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)



BAYS, Rodney Victor, LCdr (P), RCN - died with courage on August 4, 2005, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on May 24, 1924, the eldest son of the late Canon and Mrs. P.C. Bays and grew up in the Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg areas. Rod served in the RCN as a Naval Aviator for 26 years. During his career, he served in many squadrons and ships. He was Commanding Officer of HU-21 Squadron in 1956. After retirement in 1967, Rod worked with the Merchant Service Union as Bargaining Agent and Secretary-treasurer. During his career, he flew over 18 military and 30 civilian aircraft, accumulating over 10,000 hours of flying time. Rod will be fondly remembered as the editor of the Newsletter of Canadian Naval Aviators and Associates, which he produced for 20 years after retirement. Rod was one of the "originals" and a very dear friend of the entire Naval Aviation community. Truly one of gentlemen. Rod is survived by Shirley, his loving wife of 56 years, Dartmouth; his daughter Cheryl (Dr. George Knight); grandchildren, Jeffrey, Trevor and Allison, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Mary (Bill Gardner); of Victoria, B.C.; and brothers, Bruce (Beryl), of Saskatoon, Sask.; Canon Jack (Ann), of Winnipeg, Man.; Bishop Eric (Patricia), of Ottawa, Ont. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Christ Church, Dartmouth, on Monday, August 8, at 2 p.m. No flowers please. Memorials may be made to the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 5000 Station M, Shearwater, N.S., B0J 3A0 (888-497-7779), or a charity of choice.


HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN - Served in Charlottetown in 1946


HMCS MICMAC - Served in Micmac in 1959 as XO

KUKUCHA, Rudolph John (Rudy) (02 Jan 1932 - 14 May 2018) - Passed peacefully after a sudden illness. Predeceased by wife Doreen and his brothers John and Edward. Missing Rudy are daughter, Karen (Jon), son, David (Barb), Diana, many nieces, nephews, their families, and many friends. Everyone who met Rudy loved his kind, gentle manner, determination and the sense of humour he had until the end. Rudy was happiest woodworking, gardening, and tinkering to fix just about anything. He spent five years in the Royal Canadian Navy and always talked fondly of these years and the friendships made. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Julie Lee, the excellent staff at Royal Columbian Hospital and his special friends at Dunwood Place. No service by request. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Columbian Hospital or Canadian Diabetes. We have lost our hero. (Vancouver Sun / the Province 26 May 2018)

HANINGTON, Daniel Lionel, DSC, Rear-Admiral, RCN / C.A.F. - died January 6, 1999 in Hospice. Born July 10, 1921 in London, England, son of Charles Lionel and Mary (Willett) Hanington. On graduation from Rothesay Collegiate School, he joined the RCNVR in 1941. After the war spent on the North Atlantic, he joined the RCN, and retired in 1976. Survived by his wife, Margot; two daughters: Gillian (Bobby Korpi), Felicity (Lawrence Dawe); two sons: Mark (Gloria) and Brian (Deborah); his brother David (Caroline) in England and 10 grandchildren: Kirsten Anderson, Rhiannon Rhys-Jones (Dustin) and Daniel USN, Fiona (Owen), Andrew and Kyla Hanington, (Steven Holland), Simon and James Hanington, Charlotte and Mathew Dawe. Predeceased by his brother Peter. Service to be held at St. Paul's Church, 1379 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC. on Monday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. Instead of flowers, for those who wish, a contribution to Victoria Hospice Society in his name, would be appreciated by the family.



HMCS SKEENA - Appointed to Skeena 30 May 1941 as Midshipman, RCNVR

HMCS KENOGAMI - Served in Kenogami in 1941

HMCS WETASKIWIN - Appointed to Wetaskiwin 26 May 1942 as SLt, RCNVR

HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader in 1945

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka in 1947 as Lt, RCN, NavO //  Appointed Drafted to Nootka 28 Jun 1949 as Lt, RCN

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1948

HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea in 1949


WALKER, Thomas Harvey, Electrical Artificer 3c, V17896, RCNVR - Born 04 Aug 1920, Woodstock, ON. Thomas joined the RCNVR soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor at a Stoker 1c. When he joined he was a third year electrical apprentice at Standard Tube in Woodstock. He spent the next year in Hamilton at HMCS Star and attending the Bell Institute Studying marine electrical. He was then drafted HMCS Stadacona and then to HMCS Swansea where he stayed until after VE day. He was demobilized on 10 Aug 1945 at HMCS Prevost and returned to Woodstock. He didn't return to Standard Tube, but tried several things, including several years in the Ontario Provincial Police. They sent him to Windsor ON. He eventually went to work at Chrysler in Windsor as an electrician then later as an electrician for the Eaton Co. in Wallaceburg. He died 19 May 1981 from a massive heart attack at Chatham, ON.




(TW01) Portrait of PO Thomas Walker

(TW02) Service documents for Thomas Walker




HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea 07 Feb 1944 - 03 Jul 1945 as an EA 4c and EA 3c, RCNVR

LEVY, Wilson Alexander - Of Louisbourg, passed away Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with his family by his side. Born in Louisbourg, he was the son of the late Sam and Lily (Wilson) Levy. A humble and quiet man, with a wide and ready smile, Wilson was a man of great faith. Up until the time of his passing, he could be found each Sunday in the choir," singing loudly. As a faithful servant of his God". He was an ardent supporter of his church and served on numerous committees. The church itself is filled with numerous tables, candlestands and other objects of wood and glass, fashioned by his own skilled hands. An eternal memorial of Wilson stands carved from the huge tree that grew for generations in front of the church window and will always remind those who pass of his presence there. A rare accomplishment for the time, Wilson graduated from high school in Glace Bay in 1942, traveling weekly by train from Louisbourg with his lifelong friend, Dr. Frank Stacey. From there, he joined the Canadian Navy, after basic training in Kingston, Ontario. Serving for a number of years, he ended the war in Halifax, building Corvettes, both there and in Kingston. After the War, he was employed for over 30 years with Manning MacInnis in Glace Bay and was a boat builder, fisherman, master carpenter and a Veteran of WWII. Wilson was an active member of First United Church in Louisbourg, the United Brotherhood of Carpenter and Joiners of America, the S & L Railway Historical Society, and at 94, the eldest member of Branch 62, Louisbourg Legion. He was one of the last three remaining Veterans of that Branch. In his younger years, Wilson enjoyed badminton, skating, sailing and woodworking. Lately, his passions were watching the boats come and go from the harbour’s edge, singing with his choir family and spending countless hours in the Boat Shed, with his son, Robert, by whom he will be forever missed. Wilson is survived his daughter, Janice (Frank), Sydney; son, Robert (Ellie), Louisbourg; grandchildren, Dustin and Gabriel "Gabe". He was predeceased by the mother of his children, Isabel (Hunt); sister, Frances Warren; brothers, Carl, Ed, and Ervin. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in First United Church, Louisbourg. Funeral will be held Wednesday in the church at 2 p. m., with Rev. Emily Duggan officiating. Interment in Harbourview Cemetery, McCuish Road. Memorials in Wilson’s honour may be made to Harbourview Cemetery, First United Church general fund, or a charity of one’s choice.

SCHWENGER, Arthur Cope, Able Seaman (1918-2007) - of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed on 28 Feb 2007.


AB Arthur Schwenger survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt.  After the Esquimalt sank Arthur risked his life to help his best friend and shipmate, Donald White, who eventually succumbed to exposure in the cold Atlantic waters off Halifax. 




MUGGABERG, William Orval - a resident of Kenora, Ontario, passed away peacefully at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on February 13, 2011 at the age of 86. He was born on February 15, 1924 in Kenora, Ontario. Orval was predeceased by his parents, brother Allen and sisters Ina Philips and Pearl Johnson. He is survived by wife Helen, three children Michele Nichols of Oshawa, Allen (Jean) Muggaberg of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jack (Anne) Muggaberg of Langdon, Alberta and sister Florence Donnelly, as well as seven grandchildren, John, Jan, Val, Kelly, Sherri, Kelsey & Sean and five great grandchildren, Jack, Lane, Tyler, Michael, Katie. Orval was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Orval retired after 40 plus years of service as a millwright from the local paper mill. His life and passion was always directed towards his family. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Orval's memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #12 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. 



LEBOUTHILLIER, Eddy (Boots) - It is with great sorrow that we must inform you of the death of a loved one. On 13 May 2018, Eddy Lebouthillier died at his residence in Gatineau, Quebec. Originally from Saint-Simon, he was the son of fire Pierre Lebouthillier and Bertha Duguay. He left his two beloved daughters: Natalie Smith (Adam) and Natasha Boyd; his four grandchildren he loved: Khristian, Joshua, Logan and Owen; the mother of his daughters, Margaret Mcgrath; his sisters: Ghislaine (Fire Gustave), Jeanne-D ' Arc, Gilberte (Fire Simon) and Corinne (guy); his brother, Jean-Pierre (Carole), and his uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, cousins and Many friends and friends, including those in Gatineau. His parents, as well as his brother, Eloi, preceded him in the grave. For over 35 years, Eddy made a career in the Canadian Navy. He served overseas and was honoured with several medals. There will be no religious ceremony. He will be taken to his last rest at Saint-Simon Cemetery. We would like to thank all those who have shown us sympathy marks.



POWER, Leonard M., P1SG, RCN / C.A.F., CD, NATO Service Medal -age 73 years, passed away peacefully at home in Annapolis Royal, on May 28, 2018. born in Tors Cove, N.L., he was the son of the late Michael Power and Margaret (O'Driscoll). Prior to his retirement in 1984 he served in the destroyers Gatineau, Restigouche, Saskatchewan, Nipigon, Iroquois, Margaree and Assiniboine, as well as the minesweepers Chignecto and Thunder and the Fleet Support Ship, Cape Scott. He completed seven NATO deployments, and in 1970 served on the personnel staff of the Commodore Standing Naval Force Atlantic. Additionally, he served under Staff Officer NATO in COMCANLANT in the mid 70's as NATO Document Control Officer and Eastern Altantic Courier. In the years 1982-84, he was employed as Staff Officer Scheduling and Coursing for Maritime Command. After retirement, Len and his wife Patsy Lynn (macAulay) re-located to Annapolis Royal. Len worked in the western Arctic for Esso Exploration for three seasons, and was then employed with the Annapolis District School board as a caretaker. He is survived by his wife Pat of 51 years; son, Steven, Tokyo, Japan; daughters, Rhonda (Masahiro) Terada, Toronto; brothers, Charles and Mike, both of Newfoundland; and grandchildren, Hana and Matthew Terada. He was predeceased by brother, Ed and sister, Genevieve. As per his wishes, Len's remains have been donate to Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine. There will be a memorial service at Dalhousie Memorial Gardens at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission to Seafarers, Halifax, 844 Marginal Rd., Halifax PO BOX 27114, NS  B3H 4M8, or The Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University.



COLE, Donald Edwin (Don), RCN / C.A.F. - 71 of West Chezzetcook. It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Don at Oceanview Continuing Care Centre on Friday May 25, 2018, with family by his side after a long battle with Frontal Lobe Dementia. Born in Ottawa June 25, 1946 he was the son of the Late Albert and Isabel (Stokes) Cole. Don is survived by his wife of 38 years, Glenda (Robicheau); their sons, Anthony (Rebecca), Dartmouth, Jonathan (Amy), West Chezzetcook, Sheldon (Holly), CFB Greenwood, Andrew (Kelsey) CFB Ottawa; grandchildren, Cassie, Isabella, Weston and Preston. Don is also survived by his sister, Norrine (Roger) Fawcett, Brockville, Ontario; his parents in law, Donald and Marion Robicheau, West Chezzetcook; brother in law, Bill Panazzola, Kemptville, Ontario; sister in law Cathie Cole, Kelowna, B. C. ; several nephews and one niece. Don was predeceased by his parents; sister, Barbara Panazzola, and brother, Barry. A few weeks after his 17th birthday Don joined the Royal Canadian Navy and proudly serve his country for 25 years reg. force, and 2 years as a reservist. After his retirement from the RCN Don worked briefly for IMP, then Canadair Bombardier Aerospace until illness forced his retirement in 2002. Don enjoyed sports, especially bowling and jogging, he ran an average of 2000 miles per year, having run several marathons including one in Tel Aviv. Resting at Atlantic Funeral Home Dartmouth Chapel, where visitation will be held 2 - 4 and 7 -9 pm Wednesday, May 30, funeral will be 2 pm Thursday May 31, (Cory Lunn Celebrant) followed by a reception all at Atlantic Funeral Home, Dartmouth , 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Private family interment in St. Anselm’s Cemetery, West Chezzetcook. Special thank you to Barry and Marilyn Clattenburg for all the visits and outings with Don during his stay at Oceanview, they meant so much to him and always appreciated by his family. Thank you to the staff and volunteers of Oceanview Continuing Care Centre, for the care and kindness shown to Don. Flowers are welcomed, for those who wish to do so donations in Don’s memory to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, 6 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, K1L 8B4 or charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

CHANT, Victor M., Stoker - Victor was born in Brockville, ON, in Feb 1924. He died very young on 30 Apr1958 - he was only 34. He left behind a pregnant wife and 5 children. His 6th child, a son, was born 08 Jun 1958, less than 2 months after he passed. Cause of death was heart exhaustion. He is buried at Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston with his fellow men at arms.



