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)


BONN, Russell Welsford - Age 86, of Windsor, NS, passed away peacefully at Hants Community Hospital on November 6, 2018. Born in Walton, NS on July 11, 1932, he was the son the late Russell and Ruby (Brown) Bonn. Russ served ten years in the Canadian Navy and then worked as an industrial electrician in Manitoba and Ontario. He and his wife, Betty, enjoyed years of square dancing and playing cards, and greatly enjoyed time spent at their cottage in Fenelon Falls, Ontario before moving back to Nova Scotia. Russell is survived by his son, Charles (Nancy), Windsor; a granddaughter, Nicole, Dartmouth; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and several brothers and sisters. Cremation has taken place with funeral arrangements to be made at a later date. Donations in memory of Russ may be made to Diabetes Canada, 137 Chain Lake Dr, Halifax, NS B3S 1B3. (Halifax Today 11 Nov 2018)


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida in the late 1950s as a P2ET

BRYANT, Ken - Born 26 Jan 1932, Stratford, ON.  Died Jun 2005, Milton, ON.




GILLIS, Lawrence Francis - age 89, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2012, after a very brief illness. Born in 1922, youngest child of Angus and Maria Gillis, predeceased by his sister Margaret Osteraas and brother Wilfred Gillis. He leaves to cherish his memory his sons: David (Hayley) and their children David (Janell), Stephen, Kenton and one great-grandchild Lily; Daniel (Tanis) and their children Jonathan, Matthew, and Juliana; daughters: Lorraine (Patrick) and their children Julia, Jennifer, Brendan; Diane; Jeannine (Jody), and daughter Danielle; Nicole (Jack) and their newborn triplets Adam, Ashton and Aiden. Dad, Larry, Lori, Lawrence, LFG, was raised with his siblings on McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg. He attended St. Paul's College and then was called to the Royal Canadian Navy where he served four years on the HMS Napanee, making 22 trips across the North Atlantic. After discharge from the navy he obtained a law degree. In 1959 he married Juliette Goulet and they had six children. Dad had a love for sports, he was accomplished in tennis, hockey, badminton, football, roller skating and skiing but his true passion was golf, which he excelled at, evidenced by the achievement of four holes-in-one over his lifetime enjoyment of the game. Dad was a faithful man, attending daily mass at St. Ignatius Church, where he was an active part of the congregation, he kept up his daily devotion to his faith right up to the day he died. A Catholic mass of burial in his honour will take place Monday, January 30, 11:00 a.m., at St. Ignatius Church, 255 Stafford Street. There will be a reception to follow in the parish hall. (Winnipeg Free Press 27 Jan 2012)


Brother of Wilfred Gillis



GILLIS, Wilfred James - Peacefully, on Thursday, October 7, 1999, surrounded by family and friends at the Deer Lodge Centre, Wilfred James Gillis passed away at the age of 78. Wilf was born on May 16, 1921. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the North Atlantic from 1943 to 1945. On his return from service, he attended St. Pauls College and subsequently, the Manitoba Faculty of Law where he graduated with an LLB. He was first employed by the Federal Government Department of National Defence followed by years practicing law. He is survived by his wife Theresa and their children Paul, Lionel, Maria Bamforth (Murray), Brian (Michelin), Lucille and Robert; his brother Lawrence and sister Margaret (Orin) Osteraas of Willmar, Minnesota; his grandchildren Corey Alberg, Kevin and Janice Bamforth, Donovan and Evelyn Gillis and his great grandchildren Riley and Brandyn. Prayers will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11 at Wojciks Funeral Chapel, 2157 Portage Avenue. Funeral Service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12 at the Deer Lodge Centre Chapel, 2nd Floor, with a reception to follow. Wilf treasured the assistance and kindness provided by the staff and friends of T7 Deer Lodge Centre. He was affectionately known for his sense of humour and stimulating conversations. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, friends and acquaintances may make memorial donations in memory of Wilfred Gillis to the Deer Lodge Foundation for Geriatrics Inc., 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J OL3. (Winnipeg Free PRess 09 Oct 1999)


Photo of Wilfred Gillis


Brother of Lawrence Gillis



STEPHENSON, William George (Bill), LS - died 1975



RUCKLE, William George - Died 02 May 1990


HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville 1944 - 1945

CAMPBELL, Cyril Francis, V1272, RCNVR / CPO, RCN - Peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday, September 13, 2008, of Cyril Francis Campbell, Charlottetown, veteran of the Second World War and Korean War, age 90 years. Dear father of Michael (Joan), Celeste Currie, Patrick, Hugh, Sr. Joan and James (Lynn). Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren: Lori, Angela, Carolyn, Carissa, Matthew and Peter. Cyril’s only surviving sibling is Lucy Bowness, Quebec. Predeceased by his wife, Reta Martha (nee Hennessey) and by his parents James and Prisscelle (Blanchard) Campbell. Resting at Belvedere Funeral Home until Tuesday at 1 p.m., then to St. Dunstan’s Basilica for funeral mass at 1:30 p.m. Interment in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery, Corran Ban. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Upper Room Hospitality Ministry.


HMCS BEAVER - Served in BEAVER c1941-42


ANDERSON, Samuel Hughes, Petty Officer - date of passing unknown


Photo of PO Anderson



WHITTAKER, Robert Gordon (Bob), RCN -  The family of Robert "Bob" Gordon Whittaker is deeply saddened to announce his passing at the Saint John Regional Hospital on September 14, 2018. Bob was the son of the late Walter and Helen (Smith) Whittaker, born July 10, 1935 in Saint John. He began his career with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) servicing the HMCS Magnificent (Maggie) air craft carrier. He worked on the Ocean Hawke II, the Labrador & other tug boats throughout his life. Bob also worked for over 35 years at Saint John Shipbuilding & then went on to work over 20 years with NB-PEI Corps of Commissionaires. Bob was a very special person, who was instrumental in forming the 268 Sea Cadets & stayed on for many years as a civilian instructor. Bob was an honourary dad of the Queens Gurkha ('68, '69, '70) FD SQN Engineers. He was instrumental in building the first marine jetty at Meenans Cove Beach. Bob was a proud lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 58, & he was a member of the Saint John Power Boat. He received a special plaque from the W.O.'S & SGTS, Women's Association for his volunteer work as their main cook. Bob leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Margaret E. (Best); his sons: Bobby (Fely) of Nauwigewauk, Doug (Christine) of Saint John, David (Natasha) of Lorneville; daughters: Margaret "Maggie" of Saint John; & Catherine (Les) of Caledonia, ON; sister, Diane (Don) Childs of Saint John; grandchildren: Michael, Stephen, Nick, Alexandra, Jessica & Tyler; three great grandchildren. He also leaves behind special nephews: Peter Milberry, Billy & John Dickie, Wayne, Terry & King; as well as special nieces Diane, Beth, Patty Ann, Ginny, Karen, Judy & Kathy. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his mother-in-law Elva Burnett Best (Chapman); sister, Helen; brother, Bill; brothers-in-law, Terry, Billy, Ernest, & Arnold Dickie; sisters-in-law, Cora, Shirley & Muriel (Best); son-in-law, Gerry Power; nephew, Michael Best; nieces Shirley, Donna Marie Milberry; and his best friend, Vince Walton. Special thanks to Dr. Dolan (Dr. D), his Dr. Sarah Caines (Sarah Baby), & Dr. Love (Boss #1), 4B South Staff and Palliative Care. Arrangements are under the care of Kennebecasis Community Funeral Home, 152 Pettingill Road, Quispamsis (849-2119) where a memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM. For those who wish, remembrances can be made to Saint John Regional Palliative Care or the charity of the donor’s choice.


HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent c1954-57

BAKER, Donald Forbes (Bagsy), CPO2, RCN (1932 - 2018) - 86 of Windsor passed away on November 13, 2018, in Haliburton Place. Born in East Flamborough, ON, he was the son of the late Myles and Vera (Hasafelt) Baker. Bagsy’s career was filled with adventure, as he worked his was through the ranks becoming a Chief Petty Officer, Second Class with the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on nine ships, HMCS Magnificent, HMCS La Hulloise, HMCS Lauzon, HMCS Huron, HMCS Cape Scott, HMCS Yukon, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Marguerite and HMCS Annapolis. He was a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor Branch #9, Fairview Mason Lodge #126, John Albro Lodge #122 (Bedford), Atlantic Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association and the Windsor Curling Club. Bagsy was also a devout member of the St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Hants County. He is survived by his second wife, Eileen Myrtle (Smith) of Windsor; children Rex (Brenda) Baker of Lake Echo; Scott Baker of Anmore, BC; Lori (Kevin) Linden of Georgetown, ON; step-children Stephen Fitzgerald of Mosherville; Donna (Bob) Clousson of Mosherville; Wanda (Steven) Singer of Mosherville; Nancy Fitzgerald of White’s Lake; brother Larry (Darleen) Baker of Cambridge, ON; sister Judy Attridge of East Flamborough, ON; grandchildren Craig Baker, Michelle Baker, Kurt Baker, Jake Baker, Jody Baker, Kayla Linden and Mark Linden; great-grandson Leo Ivey; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by his first wife of 43 years, Jean Baker. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor Branch #9. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Box 482, Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook, NS, B4P 1B9 (902-679-2822). (Halifax Today 15 Nov 2018)












Webmaster's note:  Donald's obituary lists HMCS Marguerite, which is likely HMCS MARGAREE as there was no HMCS Marguerite in the RCN.

RUXTON, James Jackson (Jim), C2XR, 51399-H, RCN - 91 of Dartmouth, passed away on November 12, 2018 in the Admiral Long Term Care Centre. Born in Sioux Lookout, Ont., he was a son of the late Clara (Ball) and James Ruxton. Jim was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years where he served as an X-Ray Tech. After retiring from the Navy, he was a Unit Manager of the Operating Theatre at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He returned to Nova Scotia in 1971, first working at Modern Building Cleaners and later as a Supervisor at Farmer’s Dairy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, curling, and a drink of rum. Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, Frances (Winchester); sons, Jim, Michael and Stephen; daughter Susan (Keith) Cole; grandchildren, Anjelica (Alex) Frankland and Melissa Cole; great-grandchildren, Levi and Myles. He is also survived by his sisters Helen (Spencer) Titley, and Loretta Cronk, and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Special thanks to the staff of the Admiral Long Term Care Centre for their many kindnesses.

