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)


COLES, George, A1817, RCNR / C1GI, 3857-H, RCN (served 25 May 1940 - 25 May 1965) - of Halifax, NS died 03 Nov 2004

CORNISH, Charles Kenneth Grant, C1SN, RCN / C.A.F. (1937-2005) - of Nanton passed away at the High River Hospital on May 13, 2005 at the age of 68 years. He is survived by his loving wife Joan, Nanton; his sons, Charles (Amy) Cornish of Dartmouth, NS, Brian Cornish, Calgary; and by his grandson Curtis Brian Cornish. He is also survived by his siblings, Dr. Sidney Cornish, Barbara Morrison, Muriel Ronac, Dr. David Cornish, Gertrude McInnes, Allan Cornish and Dennis Cornish; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Annie Cornish; brothers, Morris and Frank; and stepbrother Ken Dahl. A Memorial Service will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, 301 Macleod Trail, High River on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 12013 STN BRM B, Toronto, ON M7Y 2L3. (Calgary Herald 15 May 2005)

GOLD, Frank - In his 68th year on the morning of February 13, 2018, passed peacefully at his home on beautiful Four Mile Lake. Beloved husband of the late Susan Standing, beloved Dad to Kirk Standing, Loving son of Kathleen and late David Gold - who served with RCN WWII. Brother to Kathy Nadeau (Gold), and brother-in-law John Bortolus. Beloved by his granddaughter Jovi. Beloved uncle to Douglas (Laura), Chris, Peter (Sara) Garrigan and Billy Nadeau. Beloved great-uncle to Everett and Charlotte Garrigan. Cherished nephew to Mary and Alex Campbell, late Bob and Isabel Morgan, late Fred and Myrna Peters and cousin to Don, Jeri, David, Lori, Jim, Rob, Heather (late), Teri (late), Michael and Sophie. Frank cherished many friendships around Four Mile Lake. Doug and Kim Timmins, one sec one sec Matt Timmins you were dear friends to him and your companionship meant the world. He always spoke so highly of Jimmy Greensides and always considered you family. Kirk Standing, you are an incredible human being, and we are all so fortunate you were by his side – He and your Mom are forever in our hearts. Frank's world was his Mom, our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathleen Gold. A celebration of Frank's life will take place at Jardine Funeral Home, Cremation & Tribute Centre, 8 Princes' Street West, Fenelon Falls, Friday, February 23rd at 1 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Toronto Star 17 Feb 2018)

NEWTON, J. David, LCdr (E) (A/E), RCN - of Beaconsfield QC. Born September 30, 1923, passed away peacefully in his 95th year at the West Island Palliative Care Residence in Kirkland, QC on February 11, 2018. He leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Joan, sons John (Karen, Halifax, NS), Robert (Victoria, BC), Michael (Bronwen, Lincoln, England), and Mark (Wendy, Markham, ON) and step-daughter Emily Howard, in addition to eleven grandchildren and twelve great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife of 45 years, also named Joan. Dave, born in Toronto, ON, courageously went overseas at the age of 17. He was a career naval officer from 1941 to 1966. Following training in England as a mechanical and aeronautical engineer, his career took him north of the Arctic Circle and twice around the world, serving in both World War II and the Korean War, for which he was duly decorated, including appointments in Halifax, Ottawa, Victoria, and Quebec City. This was followed by nearly twenty years in management at Avon Canada in Pointe-Claire, QC and more than thirty years of active and fulfilling retirement. Dave was a loving and devoted husband, father, step-father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was known by all who were close to him and up to his very last days, for his sense of humour, his positive attitude and his courage in the face of challenges in life. He will be sorely missed by his wife, family and friends. A private committal will take place in the Field of Honour, Pointe-Claire. Donations in his honour may be made to the West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland, QC and shall be graciously appreciated. (Montreal Gazette 16 Feb 2018)



HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1951

HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga as Engineering Officer in 1952

FELLOWS, William Patrick (17 Aug 1924 - 08 Feb 2018) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Pat Fellows on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at age 93. Beloved husband of the late Jeannine Fellows, cherished father of Michele (Paul) and Martine (David) and loving grandfather of Danielle, Brendan, Anthony, Michael and Lauren. Pat came to Canada after the war where he met Jeannine. They married in 1960 and settled in Scarborough. Pat worked for the Telegram and later the Toronto Star where he wrote the financial advice column "Your Money" until he retired in the early 1990s. He and Jeannine were active members of the St. Boniface Parish for many years. Both were avid gardeners and treated their gardens like family! While in the Navy, Pat acquired a love for travelling which continued throughout his life, as he and Jeannine shared many adventures exploring Europe and cruising the seas. Pat always enjoyed a cold beer and a good round of golf. He was a proud and active member of The Living History Group. We would like to thank the staff of Cedarbrook Lodge and Scarborough General Hospital for their care. Visitation will be at the McDougall & Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd. (east of St. Clair) on Monday, February 12th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church (142 Markham Rd., Scarborough). Burial to follow at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery (7770 Steeles Ave. E., Markham). Toronto Star 10 Feb 2018)

HAMILTON, Robert Allan - Peacefully went to be with the Lord, at the Veterans Centre - Sunnybrook Hospital on Friday, February 9, 2018, three days before his 97th birthday. Predeceased in 1999 by his wife of 53 years Annettie (Reid), for whom he cared daily through her long journey with early-onset Alzheimer's and in 2014 by his wife of twelve years Loreen (Wilson). Allan has left a legacy of faith for his family to follow and has modeled a character of faithfulness in support of his family, friends and church. Loving father of Anne Crawford (Robert) and Robert Hamilton (Cathy). Proud grandfather of Andrea Bax (Timothy), Jonathan Crawford (Candace), Austin Hamilton (Marianne) and Catherine Gillis (David). Great-grandfather of Riley, Ethan, Jackson, Ayden, Lachlan, Adelaide, Niall, Harriet and Mae. Predeceased by his four sisters, Ruby White (Herb), Elsie Rickard (Les), Winnie Peat (Alec) and Evelyn Miller (Bill) and by his five brothers-in-law, Jim (Gladys), Ted (Ruth), Bill (Audrey), Art (Doris) and Ken (Doreen). He studied Engineering at the University of Toronto, served in the Navy until the end of World War II and spent the majority of his career with Bell Canada, living and working for many years in Montreal. A special thank you to all of the caregivers at the Veterans Centre - Sunnybrook Hospital who were so helpful to him over the final years of his life. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Veterans Centre – Sunnybrook Hospital would be appreciated by the family. A private service to honour Allan's memory is being held by the family at a later date. (Toronto Star 16 Feb 2018)

KEEBLE, George (11 Nov 1925 - 10 Feb 2018) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Keeble (Uncle George) in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue at the Veterans Hospital on February 10, 2018. Devoted husband to Jean Brideau (predeceased), loving stepfather to Patricia Quigley (predeceased) and caring step grandfather to Judy (Connor) Curran (Paul), Karl Connor, Beverly Connor (predeceased). He was a respected brother to Barbara, Louise (predeceased), Joan and Tom. George joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and served his country with great distinction. Visitation will be on February 21, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White in Pointe-Claire at 222 Autoroute 20, Pointe-Claire H9S 3X6. Followed by a service at 1:00pm.


KLAGES, William George, Sr. - age 80 years, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice with his family by his side on Saturday evening, February 25th, 2006. George was born and raised in Slate River, the son of Gottlieb and Augusta Klages. George went to school in Fort William and in 1942 joined Great Lakes Paper Company. When he turned 18, George enlisted and served in the navy during World War II. After the war in 1946, George married Laura (Allen) and they moved to Rosslyn Village. George resumed his job at Great Lakes and he worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1986. George was active in his union (Local 39) especially on the pension committee. He also served on the Paipoonge Council and on the Children's Aid board. Upon retirement George and Laura took up winter residence in Harlingen Texas for an enjoyable 14 years. Predeceased by his parents and siblings Henry, Charlie, Bobby, Felix, Mary and Eric. George is survived by his wife Laura; son Bill (Judy) and their children Kyle, Kris & Kurtis; son Robert (Lynne) and their children Christopher & Jennifer; daughter Cathy (Larry) Payjack and their children Johanna, David, Meghan, Laurel & Richard; daughter Debra (Ralph) Harris and their children Narayan & Shankar and Laura, Philip & Jordan; son David (Susan) and their children Amanda & Eric; daughter Laurie (Roy) Morancy and their children Katie, Bev & Crystal and 5 great-grandchildren. George is also survived by his sister Lena Adam of Port McNicol and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 3rd, 2006 at St. Mark's Anglican Church in Rosslyn Village. As per George's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to either St. Mark's Building Fund or St. Joseph's Hospice.

MAXWELL, Robert S. - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our; Husband, Father, Brother, Friend and Shipmate and mourn his passing. Born Sept. 25, 1923 in Bridgeburg, Ontario; passed away peacefully at home in Peachland, BC Feb. 3, 2018 at the age of 94. Robert is survived by Lorna, his wife of 61 years, sons Michael, Robert A. (Heather), and Stuart. Brothers, Ronald and Jerry; Sisters, Barbara and Shirley. Robert served in WWII as a gunman in the Navy. Raised a family in Vancouver, then retired to Peachland in 1988. Robert has left a mark upon all who knew him. Known for his generosity, his sincerity and consideration for his fellow man. Instrumental in the founding of the Beaver Medal which he awarded to those who work silently within their respective communities without recognition. As per Bob's wishes, funeral and service to take place at a later date in Haliburton, Ontario. The Maxwell family invites you to come and celebrate Bob's life: Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at the Peachland Legion from 2-4 p.m. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 14 Feb 2018)

OWERS, Clifford, RN (served 1939-1952) / LCdr, RCN (served 1952 - 1970) (24 Aug 1924 - 23 Jan 2018) - passed away peacefully in Ottawa, at the age of 93. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 37 years, Françoise (Laroche) and his dear wife Annie (Abboud). The cherished father of Christine (John Butlin), Matthew (Cendrine Huemer), and David, loving grandfather to Andrea Butlin (Darren Bolding), James Butlin-Lodge (Amelia Lodge), Lily and Tristan Owers, and Maxine and Michael Owers, and great-grandfather to Julianna Bolding. Born in Darlington, England, dear only child of Reuben (Rex) Owers and Elsie (Perry) Owers. He was proud to serve with Royal Navy 1940-1952. He transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 and worked on staff of the Director of Naval Intelligence until his retirement in 1969. After earning an engineering degree at the University of Ottawa, he worked for the university’s engineering department until his second retirement in 1989. He kept active with tennis, swimming, lawn bowling, biking, bridge, and travel. He will be remembered for his athleticism, his love for family, dance, and music and his strong singing voice which sustained him always. Dad was the North Star. You could guide your ship by him. Donations in his name may be made to Bytown Brigantine. There will be no funeral but a private memorial will be held at Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa. (Ottawa Citizen 17 Feb 2018)


HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure in 1957 for VF-870 as Air Electrical Officer

HMCS HURON - Served in Huron in 1958 as Electrical Officer

PATERSON, Samuel Payne, LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. (06 Oct 1929 - 13 Feb 2018) - Sam passed away peacefully following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's. This was made easier over the years with the support from family, friends and medical professionals. Survived by his wife Pat, son Neil "Sammy" (Kim, granddaughter Tiffany and family), daughter Sarah, grandson Sam, brother Linwood and his family, brother in-law Jim, cousin Florence and family and friends in Scotland, England and Canada. On retirement from the Navy in 1974, he opened a Physiotherapy Practice in St. Anthony's Medical Centre. Sammy's lifelong love and involvement as a player and Coach of Rugby was introduced at an early age at Spiers School in Ayrshire. He played for Bath and on immigration to Canada, he played for Oak Bay Wanderers, Crimson Tide and B.C. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam's name to Oak Bay Kiwanis Health Care Society, the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated. (Victoria Time Colonist 17 Feb 2018)


RENNIE, Ian Charles (1921-2018) - passed away February 13, 2018 and is survived by his wife Edna, of 65 years, two daughters Dianne (David), Marlene (Richard); four grandchildren: Carly, Amy, Megan, Ian; one great grandchild Willa, many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his mother and father and three sisters. Ian was born in Edmonton, AB. At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and worked as a Radio Telegrapher and after WWII graduated from Radio School. He joined Trans Canada Airlines in 1946, as a Radio Operator, and in 1957 Pacific Western Airlines working in various cities in Western Canada as Sales and Operations Manager. He was transferred to Kelowna in 1969 and retired in 1984 - an aviation career that spanned 40 years. Ian's passions aside from aviation was singing in quartets and choruses. He was an active member of the Barbershop Society (SPEBSQSA) for 60 years. He was a long-time member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club and an avid Curler. Ian served his community in a number of roles - Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, instrumental in promoting the Ambassador program at the Kelowna Airport and was a dedicated Ambassador for 16 years. He was a member of the Kelowna Naval Veteran's Association, Ian always said - "Singing is Life the Rest is Just Details." Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made a Charity of your choice. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 17 Feb 2018)



SHARROW, Al, Instructor LCdr, RCN - In the wee hours of Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the age of 92, Al Sharrow set sail for his final port. Al leaves behind his son Greg; daughter-in-law Cathy; and daughter Pam. He was very proud of his granddaughters, Kim and partner Adam; Christine and fiancé Taylor; Kelly and husband Brad; grandson Myles; and great granddaughter Payton. Dad was born July 2, 1925 in Winnipeg and loved to talk about growing up in the North End. He attended the U. of M. when he was only 15 and graduated with Science and Education Degrees. Mom and Dad started married life in rural Manitoba with Dad working at the Ninette Sanatorium, then as a teacher in Pilot Mound. He told stories of having to close all the drapes when they played cards on Saturday night, because it was not a fitting entertainment for a small-town teacher. For the next 25 years, Dad spent it in the Navy as an officer on the aircraft carrier, Bonaventure, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He moved us all around to Victoria, BC, Annapolis Royal, NS, Dartmouth, NS, Portsmouth, England, and, finally Winnipeg. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at The Department of Colleges and Universities before retiring and finally travelling to warmer places. For the past 30 years he enjoyed the Manitoba summers at his cottage at Victoria Beach, a place he loved dearly. The family has many memories of Dad sitting on the front porch of the cottage sharing stories and singing songs. As per Dad’s wishes, there will be no service. The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to the staff on the 5th floor of the Poseidon Care Centre who provided Dad with excellent care, compassion and dignity over the past few months.



WELLWOOD, Ernest (23 Mar 1925 - 27 Dec 2017) - Ernie was born and raised in Victoria and graduated from UBC Engineering after serving in the Navy during WWII. His career with Canadian Forest Products took him to Vancouver, and later back to Victoria where he worked at Wescraft and University of Victoria. Ernie was predeceased by his first wife Evelyn and their son David. Ernie will be missed by many but especially his daughter Heather, son Ross, wife Muriel, all the grandchildren and extended family. Ernie was active his entire life with walking, curling, boating, travel, lawn bowling, gardening, Rotary and the Church. He enjoyed many special times at the cabin. His kind an caring nature was reflected in his love of helping others. Dad was a remarkable man who was loved so much and will be missed forever. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul's United Church in Sidney at 2:00 on Saturday, March 10. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Feb 2018)


WILSON, Graeme, RCN - age 87 of Edmonton, Alta., passed away in hospital and went to be with his Lord and Saviour on February 14, 2018. Graeme is survived by his loving wife, Hilda; two daughters and two sons, Lorraine (Francois), Dale (Kari), Marilyn and Neil (Shelley); grandchildren, Catherine, Rebecca Lynn, William, Mackenzie, Stephen, Nathan, Adam and Alex; brother, Don (Vi). Predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Hazel. Family and friends may pay their respects, Sunday, February 18th from 2-4 p.m. in Park Memorial Funeral Home, 9709 - 111 Ave., Edmonton. Funeral Service Monday, February 19th at 1 p.m. in Northgate Baptist Church, 13208 - 95 St. NW with interment in New Annan Bell Gift Cemetery, in the spring. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

WILLIS, Harold William - Peacefully at Memorial Hospital, Saint Marys on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, of R.R.#2 Thorndale in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Marie (Lee.) Dear father of Bill (Susan) and Don (Dale) both of London and Tom (Dorothy) of Thamesford. Dear step-father of Terry (Anna) Lee of Saint Joseph's Island, Randy (Wendy) Lee of Thamesford, Ed Lee of Thorndale and Kathryn (Jonathan) Lee and Murray (Maida) Lee both of Ingersoll. Beloved grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Arthur Willis (Alice) of Guelph. Predeceased by 3 sisters, Gladys, Lila and Ruth and 1 brother Melvin. Sadly missed by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation has taken places. A memorial service to celebrate Harold's life will be held at St. Georges Anglican Church, Thorndale on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 1 p.m. Rev. Larry O'Connor officiating. Harold was a Veteran of World War 2 having served in the Royal Canadian Navy. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the London Regional Cancer Centre or the charity of one's choice and may be arranged through Harland B Betzner Funeral Home, Thamesford. (519-285-2427). (London Free Press 09 Nov 2006)


Newspaper article on AB Willis home on leave


From an interview with Harold Willis for "The history of Thorndale Ontario" published in the early 1990s:  The first time Harold Willis tried to enlist at London in the Royal Canadian Navy, he was told "they were full up". The following day, he received a draft notification at his home in Ridge-town from the army.  Willis' six weeks of basic training were conducted in London.  He was then drafted to Halifax onto a new River Class frigate, HMCS Cape Breton, assigned to convoy duty out of Londonderry, Ireland.  The Cape Breton left Halifax on Feb. 24. They were sent to the Azores 'looking for subs' and then returned to Londonderry. He was then drafted to gunnery school at Halifax, promoted and then drafted to HMCS Hallowell on which he served for the rest of the war. Willis recalls 10 or 11 trips while on convoy duty. Each consisted of 60 to 70 ships and seven escorts, mostly frigates.  He only recalled on incident. One stormy night the escorts lost sight of the convoy. The next morning they rounded them up and completed their voyage without losses. Willis never used his guns. Primarily he stood his four hour duty watches in rotation. he most harrowing experience was to exchange positions with the sailor on duty in the crows nest, which only had room for one man. Willis was discharged in Nov. 1945 at HMCS Prevost, London, the same location at which he had enlisted almost three years earlier. Able Seaman Gunner Willis was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the 1939-45 Canadian Voluntary Service Medal with clasp, the War medal, and the Long Service Medal. In 1985 the Soviet Russian government struck a medal to commemorate those who served on the Murmansk convoys. Willis was awarded the Soviet 40th Anniversary Medal by the Russian embassy. Following the war Willis worked at Richards Wilcox in London for 40 years before retiring in 1985 and then lived at Lot 12, Con. 5.



CAIRNS, Ralph, CPO ERA, RCNVR (served 12 Oct 1942 - 18 Oct 1945) - Peacefully at home on August 13, 2005, at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by Olwen, his loving wife of 54 years and his only brother, Earl. He will be deeply missed by his children, Ron (Brenda), Wanda (Don) and Cheryl (Al); nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who were a great joy in Dad's life. His family and many good friends will miss him greatly. He was involved for 72 years in the family business, Universal Sheet Metal Ltd. Dad was an awarded member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years. He served as a Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Having been raised in Goldstream, Dad was known as a very generous man who enjoyed hunting and fishing. The family wish to thank Dr. Brian Pound and his staff, the Victoria Hospice Society and Palliative Home Support for all of their care. The Funeral Service will be conducted from McCall Bros Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Thursday, August 18th at 1:00 p.m. followed by interment at Royal Oak Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, tributes, if desired, may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1J8. (Victoria Times Colonist 16 Aug 2005)

CONNOR, R.V., C1RM - Died 09 Sep 2005

COATES, William H. (Bill), LS.AA, RCN (served 30 Oct 1938 - 18 Jul 1946) - of Trail, BC, died 13 Oct 2005

CONNICK Ronald Kennedy (Ron), C1SW, RCN  - Born July 31, 1936, died peacefully on October 4, 2005 in Victoria, at the age of 69 years. Predeceased by his loving wife, Joyce, in February of 2000, he is survived by his son, Ike and his daughter, Sheril and one grandson, Kyle; one brother, Gerald (Joan) and two sisters, Jackie Booth and Marilyn (Phil) Benner and their families; also many good friends. Private Cremation. Tributes, if desired, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 06 Oct 2005)