IRVING, Walter (1921 - 2018) - On Wednesday May 30, 2018, my Father, Walter Irving passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Facility (KWing) in Toronto. Born in Carlisle, Cumbria, the family immigrated to Canada in 1925, and held the record for a while of largest family to arrive in Cananda. They were 10 strong. Walter was the last surviving member of his family to pass. He grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and spent his youth working as a farmhand in the area. As a young adult, he took work on the lakes crewing freighters travelling the Great Lakes. At the outbreak of WWII, he sign on to the Royal Canadian Reserve Navy, and travelled to Nova Scotia to train at Cornwallis I believe. He was assigned to the Corvette HMCS Giffard, upon which he made 5 convoy crossing in support of the war effort during the Battle of the Atlantic, and the Gifford also was part of the rescue effort to recover sailors from the HMCS Valleyfield off the coast of Newfoundland. After the war, he became a chemical Still Operator at Domtar Canada in Toronto, where he worked until his retirement at age 60. Walter spent his retirement caring for his ailing wife Ann, and walking thousand of miles around Port Credit and Missisauga to 'check people out', always taking time to talk to the young people he encountered along the way. He has been missed in the neighbourhood during his stay in K Wing, and people in the neighbourhood always asked about his welfare. He will be missed by many. The Family will be announcing the location and time of a Celebration of Life in the coming coming weeks when details have been worked out. Additionally, I would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and support staff at SunnyBrook K Wing for there efforts to make Dads last home special. He did truly enjoy the people caring for him, and as witnesses Wednesday the feelings were mutual from the folks there.- Randy Irving


Portrait of Walter Irving



HAMPTON, Harold Frederick (Fred) - 97 Lower Onslow, passed away January 20th, 2018 with his grandchildren by his side, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building. Born in Stellarton, March 21st, 1920, he was the only son of the late John and Ethel (Delaney) Hampton. Fred is survived by his sons; Fred Jr. (Diane), Salt Springs and Stanley (Shirley), Onslow; his grandchildren, Shane (Katy), Durham and Amanda (Matt), Windsor Junction, and his dearly loved great grandboys, Will, Finley, Sam and Cooper; step sister, Isabel Henderson; sister-in-law, Rachel Smith, and nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by “the love of his life”, wife, Mary (Smith); sisters, Cora (Knocton), Hazel (Clark), and Nina; step sisters, Lillian (Rogers), Alice (Hines), Dorothy (DeCost) and Stella (Grealey). Father’s career began in the Allen Shaft, Stellarton, mining coal. In 1943, he joined the Canadian Navy and served on the Corvette HMCS Long Branch in WW2. “Why the Navy?” we asked. “Well, I thought at least I would always have a bed and food on a table,” he replied. Following the war, he worked for the CNR in Stellarton. In 1958, he became the manager of the War Surplus Stores in Valley, Colchester County. In 1964, he started selling Snap-on Tools which he enjoyed until his retirement. “Been retired longer than I worked” he would say. For 37 years, Father and Mother enjoyed their summers at the cottage in Marshville where many a weekend was passed entertaining their grand children, family and friends. They also enjoyed eighteen winters travelling to St. Petersburg, Florida where they made many new friends from across the country. Father was always very active in the church, serving as an Elder, Steward, Sunday School Teacher, and singing tenor in the choir. Dad loved to sing, play guitar and banjo or share a tune on the “mouth organ”. Great Gramp also had a hidden talent for drawing or sketching with which he entertained his great grandsons. A Graveside Memorial and Committal will be held Saturday, June 2nd at 11:00 am at the Onslow Island Cemetery with Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating.  “TOO WELL LOVED TO BE FORGOTTEN”



PUTNAM, Donald Glenn - 82, Masstown, passed away May 29, 2018 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with his family by his side and after a long and courageous battle with COPD and other health issues. Born in Debert, he was a son of the late Albert and Beryl (McCully) Putnam. Glenn spent 23 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a helicopter mechanic before retiring in Masstown and finishing his working life at the Home Hardware Warehouse. Glenn was always a collector and fixer (with usually a part to fix it up). Glenn was a proud family man and loved to socialize with friends and neighbours. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 106 Debert. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Doreen (Carde); son Donald of Masstown; daughter Patricia McLellan (Archie), Lower Debert; grandson Brandon McLellan (Kaley), Lower Debert; brother Grant Putnam (Phyllis), Debert; sister Marie Slack (Ron), Hagersville, ON. He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph (Betty); family members, Marie and Arthur McElhinney, Frances and Earl Hollis, Jimmie Carde, Leo and Doris Carde. Arrangements are under the direction of Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 106, Debert will conduct a Legion Tribute Service on Saturday evening at 6 pm followed by visitation until 8 pm. Funeral service will take place on Sunday, June 3rd at 2 pm in Riverside United Church, Bass River. Reverend Florence Antle-Brison and Reverend Carolyn Rushton will officiate with burial to follow in Riverside United Church Cemetery, Bass River. A reception will follow. Donations in Glenn’s memory may be made to Nova Scotia Lung Association or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Special thanks go out to the staffs of the VON and also the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.

YOUNG, Donald Hynes (Don), Coder, RCNVR - Born 1921  Died Oct 1994


Portrait of Don Young and his brother Dick Young




JOHNSON, Wilfred Leo (Johno), LS - The family is saddened to announce that Wilfred Leo Johnson, of Selkirk, MB, passed away peacefully, at the age of 93, with family at his side, at the Arborg and District Health Centre, on May 23, 2018. Leo was predeceased by his wife Laura (2010); parents, Thorvaldur and Ingibjorg; sisters, Nena Bryan, Jona Mowczan and Bjorg Harris; and grandson Christopher Johnson. The son of Thorvaldur and Ingibjorg Johnson, Leo was born September 27, 1924 and raised on McLean Avenue in Selkirk, MB. The Second World War was raging in Europe and after high school, at the young age of 17, Leo enlisted for duty with the Royal Canadian Navy. After training in Esquimalt, BC, he was deployed to Port Arthur to take up duty on a new mine sweeper, the HMCS Blairmore. Leo was part of the sea trials and commissioning crew and served on the HMCS Blairmore for approximately 14 months. Leo next served on the Corvette, HMCS Orangeville, and was a member of the commissioning crew for the ship built in Leith, Scotland. Leo spent the rest of the war aboard the Orangeville. Leo met his future wife, Laura Atkinson, on a blind date set up by his sister Bjorg and her husband Wally. Leo and Laura were married on April 27, 1946, with the ceremony held in the living room of Laura's family home on Canora Street, in Winnipeg and where they lived continuously for their entire married life (64 plus years). Leo had a long career with the Winnipeg Transit System, retiring at age 62, as Superintendent of Customer Services. For six plus decades, Dad loved to spend time at the family cottage in Matlock, MB, where he especially enjoyed reforesting the property with dozens of carefully selected trees and shrubs. Dad was a curler, a stamp collector, a gardener, an art collector and supported numerous charitable organizations, including many local and foreign causes. Leo was a proud member of the Winnipeg White Ensign Club, a branch of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and greatly enjoyed the friendship of his fellow naval veterans. Dad was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Selkirk Branch 42. In 2013, Dad relocated to his home town of Selkirk, MB, where he reconnected with numerous old friends and made many more new friends. Dad is survived by his four children, Nancy Masson of Teulon, Ed (Maureen) of Calgary, Brian (Sherry) of Sydney, Australia, Tim (Robin) of Winnipeg; and grandchildren, Clayton (Erin), Laura Lee (Tom), Andrea, Quentin, Drew, Stephen and Sarah. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Dakota, Faith, Ashton, Aisha, Richard, Grayson, Kiera and Carter. The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mann and the entire staff of the Arborg and District Health Centre for their exceptional and compassionate care and support during Dad's time there. Your caring is deeply appreciated. As per Dad's wishes, no service will be held. A private interment will follow at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in Leo's memory may be made to a charity of your choosing. (Winnipeg Free Press 26 May 2018)



HMCS ORANGEVILLE - Served in Orangeville Apr 1944-Jul 1945 as a LS

DOAN, George Albert - passed away quietly at the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg. He was living at home with Mother until quite recently when they both moved to the veteran's wing of Deer Lodge Centre. He passed peacefully in the afternoon of May 12, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Thelma (nee Lee), his children, Ted (Cathy), Dennis (Gloria) and Gayadelle (Philip Heimbecker); five grandchildren, Alethea, Christa, Lloyd, Matthewe and Aidan; and eight great-grandchildren, Arden, Mason, Cameron, Sadie, Jackson, Clark, Trystan and Leyton; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins and friends. George was predeceased by his parents, Almon and Margaret Doan; siblings, Archie and Dora, Tom and Georgina, Patrick and Ruth, Winnifred and John Marcino, Kathleen and Herb Hirsekorn; also Lee family in-laws: Ervin, John and Harriet, Merril and Adeline, Martha and Clarence Erdahl, Levi and Eileen, Mary, Wallace and Gwen, Aileen and Roy Bridger, Walter Johnston; and nieces and nephews, Colleen and Rodney Hirsekorn, Todd Doan, Patrick Doan, Garth Lee, Roland Lee and David Lee. George was born on July 18, 1922 and with five siblings was raised in the small town of Elphinstone, MB, where, like many other families, they struggled through the Great Depression. He grew up determined to make his mark on the world. He joined the Canadian Air Force but soon transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in Halifax where he saw duty on the Atlantic. He was on route to the Pacific front when the war ended. After returning home he began a career in business and married shortly after. By 1947 Doan Brothers Trucking was well established and operating out of George's farm at Erickson, Manitoba. He soon found that buying cattle and transporting them to market in St. Boniface was more profitable than moving general freight. By the early 1950s he was engaged in the cattle business full time and living in Winnipeg with his young family. He initially worked for Canada Packers as a buyer and soon moved on to work as auctioneer in the St. Boniface yards. By the mid 1950s he was a licensed live stock broker operating commission firm either alone or with partners into the mid 1970s. In the 1970s he took on the management of New Bothwell Co-op Dairy Ltd. and for 32 years guided it through considerable growth while innovating and developing new products and services. In his early years George was quite a competitive curler and with his own unique style enjoyed some success at local bonspiels. He was very energetic and many remember how much he enjoyed lively competitions; cribbage, horseshoes or horseracing whatever was available he was always up to a good game and some good natured ribbing. He retired at age 80, after a career spanning 62 years. He enjoyed his retirement keeping busy with improvement projects at his home and the lake. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home Reception Centre, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba. A private family memorial service and interment will be held at a later date. (Winnipeg Free Press 19 May 2018)

COOPER, William G. (Bill) (1947 -2018) - It is with great sadness the family of Bill Cooper of Lower Sackville NS announce his passing on May 21, 2018. Bill was born Feb 13, 1947 in Montreal Quebec to the late George and Annie Cooper. Bill is survived by his 3 children, Cherrie (Cooper) and Ernie Hunt, Ron and Cristal (Arnold), Charlie and Rhonda (Fudge) and 8 grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by many but it was his beloved wife Nancy Cooper he missed dearly. Cremation has already taken place. Bill's interment will take place beside his beloved wife on Friday June 8-2018 at 10 am at the Gates of Heaven on Sackville Drive, NS. There will be a celebration of life following at 12 noon at the Kinsmen Centre on First Lake Dr, Lower Sackville also on June 8-2018. All are welcome to attend. Anyone who would like to make a donation in Bill's name can choose one of the charities close to Bill's heart. GPAC Atlantic ( Retired Greyhounds) or any animal rescue, The Heart and Stroke Foundation , Canadian Veterans.



COUSINEAU, Michel Romeo  (22 May 1950 - 12 May 2018) - of Sackville, passed away suddenly at home on May 12, 2018. Born May 22, 1950 in Montreal, Que. Michel was predeceased by his parents, Romeo and Juliet Cousineau (Quebec); in-laws, John Andrew and Emma Walters (Newfoundland); and other family members. Michel leaves behind the love of his life his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Walters) Cousineau; daughters, Annabelle (Rick) Meager, Caroline (Steve) Monk; sons, Terry and Craig Cousineau; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; brother-in law, Freeman (Donna) Walters; sisters- in-law, Gretchen (John) Barnes, Maisie (Charlie) Herritt, Jackie (Delia) Walters; nieces and nephews. Michel loved his wife and family more than anything. He served our Armed Forces for over 29 years. He enjoyed spending time with his sons at the rifle range, fishing and hunting. Michael's best buddy, Charlie Herritt will miss him dearly. Celebration will be held Saturday, May 19th from 6-8 p.m. in the Lions Club, 101 Old Beaverbank Rd., Lower Sackville. Private burial at later date.