COOK, D. Glenn, LCol, RCN / C.A.F. (21 Jan 1935 - 26 Oct 2018) - Glenn, 83, died suddenly on October 26, 2018 in Ottawa, ON. He leaves his loving wife of 61 years, Audrey Cook (Gilchrist), daughter Susan (Joe Hincke), granddaughters Alexandra and Carolyn (Kyle Stanley); sisters Gail Cook-Bennett and Nancy Cook Johnson and their families; sister-in-law Dorothy Hayley; and many friends from serving 35 years in the RCN and Canadian Forces. Glenn was predeceased by his sons, Stephen and Michael. Glenns enthusiasm for flying began when he was very young and continued during his career as a naval aviator during which he flew 17 types of aircraft accruing over 4000 flying hours. He flew from the HMCS Bonaventure and later off the USS Wasp and USS Intrepid while an exchange officer to the US. He commanded HS 423 Squadron from 1979-1981. In retirement, Glenns passion for flying continued. He built two planes - a Murphy Rebel and later a Vans RV-7. Cherished moments ensued as Glenn welcomed family and friends for a flight, he was delighted to demonstrate his aerobatic flying skills including performing impromptu air shows above the lake at the cottage: executing barrel rolls, loop-de-loops and always tipping his wings to signal to Audrey. One of his great joys was to spend time at the lake with his family, raising the family flag up the flagpole which he had constructed from old parts of a swing set, teaching his granddaughters to drive the boat and later to operate the questionably-intuitive cottage plumbing system. Glenn was a voracious reader, writer of poetry, and self-published author. His book, Vignettes of a Canadian Naval Aviator, describes the highs and lows of his military career. He was an active volunteer at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and a very proud member of the Smiths Falls Flying Club. A Celebration of Life will be held in Glenns honor on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:30 - 2:30 PM at Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. (Ottawa Citizen 15 NOv 2018)



HMCS WALLACEBURG - Served in Wallaceburg in 1954 for training



MCCULLOUGH, James Peter (Jim), RCN - Age 88 of Middle Sackville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. Jim was a son of the late Harold and Marion McCullough (of Mineral, N.B.). Jim was a Naval Veteran, serving two Age 88 of Middle Sackville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. Jim was a son of the late Harold and Marion McCullough (of Mineral, N.B.). Jim was a Naval Veteran, serving two tours of duty in the Korean War. After 20 years of service he began a second 20-year career as an insurance adjuster for The Cooperators. Jim was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan; he enjoyed coffee with all his friends at the Sackville Superstore. He will be deeply missed by his loving children, Sean (Jacqueline) and Carol Ann (D'Arcy Bechard); stepson, Don Jewitt; cherished grandchildren, Isaiah McCullough and Eric Bechard; brother, Joseph (Sylvia); sister-in-law, Doris. Predeceased by brother, Cecil; sisters, Mona Beckett, Nora, Alice Higgins and Anna Vansanvoort. A special thank you to the staff of 3 West of the Veterans' Memorial Building for their exceptional care and compassion and making Dad feel like family. A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 16th at 11 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 14 Nov 2018)

LYON, Herbert Edward, Sig (23 Jan 1926 - 25 Dec 2010) - Peacefully, at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre, in Gravenhurst, on Saturday, December 25, 2010, Herbert Edward Lyon. Beloved husband of Ellen (Ellie) Laurene Lyon (nee McCready) of Gravenhurst. Loving father of Kenneth Lyon (Claire) of Calgary, Gary Lyon (Sue) of Barrie, Sharon Gordon (Rudy) and the late Karen Wareing (Kevin) both of London, ON. Dear grandfather of Mark, Michael, Aaron, Meagan, Geoffrey, Alexis, Robert, Becky, Ian, Kelly and Chris. The family will receive friends at Trinity United Church, 290 Muskoka Road North, Gravenhurst, ON on Saturday, January 8, 2011, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. A Service to Celebrate the Life of Herbert Lyon will be held in the church at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place. In memory, donations to Trinity United Church, P.O. Box 27 Gravenhurst, ON. P1P 1X2 (Endowment Fund) would be appreciated.


Photo of Herb Lyon



MacNEIL, George - From Antigonish, NS.  Died in the 1970s. After the war George moved to Fort William, ON and run a plumbing business.


Photos of George wearing HMCS Fort Ramsay hockey jersey - George is standing, 2nd from right

TEPPER, Bennie - In his eighty-fourth year, on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at the Veterans Wing of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Bennie Tepper, beloved husband of Helen for 61 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Martin and Penelope, Susan, and Richard. Devoted grandfather of Courtney and Dana. Cherished great-grandfather of Brooke. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Celia and Harold Marcus, Ruth and the late Joe Vellis, and the late Moe and Dorothy Tepper. A graveside service will be held at the Judean Benevolent Society Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Reena Foundation, 927 Clark Avenue, Thornhill L4J 8G6, 905-763-8254, extension 3034 or 1-877-324-4114. Published in Montreal Gazette on July 3, 2007



HUOT, Marcel Joseph (1925 - 2007) - Suddenly, at the Charles Lemoyne Hospital on Friday, June 1, 2007, Marcel in his eighty-second year. Beloved husband of the late Agatha Leblanc. Loving father to Linda (Real), Michael (Claire), Mark (Linda), Alanna and Owen (Debbie). He is also survived by one brother Bernard (Diana), twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many relatives and friends and will be dearly missed by all. Funeral from the Chapel of White and Sons Funeral Home, 3635 Hochelaga Street (corner of Chambly, next to the Joliette metro) on Tuesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. Visitations, Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment of ashes will take place at the Field of Honour on Monday, June 11, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association would be greatly appreciated. (Montreal Gazette 02 Jun 2007)


Memorial portrait of Marcel Huot




HADLEY, Vincent Ernest - born February 6, 1925 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan passed away peacefully December 13, 2010 in Peace Arch Hospital White Rock, BC. Vince will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years Ivy; his 5 daughters Lina (Brian), Patricia (George), Connie (Alan), Amy, (Jamie) and Ivy (Edwin); 11 grandchildren Josh, Jana (Gokhan), Siobhan (Martin), Dr. Nicolette, Alana, Jessica, Alan, Chrissy, Ian, Johnathan and Mariah; 2 great grandchildren Remi and Emilie; his brother Beverly (Helen); nephews, nieces. many relatives and good friends. Vince was a veteran of the Canadian Navy of World War II He cherished all his family & friends. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 14831-28 Ave Surrey, BC . If you wish a donation may be made to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation 15521 Russell Avenue White Rock, BC. V4B 3R4


Photo of Vincent and two high school friends - Top - Vince Hadley; Middle - Robert Girvin; Bottom - Patrick Casey. High school pals from Prince Albert, SK- they all joined the navy on the same day - halfway through Grade 12. (photo from the collection of Patrick Casey)


GIRVIN, Robert - It is with great sadness that the family of Robert "Bob" Girvin announces his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospice, surrounded by his loving family in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the age of 85. Bob was born in Brandon, MB on April 14, 1924 to parents Maude and Wilfred Girvin. In 1930 the family moved to Prince Albert, Sask, where he attended school. In 1947 the family relocated to Fort William after he served in World War II as member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1945. He worked for the CPR from 1941-1947, Great Lakes Paper 1947-1952. In 1950, he married the love of his life Dorothy ONeill. They had two boys together, Patrick and Bobby. In 1952 he was stricken with Polio and spent 2 years in Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Upon his return to Thunder Bay, he was employed at the Department of Highways (MTO) until his retirement in 1983. After retirement he moved to London, ON where he met his best friend/companion Bessie Bruder. They spent their golden years travelling between Lexington Michigan, London and Harlingen Texas where his heart was. Bob is survived by his friend/companion Bessie Bruder (London, ON), son: Patrick (Kelly); grandchildren: Amy (Brendan Caputo), Katie, Meghan, Shaun (Jessica DiPaulo) and Cameron (Angie); sister: Betty Scott (Regina, Sask); nieces: Linda Scott (Bill) (Calgary), Wendy Scott (Harvey) (Regina), and Nancy (Gord) Penner (Port Moody, BC); great grandchildren: Nathan and Norah. Predeceased by his parents Maude(1956), Wilfred(1987), wife: Dorothy(1974) and his son Robert "Bobby"(2008). The Girvin family would like to thank the doctors and staff of 3 Essex at Parkwood Hospital in London, ON and St Joseph’s Hospice in Thunder Bay for there excellent care during his illness. Funeral services for the late Bob Girvin will be held at 1:30pm on Thursday February 25th in the Blake Funeral Chapel, 200 South May St with Rev Bert Vancook officiating. Should friends desire, donations can be made to Thunder Bay Post Polio Chapter of the Ontario March of Dimes or Northern Cancer Research Fund. A tree will be planted in memory of Robert Girvin.


Photo of Vincent and two high school friends - Top - Vince Hadley; Middle - Robert Girvin; Bottom - Patrick Casey. High school pals from Prince Albert, SK- they all joined the navy on the same day - halfway through Grade 12. (photo from the collection of Patrick Casey)

ARMSTRONG, William Charles Leslie (Les), Tel, RCNVR - age 57 years of 1433 Ashley Drive, Swift Current, Sask., a retired implement dealer passed away October 8, 1982 at Lancer District, Saskatchewan. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 12, 1982 at 2 p.m. First United Church, Swift Current with Rev. Jim Kirk officiating. Interment was held at Munt Pleasant Burial park, Swift Current, Sask., Warren's Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Mr. Morris Plewis, Mr. Gordon Wightman, Mr. Jerry Smith, Mr. Jim Culham, Mr. Jack Hagemeister, Mr. John Bergen. Ushers were Mr. Len Menzies, Mr. Don Wilcox, Mr. Jerry Treen, Mr. Ron Muchie. Organist was Mr. Alastair Browne. The deceased is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou, Swift Current, Sask., 1 daughter, Shanon, Swift Current, Sask., 2 sons: Jim and Bob, both of Swift Current, Sask., 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers: Edward and Robert, both of Swift Current, Sask. Predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters: Elizabeth MacDonald, Isabel Willy. Mr. Leslie William (Les) Armstrong was born at Whitewood, Saskatchewan on June 17, 1925. He came to Swift Current with his parents in 1929. He served as a wireless telegrapher in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War for one and one half years. Les was united n marriage to Miss Betty Lou Shook on June25, 1952. After returning from the Navy, he became a farm implement dealer in partnership with his father, William and his brother, Ed. (Armstrong and Sons). Following his father's death, Les and Ed continued as implement dealers until his retirement in 1977. The two brothers also had a farm in the Stewart Valley District fro six years. Les was active in many organizations, the Shriners, being a member of their Drum and Bugle Band, the Swift Current Masonic Lodge No. 26, The Royal Canadian Legion and the Elks Lodge. He was also a member of the Elmwood Golf Club and served as President for one term. Les enjoyed a game of golf and curling. Since his retirement n 1977, Les and Betty Lou spent the summer months at their cottage at Lac Pelletier and a couple months during the winter season travelling in Arizona and California. Friends in his memory may make donations to the Saskatchewan Heart Foundation and these will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


Portrait of Tel Armstrong     Photo of Leslie's Telegraphist course at St Hyacinthe, QC


In 2016, the The Swift Current Museum initiated an "Honour our Veterans Banner Program".  In 2018, the banner of Les Armstrong was installed with the other banners in Memorial Park for the Remembrance Day commemoration.


Les Armstrong's banner:  photo 1   photo 2


HMCS DIGBY - Served in Digby during the Second World War as a Tel, RCNVR

COMBER, Keith (Jul 1923 - Nov 2018) - It is with great loss that we announce the passing of Keith Comber at the age of 95. Beloved husband, step-dad, and "Grandpa K," fondly remembered by friends as; "My Hero, The Big Kahuna, My Boyfriend, Keifer and Long Ball." Born in Montreal, Quebec. Keith passed peacefully with family at his side on November 3rd, at Kin Village. Predeceased by his mother, father, first wife, son and daughter. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, caring step-sons Brad (Donna), and Mike (Amanda), six grand-children and a brother Doug. Keith was a veteran in the Canadian Navy and he was put on loan to the Royal British Navy, serving four years overseas, on a Destroyer. He started his own business, Ross and Anglin Limited. He retired and came to Tsawwassen in 1979. He was an avid golfer and an honorary member of Beach Grove Golf Club. Joyce and Keith had many travel holidays which often included golfing together. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. (Delta Optimist 15 Nov 2018)

DUNSMUIR, Robert Comlin, LS.EM1, RCN - Born to Robert and Eileen Dunsmuir, December 10, 1936. Known as Bob, Robert and Duns, Dad passed away November 11, 2018. It was calm and it was peaceful, Dad's kidneys had had enough. He was The man behind the voice of Dunsmuir Super Service and the CKDA Sea Reports. Twelve years a navy man, Dad spoke like a salty sailor, his language peppered with curse words but never the really bad ones. He was mercurial, strong-willed, thoughtful and loyal. If Dad found a friend in you, you were friends for life and gifted a nickname…Bulge, Dirty Ernie, Pard, Megahole and Damn Cop, to name a few of many. Married to Julia, the love of his life, together they raised a family, travelled by motorcycle, motor-home and boat, gathering friends and stories and dogs. Lots of dogs and Dad loved them all and the last one, Tucker, his best friend in the two years since mom died. Dad was predeceased by his parents, his wife Julia (Her Very Own Self), brothers Dave and Chappy and hands the reins now to his brother Wayne. Survived by his children, Terril (Frog) her husband Kevin (The Heavy) and granddaughter Brittney (Damn Kid). Daughter Shelley (Go-Go Working Girl) and her husband Alan (Geeker One). His Son, Jordie (Jo!) and his wife, Paula (Sweetpea). As well as many nieces and nephews who thought the world of their Uncle Bob. Dad spoke often of his gratitude and affection for Doug Buchanan for his untold years of loyalty and friendship, as does the entire family. There is much thankfullness to the nurses and doctors of the 4th floor Jubilee Hospital for making Dad's short stay so comforting. There is no Service by Dad's request. In lieu of flowers a donation to an animal charity of your choosing would be lovely. "This'll be the ol' guy…it was a hell of a ride." (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Nov 2018)


Article from the Crow's Nest Magazine Oct/Nov 1963 - LEGAL HANGING AGE BEHIND BARROW RIDE

"What is the legal hanging age in Canada?" This question was argued by Ldg. Sea. Robert Dunsmuir and Ldg. Sea. Archie Henderson, both serving in the Fraser. During the exchange Ldg. Sea. Dunsmuir said before witnesses that, if he was wrong, he would personally push Ldg. Sea. Henderson from his home to the ship in a wheel barrow. He lost and all too late found that Ldg. Sea. Henderson lived in Belmont Park, some six miles from the ship. Saturday morning saw Ldg. Sea. Henderson weigh in at 238 pounds, comfortably settle himself on several pillows and be wheeled down the highway by 140-pound Ldg. Sea. Dunsmuir. However, as a sporting gesture, in view of the weight difference, it was agreed that Ldg. Sea. Henderson would push Ldg. Sea. Dunsmuir up all hills. After logging five and a quarter miles, they arrived at the corner of Admiral's and Esquimalt roads, an ideal spot for deciding that honour was satisfied and recuperation called for.


HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser in 1960-1963 as a LS.EM1

WAINWRIGHT, Ronald, C2ERA, 34314-H, RCN - was born in Maiden Head, England 16 October 1934 and passed away 22 October 2018 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Survived by his beloved wife Audrey of almost 60 years, daughter Deborah (Ian), brother Ray and his family in England, grandchildren Chandell and David and two great-granddaughters Shelby and Marika. Ron joined the British navy in 1951 then joined the Canadian navy in 1965. Ron was passionate about gardening, helping others, dogs, black licorice and telling stories of his Navy days. His amazing sense of humour, kindness, connecting with people and making them feel heard will be missed by those who knew him. Especially the Sidney Legion where he was an executive member, poppy volunteer and long time service officer whom has helped so many veterans. Ron, you are so missed by family, neighbours, friends and those who were lucky to meet you. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sidney Legion, November 25 from 2 to 4 pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Nov 2018)





SAWYER, Leslie Roy, Petty Officer, Engineer - Roy passed away in his 98th year at Hillsdale Terraces, Oshawa on Monday March 26, 2018. Among those left to mourn is his wife of almost 76 years Peggy (nee. McCallum), daughter Barbara (Peter) of Waterdown, Frank (Bett) of Fenelon Falls, Stephen (Debra) of Orono, Claudette (the late Michael) of Warkworth, Susan of Orono and her children Heather and Stephen. Son of John and Gertrude Sawyer, brother to Basil, Cyril, Donald and Iris. Roy led a very fulfilling life. He was a former player for the NHL Detroit Red Wings, Indianapolis Capitals AHL, a war time Naval Engineer on HMCS New Glasgow and a 2 time winner of the Memorial Cup for the Oshawa Generals. Roy started with McCallum Automobile Transport, eventually becoming head of Prairie and Atlantic Auto. Always wanting to farm, he and his family founded Sawmac Farms in Orono, where they raised beef and hogs for over 25 years. Returning to Oshawa where he had been a long time member of Kiwanis, Oshawa Golf Club and Wedgwood Fishing Club. One time president of Oshawa Crushmen Jr. B Hockey Club, St. George's Church and the Oshawa Shriners Club. "Great Bumpa" to Rylynn, Hailee, Oliver, Alixandra, Nicholas, Samantha, Rebecca, Noah, Nathan, Harley, Chloe, Morgan and Justin."Bumpa" to Heather (Mark) of Kalamazoo, Stephen, Jeff (Elaine) of Vancouver, Shawn (Cassandra) of Dubai, Scott (Mellissa), Aislynn, Kristen (Darren), Meghan (Cody) and Kate (Nicole). Hillsdale has provided excellent care to Roy for the last few years. If so desired, memorial donations made to the Oshawa Humane Society, the JUMP START Program initiated by Canadian Tire in aide of providing sporting equipment to young people, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Family and Friends are invited to attend A Celebration of Roy's Life on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 1-4pm at 700 Wilson Road North, Oshawa.


HMCS NEW GLASGOW - Served in New Glasgow during the Second World War

SEEBOLD, Leslie John, RCN - Passed away on November 15, 2018 in Largo Hospital in Florida at the age of 90. Born in Montreal in 1928, he was the only son of George Seebold and Peggy Laing. He was also predeceaced by his first wife, Pearl. A Korean War veteren, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years and then worked at Canada Post for 15 years. He is survived by his second wife, Penny; children, Leslie (Debbie), Marilyn (Merrill Ringer), Cynthia (David Craig) and Robert (Donna); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Atlantic Chief and PO's Association and was a member of Bay Pointe Golf Club where he served as president of the Men's League for many years. Final arrangements have not been made at this time. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 19 Nov 2018)

KEEPING, Bertram Lorraine (Denny), RCN(R) (served 1955-1958)  (29 Oct 1931 - 18 Nov 2018) - age 87, died Sunday, November 18th in Oceanview Continuing Care in Eastern Passage. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Florence "Fudgie" Keeping; his daughters, Wendy Keeping (Peter) and Donna Bohemier (Rob); his sons, Robert and Stephen (Lyn); grandchildren, Nicole, Matthieu and Naomi; and his brother, Earl. Denny grew up in Halifax and was a lifelong resident of the Halifax area. He served as a Warehouseman in the RCN (R) from 1955-1958 and also served in the Princess Louise Fusiliers. He worked for over 40 years at Roy O'Brien's, Willet Foods and then Bolands. In July 1957 he married the love of his life, Fudgie. Together they raised four children in a house on Primrose Street in Dartmouth. He worked for over 40 years at Roy O'Brien's, Willet Foods and then Boland's, retiring in 1996. Denny had a great love of music which he shared with Fudgie and his family and was a member of several church choirs. He also had a great fondness for animals - especially the cats he used to feed on Primrose Street. In 2014 Denny and Fudgie moved into Oceanview. Our family would like to thank the kind staff at Oceanview for making Denny's (Bert the Flirt, as he was known there) last few years comfortable. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 23rd from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 24th at 3 p.m. followed by a short reception, both in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 20 Nov 2018)

DUGGAN, Don (Pup), RCN - age 89, of Kentville, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Arnold and Hazel (Collins) Duggan. He joined the Canadian Navy, serving for five years and later served 20 years with the RCAF. He had been employed as Stores Manager at the Blanchard Fraser Memorial Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital, from where he retired. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and had been active with the Kentville Lion’s Club and Kentville Legion. He was an avid golfer and was a member at Paragon and Eagle Crest golf courses. Don especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by two daughters, Heather Duggan, Bedford; and Belinda Duggan, Red Deer, Alberta; two sons, Wayne, Red Deer, Alberta; and Paul, Lower Sackville; seven grandchildren, Aimee Duggan, Keelan Duggan, Jaymie (Kyle) Kelly, Nicole Illsley, Brittney Illsley, Jaden Duggan and Kathleen Skinner; former son-in-law, Bev Illsley; seven great-grandchildren, Kennedy, London, Bailee, Emma, Owen, Lane and Brooke; sisters; Noreen Larkin, Halifax; Pauline Fyfe and Beverly Duggan, both of St. Catharine’s, Ontario; brothers, Allen (Anita), Halifax; Norman, Kentville; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Marion Malone and Helen Fasevich; brothers, Patrick, Mervyn, Kenneth and Gerry. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Father John MacPherson officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville. Donations in memory may be made to Valley Regional Hospital Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. (Halifax Today 20 Nov 2018)

BADER, Robert (Bob), P1ET, RCN / C.A.F. (01 Nov 1940 - 11 Nov 2018) - Bob's unexpected time of passing into eternal peace caught us all off guard. His final peace after a few months of unknowns was a lesson for us all: Be prepared. Married 56 years to Marlene (Butcher), whom he met 75 years ago at the tender age of 3. Bob spent 25 years in the military as an electrician on various ships, then worked for a number of years in Dockyard as an electrician and was president of the union for a time. His sense of fairness to employees was paramount in his thinking and he followed through to help those who needed a voice. Bob's faith in God became a living reality about 18 years ago. He lived it, in a quiet and unassuming way. Even as his wife I met a new Bob who, over 18 years, settled into a contented and settled soul. He was seen and known as a caring, knowledgeable person. A heartfelt thank you to all in the VGH Emergency ward for your professional yet touching sensitivity to Bob and his medical needs. To you Dr. Roos, for your astuteness to an overlooked problem. To pastor Don Johnson and Debbi; a steadfast love you both live - of which Bob gained much in his final hours. To you all at Grace Baptist for your prayers, which were answered, Bob now rests in God, and was ready - expressed that in such a verbal way. Loving father of Raymond, Leann (Randy Cairns), Dennis (Angela), and Sandra (Randall Smithson). Devoted papa of Jessica, Daina, Sarah and Matthew. Dear brother of Sue (Ron Robinson), and brother-in-law to Yvonne Bradstock and the late Jacquie (Brian) Schaufele. Loving neighbour to Glenn and Anna Maglio, Chris Waters and Tom McCarthy. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Visitation will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel-Colwood, 317 Goldstream Ave., on Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Grace Baptist Church, 2731 Matson Rd. Langford, BC. Reception to follow in the church hall. Burial to take place at Hatley Memorial Gardens.



KEARNS, Philip Joseph, RCN - A resident of Chatham, Philip Kearns passed away at the London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London with family by his side on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the age of 71. Philip was the son of the late Patrick and Anna (Gauthier) Kearns. Survived by his loving and devoted wife Mary Kearns (nee Dorner). Proud father of Julie Miller (Dan Putnam) of Chatham, Patrick Kearns (Lynn Roberts) of Airdrie, Alberta, Kathy Kearns (Jeff Denomy) of Chatham and Dan Kearns (Amanda Parriag) of Ottawa. Loving grandfather of Jeffrey, Justin, Keely, Clarke, Abby, Naya, Sawyer, Mackenzie, Meghan and Christopher. Survived by his sisters and brothers, Patricia Windrim of London, Margaret Munce (Cliff) of Lambeth, Helen Ousterhout (Gary) of Ridgetown, Kathryn Bouffard of Sarnia, Peter Kearns (Bonnie) of Sarnia, John Kearns (Maire) of Brampton and Jim Kearns (Sam) of Dresden. Philip had served as an O.P.P. officer of the Chatham-Kent detachment for 30 years. He volunteered his time as a driver for both Meals on Wheels and the Canadian Cancer Society. Phil loved playing cards and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Family to receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Friday from 2:00 ? 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 ? 9:00 p.m. Parish Prayers to be held Friday at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St.Ursula?s Roman Catholic Church, 205 Tweedsmuir Ave W., Chatham on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Eugene Roy celebrant. Donations made on behalf of Philip to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.



INGLIS, John - On Thursday, November 15, 2007 John, of Regina, passed away at the age of 93. John is survived by his wife, Roma, who celebrated their 70th Anniversary last month; sons, Bill and Jim (Carolyn); grandchildren, Amanda (Rob) Casper, and Matthew; sister, Vye. John who was a quiet and caring person was raised in Lumsden. He played hockey for the Regina Pats, Regina Aces and N.Y. Rovers in the 1930s. John served in the Navy in the 1940s, and after the war he joined Yarnton Decorating as a partner until retirement. John was a member of the Regina Rotary Club and The Callie Curling Club for many years. At the request of John and his family, there will be a private graveside service at Riverside Memorial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make a donations, in memoriam, to a charity of choice.