CLEMENS, Robert James, C1ET, 2911-E, RCN (served 01 Mar 1937 - 28 Feb 1962) - Born February 4th, 1919, passed away peacefully at home on February 11th, 2006. Bob will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Elva and by his sons, Roy (Chris), John (Pat) and Frank (Barb). He was predeceased by his son, Fred in 2001. He is also survived by his sister, Julia and predeceased by his sisters, Helen and Lois as well as his brothers, Frank and Roy. He also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, who all have fond memories of Grampa in their lives. Bob entered the Navy in 1937 and spent 25 years serving his country. Upon retirement from the Navy, he spent the rest of his career with Island Tug and Barge and Yarrows as a Marine Electrician. Upon final retirement in 1982, Bob was able to travel the world with Elva. Bob, Dad, Grampa and GreatGrampa will be sadly missed and he should feel comfortable that the lessons taken from his life will live on in all of us. Special thanks to Hospice and Beacon Community Services for all the support and kindness in those hard days of waining life. Service to be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel at 3:00pm, Johnson & Vancouver Sts., on Friday, February 17, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, B.C., V8R 6V5 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 276-2950 Douglas Street, Victoria B. C., V8T 4N4 would be appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 14 Feb 2006)

KEMSLEY, Howard, Bosn - Died 1975



LOVE, Ross, RCNVR - of Listowel, formerly of RR 2 Atwood, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Saturday April 9, 2011, at the age of 87. Ross was a member of Atwood Presbyterian Church, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259 Listowel and a Charter member of the Atwood Lions Club. He served his country as an Able Seaman in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves. Ross will be remembered for his love of Clydesdale horses. Beloved husband of the late Bernice (Henry) Love who predeceased him in 2009. Loving father of Hugh and Rhonda Love of RR 2 Atwood, Nora and Ross Rocher of Mitchell, Sheila Love-Phillips of Rockwood. Special grandpa of Anne and Jason Falk and their children Brett and Gavin, Sara Love and fiancé Kevin Mehring, Andrew Love, Scott and Lee Anne Rocher and their children Claire and Chloe, Catherine and Jeff Lucyk. Dear brother of Mary Broughton of Listowel. Fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Helen Henry of Monkton and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother-in-law Jack Broughton. At Ross’ request, there will be no funeral home visitation. Memorial visitation will be held at the Atwood Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m. Rev. Andrew Thompson, Rev Cathrine Campbell and Rev. George Russell will officiate. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.



McKARNEY, George Franklyn, CD, Sgt, RCN, RCAF, CAF - age 89, of New Glasgow, passed away February 16, 2018, at home, with his wife by his side. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late George and Evelyn (Joyce) MacKearney (of Westville). At an early age, he was employed as a trapper in the Scot Pit. After a brief return to school, George enlisted in the RCN and served on shore stations and ships in Canada, Europe and in Asian waters. Following naval service, he joined the RCAF as an air traffic controller. During his last term of service, he received the Admiral’s Commendation for services rendered during search and rescue operations in the North Atlantic. On retirement from the service, he lived in Truro until he returned to Pictou County in 2005. George loved being outdoors whether hunting, fishing, camping or just sitting on the back deck watching the birds. In later years, he greatly enjoyed frequent cruises with his wife, Joyce. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by sister, Carole Wright; brothers, Bert, Ballam, Colin and Donald 'Duck'. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joyce (Russell); daughter, Karen Kaneshiro; sons, Frank (Kate), Rob, and Rick (Tracey); five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, all of Edmonton, Alta.; brother, David, Pictou. Cremation has taken place. At George’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the Westville Salvation Army, Victorian Order of Nurses or Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. Arrangements are under the direction of R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. (Halifax Chronicle Herald Feb 2018)

JACKSON, Ward Thomas, RCN - age 87, of Halifax, passed away suddenly on February 17, 2018, with his daughter, Darlene by his side. Born in Rankin, Ont., he was a son of the late Russell and Gracia (Leach) Jackson. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Georgina (Gillis) Jackson in April of 2017; and recently, his brother, Bert Jackson. He is survived by his daughter, Darlene Jackson. Ward joined the Canadian Navy in 1954 and retired as an MWO in 1979. He then worked as an electrician at Riverport Seafood’s and at the Halifax Dockyard for several years, finally retiring in 1990. Ward loved reading and had a keen interest in sports. He was an avid golfer and curled for many years. Special thanks to the staff of Steak and Stein, Halifax, for their kindness and to the two nurses dining there who did CPR to try to save his life. In keeping with Ward’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax where a memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, February 23rd. Following the service, Ward will be interred beside his wife in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. (Halifax Chronicle Herald Feb 2018)


CLARKE, Wilfred Edward, PO.LTO, V9996, RCNVR / LT, O-14265, RCN(R) (served 05 Sep 1940 - 18 Nov 1946) (12 Feb 1923 - 15 May 2006) - passed away peacefully at Oak Bay Lodge on Monday, May 15, 2006. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Bertha; brother, Lawrence and infant son, Philip. Wilf is survived and will be sadly missed by Muriel, his loving wife of 63 years; sons, Jim (Carol), Curt (Jill), Gary (Wendy) and Brad (Suzanne); 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and his sister, Barbara Simpkins. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wilf was the second child of Dorothy and Harvey Clarke. His formative years centered around his desire to play and excel at the game of hockey. A promising future in the game ended with his decision to enlist in the Navy at the age of 17. Over the next 6 years, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. Following his discharge in 1946, he moved his young family to Victoria. He soon established his first automotive business, Wilf Clarke Service, at Glen Lake. After selling this business, he joined forces with two partners and opened Parkdale Service on Douglas Street. Wilf and his long time friend, Jim, operated this successful service station until 1967. A passionate curling enthusiast, Wilf came out of retirement to become an ice-maker at the Victoria Curling Club from which he permanently retired in 1986. Wilf followed his sons throughout their amateur sports endeavours and was an especially avid supporter of the Gorge Soccer Association and instrumental in the establishment of the Hampton Little League. Throughout his diverse careers, Wilf made many friends and acquaintances and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, on Saturday, May 20th at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception in the Family Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, B.C., V8R 1J8 or a charity of one's choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 May 2006)

COLE, Clifford D. (Doug), V90859, RCNVR / P1ST, 51808-E, RCN - of Penticton, BC. Born 04 Feb 1926 died 25 Apr 2006

COOK, Stanley, C2BN, 11286-E, RCN - Born in Resource, Saskatchewan on April 28, 1930, Stan died peacefully on September 13, 2006 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Stan was a loving husband and life partner to wife Doreen of 51 years. He has two daughters Stephanie (Gary) Ferguson, and Sandra (Jim) Macrae. He was a devoted grandfather to Jason (Elaine) Fox, Keith (Alicia) Fox and Angela (Curtis) Boulton, Kyle and Marissa Ferguson. Stan was also blessed with eight grandchildren, whom he loved very much. Stan proudly serviced his country in the RCN for 25 years and was a avid boater. Stan could fix any problem just by the love he possessed for his family. He had an incredible spirit about him and will be greatly missed. We love him and he will be in our hearts forever. Special thanks to Dr. Wetzer and staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital Family service to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Sep 2006)

COTTER, Jeffrey W. (Jeff), PO2, SupTech, C.F. (07 Apr1953 - 20 Sep 2006) - Passed away unexpectedly, he is survived by his mother, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and stepfamily members. He was a 25-year member of the R.C.N. and later with the Naval Reserve in Victoria. A long time member of R.C.L. Branch #292 where he enjoyed playing darts, meat draws and acting in Branch skits. He also leaves friends and comrades in softball and bowling. He was a fun guy who everyone loved and he will be dearly missed by all. We will remember him" A memorial wake will be held Friday, September 29, 2006 at Branch 292 (upstairs), 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria, 1:30-3:30pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 27 Sep 2006)

YEATES, Leslie H., Bos'n (served 1941-1945) - Born in Kent, England, 08 Apr 1917. He came to Canada with his family as a child. Leslie joined the RCNVR and served during WW2. After the war, he joined the RCAF Reserve and rose to the rank of Flight Sergeant (F/Sgt.) . He over saw the radar installation at Mount Hope Airfield in Hamilton Ontario. Leslie died on 22 Feb 1984.


Portrait of Leslie Yeates



RUPPERT, George William - age 81, of Dartmouth, passed away on February 19, 2018. Born in Chatham, Ont., he was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was raised in Dresden, Ont., until age 17, at which time he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. His first ship was the HMCS Magnificent 'Maggie', where he was first exposed to the 'Naval Air' environment in which he remained throughout his military career which spanned 34 years. Upon leaving the military, George was employed at IMP Aerospace, as part of the Sea King replacement project until his retirement in 1993. During his retirement years, George enjoyed golfing, friendly bridge games at the Legion and his winter vacations in Florida with Liz. George was a proud member of CNAG, Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Branch and a life member of the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation (SAMF). George is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth 'Liz' (Purvis); son, Dale (Janice); daughter, Caron (Larry) Burns; and grandchildren, his pride and joy, Brent, Allison, Cassie and Lindsey. At George’s request, there is no visitation or service. A private graveside interment will take place at a later date in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Donations in George’s memory may be made to Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation (SAMF) or a charity of choice. The Ruppert family would like to thank the amazing caregivers of 4 East at Dartmouth General Hospital. (Halifax Chronicle Herald Feb 2018)



CRIGHTON, Robert (Stubby), C1QI, RCN (05 Mar 1915 - 17 Jun 2007) - After a lovely visit on Father's Day, Dad left us to be with mom (Ethel) in Heaven. Dad served in the RCN for 25 years. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Chief & P.O.'s Ass'n. Dad was a retired Captain with the BC Ferries. He is survived by his children, David (Ausilia), Glenn (Katherine), Heather, granddaughters Lyndsay, Mellisa and great granddaughter Cheylon, who always made him smile. We will miss your smile, laughter, singing and the words ""I am a Scotsman"". No service by Dad's request. (Victoria Times Colonist 21 Jun 2007)