HILL, William C., Stoker (died 2015) - The family are saddened to announce his passing. Bill was in his 94th year. Beloved partner for 73 years of Doris (nee Potter). Dearly loved and cherished Dad of Lorraine Lindsay of St. Thomas, Bill (Kathy) of St. Albert, AB., Barb Tuffnail (John) of Woodstock and Dan Hill of London, ON. Much loved Grandad of Bill and Sean Lindsay, Dan and Jason Hill, Laura Sherman, and Kurt and Craig Hill. Adored Pop of ten great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Dear brother of Phyllis Laughington, Olive Hernandez and Audrey Leask. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his much loved grandson Michael Thuffnail and also by two brothers and one sister. Bill was a proud member of the Navy during the Second World War, and a loyal and faithful member of the O.C.N.V.A. He worked for thirty years at General Motors in the Diesel Division in London, ON. and was able to enjoy thirty years of retirement. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at the Woodstock Navy Club 959 James Street, Woodstock on Saturday February 28, 2015 from 1:30-4:00 p.m.


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(1) Portrait of William Hill - 1942  (2) William Hill and group of unknown sailors - location unknown  (3) William Hill and Jack Sherrit - 1943  (4) William Hill and friends - location unknown



DAUM, John - of Yorkton passed away on May 18, 2018 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of eighty-three. John was born to Philip and Wilhelmina (nee Schaan) Daum on July 1, 1934 in Churchbridge. After his schooling, John joined the Royal Canadian Navy based out of Victoria during which time he married Katherine (Kay) Martinuk from Saltcoats. Eventually John and Kay returned to the family farm in the Chatsworth region where they raised five children. John was an enthusiastic curler and passed his love of the sport on to all his children. He served as president of the Chatsworth Curling Club for many years. Another passion was bridge. He and his wife were grand masters and enjoyed decades of involvement with the Yorkton Duplicate Bridge Club. Predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Kay and infant son Thomas, John leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory five children: Carla (Mike Fitzpatrick), David, Kathy (Peter Eliuk), Philip (Gloria Fournier) and Patti (Gordon Bird), as well as six grandchildren: Lorelle (Braden), Tessa, Cameron, Bronwyn, Joel and Erica, brothers Ron (Bunny), Daun and sister Eleanor (Leo); as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. The family wishes to thank Judith Donaldson for her many years as caregiver for both Kay and John. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Christie Funeral Home in Yorkton with Shelly Morris officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Palliative Care Endowment Fund at The Health Foundation in Yorkton. (Yorkton This Week 30 May 2018)

GILLIS, Donald A. (23 Feb 1923 - 17 May 2018) - passed away in his home in Halfmoon Bay. He is survived by his wife May, their children Robert and Barbara, and their grandchildren Kimberly, Gregg and Grace. He was predeceased by his parents Duncan and Florence, his two brothers Boyd and Norman and his grandson Jack. Born in Vancouver, but spent most of his childhood and working life in Burnaby. After graduating from Burnaby South High School, Don served in the Navy in WWII. After the war he attended UBC and graduated in Civil Engineering in 1951. He worked for the Greater Vancouver Regional District for 35 years. In 1988, Don built their retirement home at the site of their cabin in Halfmoon Bay where he spent many happy years building, fishing, sailing and enjoying the view from his deck. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the wonderful care Don received from the Sechelt Palliative Home Care staff who made it possible for him to spend his last days at home.

KELSO, Burton Francis (18 Jan 1926 - 26 May 2018) - Peacefully in hospital surrounded by family, Burton Francis Kelso, aged 92, passed from this life following a brief illness. Loving husband of 62 years to Patricia Kelso (nee Harrington) and wonderful father to Jennifer (Ron McKay), Susan (Rod Martin), Carolyn (Gordon Bell) and Kathleen (Billy Hart). Cherished Poppa to Katie, Jonathan and Monika. Predeceased by his parents Roy and Eva Kelso (nee Burton) and his brother David and sister Phyllis (Urban Volk). Burt was a kind and loving husband and father, an expert in history, architecture and good food and wine. He was a gifted and self-taught artist whose paintings gave pleasure to many. Born in Port Arthur, Ontario in 1926, he started working in his uncle's butcher shop, but when World War Two broke out he enlisted with the Canadian Navy. After the war he was inspired to finish school and earned his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from the University of Washington in Seattle. He worked for the Public Service his entire career, serving in the Departments of National Defence and External Affairs, and with the Canadian Transport Commission. He served in Washington with the Canadian Joint Staff and as an attaché at the Canadian Embassy from 1965-69. The years in Washington were memorable for the whole family. He and Patricia enjoyed many adventures: taking up windsurfing in their mid-50's and sailing across Lac la Peche in Gatineau Park on summer Saturdays, travelling the world through Elderhostel after retirement, and eventually discovering the beauty of Oaxaca, Mexico. They spent many a winter there soaking up the local history and culture. Considered a wonderful father, he was always ready to listen and give sage advice, teaching us how to keep a "shipshape kitchen", and ensuring we learned the times tables by yelling them out the back door to the forest beyond. He took us on annual camping trips near and far and showed us the natural beauty of northern Ontario and the Maritimes. He loved fly fishing and the annual September weekends on a trout-stocked lake in Westport. Burt spent his last four years receiving excellent care at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Amica at Westboro Park which is located at 491 Richmond Rd. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 31, at the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel (2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa), at 1 p.m. A reception will follow. If you wish to honour Burt's memory, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Ottawa 29 May 2018)

McBAIN, Allen Ross, Lt (P), RCN - It is with heavy hearts that the family of (Allen) Ross McBain say their final goodbye. Ross died peacefully at the Royal Alexandra Hospital after a brief illness. Born on May 17,1924, Ross lived a full and adventurous 94 years. Ross is survived by his loving wife, Linda, his five children Leslie McBain, Bob McBain (Louise), Brenda McBain, Diane McBain and Neil McBain (Jeanie). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Kimberly McBain Butz (Kelly Butz), Amy McBain, Faye McBain (Brett Tracy-Gould), Justine McBain (Mitchell Jenkins), Cameron McBain, and his great-grandchildren, Miller McBain Tracy- Gould, Elliot Butz, and Anderson Butz. He was predeceased by his parents, William W. McBain, and Ida May McBain, his brother Bill McBain, his sister, Margaret Hewson, his wife Dorothy McBain, and his grandson Jordan McBain Miller. Ross was born and lived in Edmonton all his life. He loved this city, and he happily donated time, energy and funds to see it thrive. He founded McBain Camera in 1949 which grew from a single store on 101st Street to the 8 locations today. He was the founding president of the Better Business Bureau, past president of Northlands, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the Alberta Aviation Council, past director of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club and many other local and provincial organizations. Until a month before his death Ross came in to his office at McBain Camera every day. Ross enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 where he became a pilot and flew Corsair aircraft on the aircraft carrier, the HMS Victorious. He so loved flying that he continued as a recreational pilot into his seventies. Ross's leisure time was divided between his beloved cottage at Pigeon Lake which he built almost singlehandedly in 1953, and his favorite spot on Maui where he spent several months every winter. He was a world traveler and visited countries in every part of the world over his lifetime. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of Ross's life will be held at 2 p.m., June 7, 2018, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home Downtown Chapel, 10011- 114 Street. Reception to follow. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Centre for Autism Services Alberta, 4752- 99th Street NW, Edmonton, T6E 5H5; or Moms Stop The Harm (in memory of grandson Jordan) c/o 10805 107 Ave NW, Edmonton, T5H 0W9. (Edmonton Journal 30 May 2018)



LACROIX, Michel (Mike) - Age 63, passed away suddenly and peacefully in the comfort of his home, May 31, 2018. He was born on October 21, 1954 in Noëlville, Ont., a son of the late Georges and Jeannette Lacroix. he started his early career in the Royal Canadian Navy where he travelled the world by sea, respectfully serving his country for near a decade. He continued to pursue his career in management where he truly excelled. His work ethic, positivity and dedication were leading attributes to the success of such businesses as Taylor Ford in Moncton, NB and Halifax, and as co-owner and general manager of Bayside Chrysler in Tracadie, NB. he was an avid community leader and sponsor to many local community organizations passionate about the game of golf, keeping active and living life to the fullest. Michel retired in 2016 and has been enjoying his retirement spending the last two winters in Florida with his spouse, Dianne. Michel was a proud and dedicated father. He is survived by his spouse, Dianne Gobeil; his son, Marc (Leah); his daughter, Chantal (David), their mother Catherine; his grandchildren, Winter, Kiegan, William and Rayelle; brothers, Vincent (Colette), Gerry (Alice); several nieces and nephews; extended family; stepson, Daniel (Myriane); step-daughter, Lynne (Charles); and step-grandchildren, Nicolas, Céleste, Jolène, Maélie, Katia-Rose, Chandler and Magalie. Visitation will be held from Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault St., Dieppe (857-1901) on Tuesday, June 5th from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. A Celebration of the Word will be held from Chartersville Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, June 5th, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Club Richelieu Tracadia, PO Box 3347, Tracadia, NB E1X 1G5.

SMITH, Henry Allister (Bill), C1ET, RCN / C.A.F. (29 Jan 1942 - 04 Jun 2018) - age 76, Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of The Ponds, passed away peacefully Monday, June 4, 2018 in the Villa. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of Sarah Emily (Williams) (Smith) Donnelly, Valley View Villa and the late Allister Ross Smith. At the age of 18, Bill joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving at numerous postings throughout Canada and travelled the world. He retired on June 26, 1991 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class with the admiration of his superiors and subordinates. Bill was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Merigomish where he served as an Elder and on the Board of Managers. Bill was a quiet person, who enjoyed watching sports and spending time with family, friends and his dog, Mitzi. Surviving besides his mother Emily, are nieces Susan (Kerry) Panton and their children, Sara and Sean, Victoria, B.C.; Krista Dillon, Port Alberni, B.C.; Tracy (Mike) Locke and their children, Ashton, Brennan and Marlena, Port Alberni; nephew, Brent (Darlene) Dillon and their children, Alec and Cara, Victoria,B.C.; step-brothers, Gerry (Rita) Donnelly, Kitchener, Ont.; Jim (Norma) Donnelly, Brampton, Ont.; aunt, Adell Keays, Moncton, N.B.; uncles, Gerald Williams, Barney’s River; Elmer Williams, Valley View Villa; many cousins Besides his father, Allister, he was predeceased by brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Faye Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Gary Dillon; step-father, Alexander “Tub” Donnelly. The family will receive visitors 10 – 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, June 6 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow from where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Kenneth MacLeod and Rev. Gail Johnson-Murdock officiating. Interment will be in Murray’s Point Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Murray’s Point Cemetery, Canadian Cancer Society or St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.




HMCS QU'APPELLE - Served in Qu'Appelle c1966-1970 as a LS.ET


HORNE, Leonard Frederick (Len), Coder - 87 years, died June 23, 1997 at Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus. Belvoed husband of Mary (Miller), Dear father of David, Toronto, Pam & Bill Noble, St. Thomas, Donna & Wayne Lausch, Lasalle, Dorothy West, St. Thomas, 6 Granddaughters, Dear brother of Kathleen Russelo and Gwen Horne, Amherstburg. Mr. Horne was a member of Lincoln Road United Church and served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 to 1945. Visiting in the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home, 1969 Wyandotte St. East. Funeral arrangements in complete. Interment Victoria Memorial Cemetery. In kindness, memorial tributes to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.


Photo of Leonard Horne




THOMS, Delbert - Dad passed away peacefully at Chateau Gardens Nursing Home in Niagara-on-the- Lake on February 28, 2012 at the age of 91. Predeceased by his loving wife Ida (2010) of 68 years. Loving dad of Doug (Kathy), Robbie Thoms, and Sherri Rittinger (Marc). Loving grandfather of Kristen, Breanne and Shannon Thoms, and Paul Lee, Casey, Drew and Robin Rittinger. Predeceased by his brothers Gord, Thom, Len and his sister Edna Zavitz. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family. A special thank you to the staff at Chateau Gardens Nursing Home for all your care and compassion. Visitation will take place at the Victoria Greenlawn Memorial Chapel and Visitation Centre, 1525 Hwy 3 (1km west of Walker Road) 519-969-3939 on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 12:30 until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. If you desire, donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be greatly appreciated. (Windsor Star 01 Mar 2012)



SHEPPARD, Donald John, DSC, CD, Cdr, RCN - Donald John Sheppard was born in Toronto in 1924 to Ross and Mabel Sheppard, where he attended Lawrence Park Collegiate. Before even reaching the age of 18, he had applied to the Fleet Air Arm, thus taking the first step on the path that would come to define him.

