YUKON, NANAIMO, HALIFAX, ANNAPOLIS, RESTIGOUCHE and a few others. He served his country with pride and honor. Thomas was loved by all his extended family. We miss him very much. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Languara Golf Course in Vancouver on Sunday, September 24. For further details contact Michael Nagel at  (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Sep 2017)




JOHNSON, John Lewis (Johnno), CD, P1ET - passed away in Penticton, BC, on August 24th, 2017. He was born June 29th, 1932 to Ruth and Melvin Johnson in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He had three sisters; Yvonne, Marien, Anna and a brother Rodney. He was in the navy for 25 years and served aboard the Crusader during the Korean War. He also served aboard many ships before retiring, after which he worked at lighthouses and HMCS Dockyard in Victoria, B.C. He leaves behind his wife, Catherine and 4 children: Paul (Suzy), Pat (Brett), Karen (Mike) and Cathie (Mike). Also grandchildren: Lance, Trent, Tara, Angela and Kaitlyn and great grandchildren: Addison, Rebecca, Lincoln and Lainey. John loved his sports and played football, bowling and horseshoes. He also coached hockey and baseball and was a past president of the Victoria Horseshoe Pitching Club. Special thanks to our daughter Karen for all her help during this difficult time. Private memorial with cremation to follow. May he rest in peace. (Victoria Times Colonist 31 Aug 2017)


HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as an ABLW1


SALLOUM, Roger David - was born July 27, 1925 in Hazenmore, SK. He passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Regina. He was predeceased by his wife Ida Salloum (Orban) in 1996, and his son Bill Salloum in 2012. Later in his life, he lost his companion Eva Janz in 2013. Roger was loved and will be missed by his daughters, Cathy Salloum (Medicine Hat, AB) and Suzy Salloum (Ivan Daku – Ian, Tyler), daughter-in-law Diane Lindsay (Dave); special niece and caregiver Joanne Thomson as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends – who were all loved by Roger. As a young man, Roger was very athletic and involved in sports; including hockey, baseball and football. Even though he was a non-swimmer, he joined and served in the Royal Canadian Navy, in World War II. He met Ida Orban in 1952 and they were married August 29, 1953. Together with their three children – Bill, Cathy and Suzy, their family was complete. Shortly thereafter he began a career managing the Golden Mile Bowling Lanes, where he made many lifelong friends. He remained in the bowling business for 27 years. Roger was on the Board of Directors of the Regina Rams Football Club, a fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Blue Jays, as well as a Regina Pats season ticket holder for some 25 years. He enjoyed lawn bowling, and playing cards with friends. His sense of humor was second-to-none and he always had a way of making everyone around him feel welcome and comfortable. He was very happy to tour The New Mosaic Stadium, just days before his passing -Thank you, to the City of Regina and all the people who made it possible. Thank you, to all the professional and compassionate healthcare workers, who took care of Roger, during his health issues. A very special thank you, to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Veteran's Unit for a true display of "a labour of love". A Tribute to Roger will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8414 Kestral Drive in Regina. Please arrive between 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Words of Remembrance will begin at 2:00 p.m. Those so wishing may make donations in Roger's memory to: Veteran's Unit at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, 2180 – 23rd Avenue, Regina, SK S4S 0A5. (Regina leader-Post 29 Aug 2017)

SWAYZE, Gordon Wilmer (09 Jun 1918 - 26 Aug 2017) - In his 100th year, peacefully at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Veterans Centre, with his family at his side. Predeceased by his dear wife, Ruby, always loved by daughters Barbara Griesdale and Beverley Thornton, grandsons Donald (Peggy), Rob (Erika) and granddaughter Laura (Adi). He was proud great-grandfather to Iain, Ryan, Matthew, Loic, Maelle and Aasha (the Bean), was uncle to many nieces and nephews, and close uncle to Linda Quigley. Gordon served in World War II with the Royal Canadian Navy, copying Japanese code, and then served on the Prince Robert in the Pacific. Gord was actively involved in the Masonic Order, the Society of Goodwill Services, the Empire Club, Scarboro Golf and Country Club, and the Board of Trade Council and Club. He was a long time Elder and member on the Council of Kew Beach United Church, and steadfast supporter and Director of the Famous People Players. Very dear to Gordon was the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital), where he served as Governor of the Hospital and was a Director of the Foundation for many years. Gordon was involved in all aspects of real estate throughout his life, working until he was almost 90 years of age. Everything he did in life, he did with passion. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th. A funeral service will be held in Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Avenue, on Thursday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m. Our profound gratitude to the staff of Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, K2C, for their loving care during the last 4 years of his life. If desired, donations to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5 or Michael Garron Hospital, 825 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto M4C 3E7 would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 29 Aug 2017)