CROWHURST, Donald Wensel, C2BN (M.A.A.), RCN (served 16 Sep 1940 - 23 Dec 1964) - Born 09 Jan 1923, Poppa Don passed away peacefully at the Lodge at Broadmead on July 2, 2007 and was predeceased by his son Douglas in 1996. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Gladys; son Dennis (Bobbie), their children Michael and Misty; daughter-in-law Lynne and her children, Cameron, Denise and Nadine, eight great-grandchildren, Ayan, Amina, Anisa, Quinn, Brooke, Hayley, Adain and Chelsea. Poppa Don will also be sadly missed by his sister Theda Procher. Poppa Don joined the RCN as a boy seaman and retired as a CPO in 1964. He then worked for the Liquor Board in Sidney, BC until 1974. He volunteered with the Lions Club caring for the Food Bank for many years. A celebration of Poppa Don's life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive on Friday, July 6 at 2:00pm, with a reception to follow. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Lodge at Broadmead for their exceptional care. If desired donations to the Lodge would be appreciated. Honey, Doug has been waiting a long time to talk to you, and a 1000 angels are waiting in line to dance with you. Say Hi to Doug for me. I miss you both." (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Jul 2007)

CAMPBELL-HOPE, Alden, C2SN, 17235-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 26 Nov 1954 - 31 Mar 1984) (03 Aug 1933 - 08 Sep 2007) - Alden is survived by his loving wife Moragh, brother Bryan, sister Patricia, daughter Laura Jacoba and husband Chris, son Peter Keith and wife Tari. He is also survived by granddaughter Natalie and grandson David, two nephews Ed and Brett and nieces Nora Lee and Shaunine and Maureen. Cremation has taken place and Alden requested that there be no service. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice. (Victoria times Colonist 12 Sep 2007)

CUMMINGS, Kevin Casey, POTel, RCN (served 15 Jan 1940 - 02 Apr 1947) - of Peterborough, ON. Born 02 Apr 1922  Died 13 Aug 2007

CANNELL, Albert J., V13228, RCNVR / P1EM2, 2638, RCN (served 14 Jun 1937 - 22 Mar 1958) - of Kelowna, BC. Born 24 Jul 1918  Died 30 Oct 2007

COOPER, William Charles, C1TGM, 2316, RCN / R9100, RCN(R) (served 22 Nov 1928 - 10 Feb 1962) - WWII Vet. Born 08 Jun 1909, passed peacefully on April 27, 2008 in his 99th year. Husband of the late Verna Foubister (2000). Predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Lillian Cooper and seven siblings. Father of Brian (Irene Pilon) in Victoria BC and two grandchildren; and Caroline (Len Fluet) of Ottawa. Loving Poppy to three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren all of Ottawa. Private interment in Victoria BC. (Ottawa Citizen 03 May 2008)

CAMPBELL, Kenneth William, C1CM, 40698-E, RCN (served 14 Sep 1939 - 10 Aug 1965) (05 Nov 1920 - 15 Apr 2008) - Our dearly loved Ken died peacefully and with grace following a long illness. He leaves his beloved wife, Emma of 62 years; brother, Douglas (Patricia *d. ), sister Patricia (Larry); nine children, Colleen, Daniel (Karen), Maureen (David), Kevin (Lori), Patrick, Stacy (Shelly), Leanna (Bob), Kimberly (Luc), Caralee (Glen), 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and a large extended family. Ken was born in Liverpool, England, arriving in Victoria with his parents, Bill and Edie in the early 1920s. As a young boy, he was full of mischief and kept his Mother running! Ken joined the Navy and served in World War II, surviving the loss of the Skeena. He completed his long, productive work life with Island Tug and Barge/Seaspan. Close to the end of the war our Sailor Man met his Prairie Rose, Emma; they traveled back to her home town of Provost, Alberta to marry and made permanent residence in Victoria where they raised their family. Dad loved each and every one of his children. The arrival of each grandchild and great-grandchild was a welcomed celebration. Dad was at home on the sea, working, fishing or swimming. He was famous for his porpoise dives; we all wanted a ride! He was fan of boxing, avid gardener and loved music. In Ken's capable hands the babies were soothed, bread rising and pastry rolled out, meals fit for a Queen, the fish on a hook. His heart was Emma's and remains so. To the King of our Castle ~ "Here's lookin at you! " We love you and will miss you dearly! Celebration of Life for Ken will be on Monday, April 21, 2008, 10:00 a.m. First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Apr 2008)

COKER, Bernard, C1ET, 3995-E, RCN (served 18 Nov 1940 - 21 Nov 1961) - WWII Veteran Peacefully, after a lengthy illness on Monday, June 2, 2008, at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Eloise. Father of Bill (Jane), Chuck (Elaine), Lynn (Susan), Rick (Sandra) and Carol. Step-father of Steven Macdonald (Suzanne), Andrew Macdonald (Debbie) and Susan Gray (Richard). He will be missed by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Survived by his sister Margaret McKinnon (Duffy). Predeceased by his first wife Phyllis. At Bernie's request, there will be no service. Private Cremation. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Ottawa Humane Society. (Ottawa Citizen 03 Jun 2008)

COLMER, Eric John, PO Tel, V30071, RCNVR (served 03 Nov 1939 - 24 Aug 1945) (29 Apr 1915 - 27 Jun 2008) - The Colmer family sadly announces the passing of Eric John Colmer. Born in North Battleford Saskatchewan, he served in WWII as a telegraph operator and carried this interest on as an active and founding member of the New Horizons Amateur Radio Club. He retired from the Dockyard in 1974 and remained active with swimming being his passion. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Isabel. He leaves behind his son Jack (Jean), daughter Sandra (Jerry), grandchildren Brent (Irene), Laura (John) with great grandchildren Kaitlyn and Jayden. As per Eric's request there will be no service as family members will be having a private gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chief and Petty Officers Club. A silent key" for Eric. (Victoria Times Colonist 28 Jun 2008)

CROZIER-SMITH, John (Jack), CD, C2SG, 4745-E, RCN (served 26 Mar 1940 - 25 Mar 1965) (21 Jan 1922 - 14 Feb 2009) - Survived by loving wife of 61 years Lillian; son Paul and his sons, David and Christopher and their mother Anne; and daughter Debra Becker (Dr. Paul Becker) and children Laura and Kurt. John served 26 years in the R.C.N. both in the North Atlantic during the Second World War, and in the Korean War. On retiring from the Navy, he worked in the B.C. Correctional Service for 18 years. He had a great love for both boating and fishing. He was an avid stamp collector and loved sketching. John was a long time member of Metropolitan United Church where he was an elder serving on the board. A Memorial Service will be held at First Metropolitan, 932 Balmoral Road at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 20. No flowers by request. Those who wish may donate to the B.C. Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Feb 2009)

QUESNEL, Jean (18 Nov 1934 - 17 Feb 2018) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jean ''Johnny'' Quesnel at the age of 83 at the Royal Victoria Hospital on February 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Ida Johnstone and his daughter Mona Quesnel, his sons Marc Quesnel (Brigitte Petrin, deceased), Martin Quesnel (Joanna Santori), and Norman Quesnel. He leaves behind his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly; Jade Petrin-Quesnel and Adam Quesnel. Jean was blessed and appreciated his family and many friends across the country. Prior to joining Air Canada he was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy at HMCS Shearwater, Nova Scotia. He was a devoted member of the International Association of Machinists ''Local Lodge 1751''. The family will receive condolences on Friday, February 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a short service at 7:30 p.m. at the Laurent Theriault funeral home; 512 de l'Église, Verdun, (514) 769-3867. Parking and access ramp available. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your charity of choice would be appreciated.



COBON, Louise (née DEACON), WRCNS - Our dear mother, Louise Cobon, died on February 16, 2018 in her 94th year at Humber River Hospital in Toronto after a very short stay in acute care. Family members were by her side. She leaves a great void in the lives of her children Ron (Diane), Peter, David (Susan) and Linda, her grandchildren Jennifer (Rich), Donald (Carolyn), Debbie and Carl (Cassandra) and her great-grandchildren Tyler, Coen and Mitchell. Margaret Davis-Messerschmidt of Victoria, BC, mourns the loss of her only first cousin. Born in Lachute, Quebec, to parents William (Billy) J. Deacon and Lila (nee Davis) she was an only child but grew up surrounded by many Deacon, Davis, Newton and McArthur cousins. She attended MacDonald College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue and in 1944 joined the Royal Canadian Navy (WRENs) and was stationed in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, where she met her husband, Harry Cobon (RCN Signal Corps). They were married in 1945 and moved to Toronto after the war. The family highlight every summer was returning to Quebec to spend time at the cottage on Lake Louisa. Our father, Harry, an art director with Lawson Graphics, died in 1981. Mom was a longtime member of Asbury and West United Church and a longtime employee of Grand and Toy. As one of the few in her circle of friends with a car, she was also a longtime chauffeur for those in need of lifts to doctor appointments or to the grocery store. Many thanks to all her caregivers who attended her while she was still in her home: Lynell, Kylie, Reanna, Sharon and Sony. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Lachute, Quebec. (Toronto Star 24 Feb 2018)


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GIBBONS, John Watson (Gib) (15 Jun 1920 - 11 Feb 2018) - Passed away peacefully at Comox Valley Seniors Village in Courtenay at the amazing age of 97. Born in Calgary, Alberta, John served with the Canadian Navy in the Pacific during World War II and went on to work for the Canadian Government for 35 years as an Electrical Inspector. He had a passion for RVing and carpet bowling which he enjoyed as long as he was able. He was predeceased by his wife Verna and son-in-law Eric and is survived by his daughters Margaret (Doug) and Lois, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. John's ashes will be joined with his beloved wife Verna at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar, B.C. (Calgary Herald 21 Feb 2018)



JOSEPH, William Clarke (Bill) - Dad passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 3, 2008. He was born in Saskatoon on June 2, 1918 and spent his childhood on the prairies moving to Victoria in 1943 to serve his time in the Navy. Dad worked at BC Electric (BC Hydro) from 1950 until his retirement in 1983. As well as being an Elder in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Dad was an active member of Masonic Britannia Lodge #73, Eastern Star Victoria Chapter #17, Victorian Shriners and Power Pioneers of Victoria. Dad was a wonderful family man who loved to spend time with his children camping, fishing, building go-carts, swing sets and constantly imparting his wry sense of humour along the way. He was always proud of his family, taking pleasure in being a dad, granddad, and in awe that he had made it to great-granddad status. Dad is predeceased by his son Jack in 1990 and is survived by Beth, his loving wife of 65 years, children Janet Robertson (Jack), Victoria, Jocelyn Howat (Rob), Nanaimo, Jamie Joseph (Heidi), Kelowna, daughter in law Robi Hagell (Dalton), Campbell River, grandchildren Warren Joseph, Ian and Craig Robertson, Chris Baglo (Aaron), Jennifer Howat (Clint Sheng), Becky Hagell, great grandchildren Camryn and Coby Baglo. The family would like to thank many people for their loving care and compassion for Dad over the past several months: Drs. Warnock, Swan, Saunders, South Victoria Home Care, and the wonderful staff of Geriatric Short Stay and Waterview Units at the Gorge Road Hospital A memorial service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2964 Richmond Road, Victoria on Monday July 7, 2008 @ 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to a charity of good works of one's choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 05 Jul 2008)

