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)


WATCHORN, Lloyd - late of Campbell River, BC.  Date of passing unknown

MALLETTE, Raymond A., Tel, RCNVR - (1925-2012) - Passed away peacefully at the Kirkland & District Hospital on January 17, 2012 with his family at his side. Raymond served in the Royal Canadian Navy WWII; enlisted in April 1943 and discharged in October 1945, his official rank being a Telegrapher. He began his teaching career at Sault Tech in 1950 and soon after, became the principal at KLCVI from 1965 to 1982. Raymond remained very active within the Holy Name Parish community. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years Elizabeth Mary “Dorothy“ (née Coyle); his son Christopher; his parents Alphonse E. Mallette and Ella M. (née Parker) Mallette; his siblings Helen, Harold and Cyril Mallette. Raymond is survived and forever remembered by his brothers Greg (Rosemary), Bill (Anne) Mallette; his brother-in-law Jack and Angela Coyle. Dearly missed by his sons; Raymond J. (Joanne), Philip (Marilyn), Gerry (Lorrie) and Brian; daughters Patricia, Sheri Lynn (Jeff) Snow; daughter in law Lorna Mae Mallette; also special friend Denise Jibb; his precious 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Monette & French Funeral Home (450 Government Rd W, Kirkland Lake, ON, P2N 3L1) Thursday, January 19th, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Kirkland Lake. Donations in his memory may be made to Covenant House (20 Gerrard St, East, Toronto, ON, M5B 1S9) or to the Canadian Cancer Society (61 Main Street, Kirkland Lake, ON., P2N 3E4).



CORRIGAN, William Joseph (1947-2019) - 71, Birchtown, passed away peacefully at home ,with his wife by his side, on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Born in Scotland he was a son of the late William and Jean (English) Corrigan. William spent a few years in the RCN and following this he was employed as a chef in Alberta. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. William enjoyed putting models together and watching television. He is survived by his wife, the former Jessie Davis; sons, John (Cindy) and William ( Sarah); daughter Carrie (Cliff); sister, Brenda Corrigan; grandchildren, Jordan, Tyra, Gillian, Caury, William Jacob, Simone, Kiera and Kohan. Cremation has taken place under the direction of H.M. Huskilson’s Funeral Homes & Crematorium Ltd. There will be no visitation or service. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

BENN, Douglas Herbert, Capt. (N), RCN (09 Sep 1929 - 17 Jan 2019) - passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital on Thursday, January 17, 2019, with his wife at his side. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1929, he was predeceased by his parents. Thomas Herbert Benn and Lily Benn, and his daughter-in-law Renate (Douglas Jr.). He is survived by his wife Susan, and his three children, Janis (Rob, Edmonton), Douglas (Orangeville) and Martin (Vancouver) and grandson William (Ottawa). As a young man, Douglas joined the Royal Navy in England as a technical apprentice, then attended Britannia College for officer training. A year later, he moved on to the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon, for his Bachelor's degree. He completed his education at The Advanced Engineering College in Greenwich, London where he obtained his MSC ("E" Dagger course). While in the RN he served on three cruisers, HMS Devonshire, HMS Gambia, HMS Liverpool and three aircraft carriers, HMS Implacable, HMS Indomitable, and the post-war ARC ROYAL. Douglas then came to Canada as an exchange officer, moving to the Canadian Navy for the St. Laurent class destroyer program of 21 ships. From Ottawa, Douglas moved to the west coast as Engineer Officer of HMCS Ottawa. He then served at the HMC dockyard in Esquimalt, finishing as acting Master of the Engineering Department. After Esquimalt, Douglas was posted to Ottawa for the Tribal Class Program where he instigated a change from steam propulsion to computer-controlled gas turbine derivative propulsion. From Ottawa, Douglas moved on to Pratt & Whitney in Montreal, Quebec, to oversee the Tribal Class project to conclusion. The program was delivered on time and satisfactorily, one million dollars under budget. After Quebec, it was on to Kingston, where he completed a one-year course at National Defense College. After Kingston, he moved to Maritime Command at the Halifax dockyard as Director of Engineering and Maintenance and then Director of Engineering and Maintenance of the Fleet on the Admiral's staff. After an extension of residence, he moved back to Montreal, in the green uniform era, as Commanding Officer for technical residence for the Number 2 Technical Agency for Quebec and Eastern Ontario. After retirement from the Navy, Douglas returned to Ottawa in a civilian role for a four-year period at DND to co-ordinate support services from the engineering and maintenance staff of headquarters and then a further four years of naval support when the program was doubled. Douglas took his final retirement in Ottawa, where he remained. The family would like to thank the LHIN case manager, Carolyn, and the nurses and staff at Elizabeth Bruyere for their kind attentiveness and care in his final days. Friends and Family are invited to visit at Beechwood Cemetery and Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa from 2 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019, until time of Funeral Service in the Sacred Space at 3 p.m., with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Lung Cancer Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 21 Jan 2019)



DICKER, William Frank - beloved husband of the late Peggy Dicker, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. He was ninety-two years of age. The funeral will be held on Friday, January 18 at 2:00pm at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Pastor Steve Rosluk officiating.


At the age of 92, William Frank Dicker passed away peacefully and quickly at his home in Yorkton. Predeceased by his wife Peggy (Jan. 30th 2018); son Doug; parents Frank and Ann; sisters Betty Short and Pat Wiley; and by a brother Fred Dicker. Bill is survived by his son Jim of Yorkton; daughter-in-law Jann (Antler Lake, AB); grandson Dustin (Shantell) (Elk Island, AB); great grandchildren: McKenzie and Dylan; a sister-in-law, Shirley Dicker of Edmonton, as well as Peggy's family and numerous nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Yorkton, Bill was a typical young boy, swimming in the local 'Bows' river with friends, helping with the local harvest, and excelling at school. His pranks at school were legendary and remembered fondly by his school chums over the years. When World War II started Bill and his fellow school mates were the first to sign up, and of course, some were under age. Assigned to the Royal Canadian Navy, he spent three years on the HMCS Uganda. His tour included the Pacific and Atlantic war theatres. As typical with a lot of war veterans, he did not speak of his experiences much, but when he did, he had an attentive audience. Upon returning from war, like most vets, he was offered land or schooling for a trade or profession. Bill chose schooling and travelled to Vancouver to pursue a trade in refrigeration. During this time in Vancouver, he was offered a blind date with a young woman named Peggy Beattie. At the time money was very tight, and transportation was needed! Bill and his friend and fellow vet Huey Betts purchased two used Ariel motorcycles. Bill's future mother-in-law told him that she did not want to hear "that loud contraption" around her home in North Vancouver. He would be relegated to pushing his bike to and from their home! After a brief courtship and romance, Bill and Peggy were wed in North Vancouver on March 12, 1949. With schooling complete they decided to head east back to Yorkton. They made one stop in Edmonton to work for Bill's father who was involved with the first oil strike in Leduc, Alberta. After six months in the oil patch, they made their way to Yorkton. After a brief job with International Harvester, Bill and Peggy started North Eastern Refrigeration. Bill was very busy year round and they grew the business large enough to have a comfortable living. It was in this time when two little boys joined the family, Doug in 1953 and Jim in 1958. In the early seventies Bill and Peggy decided to sell the business, and it was purchased by Wally Schmidt and his family. The business exists todays as Penguin Refrigeration. Retirement did not sit well with Bill, and in 1973, he started another business in Yorkton with Ken Tate. The endeavor was called Sportsland and sold snowmobiles and boats and outboard motors. The building was located at the present site of today's McDonalds in Yorkton. Feeling the need for another retirement, they sold the business so Bill could put more effort in to rebuilding their cottage at Madge Lake, and he did just that. Over the years they rebuilt the little cabin into a year round cottage that they and family and friends enjoyed winter and summer. Many Christmas's were spent at Madge Lake. The annual tree was cut fresh from the forest around the cabin and it was truly a winter wonderland. Bill and Peggy travelled very little, but when they did, it was very epic. A trip to Spain in 1977 with friends, the Carnduffs, Sharrocks, and Korbs, and a cruise to Alaska with Peggy's sister and husband along with Irving and Carol Fraser was the extent of their globe-trotting. Fishing and hunting were a big part of Bill's life. Both activities put lots of food in the freezer for many years and as some in attendance can attest, he was a very happy man when in the boat or on a hunt with his best friend. Snowmobiling was also a big part of family life for Bill. From the mid 60's with the Carnduff's. Winter weekends were spent with family and friends to wherever the little machines would take them. At the peak of this adventure, was the racing. His competitive side came roaring to the forefront, and he loved nothing more than to have the young people drop in to the garage at home for some of "The Mechanics Special Fine Tuning." Bill had some very special traits. His integrity was second to none. If he said he was going to be somewhere, do something or help someone, it was written in stone. His handshake was his word. In the 1990's, Bill and Peggy sold their time share condo at Fairmont Hot Springs. The buyer suggested they have a lawyer to handle the transaction. Bill stuck out his hand and claimed, "This is all we need." Generosity was also a deep trait for Bill. If someone asked or needed help, he was there. His advice was highly regarded over the years. Bill was a very proud naval veteran and a very proud member of the Yorkton Branch of the Legion. He missed very few Remembrance Day ceremonies and attended almost all of the color parties he was asked to attend. The loss of their son Doug in 1996 was heartbreaking, as well as the loss of Peggy in 2018, Bill's beloved wife of 68 years. Bill's health took a bit of a slide since Peggy died on January 30 of 2018, but he kept a brave face and struggled along. He was hospitalized briefly in November, but came out swinging. On January 8 at 8:00 pm he passed away suddenly and peacefully. After a nice supper of soup and sandwich, at home, at the dining room table, with his son sitting across from him, he was gone. God bless this one of a kind and wonderful man.


HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda during WW2

THIBAULT, Andre, PO2 - Died Jan 2019



DICKIE, Peter Bryan (1970-2018) - With great sadness, the family of Peter Dickie, of Long Reach, announces his unexpected death on September 12, 2018. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife, Pam (Titus) Dickie and their three beautiful daughters, Julia (15), Jenna (12) and Kate (6), whom he fondly referred to as his Dickie Chicks. Peter was born in Wolfville, NS in 1970 and attended school in Gander, Fredericton, Saint John and Rothesay. He served eight years in the Navy, followed by sales industry management positions in the Saint John area. He loved his wife and children, all seasons of outdoor activities – boating, fishing, 4-wheeling, and in earlier years, windsurfing, hockey and skiing. He enjoyed his guitar and was proud that his daughters sang so well. He was proud of their academic achievements and their enthusiastic, athletic and creative activities. He was an active member of Long Reach United Church. Peter is survived by his mother, Barb Gibson (Eric Janes) of Rothesay, his father, Bryan Dickie of P.E.I, his in-laws, Ross and Anne (Thompson) Titus of Gorham’s Bluff; his brother, Jay (Shelly) Dickie and children Taylor (15) and Ryan (12) of Swift Current, Sask.; his brother-in-law, Mike Titus (Nicole) and children Emily (17), Nick (15) and Carly (9) of Moncton; stepsiblings, Sandy Janes of N.Y. and Kevin Janes of Dominican Republic. He will also be deeply missed by Gladys Titus "Nanny Gladys" (95) as well as other extended family which includes a "gaggle" of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in NB, who are all wonderful friends to the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Kennebecasis Community Funeral Home, 152 Pettingill Road, Quispamsis (849-2119) where a Celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow. Private Burial. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in memory of Peter may be made to NBFHSA (New Brunswick Federation Home and School Assoc.) or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

WILSON, Robert Earle (Bob), RCN / C.A.F. - Age 83, of Lower Sackville, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, January 21, 2019. Born in Toronto, Ont., he was a son of the late William Wilson (of Irvine, Scotland) and Evelyn (Stoddart) Wilson (of Whitehaven, England). Bob Age 83, of Lower Sackville, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, January 21, 2019. Born in Toronto, Ont., he was a son of the late William Wilson (of Irvine, Scotland) and Evelyn (Stoddart) Wilson (of Whitehaven, England). Bob served proudly in the Royal Canadian Navy, Halifax for 28 years and was employed as an avionics technician with IMP which he greatly enjoyed. During his pre-retirement he was a Cross-guard at Caudle Park for many years, before finishing his working career as a greeter at Walmart. He volunteered at the Lake District Recreation Association Bingo in Lower Sackville and the Steering Committee of the Royal Canadian Legion, Calais Branch 162 where he made many friends. His greatest achievement was building the family home in Lower Sackville, where he resided until his death. He enjoyed gardening and took great pride in his property. In the summer time you would always see him outside with his wheel barrow. Most of all he enjoyed the time spent with his family, especially the grandchildren, they were his pride and joy. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret (Praught); loving children, David (Renee), Barb, Brian (Tara) and Cathy (Blair); cherished grandchildren, Charlee, Joey, Luke, Sami, Joelle, Brayden and Riley; sisters, Betty Manning, Newfoundland; Jeanne Lisenchuk (Jack), Ontario; stepbrother, Gerald, Ontario; and stepsister, Barbara, Ontario; sisters-in-law, Alice and Marie. Predeceased by his brothers, Bill, Fred, and Norm; and daughter, Donna Saunders. A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr. The funeral service will take place on Friday, January 25th at 11 a.m. in St. John Vianney Church, 4 Beaver Bank Rd., followed by a reception in the Royal Canadian Legion Calais Branch 162 at 1 p.m., 45 Sackville Cross Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA would be appreciated as Bob was a lover of animals, especially his best friend and furry companion, Whiskey. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 23 Jan 2019)


KIMPTON, James (Jim), Able Seaman (1923-2000) - 23 May 2000. Fondly loved and deeply mourned, Heart of my heart, I miss you so; Often my darling, my tears will flow; Dimming your picture where'er I go; 'Tis sad but true, I will abide Until some day we'll be side by side. Your wife Shirley and family. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 11 May 2001)


Portrait of Seaman Kimpton


HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Listed in Prince Henry's 1943 crew photo

CHARLEY, William Russell (Chick) - Born May 2nd, 1939 in Wetaskiwin, AB, and passed away at his home in Okanagan Falls, BC, on January 21st, 2019. He is survived by his wife Kathy Charley (née Riley); son Jim (Jodi) Charley; daughter Lisa (Greg) Gibbs; daughter Chanelle Jennings (Jonas Lewis); brother John (Sherry) Charley and brother in law Leroy Lorenz. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Taylor (Ryan) Bentley, Payton Charley (Nick Labrosse), Katherine, Kyla and Slade Gibbs, Dayton and Kyera Lewis, as well as many extended family and friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents Walter and Marion (née Strand) Charley; his first wife Beverly (née Hampton) Charley and his sister Hilda Lorenz. Bill was raised in North Vancouver and after proudly spending 4 years in the Navy, and traveling the world, he settled in his home town and started a family. He lived in North Vancouver for 72 years, where he had Esplanade Autobody, and finished his career as an estimator with ICBC. In the early years of the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association, he spent many hours coaching his son and other local youth, which created a bond with many. Hockey remained a big part of his life through the years… never giving up on his beloved Canucks! In the later years, Bill enjoyed spending time on his boat with Kathy… traveling up the Sunshine Coast, and revisiting his love of painting. He was a truly lovable man, and will forever be missed. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services & Crematorium, Penticton (250-493-4112) (The North Shore News 25 Jan 2019)

COX, Lorne William, Lieutenant, RCN (UNTD) (1931 - 2019) - Lorne passed away peacefully in his 88th year surrounded by his family at North York General Hospital. Lorne was a Lieutenant in the Canadian Navy stationed in Halifax and Victoria, referring to them fondly as his "Navy Days". He graduated with Honours from McGill University, Bachelor of Commerce Class of '53 and was a member of Kappa Rho Tau Fraternity. Lorne went onto become a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, The Montreal Star and ended his career contentedly with Tax Save Consultants. Lorne was predeceased by Norma in 2010, his loving wife. He is survived by his brother Bruce (Joni), San Bernardino, CA, his children Beverly (John), Burlington, Lloyd, Warren (Jennet), Toronto and Kathy (James), Ottawa, his granddaughters Cailinn (Andrew) and Robyn (Steve) and his companion of recent years, Pam Cumming. Lorne loved to travel, specifically cruising. He was a keen curler at Bayview Country Club. He was an avid sports fan and amateur statistician of the Montreal Expos and more recently the Toronto Blue Jays, rarely missing a game, even in the lean years. Lorne was a dedicated newspaperman and the day wasn't finished until he had watched the nightly episode of The National. For many years he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his cottage on Bevans Lake near Weir, Quebec. Lorne's life will be celebrated at Forest Grove United Church in North York on Saturday, February 2nd at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Salvation Army. (Toronto Star 26 Jan 2019)



DALSIN, Clifford J., PO2.TAS, RCN - (1926-2007) -  Stationed in Halifax for 1 year then the remainder of his career was spent in Esquimalt.  In the March 1951 Martime Amateur Boxing Championships held in Halifax, AB C.J. Dalsin was part of Crusader Division's winning boxing team.