MILLAR, Lorne Percy, Lt, RCNVR - August 16, 1918 - 100 years old. Went peacefully home to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Lorne was predeceased by his wife Betty. He is survived by three children: Nancy Gee (David), Ruth Hanna and Tom Millar (Cora). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Stephen (Kate), Christopher (Kristina), Kristine (Shawn), James, Stephanie (Ross), John, Jenny, Katie (Trevor); and 15 great-grandchildren. Lorne joined the Canadian Navy in 1941 as an officer and served in HMCS Prince Henry, Dawson, Prince Rupert and La Malbaie. He was a member of the boards of the Ontario Bible College & Seminary, Shantymen's Christian Association International and the Yonge Street Mission and was an employee of Reed Stenhouse for 38 years. A Celebration of Lorne's Life will be held at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 1 p.m. Private family interment has taken place. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to the Tyndale University College and Seminary or the Yonge Street Mission. (Toronto Star 20 Nov 2018)


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

NOBLE, Clifford Henry, DEMS - WWII RCN Veteran. At Quinte Health Care, Belleville General Hospital, on Friday, July 20, 2018. Clifford Noble, of Toronto, Madoc and Weslemkoon Lake, in his 94th year. Son of the late Glenn and Alma Noble. Husband of Barbara Jean (nee Nicol). Father of Laurie Noble (Bill Riffle) and the late Scott Noble (Catherine Grant). Grandfather of Anna and Roslyn. Friends will be received at the McConnell Funeral Home, Madoc, on Friday, November 23rd, from 12 – 1 p.m. with a memorial service taking place at 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Donations made to the Heart of Hastings Hospice would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 19 Nov 2018)

BROWN, Robert Allen - At the age of 83 years, Robert Brown of the Eaglestone Lodge, Kamsack, SK and formerly of the Pelly District, SK, passed away at the Kamsack Hospital on November 16, 2018. Robert was born August 11,1935, on the family homestead near Pelly, SK, to Gordon and Mabel (Culberson) Brown. He attended Sunny Isle School until grade 10. Robert then joined the Navy and proudly served our country for the next five years. Upon his return, Robert bought the old Shell place and farmed the land for many years. Over time, Robert continued to farm as he purchased more land. He extended his operations to include cattle and mixed grain farming. Robert was united in marriage to Gaye Stefansson and together they were blessed to raise their children together. With a love for nature and wildlife, Robert enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and playing slo-pitch. He also took great pride in his love for and knowledge of antique cars. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, particularly cribbage. Robert was a proud member of the Pelly Legion and later became a member of the Benito Legion. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Robert was predeceased by his parents, Gordan and Mabel; son, Russell; step-son, Terry and his son-in-law, Jim Severson. He is survived by his sons, Bruce Brown and Wayne “Shawn” Cote; daughters, Glee Severson and Marion Littlewolfe; grandchildren: Christa, Shea (Josh), J.J., Kennedy, Matthew, Sara and Mason; and his great-grandchildren, Ash, Kaylee, Eddie, Ryan and Audrey; as well as extended family and friends. As per Robert’s wishes, no formal services were held. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Ducks Unlimited Saskatchewan, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Robert Brown.

MILLER, Alan Reid - peacefully, on November 13, 2018 at the age of 93, Alan Reid Miller passed away at Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Cindy (Andy) Blicq, Todd Miller and Chris Miller; grandson Graham Blicq; nieces and nephews Brian (Jo-Ann) Tomchuk, Brent (Shirley) Tomchuk, Barbara (Darren) Borton, Adam Borton and Alexa Borton. He is predeceased by his parents Alex and Florence (nee Reid), wife Roberta (nee Clark), brother Colin, sister Leona Tomchuk and nephew Ian. Al was born in Winnipeg on October 31, 1925. He grew up in Winnipeg's West End where he attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. There, he excelled in football, track and field, basketball and swimming. Al spent summers at Grand Beach and made money carrying baggage for people arriving on the train, before heading to the dance hall to dance and visit with friends. These friendships lasted his lifetime. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served in the Atlantic during World War 2. He started his postsecondary education at Normal School to become a physical education teacher, receiving his Permanent First Class teacher's certificate in 1954. He was teaching in Selkirk when he met Bobbie Clark, whom he would marry in 1956. Wanting to pursue a career in Recreation, he continued his postsecondary studies at the University of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario. He took his first job in recreation in Ontario at Port Arthur and Red Rock. He lived in Red Rock where he developed programs and managed the facility including the pool and ice rink at the recreation centre. While there, he and Bobbie were married and had their three children. In 1962, Al accepted a job with the Manitoba government as the first Recreation Director of the newly established Fitness and Amateur Sport branch. Over the next two decades, he supported the development of recreation positions and programs in 40 communities across Manitoba and was a founding member of the Canada Games, the Manitoba Sports Federation, the Western Canada Games, and the Manitoba Games. Al was extremely proud, when in 1995, he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as an All Round Builder. While working for the government, Al oversaw the operations of the Leadership Training Centre in Gimli. He joined the Gimli Yacht Club in 1969 and was Commodore from 1975-77. He served on the Board for an additional 11 years and facilitated the club expansion with a shared use agreement with Gimli New Horizons in 1988. Al loved sailing and continued to sail well into his 80s. Al was also a lifetime member of the YMCA, where he spent lunch breaks playing basketball and visiting with friends before heading back to his office at the Legislative Building. Al retired as Deputy Minister Responsible for Sports and Recreation. During his career, he survived four changes in provincial government, five premiers, and 11 ministers. After Al retired, he and Bobbie spent most of the year in Gimli at the cottage. In the winter, they travelled to Cuba, Mexico and Hawaii. He also enjoyed going downhill skiing with his grandson. After Bobbie passed away in 2002, Al spent his time working around the cottage, taking time off to sail, play golf, ride his bike, and visit friends and family. He especially liked organizing games and activities for gatherings he hosted for friends from Daniel Mc and Red Rock. In the winter, he continued to stay active when he lived at Lions Place and River Ridge I and II. During the summers from 2001 to 2015, Al visited Red Rock at the time of the Live from the Rock Folk Festival where he re-connected with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the music venue. For the last ten years, he endured the debilitating physical and mental decline caused by dementia with courage and humour. Thanks to the staff of Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, and Donna Banting for the love and care they gave Dad over the last year. A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 11:00 am at Thomson Funeral Home at 669 Broadway in Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

MILLER, James Cyril Randolph (Dusty), P2ER, RCN - (29 Apr 1928 - 18 Nov 2018) Of Halifax, a proud Canadian Citizen, passed away on November 18, 2018 at the age of 89. He was a son of the late Cyril James Randolph Miller and Isabella Jane (Marchbank) Miller (of England). He was preceded by sisters, Jessie, Hilda and Audrey, Violet Lily Walton and brothers, Reginald, Harold and Clarence. Dusty is survived by his wife of 64 years, Laura Bella(Lawlor) Miller; his son, James Lawrence Miller 'Dusty Jr.'(Lynn Sealy) of Dartmouth and Pugwash; granddaughters, Katie Lien; great-grand daughter, Hannah; great-grandson, Zackery and Sara Miller (Scott Robinson) and many nieces, nephews and cousins in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada as well as his many mates of the Submariners Association of Canada (East) who he owes a great deal for their friendship and support in his lifetime. Dusty joined the Royal Canadian Navy at a young age in 1951 and served in several ships, bases and the Submarine Service. He was with the first Canadian Naval Group that volunteered to train, serve and qualify in submarines with the Royal Navy Submarine Service in the United Kingdom in 1954. Dusty served in 'A' Class Submarines(HMs/m Amphion, Alcide and Ambush of the Royal Navy in the 1950's and 60's). He retired from the Navy in 1961 and always said that his proudest and most rewarding times were his days in the Navy as a Submariner. He was a very active member of the Submariners Association of Canada (East) formerly The Submarine Old Comrades Association, Canadian Branch. He was awarded the Coronation Medal 1953, Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) 1959 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM) 2012. In 1966 Dusty was awarded the Canadian Electrical Lifesaving medal which was presented to him by Lt. Governor McKeen for saving the life of W.J. MacDonald while employed by the Nova Scotia Light and Power Company. Dusty was a holder of the Submarine Association medal and the Cold War Medal. Dusty was well versed in Genealogy in which he traced his paternal and maternal family back to the early 1700s in England. He was also a student of 'Robert's Rules of Order' which he put to good use in the many associations he was involved with including the position of Parliamentarian and Nomination Chairman of Submariners Association Of Canada. At Dusty's request his remains have been donated to the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University to aid in medical research. Dusty's remains are to be cremated and the ashes buried at sea at a future date. Dusty's wife Laura wishes to thank friend and family physician Dr. F.R. Spicer for 31 years of care and concern. Laura also wishes to thank the staff of the QEII Health Sciences Centre 7.4 for their excellent care and genuine concern for Dusty in his final days. Dusty asks, 'All who were his friends in life, remember him as a friend in death'.


He was part of the 1st Block Draft in 1954. He served in submarines from 18 Dec 1954 to 1961. He was a PO2 Stoker.



HOWATSON, William Frederick, Cook, RCN / C.A.F. - On Friday, May 3, 2013, Bill Howatson of Edmonton passed away at the age of 77 years. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret of 46 years; three daughters, Jane (Joe) Anderson, Elizabeth (Jamie Kay), Patricia (John) Rowland; four grandchildren, Trish, Mason, Sarah, Samantha; three great-grandchildren, Lailee, Larsen and Halle. A Memorial Service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Richmond Park Church, 9340 - 69 Avenue N.W., Edmonton, AB. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, 710 - 10123 99 Street N.W., Edmonton, AB, T5J 3H1.


He was in 1st Block Draft to go to England for submarines in 1954.


HMS/m TIRELESS (1954-55)

HMS/m TURPIN (1955-57

HMS/m AMPHION - Served in Amphion 1957-1959


HMS/m GRAMPUS (1959-62)

HMCS OJIBWA - Commissioning crew as a LS.CK Served in Ojibwa 1965-1968


HMCS RAINBOW - Served in Rainbow 1969-1973

HMCS ONONDAGA - Served in Onondaga 1973-1975

HMCS OKANAGAN - Served in Okanagan 1976-1977

FRANKTON, Vernon M., PO, RCN - Born 1929  Died 2000. Vernon is buried in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens in Dartmouth,NS.



HMCS OJIBWA - Commissioning crew as a PO

HOWELL, Frank Raymond Douglas - Member of the Orillia Shriners, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #34, Orillia and The A.N.A.F., Unit 400 Orillia. Passed away peacefully at the Oak Terrace Nursing Home on Monday, October 25, 2010 at the age of 80. Frank, beloved husband of the late Ferne and the late Marge. Loving father of Douglas (Nancy) Howell of Gander, NL, David (Doris) Howell of Alberta, Donna Howell of Orillia, Steven (Tamara) Howell of Oshawa, Lisa (Walter) Roddis of Kingston, Tracey (Mark) Mawdsley of Capreol and Patricia (predeceased). Cherished grandfather of Sean (Sheri), Jillian (Jason), Peter, Michael, Terry, Amanda, Bryan, Christopher, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Emilia and Kyle. Proud great-grandfather of David, Daniel, Jordan, Megan, Felicity, Aaron, Morgan, Hailey, Nathan, Matthew, Jordan, Maddison, Josh, Breanna, Mackenzie, Madison and Maverick. Brother of James (predeceased), Irene, Betty and Linda. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia on Friday 29 October from 10 a.m. until time of Memorial Service in the chapel at 11 o'clock. If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated.