NORTON, J. Richard (Dick) - It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful death of J. Richard 'Dick' Norton on February 16, 2018, at the age of 91. Dick was a World War II veteran with the Canadian Navy RCNVR served on K179 Corvette - 'Buctouche'. Devoted father and husband is survived by his wife of 50 years Elizabeth 'Betty' Smith and his son Richard 'Rick' Norton. He was a Bell Canada employee for 35 years. For those who wish to do so, donations to the Palliative care of the Wakefield Hospital would be appreciated. A special thanks to the CLSC of Wakefield hospital staff for support and their good care. (Ottawa Citizen 24 Feb 2018)



SLAUGHTER, Janet Louise (nee Shears), WRCNS - died peacefully February 2, 2018 at Broadmead Lodge with beloved daughter Karen by her side. Born August 2, 1933 in St. John's Newfoundland, Janet moved to Toronto at the age of 17 to attend nursing school before joining the Royal Canadian Navy. Predeceased by her husband John, "Todd", daughter Deborah and son Robert. Janet is survived by her loving daughter Karen, niece Kim and nephew Rod. She will be missed by many. Janet was an avid gardener and kept a beautiful garden at her home in Fairfield for many years. Her love of her garden was only surpassed by her love of her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wardroom at CFB Esquimalt, 1586 Esquimalt Road on March 3rd at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted by Broadmead Lodge, Victoria, BC.


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CARLSTRAND, Leonard K., P1ERA, 28666-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 04 Feb 1954 - 11 Jul 1978) - was born in Comox on January 13th, 1929. Passed away in Victoria on October 22, 2009. He leaves behind his family; his wife Nelda, son Vernon, sister Ester, sister-in-law Ina and nieces Marilyn and Marta. Service will be held in the early spring. (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Dec 2009)


HMCS QU'APPELLE - Served in Qu'Appelle c1968-1970

CHUTE, John, P1FC, 9438-E/H / LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. (served 10 Mar 1948 - 16 Feb 1983) - of Dartmouth, NS. Died 19 Oct 2009

CARIOU, John Alexander (Jack) C1TAS, RCN (27 Oct 1921 - 07 Feb 2011) - Jack was the fourth of 15 children born to Julian and Clemence Cariou on the family farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by his beloved wife Daphne in April of 2010; brothers Jules, Hank and Ray and sisters Beatrice, Sandy and Blanche. Survived by his loving daughter Dawna (Michael) Coady, grandchildren Vanessa, Stephanie and Tyson, brothers Charlie (Ellie), Mark (Norine), Vic, Leo (Peggy), and sisters Anita, Ginger (Irv), Marcia (Bob) and Marcy, innumerable nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Jack enlisted for military service in 1941. He was proud to be in the Royal Canadian Navy and retired in 1962 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. In his second career, Jack travelled Vancouver Island as a lighting products representative until 1985. When at home in Victoria, Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and golfing. Upon retirement, Jack added beekeeping and volunteering at Dominion Brook Park to his list of interests. Jack and Daphne loved to camp, play cards, and socialize with their many friends and extended family. Family was very important to Jack, and Dawna and Michael and family will cherish the memories of weekends at Grandpa and Grandma's" house and the numerous camping trips together. Jack kept his wit, his sense of humour and his independence until the end, and never spoke a word of complaint of the difficulties that life brought. He was a fine and strong man, a person of special character. A Celebration of Jack's Life will be held at 1:00 on Friday, Feb. 25th. For details please call 604-926-7319. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Victoria Times Colonist 13 Feb 2011)

MILLMAN, John Erskine, V1786, RCNVR (served RCNVR Mar 1942 - Feb 1946) / P2WU, 15371-H, RCN - 75, of Dartmouth, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building. Born in Alberton, PEI, he was the son of the late James and Mary Millman. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the R.C.N.V.R. later making a career with the RCN retiring after 25 years service. He is survived by his wife, the former Blanche Smith; sons, David (Karen), Hawaii; Ronald (Margurite), Dartmouth; daughters, Judi Malette (Douglas), of Trenton, Ontario; Sheila Hiltz (Dale), Sackville; Dianne McGowan, Sackville; sister, Anne Hemeon, Tantallon; grandchildren, Tanya, Karri, Tracey, Melissa, Krista, Courtney, Lindsay, Geoffrey, Gregory, Christopher, Andrew, Riley, six great grandchildren and daughter in law, Sandy. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Andrew McGowan; sisters, Margaret and Mae; brothers, Walter, Edward, William, Frederick. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today, funeral service Friday 2 p.m. both at the Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive. Burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building.

HARRIS, Kenneth Harry, CPO1, RCN - passed away May 4, 2016 in Langley, B.C. at age 83. Beloved husband of Barbara, cherished father of Lee Anna, Janet, Linda, Jocelyn, and Kenneth, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. Ken was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, serving from 1950 to 1965; afterward, he worked for Sylvania Canada in Montreal in the late 1960s, and served as Chief Engineer for a string of radio stations in Alberta and Ontario over the next 20 years. He finished his professional career in Ottawa, working as a consultant for DND maintaining the High Arctic Defence Communications System (HADCS) prior to retiring to Langley, B.C.


During his years in the RCN, he served on numerous ships, rising from Ordinary Seaman to CPO1 - HMCS Athabaskan early 1950's and Restigouche (and perhaps others); HMCS Magnificent mid-50's (including the Suez Crisis); HMCS Bonaventure c. 1957-1958; HMCS Nootka c. 1959-62 (his daughter Linda was christened in the Nootka's bell); and HMCS Nipigon (during construction at Sorel as part of the Overseer Office in 1963, and then as crew in 1964). He was trained at Stadacona ("stack o' donuts", as he called it) and was also assigned at some time to the Newport Corner Naval Radio Station in Nova Scotia. A staunch opponent of unification and green uniforms on grey ships, he left the RCN in 1965.







HMCS NIPIGON - Commissioning crew as a PO1

MADDEN, James, AB, 10624-H, RCN - Born: 1931  Died: 1953


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(1) Portrait of James Madden  (2) James' medals (3) James' ID Card  (4) Service document - record of drafts  (5) Newspaper article on James' death  (6) James' headstone  (7) Honour guard at train station when James' body was brought home


(8) On course at HMCS Naden  (9) Course photo at HMCS Naden, 1948 - James is in the back row, 8th from left  (10) HMCS Naden and HMC Dockyard  (11) James (left) - location unknown  (12) HMCS Haida 1949 (13) James and messmates on HMCS Haida. James 3rd from right. This was when the crew became Honourary Texans for rescuing the crew of the downed B-29 in Nov 1940  (14) HMCS Huron


(15) James (right) and shipmate from HMCS Huron in front of a church  (16) James (standing) and shipmate on HMCS Huron  (17) James (right) and shipmate off HMCS Huron



HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida 21 Oct 1949 - 12 Jan 1950 as an OS, RCN

HMCS HURON - Served in Huron 13 Jan 1950 - 11 Apr 1950 and 05 May 1950 - 11 Oct 1951 as an OS/AB, RCN.

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka 19 Nov 1951 - 23 Dec 1951 as an AB, RCN

HMCS WHITETHROAT - Served in Whitethroat 30 Jan 1952 - 20 May 1952 an an AB, RCN

HMCS QUEBEC - Served in Quebec 21 May 1952 - 14 Oct 1952 and 23 Jan 1953 - 04 Feb 1953 as an AB, RCN

CAMPBELL, George Greig, V29113, RCNVR (served 18 Oct 1940 - 21 Nov 1945) / C2.Shpwt, 9656-E, RCN (served 22 Nov 1948 - 21 Jan 1969) - age 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 11, 2011 in Parksville, BC. Born on September 24, 1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba he was the fifth of six children born to Alexander and Georgina Campbell of Aberdeen, Scotland. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rooney, in 1978, brothers Alex and Morrie, and sisters, Peggy, Nan and Betty. He is survived by Wilma, his loving wife of 24 years, his son Sandy Campbell (Lois), daughters Lucille Campbell and Maureen Williams (Brian), granddaughters Alison Campbell and Meghan Sterpin, and grandsons Ian Cronin and Gregory Williams. For many years he was an active member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association in Esquimalt, BC. George was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be truly missed by his family. A very special thank you to the staff of Stanford Place Care Campus and to Dr. Garth Loughhead for their loving kindness and care during his last years. A memorial service will be held at Knox United Church in Parksville, BC on June 22, 2011 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Cancer Clinic. (Victoria Times-Colonist 17 Jun 2011)

COLCHESTER, Weldon (Coley), Chief AA1, RCN (served 30 Oct 1938 - Nov 1945) - of Abbotsford, BC. Died 16 Feb 2012

COTTON, Mervyn D., P1PW, 6058-E, RCN (served 29 Jul 1946 - 30 Aug 1971) - of Kanata, ON. Died 14 Aug 2012

CHAMBERLAIN, Clifford, C1HT, RCN / C.A.F. (08 Mar 1940 - 26 Sep 2012) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Cliff at the RJH. Predeceased by his son, Michael, he will be lovingly remembered by his wife Dorothy, son Blair, daughter-in-law Nancy, grandchildren Gaby and Sam, brothers Al (Dianne) and Brian. His 35 years in the RCN took him to many places. Cliff enjoyed RVing and fishing with his family and spent many happy summers at Saratoga Beach. Thank you to his nurses on 7 south and his care people at Mount St. Mary's, especially Dave, Lyn, Murray & Adele. There will be no service at Cliff's request. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart/Stroke, Diabetes or Cancer fund. (Victoria Times-Colonist 30 Sep 2012)

CORRIGAN, John Patrick (Jack), P1ER, 17390-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 21 May 1951 - 16 Feb 1974) (12 Oct 1928 - 18 Nov 2012) - Passed away at Victoria General. Predeceased by his loving wife Margaret Donnella Corrigan, sons; John Charles, James Perry, Joel Patrick, daughter-in-law Mary Corrigan, grandsons; Jeffrey, Aidan, Cian and Brendan. He will be sadly missed by his friend Dorothy Ferguson and family and his many nieces, friends and other family members. His celebration of Life will be held at Colwood Hall, 2219 Sooke Rd. Victoria, B.C., on January 27th from 2pm to 5pm. Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2013

CUNNINGHAM, Vernon James, Lt (P), RCAF, RNVR, RCN, RCNR - Born 15 Nov 1922, Toronto, ON, died 20 Feb 2018, Kelowna, BC.