     He went on to become a highly trained fighter pilot, part of a new wave of recruits who flew the newest generation of American planes into combat missions from British Navy aircraft carriers. One such mission was a successful attack on the battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord. In 1944 he relocated to the British East Indies Fleet, flying operations amongst the islands of Indonesia. It was there that he participated in the most harrowing dogfights with enemy aircraft, emerging victorious six times against Japanese Oscars and Zeroes, for which he would credit the power and capability of his beloved Corsair. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

     After the war he married Gwendolyn Falls, and they embarked on an adventure that included coast-to-coast military postings. Don held command of the destroyer Fraser in Victoria, BC, and spent several years as Chief Operating Officer of CFB Shearwater in Dartmouth, NS. His distinguished career was capped with a six-year posting in Europe, where he served at NATO Headquarters, before retiring in the early seventies to a farm in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.

     Don was an avid woodsman, hunter and fisherman, and took full advantage of the outdoor opportunities available wherever he was posted. His family of five kids was well supplied with venison, moose, and salmon. After retirement (during which he worked harder than he ever had) his relationship with animals changed. Whether it was the depletion of habitat he had witnessed, or his newly formed friendships with forty cattle, three horses, and several dogs and cats, he simply did not want to hunt anymore. He wept openly when his favourite horse was struck by a car. We also observed his reluctance to glorify his wartime accomplishments, and were amazed to find a German Commandant who had once been in our father's gun sights seated in our living room watching Hogan's Heroes reruns. Such was his newfound embrace of peace and reconciliation.

     His determination to understand and master the objects in his world meant that he could fix anything we broke, and the farm was the place where he got to prove his self-sufficiency and show his determination, as he made hay, acted as midwife to his herd, and taught us to drive cars and equipment with the same patience and steel nerves he carried over from flying.

     He was a consummate host, and quick to dispense his trademark one liners, many dating back to his flying years. He raised five children, Christine, Nancy, Susan, Bob, and Michael. Through careful money management he saw all five through their post-secondary education. In later years he enjoyed time spent at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe, with frequent visits from grandchildren, Adam, Rachel, Samantha, Kenneth, Marcus, and Izumi. He lived long enough to meet his great-grandchildren, Oscar, Felix, Sidney, Peter, and Raffael. His two British great-grandchildren, Zikora and Zavier, unfortunately never knew their illustrious great-grandfather.

     Donald Sheppard died peacefully at Sunnybrook Veterans Wing in Toronto on May 2, 2018. We extend our considerable gratitude to the compassionate and dedicated staff who kept him comfortable. A commemorative service will be held at a future date prior to interment in the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa alongside his beloved wife, Gwen. (The Globe and Mail 12 May 2018)


Newspaper article on Cdr Donald Sheppard, DSC, CD



HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida in 1948 as Lt (P), RCN


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois in 1955 as XO

HMCS FRASER - 3rd Commanding Officer

HARVEY, Denis Pearce - Born 1910  Died 31 Aug 1990, Kelowna, BC



HMCS PRESERVER - Appointed to PRESERVER 11 Jul 1942 as Lt, RCNVR

HMCS TEME - Appointed to TEME 23 Feb 1944 as Lt, RCNVR / 28 Feb 1944.  Commissioning crew.  2nd Commanding Officer

JOYCE, W.T. (Bill), Tel - Died 2006



NEWSTEAD, Kenneth Edwin, Cook, V34708, RCNVR, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Born 25 Aug 1921, son of Herbert and Amy Newstead, Toronto, ON.

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(1) Portrait of Kenneth Newstead  (2) Petty Officer Ken Newstead - date and place unknown  (3) Petty Officer Ken Newstead and Gwen Mingo - date and place unknown  (4) Petty Officer Ken Newstead - date and place unknown. Note the marksman badge on his right sleeve cuff  (5) Ken Newstead (left) and friend

Photos courtesy of Ken Burford


Book of Remembrance entry



YELDON, Jim, V65226, RCNVR - date of passing unknown




(JY01) Portrait of Jim Yeldon

(JY02) Unknown group - possibly a course photo. Stoker trade badges can be seen on two of the sailors

Photos courtesy of Kyle Scott



DÉRY, Stanislas - Born: 1912   Died: 2001 


Brief biography of Stanislas Déry


Photo (left) : Stanislas Déry on HMCS St. Thomas - 1944 (Courtesy of the André Kirouac, Director, Musée naval de Québec | Naval Museum of Québec)



AYRE, Norman Frederick, Sig, RCNVR - Born 22 Dec 1924, Died 05 May 2005, London, ON.


Portrait of Norman Ayre




BENSON, Robert Stephen (Bob) - passed peacefully passed away at the age of 88, with family by his side, at Country Meadows Personal Care Home in Neepawa on Friday, August 23, 2013. Bob was born in Neepawa and lived with his grandfather and aunt until he moved to Langruth to join his parents, to complete his ninth and final year at Hollywood School. At 18, Bob joined the Navy. After contacting chicken pox and a brief time in quarantine, he took up farming with his parents. He married Maureen Webster of Arden on July 10, 1953. Together with their four children they were actively involved in the 4-H Beef and Horse Clubs, old time dancing, curling, hockey and softball in the Keyes and Arden communities. In 1962, Bob's arm was amputated due to skin cancer. This did not slow him down, proving that with determination and some modifications to equipment, one can do whatever you want. In 1975 they moved to Neepawa, into the original home of Stephen and Susan (Hutchinson), first inhabited in 1919. Bob stayed actively involved in the 4-H Beef Club as a leader, stall judge, and as presenter of the Showmanship trophy. Engaging in conversation with farmers and enjoying banana cream pie at the Gladstone Auction Mart on Tuesdays was a highlight of his week. Perhaps Bob is best known as the one-armed man who loved to skate and to dance, as well as enjoy a glass of red wine at five o'clock. Bob's passion for travelling and conversing with people was fulfilled as a bus tour host with Maureen, and his many road trips in the Suburban with Dessa, family, and friends. Acquaintances rapidly became friends. Living in Osoyoos, BC in February may have been viewed as an escape from the cold prairie winters, but rather it was the opportunity to dance twice a day. Bob took pride in his home, winning Yard of the Week in the summer for his arrangement of lilies and his display of lights in the winter. Bob was known to share his honest opinion. To his grandchildren he advised, "Stay away from smoking. Since the world is full of opportunities, go searching. Along the way develop a good personality so that you can interact with people". Bob was predeceased by his wife, Maureen (1995); brother, Arthur (1970); aunt Nora (1976); mother, Annie (McClory, 1977) and father, Clifford (1979). Left to cherish dad's memory are his four children: Stephen (Julia Falk); Tanis (Brent Clayton); Trevor (Kim Montgomery) and Glen (Angie Zimmer). Grandpa is also survived by his seven loving grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Neepawa Hospital and Country Meadows for all their kindness and compassion in caring for Bob. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities (P.O. Box 367, Elm Creek, MB ROG ONO) or the Canadian Diabetes Association. A celebration of Bob's life will take place Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church. (Winnipeg Free Press 27 Aug 2013)


BENSON, Robert S. - Son of Clifford and Annie Benson, Robert was born at Neepawa, August 7, 1925. He received his education at Neepawa and Hollywood schools. He enlisted in the Navy on June 2, 1944, at Winnipeg, and received his basic training at Quebec and Cornwallis, N.S. He served on H.M.C.S. "Kirkland Lake" and H.M.C.S. "Llewellyn," attached to the East Coast. Bob received his discharge Apri1 15, 1946, as Stoker 1st Class and since has been engaged in farming. In the spring of 1947, Bob and his parents moved to Keyes. (Source: "A Tribute to the Soldiers and Pioneers of the Langruth District", published 1950)



CARR, Cedric Vincent (Vince), CPO, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 85, Dartmouth. It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Cedric Vincent Carr on June 6, 2018 in Dartmouth General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Vince was born on August 15, 1932 in Geary, N.B. and he was the son of the late Clarence and Laura Carr. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Bettyann Carr; daughter, Susan Carr Rudolph (Darren); grandchildren, Jasmine Rudolph, Kyle Rudolph and Brady Rudolph; sisters Connie Carr, Fredericton, N.B.; and Elsie Evans, Fredericton, N.B.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Carr (St. John's, N.L.). Vince began his career with CNR and then served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years as a Chief Petty Officer. After retirement from the navy he worked at the Halifax shipyards as a Quality Assurance Engineer until his retirement in 1996. Vince loved being with his family and friends and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand where needed. His three grandchildren were the light of his life and enjoyed watching them grow up and spoiling them. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Atlantic Chief and P.O's Association. During his time with the Atlantic Chief and P.O's Association he was involved in many projects and served as Entertainment Chair. Special thank you to 3 West at the Dartmouth General Hospital for their extra special care and compassion. Cremation has taken place and a service will be held on Monday, June 11th at 2 p.m. in Woodlawn United Church, interment will follow in Woodlawn Community Cemetery. Reception will be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Diabetes Canada.

DARBY, Peter Edwin, UNDT, RCN(R) - Age 83, of Halifax, passed away on June 4, 2018 with his wife by his side. Born in Summerside, P.E.I., he was the son of the late Mr. Justice Walter E. Darby and Margaret (McCreath) Darby. Peter is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Constance M. (Willet); daughter, Leslie Wagar (Terry); son, Andrew (Lisa Baker); sister, Isabel Russell (Robert); grandchildren, Emily Wagar, Katie Wagar and Benjamin Darby. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Perry (June 2, 2018), and Cecilia Walker (1998). Peter graduated from Mount Allison University in 1955 and Dalhousie Law school in 1958, where he met his future wife. He was in the UNTD of the Royal Canadian Navy. He practiced law in Calgary before returning east to Saint John to establish the firm Willet & Darby with his father-in-law, D. Gordon Willet, QC. In 1969 he moved to Halifax to become a professor at Dalhousie Law school, where he remained until his retirement in 1996. In addition to his teaching, he was a labour arbitrator; joined the Labour Relations board in 1972, and served as Chairman from 1992 - 2011; was on a Federal Task Force on the future of the Atlantic fishery; and for ten years co-taught a section of a course at VU University, Amsterdam. Peter was popular with generations of students, receiving many awards for his teaching and contributions to the field. He loved to talk, and could talk to anyone about any topic. He travelled widely in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. He enjoyed playing bridge with his wife and friends, and cards with his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan. He loved pickup baseball games as a child on the Island, playing catch with his own children, and watching professional sports events whenever he could. He had season's tickets to the Halifax Mooseheads, and attended spring training baseball and professional hockey games when visiting his son. He spent the summers at the family cottage in Ononette, N.B., where he particularly enjoyed lying on the hammock and reading. He supported the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, and Symphony Nova Scotia. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



BARR, John Alexander - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of John Alexander Barr at the age of 84 on June 1, 2018 after a lengthy illness at the Bayview CHSLD. He is now at peace. Husband of Marina (Mary). He will be missed by his children and grandchildren. Catherine (Glen) and her family (previous marriage), John- David (Sara) and James and granddaughters Mackenzie and Lauryn. As a young boy, John grew up in the Park Extension Area and had many good friends there. He joined the Navy (1950-1952) and served on the HMCS Iroquois. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #91 Churchill Branch for 25 years. John graduated from Concordia University and was President of the Alumni (Sir George Williams) 1989-1990 and was on the Board for many years. Being in technical sales, he became President of the I.S.A. (Instrumentation Society of America) - Montreal Chapter for 1988 and 1989. He golfed with many good friends and loved to watch football with his sons. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff on the 2nd floor at the Bayview for John's wonderful and professional care (Dr, Janet Wilson, Cathy, Chita, Stephanie and many many care givers). They are all very, very special people. The family will receive condolences at the Rideau Funeral Home (4275 boul. Des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux) on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. The service will be at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. (06 Jun 2018)


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois c1951-1952


ERWIN, Robert Jamieson (Jim), PO, RCN - who passed away of natural causes, age 93, on June 5, 2018, experienced a life rich in family love, workplace challenges and social responsibilities. He and wife Isobel, who survives him, enjoyed sixty-five years of a loving partnership. Their surviving children: Lorna (Stephen), Stephen (Natasha), Douglas (Jodi) and David (Tara) were all blessed with a caring and accessible dad, and all drew close to him and their mother during Jim's final weeks and days, as did Lucy, widow of Blake, who predeceased his father in 2002. Jim is also the cherished grandfather of Paul, Nick, Sarah, Zoë, Caitlin, and Kelly. Born in Toronto in 1925 to Lorne Erwin and Lillian Jamieson Erwin, Jim joined the Canadian Navy at age 17 and saw active service in the Battle of the Atlantic. On February 22, 1945, his ship the H.M.C.S. Trentonian was torpedoed, pitching Petty Officer Erwin into the frigid waters of the North Sea. Ever mindful of how close her future husband had come to a watery grave, Isobel made a point of celebrating "Survivors Day" every February. Jim and Isobel likewise attended numerous naval reunions across Canada until well into their eighties. After the war, Jim dreamed of reconnecting with his family's rural origins, where he had passed numerous summers working on his uncles' farms in Georgetown, Ontario. Instead, he went to Veterans Re-Hab School, earning a certificate in Steam Fitting. This vaulted him into the centre of Toronto's post-war building boom where, employed by Comstock International, Jim supervised the installation of the heating and cooling infrastructure in the CN Tower and other of the city's iconic post-war structures. Even after joining management, Jim retained his lifelong membership in the Plumbers & Steamfitters Union Local 46, a testament to the pride he took in this association. Resisting the lure of suburbia, Jim and Isobel raised their children on Westmoreland Ave. in the Bloor and Dovercourt neighbourhood. There he became a devoted hockey dad, a leader in the local United Church, and a regular volunteer with the Cubs, Scouts, and many other organizations. Meanwhile, Jim and Isobel, together with a number of Re-Hab veteran friends, had purchased property on Baptiste Lake near Bancroft, Ontario. In time, these cottages morphed into retirement homes, and, starting in the early 1980s, Jim and Isobel found a welcoming and supportive year-round community, one they enjoyed for more than two decades. In addition to their children and grandchildren, Jim will be missed by his surviving sister, Jean and her husband Vern Rice. The family would like to extend warm thanks to Dr. Peter McHenry in Bancroft and to Dr. Abe Hirsz in Toronto, whose attentiveness to our father and mother's needs in recent years has touched us deeply. We also acknowledge the caring support of the nurses and doctors in the cardiac unit of the North York General Hospital and the numerous caregivers whose assistance has been so important to us. A celebration of Jim's life will take place in the chapel of St. Alban's Church, 100 Howland Ave in Toronto at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19th. Reception to follow at 106 Albany Ave. (Parking is available in the underground lot of Royal St. George's College at 120 Howland). There will be a similar memorial in Bancroft, at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to the North Hastings Hospital, Bancroft ON, L4N 2E6. (Toronto Star 10 Jun 2018)