HMCS OJIBWA - Commissioning crew as a PO


FULLER, Gary Ernest, RCN / C.A.F. - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gary Ernest Fuller in Neepawa, Manitoba on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the age of 73 years old. He will be lovingly remembered by his partner Jean Blatt, his children, Tracey and Sean (Paula Evaskavich), stepson Michael, his grandchildren, Trevor and Kyra Allerton, and Jean's family, Jim Holmes (Cathy McGrath) and Glenda (Peter) McGrath. Gary was born on February 14, 1945 and was the son of Ernest and Beatrice Fuller. He grew up in the Elmwood neighbourhood of Winnipeg. Our dad was an extremely intelligent man and always a hard worker. He began working at an early age in his parent's Deli store "Kelvin Meats" on Henderson Highway riding his bicycle to make meat deliveries. This strong work ethic carried him well throughout the years. He was proud to serve his country and enlisted in the Navy (HMCS Cornwallis, Skeena Division). After the Navy, he enjoyed a lengthy career at Canada Packers working his way up from a Labourer to Superintendent. He continued on the management path with Jack Forgan Meats and Springhill Farms and then as a buyer with Northern Meats. He was known for his loyalty to friends and family and willingness to lend a hand. He volunteered as a coach for his son's hockey and football teams. Friends fondly reminisce over grand fishing adventures. Dad was always up for a card game and was happy when he could finally play crib with his grandchildren. He was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them grow. When Dad moved to Neepawa, he met Jean. They enjoyed socializing and fussing over their furry children. Dad was a real softie when it came to animals and no animal ever went unfed with him around. Having Jean as his partner for 20 years was truly a blessing and we are so grateful to her for all her love and care of Dad during their time together. In keeping with Dad's wishes, there will be no formal service. We are also thankful to Country Meadows Personal Care home for their care of Dad. We love you Dad and you will be forever missed. (Winnipeg Free press 24 Nov 2018)

HEGGIE, George - Peacefully in the evening of November 17, 2018 George Heggie, aged 92 years, passed away at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Irene, his daughter Pam (Glenn) Hayward-Remple, her family, grandchildren, Sean (Corrie), Justine (Mark), Alysa, and great-grandchildren, Ruby, Kensie and Layla; as well as his son Rick and his family. George was born in Scotland, but moved to Winnipeg with his family at a very young age. He joined his brothers serving in the Navy during the Second World War, after which he returned to Winnipeg where he met Irene Edwards, who in 1947 became Irene Heggie. George's career in medical sales took their growing family across Canada, spending time in Calgary, Montreal and Oakville, but he finished his career and they spent their retirement in Winnipeg. They made the most of retirement, enjoying golfing, curling or anything that let Irene socialize and gave George an audience for his jokes and stories. George loved Canada, and they spent time every year exploring the country from coast to coast, whether it was visiting friends in British Columbia's wine country or returning to the same hotel in Prince Edward Island where everyone knew them. As much as they enjoyed travelling together, much of his retirement was spent focusing on his grandchildren, with countless hours spent building forts, going for long walks or offering advice whenever needed. Outside of his family, George became the neighbourhood mayor, making friends with everyone on his street. In particular, many hours were spent with his good friend, Jerrold, who was always available to fix anything, or just to sit around talking and admiring the many deer that made George's back yard home. Anyone serving George, be it cashier or server, needed to factor in some extra time, as no one escaped a joke or smart comment, always followed by his big smile and a laugh. Cremation has taken place and per George's wishes, there will be no public service. All who knew George are encouraged to say a toast with a glass of his favourite spiced rum. He was loved by many, and though he will be missed, all of us are left with memories and life lessons that will stay with us forever. (Winnipeg Free Press 24 Nov 2018)

RIESS, Charles Robert - On November 21, 2018 at the age of 93 years, Charles Robert Riess passed peacefully at Grace Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Leona, on September 6, 1992, at the age of 65, and his sister Marjorie (Bob). He is survived by his sons, Rob (Barbara) and Rick (Jean) and grandchildren, Britt (Matt), Michael (Kim), Sarah (Kevin), Christopher, Daniel and Jack as well as great-granddaughters, Claire, Charlotte, Olivia and Alice, and nieces and nephews, Wendy, Cathy, Gary, Sandy, Donald and Bruce. Charlie was born in Winnipeg, August 30, 1925 and resided there his entire life. He graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and went on to get his Bachelor of Arts degree from United College. Following his service in the Royal Canadian Navy, Charlie returned home. Soon thereafter, Charlie met the love of his life and on October 15, 1949 married Leona Young, daughter of Agnes and Don Young. In 1950, Charlie began a career working for his father-in-law at the small family business, George H. Young Co. (GHY) and it was there where he found his calling and became its President in 1967. Charlie was a natural leader and was the perfect person to guide the future of third generation ownership of GHY. Building relationships came easy to him. His character, warmth and engaging personality were traits that endeared him to so many friends and associates. Charlie was respected as a principled leader by all those that knew him within the customs brokerage industry as well as by those with whom he worked. He was especially admired for his business acumen, integrity, fairness, common sense and his genuine care for all of those that were part of his GHY family over more than five decades of his work life. Charlie loved to connect with people and that was reciprocated and reflected in the connections he made with people throughout his life. His charismatic personality, elegance, infectious smile, humour and extraordinary charm, endeared him to all those to whom he came into contact. A member of numerous boards, charities and business organizations, of particular import, were his years as a Director and Board Chair of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB), President of Kiwanis and years as director and VP of the Winnipeg Football Club. Charlie was a dedicated leader and brought great enthusiasm, energy and creativity to every community role wherever he served. Charlie was an energetic and competitive personality who loved all forms of gamesmanship and had a passion for sports including golf, tennis, squash and snooker. In his college days, he excelled in snooker. That prowess was later demonstrated at the Manitoba Club years later where he garnered several Club Championships. It was perennially one of his favourite business haunts and his longtime participation in the Saturday morning leagues and competitions were a source of great fun and camaraderie. Charlie's passion for golf was the perfect vehicle to connect with family and friends. For close to 50 years, St. Charles was his home of golf. He loved to play and compete, but at the heart of it, was the joy of time spent with his buddies. One of Charlie's greatest golf memories was his trip to St. Andrews in Scotland with his two sons. Golf also influenced his winter home choice in Naples, FL at Bear's Paw Country Club. Charlie said it was the best decision he ever made. Charlie and Leona had many happy years together and a very active life while building family legacies and traditions. Christmas Eve parties at the Riess' were legendary and were the focal point in celebrating the return home of so many friends from distant lands as they reunited with their families at Christmas. Christmas Day was often followed with a family road trip with a collection of families to ski or snowmobile destinations and to bring in the new year. Countless summers were spent at their beloved Victoria Beach where Charlie and Leona created a lasting legacy with deep rooted family experiences and connections that will hopefully endure into future generations. Papa Charlie was devoted and proud of each of his grandchildren. He was blessed to have had grandchildren in all the locales that he lived. He loved every moment to engage with each one of them and made a priority of being there for every event, activity, hockey game, tennis lesson, concert, or his favourite, Grandparents Day at school. He will always be remembered for his infectious smile, caring personality and as a loving son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and devoted friend. We carry Charlie's memory in our hearts and cherish the love and support he gave to us and to all those whose heart he touched. We will miss him! Special gratitude to Mei Ling and Chuck, Teresa, Toni, Elvira and Tony for their devotion and care over the last 10 years. We are forever grateful that Charlie could live a dignified life because of your love, patience and kindness. A celebration of Charlie's life will be held in the summer of 2019. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the In Memory of Charles Riess Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3, 204-944-9474. (Winnipeg Free PRess 27 Nov 2018)

REMILLARD, Jean Paul, P2SG, RCN / C.A.F. - It is with great sadness that the family of Jean Paul Remillard announces his sudden passing on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the age of 79 years. Jean Paul will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 28 years, Linde and his children J.P. (Tina) and Michelle (Jeff). Jean Paul will also be terribly missed by his 5 grandchildren Ryan, Mackenzie, Liam, Emilie and Karina; his brother George (Jeanine); and sister Yvette (Tom). Jean Paul was predeceased by his brother Roland, sister-in-law Sheila and his parents Louise and Gerard. Jean Paul served his country for 13 years in Canada’s Royal Navy and 21 years as a Canadian diplomat with External Affairs. In the Navy he was a skilled diver, signalman, instructor and Officer. His years as a diplomat took him to several high-risk global postings, and a two-year stay in Africa with his family and four years in Japan with Linde. He loved his sports and was an outstanding athlete, excelling at hockey and softball. Jean Paul was a beloved member of his community and focused on and enjoyed helping people. He was particularly active and inspirational in local groups that included international fellowship. Visitation will take place on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A Funeral Mass and celebration of Jean Paul’s life will be held at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, 2 Front St., Rockport on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Diabetes Canada or the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Rest forever peacefully J.P., Dad, your legacy lies in us, with our every breath and every act we pay forward now.

MOREHOUSE, Robert Ernest, CCM, CD, C2RM, RCN - 91, Halifax, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2018. Born in Sandy Cove, Digby County on July 6th, 1927, he was the son of the late Emden and Addie Morehouse. Robert served 25 years as a member in the Canadian Armed Forces serving on a number of ships and establishments including HMCS Naden, Stadacona, Cornwallis, Albro Lake Radio Station, Portage, Iroquois, Skeena, Nipigon, Huron, and Bonaventure. He was a life member of WO’S and SGTS Mess, CFB Halifax. Robert is survived by his wife, Doris (Harber); daughters, Margaret and Joanne (Keith Power); son, Michael; grand and great-grand children, Dennis, Jesse, Lucas, Finnley, Julia, Hannah, Riley, Kyle and Dahlia. He was predeceased by son, David. Cremation has taken place and his burial will be at sea, per his request. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2019 in Sandy Cove, Digby County. (Halifax Today 27 Nov 2018)



SLAUGHTER, Brian Jay (15 Jul 1963 - 21 Nov 2018) - Age 55 of Kingston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Born in Churchill, Man., he was the youngest son of Russ and Kathy Slaughter, Belleville, Ont. Brian served with the military for 30 years, first with the navy and then with Age 55 of Kingston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Born in Churchill, Man., he was the youngest son of Russ and Kathy Slaughter, Belleville, Ont. Brian served with the military for 30 years, first with the navy and then with the air force. He was an avid squash player, golfer and particularly enjoyed fly fishing. More importantly, Brian enjoyed helping others to grow and succeed. He had a positive influence on people wherever he went and always had time to listen. Brian was predeceased by his brother, Michael. He is survived by his wife, Tammy; sons, Samuel, Trenton; Elijah, Waterloo; Noah, Greenwood; and Jacob, Kingston; and his siblings, Patricia, Nancy, Terry, Stephen, all of Belleville; and several nephews. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 29th in St. Marks' Chapel, 14 Wing Greenwood with Padré Brenda Zwicker officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service in the Annapolis Mess. Donations in Brian's memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Gone fly fishing with Ray (Halifax Chronicle Herald 27 Nov 2018)

MARTIN, Stanley Mac, RCN / C.A.F. (22 May 1931 - 22 Nov 2018) - 87, of Upper Tantallon passed away on Thursday November 22, 2018 at home. Born in Stephenville, Newfoundland he was the son of the late John and Eliza (Oldford) Martin. Survived by his sons, Jeff and Colin, both of Calgary; Craig Tantallon; daughters, Denise, Dartmouth; Twila Tuffs, Halifax; sisters, Melva , Calgary; Judie (Bill) Lafitte, and Lorraine both of NFLD; grandchildren, David, Ryan, Nichole, all of Halifax; 2 great grandchildren; Predeceased by his wife Nevilia (Boutilier); sons, Hal and Paul in infancy; sister, Gwen Holleman. The family will receive visitors 4-7 p.m. Sunday, December 2nd in the Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy’s Cove Road, Upper Tantallon. A Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday December 3rd in St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Tantallon, Rev. Brieanna Andrews officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. (Halifax today 24 Nov 2018)

FITZGERALD, Malcolm (Fitz), C1RM, RCN / C.A.F. - It’s with sadness the family of Malcolm "Fitz" George Fitzgerald announce his passing on November 20th, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was the loving and devoted husband to Patricia (Hucul) Fitzgerald for 53 years. Malcolm was born on April 25th, 1938 to the late George and Dorothea “Dot” (Draper) Fitzgerald in Saint John, NB. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Patricia, sons; David (Millie), Michael (Michelle) and Brian, sister Lorna (John) Corbett, sister in–law Sandra Russell, brothers in–law; Larry Russell and Gary Hucul, grandchildren; Emily, Aidan and Braden, three nieces, two nephews and many cousins. Resting at Castle Funeral Home, 309 Lancaster Ave, Saint John, NB E2M2L3 506–634–1701. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 26th from 6PM to 8PM at Castle. A Legion Tribute Service will take place at 7PM on Monday, November 26th. A Memorial Service will be held in Castle “Fallsview” Chapel at 1PM on Tuesday, November 27th. A Reception will follow in Castle “Fallsview” Reception Centre. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in memory of Malcolm can be made to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

WARREN, George Alfred (formerly POPILCHAK), V59616, RCNVR - Born 11 Jan 1926  Died 09 Nov 1976


Survived the torpedoing of HMCS Chebogue



STAUS, Donald, RCN(R) -Died 27 Nov 2018



MARENTETTE, Ernest Wilfred, Steward (17 May 1912 - 22 Nov, 1979) - 67 years, late of 1478 George Ave. Dear Husband of Marie Theresa (nee Bois). Dear father of Douglas of Kingsville, Wayne, Terry, Mrs. Peter Campbell (Maureen), all of Windsor, Kenneth of Nanaimo, BC. Dear brother of Earl of St. Clair Beach, Donald, Mrs. Anthony Amelia (katherine), Mrs. Donald Dumeah (Dorothy), Mrs. Lawrence Kelly (Esther), Mrs. Joseph Renaud, all of Windsor and the late Alfred and elanor. Eight grandchildren also survive. Resting at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home, 12700 Tecumseh Rd. E. Funeral service Monday, 10P30 a.m. thence to St. joseph Church at 11 a.m. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Prayers Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Mr. Marentette was a former employee of Bendix for 35 years, a member of Local 195, he also served in the Navy WW2. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetic Assoc.