COWAN, Donovan Frankland (Don) (Pooly), CPO Bandmaster, V30326, RCNVR (served 07 Sep 1940 - 16 Nov 1945) - Born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, June 22, 1919 to Thomas and Anna Cowan, was a lifetime musician. He joined the Naden Band in 1940 and retired from the navy as the bandmaster with HMCS in Shelbourne, Nova Scotia in 1945. He married Joyce Finigan in 1946. He completed a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Saskatchewan and later a Masters in Music Education from The University of Minnesota and then a Doctorate from The University of Northern Colorado. He was a professor of Music at The University of Regina for 25 years. He wrote and narrated the school music broadcasts for the CBC. He retired to Victoria where he continued with his music career. He has written music books, two novellas and short stories. Donovan Cowan passed away on January 12 and will be missed by his family, friends and students. He was an incomparably wonderful man. He is survived by his wife Joyce Cowan, daughter Julie Oakes (Richard Fogarty), son Jan (Shelly) Cowan, four grandchildren, Greta, Victor, Cory Donovan, Krista and a great-granddaughter Wren Joy. There will be a service at Sands of Victoria (1803 Quadra St.) at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013, with the family welcoming guests from 11:30 a.m. There will be a reception to follow in The Dogwood Room at The Wellesley, 2800 Blanchard St., from 3 to 5 p.m. (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Jan 2013)

CHAMBERLIN, Peter, P2VS, RCN / C.A.F. (served 25 Apr 1951 - Jun 1976) - of Victoria BC. Born 01 Apr 1934  Died 19 May 2012

WARAWA, Walter Wolodymyr - On October 24, 2016, Walter Wolodymyr Warawa of Edmonton passed away at the age of 92 years old. Prior to the Misericordia Hospital, Walter lived at Lynnwood Capital Care. Walter is survived by his loving family Douglas (Brenda), and six grandchildren: Brandy-Lee, Carly-Ann, Dillion Rose, Leah, Darcie, Travis, Jaret, as well as five great- grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held following cremation, at Westlawn Funeral Home, 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, on Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. Friends who so wish to make memorial donations directly to the CapitalCare Foundation (Lynnwood Extended Care Centre). Send condolences to Douglas Warawa at


HMS NABOB - Survived the torpedoing of HMS Nabob


ROSE, Bernard John, Stoker (1924-2002) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father and friend Bernard "John" Rose, he passed away peacefully at his home on May 4, 2002 at the age of 77 years. John was a loving and devoted father to his family, Maureen Rose-Stenerson (Tim), Carol Knight (Rick), Brian Rose (Anna) all of Calgary, Bob Rose of Los Angeles, CA, and Sheila Middleton (Colin) of Pickering, ON, and five grandchildren whom he adored, Tyler and Shawn Knight, and Scott Rose all of Calgary, and Zoe and Brianne Middleton of Toronto, ON. John is also survived by his two sisters and three brothers, Ruth Bingham of Winniepg, Shirley Goulet of Toronto, Bob Rose of Bragg Creek (sister-in-law, Lorraine Rose of Winnipeg), Earl Rose (Pat) of Calgary, and Eddie Rose of Winnipeg, as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. He was predeceased by his loving wife Ruth Mary Rose (Plumridge). John served proudly in the Royal Canadian Naval Forces. He retired at the young age of fifty-five years as an accountant with the Colonel Belcher Hospital. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He always had time for everyone and was always willing to lend a hand. Funeral services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel on Friday, May 10, 2002 at 3:00 P.M.


Portrait of Stoker Rose


HMCS BEACON HILL - Served in Beacon Hill during the Second World War

MARLATT, Kenneth L. (1926-2001) - Marlatt, Kenneth Laurence Suddenly, on January 2nd, after a brief illness and while vacationing in Florida, Kenneth Laurence Marlatt of Fonthill, in his 75th year. Devoted husband of Lois Wilma Rollerson for 53 years, loving father of daughter Judy and husband Egils Agis of Cayuga, grandfather of Perry Agis of Hamilton, Kristin and husband Marty Fraser of Burlington and great-grandfather to Brock Fraser. Also survived by sisters, Dorothy Linton of Niagara Falls and Helen Sebisty of Ottawa. Brother-in-law to Lloyd Rollerson and wife Jackie of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Dear uncle of Lloyd & Deborah Linton of Niagara Falls, David & Brenda Linton of Chippawa, Janet & Zito Baccarani of Etobicoke, Mark & Sening Rollerson of Scarborough and Gary Rollerson & Joanne Barteski of Toronto. At age 16, Ken enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) and saw active service during WWII on the North Atlantic with the ocean convoy escort. He later worked for Cyanamid of Canada for 37 years retiring in 1988. Ken was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #613, and an active ham radio operator, VE3CME. A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1557 Pelham St., Fonthill on Saturday, January 13th at 2 p.m. Many dear friends will sadly miss his wonderful wit and sense of humour. In lieu of flowers, In Memoriam donations to the Lung Association or The War Amps of Canada would be appreciated.


Kenneth Marlatt's medals







(KM01) USN PT boat  //  Photo taken from HMCS HESPELER K489  //  From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt  //  Courtesy of Judy Agis

(KM02) HMCS HESPELER K489 (left) and the aircraft carrier HMS GLORY R62 bring repatriated POWs to Esquimalt  //  From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt  //  Courtesy of Judy Agis



(KM03) Bob Enright on HMCS HESPELER K489

Written on the back of this photos is "Bob Enright, killed June 2/44" 


Information provided by Judy's mother is as follows:  the boat was strafed by an enemy plane. Both the fellow who died and your father were on Pom Pom guns. My understanding was the man standing beside your father was shot and your father was hit by a piece of metal that took the top layer of skin off in a small area center chest just below the neck. It left a scar. The fellow who died was well liked. He often entertained below deck by step dancing. He was from some place on the east coast of Canada and it was from him that Ken learned step dancing. There were several shipmates from the east coast and Ken also picked up the vocabulary and accent of those from Newfoundland. The sailor was buried at sea.


Webmaster's note:  According to casualty records, HMCS HESPELER had no casualties (deaths) during her service career.  Additionally, there is no record of a Bob (or Robert) Enright killed in the RCN during WW2.  The only 2 Canadian (or Newfoundland) casualties during WW2 named Enright were both in the Army - one died on 07 Jun 1944 and the other on 31 Jun 1944 ashore in Europe.  Royal Navy casualty records for WW2 only list one person named Enright, and she was a Wren, killed in an accident.


If anyone can provide any information on Bob Enright shown in this photo, please send me an EMAIL




Photos courtesy of Judy Agis


MARRIOTT, Roy Edward (Bud), Fire Fighter, C.A.F. - Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 21, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Halifax, October 23, 1929, he was the eldest son of the late Clyde and Geneva (Berry) Marriott. Roy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Survived by daughters, Celina (Harold), Marina, both of Halifax; grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer (Jamie) Butler, Halifax and Jacen of Toronto; great-grandchildren, Madison, Erikka and Lilly, all of Halifax; sisters, Betty (Murray) Smith, Joyce (Bill) Munroe, both of Halifax; brother, David Marriott, Toronto; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Edith (Stone); and younger brother, William "Bill" Marriott. Roy loved being on the water, spending several years working in the Merchant Navy, Royal Canadian Armed Forces, both the Navy and Air Force (Firefighter) Branches; retiring in 1992 from the Dockyard as a Captain on the Halifax Auxiliary Vessel Pegasus. There will be no funeral service. Roy was cremated and a burial at sea will take place at a later date. We would like to thank the staff of 4V West of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building for the exceptional care and compassion they gave and showed to our father while he was a resident there over the past four years. Roy's quick wit and sense of humour will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Dad; may you fly with the angels. (Halifax Chronicle Herald Feb 2018)

KING, Charles Edward (13 Nov 1933 - 24 Feb 2018) - 84, Pugwash, passed away February 24, 2018, at the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Pugwash. Born in Pugwash he was a son of the late Lorne and Genevieve (Ash) King. Brud had served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1953 – 1958. Following his discharge he worked in Ontario for a few years before returning to Pugwash where he owned and operated his own lobster fishing boat. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Peace Branch 60, Pugwash. Surviving are his son, Anthony “Tony”, Brampton, Ont.; grandson, Cory, Barrie, Ont.; brother, Richard “Rick” (Shirley), Amherst; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son, Robert “Bobby”, siblings, John “Jack”, Helen “Toots” Hopps, Robert “Bob”, Lorna Thompson, James “Jim”. A gathering to celebrate Bruds life will be held from 6–9 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Mundle’s Funeral Home, 204 Water St., Pugwash (902 243-2506). Donations in memory may be made to the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 26 Feb 2018)

O'BRIEN, Joseph M., CPO2, RCN / C.A.F. (served 1943-1977) - Born 1928  Died 2002


Photo of Joseph O'Brien and his medals











HMCS ORIOLE - Served in ORIOLE for her coast transfer from Halifax to Esqimalt - Jul-Oct 1954


HMCS OJIBWA - Commissioning crew as a PO




SULLIVAN, Francis G. (Frank) (Curly), RCNVR - The passing of Francis (Frank) (Curly) Sullivan, husband of 41 years to the late Marjorie (Worden) Sullivan, occurred on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in his 91st year at Ridgewood Veterans Wing. Frank was born on October 3, 1926 in Saint John; he was the son of the late Raymond and Anna (Russell) Sullivan. Frank attended local schools and modern business college. He served in the RCNVR on board HMCS New Westminster, a corvette on convoy duty in the North Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Upon his return he became a machinist by trade and worked at the Saint John Dry Dock. After leaving the dry dock he worked as a salesman at J Clarkson and Downey Ford for 40 years. In his spare time Frank mastered the art of woodworking and enjoyed their cottage in Cambridge Narrows for 35 years. Frank is survived by his children, Steven (Mary Ellen) of Burlington, Ontario and Debbie Mabee (Farid Karoubi) of Newmarket, Ontario, two sisters; Teresa Thibodeau of Richibucto Village, NB and Rosemary Shannon of Saint John. He will be remembered by his cherished grandchildren, Gregory, Bradley, Brett, Erica (Andrew) and Darin, great grandchildren, Cole and Eleanor. In addition to his wife Marjorie and parents, Frank is predeceased by his brothers, Gerald, Clarence, Norman and sister, Rita Buckley. Arrangements entrusted to the Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424). In keeping with Frank’s final wishes, there will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Franks life being held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Fundy Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial donations if desired can be placed towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick or donor’s choice. (Fundy Funeral Home)



