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)

 

IVES, Richard Thomas, RCN - The family of Richard Ives is sad to share the news that he passed away on March 2, 2019 at age 85. Though sad, we know that Richard had a wonderful and full life. This is something we will cherish and celebrate. Richard and his nine siblings grew up The family of Richard Ives is sad to share the news that he passed away on March 2, 2019 at age 85. Though sad, we know that Richard had a wonderful and full life. This is something we will cherish and celebrate. Richard and his nine siblings grew up in Cudworth, Sask., a small community where everyone knew each other and were friends. He joined the Navy at age 19 and served on a number of naval ships. He was proud of his service and received the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal and the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. After 30 years in the Navy, Richard started his second career as a physics technician at Saint Mary's University. When he retired in 1995 he volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion and with Kiwanis (Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Woodlawn). He was the person we all called upon when something needed to be built or fixed. Richard enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, watching old Western movies, playing bridge, walking his dog Newton and travelling. It was by walking Newton that Richard met his second wife, Mona Sibley whom he was married to for 26 happy years. Mona and his family will dearly miss him: his children, Richard (Heather), Nancy, Doug (Becki), and son-in-law, Thom Hori; his grandchildren, Andrew, Thomas, Dashiell and Sam; his siblings, Bill, Walter, Clinton, Ernie, Beatrice, Kathleen and their families; and his granddogs. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sally Hori; his son-in-law, Brian Miller; and siblings, Ronald, Leslie and Alice. The family would like to thank Richard's caregivers at Parkland Estates (Lewis Hall) for looking after him the last two and a half years and the staff at Dartmouth General Hospital (4th floor East Wing) for the compassionate care given to him (and to us) during his week in the hospital. In accordance with Richard's wishes he has been cremated and his ashes will be buried at sea. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held March 9th at 2:30 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, followed by a reception. Donations in his memory may be made to Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 06 Mar 2019)

BINGLEY, George B., RCNR - Born 1916  Died 1998.  George is buried in the Fisherman's Harbour Cemetery, Fisherman's Harbour, Guysborough Co., NS

McFARLANE, William Vincent, C2HT, RCN / C.A.F.  (23 Feb 1941 - 03 Jan 2019) - It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Bill. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 55 years, Joan; his son Blake, and grandsons Ryan, Jordan and Jacob. Survived by siblings Lorna Hart, Wayne McFarlane (Shirley), Lyn McCulloch, Frances Racher (Doug) and nieces and nephews. Remembered by Don and Colleen Parker. Predeceased by daughter Heather Osborne (1994) Bill was a member of Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years serving on many ships. He was a member of V.M.C. and Victoria Darts Association. Special thanks to Drs. M. Lane, R. Weir, G. Steinhoff, M. Metcalf, E. Fretz, Esquimalt/West Shore Health Unit. There will be no service as per his request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or Heart & Stroke Foundation.

 

GREENWOOD, Armand, Clearance Diver, RCN / C.A.F. - It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Armand Charles Greenwood, due to a heart attack, on December 19, 2017 in Barriere, BC. Armand was 69 years old. Armand was born in Trail, BC on February 25, 1948, the third of three children. He grew up in the Trail/Castlegar area where he attended school. Right from the start, Armand was very athletic and into sports where he had set several BC high school track and field records and was an avid baseball pitcher. In March of 1966 Armand joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served for 14 years. He started as a Ship's Weapon Service Technician and quickly made his way to a Ship's Diver. While being stationed at the Navy Diving Unit in Esquimalt BC, he moved on to become a Deep-Sea Diver and Explosives Demolition Technician. The Navy took Armand all over the Pacific to places like Japan, Australia, Hawaii, Vietnam, North America's West Coast and the East Coast of Canada. In 1967 Armand traveled across Canada with the Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo where displays of Military history were performed. He was a member of the Canon Brigade in the Navy Tattoo. While Armand was in the Navy he was also an accomplished Golden Gloves Boxer. Armand met Judy in 1970 in Victoria, BC. The two were later wed on August 28th, 1971. The newlyweds resided at the Navel housing at Rocky Point just outside of Victoria, BC where they had two daughters. Armand continued in the Navy until he requested release in 1980.