SPICER, George, C2RT/FC, RCN / Lt (N) CIC (28 Jan 1932 - 23 Nov 2018) -  Sadly George lost his battle to lung cancer and passed peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family. Born in Carvel, Alberta January 28, 1932 and was the 7th of 8 children. George leaves behind his most loving wife of 30 years Helen Chamberlain, and is survived by his three daughters Lorri (Jim) Baldwin, Valerie (Glenn) Chipper, and Leanne (Don) Ayres; grandchildren Tammy, Marty, Ryan, Kobie and Wendy; 10 great-grandchildren; his extended family, Sharon Hendrix, Susan (Bob) Fechter and Greg Chamberlain; grandchildren Ashley, Megan and Amy. He loved his family. He is predeceased by 3 sisters and 3 brothers and survived by his sister Vicki Gibson. George was a long-time member of the Men's Victoria Curling Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, The CPO Association and the Korean Veterans Association. He played on the Navy Softball team and coached for 2 years. He was an active member in the creation of the original Centennial swimming pool. George and Helen became snowbirds and travelled many happy years to Palm Springs, where George arranged weekly poker games, morning coffees and happy hours. They made many new friends. George joined the RCN Sept 1949 and did two tours of duty during the Korean War on the destroyer HMCS Cayuga 1950 and HMCS Crusader 1952. He continued to serve until retirement in 1980. George was honoured to serve his country. George and Helen revisited South Korea in 2014 and the people of South Korea acknowledged their appreciation, and honored him for his service. Many thanks to Dr. J. Jollymore and Collett. Flowers graciously declined and donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit or Victoria Hospice. George ceased firing November 23 2018 at 20:23. Celebration of his life will be held at the Chief and Petty Officers Mess, 1575 Lyall Street Victoria BC December 03, 2018 from 1-4 PM. 


George joined the Navy on 06 Sep 1949, trained at HMCS Cornwallis. In 1952, he took a Radar Controller course in the Gunnery School at HMCS Naden and later became a fire control technician. George served twice in Korea, on HMCS Cayuga in 1950 and HMCS Crusader in 1952, and completed a world cruise in 1964 on HMCS St. Laurent. He received the Korea Medal, the CVSM for Korea, the United Nations Service Medal for Korea and the Canadian Forces Decoration with two clasps. After retiring, he joined the Naval Reserves and enrolled in the CIC where he was commissioned to Lt (N). He retired after forty years of service with the Armed Forces. George belonged to the Pro Pats Legion Br 292 with 52 years as a member.



HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga during the 1950-1951 Korean war tour as an ABNQ

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







HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent during her 1964 World Cruise

KELVIN, George D. - 92, loving husband of Carol and father of four, passed away in Hotel Dieu Windsor with loved ones at his side on Sunday, October 28, 2018. A long-time resident of Kingsville, Ontario, George was born April 13, 1926 to Thomas and Helen (Krauchuk) Kozelekno in Windsor. During World War II he served in the Canadian Reserve Army and later enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he was assigned to the frigate Fort Erie to escort merchant ships and hunt German U-boats. Following the war, George married Carol Joy Moore on October 1, 1949, and had four sons. He pursued a career in business management with Waddells of Windsor and later Firestone Corporation. In later years, George became an entrepreneur and retired from the tool and die industry in the 1980's. He had a passion for travel and fishing. George and his wife traveled throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and parts of South America. He could always be found within reach of a deck chair or a fishing pole, warming those around him with a smile and a fishing tale. George is survived by his wife of 69 years, Carol, and his sons, Douglas (Patricia), Bruce (Pam), David (Nikki) and John (Barbara), as well as 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Kendrick Funeral Home 91 Division St S., Kingsville, Friday, November 30 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 106 Main St W, Kingsville, December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. with a gathering in the church banquet hall afterwards. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Legion, Kingsville Post, or the Alzheimer Society. (Windsor Star 24 Nov 2018)



BLUNDELL, Hugh Gordon - On November 15, 2018, Gordon Hugh Blundell passed away peacefully at home in his sleep. Plagued by breathing issues and the continuous surgeries and ongoing hospital stays, his body had finally caught up to his broken heart that he suffered four years prior with the passing of his wife and true love Brenda Blundell. Gordon was predeceased by his birth parents Elma Weston and Hugh Blundell, his step-parents George and Murial Kinvig. He was also predeceased by his father-in-law Don Mackenzie, mother-in-law Mabel Mackenzie and recently by his brother-in-law Garry Mackenzie. Left to cherish his fond memories as Dad are daughter Michelle Blundell and son Steve (Tammy) Blundell. Papa as he was lovingly known to his grandchildren Theron and Kylie Murphy and Rhys and Haley Blundell. Affectionately known as uncle Gordie to Erin, Jason, Ryan and Madison Mackenzie as well as Ian and Lesley Otterman. Other family members such as Bernie Mackenzie, Randy Mackenzie, Al and Linda Otterman and Gerald Otterman were all big parts in Gordies life. Gordie was born in Belleville, Ontario, but his family made the move out west to Vancouver during his infancy. He grew up in Vancouver being raised by his mother Elma, his aunt Lenore and his grandma Weston. It was not a conventional upbringing but offered more than enough love and direction. At 17, Gord joined the Navy. He was a proud crew member of HMCS Micmac. In his early 20s, Gordie left the Navy and followed his mother to Merritt, BC, where he met Brenda and they started their family. By the early 70s, the Blundells had moved to Kamloops and started their life with two kids and Gordies forever job at Lafarge Canada. He started as a labourer and through hard work and persistence ended up as their local Purchasing Agent. He was a proud member of the local Lafarge family, he spearheaded many of their work and social affairs and truly loved the company and his fellow workmates. He also loved his community and was involved in the inception of the Booster Club for the Junior Oilers/Blazers. He will fondly be remembered as Mr. Shootout during intermissions at the Blazer games, complete with stripper music and the patented leg kick. He was also proud to coach many kids in softball and hockey as his kids grew up playing those sports that he loved. Please join the family and freinds in a Celebration of Life to say farewell, goodbye or good riddance to Gordie on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Kamloops Alliance Church in their ministry center. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations can be made to JDRF, a cause close to Gordies heart.



STINSON, Harold Wesley, Wireless Operator 3rd Class, RNCVR (1986 - 1961) - 65, officer in charge of the Ottawa aeradio station for 13 years before his retirement last summer, died at his home in Ottawa December 15, 1961. Mr. Stinson, who was a veteran employee of the department and a pioneer of radio communications in Canada's Far North, is survived by his widow and five children.


Harold Stinson Retires - write up from


Drafted to Transport TREGARTHEN on 17 Jan 1917 as W. Op 3rd Cl, RNCVR, then later W/T STATION BARRINGTON PASSAGE

FALK, Frederick James (Fred), RCN (06 Nov 1944 - 21 Nov 1945) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Fred Falk, who passed away on November 21, 2018 at the Foothills Hospital with family by his side. Fred was predeceased by his father R. Herbert Falk and mother Marjorie Theresa Falk. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Shirley; daughter, Dawn (Mike); daughter, Sheila (Jonathan); two grandchildren, Ben and Sarah; brother, Doug (Jocelyne) and Doug's son Stephen; brother, Ron (Debbie) and their children Sarah, Jenn (Mike) and Michael; as well as many other relatives and friends. Fred was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 10 years. He then joined the City of Edmonton Fire Department as a firefighter where he served his community for 30 years until he retired as a Captain. This showed not only his dedication to community service but his willingness to help others. Fred and Shirley bought their first home in St. Albert, AB in 1972. While residing in St. Albert, AB, Fred had significant involvement in the community as a member of the Kinsmen Club. In 1977, Fred and Shirley, along with their daughters Dawn and Sheila, moved to an acreage consisting of 3.5 acres near Calahoo, AB where Fred took great pride in finishing the family home. After living there for 13 years, the family moved back to St. Albert, AB and resided there until 2005. This also became the year Fred and Shirley made the decision to move to Cochrane, AB ensuring them quality time with their grandchildren, Ben and Sarah. Throughout the years Fred had numerous hobbies which included golfing, enjoying nature, fishing, carpentry, cycling and of course spending time with his grandchildren. Fred further extended his golfing hobby by marshalling at the Cochrane Golf Club for 10 years. Fred was an extremely high spirited, driven, positive individual who led a very fulfilling life with a "never look back" attitude. His smile, laugh and sense of humour always projected warmth and happiness. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends but the impact he has made in all our lives will remain forever. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Canadian Druze Center (directly East of Memories Funeral Home) 14304 - 134 Avenue, Edmonton AB. All family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred's honour to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. (The Cochrane Eagle 29 Nov 2018)

SAVAGE, Robert Leslie (Doc), LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. (30 Jun 1925 - 27 Nov 2018) - After an amazingly awesome life, Lieutenant Commander Robert L. (Doc) Savage died on Tuesday, November 27th. Born Stoughton, Saskatchewan on June 30, 1925. After two years at the Training Ship "Mercury" in England, joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman 2nd Class and served in the North Atlantic, the English Channel and the Indian Ocean during the war. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy until 1972. Was the Personnel Officer at the University of Victoria from 1972 until 1983 and was an alumnus of that institution. Predeceased by his wife Anna in 1998, and one specially loved grandson Eric in 2014, he leaves to mourn, his daughters Sarah (Fred) and Tracy (Kevin), four much loved grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Reception and celebration of Bob's life will be held 1400-1600, Saturday, December 1st at 3050 Henderson Rd. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, a contribution to Vancouver Island Multiple Sclerosis Society can be made in his memory. He was an Honourary Life Member of that society. (Victoria Times Colonist 01 Dec 2018)