HALE, Alan W.G. (Casey), CD, Cdr, RCN(R) / C.A.F. - Born 25 Sep 1936, Bentley, AB - Died: 30 May 2019, Calgary, AB) - passed away on May 30, 2018 at the age of 81 years. Casey is lovingly remembered by his wife of fifty-five years, Donna (nee Reilly), his sisters Yvonne Sherman and Lilyon (Neil) Lunty, sister-in- law Jollean (Ken) Sivertsen; children Shannon and Marjorie Hale and Marvin (April), Marcia and Rhonda DeJong; and grandchildren Kim, Jon, Hope, Willem, Lucas, Reece and Griffin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his many friends from CMR Saint-Jean, HMCS Tecumseh, and Gulf Canada Resources Limited. A celebration of Casey's life will be held at HMCS Tecumseh (1820 - 24 Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2T-0G6; on the drill deck, which is wheelchair accessible), on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Casey's family would like to thank Glenn Cameron for his compassionate care and friendship in Casey's final months; Lisa Bailey for her guidance and friendship; and the staff of the Colonel Belcher. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Naval Museum of Alberta Society (c/o HMCS Tecumseh 1820 - 24th Street S.W. Calgary, AB T2T 0G6, Telephone: 403-242-0002 (leave a message - volunteers check for messages every Monday) https:/ /navalmuseumofalbertasociety.wildapricot .org/page-1762017. In living memory of Casey Hale, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.



WEIGHTMAN, Richard Ernest - With his family by his side, Richard Weightman passed away peacefully on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Concordia Hospital. Our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather was in his 100th year. Left to cherish his memory are his children Marion, Sharlene Wiebe (Jack), and Grant (Angela), grandsons Justin, Kyle, and Mark Wiebe, and great-granddaughter Madeleine, sister-in-law Sophie, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Helen (1991), his parents, brothers and sisters. Richard was born on August 3, 1918 at Westhall, Manitoba where he spent his early years. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served on the HMCS Wallaceburg during World War II. After the war he met his future wife Helen, they married in 1946 and resided in Transcona. Richard worked at Dominion Malting Company for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Transcona Memorial United Church and he was active in the local community club. Richard and Helen loved spending time at their cottage in Falcon Lake with their children and later with their grandsons. In 1999 Richard moved to Falcon Lake, where he volunteered in the community, enjoyed golfing and curling, and meeting his coffee group every morning. He loved being outdoors and could often be found working in his garden with the deer following him around his yard. He regularly participated in Remembrance Day services at the Falcon Beach School, sharing his experiences from the Second World War with students. We will always remember his good-natured personality, his sparkling blue eyes, and his warm smile. A life well lived filled with love and dedication to family and others. A private family graveside service will take place. A special thank you is extended to all those who provided us with care and support. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, a donation may be made in Richard’s memory to the Whiteshell Community Club, PO Box 190, Falcon Beach, MB R0E 0N0 or a charity of one’s choice.



CHARTIER, Henry, PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear brother, uncle, friend, shipmate, and comrade, on June 1, 2018. Born in Belle River to Etiennette and Wilfred Chartier. Predeceased by the love of his life Dorothy Pindus. Survived by his loving sisters Angela and Carlene. Predeceased by his siblings Edgar, Richard, Edna, and Marie. Sorrowfully missed by his granddaughter Kaitlyn and his second family Jessie, Cathy, Stephen and family. Survived by many nieces and nephews who will always hold Uncle Henry dear to their hearts. Henry was a navy man through and through. He joined the R.C.N in 1951 at 19 years of age. He retired after 25 years of service in 1976, as a Petty Officer, First Class. His tours of duty took him to faraway lands that a young boy from Belle River may never have dreamed of. Henry was an Honorary Life Member of the R.C.N.A (Naval Vets) since March 1967; serving on the executive and held various positions for 10 years, including 1st Vice President. Special thanks to his dearest friend, Steve Willar, who always kept Henry informed about the Navy Club and lent a helping hand after Henry gave up driving. "Rejoice. I have had a good life. All my love." - Henry A Naval Memorial Service will take place under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, at Janisse Funeral Home 1139 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario (519) 253-5225. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association will be greatly appreciated.

GILMORE, Robert Parsons, SG, RCN / RCMP - At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, after a short battle with a brain tumour (Glioblastoma) on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the age of 78 years. Rob Gilmore of Sutton, formerly of Orangeville, beloved husband of Linda (nee Bontaine) for 51 years. Dear father of Adam Gilmore of Prince Edward Island, Hope van Ravens (Ron) of Georgetown, Amy Moxey (Brad) of Ayr and Wendy Nelson (Darryl) of Keswick. Loving Papa of Kaleb and Ty Nelson; Zachary Gilmore; Josh and Taylor Moxey. Dear brother of Wendy McDonald (the late Peter). Fondly remembered by his niece Beth and nephew Campbell. He will be forever missed by his loyal dog Sage. Rob was well respected in his careers as a signalman in the Royal Canadian Navy, as a sergeant with the Peel Regional Police and finally by his customers with his landscaping business in Orangeville. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Rob's life will be held at the residence of Wendy and Darryl Nelson, 5 Ian Drive, Keswick, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Casual dress please. Arrangements in care of the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home, Sutton, 905-722-3274. Memorial donations to Sunnybrook Foundation, Gord Downie Fund or the Odette Cancer Centre may be made at would be appreciated by the family.

POOLE, William George - passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the age of 97 years. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen; granddaughter Ashley Poole; siblings Kathleen Freestone, Mary Dollard and Earl Poole. George will be lovingly remembered by daughter Esther (Phil) Tempel; son Randy Poole; granddaughters Amber Poole and Stephanie Poole (Adam Paul); great-grandchildren Nashaun, Elijah, Bella and Ainsley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. George served in the navy in the Second World War then worked at Saskatchewan Transportation for more than 45 years. Donations in memory of George may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X1. A Memorial service will be held at Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4001 East Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK on Friday, June 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (Regina Leader-Post 04 Jun 2018)

BINDLEY, John Terry - Born 1925  Died 1970


Portrait of Terry Bindley









(JT01) HMCS KINCARDINE K490, Starboard side looking aft

(JT02) HMCS KINCARDINE K490, Starboard side looking aft

(JT03) Squid launcher on HMCS KINCARDINE K490

(JT04) Depth charge thrower on HMCS KINCARDINE K490

(JT05) HMCS KINCARDINE K490 under the White Ensign - Port side looking aft




(JT06) Calm Seas - HMCS KINCARDINE K490 at sea

(JT07) "Up Spirits" - Sailors on HMCS KINCARDINE K490 enjoying their Tot on V.E. Day.  Written on back of photo " D. Carter"


GOULD, James Alan - After a brief illness, Alan Gould passed away peacefully at his home at Amica at Bearbrook in Ottawa on July 30, 2017. Born August 13, 1924 in Dalhousie New Brunswick, he joined the Navy in 1942 and served aboard the HMCS Port Colborne which made convoy runs to Murmansk, Russia. In recent year, he was awarded medals from the Russian government for his service. After the War, he became a teacher and taught shop and industrial arts for many years in Stanley, Sackville, Montreal and Kingston. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Gould; his brother, Ted Gould (Carolyn); his children, Duncan Gould (Irene), Rebecca Stulberg, and Virginia Gosselin (Claude); eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Stanley at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday August 3, 2017 with Rev. Canon Bonnie LeBlanc officiating. Interment will take place in St. Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to St. Thomas Anglican Church. Funeral arrangements are by York Funeral Home in Fredericton.


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(1) James Gould  (2) James Gould's wedding day


HMCS PORT COLBORNE - Served in Port Colborne 1944 - 1945

STEWART, Errol - Date of passing unknown.  The following was written by Edison Stewart: "It is a good thing for me my father, Errol, didn't always follow orders. As a crew member aboard the HMCS Magog in World War II, he missed curfew one night walking a young lady home and the next day was in trouble with the Captain as the ship patrolled the St. Lawrence River. He had been summoned, reprimanded, and then was preparing to return to work when a German torpedo hit the ship -- right where he would have been had he not missed curfew. He and most others survived, and I was born nine years later. But several died that day, and their loss is still commemorated by the Quebec town for which the ship was named."



JOHNSON, Oscar B., ERA - Died 2000


Oscar was from Canal Flats B.C. During the war he served in HMCS Sorel and as CERA in HMCS Matane. He was badly injured when the Matane was attacked by German gliding bomb off the French coast. He died in 2000 and his ashes were laid to rest on Sea-Man's Rest Island ( steam boat rock ) in Howe Sound, on the BC Coast. I would love hear from anyone who knew or served with my father. 

Thank You, Colin B. Johnson



BOND, James (served RNCVR 1915-1919, Preventative Services / RCMP 1929-1939, RCNVR 1949-1945) - Born: 27 Oct 1888   Crossed the Bar 24 Jun 1962.


Medal News - A naval legacy - Two generations of Canadian Naval tradition, James Bond and his son Walter by Kevin Joynt







S.S. St. Malo







RYDER, Lawrence, Submarine Detector - Date of passing unknown.  Lawrence Ryder was a Submarine Detector during the Second World War. He served on several ships, some of which were HMCS KENOGAMI K125, HMCS TIMMINS K223 and HMCS FREDERICTON K245. 




(LR01) Lawrence Ryder - photo taken when he was serving in HMCS KENOGAMI

(LR02) Lawrence Ryder's medals

Courtesy of John Le Forte





PERRON, Roger - Died 2000




HARDING, Donald Burton, Lt, RCNVR - (1912-2015) Peacefully, in his 103rd year, surrounded by family at the Kingston General Hospital on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Donald will be sadly missed by his sons John (Frances) and Paul (Colleen), grandchildren Alison (Brian), Kate (Randy) and Malcolm, and great-granddaughters Avery and Anne, as well as several nieces and nephew. Predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Janet Eleanor Scott, one brother, Jack (May), one sister, Jean, and his parents Malcolm and Nora (née McAvany) Harding. Donald was a championship paddler in his youth, served as commanding officer of HMCS Melville in World War II, operated Harding's Drug Store in Gananoque for over 40 years with his brother, and was a life-long member of Grace United Church, having been baptised there in April 1913. He was the most long-standing member of the Gananoque Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and was proud to participate in Legion events. Friends will be received at Tompkins Funeral Home Friday, October 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Grace United Church, Gananoque, on Saturday, October 17th at 11:30 a.m., followed by committal and inurnment in the family plot at Gananoque Cemetery. A reception will follow in the downstairs auditorium at Grace United Church. Special thanks to friends and family for kindness shown, and to caregivers both at home and at KGH, especially Connell 3 and Kidd 9. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to Grace United Church, Gananoque Canoe Club, Royal Canadian Legion or to the charity of your choice.


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(1) Donald Harding in dress uniform  (2) Gananoque vet marks 100th Birthday. Don Harding celebrates his 100 Birthday. Source: The Gananoque Reporter 13 Dec 2012  (3) Newspaper Article - Brothers Jack and Donald Harding receive promotions  (4) Don Harding cutting his birthday cake on his 100th Birthday party at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 92 in Gananoque Ontario, 13 Dec 2012. Source: Royal Canadian Legion Br # 92

Photos courtesy of Paul Harding


HMCS MELVILLE - 8th Commanding Officer

HARDING, John Edwin (Jack), RCNVR (WWII Veteran) - Peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 98. Jack Harding, beloved husband of the late May Mills. Much loved and adored father of Bob (Evelyn), Cathy Faubert (Denis) and Susan MacLatchy (Ian). Cherished grampa of Ian, Chris, Michael, Carolyn, Catherine and Mary. Dear brother and best friend of Don Harding. Predeceased by 1 sister Jean Anderssen. Will be fondly remembered by nephews John and Paul and by nieces Joy, Virginia, Gail and Carol. The family would like to thank the staff at Carveth and KGH for the wonderful care and support they provided. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Gananoque on Saturday, February 28th at 1:00. As expressions of sympathy donations made to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.