TORFASON, Lloyd Sigurdur - (27 Nov 1922, Gimli, MB - 26 Aug 2017, Calgary, AB) - passed away peacefully at CareWest Colonel Belcher in Calgary on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at age 94. Raised in the tiny Icelandic community of Gimli, Manitoba, he didn't speak English until he was 6 years old. A child of the "dirty thirties", Lloyd worked hard from a young age, chopping wood, and cutting and selling blocks of ice from Lake Winnipeg in winter to earn 5 cents an hour. But Lloyd also had fun swimming in Lake Winnipeg, diving off the local lighthouse, running 10 miles to compete in a local track meet, and captaining his high school track, baseball and hockey teams. In December, 1942, Lloyd joined the Canadian Navy becoming an able seaman. He served for 3 years on a small Corvette in the North Atlantic, developing a lifelong dislike of British mutton and green peas! Lloyd's ship was on active duty in the English Channel at Normandy on June 6, 1945 (D-Day). Upon his discharge in November, 1945, Lloyd was decorated with a Voluntary Service Medal and an Overseas Service Medal. Lloyd attended the University of British Columbia on the GI bill, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting in just 3 years. Between 1947 and 1949, Lloyd also played first string right wing for the UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Hockey Team, earning one small and two big block letters. One of his proudest moments was being inducted in 2002 with his T-Bird teammates into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. In 1950, Lloyd moved to Calgary to work for Texaco as a District Landman. Lloyd left Texaco in 1962 to join Atlantic Richfield. In 1976, he started his own company (Torfason Land Consulting) working as a Petroleum Land Consultant, retiring in 1988. In 1954, he married Edna (Balmforth) Torfason and together they raised 3 daughters. Edna was a keen skier and Lloyd had to learn to ski or be left behind. Skiing quickly became his passion, with many wonderful days spent with family and friends. Lloyd was a founding member of the Calgary Seniors Alpine Ski Club, and he skied every winter until age 82. After Edna's death in 1991, Lloyd spent several years on his own, before marrying long-time family friend, Lucille (Turcotte) Boyle, in 2000. Lucille and her large family quickly became an important part of "Grandpa T's" life, providing much company and joy. Lloyd and Lucille travelled extensively, cruising the world's oceans with friends, until shortly before Lucille's death in 2013. Lloyd loved to tease Lucille that no matter how many trips they took, she'd never catch up to his number of days at sea! Lloyd enjoyed reading and staying current on world events and sports. He loved to ski, cycle, curl and play hockey, as well as watch hockey and football. He was very sociable and delighted in hosting others. Although quiet, polite and reserved, Lloyd loved to tease and be teased. Lloyd truly lived "a life well loved", making many good friends and creating special memories for everyone around him. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Sigurdur and Margaret Torfason, his three sisters and their husbands, Margaret (Edo) Vanni (Seattle), and Evelyn (Ben) Plottel and Donna (Bernie) Hauschka (Vancouver), his first and second wives, Edna (Balmforth) Torfason and Lucille (Turcotte) Boyle, and by his first wife Edna's family. He is survived by his three daughters, Lynn Torfason (Mike Allen), Lois Torfason (Rick Buckley), and Carol Winston (Nick Winston), four grandchildren (Shannon Buckley, Andrew Buckley, Kate Winston and Greg Winston), four nieces and nephews, and by his second wife Lucille's family. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all the staff at CareWest Colonel Belcher, the Vets' Angels, and especially to Susan Hughes, Lloyd's fun and caring companion at All About Seniors, for the love, care and compassion you showed Dad in his final years. We love you Dad and will miss you. A simple gathering to remember Lloyd is planned for late September, and will be announced at a future date. (Calgary Herald 01 Sep 2017)