KING, Alan - WW2 Navy Veteran. From Montreal. Date of passing unknown.  (info from obituary of his son, Michael G. King who passed away in Toronto on 16 Jan 2019)


RICHARDSON, Donald Bruce (Rick), Signalman, 19629-H, RCN - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Bruce 'Rick' Richardson (83) of London, Ontario on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. After a period of failing health, he died peacefully with Carol at his side. Greatly loved and dedicated husband, beloved father, kind and gentle grandfather, accomplished businessman and respected mentor. Born in London Ontario, Rick grew up on Hamilton Road East and attended Medway High School. Rick left London at age 17 to join the Royal Canadian Navy where he served on 9 ships and 3 shore establishments including the Iroquois (Korean Veteran), and a World Tour with the Duke Of Edinburgh on HM Yacht Britannia, and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway with her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower on board. As a handsome young sailor in Halifax, Rick met the love of his life, Carol, with whom he continued to hold hands and share abundant adventures over 61 years. After starting a family Rick retired from naval service and began a successful sales career with Investors syndicate. Through his service with the Dartmouth Jaycees he was introduced to the wonderful world of radio. From sales at CHNS in Halifax to CKGM in Montreal to Sales Manager and eventual Station Manager of CKWW in Windsor, Rick fell in love with Radio. Returning to his roots in London, Rick purchased CJOE in 1972. Rebranding and reformatting overnight, the new CJBK became the number one local radio station. The success of CJBK led Rick to establish the first Country and Western station in Southwestern Ontario, BX-93 and also to purchase CHOK in Sarnia. Rick served as president of the Dartmouth Jaycees, on the curriculum committee for Fanshawe College Radio Arts Program, Advisory Committee for the London Art Gallery and Museum, on the board of Orchestra London and PACT. Rick and Carol were the first land donors to the Thames Talbot Land Trust (Meadowlily Nature Preserve). A believer in creating businesses out of his hobbies, Rick established Flag Yacht Corporation. His love of ships and the sea also led to extensive world travels. This passion inspired his visionary development of the London International Boat Show. Rick's "retirement" years were spent as president of Richardson Investment Corporation. He was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time in Nova Scotia and Florida. Rick was respected for his bold, brave, creative personality, his positive thinking, goal setting, his love for family, and his ability to stop a conversation with one word or a raised eyebrow. His reputation as a skilled negotiator and the ability to be both firm and fair will always be remembered. Rick's sage advice, counsel and great wit will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Carol, his children; Bruce (Joanne) London, Lynn (Greg Mills) Toronto, Sue-Anne (Alex Hart) London and Alexandria VA. His grandchildren Tristin, Jazmine, Brandon, Jade, Hanna, Dylan (Jayde), Samuel, Olivia, Adam, Saffire, Sophie and great-grandchildren, Nova, Jet, Leilani. Rick was predeceased by his father Bruce; mother Jean; stepfather Peter; infant son Grant William and Brother Jim. Thanks to the dedicated and caring service of the LIHN, palliative care team, PSWs and Nurses who made it possible for Rick to stay at home with family. Rick always referred to life's end as 'the Next Great Adventure'. Bon Voyage, Rick! Rick's Bon Voyage Gathering Visitation Saturday February 2nd, 10:30 a.m. Service to follow St. Paul's Cathedral 472 Richmond St,London Ontario. In lieu of flowers, if you so desire donations to Salvation Army, ReForest London or Mission Services London are appreciated. (Globe and Mail, 25 jan 2019)


Photo of Signalman Richardson


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois during her 3rd Korean War tour as an AB.CV1, RCN


CARSON, William Keith, RCN - Age 52, of 9 Dorothy Drive, Sackville, died Monday at home. Born in Toronto, he was the son of the late William and Doris Carson. He served 25 years in the Royal Canadian navy, retiring in 1967, and at the time of his death was bookkeeper with Mobile Concrete. HE was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Waverley branch 95; Bedford Lodge 104 AF and AM; and a member of Knox United Church Sackville. Surviving are his wife, the former Joan Titus; two sons, Blair and John, both at home; a brother, Jack, Victoria, BC. The body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Knox United Church, Sackville, Rev. Doyle Prior officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any charity. (Halifax Mail Star 14 Sep 1976 - Researched by George Newbury)

LIGHTHALL, James Wilson, RCN - Age 86, of Dartmouth, passed away January 26, 2019 in Ocean View Continuing Care Centre. Born in Picton, Ont., he was the son of James Green Lighthall and Marietta Lighthall. James worked at Humpty Dumpty Foods for 23 years, Frito Lay Age 86, of Dartmouth, passed away January 26, 2019 in Ocea View Continuing Care Centre. Born in Picton, Ont., he was the son of James Green Lighthall and Marietta Lighthall. James worked at Humpty Dumpty Foods for 23 years, Frito Lay for two years and the Navy for five years. He served on the Bonaventure. In 1949 he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. His hobbies included: coaching sports, playing baseball, hockey and pool. He earned many volunteer awards and was a Legion member. Survived by daughters, Penny Lighthall, Sherry MacKay (Scott), Deborah Best (Linden); sons, Dale Lighthall (Lynn), Chris Lighthall; sister, Margo Cooper (Herb); eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wives, Myrna Lighthall, Annette Lighthall; partner, Betty Lehr. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 31st at 2 p.m. in Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Rd., Rev. James Haughn officiating with interment following in Lawrencetown Cemetery. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 28 Jan 2019)



LANGEVIN, Philip Bernard, RCN - Age 69, Halifax. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad who left this world peacefully in the arms of his wife and son on January 23, 2019 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Phil was born on June 20, 1949 in Belleville, Ont., to Age 69, Halifax. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad who left this world peacefully in the arms of his wife and son on January 23, 2019 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Phil was born on June 20, 1949 in Belleville, Ont., to Leonard and Lucille (Morin) Langevin. In Phil's early years, he served in the Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Bonaventure, and while at port in Halifax, he met his loving wife, Jean. He went on to work for CN Rail, and later, Via Rail where he continued until retirement. Phil had a presence that was larger than life. He was very witty, quick with a joke, and a great storyteller. He loved yard sales and had a huge flea market family who sought him out every Sunday for time in the chair next to him. Phil loved his wife, his family and his dog, Baby. Phil will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean Langevin (McNeill); son, Peter (Darlene) Langevin; daughters, Lia (Darren) Hamm, Diane Langevin (Mike Smith); mother, Lucille Langevin (Morin); sisters, Muriel (Joe), Pauline, Jackie, Helene (Bill), Janet (Wayne); granddaughters, Casey, Sarah; grandson, Elijah; great-grandson, Trexton. He was predeceased by his father, Leonard Langevin (of Tweed, Ont.). Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. There will be a private family Celebration of Life on Thursday, January 31st. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and care providers at the IMCU, and everyone who touched our lives by caring so deeply for our Dad. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 28 Jan 2019)



KOHARSKI, Nicholas (Nick), C1ERA, RCN / C.A.F. (21 May 1927 - 09 Nov 2005) - 78, Dartmouth, born in Brandon, Man., May 21, 1927, passed away November 9, 2005, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after 25 years as a marine engineer, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He was predeceased by his wife, Cora. He is survived by daughter, Linda (Robert); sons, Donald (Susan), Terry (Bonnie), Marty; grandchildren, Jamie, Kevin, Jennifer, Michael, Shae. He was an avid minor hockey fan and bingo player. His strength, spirit and humour were an inspiration to all around him, especially during his illness. He lived for his family and grandchildren who commonly knew him as "Poppy". Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today, with a Legion service at 7 p.m., in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 11, in 12 Wing Shearwater Chapel, Eastern Passage. No flowers by request. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. (Halifax Herald 10 Nov 2005)


Nick Koharski is listed in the April 1954 edition of the Crow's Nest magazine as an LSEM1 and in the April 1958 edition as a P2EM2


HMCS HURON - Served in Huron circa 1953-1954

HMCS COLUMBIA - Commissioning Crew


CARPENTER, Chester, PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 77 years of Lakeside. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of retired Warrant Officer Chester Carpenter who passed away on July 26th, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer. Chester was born October 15th, 1937, the son of the late Ira and Doris Carpenter. He was also predeceased by his brother, Ronald. Chester is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Sampson) Carpenter of 58 years and his sons, Joe and Terry; grandchildren, Richard and Michael and his favorite granddaughter, April, along with his brothers, Arthur (Bev) and Ernest (Carol). Chester served 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Association. No service or visitation by request.

AUSTIN, Gerald Blake Anthony (Jerry), 14350-H, RCN / C.A.F (21 May 1933 - 08 October 2018) - It is with deep sadness that Gerald’s family announces his passing away peacefully at Strathroy General Hospital, surrounded by loving family, at the age of 85 years. RCN decorated Korean War Veteran 1950-1953, whose total naval service was from 1950-1975. LTC Transit driver in London, Ontario 1975-1995. Gerald (Jerry) is lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 63 years, Mary Rosaline Austin (née Martell); his four sons, Richard, Peter, James, John; and daughter, Natalie. He was blessed with ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, whom he greatly adored. Jerry was predeceased by his father, Richard Blake Austin (Asheville, North Carolina); his mother, Dorothy Sylvia Austin Lattimore (London, Ontario); and his brothers, Richard Edward Austin, James Kenneth Austin, and sister, Marian Jean Muir (née Austin). He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17 and, after initial training, went to the Korean War. For the duration of his naval career he served on several RCN ships as a weapons technician, operator and instructor. Upon retiring from the RCN, Jerry moved his family back to his home in London, Ontario and became a London Transit Bus driver from 1975-1995. In retirement, Jerry’s hobbies included Austin Family Genealogy, gardening, and caring for his many pets and wild birds. He was an avid story teller with many humorous anecdotes, which he thoroughly enjoyed sharing with laughter. Jerry was a proud veteran and for several years was a staunch supporter and member of Royal Canadian Naval Association (London), Korea Veterans Association, and Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping. There will be an interment at Woodland Cemetery, 493 Springbank Drive, London, Ontario on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life reception at the Berkshire Club, 500 Berkshire Drive, London, Ontario at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jerry are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society London and Middle. “FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS” Charitable donations may be made to: Alzheimer Society London.


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida as a PO2, RCN 1956-1957

KINOSHAMEG, Charles William Joseph (Bill), Gchi-Mookmaanens (Little Big Knife), RCN (04 Sep 1935 - 22 Jul 2018) - 82 years. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Stella (King). Brother of Raymond (Lyla), Phyllis, James (Rosella). Special brother of Paul (predeceased). Uncle of Sheila (Raymond), Nancy (Mike), Ashley, Leia, Lindy (Leslie), Cindy (Kevin), Samantha (Mshukwad), and Nur-William. Special uncle of Keya, Jack and Liberty. Great uncle of Nathan, Evangelista, Sunshine, Samuel, Tanner, Alani, Nakao, James, Lawrence, William, Emily and Leonard. Great-great uncle of Easton. Godfather of Sheila and Alissa. Dear friend of Mary Powell. Bill started his journey peacefully, loved and surrounded by family. Although Bill was born in Wikwemikong, he attended the Garnier Residential School for Boys in Spanish, Ontario, where he excelled in many sports including football, hockey and track and field eventually winning him the Tom Longboat Award for All Sports Athlete. His love for the outdoors, water and travelling took him to work in the mines of Elliot Lake and Wawa; also leading him into the Royal Canadian Navy. His time with the RCN lead him to a presentation of a totem pole as The Queen of England was the audience. Bill furthered his education for the electrical engineering field through York, Ryerson and Trent University, leading him to work at the Toronto General Hospital, General Electric and eventually Trent University. Bill was a long-time resident of Toronto where he became involved with the Toronto Indian Club as president; Habitat for Humanity; The Canadian Hearing Society: where he learned sign language; Senior Citizens Group; Association of Energy Analysts; and Director and President of Wigwamen, where he has been honoured with an activity room and a scholarship award in his name. Two of his favourite charities are the Round Table International and the Variety Club. He has volunteered for Operation Red Nose for many years and has also been a long-time supporter of the Red Cross where he received an award for 100th donation. He also had a love for reading, golf, photography, cave exploring, Nascar, classical and Dixieland jazz music. He liked canoe trips, kayaking and scuba diving. Bill was also a great fan of the Wiky Redmen, the Toronto Maple Leafs and of course the Green Bay Packers. Bill will be missed by his family and friends, whether they were coworkers or adventure enthusiasts. “Never say can’t, just go and show ‘em!” -Bill Kinoshameg Resting at the Lougheed Funeral Home 252 Regent St., at Hazel St. (Friends may call from 2-4; 7-9pm Wednesday,) thence to rest at the South Bay Center (Friends may call after 6pm Thursday) Memorial Mass at Holy Cross Mission, Wikwemikong Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 11am In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northern Cancer Foundation or Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. 

BROWN, Kenneth Frederick, Lt, RCN - age 85, of Dartmouth. With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who "crossed the bar" peacefully on January 28, 2019 in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, surrounded by his loving family. Born in London, Ont. on May 8, 1933, he was a son of Fred and Margaret (Merriman) Brown. Dad served as a Naval Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years, including time on HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Sioux, and HMCS Bonaventure. The strong lifelong friendships made during his Naval service were treasured dearly by him, of which at least two were rekindled during his short time at Camp Hill. He has now "joined the Delta" with several others. Upon retirement from the Navy, Dad worked for Sport Nova Scotia as Executive Director for competitive swimming. During this time, he served as Chef de Mission for the Nova Scotia Swim Team at Canada Games, and as Team Manager for the Canadian National Swim Team at the Pan American Games in 1971. He then worked for several years for the Province of Nova Scotia as Business Manager for Residential schools in Shelburne and Truro. Dad had always been actively involved in his community, volunteering for many groups and organizations, including Woodlawn United Church, various seniors’ groups and committees, Shearwater Aviation Museum, Kiwanis Club, and Nova Scotia Liberal Party. He was also a strong supporter of Dartmouth General Hospital. Dad was very proud of his family who brought him great joy and happiness. He will be greatly missed by many, especially his children, Michael (Darlene), Danny (Cathy), Sharon (Danny) Berrigan; his grandchildren, Anthony (Pam), Jennifer (Matthew) Larkin, Colin (Paula) Berrigan, Michael (Samantha) Berrigan, Gina (Kent), and Rose, and his great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Michael, Isabelle, and Donnie who brought him so many smiles and much laughter over the past five years. He is also survived by his loving sister, Shirley (Howard) Pettit; niece, Brenda (George) Seymour, and nephew, Greg (Karen) Pettit, all of Ontario. Dad was predeceased by his parents, as well as infant sister, Grace. Dad's family wishes to thank Dr. Peter Lee and Dr. Robyn MacFarlane, the VON, and the amazing staff of V6 East at Camp Hill for their wonderful care. A Celebration of Life will take place in Woodlawn United Church on Saturday, February 2nd, at 2 p.m., with a reception following in the church hall. Memorial donations may be made in Dad's memory to Woodlawn United Church or Shearwater Aviation Museum. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook, NS, B4P 1B9 (902-679-2822). 


HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1954 for training

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent, VS-881 SQN in 1956

HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux in 1959 as OpsO

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville in 1961 as OpsO

HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure HS-50 SQN in 1967

CORMIER, Gary A., RCN (1942 - 2018) - age 76, died on January 23, 2019 at Melbourne Holmes Hospital in Florida from Pancreatic Cancer. He was born in Barachois, NB, Canada, the son of late Aurel and Odila (Caissie) Cormier. He was the second oldest of eight children; Leophane (Anise), Josette (Paul), Rosario (Joanie), Guy (Sarah), Francis (Grace) and Roland (Joann), and sister-in-law, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Claudette Cormier, and his two children, Brian (Natalia) and Nadine (Eddie), and his grandchild, Nicolas. Besides his parents, Gary was predeceased by his brother, Abbé. From a young age, Gary always chased an adventure and moved to Toronto, then later served in the Canadian Navy (where he went to Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Ireland, Amsterdam and Bermuda), followed by a year and a half in Anaheim and Santa Ana, California working at a plant for GM. He went back to Canada, met his wife Claudette and moved to Connecticut where they married in 1967. In 1968, he moved to Northport, New York to start his career as a Commercial Lobsterman on Long Island sound, with a short stint in Montauk, New York, to tackle the ocean, then back to Northport, NY until early 1975. In 1975, he moved back to Canada, where he was a Contractor (Hardwood Flooring and Fancy woodworking). In early 1986, he missed the water and a full throttle life and moved back to Northport, NY to resume his career as a commercial fisherman until he later retired in 1998. The balance of his life was spent between Florida in the winters and Canada in the Summer where he loved to be outdoors, gardening, and landscaping his land. The family will receive condolences at Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, 396 Main Street, Shediac on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 from 2pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm and Friday, from 9:00am to 10:00am. The funeral will be held at Sacré-Coeur Roman Catholic Church, 944 Route 933, Haute Aboujagane, NB on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 10:30am. In memory of Gary, a contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. (The Telegraph-Journal)

WAUGH, William Robert (Bob), LCdr, RCNR (1917-2015) - Died on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in St. Catharines after a brief illness, at the age of 97. Beloved husband of the late Audrey Bernice Graydon Waugh U.E. (June 1, 2009). Loving father of Peter and Stephen (Christine), cherished grandfather of Daniel (Carmela and their children Enrica and Nico), David (Emily) and Peter, all of California and Jesse, England, dear brother of Elizabeth Mayfield (Bill), Toronto. Bob will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by brothers; John and Ross and sister; Margaret Bailey. Bob was Lieutenant Commander RCNVR during WW II. He retired from General Motors - Canada and USA after 51 years of service. After retiring Bob continued with the Financial Executive Institute of Canada, with Canadian Institute for the Blind and also gave his time generously to many charitable organizations. Bob's ashes are being placed in the family plot in Cambridge's Galt Cemetery. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to a charity of one's choice. (Hamilton Spectator 21 Jan 2015)



HMCS GODERICH - Served in GODERICH in 1942 as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS HUNTSVILLE - Appointed to HUNTSVILLE 06 Jun 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR

SHARP, Dean Alan William Frederick, ET, C.A.F. (Navy) - age 56 years, of Brandon, MB, passed away suddenly on November 11, 2018. Dean was the youngest son born to Frank and Eileen Sharp on February 26, 1962 in London, ON. As a young child, Dean collected and bred fish and was interested in new electronics and home circuit board kits at RadioShack. Dean attended school at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, ON, and joined the RCN after grade 10. He worked as a Marine Electrician with the RCN from 1979 – 1989 after which he received his industrial electrician certificate. Following his years at the RCN, Dean worked as an electrician at the Dearness Retirement Home in the City of London, then as the department manager and expeditor at Home Depot, and maintenance at the Comfort Inn in Brandon. Dean belonged to the NLCC of London, ON and was also a part of the geocaching community. Besides geocaching and electronics, he was also interested in technology and hockey, and was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Dean will be lovingly remembered by his son Nicholas and daughter in law April; grandson Ryker and granddaughters Ivy and Sophia. Also left to mourn are his brother Mike, niece Annette Cote and nephew Scott. Dean was predeceased by his parents and brother Terry. Donations in memory of Dean may be made to the Clinical Neurological Sciences of the University of Western Ontario, 

PALEY, Janet, WRCNS (nee Murray) - With profound sadness, the family of Janet Paley announces her passing from this life on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at home and surrounded by love. Janet was born on Saturday, October 9, 1920 and grew up on the family farm near Nut Mountain, SK. She loved being a part of her large family and was raised by her pioneer parents, developing independence and strength of character. As one of 14 children, she learned how to share and put others’ needs before her own. During World War II, she serve in the WRCNS, but received a compassionate discharge in 1946, returning home to care for her mother who died later that year. She always said that she would have loved to stay in the Navy if it had been possible. Later she worked at the Burns’ plant in Prince Albert, and then began her 35 year career in Corrections at Pine Grove Correctional Center. She took pride in her work which was challenging and meaningful to her. Janet’s faith was central to her being; she was an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish for many years. She had a deep love for God and her family, and she was a “prayer warrior.” She was an excellent cook and would happily prepare meals for friends and relatives, often featuring produce grown in her large garden. Janet is survived by her daughter, Leanne (Peter) Mate; her three grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, and Jacob; her brothers-in-law, Ed (Glenda) Paley, Mike Cymerys; her sister-in-law, Elsie Murray; plus many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter; her parents, Peter and Janet Murray; her parents-in-law, Pauline and John Cymerys; her siblings, Sarah (Armand) Perrault, Margaret (Elmer) Olson, Malcolm, Agnes (Wallace) Foster, Grace (Harold) Shelmerdine, Jessie (George) Headington, Robert, Danny (Helen), Anne (Roy) Smale, Madeline, Jean (Milton) Johnson, Duncan (Isabel), and Francis (Maureen). The Funeral Mass for Janet will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Prince Albert, SK, Father Jim Kaptein officiating. Interment to follow at Prince Albert Memorial Gardens. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her, and she left the world a better place by the example she set and the lessons she taught us. 


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CORMIER, Arthur Joseph, RCNVR (12 Jul 1923 - 06 Dec 2018) - It is with sadness yet appreciation for a life well lived that the family of Arthur Joseph Cormier, loving husband of Audrey (Dionne) Cormier, announce his passing that occurred on Thursday December 6, 2018 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born 1923 in Saint John, he was the son of the late Andrew and Olive (Babineau) Cormier. Arthur was a proud veteran serving in the RCNVR from 1941-1945. Following his service, he was employed with the DVA as a nursing orderly for 38 years retiring in 1988. He was a member of the RCL Branch #2 and a long-time member of the Assumption Parish. Arthur was a humble man with many talents, including gardening, carpentry and playing the mouth organ. He always kept himself apprised of news and current events; he enjoyed many genres of music and watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Besides his wife Audrey of 51 years, he is survived by his children; Linda, Daryl (Michelle), Greg (Shinobu) and Audrey Marie “Mimi”; daughter-in-law Mary; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as his brother Ron and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his children Doug and Carolyn; son-in-law Bob; grandchildren Benjamin and Michelle; siblings Bella, Ralph, Eva, Fred, Freda, Lawrence, Rina, Joe and Maria. Visitation will be held at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Rd. on Sunday December 9, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Tribute to a Veteran Service will begin at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Our Lady of Assumption Church on Monday December 10, 2018 at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. The family would appreciate donations to the charity of one’s choice.

O'SHEA, Henry Joseph (Hank), RCNVR (23 Aug 1922 - 08 Dec 2018) - in London Ontario, of old age. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Kaye McNeely, his father William and his mother Helen (Byrne) of Iona, PEI, and two infant sons, at birth. He leaves to mourn his seven children, Pat (Donna), in St. John’s, NFLD; Mike, in Victoria BC; Kevin (Kay), and Peggy (Greg) in Ottawa; Kerry (Glenda) in Brantford; Tim in Athens, Ontario, and Colleen (Pat) in Whitby. Henry has eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Henry was predeceased by his siblings Mary (late Joe Swanston), Maurice (late Edna) and Frank (late Verona). He is survived by his brother Leo (Florence) and his sister Anne Connolly (late Arthur), and his brother Father Art O’Shea, all of PEI. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Henry served in World War II in the Canadian Navy (RCNVR). He later graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in Science (Geology) and worked throughout his life in the oil and gas industry in western Canada, Ontario and in the neighboring Provinces and States as an Exploration Geologist. He is a Founding Father and served as the first President of the Ontario Petroleum Institute. A long time resident of Lambeth, Hank was heavily involved in the community within the church and as an organizer with minor hockey and baseball. An athlete from his youth, he was a very long time player with both the Lambeth Men’s Hockey and Fastball Leagues. He was a long-time member of both the Forest City Toastmasters and the London Western Toastmasters, and was an inspiration and mentor for generations of speakers. Family and friends may visit at the McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth on Friday from 7-9 pm and on Saturday, December15, 2018 from 1-3 pm where the celebration of Hank’s life will follow at 3:00 pm. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the charity of choice gratefully acknowledged. A memorial mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Parish Church, Iona, P.E.I. on Monday, December 17 2018. Interment of cremains to follow in St Michael’s cemetery.

PETITPAS, John Wayne, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 79, from Pictou, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his home in Oakville, Ont. Wayne proudly served his country for 25 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, and was an active member of the Bronte Legion. Wayne worked tirelessly to raise his five boys and support the love of his life Mary who he is now reunited with. Wayne is survived by his sons, Stephen, Wayne (Teresa), Charles (Stacey), Randall (Kelly) and Marc (Jodi). Cherished grandfather of Marissa, Madeline, Sean, James, Sebastien, Audrey, Griffin, Bennett, Jordan and Eva. Predeceased by his loving parents, Gerald and Ida; sister, Lorraine (Bud); brother, Raymond (Mary); and his in-laws, Minto and Hester Cochrane. Visitation will be held in Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, Ont., on February 1st from 3-4 p.m. with a memorial service to follow in the chapel beginning at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bronte Legion.

SMITH, Adam James, LCdr (MARS), RCN / C.A.F. (14 Jan 1933 - 11 Nov 2018) - Jim was a sailor at heart. He is survived by his wife Maureen, four sons from his first marriage to Janina Crawford, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Celebration of Life will be held on January 12 in Ladner. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society of B.C. (Victoria Times Colonist 10 Jan 2019)


CORNELL, Don - Age 84 of Louisdale, passed away on January 29, 2019 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Born in Belville, Ont., to the late Gerald and Eula (Brown) Cornell. He served in the Canadian Navy for 10 years and worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry Age 84 of Louisdale, passed away on January 29, 2019 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Born in Belville, Ont., to the late Gerald and Eula (Brown) Cornell. He served in the Canadian Navy for 10 years and worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland for 25 years. Don was also a businessman, community leader, past President of InRich and actively involved for 50 years with the Louisdale Lions Club, and was the original founding Charter President. He was a lifelong, passionate and devoted fan of the Boston Bruins in a community where Montreal and Toronto fans dominated. The heckling was constant and fierce! His love of hockey led to coaching and refereeing until he retired at age 69 as the oldest referee in Nova Scotia. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Margaret (Samson) of 63 years; children, Wade (Gabrielle), Brooklyn; Glen (Debbie), Middle Sackville; Darren (Janet), West Kelowna, B.C.; Theresa (Anthony), Scarborough, Ont.; Shawn (Debbie), Middle Sackville; grandchildren, Melissa, Jessica, David, Amanda, Margaret, Jared and Aaron; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Covert and family of Ontario. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Laeha. Visitation will take place Sunday, February 3rd from 6-9 p.m. in the Glenn Sampson Memorial Room, Louisdale. Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 4th at 11 a.m. in St. Louis Parish Church, Louisdale. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Louisdale Lions Club or to Royal Canadian Legion. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home in Arichat. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 01 Feb 2019)

WHYTE, Robert Andrew, CD, LCdr, RCN / C.A.F. - Born July 7, 1929 Shawinigan Falls, QC, Robert passed away at Starwood Extendicare Nursing Home, Ottawa, December 21, 2010 on his 50th wedding anniversary to his beloved wife Karen (Johnson). He is survived by his brother James (Elinor) of St. Lambert, QC; his sisters Mary Walker (Robert) of Milton, ON, and Dorothy Goudey of Yarmouth, NS; his daughter Lise (Mark) of Germantown, TN, and his twin granddaughters Heather and Courtney. Robert attended Shawinigan High School and he graduated with the term of 1948 from the Royal Canadian Naval College at Royal Roads. He retired from the Navy in 1985 after 37 years of service after which he worked in the Security Division of the House of Commons until 1993. During his RCN career he served on ships on both coasts. He was also assigned to the National Defense HQ and to NATO postings in Mons, Belgium (SHAPE) and in Norfolk, VA (SACLANT). Robert was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada and The Old Brigade. He was an active volunteer with the Nepean Figure Skating Club in the 60's & 70's. A memorial service will be held at 11 am at St. John's Anglican Church on Sandhill Road in Kanata on Friday, December 24 with a reception immediately following in the church hall. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers kindly remember the Starwood Family Support Group (114 Starwood Rd. K2G 3N5) or the Salvation Army. The family would like to thank all the staff at Starwood Nursing Home for their compassionate care. (Ottawa Citizen 23 Dec 2010)


HMCS INCH ARRAN - to Inch Arran 25 Nov 1959 as Lt, RCN, OpsO

HMCS SUSSEXVALE - Served in Sussexvale post Second World War as a LCdr, RCN


HMCS FORTUNE - Appointed to Fortune 24 Jun 1963 as LCdr, RCN, XO

RIKELY, William Paul (Bill), Cdr, RCN / C.A.F. - (1925-2012) It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William Paul Rikely (Bill) on July 25, 2012 in his 88th year. Bill passed away at Ottawa's Queensway Carleton Hospital following a brief illness. Bill was predeceased in 1984 by his beloved wife of 37 years, Pauline (Hare). He leaves behind his children Susan (Dan), Daniel (Geraldine) Kathryn (Brian) and Jennifer (Barry) and grandchildren Christopher Parsons (Jessamyn), Bronywn and Meredith Lazowski. In 1989 Bill was blessed to marry his loving wife, Janine (Rousseau), and to be embraced by her children and grandchildren: David (Julia and children Gabrielle and Chloe), Nicole (Jean Paul), Michael (Sheilah), Paul (Suzy and children Nicholas and Samuel) and Denise (David and children Lindsey and Logan). Bill had a distinguished career with the Canadian Military beginning as an RCAF pilot, then transferring to the navy where he rose to the rank of Commander. He was the proud Captain of the naval destroyer "Kootenay". Following his 32 year military career, Bill joined the federal Aviation Safety Board. Since 1989, Bill enjoyed a rich and active retirement continuing to feed his lifelong passion for aviation and his love of the open seas. Bill will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who love him dearly. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, July 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Pinecrest Cemetery. The service will be followed by a reception for family and friends. The family would like to thank the staff of the Queensway Carleton Hospital for their care and compassion during Bill's final weeks. (Ottawa Citizen 28 Jul 2012)