HMCS TORONTO - Served in Toronto in 1955 as a Lt, RCN

HMCS LANARK - Served in Lanark in 1960 as XO

LUCAS, Raymond E. (Ray) - Passed away on November 22, 2018 in Kelowna, aged 93. Born in Toronto, Ontario, October 14, 1925. He is predeceased by his two brothers, Russ and Eddie. Ray was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Fran, his wife of 69 years, will miss him dearly, as will his children Paul (Mary), Lynn, Glen (Jannette), grandchildren, Alison, Noah (Ellen), Annie (Todd), and Deirdre and great grandson Rayne. Ray was very close to his niece and nephew Marion Crean (Finnbar) of Boston, MA and Jimmy Lucas (Ilsa) of Denver, CO. Following graduation from Danforth Tech High School, Ray served in the Navy, on a frigate during WWII. After the war, Ray attended the University of Toronto where he completed his Business Administration Degree and met Fran. One of the first instructors at Okanagan Regional College, Ray found enjoyment with staff and students while teaching in the Business Administration Department. He possessed a sense of humour, curiosity and integrity. Friends and family remember many good times and activities, including tennis, swimming, hiking and canoeing. After retirement from the college, Ray enjoyed travel, playing bridge and poker, and the occasional game of pool, but he enjoyed companionship the most! A celebration of life will be held at Kettle River Brewery, 1-3 pm, July 6, 2019. Donations in lieu of flowers to Okanagan College Foundation. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 01 Dec 2018)

VAN TASSEL, Cecil Ray - Age 97 Formerly of Lighthouse Road, Digby, Nova Scotia passed away on November 22, 2018 in Soldiers Memorial Veterans Unit, Middleton, Nova Scotia. Born November 11, 1921 in Digby, he was a son of the late Leo and Beulah (Benton) Van Tassel. Cecil served overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and then worked as a brick mason. Cecil was a wonderful man and provided strength, guidance and inspiration to us all. We love, honour, admire and cherish him for the loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend that he was. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Cecil is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Jean Hughes of Ontario and Heather Ann Van Tassel of Jamaica; sister, Doris Wamboldt; brother, Clayton Van Tassel; grandchildren, Kimberley Stewart, Shawn Johnson, Karen Catenacci, Brenda Hughes and Randy Hughes; great-grandchildren, Alexandria Stewart, Cameron Stewart, Kirkland Johnson, Preston Catenacci, Brianna Catenacci. He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey Jean Van Tassel nee Handspiker; daughter, Gail Darlene Johnson and son, David Ray Van Tassel. Visitation will be 7-9 pm, Friday, November 30 from Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch Street, Digby, NS (902-245-2525) also where the service will be at 1pm on Saturday December 1st, 2018 with Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Digby. Donations in memory of Cecil may be made to Royal Canadian Legion.

FAIRBAIRN, Irving Wayne Morris, MMM, CD, CWO, RCN (Naval Air) - 80, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 28, 2018. Born in Cobalt, Ont., Wayne served in the military (Naval Air) for 38 years. Wayne is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Heather (Bruce); Age 80, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 28, 2018. Born in Cobalt, Ont., Wayne served in the military (Naval Air) for 38 years. Wayne is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Heather (Bruce); and sons, Scott (Paula), Steven (Meredith), Darren (Sandra), Derek (Eileen); grandsons, Nicholas and Joshua. He was predeceased by father, T. Nicholas Fairbairn; mother, Alma Rae; stepfather, Leslie Steele; half-brother, Merdy Armstrong. Wayne excelled in sports, playing hockey and football for Shearwater Flyers and coaching PA High's football team. He golfed in summer and spent winters at the rink watching his grandsons' and the Mooseheads' games. He enjoyed reading (Louis Lamour, etc). A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, December 5th in Shearwater Aviation Museum from 2-4 p.m. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Shearwater Aviation Museum or Diabetes Canada. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 03 Dec 2018)

FOOTE, Ernest Gordon Blair, OBE, Chaplain of the Fleet (P), RCN - Born 06 Aug 1910, Barney's River, Pictou Co., NS. Died 1980.


Newspaper article on Chaplain of the Fleet (P) Foote being awarded the OBE - Halifax Herald 02 Jan 1946



STYRING, Walter Lenton, Cdr, O71070, RCNR, died - 10 May 1945, HMCS STADACONA - Born 20 Oct 1879, son of Walter B. and Elizabeth Styring; husband of Nora Styring, Plymouth, England.  


Commander Styring died in Halifax from hypostatic pneumonia contributing to circulatory failure. He is buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS.


Portrait of Commander Styring     Headstone for Cdr Walter Styring


Book of Remembrance entry

TAYLOR, George W., Stoker, RCNR - died 08 Sep 1956 age 54. George is buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS.


Headstone for Stoker George Taylor

HOGG, William Ronald, PO, 5723-H, RCN - died 23 Jul 1956 age 28. William is buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS.


Headstone for PO W.R. Hogg

SCOTT, John Henry, PO, 61512, RCN - Born 20 Nov 1888, Horwick, Roxburgh, Scotland, died 18 Jan 1952 at the Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS, age 63 of heart disease. John was buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS on 21 Jan 1952.


Headstone for PO John Scott



FRENCH, Alexander, Leading Stoker, VR-299, RNCVR - Born 24 Apr 1882, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. Died 26 Dec 1945 at the Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS. Husband of Mary French of 250 Upper Water St., Halifax, NS. Alexander died of stomach cancer and was buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS on 28 Dec 1945.


Headstone for L/Sto Alexander French


Webmaster's note:  The headstone for Alexander French lists him as RCNVR, however, he served during WW1 and would have served in the RNCVR.

GESNER, William Edward, Mate, OFF VR-205, RNCVR - Born 27 Jul 1876, Bell Isle, Annapolis Co., NS. Son of William and Mary Ann (nee Lay) Gesner. Husband of Margaret Gesner. William died 11 Sep 1951 at the Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS and was buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS on 14 Sep 1951.


Headstone for William Gesner


HMCS NIOBE - Listed on the books of NIOBE as Mate, RNCVR, Add'l 22 May 1917

CHEW, Donald Hamilton, Midshipman, O13458, RCN - Born in England, son of Harry and Lilly Chew.  Donald drowned 17 Jun 1955, age 21, after falling out of a boat in Bedford Basin. He was buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS on 16 Aug 1955.


Newspaper article on the death of Midshipman Chew - Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Saturday, 18 Jun 1955 (Researched by George Newbury)


Headstone for Mid. Donald Chew


HMCS TRINITY - Served in Trinity 1954-1955

McKENZIE, Donald, OS, 27139-H, RCN - Born 12 Mar 1933 in England, son of William and Florence (nee Thompson) McKenzie. Donald died 30 Jul 1954, AGE 21,  at the RCN Hospital, HMCS Stadacona, of pulmonary edema and renal failure. He was buried in the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS on 03 Aug 1954


Headstone for OS Donald McKenzie


HMCS MICMAC - Served in Micmac in 1954 as an OS, RCN

BUDD, Frank Edward, Sto PO, 1949 & 21154, LSGCM (1938), RCN - 81, Halifax, died Monday in Camp Hill Hospital. Born 30 Dec 1904 in England, on the Isle of Wight, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Budd of Montreal. He suffered a stroke seven years ago and had been a resident of Camp Hill Hospital since that time. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 26 years. Upon retirement from the navy he served with the Commissionaires for many years as paymaster. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Margaret Craig. The body is at Dartmouth Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Anthony's Church, Rev. John Williams officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charity. (Halifax Mail Star 23 Apr 1986)

SCHIVES, Thomas Jack, CPO, 9455-H, RCN - Died Sep 1993


(Halifax Herald 29 Sep 1993)

FLEMMING, Stanley R., Sto, RCNVR - Born 1916  Died 1993. Stanley  is buried Mount Calvary Cemetery, Ketch Harbour, NS.


Headstone for Sto Stanley Flemming

BOSS, Gary Ralston - aged 76 years, of Black River Road, Springhill, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 9, 2018. Born in Springhill, he was the son of Evelyn (Skidmore) Boss, Springhill, and the Late Eldon Boss. Gary will be forever remembered as a kind-hearted and gentle man, who loved his family more than anything else. He especially loved his 2 grandchildren Nova Boss and Evan Boss with all of his heart, and he was very proud of them. Gary retired as a Chief Warrant Officer from a proud military career, starting with the Royal Canadian Navy in April 1959, and ending with the Canadian Armed Forces in November 1992. Gary loved to regale everyone with tales of his time in the service, where he did everything from working on planes and helicopters, to dismantling and exploding bombs. He also loved old country music, western movies, spending time at his camp, and just being in the woods hunting and fishing. Gary is survived by his son, Troy (Karen) Boss of Moncton, NB; mother Evelyn (Skidmore) Boss, Springhill; sister Diana (Chuck) of BC; and brother Carman (Mirna) Boss of SK. He was predeceased by his wife Sylvia Boss, and son Robin Boss, both of Springhill. Cremation has taken place. As per Gary’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral. A meeting and celebration of Gary’s life will take place for close family and friends at a later date. Gary will be laid to rest with his wife and son in Rodney Cemetery, Cumb. Co., also at a later date. Dad, you will be so loved and missed by me and all of your family. I love and miss you, Mum, and Rob more than words can say, and I think of you all every day. I hope you are all together now and in peace. Thank you, Dad, for all you did for me over the years. You were the best Dad in the world. (Amherst News 21 Mar 2018)


Historical note:  Tuesday, April 14, 1959 The Mail-Star, Halifax, N.S. - 'RCN recruitment headquarters in Halifax last week signed on George Newbury as OSCKS, and Chas. Husbands as OSSWS, both of Halifax. Other enrolments included J. Sutton, Harvey Adams, E. Consineau, Denis Calder, Ken Elliott, Gary Boss, Gerry Porter, Ken Richardson and C. Murray.


THOMAS, Lloyd Gordon - Born in Thorold, ON on 14 Oct 1923. Died 23 Nov 2009


HMCS ALBERNI - Survived the sinking of HMCS ALBERNI

THOMAS, Gary John, RCN (11 Nov 1942, St Catharines, ON - 19 Dec 2017, Hamilton, ON) - Peacefully on December 19, 2017 in his 76th year. Beloved husband to Agnes "Nessie". Predeceased by his first wife Mamie. Loving father to Grant (Leona) and step father to Alan Wright (Mary-beth), Linda Moore and Ray Wright (Chris). Grandfather to Emma, Stewart and Poppy to Peyton. Dear brother to Janice (Rheo) and predeceased by siblings Brent, Lynne, John and Mark. His family will receive friends at the Cresmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Ave. E. on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. with vigil prayers at 8:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 20 Idlewood Ave. on Saturday, December 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated.



COOK, Jack, ERA (17 Feb 1924 - 20 Nov 2018) - It is with sadness in our hearts that we announce that Jack passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 20 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Beatrice, of 68 years. Jack is survived by two sisters-in-law, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Beth and Jean, as well as by his daughter Colleen (Peter), his grandsons, Chris (Lily) and Casey (Katelyn), and his great-granddaughter Jacklyn. Jack was also very fond of his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Jean and his brothers, Bill, Hugh, Robbie, Doug, Ian and Ken. Jack was born in Winnipeg where he attended Riverview and Kelvin schools. Shortly after graduating, the Second World War broke out and Jack enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy where he served as an Engine Room Artificer on the minesweeper HMCS Georgian. At the conclusion of the war Jack attended the University of Manitoba graduating with a degree in Interior Design. In 1968 he moved to Ottawa as the Interior Designer for Carleton University. When he retired in 1989 he held the position of Director, Physical Plant. Jack was an ardent curler and painter (he curled with three of his brothers for several years). In any organization that Jack belonged to, he was generous with his time serving in many volunteer capacities. He became president of both the Fort Rouge and the R.C.M.P. Curling Clubs. Jack and his wife Bea spent a number of years travelling in both Canada and the United States in their house trailer before building a cottage on the Upper Rideau Lake where they enjoyed many summers. Although retired, Jack "worked" diligently on several environmental concerns as President of the Upper Rideau Lake Association. In the Cook tradition Jack also enjoyed playing board games. He loved a game of chess with both his father-in-law in the early years and his son-in-law although he could not beat either. The family would like to thank Dr. Pham and the caring staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 3 between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Winnipeg Free Press 01 Dec 2018)



GRANT, John Chisholm, V83318, RCNVR - Died Sep 2017


GILLESPIE, Alastair William, Lt (P), RCNVR (01 May 1922 - 19 Aug 2018)


The Honourable Alastair William Gillespie, P.C., O.C., DLitt

After an outstanding innings of 96 and having “captained the side very well”, Dad quietly left the field of play in Toronto for the last time. Devoted husband of Diana Christie Clark for 63 years, and loving father of Cynthia Webb (Ian) and Ian (Lynn). Extremely proud and adored grandfather of Vanessa (Chip), Katie (Nick) and David Webb, Meredith (Pat) and Ian Gillespie. Beloved great-grandfather (GG) of Maddie and Finn Greene, Sarah, Michael, Emma and William Gambarotta, and Georgia and William Glinski. Fondly remembered by Shirley and Gavin Clark, Ian and Nancy Clark, Sheila Clark and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his cherished brothers, Ian (WWII) and Andrew and dear sister, Catriona.