GRANT, Kenneth Edward, Cdr, RCN - Born 23 Jan 1916, Vancouver, BC.  Died 29 Jan 1963, Ste Therese, QC


Blog entry - The life of Commander Kenneth Edward Grant, CD, RCN


HMCS NAPANEE - Appointed to Napanee 12 May 1941 as a SLt, RCNVR

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa in 1943

HMCS ROSTHERN - Served in Rosthern in 1943

HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER - Appointed to New Westminster 15 Feb 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS KOKANEE - Appointed to Kokanee 10 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, XO. Commissioning crew


HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin in 1954 as LCdr, RCN, XO

HMCS CAP DE LA MADELEINE - 4th Commanding Officer  - 1961 as CDR 9TH ESCORT SQN - 6th Commanding Officer

HMCS LA HULLOISE - Served in La Hulloise in 1961 as CDR 9TH ESCORT SQN

HMCS BUCKINGHAM - Served in Buckingham in 1961 as a CDR 9TH ESCORT SQN


COLE, Neil Leonard, P1ER, 35209-E, RCN (served 14 Jun 1957 - 07 May 1972) - It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Neil Leonard COLE, born June 4, 1940 in Abingdon England. He passed away in the morning hours of April 6, 2013 in Port Moody surrounded by his family. He was a loving and beloved husband of 49 years to Joyce (Moore). He leaves behind his children Dennis (Pam) Cole of New Westminster, Lisa (Don) Iversen of Port Coquitlam and Sandra (Keith) Neithercut of Cloverdale. His grandchildren Samantha, Michelle, Sarah, Kevin, Eric, Alyssa, Mark, Aliegh and Dylan have lost their amazing grandpa. Neil is predeceased by his parents George and Elsie (Swan) Cole and his sister Patricia Bossons. He is survived by his brother Robert Cole. He passed away after a courageous five year battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Neil put up a valiant and determined battle to get every possible moment he could get out of life. He never asked why me, he always thought of others first. After moving here from England at the age of 7 Neil grew up in Ladysmith, BC. He joined the Navy at the age of 17. He became a Marine Engineer and spent the next 15 years in service to our Country. He made many lifelong friends while in the navy. After the Navy, Joyce and Neil moved to Port Moody where they raised their family. He worked for the City of Vancouver where he retired as the Supervisor of Engineering Maintenance at the age of 60. Neil spent time as a Volunteer Fire Fighter, and in many other volunteer positions including Commodore with the Royal City Yacht Club. He enjoyed hunting and camping but most of all boating and working in his shop. Neil has been said to have salt water for blood. He has always loved the sea, has always had some sort of boat and for the past 15 years had his beloved Amante on which he and Joyce traveled the Pacific Coast with friends and family. He gave his love of boating to his children and grandchildren. Neil was a wonderful man and loved by many. In his life he made such a positive impact on so many people that his passing will be felt forever. He was always there to help someone in need, or fix something for a friend. He was the best husband, dad, grandfather, and friend anyone could ask for. His greatest love in life was his wife Joyce, his children and his grandchildren. We will Love You and Miss You forever. We will cherish our memories of you. You are our hero. A celebration of Life will be held at Old Orchard Hall 646 Bentley Road Port Moody on Sunday April 21st 12:30-4:00. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society for Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

CARDIFF, William (Bill), C2PH, 26309-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 21 Jan 1954 - 04 Mar 1984) (04 Mar 1936 - 17 Jun 2013) - Dad was born in Ottawa, ON. He joined the Canadian Navy at 17, saw the world and finally settled in Victoria, B.C. He became a photographer and met the love of his life, Olwen, during his 30-year stint in the Navy. Coming up through the ranks, Dad was proud to retire as a Chief Petty Officer. He was predeceased by Olwen, his wife of forty years; parents Bill and Esther Cardiff; sisters Marg (Allan) and Sue (Gerry); and brother Bob (Lillian). He leaves behind his girls, his sister, Jean (Art), sisters-in-law Ray and Ann (Craig), brother-in-law Peter (Agnes) and numerous nieces and nephews who all had a special place in his heart. A big man, with a big sense of humour and an even bigger heart. He is missed. A private family service was held June 22. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, one of the causes he supported every year, at 2621 Douglas St., Victoria, BC, V8T 4M2 or online. (Victoria Times Colonist 06 Jul 2013)



CAWLEY, Arthur, CPO, RCN - Born in Kenora, Ontario on January 6, 1922 died peacefully in Victoria, B.C., August 23, 2013. Arthur is lovingly remembered by his wife, Joan; his children Coralee, Clifford, and Cindy; his son/daughter-in-laws Yves, Elaine, Pamela, and Lynda; his 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is also remembered by his stepchildren Donald, Michael, and Robin; their families; and his many friends. Arthur was a retired Navy officer, commercial fisherman and an avid snowbird who will be missed by many. (Victoria Times Colonist 28 Aug 2013)

CHATTELL, Lawrence Arthur (Larry), P1HT, 57457-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 06 Aug 1963 - 31 Oct 1981) - Born 18 Jul 1945. Passed away peacefully in the Cowichian District Hospital on January 7, 2013. He is survived by his sister Dorothy (Don) and brother Ken; two sons Wayne (Lisa) and Chris (Kerry); nephews Rob (Darcy), Ian and Doug; granddaughter Melony (Matt); grandson Wyatt and great-grandson Mason. Larry was born in Toronto in 1945, he grew up in Victoria where he joined the navy at a young age. He became a shipwright, which turned out to be a way of life fixing and building boats of various sizes and descriptions. He could often be found down on the docks fixing a boat or lending some helpful advice. We would like to give special thanks to the good people at Duncan Manor for all their help and support. There will be a Celebration of Larry’s Life at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 921 First Avenue, Ladysmith, BC on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.


BOUFFORD, Martin (Dick) (Wimpey) - On April 15, 2002 at 87 years of age. Loving husband of the late Margaret (Creelman) Boufford. Loving and cherished friend of Valeria Inez Lacey of California. Beloved father of Richard Boufford of Wallaceburg, Phyllis and husband Jack Pattenden of Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Dear grandfather of Tommy, Tim, Cathy, Richard, Babette and Nicole and great-grandfather to several great-grandchildren and the late Brandi Pattenden. Dear brother of Margaret Grant of Amherstburg, the late June Navarre, and the late Theresa Boufford. Also survived by nephews Tim and wife Mary Anne Grant, Richard and Joe Navarre. If you so desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. At Mr. Boufford's request there will be no funeral home visitation. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean. A Memorial Service celebrating Martin's Life will be held at a later date. May he rest in peace


Photo of Martin Boufford (Photo courtesy of Liza Price, Resource Assistant, Marsh Historical Collection, Amherstburg, Ontario)


MYATT, Orent, CPO - (28 Sep 1920 - 14 Mar 2017) - At the Maxville Manor on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Orent Harvey Myatt WWII Veteran of Maxville Manor, formerly of Laggan; age 96 years. Beloved husband of the late Jean Myatt (nee Butland). Loving father of Lynda D'Amour (Patrick) of Notre-Dame-De L'Ile-Perrot, Quebec, grandfather of Jason D'Amour (Sabrina Dubois) of Gatineau, Quebec, and great-grandfather of Chloé D'Amour. Dear brother of Calvin Myatt (Barb) of B.C. Predeceased by one son Kevin Myatt, by one brother Curtis Myatt (late Helen), by two sisters Helen Wood (late Harry) and Phyllis Miller (late Aubrey), and by his parents Arthur and Ruth Myatt (nee Hatt). Relatives and friends may call at the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 114 Main St. South, Alexandria (613-525-2772) on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 12 pm until 2 pm. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of the Munro & Morris Funeral Home on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2 pm. Spring Interment Kirk Hill United Church Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy Memorial Donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute or to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Orent a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows-memories live.


Portrait of Petty Officer Myatt


HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Drafted to Restigouche 02 Dec 1942 as a CPO

GILBERT, William Vernon - Born 1924 in the Moose Jaw/Drinkwater area, Saskatchewan.  Date of passing unknown



ROSE, William Warwick (Bill), Stoker Petty Officer, V30580, RCNVR - Born in Folkestone, England June 11, 1918 and raised in Victoria, Bill peacefully passed away at Nanaimo General Hospital, February 4, 2010, after a short illness. Predeceased by his wife Stella in 1998 and lovingly remembered by sons Bill (Miriam), Steve (Karen), John (Janny), Gordon (Carol) and daughter Penney Wahl (Garnet); eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Georgette, Gladys, Dorothy and Maude. Bill grew up in Victoria and after serving in the R.C.N. for four years during World War II, he gained employment with D.N.D. Esquimalt (Dockyard), where he worked as a pipe fitter for 30 years. After retirement Bill and Stella moved to Parksville, where they continued to enjoy square dancing, travelling in their motor home, and wintering in Arizona. Dad's interests included fishing, woodworking and reading. No service at Bill's request. (Victoria Times Colonist 27 Mar 2010)


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(1) ID card for Sto PO Rose  (2-4) Sto PO Rose's Record of Service - Engineroom Branch  (5) Boiler room watch keeping certificate for William Rose, HMCS Pictou  (6) Christmas dinner at the C.L.W.S. (Church League for Women's Suffrage) - 1943


HMCS QUESNEL - Served in Quesnel 12 Oct 1941 - 02 Dec 1943

HMCS PICTOU - Served in Pictou in 04 Jan 1944 - 01 Jul 1945

McGIBNEY, Paul, OS, MarEng, C.A.F. - Age 19 died as a result of a motorcycle accident in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 03 Nov 1978. Paul was serving in HMCS Ojibwa at the time of his passing and he was a Marine Engineer. He is buried in the Kincardine Cemetery, 294 Bruce Ave, Kincardine, Ontario.