HMCS WARRIOR - Served in Warrior in 1945 as a SLt (A), RNVR


HMCS INCH ARRAN - Appointed to Inch Arran 29 Nov 1959 as LCdr, RCN, XO


HMCS KOOTENAY - 6th Commanding Officer


JOYCE, Ronald Vaughan (Ron), LSCR1, 16002-H, RCN (served 1951 - 1956) - Ron Joyce, CM, died peacefully at his home by the water on January 31, 2019. To witness his life is to witness the power and the grace of a ship at full throttle. He was a mentor and a pioneer. He was a father and a grandfather. He was a self-made man. And Ron was selfless in his philanthropy. The wake he leaves will be felt for generations. Ron was born by the water in Tatamagouche, N.S. on October 19, 1930 into a family of very modest means. While still an infant, he lost his father, leaving his mother Grace to raise her three young children with fierce determination and love. As Ron grew into a lion of Canadian industry, amazing Grace's lessons in respect, humility and the ferocity of character anchored him as he steamed forward to become one of the greatest entrepreneurs the nation has known. To know Ron Joyce was to witness how he offered opportunity to countless people who came into his orbit. Perhaps he offered this chance to so many because he himself was told as a youth that a poor boy like him had none. Decisive and charming, demanding and disciplined, a sly and hilarious trickster when he chose, Ron was that rare communicator who built an empire based not just on gut and ambition and brilliant foresight, but on deep trust of those he allowed into his world. Ron Joyce loved to dance and to play dominoes and cards; he loved to put on a crisp white shirt and whistle hello to the new morning each day he walked downstairs. He loved sailing and romance and a good drink. To spend a day with him was to live a week. A navy veteran, a pilot, a captain, a Member of the Order of Canada, his work and his pleasure sprang from the same well. To know him was to understand energy unbound. Pursue what you love, and you won't ever have toiled away a day of your life. To ask Ron Joyce his greatest accomplishment, he would tell you that it's the thousands of youth he helped introduce to new horizons and to new friends, all in landscapes they never dreamed they'd visit. Ronald Vaughan Joyce loved this country, and nothing made him happier than gathering future friends in the knowledge they'll indeed find the wealth of their opportunities together. Build by the water's edge and live assured of certain beauty. Live by that water's edge and build a life unimpeded. To do so is to understand the risk that's inherent. And to do so is to understand that the horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight. (Globe and Mail 02 Feb 2019)



A Memory of Ron Joyce - submitted by Brian Laming - In 1998 HMCS Toronto was redeployed from a NATO mission and sent into the Persian Gulf to enforce sanctions. During a scheduled port visit to Bahrain to store ship, a TV News reporter asked a Canadian Sailor what he missed most from home. He replied " a good cup of Tim Hortons coffee ". We then proceeded back to sea for a few weeks. Upon returning again to Bahrain and coming alongside the jetty, there was tractor trailer load of pallets upon pallets of canned TIM HORTONS coffee piled high, waiting for HMCS TORONTO's return.


Ron Joyce had seen the television broadcast of what the Sailor missed most from home and shipped us our coffee fix halfway around the world. Good man indeed. The entire ships company drank Tim Hortons for the next four months solid. He loved his Navy. RIP Sailor.



Ron Joyce, billionaire who brought Tim Hortons coffee to the masses, dead at 88

Businessman built fortune after being chosen by Tim Horton to be his first coffee shop franchisee 

Frances Willick, Michael Gorman · CBC News · Posted: Feb 01, 2019 1:50 PM AT

Ron Joyce, the Nova Scotia native who made Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts a staple of Canadian diets and created a billion-dollar empire, has died. He was 88.

His family said in a statement he died peacefully in his home in Burlington, Ont., on Thursday with family at his side.

"My father had a big vision and a big heart," his son Steven Joyce said in the statement. "Through hard work, determination and drive, he built one of the most successful restaurant chains in Canada.

Ron Joyce was born and raised in Tatamagouche, N.S. His mother, who was widowed at the age of 23, raised Joyce and his two siblings in a home that had no water, no electricity and was heated with a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. The only bathroom, Joyce told a CBC interviewer in 2006, was "a nice wooden one outside."

Joyce left home when he was 15 and moved to Hamilton, Ont. He served in the navy and later became a police officer before getting into the coffee shop business.

Tim Horton, who at the time played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, opened his first store in Hamilton in 1964. When he decided to expand, he chose Joyce as the first franchisee.

Joyce said he knew "zero" about making doughnuts when he went in for his first shift. "But by golly, I borrowed $10,000 from the credit union, and I had to learn in a hurry," he said in the interview.

After Horton died in a car crash in 1974, Joyce took full control of the business and oversaw its growth into a billion-dollar business. There are now more than 4,500 Tim Hortons locations worldwide, including 3,600 in Canada.

Robert Thompson, who co-authored Joyce's autobiography, Always Fresh, called him "an icon of Canadian business."

Without Joyce, Tim Hortons as people know it today would not exist, he said.

"We probably won't see that kind of invention — somebody just create something that has such broad appeal across Canada that's so instantaneously relatable to the Canadian experience. We just don't see that now, and we probably won't see it again. And so in that regard, he's a legend."

Following Horton's death, Joyce started the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation in his memory to send children from low-income families to summer camp.

One day a year, 100 per cent of proceeds from coffee sales at Tim Hortons locations goes to funding the seven camps, which include one in the United States and one in Joyce's hometown of Tatamagouche.

Joyce also created the Joyce Family Foundation, which is focused on making education more accessible through scholarships and bursaries.

"In his journey with Tim Hortons, he travelled all over the country and considered himself Canadian above all else," his son said in the statement Friday.

"He never forgot his humble beginnings, with The Joyce Family Foundation donating extensively to support those who are less fortunate, especially children and youth."

In 1992, he was named a member of the Order of Canada for his work with children.

Jennifer Gillivan, president and CEO of IWK Foundation, said Joyce was one of the largest donors to the Halifax-based children's hospital, providing money for a rehabilitation centre and operating suites. He also hosted charity golf tournaments and auctions at his resort in Tatamagouche.

Joyce was known for doubling or tripling the bids on items at the auction, said Gillivan. But none of that compared to the time in 2006 when he had planned to donate $1 million to the hospital, only to change his mind at the last minute.

"He saw a child being wheeled in to be operated on, and it just touched his heart, and he actually said, 'I'll double it.'"

He did the double-double of all time. He gave us $2 million in that particular donation.

"He was a guy who never forgot where he came from."

Aisha Gattous, who is in her last year of computer science at Dalhousie University, received a $2,500 scholarship in 2017 through the foundation. While she never had the chance to meet Joyce, she said he played a role in helping her and many others get their education.

"It's amazing how much of an effect you can have on someone's life without knowing them personally."

In 1996, Joyce sold the business to Wendy's International in a deal worth $400 million. In 2014, Tim Hortons was bought by another U.S. fast food giant, Burger King, for $12 billion.

Joyce was also part owner of the Calgary Flames between 1994 and 2001. 'Whatever you can, help'

Joyce has also donated to several Canadian universities and has been awarded honorary degrees from universities including McMaster, Queen's, Mount Allison, Saint Mary's, Cape Breton, Calgary and the University of New Brunswick.

In a 2016 video interview with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Joyce talked about the value of giving back.

Whatever you can, help. Giving can be many things. It can be money or just of your time, but all of it is very worthwhile, in my opinion.

- Ron Joyce, in video interview with Association of Fundraising Professionals

"Whatever you can, help," he said. "Giving can be many things. It can be money or just of your time, but all of it is very worthwhile, in my opinion."


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois during her 3rd Korean War tour as a LSCR1

EMBERLY, William G, P2CK, 24198-E, RCN - Born 1928  Died 2019



HOPPS, Edward Kyle (Ed), LCdr, RCN - passed away peacefully on November 20th, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley; two daughters, Cindy (Phil) and Andrea (Michael); five grandchildren, Michelle (Nick), Kyle (Meshell), Scott (Amy), Alex (Becci) and Mila; and three bouncy great-grandboys, Willem, Koen and Phillip. Ed was a proud member of the Canadian Navy from age 17, through the Korean War, and retired as Lieutenant Commander. He always embraced nature and the outdoors, from fishing for salmon as a young man, to camping and gardening as a father, as well as cross country skiing and leading hikes with the Vernon Outdoors Club during retirement. He dedicated many years to community service as a long time member and President of Lions Clubs, both in Victoria and Vernon. He, and his wife Shirley, also volunteered with the One to One Reading Program at elementary schools in Vernon. Ed was a patriotic Canadian and Tim Hortons coffee connoisseur! The family will remember and honour Ed privately. They would like to thank the staff at Gateby Care Centre and Dr. Pritchett. Heartfelt thanks to Ed's friend and walking partner, Lori Baillie.

BAXTER, Clarence, CD, C.A.F. (Air Force / Navy) - loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away November 16, 2004 after a long and courageous battle with MS at the age of 54 years. Clarence was a compassionate and sensitive man, respected by all. He will be greatly missed by wife Joanne (nee Strachan); daughter Cindy (Scott) Halls; son Shane; four grandchildren who gave him great joy, Lauren, Julia, Kathleen and Gregory; and his family in Nova Scotia, mother Geraldine, three sisters and five brothers. Clarence served twenty-six years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Firefighter and with Air-Sea Rescue. Memorial Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, No. 285, 9202 Horton Road S.W. on Friday, November 19, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the MS Society, No. 100, 2421 - 37 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Y7 or to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund. 

GORDON, Charles A.  (Chuck), RCN (12 Apr 1929 - 16 Dec 2018) - It is with profound sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Charles (Chuck) Gordon on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Chuck was the only son of five children born to Charles and Lillian Gordon (nee Darlow) in Claresholm, Alberta, April 12, 1929. At 17, Chuck left home and joined the Royal Canadian Navy pursuing his lifelong passion of photography; he was a veteran of the Korean conflict. Upon returning home, Chuck joined Alberta Fish and Wildlife and, in 1972, the Canadian Wildlife Service where he retired as the Head of Regulation and Enforcement for Western Canada. Chuck married Joyce Jarman on August 20th, 1960 and they had two boys, Grant and Lyle. Chuck is survived by his sons Grant, and Lyle (Danielle) and his grandchildren Stephanie, Tyler, Jared, Thomas, and Sarah; sister's Joyce, Mae, Isobel and Jean (Ken), sister-in-law Marion Jarman, and many nieces and nephews. Chuck was predeceased by Joyce, his wife of 46 years in 2007. Cremation has taken place and interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery. A celebration of Chuck's life will be held April 13th, 2019 in Edmonton.

MANNING, Richard George - passed peacefully, January 15, 2019, after a brief illness at Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. Thank you to the team at Grey Nuns for the care and kindness shown to Richard and his family at this difficult time. A private, family only Celebration of Life is planned at Touchmark residence 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Richard was born in Edmonton August 24, 1924, to Anthony George and Maude Adora Manning. He was the second son born to the Manning family. He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses: James (Patricia), Iva Sproule (Jack), Lillian Latam (Alvin), Edna McLellan (Ken), and brothers-in-law Philip Perry (Helen) and Sydney Mace, nephew Brian Mace, son-in-law Shawn Chute, and great-grandson Connor Johnston. He is survived by his wife Ellen of 71 years, by his two sons; Stephen (Charlene) their sons Curtis and Scott, Robert (Valerie) their daughters; Chantel and Laine; and by his four daughters; Connie (Clive) their daughter Carla, their son Mathew, Marilee (Charlie) their son Jason, their daughters Melissa and Tara, Elizabeth (Brooks) their daughter Meaghan, son Adam, Maureen (Ian) and daughters Delaney and Linnea. He is also survived by his 13 great-grandchildren. Richard joined the navy at 18 and served aboard the HMCS New Liskeard for two years during WWII. He returned to Edmonton and was employed briefly in banking, and held positions with the City of Edmonton before taking a supervisor position at the landmark Celanese plant. No matter where Richard was employed, he was well liked, and respected. He also pursued private sidelines in home construction and sales in partnership with his father Anthony, brother James Earl, and later started a property holdings company with his brother-in-law Sid Mace. A successful mid-life career in real estate resulted in awards for top salesman in Alberta, and earned him an early retirement at 52 when he moved with his wife and youngest daughter to the Okanagan. For 22 years he and Ellen enjoyed dancing every weekend, camping, golfing, skating, skiing, and slow pitch ball with family and friends. He returned with Ellen to Edmonton in 1992 where they enjoyed the company of their growing family, and continued to seek out dance halls. Richard's love of music continued to his time of death, taking his last breath while listening to Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" surrounded by loving family members. May you rest in Peace beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather.


HMCS NEW LISKEARD - Served in New Liskeard during the Second World War

GARDNER, Peter Alan, Cdr (LOG), RCN / C.A.F. - Age 78, died peacefully on 15 November 2009 at Rest Haven Lodge after a short illness. He was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Anne Taylor, his brother, David, cousin Christine, and a blended family of ten children and twelve grandchildren. Peter gave 33 years of distinguished service to the British and Canadian navies, achieving the rank of Commander. This was followed by ten years of service with the B.C. provincial government. In retirement, he was an active and devoted member of a charitable organization, the Order of Saint Lazarus. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. We wish to thank the staff at Rest Haven Lodge for their exceptional kindness. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to Rest Haven Lodge, 2281 Mills Road, Sidney, BC, V8L 2C3. (Times Colonist 20 Nov 2009)


HMCS INCH ARRAN - Appointed to Inch Arran 25 Nov 1959 as Lt, RCN, SYO

HOUSTON, Alexander Thomson, Lt, RCN - Born 10 Nov 1931, Lusticle, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Died 19 Feb 2015. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alex. Predeceased by his wife, Thelma, and granddaughter Andrea. Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Betty Rothwell, daughter, Barbara (David), sons, Al (Carolyn) and James; also granddaughters, Allison, Kathleen, Sarah and Leeana and grandsons, Alex and Mark. Also mourned by Wendy (Derrick), Chris, Margo, Shayla, James, Daniel and Aidan. A Memorial Tea/Celebration of Life will be held at the Brinkworthy Clubhouse on Saturday, February 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. (Driftwood, Gulf Islands, BC - 19 Feb 2015)


HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure c1958 VS-880 SQN

HMCS INCH ARRAN - Served in Inch Arran in 1960 as Lt, RCN, CommO

HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois in the 1960s as CommO

HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin in the 1960s as NavO and OpsO

HMCS BRAS D'OR - Served in Bras D'Or as XO


DOWIE, Ken, RM / NAV COMM, C.A.F - Born: 01 Oct 1965  Died: 21 Jan 2019



HERNDEN, Glen Robert, P2BN, RCN / C.A.F. (23 Jun 1933 - 21 Jan 2019) - passed away peacefully at Glengarry Hospital in Victoria, BC on January 21, 2019. Glen was born in Thessalon, Algoma District, Ontario. He is survived by his sister Lorraine Jago(Larry), daughters Sueann Guest, Pamela Bremner and Glenna Kelln, sons Mark, Dwight and Lindsay from his first marriage. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Ellen Hernden and his second wife Donna in 2011. Glen served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years retiring in a Petty Officer Second Class. He lived in Kingston, ON and Sault Ste. Marie, ON and for a time worked for Imperial Oil. He moved to Victoria, BC in 1974 where he worked for Vancouver Island Health Authority at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria for 13 years and the Commissionaires, Victoria, Islands and Yukon in Victoria for four years. Over the years he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Freemasonry, the Chief's and Petty Officers Association and The Royal Canadian Legion. A very special thank you to the staff at the Fairfield Unit of Glengarry Hospital for their dedication, care, patience, humor and special attention while he resided there. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Branch No. 292 of The Royal Canadian Legion, 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria, BC on Tuesday, February 12 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.