BERTRAND, Leo Joseph, P2ERA - (01 Jan 1951 - 08 Aug 2017) - age 66, Eastern Passage, passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital, August 8, 2017, with family by his side. He was predeceased by his father, Ulderic; brothers, Jacques and Andre. He is survived by his mother, Adrienne (Belly); his wife, Gail Eva Bertrand (Elliott); sons, Corey (Stefani), Eric (Tammy) and Steven (Danica); grandchildren, Colton, Nathan, Jacob and Matthew; sisters, Lise, Helene and brothers, Gilles, Rene, and Roger. He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy 30 years and was a retired Petty Officer 2nd class. He was a member of the Eastern Passage Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164. Funeral service, with reception to follow, Sunday, August 13, from 2-5 p.m. in Royal Canadian Legion Eastern Passage.



RANDALL, Edward Hannaford - (16 Dec 1946 - 08 Jul 2017) - age 70, Little River Harbour, Yarmouth Co., passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born December 16, 1946 in Halifax, he was a son of the late Edward Sr. and Constance (LeBlanc) Randall. Edward served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years, after which he worked as a stationary engineer with IMO Foods in Yarmouth until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening and reading and was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to his beloved Chicago Black Hawks and Atlanta Braves. He is survived by his loving wife, Doreen M. (Doucette) Randall; a son, Chad Randall (Mandy Nickerson) and their son, Raiden, all of Yarmouth; a daughter, Sarah Randall, Little River Harbour; sisters, Nancy O'Connell, Linda Shaw, Joyce Riggs, Doris Mullen, Evelyn Muise and a brother, Roy Randall. Aside from his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Phyllis Doucette, Patsy Randall, Cynthia Riggs and a brother, Kenneth Randall. Cremation has taken place under the direction of H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. In accordance with Edward's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. A scattering of ashes at sea by the Canadian Navy will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia.

LEADBEATER, William F. - (03 July 1922 - 02 July 2015). Age 92, of Deerfield Beach, Fla. passed away July 2, 2015. William was born July 3, 1922, in Harrow, England, to the late William and Emily (Berry) Leadbeater. He served both in the Royal Air Force and then the Royal Navy, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer, First Class, from January 1938 to September 1952. In 1946, during his time with the Royal Navy, he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia. In 1949, while in Nova Scotia, he met Eleanor Joyce Havill, who then became his wife. They married in 1950 and moved into a new home in Walter Havill subdivision off St. Margaret's Bay Road, Armdale. Later, they moved to Sherwood Park, Rockingham. In 1964, he moved his growing family to Deerfield Beach, where he opened Royal Stationary, which he owned from 1964 - 1993. He enjoyed playing doubles tennis with his wife, swimming and long walks. He was a former member of Fort Lauderdale Bible Chapel and was a current member of Boca Raton Bible Chapel. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Joyce; sons, Tim (Barbara) Leadbeater, Douglas Ledson, Philip (Debi) Leadbeater; daughters, Beth (Roy) Henson, Anne (Mike) Huskey, Ellen (Larry) Reese, Janet (Jason) Vestal; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother, John Leadbeater (Margaret), of Scratby, England and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Evelyn (Albert) Richardson, Joan Minard; brother, Reg (Jean) Leadbeater and granddaughter, Heather Caudle. A service was held July 7, in Kraeer Becker Funeral Home, Deerfield Beach, Fla., conducted by Mr. Bruce Havill, of Halifax. Interment has taken place in Florida. Donations in William's memory may be made to Vitas Hospice, 5420 NW 33rd Avenue, No. 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