MANNING, George Percy, Lt, RCNVR - Born 16 Nov 1913  Died 06 Apr 1992


Portrait of Lt G.P. Manning     


George P. Manning's appointment to Temporary Lieutenant, RCNVR, 31 Oct 1940



CURELL, Randy, P2CK, RCN / C.A.F. (served 26 Sep 1957 - 26 Sep 1982) - of Saanichon, BC. Born 09 Aug 1940  Died 19 Nov 2013







HMCS ST CROIX - Served in St Croix as a P2CK c1971-1973


CHANIN, Archibald B., P2SN, RCN / C.A.F. - Passed away peacefully at his home on May 23, 2014. Born in Langruth, Manitoba on April 15, 1934, son of Thomas Chanin and Ethel Harris. After the death of his father he was raised by Ray & Betty Page. Archie joined the Canadian Armed Forces in Aug 1955 and served in the Navy as an Electronics and Computer Technician for 22 years. After Leaving the Navy, he worked at Esquimalt Dockyard until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, and could always be counted on if family or friends needed a hand with a project. Archie leaves behind his wife Judy of 21 years, and is survived by his sons Derek (Sue), Bradley, Dean and their mother Jackie. His stepson Jamie, and Jamie's daughter Ashley, and Archie's grandsons Joel and Myles. Archie will be greatly missed by family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, June 1st at 3282 Happy Valley Road. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 May 2014)

CHALMERS, James Hunter, P1ER, RCN / C.A.F. - With saddened hearts, the family of Mr. James Hunter Chalmers announces his passing on September 6, 2014. He was surrounded by his wife and two daughters. Jim was born in Coleman, Alberta on April 7, 1930. He resided in Coleman until joining the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18. He served in the Canadian Pacific Naval Fleet as a Petty Officer until his retirement after 25 years of service. In 1966, he married Lynn Poulter. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Bonnie and Kim. Upon his retirement, Lynn and Jim left the West Coast and moved the family to Thunder Bay where he worked as a Lead Hand and Supervisor for the City of Thunder Bay Sewer and Water Department until his retirement in 1990. He was loved and respected by all his peers and coworkers. Jim had many interests including fishing and mostly camping with the family when the girls were young. Jim enjoyed trips down to Minneapolis to visit his two granddaughters Ainsley and Sofie who were the apples of his eye. He enjoyed his time here spent with his grandson Hunter who was grandpa's greatest buddy and pal. Jim was predeceased by his father, Alexander, mother, Dorothy, sister, Sandra, brother, Gary as was as grandparents and many aunts and uncles. He is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife Lynn, daughter Bonnie (Jim) Ducharme of Plymouth, MN and their children Ainsley and Sofie and daughter Kim Kelly (Rob Tod) and son Hunter of Thunder Bay as well as many nieces and nephews and other family members. A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at the Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave. on Wednesday, September 10 from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers should friends desire, donations in Jim's name may be made to Prostate Cancer Canada (



VITALE, C. Carl (20 May 1924 - 25 Feb 2018) - Of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in the Dartmouth General Hospital. Carl was born in Montreal, Que. to the late Eugene and Mary Vitale. When the call came to defend this country Carl joined the Canadian Navy at 17 years of age. He sailed aboard three corvettes and the frigate HMCS Levis, doing convoy escort duty on the North Atlantic. He served with distinction defending his country with pride, honor and courage. When he returned he married the love of his life and wife of 73 years, Louise Meadows, and they started a family. They moved to Toronto in 1958. Carl was the Vice President of Finance for Purdue Pharma and in 1990 he retired, after 43 years of service to the company. Retirement brought with it the beginning of 21 years of wintering in Florida with Louise. Not only did they travel to Florida they were always up for a road trip to visit grandchildren! Whether it was to Quebec, Alberta, Illinois, Nova Scotia or New Hampshire - the road warriors would get an early start and be on their way! He loved to golf, read and was faithful to his morning crossword everyday! Carl and Louise had many friends that they cherished, old and new! Who would have thought that their move to Nova Scotia six years ago would mean new friends in a new community in this later stage of their lives. Carl felt abundantly blessed and informed everyone of this almost daily. Carl was truly admired and respected by so many his family is overwhelmed with messages reflecting this. He seemed to have a way of making others comfortable with his sense of humor and down to earth, easy going attitude. He loved his family unconditionally and we all recognized that he was a blessed example of a man, husband, father and grandfather. Carl is survived by his wife, Louise; children, Dan, Jeff (Cathy) and Maria Lennon (Paul); as well as six grandchildren all who loved their Papa so dearly, Paul, Jeremy, Michael, Matthew, Ben and Sarah, and great-grandchild, Siena. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful ER staff at Dartmouth General Hospital who did their job with love and tender care. Donations in his memory may be made to Dartmouth General Hospital or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Carl will be laid to rest in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. We are all better people for having known Carl. (Dartmouth Funeral Home)



CALDWELL, Ralph Lutes, C2CK, 50396-E, RCN (served Feb 1946 - Dec 1970) - was born on November 7, 1927 and passed away on June 2, 2015 in Saanichton, BC.




HILL, James Argyle - At Ste-Anne's Hospital on December 28, 2017 at the age of 94. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth Clements. Beloved father of Scott (Kira) and Daren (Veronica). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Jaden and Kylee, and by his many relatives and friends. A service will be held in the Chapel of Belvedere Funeral Complex, 22025 Route Transcanadienne, Senneville, QC H9X 3L7 (514) 457-4440 on Wednesday, January 3 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Quebec. (Montreal Gazette 30 Dec 2017)



MADDEVER, William John (Jack), Telegraphist, RCNVR - After a brief illness on October 15, 1996 at Toronto East Genera Hospital, in his 77th year. Jack is predeceased by his wife Gladys of 30 years. Loving father of Wayne and his wife Bonnie. Grandfather of Elizabeth and Catherine. Brother of Keith, Killian and the late Victor. Uncle to Sandra, Diane, Gloria, Ross, Leanne and Lori. Great-uncle to Sean, Jason, Shannon, Christopher, Victoria and Richard. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements by the Simple alternative.



CUMMINS, Herbert John (Jake), RCAF - age 78, of Cole Harbour, passed away peacefully February 28, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family after courageously battling cancer. Born on August 18, 1939, in Victoria, B.C., he was predeceased by his parents, Herbert Duncan and Lily Rose (Cronk); and brother, Robert Edward. He will be sadly missed by his beautiful wife of 56 years, Yvette (Bisson); daughters, Sandy Denny (Wade), Debbie MacLeod (Mark), Denise Loraas (Michael) and Deanne Meredith (Steve); and grandchildren, Erinn and Elaine Denny, Shelby and Courtney MacLeod, Thomas and Andrianna Loraas, Robyn, Kylie and Jillian Meredith; and sister-in-law, Shirley Cummins. Jake lived a full life, joining the RCAF at 18 years old. He was very proud to have served his country as an Instrumental Electrical Technician (IE Tech) until he retired in 1993 after 36 years of dedicated service. The RCAF allowed Jake the opportunity to visit numerous countries and make friends everywhere he went including postings in Greenwood, Gimli, Man., Comox, B.C. and Shearwater. He thoroughly enjoyed his postings on HMCS Margaree, HMCS Fraser and as Air Chief on HMCS Skeena. During his time in the RCAF he was recognized for his hard work, dedication, attention to detail and his unique ability to boost moral. Jake treated everyone he met with kindness. He was a big man with an even bigger heart. Jake was known for his love of outdoor sports excelling in fastball, being named by Bernie Parent in 1981 to Greenwood’s All Time All Stars of baseball players and being a member of the winning team at both the RCAF Provincial and Canadian softball championship in 1965 winning 'The Bat'. He also loved to fish and hunt and upon retirement took up the great game of golf. He loved his hunting buddies Bill, Les, Murray, Walter, Alec, Wade, Miles, Neil, Chad and Glen; and fellow golf enthusiasts Jack, Wayne, George, Ford and Dennis. He also loved his many other friends too numerous to name. A big thank you for the compassion and care Jake received during his time of need, especially from the staff at Dartmouth General Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life, followed by a Legion Tribute and Reception, will take place Tuesday, March 6th at 2 p.m. in Centennial Branch Legion, 703 Main St., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Centennial Branch 160 Royal Canadian Legion or Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation.



MATHERS, George, Stoker, V27414, RCNVR - date of passing unknown




ROUSE, Edward Alfred, Stoker 1c, V37897, RCNVR (17 Feb 1923 - 07 Jul 1995) - at the Norview Lodge, Simcoe, on Friday, July 7, 1995, Edward A. Rouse, formerly of 7 Fifth Street, Tillsonburg, in his 73rd year. Dear son of the late Karl and Theresa (Jones) Rouse. Beloved husband of Ruth (Brown) Rouse of RR3 Port Rowan. Dear father of Annette Heard and her husband Greg of RR7 Tillsonburg, Lana Chivers and her husband Fred of London, Darwin Rouse and his wife Janet of Port Rowan, Kevan Rouse and his wife Phyllis of RR3 Tillsonburg, and Jeff Rouse and his wife Anna of Sudbury. Loving grandfather of Laura Chivers-Roberts and her husband Ken, Lisa Panasiuk and her husband Ed, Ashley Rouse, Jocelyne Rouse-Hyland, Amanda Greene-Rouse, Marc Rouse, Erin Rouse and Zachary Heard. Predeceased by one son Mark Rouse, and by two sisters Ida Bradfield and Mildred Johnson, and by one brother Harry Rouse. Resting at the Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg, for funeral service on Monday, July 10, 1995, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. William Moore of the Avondale United Church officiating. Interment Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Huntington's Society gratefully appreciated by the family. Tillsonburg Legion Branch #153 held a memorial service Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Rouse was a member of St. Paul's United Church, Tillsonburg, and was very active in local Scouting and minor hockey in the Tillsonburg area, and also a member of the Tillsonburg Legion Branch #153. Mr. Rouse was a veteran of World War II, and served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve aboard the Athabaskan. After the sinking of the Athabaskan in the English Channel, Mr. Rouse was taken as a prisoner of war from 1943-1945.


Portrait of Stoker Rouse     Article on medal presentation for Edward Rouse for his participation in the Murmansk Run


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


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