VERNON, David Aylmer (Ayl), RCN / RCAF (15 Jul 1923 - 18 Jan 2019) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, papa and great-grandfather, David (Ayl) Vernon. Survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Beth, sons John (Joan), Dave (Elsie), granddaughters Deni (Graeme), Tara (Carlos), great-grandchildren Jaedyn, Camdyn, Ryland, Bauer, siblings Carolyn, Bill (Susan), Bob (Annette), and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by granddaughter Corinne, sister Dolly, father John, mother Blanche, step-mom Gladys, daughter-in-law Marg and brother-in-law Erich. Ayl was born and raised in New Westminster. After graduating from Trapp Technical High School, he served first in the Navy and then in the Canadian Air Force as a Wireless Air Gunner. In 1945, Ayl was hired as a Conductor on the Interurbans with BC Electric. When the Interurbans ceased, he transitioned to driving city buses, which he continued until his retirement in 1981. Ayl was a dedicated husband and family man. He and Beth enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Pitt Lake and on Mayne Island. They were also avid travelers, taking many trips to Reno, Hawaii, and Mexico. In retirement, they enjoyed attending Dixieland Jazz festivals and were actively involved with the Sapperton Pensioners. Ayl touched many lives with his charm, wit, and generous spirit. He cared deeply for family and friends and he was deeply cared for in return. The family would like to thank Dr. Petropolis and the staff at Queens Park Care Center for the care they provided Ayl in his final months. A small Celebration of Life will take place in the spring. (The Burnaby Now & New Westminster Record 03 Jan 2019)

SINKINS, George Morrison - passed away June 6, 2016 in his 81st year with his loving wife, Doris, of 26 years by his side. George served in the Navy, the Army, and as a Detective Sergeant of the Metropolitan Toronto Police force for 28 years. Active member of the Masons, Eastern Star, Shriners (past president Leaside and Kawartha Shrine club). George and his wife Doris spent many days driving children to the Shriners Hospitals in Montreal and Boston. Survived by his beloved wife Doris. Dear father of Marilyn McFetridge (Dave) and Dave Sinkins. Loving Grandpa to Hannah, Carter, Lindsay, Bryce. Best stepdad ever to Catherine Clark (Trevor), James Clark (Barb). Cherished "Pa" and Grandpa to Kaitlin, Dayna, Zack, Simon and Ben. George's smile and quick wit will be missed by all! George's family wishes to thank Dr. Spink, and a special thank you to all the staff at Extendicare Peterborough, 3rd floor for their excellent care, compassion and ongoing support. They truly went the extra mile to ensure George and his family were well taken care of. Masonic service on Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. Visitation to follow, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and on Friday, June 10th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Funeral service to follow on Friday, June 10th, at 2 p.m. All services to be held at Ashburnham Funeral Home, 840 Armour Rd., Peterborough. Donations to the Montreal Shriners Hospital.


HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure in 1956 as part of the pre-commissioning crew

BAXTER, Hollis Leslie (Holly), RCN (09 July 1939 - 31 January 2019) - Age 79 of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully January 31, 2019 in Dartmouth General Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Born and raised in Saint John, N.B., Holly was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Sophia (Moore) Baxter; brothers, Bob and Nelson; and sister, Phyllis. He is survived by brothers, John, Harry, and Winnie (Hannah-Laurie); sisters-in-law, Jean and Bing; brother-in-law, Ed; children, Stephen (Stacey) and Alana (Ray); and the love of his life, Ernie and her family he so naturally became a vital part of with her children, Debbie (Mel), Arlene (Tommy), Doug (Suzie) and Peggy (Danny); along with 18 grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Holly enjoyed his many years in the Navy and later his work with the commissioners. He enjoyed going for coffee at Tim Hortons and up to the Bank of Montreal. Holly brought a joy like no other. He always shook hands and made everyone feel loved and welcome. He was one of kind and so was his sense of humor. He was a good friend for so many. 'He loved his life and he loved his wife'. He will be so truly missed. 'Good Old what's his name who'll ever forget him'. We would like to thank Dr. Preston, Dr. Stevens and all the staff of the fourth floor for making Holly's last days so comfortable and full of love. Donations can be made in Holly's memory to Canadian Cancer Society. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., Dartmouth. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Christ Church (corner Wentworth and Ochterloney Streets) Dartmouth. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be at a later date in Saint John.

EASTERBROOK, Herbert, RCN - (04 March 1928 - 31 January 2019) Age 90, of Lower Sackville, passed away January 31, 2019 in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born March 4, 1928 in Kingston, Ont., he was a son of the late William and Mabel (Roach) Easterbrook. He served 25 years in the Navy as a Submariner. Herbert is survived by daughters, Wendy (Ralph) Giles, Debby (George) Easterbrook, Sherry (Bernie) Campbell; sons, John Easterbrook, Chris (Heidi) Easterbrook; foster daughters, Linda McIsaac, Doris McAvoy; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; special Maureen Boyle. He was predeceased by wife, Betty Burns Easterbrook; sisters, Doreen, Irma and brothers, Bill and Bobby. No by request. A graveside will be held Tuesday, February 5th at 11 a.m. in Oakridge Memorial Gardens. Donations may be to a charity of one's choice.


Herbert was in the 1st Block Draft in 1954. Served on HMS Astute.



HMCS CHAUDIERE - Served in Chaudiere 1964/65








LIND, John Charles - Age 77 of Coldbrook, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Dartmouth, he was a son of the late John and Ruby (Doggett) Lind.


John is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Janice (Schultz); son, Philip (Susan), St. John's, N.L.; grandchildren, Kyler, Sarah; brothers, David (Glenda), Allan (Peggy); brother-in-law, Ken (Joan); sisters-in-law, Lynn (Reid), Wendy (James) and many nieces and nephews.


He was predeceased by his sister, Caroline and brother-in-law, Rex.


John was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces where he served in the Navy and continued his career as a civilian retiring as Chief Utilities Officer in CFB Halifax. John was a proud member of the UCT (United Commercial Travellers of America) for 35 years where he served terms as Atlantic Grand President and International Chaplain.


He was an avid member of the United Church in Berwick.


Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5th with a funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 6th, both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Rev. Tom Wood officiating. Reception to follow.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.


Special thanks to all of John's caregivers from his family. He may be gone but always loved and never forgotten.

(Halifax Chronicle-Herald 04 Feb 2019)


STEVENSON, George Francklin (Jav), Cdr, RCN / LCol, C.A.F. - Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII on February 1, 2019. Born in Edmonton on March 25, 1938, Franck was the son of the late George and Anne Stevenson and is survived by his loving wife, Carol; Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII on February 1, 2019. Born in Edmonton on March 25, 1938, Franck was the son of the late George and Anne Stevenson and is survived by his loving wife, Carol; children, Anna (Jeff), Alex (Natalie), Catherine (Jock); grandchildren, Morgan, Gavin, Caitlin, Oren, Laurel, Conall; sisters, Maureen (Gene), Kaaren (Loren), brother Walter (Mary) and many nieces and nephews. Franck had a long career in the Canadian Military. As a graduate of the Venture Training program, he served as a Naval Aviator on numerous ships including the aircraft carriers USS Randolph and HMCS Bonaventure. He was a graduate of Saint Mary's University (BComm '73) and also served in various positions including Commanding Officer of 406 Squadron, Shearwater, liaison staff at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and at National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa. Upon retirement from the military, he worked in industry until full retirement in 1997. Franck was passionate about family and community, serving in a number of volunteer positions including President of GMLLOA, Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club, Dartmouth Visual Arts Society and Fundraising Chairman of the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation. He was a dedicated coach and official for his children's sports. He was also a well regarded artist and many friends and family proudly display his works. His love of art, adventure, nature, sports and music will live on through his family. Many thanks to the 5W nurses and staff of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, for their care and support. Donations in Jav's memory may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Parkinson Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association or charity of your choice. As per his wishes, Jav has been cremated. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Thursday, February 7th at 1:30 p.m., in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 216 School Street, Dartmouth with a reception to follow. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 04 Feb 2019)






SMIGEL, Walter Stanley - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Walter Stanley Smigel. Dad passed away peacefully at Misericordia Health Centre, in the Palliative Care Ward, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Walter was 93 years old and was born in St. Boniface on May 13, 1925. He leaves to mourn his daughter Bev, son-in-law Rick, granddaughter Jennifer, and grandson Zachary. Walter was predeceased by his wife Flo, brother Tony, and sister Olly. He leaves many friends and relatives to mourn his passing. Walter served in the Canadian Navy when he was 18 years old and later became a salesman for Shell Canada. Walter enjoyed fishing, hockey, football, horse racing and playing card games. We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, staff and friends who helped keep Walter as comfortable as possible during his ordeal with cancer. Special thanks to in-laws, Wilmer and Sylvia, and family friends, Gerry and Marilee for all their help and support. In keeping with Walter's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Winnipeg Free Press 30 Jan 2019)

MORASH, Eugene Evans - 87, Chester, died peacefully April 15, 2004 in Shoreham Village Home for Special Care, Chester. Born in Chester, a son of the late Douglas E. Sr. and Nellie (Evans) Morash. He served in the Army and Navy during the Second World War. He spent 31 years at the Chester Post Office, retiring as Post Master. He was a member of Clark Masonic Lodge #61 and the Royal Canadian Legion, Butler Branch #44, Chester. Eugene is survived by daughter, Linda (Karl) Hume, Chester; sons, David (Betty), London, Ontario; Michael, Chester; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred (Zinck), and younger brother, Douglas Jr. Funeral service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Chester United Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Green officiating. Burial in Pinehill Cemetery. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre or South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 17 Apr 2004)


Headstone in the Pinehill Cemetery

Courtesy of George Newbury


TATE, Robert S., Stoker, RCN - died 01 Jan 1990. Robert is buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Lochaber, Gusyborough Co., NS.  (Research by George Newbury)

CATHCART, Hartley, Stoker (25 Sep 1922 - 05 Feb 2019) - Passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Christine. Loving father of Michael and Nancy. Dear grandpa of Brittany, Meghan, Robert and Zachary. Loving husband, father and grandpa. He was a gentle soul with a great sense of humour and sarcastic wit, he was a world traveler, loved his bridge games, fishing and always enjoyed his many, many friends. Hartley served in WWII aboard mine sweeper, HMCS Mahone, in the North Atlantic. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at the Marlatt Funeral Home “Swackhamer Chapel”, on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held at St. Augustine’s Cemetery on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 1 p.m. Donations, in his memory, may be made to a charity of your choice.


Hartley enlisted in 1943 and was demobilized in 1945


HMCS MAHONE - Served in Mahone Jun 1944 - Nov 1945

CONLIFFE, Mark, Cdr (Padre), RCNR - Mark Shankland Conliffe, at the age of 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 2, 2019, surrounded by family.

Mark was born in Bridgetown, Barbados on January 26th, 1934, the fourth of the Rev. Clement and Marjorie Conliffe's eleven children, and the fourth of them to leave Barbados for Canada, which he did in 1954. In 1957 he began his formal training for the ministry in the Faculty of Divinity, McGill University, at Montreal Diocesan Theological College. A student at Dio until 1960, Mark spent his summer months working at jobs in Montreal, in Wawa, and in Fort Vermilion. In 1957, Mark met Ena Johnston, who had only recently moved to Canada from Northern Ireland. She was living in Wawa with her parents and brother, and working there as one of the Wawa's phone operators. In 1961 Mark and Ena were married in St Paul's Anglican Church, Wawa.

Early in 1960 Mark was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Ottawa, and in February 1961 he was ordained Priest in the Diocese of Algoma. His first appointment was as Assistant Curate at St John's Anglican Church, Port Arthur, and shortly after Mark and Ena moved to the Parish of West Thunder Bay, which included five churches. In these years Mark James, Michael, and Caroline were born.

Mark and Ena moved to St Michael and All Angels in 1968, and Mark retired as its rector in 2001. In these thirty-three years he received a canonry (1983) and was appointed Archdeacon of Thunder Bay (1987), an appointment he held until his retirement in 2001. In that same year, Mark was honoured with the degree of Doctorate of Sacred Theology (honoris causa) at Thorneloe University in recognition of his support of theological education, his advocacy on behalf of refugees, and his devotion to the work of world relief.

In addition to his parish work, Mark was actively involved with many organizations in the community. In the late 1960s and 1970s he spent ten summers as Director of Camp Gitchigomee, the Anglican Church Camp at Sandstone Lake, and through the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mark directed the Naval Reserves Summer Youth Employment Program at HMCS Griffon. He served as Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion Kakabeka Falls Branch No. 225 (1964-82) and for Port Arthur Branch No. 5; the Thunder Bay Firefighters; the St John Ambulance; the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem (Thunder Bay Chapter); and the International Shipmasters Association. He was Padre and achieved the rank of Commander at HMCS Griffon from 1967-90, and Senior Protestant Naval Reserve Chaplain in Canada.

Mark is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Ena, son Mark, daughter Caroline, grandchildren Matthew, Ella, and Claire, sisters Mary, Thérèse, Eve, and Lucie, and brothers David and Timothy. He was predeceased by his son Michael, daughter Belinda Frances in infancy, sisters Gloria, Ingrid, and Jeannette, and brother Christopher.

Funeral eucharist will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Anne Germond on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:30 am in St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with prayers led by Archbishop Anne Germond at 6:30 pm, in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. Should friends desire, donations to the Canadian Hemophilia Society Thunder Bay, the Creutzfeldt Jakobs Foundation or the Thunder Bay Health Sciences Foundation.



CALVERT, John R. (17 Jun 1922 - 14 Jan 2019) - After a slow decline in health, "Jake" passed away at the Veteran Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, at the age of 96 years. Jake is survived by son Garry, daughter Debbie & granddaughter Kimberly. Sister Doreen, eldest son, Ralph and wife of 68 years, Doris preceded Jake. Jake grew up in Winnipeg and left high school under-aged to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He had fond memories of being on a minesweeper through the Panama Canal. After leaving the Navy, Jake joined his father to work for the CNR where he became a Mason. Doris and Jake raised their 3 children in St. Vital, later retiring to Victoria to be near Doris's sister, Edith. Jake lived a "Charmed Life" according to Doris, as she witnessed his "Luck of the Irish" bringing home trophies and door prizes from golf tourneys and curling bonspiels. His Luck continued at the Royal Canadian Legion where he'd win several of the meat draws on a Saturday afternoon. On our last trip at Christmas, he beat his record with 11 wins! Jake enjoyed Doris's large family and could be seen gliding across the dance floor with Doris, sharing his love of music. Jake was a storyteller and had a colourful tale or two to tell. There will be a Celebration of Life on March 1, at the Veteran Memorial Lodge at 1:30 pm Jake and Doris's cremated ashes will be interned at the Hemingson grave site at the Manson Manitoba Cemetery in June 2019. Rest In Peace Folks (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Feb 2019)

WADEY, Robert Henrick (Bob) - Born 24 Sep 1923, Sea Otter Cove, Cape Scott, Vancouver Island, BC.  Died 15 May 2002, Castlegar, BC



HOWE, William, AB, RCNVR - Born: 13 May 1921  Died: 03 Jul 1973, Sussex, NB, age 52.  William is buried in the Lower Millstream Baptist (Lester) Cemetery, Kings County, NB,.


Photo of Seaman Howe while in training at HMCS Cornwallis (in HMC Dockyard (Stadacona), Halifax.)


AB Howe is in HMCS Monnow's crew photo taken in Ireland in May, 1945.