Born in Victoria, B.C., son of Erroll and Catharine (Oliver) Gillespie, Dad attended St. Michael’s School and graduated from Brentwood College in 1941. He briefly attended UBC before entering Royal Roads Naval College for Officer Training in 1941 (RCNVR). Attaining the rank of Term Lieutenant in 1942, he served on naval convoys across the North Atlantic. Following the death, in action, of his brother Ian, an RCAF Beaufighter pilot on December 22, 1943, he joined the Fleet Air Arm as a fighter pilot flying Corsairs.

After the war, he attended McGill University (BCOM) and during his final year met the love of his life, the beautiful Diana Clark on a blind date. “She is one in a million”, he wrote to his parents and they were married in 1947. Having been selected as a Rhodes Scholar from B.C., they left for Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Queen’s College.

Returning to Toronto with an Oxford M.A., Dad began his business career at W. J. Gage & Company, a leading educational publisher in Canada. He moved up the ladder rapidly becoming a Vice-President and Director. In his spare time, he and some friends formed Coffee-Mat Services, an automatic coffee vending enterprise. Terrific value at 10 cents a cup with real cream, Dad would hasten to add. If not busy enough, he also taught Marketing courses at the University of Toronto Business School and later earned his Masters of Commerce degree. His business career moved to the conglomerate Canadian Corporate Management as a Vice-President and he served as President of several operating subsidiaries.

He described his parents as being “quite exceptional, stimulating and far-sighted” and having instilled in him the importance of public service and volunteerism, he ran as a Liberal candidate for the federal riding of Etobicoke in 1968 and was elected to the House of Commons in Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau’s government. In 1971, he was appointed the first Minister of State for Science and Technology. He was re-elected in 1972 and 1974 and served as Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (1972-1975) and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (1975-1979).

After leaving politics, following defeat in the 1979 election, he returned to business as Chairman of the brewer, Carling O’Keefe Limited, Chairman of the National Westminster Bank of Canada, and Chairman of the Scotia Coal Synfuels consortium as well as serving on the board of other private corporations. In the early 1980’s, Dad established Scotia Synfuels to acquire and rehabilitate the former Gulf Oil Refinery at Point Tupper, Nova Scotia. Disappointed that his vision could not be fully realized for the benefit of Cape Breton and the Atlantic provinces, he and the board of directors made the decision to sell the properties in 1992. He returned to the beer business in 1995 and with W.P. Wilder, acquired an interest in Creemore Springs Brewery which they subsequently sold ten years later after having received assurances the highly successful microbrewery would not move from its wonderful location in Creemore, Ontario.

His involvement in community service was extensive. He served on many boards including: the National Ballet School, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Lyndhurst Hospital, The Champlain Society, the Scottish Studies Foundation, The Gage Research Institute, and was President of the Canadian Opera Company.

In 1998, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his “maverick entrepreneurial spirit”, amongst other accolades.

Other significant recognition included receiving the ‘Scot of the Year Award’ in 2003 from the Scottish Studies Society and the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from Guelph University in 2008.

A highly accomplished rugby and cricket player from his Brentwood College and Royal Roads days, Dad continued with squash, tennis, skiing, fishing, golf and bridge which he enjoyed immensely with his family and many friends.

Other than British Columbia, his favourite retreat was his country property ‘Highwood’. It became the gathering place for five generations of family and their friends. He relaxed on weekends by undertaking various projects to continuously improve the property. He was passionate about preserving the rural environment and supported local initiatives such as the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and Green Durham Association.

In his eighties and underscoring the importance he attached to family history, he wrote: ‘Made in Canada – a Businessman’s Adventures in Politics’ as a reference for his descendants. It turned into a somewhat larger project than he first envisioned and was published in 2009.

He will always be remembered for his warmth, charm, generosity, sense of humour and distinguished good looks.

The family is very grateful to Elmo, Dad’s caregiver and companion of nine years, and Emy for their compassionate care. We also wish to thank the capable and considerate staff at Christie Gardens where Dad resided for a short period of time.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. A celebration of life will be held at Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto on Saturday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice relating to the environment or health would be appreciated. (Humphrey Funeral Home)



GELLING, William Henry, PO, RCN (served 17 Sep 1940 - 16 Jul 1945) - date of passing unknown.  Gone but not forgotten.

MILLER, David Jacob - It is with great sadness and much love that the family of David Jacob Miller announce his passing on Friday September 7, 2018 at the age of 78. David served in the Canadian Navy, was a retired Edmonton Police Officer, truck driver and a chartered bus driver. He was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Bernice Miller, sister Wilhelmina, brothers Wilbert, Alvin and Louis. He is lovingly remembered by his partner Celica McKinnon; daughter Chantelle (Dominic) and son Shawn (Andrea) and their mother Janice; sisters Jacqueline, Claudette (Jack), Marlene (Ron) and Victoria (Glen); numerous nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends. Cremation will take place and per David's wishes, no service will be held. The family asks that you celebrate and remember David in your own way. A special thank you to the staff at the Drumheller Hospital, Red Deer Hospital and Norwood Palliative care unit. Donations can be made to a charity of one's choice.

HALL, Robert, P1XT, 30279-E, RCN - Born 1931  Died 2018



STRANBERG, Kenneth, PO.SN, RCN - Born 1937  Died 2014


HMCS MACKENZIE - Served in Mackenzie C1976-1979 as a PO1

HALLAM, Reginald Harris, Naval Cadet, UNTD, RCN(R) (1927-2018) - Reg passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late Ernest Hallam and Sarah (Harris) Hallam. He graduated from Westville High School in 1945. He worked a year in the Coal Mine and then went on to graduate from St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish N.S. in 1950 with a Service degree and a commission in the R.C.N. (R) Prior to retirement in 1986 he worked as a geologist in the mining industry across Canada. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church, Westville, N.S. He cherished his memories of growing up in Westville. Riding his bike, playing baseball and hockey, fishing, delivering milk by horse and buggy and other odd jobs to save enough money to go see a show with his friends. He is survived by his wife Christina (Murphy) Hallam ; Daughters Patricia (Garth) Elgie Calgary, Alberta, Christine (Sam) Sidsworth, Richmond BC; Sons Michael (Debbie) Hallam Coquitlam, BC, Peter (Linda) Hallam, Coquitlam, BC; 8 wonderful Grandchildren and 9 precious Great Grandchildren; Sister Rhoda (Herb) Lays, Hopewell, NS He was predeceased by his parents, and younger brother Norman. Expression of Love and thankfulness to all his family and friends. (Amherst News 03 Nov 2018)



ROBERTSON, Roy Albert, Command Chief, Maritime Command - Our beloved husband and father Roy Albert Robertson passed away November 30, 2018. Loving husband and best friend for 71 years to wife Lillian (Ings); father to Gary (Tammy Dunn) and Patricia (Gerry Melanson); and proud grandfather of six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by siblings, Catherine and Ian Robertson. In 1942 Roy joined the Royal Canadian Navy. His father Major Albert Robertson, who served in both the First and Second World Wars, and brothers Ronald and Alexander were already serving in the war effort. Their younger brother Gerald later served in the Korean War. Roy was a veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic. He saw three ships sunk in one night five-seven miles outside of Halifax Harbour. He left the navy following demobilization and returned to farming at his family home in Mermaid, P.E.I. He rejoined the navy in 1949 and served in numerous appointments which culminated in a posting to Ottawa as the first Command Chief for Maritime Command. His territory encompassed both Canadian coasts and anywhere else in the world that Maritime Command members were situated. Because of his exceptional service and dedication to duty, he was recommended for the Order of Military Merit. After retiring, he returned to farming in Prince Edward Island and later made his home in Lake Echo. We are especially thankful for the outstanding compassion and care received from Dr. Banks, his staff; the paramedics who came to Roy's aid, and staff at both the Dartmouth General Hospital and Halifax Infirmary. A Celebration of Roy's Life will be held Friday, December 7th from 1-3 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Roy was the kindest, most gentle, and caring man you could ever hope to meet. We love you so - you will always be loved and cherished by your family and many friends. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 04 Dec 2018)

HENDERSON, Gerald Albert (Jerry), RCN - Age 84, of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Northwood Continuing Care. Gerald was a son of the late Thomas and Mable Henderson. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1958 until 1963; during that time he met the Age 84, of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Northwood Continuing Care. Gerald was a son of the late Thomas and Mable Henderson. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1958 until 1963; during that time he met the love of his life, Dorothy. They moved to Alberta for a short time, only to return to Nova Scotia to raise their family together in Lower Sackville. He was employed with Atlantic Oxygen for over 25 years. Jerry was the happiest when all of the family were together, especially during the holiday season. He is survived by his daughter, Laura (Tony Harvey); son, Al (Stephanie); grandson, Ryan Harvey; brothers, Hugh and Derek. He will be lovingly remembered by Dorothy Henderson. Predeceased by his brothers, Lester, Trevor, and Douglas; sisters, Helen McCurdy and Rosemary Weber. A special thank you to the staff of Northwood Continuing Care for their exceptional compassion and support. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 7th at 2 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., followed by an interment in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Rd. For those wishing, donations to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia would be appreciated. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 03 Dec2018)

LIGGINS, Arthur (Lucky), RCNVR - died circa 2008



AWREY, Donald C., CD, CPO1, RCN/RCNR - NRC Cert. Aero. Tech.(Ret) Don sailed into the sunset for the last time on December 1, 2018 at the age of 85 years leaving his crew on the jetty; Gail his soul mate and first mate and loving wife of 63 years, sons, Derek (Judy (deceased)) and Michael (deceased) and daughter Donna; his little sister Shirley and grandchildren; Dylan (Jessica), Angela and April and great-grandchildren; Arianna, Sophia, Mathew and Cali. Don began his career in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and served on HMCS Magnificent (air craft carrier) and HMCS Portage (mine sweeper) during the Korean war. On completion of his tour of duty in the RCN he and his new Nova Scotia wife Gail returned to Ottawa to begin a new career in civilian life. He joined the Defence Research Board and he and Gail along with his first born boy Derek were posted to Fort Churchill, Manitoba, Defence Research Northern Laboratory where he worked in the instrumentation lab evading the polar bears who wandered down between the rows of married quarters on the base. After several years in Fort Churchill, he and his family, Gail and now two boys Derek and Michael (deceased) were posted back to Ottawa Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment in the instrumentation section where he assisted in the instrumentation and launching of Canada's first Rocket launch "The Black Brant". Interested in Aerodynamics he joined the National Research Council High Speed Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel Group and remained as tunnel controller until his retirement in 1986 as a Certified Engineer Technologist. His interest in boating, building, marine life and the Navy led him to join the Naval Reserve at HMCS Carleton in 1961 where he trained young men and women in Naval Military discipline, retiring after twenty years of service in 1981 as Chief Petty Officer 1. He was also involved in many sporting activities; badminton, tennis, bowling and curling. He served on the Board of Directors for the Recreation Association (RA) for sixteen years receiving a life membership. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Federal Superannuate's National Association where he assisted in the development of the first branch computer data bank of members. Don's building skills led him to build; a castle type cottage on Blue Sea Lake in QC, remodel his home in Ottawa/Nepean and the building of a Wave Runner 25 foot yacht in his backyard (marine life). Don was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Friends may pay respects at the Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery 3700 Prince of Wales Drive 613-692-1211 Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Private Family Interment . In lieu of flowers donations to the Ottawa Humane Society are appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 04 Dec 2018)


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