Newspaper Article - Brothers Jack and Donald Harding receive promotions

Courtesy of Paul Harding



MARRYAT, Wilfred Ray, MBE, Commissioned Shipwright, RCNVR (1886-1970) - 83, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County, former mayor of Mahone Bay, died Sunday in Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax. Born at Mahone Bay, he was a retired operator of a men's wear store in that town. He also served several terms as town councillor and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion. A veteran of both world wars, he served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Army in World War One and with the Royal Canadian Navy in World War Two. He was awarded membership in the Order of The British Empire on his retirement from the R.C.N. in 1945. Surviving are his wife, the former Elva Eisnor of Blockhouse, Lunenburg County; a daughter, Claire (Mrs. Charles J. MacDonald), Halifax. The body is at Freeman's Funeral Home, Mahone Bay. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 29 Jul 1970, page 28)

RICE, Howard J., C2ER - of 218 Hammond River Rd., Quispamsis, died at the Saint John Regional Hospital on March 28, 1985. He is survived by his wife Karen (Clarke) Rice, his mother, a son, two daughters, nine brothers, three sisters, a grandchild, several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at Brenan's Chapel, Saint John on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Cremation will take place at the Fernhill Crematorium. No visiting by request of the family. Remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 30 Mar 1985)



GALLANT, Alan, LS, Steward, RCN - Died 28 Jan 1955


Article on the death of LS Gallant - Halifax Mail Star 29 Jan 1955, page 3


Article on the death of LS Gallant

HYNES, Charles C., Aviation Technician (AT), 50593-E, RCN - Died 1995


Charles is buried in the Mount Herman Cemetery, Dartmouth, NS



LAMING, Carl D., CPO1, Observer's Mate / Lt (N), RCN / C.A.F. - Our father passed away comfortably in his 86th year of life on June 7, 2018. Carl was born in St. Stephen, N.B. in 1932. He was a son of the late Albert "Yub" and Doris (Berry) Laming. Shortly after birth, Carl moved into uncle Ray and aunt Cora Laming's loving Milltown home where he was raised. Upon his birth, Ray and Cora's daughter, Frances, instantly became his big 14-year-old caring sister and remained so until his passing. Carl loved Milltown and graduated high school there in 1949. As with many in those days in this New Brunswick-Maine border town, a few days after leaving school, he got a job in the cotton mill, as did generations of our family. While working at the mill, Dad met our mum, Gloria Bryan. She had just recently moved to New Brunswick from Stellarton for employment. They got married in Milltown shortly after and had a beautiful 56 years together. For some reason that we will remain forever grateful, Dad decided to join the Navy (RCN) in 1951 and shipped off to Cornwallis for naval recruit training. He was an Observers Mate in the RCN's Naval Air branch based mainly at HMCS Shearwater (CFB-12Wing Shearwater) and east coast ships. As a lower decker from the rank of Ordinary Seaman to Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, he flew in aircraft from the flight deck of aircraft carriers HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bonaventure for years on multiple deployments. Carl and Gloria raised their family in Shearwater and Westphal up until civilian government politicians in Ottawa, Ont. decided that sailors would wear green uniforms and that the navy should not have an aircraft carrier. Dad did hesitantly commission from the ranks into the Officer Corp (CFR'd) and morphed into becoming a CF Captain. He did, however, always clearly identify himself as a CFR'd CPO1 type. After the Shearwater Naval era, Carl and Gloria got posted to CFB Summerside and lived in beautiful Slemon Park PMQs for three years. From the Island, we got posted back to the mainland, arriving at Camp Debert. While working in Debert, Mum and Dad bought a home in Stewiacke. After a three-year hitch at Camp Debert, Carl and family headed back to Prince Edward Island for a three-year posting at the Charlottetown CF Recruiting Centre. They rented the Stewiacke home during this second posting to the Island and returned to Stewiacke upon Dad's final posting to Shearwater in 1980. After 30 years in the RCN-CF, Dad retired from the military, finding a great job inside the Radio Control Room-Operations Dept. at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Dad truly enjoyed his job at Shubie Park. An extremely important part of the Laming family's life was Carl and Gloria's many years spent on the Amherst shore in their Brownell Lane cottage overlooking the Northumberland Strait. They held onto this special piece of heaven during many of the military postings. After fully retiring, Carl and Gloria sold the cottage and the Stewiacke house and moved to nearby Shortts Lake. They spent many happy years dividing their time between Shortts Lake and a little spot in Fort Myers, Fla. After watching many sunsets on Shortt's Lake, our parents moved into Truro for their final years. Upon Mum's passing in 2007, Dad remained living independently in their Truro home until his last week. He managed to stay home in Wynn Park due to the help of wonderful loving Wynn Park neighbours, his Truro family doctor, Dr. Robert Graham, and support from us. In addition to being a stellar father in all respects, Carl was a remarkable big-time "hands on" grandfather. He was a proud Papa to Stewiacke-raised grandsons, Jordan and Gregory Wright. In addition to attending every soccer and hockey game of both grandsons, Papa Laming bought Gregory and Jordan's first bikes, skates, hockey sticks, goalie nets, bats, balls and gear. Asquith Avenue in Stewiacke had many road hockey, baseball and soccer games with kit Papa gladly got for the Wright boys who he dearly cherished. Carl is survived by daughter, Nadine and her husband, Chris Wright, Stewiacke; son, Brian and his wife, Cindy, Truro; grandsons, Jordan Wright, Calgary, Alta.; Gregory Wright, Truro. Also left behind are Carl's younger sister, Darlene Rowland, Barrie, Ont.; first cousin and acquired older sister, Frances Getchell, St. Stephen, N.B. He was predeceased by his wife, Gloria; uncle, Raynor; aunt, Cora Laming (Tyler); mother-in-law, Beatrice Christine Bryan. Cremation has taken place. As per Carl's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. His ashes will be placed beside our mother in Pine Grove Cemetery, Stewiacke East at a private family ceremony this summer. In addition, a portion of his ashes will be placed alongside his uncle Ray in the family plot in Milltown, N.B. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.



HOLMES, Douglas Gordon, LSRP, RCN - passed away at age 78, June 12, 2018 in Hants Community Hospital in Windsor. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones after a long battle with multiple lengthy illnesses. We are grateful to the wonderful medical staff there for the care and attention they provided to Doug. Doug is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Stella (Symes); and children, Sherry Sinclair, Annette Maynard, Brian Holmes (Penn) and Wanda Holmes. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Catherine Sinclair, Sarah Mac- Donald, Juliana Maynard, Christian Maynard, Matthew MacDonald, Konnor Holmes and Johnny Holmes. He grew up in Toronto, Ont., the second son of Edward Holmes and Edress Gilcrest. He was predeceased by his parents, and brother, Jack. He leaves behind brothers, Jim Holmes, Bruce Holmes and sisters, Carole Bates, Lynda Blackburn, Donna Holmes, and Gloria Parkin. Doug was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Services where he served 34 years in the Navy on 13 ships. He also enjoyed his two years working in the reserve program after he retired. Douglas was on the HMCS Kootenay where he was injured in the October 23, 1969 explosion. He always attended the monthly breakfast with the Kootenay crew members and the annual October 23rd memorial services to honor his friends lost at sea on that horrible day. Doug was a proud father and grandfather, devoted and loving husband. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church for more than 50 years. He served as a warden and parish council and is fondly remembered by his friends from church. He was a long-time member of the Sackville Legion. He was an avid golfer, and a passionate bowler. He loved his hockey and baseball. He will long be remembered for his boisterous shouts to the TV during wins and losses of his beloved teams the Blue Jays, the Mooseheads and the Maple Leafs. Funeral service will be held this Friday, June 15th at 2 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 954 Old Sackville Rd., Lower Sackville, followed by reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to Diabetes Canada.


HMCS KOOTENAY - LS.RP at the time of the explosion

BROWN, Donald George (Don) - passed away peacefully at home on June 13, 2018. He was born in Tacks Beach, N.L. on November 18, 1931 to parents, John and Bertha Brown (Best). Don joined the navy shortly after graduating high school, serving on the Huron during the Korean War. He then worked for the CBC for 31 years and enjoyed another 31 years of retirement. Don is survived by his wife, Teresa (McKenna); son, Steven (Janet), along with grandchildren, Stephanie O'Brien (Stefan), Jan O'Brien (Christian), Ryan Brown (Breanna), Casey Brown; and great- grandchildren, Carmen and Bella Bullock, and Rean Brown. Also his brother, Earl Brown (Ruby) and sister-in-law, Candace Brown. He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Cynthia; sister, Louise, and brothers, Kenneth and Harvey. The family will hold an open-house at 4 Castlehill Dr., Halifax, on Saturday, June 16th from 2-4 p.m. "His life was our Blessing"


HMCS HURON - Served in Huron during the Korean War

ASHTON, Arthur Nelles, Lt, RCNVR - Born 06 Jul 1915  Died 1997


HMCS MONNOW - Appointed to Monnow on 07 Feb 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

ROACH, Charles Earl (Benny), WT (E), RCN(R) - Date of passing unknown


HMCS TROIS RIVIERES - Appointed to TROIS-RIVIERES 11 Mar 1941 at Wt (E), RCN(R)

DUNPHY, Bernard A. (Barney), Stoker - Died 1983


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(1) Portrait of Bernard Dunphy  (2) Unknown sailors hamming it up - ship unknown - event unknown - possibly a Crossing the Line Ceremony. One sailor in a grass skirt, another about to be "beheaded"  (3) Unknown sailor, unknown ship  (4) Unknown sailor sitting on what appears to be a torpedo tube - ship unknown  (5) Unknown sailors posing with locals - location and ship unknown  (6) Bernard (Barney) Dunphy (top left) and shipmates  (7) Unknown sailor with girlfriend / wife


Photos courtesy of Kerry Dunphy


HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Listed in 1943 ship's company photo 


McLELLAN, John, Third Radio Officer, R272235, British Merchant Marine - Died Sep 1999


Portrait of John McLellan


Hospital Ship LETITIA


SIMPSON, Douglas Colborne, Lt, RCNVR - Born 1916  Died 1967

Douglas Simpson was born in Winnipeg in 1916.A fter studying architecture at the University of Manitoba (1932-1938). He was employed as assistant at several firms in Winnipeg in 1938-39, including Northwood & Chivers, A.E. Cubbidge, and for Green, Blankstein, Russell & Ham. He moved to Ottawa and worked for the R.C.A.F. Dept. of Works and Buildings (in 1940-41), then took a position in the office of the Chief Architects of the Dept. of Public Works (in 1941-42), and later joined the Royal Canadian Navy. At the end of the War, he joined the staff of the Building Research Division, National Research Council (1945-1947).

While he was there, he designed a moulded plywood nesting table and, with A.J. Donahue, developed a prototype for a moulded plastic stacking chair. Both designs were exhibited in Design in Industry at the National Gallery of Canada and on its tour across the country. While he was in Ottawa, he was also able to maintain his interest and involvement in building. The London-based journal, Decorative Art 1943-49 included a house on the Rideau River designed by Simpson and an apartment building in Hull, Quebec which he designed with J.S. Lefort.

In 1949, he partnered with Harold Semmens to form one of the most important modernist architectural firms in British Columbia, Semmens & Simpson. Buildings designed by the firm in the 1950s in Vancouver include: Hycroft Towers, St. Anselm’s Church, United Kingdom Building, the former Vancouver Public Library Main Branch, and BC Sugar Refinery Office. He was awarded a Massey Silver Medal for the latter two and a Massey Gold Medal for Marwell Building (demolished 1976).

Two houses designed by Simpson for himself were published in Decorative Art, England, 1950-51; and in Nuestra Architectura, Argentina, 1951. His second house featured an ‘inside-outside’ mural by artist John Koerner, as well as the couch and ottoman that are included here. (From the catalogue of an exhibition of Modernist Furniture and Design at the Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 2002)

Simpson died in 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Winnipeg Architect Foundation.  Source: Alan C. Elder)


Portrait of Lt Douglas Simpson     SLt Simpson in Ottawa - 1942      Lt Simpson on HMCS WALLACEBURG


HMCS WALLACEBURG - Appointed to WALLACEBURG 21 Jun 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR

BLANCHE, Kenneth Peter (Tiny), Lt, RCNVR - Born 1922  Died 2004, age 81.