LAZZARI, Leonard Louis, AB.SD, RCNVR - at the age of 93, has passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on January 22, 2019 in Red Deer.

Len was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on January 13, 1926 to Ezechiele (Gino)Lazzari and Angela Pierdona.

Leonard Spent his early childhood with relatives in Miane Italy until the age of 13 years old and then returned to Canada. At the age of 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944 and served until the end of World War II. Len married Esther Genert shortly after.

Len liked working with his hands (mechanic), loved cars, hunting, and farming. His employment with Alberta transportation included grader operator, heavy duty diesel mechanic and advanced to shop supervisor (with recognition). Inventions were part of his legacy, the one most notable was the modifications to snow blades on snow plows. In his later years he settled in Sylvan Lake. He loved seeing his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren when they came to visit. His spirits were always picked up with their visits.

He had a passion for building things, writing, and learning. Well into his 70’s, he developed competent computer skills and was using them almost daily to the end. He was an inspiration to his children and those who knew him. He always believed that “If someone else can do it, then so can you. Learn how!” Though he appeared hard to some on the outside, he was soft on the inside and easily brought to tears. He was a romantic.

Leonard is survived by by his wife of 73 years, Esther, children Jim (Carol) Lazzari, John (Wanda) Lazzari, Jacqueline (Dwain) Hope, Joe (Marilyn) Lazzari, and Jason (Marlene) Lazzari.

He is survived also by 12 grandchildren and approximately 30 great grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass will be held at the Our Lady Of Assumption Catholic Church, 5033 47a Avenue, Sylvan Lake, AB on January 29th, 2019 at 11:00am. After Mass, lunch will be served at the Sylvan Lake Legion Branch 212.

There will also be a prayer service held at the Church on Monday, January 28th,2019 at 7:00pm.

For those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Leonard’s name, in lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Heart Function Clinic at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Cremation will be entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, AB.


ML Q072 - Served in Q072 as an AB.SD. Part of paying off crew.

d'EON, Douglas Alphonse, RCN - age 91, Halifax, passed away February 8, 2019 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Pubnico, he was a son of the late Jean and Marie Alice "Edesse" (Jacquard) d'Eon. Dad spent his working life in the Navy, having served in Korea during the Korean War. Doug enjoyed his life in the Navy and had the distinction of having circumnavigated the globe in 1954-1955. While he enjoyed this life, he was always happy for a shore assignment that allowed him to stay home with his family. Throughout his life he gave selflessly to his church, family and others. He ushered for his church, he did electrical work, painting, even going so far as to install stained-glass windows. Doug had an ability to figure out how to complete any do it yourself task. His family recalls that he could and would build anything. Doug was aware that written directions existed but found no use for them. It is true that it is good to like people and Doug did, but it says so much more that people liked you and people liked Doug. Doug counted many children of his deceased friends as friends, second generation friends I guess you would say. Doug could be seen most mornings having a walk, coffee and chat with many of his friends tucked-up table in the corner of the mall. Doug was a lovely, kind man who will be missed by more than just his family. "Rest easy sailor, we have the watch" "au repos marin, nous avons le quart". Douglas is survived by his loving wife, Marie (Ross); children, Deborah (Michael) Whynot, Ronald (Lorraine), Carolyn (Glenn) Hirschfeld, Richard (Debbie), Mary d'Eon (Christopher); grandchildren, Renee Gaudet-Curry (Paul); Christopher Hirschfeld (Alanna), Michael d'Eon and Andrew d'Eon (Alexandra); great-grandchildren, Blake Curry, Max Curry and Aubrey Hirschfeld; brother, Richard and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by several siblings and granddaughter, Megan Marie. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. A Funeral Service will be held in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Ketch Harbour, Thursday, February 14th at 10 a.m. Reception to follow in St. Paul's Catholic Church Hall, Herring Cove. Interment to take place in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to IWK Health Centre Foundation. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 12 Feb 2019)


CAVERS, Kenneth Mitchell (05 Jun 1924 - 21 Feb 2016) - Veteran RCN, WWII. Member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Manotick Branch). Peacefully, on Sunday, February 21, 2016 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Grace (nee Kelley). Loving father of Susan South (John) and Nancy Swanson (Stuart). Proud grandfather of Philip and Meg. Predeceased by his parents James Cavers and May Campbell, and brothers Douglas and Arthur. Friends may call at the Kars Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 1610 Rogers Stevens Dr., on Friday, February 26 from 10:00 am until time of Memorial Service which will be held in the Chapel at 12 noon, followed by a reception. For those wishing, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.



HENRY, Frank - 43, Dartmouth, died March 19, 1999, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in St. Eustache, Que., he was a son of the late Leonard and Therese Henry. He graduated from Constoga College, Guelph, Ont., Devry Institute of Technology, Toronto, and NSIT, Halifax. He served in the Canadian Navy from 1975-1977, worked for Sony Canada in Burnside for 18 years and was currently employed with Comptronics in Burnside. Surviving are his wife, Heather; daughter, Sacha, at home; sister, Guylaine; brothers, Mario, Steven, Eric, all of Ontario. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service at at later date. No flowers by request. Donations to IMCU, 11th floor, VG Site, QEII.

FITZSIMMONS, James Richard (Jim), P1AM/WS, RCN / C.A.F. (21 Sep 1935 - 10 Feb 2019) - passed away very suddenly in the Emergency Dept. at Victoria General Hospital with his wife, Dorothy at his side. Jim was born in Elk Point, Alberta. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 and served for 25 years, he then continued his career at Vancouver Island Correctional Centre, retiring after 17 years. He was an avid fisherman at Becher Bay Marina for 36 years, where he enjoyed the fishing and the company of his fishing friends at the camp. Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 35 years and two sons, David (Debbie) and James. Jim requested cremation, with his ashes spread at sea. A celebration of his life will be held this summer at the marina. He will be missed!  (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Feb 2019)


HMCS TERRA NOVA - Served in Terra Nova during Westploy 1973

ORR, Leo - Died 1991

THOMSON, Thomas George - of Kamloops, British Columbia passed away after a short illness on February 6, 2019 at the age of 95. He was born in Brooks, Alberta on October 11, 1923. Thomas is survived by his loving wife Hilda, daughters Carol-Ann (Jim) and Brenda. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Amy (Luke), Reid (Chelsea). There will be many stories told to great-granddaughter Lucy. He worked for 40 years for the Canadian National Railway. Thomas in his younger days served in the Navy in World War II. Thomas was an avid golfer and fisherman. There will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will be held in the spring. We'd like to send special thanks to NP Natalie Manhart and all of the amazing nurses and volunteers at Hospice. In lieu of flowers, we would request donations to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home in Kamloops, please. (Kamloops This Week 12 Feb 2019)

MacDOUGALL, Robert John Crawshaw (Bob), PO1, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 88 of Dartmouth. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, QE II. Bob was born in Fredericton New Brunswick on December 11, 1930 to Kenneth and Anne MacDougall. Bob married Joan Elizabeth Horsman on October 5, 1957 and they were married 59 years when Joan passed away April 23, 2017. He is survived by his children, Kenda (Bruce), Leanne (Alain) and Wayne (Sue); grandchildren, Cassandra, Colin, Sarah, Elizabeth, Bradley, Sam, Joe; great grandchildren, Kaydis and Scarlette. Bob is also survived by his sister, Shirley and brother, Scott. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan and sister, Eleanor.

Bob's father lived longer than his brothers but was only 62 when he died. Bob thought every year past 62 was a bonus year. Turns out he had 26 bonus years.

Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy late at 25 where he was the old man playing football and hockey at Shearwater. He made lifelong friends and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Bob did not talk about his service but we knew he was proud to be a sailor. He retired with 25 years of service as a Warrant Officer. There were many highlights from sailing on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure to being part of the support to the SS Manhattan's trip in the North West Passage.

Later Bob became a curler and as usual excelled. His biggest successes were curling in Truro where his team played in the Legion and Nova Scotia Senior championships several times and represented Nova Scotia at the Nationals.

Bob was definitely a softy and many a time there were tears of joy. He cried when his son was accepted to the Royal Military College but joked he would have to quit before he would have to salute him.

He was definitely not a car guy and once teased his son about not knowing where the engine was in the family 1959 Volkswagen beetle but we suspect he only just found out himself.

Not sure when his love for woodworking came but when they moved to Masstown to a place with a double garage he started making saw dust in earnest. Around that time Joan was really into needlework and then later a wonderful painter. Bob made all of her frames and there were many. Never a simple frame, he created hundreds for Joan's art. He did not believe in safe guards and never did find that small fingertip.

He loved spring and the new season for the garden. There were flowers and vegetables every year. He was a putterer, always doing some little thing outside. There were always elaborate hand painted Christmas decorations outside Joan and Bob's.

Dad was the cook in the family. It was always him in the kitchen. His son is the same and his son knows why. If you do the cooking you get what you want but more importantly you get to sample the food early. Cassandra was their first grandchild and held a very special place in their hearts. Bob died peacefully on February 14th at the Camp Hill Veterans hospital where he moved to in December 2018. On behalf of Bob, his children would like to thank the wonderful Staff for being so caring with their father. A reception will be held from 2-4pm on Saturday, February 23 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of choice.



TOWNSEND, Gordon Richard (Gord), PO1 Supply Tech, RCN / C.A.F. - Passed away on Feb 14th, 2019 at the age of 89. Gord was born in Halifax on April 18, 1929 to the late Sylvanus and Ola (Grover) Townsend. He is survived by his first wife Patricia Marie (MacDonald); second wife Maxine Townsend (Nickerson) of 20 years; daughters Cathy (Charlton) Schofield, Debbie Marlborough (Lawrence Goodland), Aline (Brian) Oicle; grandchildren, Bret Schofield, Darren and Peter (Lindsey) Marlborough, Courtney (Ian) LaRusic, Mitchell Melanson; his step children, Bob (Deleta) and Mark MacDonald (Theresa). He is also survived by four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson, Shane Schofield, and siblings Doug, Ron, Ruth Sabiston, Marion Oxner, Vivian Randle, and Audrey Faulkner. He took great pride in the family gatherings, all who he loved and adored. Gord served in the RCN 1951- 1972 as a WO Senior Supply Tech. His second career was as an inventory controller for Eastern Paper Products for several years before retiring to the Annapolis Valley for over twenty years. One of his favourite times of the year was when he played Santa at the nursing homes and in the community. Gord and Maxine returned to Dartmouth in 2012. From a very young age Gord’s passion was fishing and hunting which he pursued throughout most of his life. Gord never hesitated to sing a tune or two for friends and family. He and his wife Maxine made many friends here at Kingswood Apt where they participated in many of the socials events. He was a member of the Steven’s Road United Baptist Church. Celebration of Life to be held 1pm Thursday, February 21st in Stevens Road United Baptist Church 2 Stevens Road, Dartmouth with a reception to follow. Donations can be made to the Steven’s Road United Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.

CHAPMAN, William Philip - Born: 23 Jul 1925.  Died 13 May 1972.  William is buried in the Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Thomas, ON.



GRACE, Adrian Joseph (Buck), LS, C.A.F. (Navy) (21 Feb 1962 - 21 Feb 2019) - It is with great sadness that the family of Buck Grace announce his passing on the day of his birth, Thursday, February 21, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. Buck was a veteran who proudly served his country for 18 years. Predeceased by his parents: Richard & Patricia, brother Paul & sister Susan. Left with wonderful memories are the sons he raised & loved Ricky, his best friend & Travis (Anita), their mom Connie & beloved grandson Declan, sisters & brothers: Theresa Griffin (Frank), Phonse, Bernice, Lol (Steve), Paddy, Joe (Sherry), Liz, Bob (Rita) & Hazel Barron (Stephen), numerous nieces, nephews who will fondly remember “Uncle Bucky”, his Aunt Annie, Uncle Joe & a large circle of family & friends. Visitation will take place on Saturday from 1 pm - 4 pm & 6 pm - 9 pm & Sunday from 1 pm - 6 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation. (Dunphy's Funeral Home, 366 Conception Bay Highway
Holyrood, NL)



HAZLE, Robert Kenneth, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 83, Debert, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in La Tuque, Que., he was a son of the late Robert and Nettie (Young) Hazle. Robert served with Royal Canadian Navy from 1955 Age 83, Debert, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in La Tuque, Que., he was a son of the late Robert and Nettie (Young) Hazle. Robert served with Royal Canadian Navy from 1955 - 1985 and was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch 31, Dartmouth. An avid outdoorsman, he loved gardening and berry picking; he especially loved roses. He was a faithful fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays and enjoyed coin collecting, bowling and was an ardent recycler. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Charlotte Therese (Fosseneuve); children, Rhonda Hazle, Debert; Karen (Tony) Wells, Lantz; Reggie Hazle, Cole Harbour; grandchildren, Dwayne Hackett, Laura (Duane) Valad, Jaime (Dave) Curry, Chuck Wells; great-grandchildren, Cody Wells, Isaiah Bray, Hunter Valad, Mia Curry, Justice Curry; sisters, Beryl Pedersen, Calgary, Alta.; Dorothy (Sam) Dubois, Fonthill, Ont.; four nieces; four nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Jack Hazle. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Farrahi and the staff of Intermediate Care (3rd floor Colchester East Hants Health Centre). Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where Robert's family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, February 26th. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9th in Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Reception will follow. Interment will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, May 11th in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. If so desired, donations in Robert's memory to The Salvation Army (Truro Corps) or Colchester SPCA are welcomed. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 23 Feb 2019)

BRAGG, James Robert, PO.BN, RCN / C.A.F. (10 Oct 1932 - 18 Feb 2019) - age 86, of Digby passed away February 18, 2019 at Digby General Hospital. Born in Long Branch, Toronto, Ontario to the late Percival and Gertrude (Simpson) Bragg. Robert joined the Navy in 1951 at the age of 17. He was a Boatswain, diver until he retired as a Petty Officer in 1972. After retirement he farmed and planted large vegetable gardens. He also worked at Cornwallis taking care of the grounds. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 122, Clementsport. He enjoyed hunting with his sons and hounds. He loved to fish, was an avid outdoors man and loved dogs. Robert is survived by wife, Jeannie W. Bragg; daughters, Roberta (Donald Yanke), Wendy (Rick Beaton); sons, Gordon (Colleen Manzer), Angus (Julie Marquette) and Ian; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. Donations in memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. Celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Portrait of Seaman Bragg


HMCS TORONTO - Served in Toronto 1954-1955

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena circa 1969-70

HENNING, James Newton, Surg-LCdr, RCNR (UNTD) (29 Mar 1930 - 04 Feb 2019) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of James (Jim) Newton Henning, in his 89th year in Toronto, Ontario. James was born in Cumberland, B.C. He spent his early years in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and was active in the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) from 1948 to 1965, obtaining the rank of Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander. He attended the University of Victoria and received his Medical Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1955. In 1962, he received his RCPSC specialist in General Pathology. James was a Pathologist at the Henderson Hospital, Hamilton; Director of Laboratories, Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie; and Chief of Laboratory Medicine, Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga. Jim enjoyed many pastimes including music, skiing and woodworking. However, he was happiest in the garden whether in Zone 5 (Lake Simcoe) or in Zone 9 (Ajijic, Mexico). Jim was curious about and read widely on history, world cultures, and current events. He always enjoyed good conversation where he willingly shared his humour and quick wit. Jim was a guiding influence to his children and grandchildren, as well as many young colleagues, friends and acquaintances. He is survived by his wife, Diane (nee Dunbar) of 62 years, and children John (Anne), Robert (Wendy), David (Sarah) and Katherine. He also leaves his 8 grandchildren whom he adored: Kim, Cynthia, Cleve, Lou, Charlie, Sorsha, Ciaran and Liam. (Victoria Times Colonist 23 Feb 2019)