ROBERTSON, Ronald Albert (Robbie), C2BN4, CD, RCN/RCNR - (19 November 1928 - 06 August 2017) Age 88 of Halifax, passed away on August 6, 2017. Born in Grimsby, Ont., he was the son of the late William and Frances (Channon) Robertson. Ronald 'Robbie', C2BN4, CD3, RCN, RCNR CF Retired, joined the Navy at an early age and served in the following ships and bases from 1947 to 1983: HMCS Naden, Stadacona, Portage, Micmac, Hunter, Magnificent, Quinte, D'Iberville, Haida, Algonquin, Margaree, Scotian, and Nipigon. Some more than once. He then remained on the CF Supplementary list. After retirement from the Forces he spent 10 years supervising various shopping centers in the metro area. He was a Charter member of the ACPOA and the ICPOA and for years was the official photographer for the ACPOA. Ron was dedicated to St. Michael's Church in Spryfield and highly active from 1965 to 2011. He loved to dance and dine with friends in 'The Mess'. He loved gardening and taking care of his home; a tinker and perfectionist, a 'Jack of all trades'. As a youth Ron was a fisherman, a semi-skilled machinist, a florist, basket-maker, bugler and a vocalist. He liked to tell how he was a choir boy at eight years old and was paid 5 cents a service and/or practice for a grand total of 60 to 75 cents a month. He also fished for herring and white fish on Lake Ontario, six days a week for $4 and would give$2 to his mother for room and board. Survived by his dear wife for over 65 years, Frances 'Pat' (Shrimpton); sons, Mark (Helena), Lance (Catherine), Sidney (Shelley) and daughters, Bernice Bullerwell (John), Nancy Muise (Paul); grandchildren, Jonathan, Patrick, Ian, Mary, Emily, Colin, Brittany, Gillian, Heather Anne, Cailin, Thomas, Logan and Alec; plus great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Douglas (Joyce) and sisters, Laverna Hayes, Ella Corman and Patricia Hall. He was predeceased by his brothers, James, Morris and sisters, Audrey Atkinson and Sheila Schmitt. Family flowers only. Donations made to The Lung Association Nova Scotia. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, August 13 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr. Funeral Mass to be held 10 a.m. Monday, August 14 in St. Michaels Parish, 14 St. Michael Ave., Halifax, Father James Wegner officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, Lower Sackville.



FERRISS, Donald Merle (Don), CPO (29 Mar 1936 - 13 Aug 2017) - age 81, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Dartmouth General Hospital on August 13, 2017. Born March 29,1936, in Harrow, Ont., he was the son of the late Norman and Queenie Belle Ferriss. He entered the Navy at the age of 17 and worked on several ships over his 28 years, ending his career as Chief Petty Officer First Class. He took his knowledge of the navy and worked at Davies Shipyard during the design stage of the Frigate program and later moved to Saint John Ship Building to help oversee the construction and commissioning of the 12 Halifax Class Frigates constructed during the period of 1992 through 1996. Don later worked for a few years on the Grand Manan ferry in order to stay connected with his passion for the water. Don's primary focus in life was family. It would be difficult to find someone that cared more about his immediate and extended families. He would drive anytime, anywhere to see his own children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters or his parents. Don was an active member of the Saint John XXIII Catholic Church in Colby Village. Single words used to describe Don by his family members are: gentle, honest, amazing, storyteller, loving, handsome, considerate, family-man, compassionate, positive, strong, caring, courageous and an avid Halifax Mooseheads fan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary (Smith), of Antigonish; son, Norman (Joanne Martel), Ottawa; daughters, Donna (John Kehoe), Dartmouth; Valeria (Gordon Shupe), Marriott's Cove; Mary (Norman Epp) Ottawa; sisters, Pauline Dupuis, Shirley Vennell, Helen 'Honey' Hill, Margaret Darrach, Betty Gibb, Frances Dennis, Sheila Grondin; brother-in-law, Vincent Smith; sister-in-law, Theresa MacKenzie (Smith); grandchildren, Alicia, Stevie, Bryan, Leanne and Ian; great-grandchild, Landon; numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Besides his parents, Don was predeceased by his son, Donnie; brothers, William, Ivan, Albert; and sisters, Norma, Dorothy, Mildred, Lena. Arrangements have been entrusted to Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 18, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be in Saint Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish, on Saturday, August 19, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.