(1) Lt Kenneth Blanche

(2) Officers Gunnery Course - location Halifax. HMCS Arvida with her gunshield art visible in background

(3) Seaman Kenneth Blanche - location unknown, possibly Vancouver where he was recruited, or Quebec during his course at St Hyacinthe. Cap tally of sailor on the left reads Vancouver (possibly RCNVR Vancouver)

(4) Last party for George before sailing. Approx Ed Oct / beginning of Nov 1945. Club New Orleans. "Alphabet" George Irving & Jack Willington, Guysborough Navigator on left.

Photos courtesy of David Blanche



HMCS SAGUENAY - 13th Commanding Officer. Paying off crew

MYATT, Reginald Cyril (Reg) - Of Bass River. It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Reginald Cyril Myatt on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the age of 94. Born in Oxford, he was a son of the late Franklin and Florence (Hatt) Myatt. He was raised and educated in Oxford, where his two sons and daughter were born. While in Oxford, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion, Oxford Fire Department, and the Knights of Pythias. In 1941 he trained as a machinist at the Nova Scotia Technical College in Halifax then joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. After the war he owned and operated a gravel truck, worked as a carpenter and in 1950 began his career as a machinist and tool maker. He worked in Amherst at Canadian Assemblies and Enamel and Heating. He was a former councillor with the Town of Oxford. In 1960 he moved to Dartmouth, where he was employed with EMI Cossar, Hermes Electronics, and Dalhousie University. While in Dartmouth he was on the advisory board of the Nova Scotia Community College, Akerley Campus. He retired in 1989. In 1989, he moved with his wife Joyce to Bass River, where they became involved in their adopted community and actively involved in many organizations and activities while making numerous friends along the way. In the community he served with the Bass River Fire Brigade, the Rural Development Association, the Senior Citizens Club, was a founding member of the Heritage Society, member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 72, Great Village where he served two terms as president. He had a great sense of community and was actively involved in various fund-raising activities, always eager to participate when asked. He received many commendations and acknowledgements in the form of certificates from municipal, provincial and federal governments. He was a recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, snowmobiler, four-wheeler and maker of maple syrup at "The Sugar Shack". He cherished his time at "The Camp" with Joyce, his family and hunting buddies. Above all, Reg was a family man and cherished special moments with his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by son, Donnie Myatt (Jane), Valley; daughter, Arlene (Steve) Sharpe, Smiths Falls, Ont.; sister, Lillian (Delbert), Truro; Betty (late Ron), Amherst; stepson, Lian Walton (Doreen), Bass River; stepdaughter, Leaellen (Greg) Lewis, Dartmouth; brothers-in-law, Anson Reid (Ann), Amherst; Stan Miller, British Columbia; grandchildren, Jason, Melissa, Natalie, Sonya, Valerie; great-grandchildren, Gaberiella, Alexander, Jenna, Kylie, Jordan, Elise; step grandchildren, Mike, Samantha, Kelton, Sarah, Emily, Kayla, Arya; great-grandchildren, Lexi, Charlotte. He was predeceased by his children's mother, Minnie; his wife, Joyce (Reid); son, Wayne; grandson, Jeffrey; brother, Lawrence and sister, Thelma. Arrangements are under the direction of Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 19th from 1-2 p.m. followed by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72, Great Village Tribute Service, followed by funeral service. Rev. Florence Antle-Brison will officiate with a reception to follow. A family burial will take place on Wednesday in Pinegrove Cemetery, Oxford. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Riverside United Church, Bass River, Canadian Cancer Society, or charity of your choice.

BERGER, Peter Pierre, CPO2 - Age 70, of Cole Harbour, passed away with Babs, Sue and Jill, lovingly and faithfully by his side, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Dartmouth General Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed by Babs (Boutilier), his wife of almost 47years, his eldest daughter Sue Childs and his youngest daughter Jill Berger (Cameron Maynard) along with his shining star, granddaughter Riley Childs; Sisters-in-law Karen (Ron) Swan and Judy Boutilier. Peter was predeceased by his parents Hector and Alberta Berger and parents-in-law Jean and George Boutilier. Born in Shawinigan, Quebec July 28,1947, Peter joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he retired as Chief Petty Officer 2nd class after proudly serving for 30 years. Peter then worked at Sears Penhorn, Home Depot Dartmouth and Canadian Tire Cole Harbour before retiring. Peter had many names that he would answer to but the one name that melted his big heart was the name Riley gave him – Pappy. Pappy and Riley loved to spend time together planting in the garden, watching hockey, and learning together. Peter loved watching hockey and baseball and woodworking. Peter had fond memories of spending time at the camp in Seaforth, camping, fishing with his father and taking cruises with the family. In addition to being a good listener, Peter had a great sense of humour and always had a good story to tell, he could captivate anyone with his tales. Peter was a familiar face around Cole Harbour and will be fondly missed by some of the local businesses, especially Don Kyte and his welcoming staff at Kytes Pharmacy. JC’s staff who spent time swapping stories and the staff of Big Leagues who were always interested in his health The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr Morzycki and Suzanna of the Dixon Center, Dr Leone Steele, Don Kyte and the whole staff of Kytes Pharmacy, the staff of 3 east at the Dartmouth General. Visitation will take place at Cole Harbour Funeral Home; 1234 Cole Harbour Rd, Cole Harbour on Tuesday, June 19th from 7-9pm. The funeral will be held at St Albans Anglican Church in 345 Pleasant St, Woodside on Wednesday June 20th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory can be made to St Alban’s Anglican Church. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 18 Jun 2018)

BLOCHLINGER, Gus (31 Oct 1915 - 30 Dec 2014) - It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather Gus Blochinger who passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 30. He will be lovingly remembered by his children; sons Bill; Charlie and grandchildren Glen (Celine), Gena (Scott) Philipchaulk and reat grandson Jacob; and Spencer; daughter Chrissie (Peter) Landry and grandchildren Ben (Patti) and granddaughter Jennifer; Bev (Trevor) DeRudder and granddaughters Bailey and Brooke; nieces, nephews and friends. Gus was predeceased by his loving wife Dorothy; sister Lillian, brothers John and Victor and his long time companion Vera. Please join us in his celebration of life at the Kingsway Legion Friday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m. Fellowship to follow service. (Edmonton Journal 07 Jan 2015)



McCONNELL, Desmond Hubert – Aged 89 years of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, passed away suddenly on June 11, 2018. Born in Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland, he was the youngest son of the late William and Florence (Mackie) McConnell, and spent his childhood in Cobh, County Cork. He was employed for many years with the Royal Canadian Navy as a radar technician, and then worked in sales with Eaton’s and the Bay until his retirement. He loved music and was a talented tenor, performing in church choirs and various men’s singing groups, and enthusiastically supported his daughter and granddaughter in their bands and performances. He was also devoted to his beloved wife, Verna, until her death in 2011, and the two of them spent their twilight years exploring Nova Scotia’s beautiful sights together, particularly the Oaklawn Farm Zoo. He is survived by his son, Steven; daughter, Leah White; grandchildren, Fiona and Dorian; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Verna (Clarke); sister, Eileen Patricia (Patsy) (Casey), and brother, Lewis. Graveside service and burial will be at 2PM, Saturday, June 23 in Clarke Cemetery in Onslow, Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall, where the sharing of stories is greatly encouraged. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope for Wildlife, 5909 Highway 207, Seaforth, NS B0J 1N0 (902-407-9453). Arrangements have been entrusted to the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St.


SIMPSON, Russell George (10 Jul 1923 - 09 Jun 2018) -  Proud World War II Veteran who served in the Navy on the HMCS Sarnia; Toronto Fire Department Captain with 38 years of service. Passed away peacefully in his home in Nobleton on Saturday, June 9, 2018, Russell Simpson, at the age of 94 years, beloved husband of the late Betty Simpson, the love of his life to whom he was married for 64 years. Loving father of Carolyn Taylor, Joanne Simpson, Rusty (Kim) Simpson, and Paul (Heidi) Simpson. Cherished grandfather of Chad (Joanne) Chenette, Jennie (Wes) Pender, Emily (Dustin) Simpson, Holly (Luke Vanderhulst, Tyson Simpson, Olivia, Reiley, Jared, Noel and predeceased by Nadine Simpson. Adored great-grandfather of Sarah, Vanessa, Xavier, and Adeline Chenette; Portia, and Phoenix Russell Pender; Bennett Russell Vanderhulst. Survived by his brother Keith Simpson and missed by his many nieces and nephews. The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Monday morning, June 18th from 10 o'clock until time of memorial service in the chapel at 11 o'clock. Interment of cremated remains Nobleton Community Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family at Russell's home afterward to share memories. If desired, memorial donations may be made to SickKids Foundation, 525 University Avenue, 14th Floor, Toronto M5G 2L3. (Toronto Star 16 Jun 2018)


Photo of Russell Simpson



ATKINSON, John Carson (Jack) (13 Apr 1923 - 09 May 2018) - passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on May 9. He is survived by his wife Beverley, daughters Lynn (Leo) and Nancy (Donald), sons Blair (Lise) and Grant, grandson Christopher, and sister Maxine. Jack was born in Edmonton but lived in Vancouver most of his life. He joined the R.C.N. during the war and following his discharge, spent many years in the Vancouver Land Registry. He was a member of the West Vancouver Legion, a lifelong member of the Y.M.C.A where he exercised regularly and played volleyball. He was an ardent outdoorsman, canoe paddler, hunter and hiker. A father remains and continues to live by the way of the heart. Please join us for a celebration of Jack's life on Friday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. (The North Shore News 13 Jun 2018)

SCOTT, Kenneth Harrison, LCdr, MARE, RCN / C.A.F. (31 Mar 1937 - 01 May 2018) - went home to be with the Lord on May 1, 2018 in Victoria, B.C. at the age of 81. Ken is survived by his wife Andrée, stepsons Martin, Colin, Jerome and Robert Godbout and stepdaughter, Lise Godbout. Born in Derby, England to Leonard and Catherine Scott in 1937, Ken emigrated to Canada in 1953. At age 19 he joined the Canadian Navy and trained as an Engineer, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. In 1974 Ken married Andrée Godbout in Victoria before being posted to Halifax, then Ottawa. Upon retirement Ken and Andrée built a sailboat and sailed from Ottawa to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and back to Victoria. The couple also traveled the canal systems of England in narrowboats. Ken wrote a book on boatbuilding called "Metal Boats: A Practical Guide". Ken played the saxophone in the Sidney Concert Band, the Monterey Centre Concert Band and in a Jazz band called Groovin' Hard. Ken was also an avid square dancer in a group called The Promenaders. Ken and Andrée frequently hosted social events for their many friends and community groups, such as the Central America Support Committee, at their grand home in Oak Bay. A Celebration of Life gathering was held for Ken in the home. All who knew Ken feel the loss of one who gave us many happy memories and was an example of generous community service. Donations to the Victoria Hospice may be made at Funeral Home Earth's Option - Cremation and Burial Services 5 - 831 Devonshire Rd Victoria, BC V9A 4T5(Victoria Times Colonist 14 Jun 2018)



SEREDA, Ted - The family is devastated to announce the passing of Ted on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Pioneer Ridge. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Ted loved fishing, hunting and gardening. His sense of humor will be greatly missed. Ted was a Navy Veteran of 3 years, he was retired from C.P. Rail after 37 years. He is survived by his loving wife Marie, daughter Katherine (Ian), son Wayne (Cheryl), step-sons Donald (Sharlynn), Bob (Susan), Kerry, Frank (Jackie) and Kevin, also survived by numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, sisters Alice and Nath, predeceased by his parents Harry and Chrystyna Sereda, sisters Ann and Helen, brothers John and Peter. We would like to thank the amazing staff of Pioneer Ridge, Plaza 3, their kindness will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Humane Society or Pioneer Ridge. As per Ted's wishes there will be no service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 332 North May Street, Thunder Bay.

MICHALKOW, Orest Paul Raymond, DEMS Gunner, V76314, RCNVR / PO1 Storesman, RCN - Born: 1925 Died: 1995


Orest served in the RCNVR as a DEMS Gunner from 25 Nov 1943 until 22 Oct 1946, then as a Naval Storesman in the RCN from 23 Oct 1946 till 22 Oct 1961.