ROBINSON, Milton Edison, Able Seaman - born November 23, 1925, passed away February 19, 2019. He is predeceased by his first wife Edith, son Donald and step-son David. Milton is survived by his loving wife Marianne, daughter Sharon (Bill) Crabb; grandsons Benjamin (Denean) Robinson and Jeffery Crabb; great grandsons Matthew Robinson and Brady Robinson and a great, great granddaughter Aubrey Robinson; step children Linda, Joyce, Gail, John, Bruce and granddaughter Sarah. Milton was an artist working with wood, building houses and a grandfather clock. He was named champion at Wii bowling by scoring a 300 game. He loved to travel which took him all throughout BC, Hawaii, Alaska, United States, England and Scotland. He joined the Navy on Aug. 30, 1943 stationed at St. John, New Brunswick and discharged on Dec. 3, 1945. He was an Able Seaman in the Second World War in the North Atlantic. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or the Central Okanagan Hospice House. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019 at 2:00-4:00 pm at Lakeshore Place, 3200 Lakeshore Road.  Arrangements in care of Valleyview Funeral Home, 250-765-3147. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper 22 Feb 2019)

SMITH, Oscar M., P2SW, RCN (served 1943-1973) (05 May 1926 - 04 Feb 2019) - Oscar passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital with members of three generations at his side. Oscar was born in Big Valley Alberta (Drumheller) the third of twelve siblings. Oscar started working for the Railway at the age of 14. In 1943 he joined the Royal Canadian Forces and pursued a career in the Royal Canadian Navy and was Honorably Discharged in 1973. He worked at the Chief and Petty Officers Mess for the next ten years, at times holding three jobs to provide for his family. Oscar married Dorine A. Boyes in 1948 and had five daughters and four sons. Dorine passed away October 9, 1999. Oscar enjoyed fishing, golf, doing crafts, and travelling down south with his second wife Wynona Bergerud. Oscar enjoyed spending time with Friends playing Keno at Tillicum Mall. You will be missed. Thank you for your service in World War II. (Victoria Times Colonist 20 Feb 2019)



TOKARZ, Walter Jack - Passed away peacefully at Sakura House, Woodstock in his 93rd year, on Sunday February 17, 2019. Born in Poland on October 3, 1926 to George and Nellie Tokarz. Beloved and most devoted husband of 68 years to Olive Jean (Wilson) (d. 2015). Loving and dedicated father to Diane (John) and Robert (d. 1986). Cherished grandfather to Lisa (Tim) and Brian (Stephanie). Amazing great-grandfather to Jaden, Logan, Trinity and Madison. Dearest brother to Ruth, Ed, Bob (Jan), Conrad and Ted (Susan). Predeceased by sisters Helen and Jennie (Joe) and brother James (Mary); brother-in-laws Robert and Jack and sister-in-laws Amy and Joan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Curly will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his special friends Marg and Molly. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to be with his family. His friends will remember him for his kindness and willingness to lend a hand any time. He looked forward to his nightly Skype call with Diane. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 190 for over 65 years. Curly was a proud Navy Veteran and loved to share his life stories with his family. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. His family wish to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at Sakura House for their dignity, kindness and respect shown to him in his final days. Family and friends are invited to his Celebration of Life at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road in Preston, Cambridge. Details will be posted once they have been finalized. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society or Sakura House in Woodstock.

DYKE, David Clayton Brake, PO1, C.A.F. (Navy) - Age 53, of Carroll's Corner, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of family and friends on February 23, 2019. Born in Middleton, he was a son of Claire Dyke-Patriquin and the late Clayton Dyke. David was a retired Petty Officer 1st Class, having proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years. He was a man of many talents - woodworking, rope-making, leather work and many other types of handiwork. David excelled at whatever he put his hand to. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Cape Breton with his friends. David was a thoughtful and loving man and a dedicated husband. He made Russlyn his priority every day. David and his wife were passionate about their horses and travelled with them frequently. David was a man of integrity. Besides his mother, David is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Russlyn; sisters, Debra (William) Leuty, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Barbara MacInnis, Summerside, P.E.I.; nieces, Diane MacInnis (Norman), Lyndsay Butlin; nephews, Tim (Susan) MacInnis, Nick Butlin; as well as a large extended family and group of friends. David was dearly loved by his mother-in-law, Addie. David was predeceased by his father, Clayton Dyke; and his stepfather, Austin Patriquin. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Details will be announced on the funeral home website. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff in the Oncology Department at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, and to Dr. Morzycki at the Dixon Centre, Halifax. Donations in David's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the SPCA. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 25 Feb 2019)




ROWLAND, John Andrew - WW2 Navy Veteran.  Born in Wales. John died 09 Mar 1958.  He is buried in the Mont-Royal Cemetery, Outremont, Quebec

MacNEIL, Peter Joseph, RCN - In front of the fire with his beloved Cape Breton music playing in the background, our father peacefully passed away in his sleep on February 20th, 2019.

Peter Joseph MacNeil, born in Iona, Cape Breton, on May 27, 1930, was the 3rd of 9 surviving children to Malcolm Dan (Benacadie, CB) and Christie Ann MacDonald (Boisdale, CB).

He is preceded by his wife Patricia, older brother and hero Norman, older sister Mary, younger sister and childhood partner-in-crime Theresa, and nephews David, Michael, and Gary. He is survived by his siblings and in-laws John Angus, Dorothy (Bob Mercer), Patricia, Catherine (Ken Partington), and Malcolm (Nancy); children Margaret (Dartmouth), Malcolm (Ruth, Thornhill ON), Maria (Halifax), Norm (Dawn, Ottawa, ON) and Donald (Halifax); grandchildren Theresa, Alex, Danielle, Maria, Sarah, Dianne, Peter, and Carter. “Uncle Peter” will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Peter left Iona in 1948 and joined the Navy, taking him to Esquimalt, BC for training and then serving on the HMCS Magnificent among others. The “Maggie” took him around the world before returning him home full of fond memories of his adventures. In 1954 he graduated from the RCA Institute in New York before joining the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) for the start of television broadcasting from Halifax. He spent 33 years at the CBC, starting out behind the camera at hockey games and in studio during the early days at College Street, and later moved on to technical producer where he, with his fellow ‘pea-in-the-pod’ Fred Martin and crew, travelled the province cultivating local music talent. His work also took him around the world, from Scotland to the Olympics in Mexico and later acted as media liaison for royal and papal visits.

It was at the CBC where he met the love of his life and wife, Patricia (Patsy) Ann Pigot, to whom he would be married for 58 years until her passing in 2015. Peter and Patsy raised their five children in Dartmouth with family summers in Cape Breton.

His great loves were his family, friends, and the great outdoors, having been an avid fisherman and hunter from his childhood days. He was a long-time member of the Grandona Legion (Branch 124). He could fix or build anything and was often found puttering around his homes in Dartmouth and Cape Breton. His pride and joy — the family cottage in Iona — was built by himself and his children on the original family lot where he was born.

Neither retirement nor a horrific tractor accident could slow him down. He continued to paint, help friends and family at a moment’s notice, repair the bells at St. Peter’s, golf with his sons, watch his Leafs and Jays fall short once again, and listen to Cape Breton music which always warmed his heart and put a tap in his toe until his final day.

We would like to thank Dr. Laurie Mallory, Dr. Judith Mader, his extended family, and his multiple caregivers — particularly Amber, who was “just perfect”.

In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to our mother’s scholarship at the Sacred Heart School in Halifax, or go have a beer at the Midtown Tavern — his favourite watering hole since his navy days — and toast life.

Visitation will be at Dartmouth Funeral Home, Thursday February 28th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm, with funeral services at St. Peter’s Parish (10 Maple St., Dartmouth) on Saturday March 2nd at 10 am. He and Patsy will be laid to rest at a later date in Iona — overlooking his beloved Bras d’Or Lake.  (Halifax Today 27 Feb 2019)



MILLIER, Pierre Maurice (Moe), Telegraphist - was 96 years old when he passed away peacefully during the early morning of February 25, 2019, in his room at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII in Halifax. He was fortunate to have been able to live the final three Maurice "Moe" Millier was 96 years old when he passed away peacefully during the early morning of February 25, 2019, in his room at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII in Halifax. He was fortunate to have been able to live the final three years of his life there amongst war veterans of his generation, and in the care of the truly remarkable VMB staff who make it their highest priority to assist and bring happiness to the veterans there. Maurice was born in Montreal on January 16, 1923, the only son of Adrienne (Patenaude) Millier and Richard Millier. Soon after he finished school, the Second World War broke out and he enlisted in the Navy as a telegrapher. He did his military service on board the HMCS Esquimalt and at radio facilities on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. After the war, he returned to Montreal and married Mabel Alice Duncan. In 1951 they gave birth to their first son, Brian Edward and two years later to son, Robert James. He worked as the Quebec Regional Sales Representative for Canadian Keyes Fibre, which is based in Hantsport. In 1961 he accepted a promotion to Sales Manager for Canadian Keyes Fibre, and ultimately became Vice-President-Marketing for the company. During this time in Hantsport, he became an Amateur Radio Operator (VE1AMO), based upon his earlier war-time experience as a telegrapher. The Annapolis Valley has many "ham operators", and he made quite a few friends from their ranks. His Marketing position involved a lot of travelling, which he found too stressful in his 50's, so he left Canadian Keyes Fibre in 1971 and opened up the first Radio Shack franchise in Nova Scotia in Dartmouth, in the early 70s. This was a family-run business, with everyone working in some capacity, for the five years that he operated the store. Running the store was tough work but was probably the period in which the family maintained its closest ties. Unfortunately, as they approached retirement age, his wife Mabel contracted cancer. With her failing health in mind, Maurice retired early and they spent as much time together as possible enjoying several extended trips to the US southern states in their little Boler trailer. Some time after Mabel's passing, Maurice met Isabelle Gibson from Centreville. From this relationship, Maurice was welcomed into the very large Gibson family, which was a blessing for him, as his own family was small, and most of his career friends had by that time already passed away. They lived happily together in Kentville and later in Centreville, for a dozen years or so until Isabelle passed away. Maurice's surviving family consist of his son, Brian and wife Jeannine Romard and son, Robert and wife Adriean (King) Millier. Robert/Adriean have a son, Mitchell/fiancée Allie Mitchell; stepgrandson, Logan Brown, and son, Martin; grandchild, Brittyn Zacharuck Millier. Maurice is also remembered by the Gibson family: Brian and Teriann, David and Cathy, Craig and Debbie, Annie and Ron Spears, Sonny Gibson, Heather Gibson Goodall, Cheryl Gibson Byard, Michael Gibson and Mario Mercado, and CecilleEvans. Mabel and Maurice lived in several towns in Nova Scotia during their adult lives and were most recently members of St. James Anglican Church in Kentville. Later, Maurice and Isabel Gibson attended Centreville Baptist Church. Robert and I consider Maurice and Mabel to have been exemplary parents, and both are a treasured part of our lives. A memorial service will be held in the Veteran's Memorial Building in March (date not yet set). (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 27 Feb 2019)




DUNWOODY, Samuel George, P1ET, RCN / C.A.F. (served 17 Jan 1967 - 30 Jun 1989) (06 Nov 1949 - 20 Feb 2019) - It is with sinking hearts we announce that George’s ship sailed to his final destination on February 20th, 2019 from St. Boniface Hospital Cardiac Care Unit. He was surrounded by his loving family, who had been with him every step of the way as he fought the toughest battle of his life to remain with us.

George was raised in Pointe du Bois along with six sisters. It was there that he developed friendships that would last his lifetime. He left home at the young age of 16 to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He was sworn in on January 17th, 1967 where he proudly served his country until his retirement as Petty Officer on June 30th, 1989. He always said it was the Navy that reared him, nurtured him & where he spent the most satisfying years of his life.

He married the love of his life & best friend Arlene Seymour on March 26th, 1970 in Halifax. His first posting was in Dartmouth, NS . In 1974 they moved to Victoria, BC where they stayed until his retirement in 1989.

Post retirement he moved his family to Winnipeg . In 2010 they moved to Wawanesa, MB to be closer to their son Peter’s family .He enjoyed his reconnection with the outdoors while there fishing, hunting & quadding.

They moved back to Winnipeg in 2014 to be closer to the facilities he needed for his ongoing medical needs. It was during this time that George developed a love for hockey and enjoyed going out to cheer on his grandsons, and rarely missed the opportunity to watch the Jets play.

He leaves to mourn his loving & devoted wife Arlene, Sons Bobby (Rhonda) Peter (Candace) Daughter Kim (Chris) Grandchildren Cody, Kolton, Braiden (Hannah) Zak, Addie & Trey.

Sisters Judy (Glen), Sheila, Ruth (Bob), Cathy (Laurence) & Peggy & Brother –in Law Donny. Mother In-law Janette ,Father-in-Law Clifford (Nancy) Dolly (Reg),AnnMarie (Richard), Hilda (Ladd), Lynn, Patricia (Paul), Elizabeth (Paul), Bernie (Joyce), Billy & Wayne.

Predeceased by parents Sam & Isabelle, sister Pat Cure, Brother in laws, Bill Olive, Keith Veilleux, Patrick Rogocki, Domenico DiClemente, Steve Seymour, Clifford Seymour & Gord Storegan.

Friends may join us for a final Salute to George on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, 45 McArthur Avenue in Lac du Bonnet.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation c/o Heart Failure Clinic Fund, Room C1026-409 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6.






HMCS QU'APPELLE - Served in Qu'Appelle in 1978 as a LS




HAGGLUND, Clifford Andrew, Stoker 1c - We are saddened to announce the passing of Clifford Andrew Hagglund at Concordia Hospital on February 4, 2019 at the age of 95. He is survived by his son Craig and daughters, Karen and Cathy (Joe), grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clifford was predeceased by his loving wife Norma, daughter Gail and grandson Brandon. Clifford was a stoker first class for the navy in Halifax for two years. After that he became a carpenter by trade and built the house that he lived in for the last 58 years of his life. He was vice president of the Norwood Legion for some time. He enjoyed going to the Legion with his wife and friends and would get up and dance any chance he could. Clifford was a loving and devoted father and grandfather and will be missed dearly. Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Feb 2019)



RITCHIE, Walter Leggett, V9851, RCNVR (27 Dec 1920 - 17 Feb 2019) - passed away peacefully on February 17, 2019, in Winnipeg at the Deer Lodge Centre, at the age of 98. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years, Denise; his sons, Jeffrey (Margaret) of Nanaimo, BC and Duncan (Jackie) of Burlington, ON; sister Margaret of California; grandchildren, Matthew, Katie (Peter), Emily (Mike), Andrew and Phyllis (Glen); 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brothers, Tom and Alex. Walter was born December 27, 1920 and grew up in Winnipeg. He worked with the T. Eaton Co. for 46 years, with eight years in the Calgary store in the "Good Old Years". He served five and a half years with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War, including service aboard the HMCS WASKESIU at the time of the sinking of the German submarine U257. He enjoyed building and spending time at the cottage on Lake Manitoba, improving on it each year as he was always happy with his hammer and saw along with his other hobby, photography. He enjoyed his curling at Deer Lodge Curling Club and his golf at Blumberg in the summer. He was a long-time member of St. Stephens & St. Bedes Church. A special thanks to the staff at Deer Lodge for their caring support. (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Feb 2019)


HMCS WASKESIU - Served in WASKESIU 1943-1944.  Was on board her during the action against U-257.


Photo of Walter Leggett Ritchie

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

Vol. 12 No. 5 dated 31 Dec 1940

For Winnipeg and Western Branches

(Winnipeg Branch)


BIAGIONI, Elmo Eugene - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elmo Biagioni on February 19, 2019 at the age of 93 at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice in Kamloops, BC.