RANK, Gordon Henry, LCdr (1939 - 12 Aug 2017) - age 77 of Kentville. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of loving husband and devoted father Gordon Rank on August 12, 2017 in Valley Regional Hospital. Gordon retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after 39 years of service, 37 years as a Clearance Diver. He began his career at CFB Shearwater as an OS (Ordinary Seaman) and finished in Ottawa as Director of Diving Safety. He received a Lieutenant Governor citation for bravery in 1971. He had a passion for healthy living, exercised daily, and enjoyed organic vegetable gardening. After retirement he joined a Tuesday night bowling league at Fairlanes New Minas, golfed multiple times a week at Eagle Crest and was a member of Valley Seniors Golf Association, was a proud and active Grampy, and faithfully acted as mechanic and carpenter on the many occasions his wife and daughters needed his expertise. Gordon will be forever remembered by his wife Shirley Rank of 54 years; daughters, Susan Rank of Coldbrook; and Lori Rank-Dunn of Dartmouth; granddaughters, Brook Dunn and Lexi Dunn; siblings, Donald Rank (Sandy) and Diana Bishop, both of London, Ont. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and health care professionals in Medical B for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services. There will be no visitation by Gord's wishes. A sea burial and private family celebration will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.



DIONNE, Rodrigue Ernest Joseph (Rod) (1940 - 17 Aug 2017) - age 76, of East Noel, passed away on August 17, 2017 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in La Pocatiere, Que., he was a son of the late George and Arthemis (Pelletier) Dionne. Rod served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years. A devoted fan of Rocket Richard and the Montreal Canadiens, he played goalie and mentored as a hockey coach. He enjoyed playing darts, was a tireless community volunteer and loved spending time with his family and friends. Rod is survived by his wife of 48 years, Doreen (Miller); daughter, Meichelle Dionne, Truro; sons, Marcel Dionne, Dartmouth, and Craig Miller, Victoria, B.C.; and grandchildren, Morgan, Ryan, and Patrick O'Neill. As well, he has many brothers and sisters living in Quebec. Besides his parents, Rod was predeceased by granddaughter, Miranda Willson; brother, Dennis (Quebec); brother-in- law, Wayne Miller; and parents-in- law, Hibbert and Thelma (Gill) Miller. Cremation has taken place with no visitation or service by request. A Celebration of Life will take place Tuesday, August 22 at 2 p.m. at Burntcoat Head Park. Donations in Rod's memory may be made to St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery c/o Annie Weatherhead, 5845 Hwy 236, Upper Kennetcook, B0N2L0. Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Kennetcook, ph-1-902-362-2440

BAKER, Brian G. (1932 - 12 Jul 2008) - 76, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Saturday July 12, 2008 in Dartmouth General Hospital, with his family by his side. Born in Hansworth, England he was a son of the late George and Hilda (Fields) Baker. Brian served in the Royal and Canadian Navy for 32 years, where he served during the Korean War, and as a UN Peacekeeper in Egypt. He retired in 1981 as a Petty Officer 1st Class, with many medals. He was an avid sports fan and played semi-professional soccer for Aston Villa football club. He was a season ticket holder for the Halifax Mooseheads and never missed a game. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Virginia "Ginny" Baker; son, Joe (Carol) Baker; daughter, Susan Baker and grandsons, Robbie and Justin, all of Dartmouth; brother Douglas (Pam) Baker, England; sister Norma (John) Giffiths, England; many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his granddogs. He was predeceased by brother, Derek. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Cremation as taken place. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, with celebration of life to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, Pastor Les Ingraham officiating. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



LEACH, Ruth Mundell (née SHENNAN), WRCNS (12 Apr 1923 - 08 Aug 2017). Born in Dunrobin ON, Ruth was an avid learner, naturalist, builder, independent thinker, volunteer, loving mother and good friend. In 1943, she joined the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service where she met and married Petty Officer Percy Leach. After living in Annapolis Royal NS, Pembroke ON and Deep River ON, they moved to Ottawa ON where Ruth worked at the Department of Agriculture. There she developed an interest in travel and fed her love of adventure with trips to the Amazon, Iceland and New Zealand (for Halley's Comet), while building her own house beside the Ottawa River. Following retirement she moved to BC to be with her daughters while also finding time for volunteer work and travel around BC. She spent her last years in the George Derby Centre in Burnaby where she appreciated the excellent care from staff and volunteers. She is survived by sisters Betty Shennan, Elsie Cowell, Edith Smiley, and daughters Edith (David Camm) and Wendy (Keith Vitter), granddaughters Marisa Vitter and Louisa (Trent Slade), and great-grandchildren Caitlin, Cavan and Devyn Slade. Predeceased by sister Grace Shennan, and husband Percy Leach. No service by request.