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(1) Portrait of Orest Michalko  (2 & 3) Service documents for Orest Michalko

Courtesy of Susan Michalko


MOHAWK PARK (DEMS) - Served in Mohawk Park 26 Sep 1944 - 16 Jan 1945 as an OS, RCNVR, DEMS Gunner, and 17 Jan 1945 - 09 Apr 1945 as an AB, RCNVR, DEMS Gunner

DORVAL PARK (DEMS) - Served in Dorval Park 19 Jun 1945 - 10 Sep 1945 as an AB, DEMS Gunner, RCNVR

SIMMONSTOWN (DEMS) - Served in Simmonstown 11 Sep 1945 - 16 Sep 1945 as an AB, RCNVR, DEMS Gunner

SELKIRK PARK (DEMS) - Served in Selkirk Park 17 Sep 1945 - 06 Dec 1945 as AB, RCNVR, DEMS Gunner

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka 04 Oct 1948 - 30 Jan 1949 as a PO.NS

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent 19 Dec 1949 - 23 Apr 1950 as PO.NS

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario 18 Feb 1952 - 04 Mar 1953 as a P1NS

HMCS FORTUNE - Served in Fortune 14 Jun 1954 - 29 Jun 1954 as PO1 Naval Storesman

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan 25 Oct 1954 - 03 Jan 1955 and 30 Mar 1955 - 29 May 1955 as P1NS

HMCS NEW GLASGOW - Served in NEW GLASGOW 30 May 1955 - 20 Jun 1957 as PO1 Naval Storesman

COBON, Harry H. - (18 May 1918 - 07 May 1981) Art Director at Lawson Graphics. Suddenly at the North York General Hospital, Willowdale, on Thursday, May 7, 1981, Harry Cobon, beloved husband of Louise, loving father of Ron, Peter, David and Linda, and grandfather of Donald, Jennifer and Carl. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Friday at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 4812 Yonge St. at Sheppard subway station. Complete service in the chapel on Saturday 2 p.m.  Interment Lachute, Quebec. If desired donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 09 May 1981)


Harry is buried in the Lachute Protestant Cemetery, Lachute, QC.

ASKEW, Peter H., LS.CK - 29, Halifax, died Wednesday at home. Born in Halifax, he was a son of William and Anita (Avery) Askew. He was employed by Askew's Painting Ltd. and was a member of the Hatchet Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He had served in the Canadian Armed Forces (navy) for seven years. He is survived by a son, Brian, Halifax; four brothers, William, Jr., Halifax County; Patrick, Armdale; Robert, Truro; Leonard, Hatchet Lake; a sister, Marie (Mrs. Dennis LeRue), Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews. The body is in J. A. Snow's Funeral Home, Halifax, visiting 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Friday . Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Armdale. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to any charity. (Halifax Mail Star 21 Mar 1991)


HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin in 1982 as an AB.CK

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa approx 1984 - 1985 as a LS.CK

REDDEN, Ralston Victor (Rollie / Red), CD, CPO1, RCN / C.A.F. - (1927 - Jun 2018) - Age 90, of Halifax, passed away peacefully at the Halifax Infirmary QEII. Born in Windsor Forks, he was a son of the late Frederick and Margaret (Benedict) Redden. He served in the RCN from 1949-1976, sailing on many different ships and retiring as Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. After his service, he worked for the Department of Supply and Services, retiring in 1991 having logged more than 40 years service to his Queen. He was known to his peers in the RCN as the dungaree chief for his dedication to the work ethic learned in his youthful days in the lumber woods. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors, spending time at his camps and telling stories. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Beth); Tim (Connie); Jeff (Janet); daughter, Vicki (Steven); grandchildren, Scott (Melissa), Mark (Amanda), Leslie (Matt), Alex, Shine, Brandon, Cassie (Cristian), Carmen (Spencer), Cedric and honorary grandchildren Kara and Alex M.; great grandchildren, Rosie, Harper and honorary great granddaughter, Sadie; sister-in-law, Elva. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Lidgate); infant son, Frederick; he was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was predeceased by sisters, Rosalind, Jean, Stella, Anna, Anita and Doris; brothers, Gerald, Aubrey and Ellis. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Rd. where visitation will be held Tuesday June 19 from 7-9 p.m. Service of Remembrance will be held Wednesday June 20 at 1 p.m. in Emmanuel Anglican Church 322 Herring Cove Rd. followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment to take place at the Windsor Forks Community Cemetery on Thursday June 21 at 11 a.m. Donations in memory can be made to the Salvation Army or by giving spare change to a street person in need. The family wishes to thank Kristine and the nurses on 7.1 for their wonderful care of Dad, and Al and Darlene for the tasty meals.



BEAULIEU, Raymond Gerald (Ray), PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 83, of Grand Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Essex Co. Ontario, he was a son of the late Raoul and Isabelle (Monforton) Beaulieu. Ray joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1953 and retired in 1976 as a Warrant Officer He then worked at the Red Cross, Blood Transfusion Services from 1977-1979. From there he worked at IMP until his retirement in 1995. Ray was a gifted piano player and enjoyed jam sessions with his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing for the seniors at Ocean View Manor for many years. His favourite teams were the Detroit Red Wings and the Tigers. He loved swimming and walking trails with his dog Lucky and family. He had a great vegetable garden for years while living in Grand Lake for over 40 years where he admired the peaceful beauty of the lake. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 62 years, Joan Edith Beaulieu; son, Michael (Cathy), Wellington; daughter, Donna Thompson (Scott), Waverley; twin brother, Remi (Marjorie); sisters, Cecile and Jeannette, all residing in Ontario; seven grandchildren, Alison, Michelle, Cindy, Tara, Stephanie, Melanie, Aidan; five great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Predeceased by his son Mark, survived by daughter-in-law Irene and by the mother of his children, Janice; and predeceased by his dear brother Leo “Lee” Beaulieu. A special thank you to Dr. Mike Fleming, Barbara Stewart and her Palliative Care Team, and VON, for their exceptional care and compassion, and to everyone for their kindness and help. A visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 20 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m. in St. Bernard’s Church, 253 Hwy 2, Enfield followed by burial in the Church Cemetery. All are welcome to attend a reception in the Grand Lake Fire Hall following the burial. Family flowers only please. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.




BENSON, Hugh Archibald, V67418, RCNVR (served 1943-1945) - Born 24 Nov 1923  Died 07 Dec 1996


Hugh joined the RCNVR on 22 Jun 1943 and trained as a Radar Operator. He began active service on 21 Jul 1943 serving on HMCS Longueuil for 14 months till the end of the war. He was demobilized in 1945.


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(1) Ordinary Seaman Hugh A. Benson V64718 lying on bunk in hut 57,  HMCS St. Hyacinthe (2) back of photo1  (3) Naval Buddies at HMCS St. Hyacinthe

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson



GOODWIN, David Alexander (Goody) (11 Jul 1951 - 02 May 2018) - The death of  David Alexander Goodwin, 66, of Middleton, NB, occurred unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Born in Sackville, David was a son of the late Amos and Caryl (White) Goodwin. David had been in the Royal Canadian Navy, having served in HMCS Fraser and HMCS Preserver. Later in life he had been a truck driver for several companies including, Baughn Transport, Armour Transport and Midland. He was a history buff with a particular interest in the past wars. He enjoyed his travels with the Navy, having been to many countries including Great Britain, Egypt, Portugal, Bermuda to name a few. He was a great storyteller and liked by all, always had many stories of his Navy adventures. David will be dearly missed by his wife of twenty-three years, Peggy Estabrooks; his sister Debbie (Darrell) Bulmer, Dorchester; a brother, Ricky (Vicki Harnett) Goodwin; Moncton, his step-children, Natalie Estabrooks, Anthony (Candace) Stright, and Aaron (Nina) Stright, as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition he is survived by his three children Angela, Christina, and Tony. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Robert and Dale Goodwin, and a step-daughter, Jessica Estabrooks. Arrangements are under the care and supervision of Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge Street, Sackville, NB, (506-364-1300). There is to be no services or visitation at this time. A celebration of David's life will be held on July 6, 2018


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(1) David Goodwin with his mother  (2) David Goodwin with his mother and younger brother Robert  (3) unknown group photo - possibly at CFB Cornwallis



MOTS, Raymond J. (08 Apr 1930 - 18 May 2018) - 88, passed peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 18, 2018. He was born in Winnipeg, the son of Kathleen and Edward Mots. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy. Ray worked at General Motors in the U.S. starting as a mechanic and retiring as a Fleet Service Manager. Ray married Bernice on September 20, 1958 and had three children. He was predeceased by his parents, two grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers. Left to remember him with love are his wife Bernice, sons, Randy and Tony, daughter Carolyn, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, Lillian Hanson and family in Calgary and Kay Laurie and family in Winnipeg. Visitation and graveside services took place on May 23 and May 24 in Kansas City. (Winnipeg Free Press 17 Jun 2018)

TIMMONS, Cecil Clarke, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 78, Country Harbour, Guysborough Co., passed away in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, on June 17, 2018. Born in Pleasant Bay, he was a son of the late Clarence and Peggy (MacIntosh) Timmons. Cecil was a Petty Officer 2nd Class with the Canadian Navy from 1957 to 1984. After he retired from the Navy he worked in the administration office at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Cecil is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter, Cindy; stepchildren, Steven, Sherri, Angela, Krista; and extended family. He was predeceased by his only brother, James; stepsiblings, Linda and Archibald. In keeping with Cecil's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Graveside service will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Country Harbour, with Pastor John Luten officiating. Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha's Regional Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour.

HALL, Henry Radway, AB, RCNVR - from Montreal / NDG Quebec, born 02 Aug 1925, died 27 Apr 1994.   Rad joined the RCNVR in late 1942, did his basic training at Cornwallis, trained as a Anti Aircraft gunner because if his perfect eyesight. He did a number of crossings on old 4 stackers lend/lease destroyers before he was assigned to HMCS Hespeler from the time it was commissioned until it was decommissioned and he was demobilized. He went on to work for Imperial Tobacco in Montreal and Delhi Ontario. He passed away from an Aortic Aneurysm in 1994 leaving his wife and 5 sons.


HMCS HESPELER - Commissioning crew.  Paying-off crew





(RH01) Portrait of Rad Hall - 1944

(RH02) Portrait of Rad Hall in whites

(RH03) Family portrait - 1943.  Rad 18yrs, Fred 15 yrs, John 14 yrs







(RH03) Empire class MAC (Merchant Aircraft Carrier)

(RH04-RH07) Rad and pals on HMCS HESPELER K489

(RH07) "Buddies, HMCS HESPELER, 1944"







(RH08) Rad and shipmates on HMCS HESPELER

(RH09) Rad on the quarterdeck of HMCS HESPELER 1944

(RH10) Escort Group in line ahead. HMCS HESPELER in the foreground

(RH11) Coast of Ireland.  Webmaster's note: the shore in the background looks like the entrance to St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland

(RH12) HMCS RUNNYMEDE K678 approaching HMCS HESPELER at sea


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(11) "HESPELER attacks, North Atlantic, 1944" - Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS HESPELER

(12) Fred Alliston "taking the strain!" Newfie, July 1944

(13) Rad in the wheelhouse on HMCS HESPELER

(14) Rad on jetty sentry duty somewhere overseas 1944

(15) "Ship's Doctor at sea", HMCS HESPELER, 1944 - Surg-Lt, Donald J. Van Wyck


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(16) Rad and friend, on the jetty by HMCS HESPELER in Londonderry - 1944

(17) L-R: AB Bishop, L/Sea Dorien, AB Higgins, AB Boyce, AB Crandall

(18) L-R: AB Lodge AAIII  (19) AB Glover LRIII

(19) Mess deck on HMCS HESPELER - 1944


VAUX, Ronald - from Verdun Quebec Born 1927 and passed away 2014. He lied about his age and did one crossing before being returned to Montreal and discharged for being to young. He was a stoker.



BALDWIN, Arthur Hales, V24129 / Lt, O-3960, RCNVR - Arthur was born and raised in Winnipeg, and with the exception of his time in the Navy during World War 2, lived in Winnipeg until he passed away in 1990 at the age of 72.



KNIGHT, Roland Bradley (Brad), V10591, RCNVR (17 Mar 1924 - 31 Aug 2007) - It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Brad. Predeceased by his first wife Mamie (Erwin) and his daughter Michelle Waterfield. Brad is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Valerie (Harvey) Gerein, Trudy (Ron) Hitchcock, and Sheri (Greg) Selinger. His grandchildren Rick (Wendy) Gerein, Todd (Megan) Gerein; Drew Hitchcock, Briony (Colin) Hitchcock; Sacha (Michel) Cyrenne, Logan Waterfield, Brandon (Desiree) Waterfield; Alyssa and Darby Selinger. Great grandsons Ethan and Aidan Cyrenne; Hayden Waterfield; Owen and Luke Gerein. Also survived by his stepdaughters Judy (Cathryn) Helfrick, Gail (Gary) Orthner, Bonnie (John) Ottenbreit, and their children Twylla (Gord) West, Kim and Greg Helfrick; Michael, Angela and Kevin Orthner; Lanna (Andrew) LePage, Colin (Brandi) LePage, Nicole (Luke) Burant. And great grandchildren Braden and Estrella LePage. He is also survived by his sisters Connie Porter, Ruby Knight, Rita Arnott and his brother Bill (Jan) Knight, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by Shirley's sisters Doreen (Joe) Hudson, Barbara (Jack) Webb and their families. Brad is buried in the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Regina, Saskatchewan Plot # 29A-FOH-19


HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in ST LAURENT 08 Jan 1942 - 27 May 1942

HMCS SARNIA - Served in SARNIA 14 Aug 1942 - 08 Jan 1943 and 20 Feb 1942 - 27 Mar 1943

HMCS DRUMHELLER -Served in DRUMHELLER 04 May 1943 - 15 Nov 1944 

HMCS NORANDA - Served in NORANDA 03 Apr 1945 - 29 Jun 1945


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