Elmo was born in Penticton, BC on August 27, 1925 to Rose and Nicholas Biagioni. He spent his early years exploring the hills and fields near his home. When Elmo was 17 years of age, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy and took his basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia and bravely served his country during World War II from 1943 to 1946. After the war, Elmo returned to Penticton and worked as a plasterer and stone mason. In 1948, during a visit to Kamloops, he attended a dance and met the love of his life Evelyn (Sandy) Alexander. They married on September 17, 1949 and settled in Penticton where their daughter Cheryl-Ann (Sherry) was born in 1950. In September 1951, Elmo began his career as a conductor with the Canadian Pacific Railway and he moved his family to Kamloops where their son Robert was born in 1953 and then son Mark in 1969.

Elmo was a hardworking and dedicated employee with the Canadian Pacific Railway for 37 years. During this time, he made many longtime friends and had countless tales to tell of his adventures on the railway. He retired on February 1, 1988.

In 1959, Elmo and Sandy bought a two acre parcel of land on Valleyview Drive and proceeded to build their home. Elmo took great pride in his yard and manicured lawns and worked tirelessly in his large vegetable garden and extensive flower beds even after turning ninety. Elmo was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved fishing, hunting and tying flies. He volunteered for many years with the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association and in March 2007 was awarded a Life Time Membership. He loved spending time with his numerous friends and family and hosted many a barbeque in the family backyard. Elmo was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and was always there to lend a helping hand for those in need. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humour, huge goofy grin and great laugh.

Elmo was predeceased by his parents Rose and Nicholas, brother Peter and son Mark. Elmo is survived by his wife Sandy of 69 years, daughter Sherry Solecki (John), son Robert Biagioni (Laura), brother Robert Biagioni (Elizabeth), sisters Yvonne Biagioni, Juanita Ryan (Peter), sister-in-law Joan Biagioni, grandchildren Jessie Solecki, Casey Delves (Brian), Steven Biagioni, Kurt Biagioni (Maggie), Mark Biagioni (Megan), great-grandchildren Abigail Delves, Andrew Delves, Alison Delves, Avery Biagioni, Barrett Biagioni, nieces Nicole Reynolds, Kathleen Biagioni (Michael Schreiner), Benjamin Biagioni, Michael Biagioni, Darcy Biagioni (Karina), Chris Biagioni (Julie), Colin Biagioni and eight great-nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Loland, the nurses on 7 North at Royal Inland Hospital and nurses and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice. Thank you for your loving care of Elmo and support.

A Funeral Mass for Elmo will be held at the Holy Family Parish, 2797 Sunset Drive, Kamloops, BC on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 10:50 am. A reception in the church hall will follow the service. A family interment will follow at the Hillside Cemetery. (Kamloops This Week 26 Feb 2019)

WILLIAMS, Sarah Elizabeth (Sally), WRCNS (nee WATT) - (BA, University of Toronto) Peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sally passed away at Bethell House Hospice, Inglewood, Ontario, on February 26, 2019. She was in her 97th year; born in Toronto on July 28, 1922, to Casey and Marianetta (Etta) (McLean) Watt. Growing up during the Depression, she learned from them how small acts of kindness could impact others' lives. It was a lesson she practiced for the rest of her life. Beloved wife and best friend of Bill (Howard Aubrey Williams). Devoted mother of David (Dianne nee Correia) and Wendy Peyer (Danny). Much-loved Nana of Robyn, Lindsey and Kirby Peyer and Donovan McLeod-Williams and cherished Aunt to her nephew Duncan Kerr, of England. Sally studied at John Ross Robinson Elementary School, Bishop Strachan School and graduated from the University of Toronto, University College, in 1944. Sally was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and University Women's Club of Toronto. During her youth, she skated at the Toronto Skating Club and was a long-standing member of the Granite Club. During WWII, she served for 2 years with the "WRENS" (Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) in HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia where she was the Base Captain's driver. Following WWII, Sally worked in the hematology department at the Toronto General Hospital and then at St. George's Hospital, High Park Corner, London, England. Sally met Bill in England, married and settled there for a few years before returning to Canada to raise their family. Sally volunteered with the West End Creche, Humewood House, McMillan Bloorview Children's Hospital, St. George's College Ladies Guide and was a founding member of the board for Casey House, Canada's first and only stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS. As a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church for over 60 years, Sally was a devoted member of the Anglican Church Women, Chancel Guild team and the Winchester Group (formerly Hunter Group). Friends may call at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, on Thursday, February 28th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in St. Paul's Anglican Church, 227 Bloor St. E. (west of Jarvis St.), on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow the service. Cremation. In lieu of flowers and if desired, the family would appreciate donations to St. Paul's Anglican Church Heritage Fund, 227 Bloor St. E., Toronto, ON M4W 1C8, Bethell Hospice Foundation, PO Box 75, Inglewood, ON L7C 3L6 or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank everyone at North York General Hospital, the Central and Central West LHIN Palliative Support Teams; and especially everyone at the Bethell House Hospice for their care and support during Sally's final journey "home". (Toronto Star 27 Feb 2019)


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MOFFAT, Kenneth Reid - Born in Quesnel, B.C. on August 8, 1925, Ken Moffat died peacefully on February 18, 2019 at Ponderosa Lodge in Kamloops.

Survived by his daughter, Lynn, and predeceased by brothers Harry and Norman and by his love of fifty years, Greta Peters, Ken lived a life full of fun and not a little adventure.

A staunch supporter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3453, Ken also enjoyed membership in the Elks Lodge and the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans. In the latter stages of World War II, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy.

After his stint in the Navy, Ken returned to the B.C. interior, where he met and married Joan Seymour. They lived at the Moffat Ranch at Alexandria, later moving to the Westsyde area of Kamloops. Following their divorce, Ken met Greta Peters as he was walking, probably deliberately, past her home on Westsyde Road. Thus began a loving and enduring relationship which continued until Greta's death, just a year ago.

All his life, Ken remained fiercely and justly proud of his family's history in the Cariboo, which dated back to 1875. The original house on the ranch, the Moffatt House, was a roadhouse on the Cariboo Wagon Road, and the ranch continues to be run by his nephew, David Moffat and his wife Margaret.

For most of his working life, Ken was involved in the trucking industry. While employed by McGavin's Bakery, he met John Radmacher and together they formed Beaver Trucking Service, where Ken remained until his retirement (sort of) in 1975, following which he and Greta took a year-long trip through the United States and several Central American countries with their 5th wheel trailer. Upon their return, Ken bought a truck in partnership with Garnett Bloxom and they lowbedded for Robo Transport for a few years.

Ken taught many to drive truck and he was a good teacher, provided his students could handle his often caustic and biting criticism. He seemed to shift from mentor to tormenter with an uncommon ease.

A self-appointed authority on almost all matters, Ken had a keen interest in subjects ranging from motor transport to bee-keeping to politics to lawn-mowing and could be relied upon to deliver himself of an opinion on almost any topic. Whatever it was, he was decidedly quick to explain how you were doing it wrong. However, if pressed, he would reluctantly concede that his free advice was "worth every penny of it".

To say that Ken Moffat had a colourful turn of phrase would be the master of all understatements. It was impossible to be in his company for more than a few moments without finding yourself laughing. His family hopes that his many friends will join in reliving that laughter at a memorial to be held at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River Street, on Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00pm. (Kamloops This Week 26 Feb 2019)

STOBIE, David, Cook, C.A.F. (served 1969-1992) (21 Oct 1952 - 25 Feb 2019) - Peacefully in his 67th year, David Stobie passed away on February 25th, 2019 at North York General Hospital. Predeceased by his father James, mother Patricia, sister Barbara, brother John and sister-in-laws Mary and Ann. Dave will be dearly missed by his children Michael (Debbi) and Heather (Shawn). His Grandson Tristan. His partner Beverley. Brothers Bernie and Bob (Margaret) and sister Cathy (Jeremy). Nephews and nieces Frank, Bo, Michelle, Candi, Johnny, Carol, Janice, Dax, William, Alan, Andrew, Richard, Deja and Victoria and several great nieces and nephews. Dave served proudly in the military, first in 1PPCLI in Calgary, and later as a great cook in the Navy on submarines and ships. He did two peacekeeping tours, one in Cyprus and the other in the Golan Heights. He served from 1969 - 1992. Dave took on a few odd jobs before moving to Toronto. He worked for BTS for 20 years, proudly walking the 401. He loved his music and karaoke. Dave thoroughly enjoyed being the centre of attention. Dave was also a huge animal lover, spending hours feeding his squirrels and birds. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.



WEBSTER, Charles Robert, RCNVR - Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, March 31, 1926 to Charles William and Eva Muriel (nee Phalen) Webster. He died at Mississauga, Ontario, February 6, 2019. Bob attended public and high school in Grimsby and at Lakefield, Ontario. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserve in 1944 and sailed in the North Atlantic convoys. Upon returning home in 1946 he completed high school and attended McMaster University. Bob married Kathleen Annie Yeager on September 16, 1950 in Grimsby. He gained work at the British-American oil refinery in Clarkson, Ontario and later transferred to the BA head office in Toronto. Following this he worked at the United Way of Greater Toronto, during which time he returned to McMaster University part time and earned a Masters of Social Work. His career finished up in human resources at Sunnybrook Hospital. Sailing out of Port Credit Yacht Club was a favourite summertime activity and world travel included Europe, Venezuela, Philippines and Caribbean. Bob remained active in the Naval Reserve for many years, he was a Mason and enjoyed Shrine activities. Bob and Kathleen had two children Gwen and Ian, one grandchild Daniel and two great-grandchildren Brayden and Avaya. (Toronto Star 27 Feb 2019)

PALMER, Jim, C2SN, RCN / C.A.F. - Jim died of a heart attack while at sea on 21 Oct 1982.


Jim was serving in Kootenay on the day of the explosion as a C2SN.


Photo of a younger Jim Palmer


HMCS KOOTENAY - Jim Palmer was serving in Kootenay as a C2SN at the time of the explosion

GRISWOLD, Freeman, Petty Officer - Died 1998. Freeman is buried in the Haliburton Cemetery, Pictou, NS


PO Freeman Griswold on fo'c's'le of unknown ship - Feb 1941


HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux during WW 2

ROSTEK, Frederick Francis Sr., 12438-H, RCN / C.A.F.  - Age 87 of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 28, 2019 in the VG Site, QEII, Palliative Care Unit in Halifax. Born on April 29, 1931 in Scotchtown, Cape Breton, Dad was the first son of Frank and Mary Rostek. Age 87 of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 28, 2019 in the VG Site, QEII, Palliative Care Unit in Halifax. Born on April 29, 1931 in Scotchtown, Cape Breton, Dad was the first son of Frank and Mary Rostek. Fred was predeceased by his wife, the love of his life, his "Angel" Joan. They were married 57 years. Fred joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950 and retired in 1978, fulfilling two tours of duty in Korea. Upon retiring from the Navy, Fred worked with Hammonds Plains Elementary School as a bus driver where he thoroughly enjoyed his tenure there for 18 years. Fred was also a member of the Knights of Columbus (15 years). Fred had a lifetime enjoyment of carpentry (built the family home), gardening (green thumb), hunting and was the "Master Fixer of all Things Broken". He loved telling both good and bad jokes and his laugh was undeniably contagious. Most importantly, Dad loved family and family gatherings. He is survived by children, Karen (Dave Munro), Michèle "Chele" (Trevor Fossum), Fred "Sonny" (Miriam), Mary Lynn Darlington and Taunya Clark; grandchildren, Frederick "Rick", Jaquelynn "Jacqui", Christina, Kaitlyn, Nathanael "Nate", Paul, Mark, Andrew "Drew", Jason "Jay", Tyler, Jacob, Breanna, Christopher, Brett; great-grandchildren, Santino "Tino", Carson, Ethan, Alea, Emmi; sister, Darlene Rostek, and brother, Frank Rostek (Anne). Dad was predeceased by his sisters, Mary, Violet, Esther and Frances; grandson, Joshua. Visitation Wednesday, March 6th, 1-4 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr. Mass will be held in St. John Vianney Church, Thursday, March 7th, at 11 a.m.; reception to follow in the church hall from 12-2 p.m. Burial in Oakridge Memorial Gardens at 2:30 p.m. The family would like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to: Nurse Keith at the VG TAVI Clinic, VG Palliative Care Unit especially Nurse Sandy, and Valerie Collins for attending to Dad after he passed in preparation for next steps. A very special thank you for all of their care of Dad over the past several years to our sisters, Mary Lynn and Miriam. They have been special blessings to Dad. The Rostek family is most appreciative for all of your devout prayers. Donations to "Operation Smile South Africa" (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 04 Mar 2019)

DICKSON, Jack Eugene, C1ET, RCN - (1927 - 08 Jul 2017) With much sadness, but with gratitude for a life well lived, we announce the passing of Jack Eugene Dickson on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1927, Jack was the eldest son of the late Eugene F. and Marguerite (Maltais) Dickson. Jack served 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, enlisting with the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1944 and retiring from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1971 as a Chief Warrant Officer. After his naval career Jack was employed as an Electrical Instructor at NBCC in Saint John for 17 years, retiring in 1987. Besides his family Jack loved the outdoors and spending time at the cottage. Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife Charlotte (Hanusiak) of 61 years; daughter Mary-Lynn Dickson (David Hebert) of Dartmouth, NS; sons Michael (Debbie) of Quispamsis, Donald (Tanya) of Quispamsis, Paul (Robyn) of Baxter's Corner, Robert (Deborah) of Dartmouth, NS; sister Blanche Karley of Kitchener, ON; sister-in- law Gloria Dickson of Penticton, BC; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his brother Keith Dickson and sister Elizabeth Scougall. Arrangements are under the direction of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424). At the family's request, there is no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial is taking place at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, 135 Simpson Drive on Thursday, July 13th at 11 am. Interment will be held in Grande-Digue, NB at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack may be made to the East Saint John Food Bank or to a charity of the donor's choice. The family would like to thank the staff of the Anti-Coagulation Clinic, Dr. Bewick and Nurse Jane Boyd-Aucoin of the Heart Function Clinic, Dr. Bill O'Brien and the staff of 4B South of the Saint John Regional Hospital for their compassionate care.


HMCS ANNAPOLIS - Commissioning crew as a C1ET

MANNING, Robert Harry, RCN - Age 81, of Dartmouth. It is with great sadness that the family of Bob Manning announces his sudden passing on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Bob died peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Sarnia, Ont., to Pearl and Frank Manning. He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie (Mintern);as well as his parents; and sister, Judy. He is survived by his children, Dawn (Charlie Verge), Brenda, Robbie (Louise), Lori (Todd Watson). He was a wonderful Papa to his grandchildren, Justin, Brandon (Connie McInnes), Ashton (Mark Ross), Jarred, Jeffrey, Nick, Nathan, and his great-grandchildren, Kahlan, Brayden, Emalee. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Diana(Les Hedger) of Hamilton; and sisters-in-law, Jennifer and Dolly Mintern. Bob served in the Royal Canadian Navy for five years, HMCS Star Hamilton, Cornwallis, and Shearwater. Dad joined the Dartmouth City Police Department in 1961, retiring as a Sergeant after 32 years. After serving in many departments he was proud to lead the City's Traffic Authority and the Motorcycle Division for 14 years. His passion was health and fitness, working with horses and riding motorcycles with his dear friend Brian McCarthy. We know that Dad's broken heart is finally at peace because he is forever reunited with the love of his life of 61 years, Marj. A private family service will be held to celebrate Bob's life.




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