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SNYDER, Harold Oscar (18 Jan 1918 - 15 Aug 2017) - 99, of Bridgewater, passed away quietly on August 15, 2017 in Fisherman's Memorial Hospital, Veteran's Unit, where he was a resident for the past three years, Born January 18, 1918 in Dayspring, he was the son of the late Phinny and Emma (Naugler) Snyder. Harold was a member of the Merchant Navy, serving during the Second World War in the RCNVR from 1940-1945. He lived in Dartmouth for 30 plus years where he was employed at the Dartmouth Marine Slip until his retirement in 1981. Over those years he loved to travel and camp with their trailer; the family in tow. After retirement, Harold and Molly retired back to their birth place, Bridgewater. As the family grew they bought a little cottage on a lake with a sail boat. Life was good, sailing, camping and family; he was doing what he loved to do. Surviving are his son, Mike (Sharon), Bridgewater; daughter Paula (Stephen) Conrod, Eastern Passage; granddaughters Marilyn (Geoff) Mosher/Lahey, Saint John, Leigh-Anne (Ryan) Clark, Plainfield IL, Kate (Terry) MacDonald, Dieppe, Amy (Jordan) Mann/Panasuk, Dartmouth; grandson Paul (Crystal Carson), Bridgewater; great-grandchildren Jakob, Nikolas, Ethan, Abigail and Maxton; sisters Jean Corkum, Dayspring, Karen (David) Wilkie, Bridgewater; brother-in-law Murray Feindel, Bridgewater; sister-in-law Marie Feindel Cochrane, Ontario; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Mildred "Molly" (Feindel); daughter Patricia (Mike) Mosher; grandson David Mosher; sisters Thelma (Carman) Reid, Delia (Ernest) Fraser, Mary (Ross) Schmiesser, Kaye (Clarence) Mailman, Doris (Harry) Hayward; brother-in-law Gerald Corkum; brothers George (Nelly), Teddy (Pauline), Arnold (Margaret). A service celebrating Harold's life will be held Monday August 28, 2017 at 2:00pm at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24, 78 Churchill Street, Bridgewater with a reception to follow. Interment will take place in Dayspring Cemetery. We would like to extend a special thank you to the amazing staff of the Veterans Unit in Lunenburg. Thank you so much for the loving care and support shown during Dads Stay. Family flowers only. Memorial Donations may be made to Fisherman's Memorial Hospital, Veterans Unit.

BRETT, Patrick Walter, LCdr (MARE), CD - It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Lieutenant Commander Patrick Walter Brett on December 24, 1999, peacefully at home after a long illness. Pat joined the navy in 1975, was educated at Waterloo University, and served on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Gatineau and Kootenay. In 1994 after extensive combat systems engineering duties on both coasts, Pat his wife Wendy and daughter Kaighley settled in east end Ottawa while Pat continued his service to the navy in the offices of the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project and later the Directorate of Information Services. Pat is also survived by a daughter Danielle, from a previous marriage. In the conduct of his duties, Pat embodied the quiet humanity and professional grace of the truce intellectual naval officer. He was my divisional officer for three years, and I can attest that he was "ever on duty," with mature guidance for his people and expert engineering care for the systems in his charge. He will be dearly missed by a loving family and by his navy colleagues who wish him fair winds and following seas. Lt (N) Jim Pedersen, DMSS 8-5-6



McCALL, Thomas Joseph Keith Sr. - Tuesday December 27th, 2005 marked his passing in his 68th year. Tom, beloved father of Tom (Bonnie), Peggy (Luc), Joseph (Paula), Jude (Dennis) and Gary (Angela), was a long-time resident of Toronto. He recently retired from the LCBO after 15 years, prior to that he held numerous jobs which began with a 15-year stint in the RCN where he served from 02 October 1956 to 05 February 1972. He will be missed by four siblings, nine grandchildren and one great grandson. A memorial service to celebrate our father's life will be held Friday, December 30th, 2005 at 7 p.m. at Pine Hills Visitation Chapel and Reception Centre (625 Birchmount Road, 416-267-8229) with visitation one-hour prior. A reception will follow at Ellas, 35 Danforth Road. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to the United Way, an organization he strongly supported. A special thanks to the Staff at Leisure World - Midland, especially those on the second floor. 






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