 

The family moved to Barriere, BC later that year where they purchased 60 acres and built their dream log home. Armand started a new career path of truck driving. He started working for Gilbert Smith Forest Products as a logging truck driver where he was very proud of his old Hayes truck. He was also a highway driver for KenWes Trucking around that time. Dad graduated up to a new Peterbilt when he started driving logging truck for Keith Russell. We don't think there was ever a truck that was polished so much. Armand continued his love of baseball where he volunteered as coach in Barriere. During the spring break of April 1989, Armand had another career change. He got the opportunity to apply for a job at Ledcor at the Samatosum mine just outside of Barriere. He started with Ledcor as a heavy-duty mechanic and welder in the mining sector. With Armand's strong work ethic and his quiet assertive character, he quickly advanced to Master Mechanic and on to be a Mechanical and Equipment Supervisor. With this position Armand did a lot of travelling, working in Northern BC and Alberta, Yellow Knife and 7 years in various mines in Nevada, Idaho, California and Arizona. Armand thoroughly enjoyed his job with the Ledcor company where he initially retired in 2011. He then went to work part time for Gram in Barriere, to keep busy as he wasn't good at sitting idle. Ledcor contacted him in 2012 to pull him out of retirement where he worked for an additional two years. In 2014, Armand retired to the acreage in Barriere with Judy where he worked part-time as a mechanic and snow plow driver for Murray Purcha & Sons. Armand loved to work and keep busy and was very grateful for this part-time job. Alongside Judy, they ran Sienna Stables at their acreage keeping busy boarding horses, building the barn, shelters and general upkeep. Armand also loved to help out around his daughter and son-in-law's farm in Alberta driving combine, baling hay, fixing equipment and helping with the cattle. Armand's favorite past times were being at the lake with his family boating and water skiing, playing with his dogs, golfing, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and watching NASCAR racing. He will be greatly missed by his wife, family and all who knew him. Armand leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years Judy (nee Murray), daughters; Kathlyn (David) Peltzer, Daphne Sheehan, grandchildren; Bryanne and Lyndsey Peltzer, Reyse Hudson, Lacey and Tripper Sheehan, mother Eva Long, sister Jackie (Jim) Whaley, brother Alfred (Roberta) Greenwood and numerous nieces and nephews. Armand was predeceased by his father Leonard. In memory of Armand, if friends desire memorial tributes can be made to the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence, Box 212 Barriere BC, V0E-1E0, or the BC SPCA (Kamloops), 1211 8th St, Kamloops BC, V2B 2Y3 A celebration of life will be held in the Spring of 2018.

 

HMCS GATINEAU

HMCS MACKENZIE

HENN, Richard Arthur, RCN - It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Arthur Henn on March 5th, 2019. Rick in his 75th year, after a valiant battle, passed at Surrey Memorial Hospital with his son and daughter by his side. Rick is predeceased by his parents Dave and Alice Henn, his brother Arone (Katherine) all of whom opened their arms to walk with him through his next journey. Rick is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Shirley (nee Cormier), his children Dion (Mary) and Charline (Darren Morris), and the love of his life, his grandson Dylan (Buckwheat). His brother Dave (Elanor) and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Rick was proudest of his family but also of his service to his country in the Navy, he served on the Cayuga, and his boxing years. Rick was a long-time resident of Surrey, British Columbia and grew up in Deep Cove in North Vancouver. He never strayed far from sight of the mountains and spent his happiest times with friends at the Vancouver Racetrack, where he was known as the Carrot Man, and with family and friends at the Cabin at Loon Lake, BC. In true Rick fashion we will be holding a celebration of life in early June to allow for family and friends to come together in the warmth of sunshine and in the spirit of fun. We will announce details as we finalize everything in the late spring. After Rick’s celebration of life, he will be laid to rest with his Mom, Dad, Bob Gaucher, and Jack Phillips in God’s Country, also known as the Cabin at Loon Lake. We will forever hear, “Good morning, Captain, good morning to you” echoing across the lake. In lieu of flowers or sympathies, please donate to a charity of your choice, Rick was a very generous man and would have wanted it that way. Dad, you were a great husband and father, an amazing Pop, loved your family with all you had, a true friend to many, and had never met stranger that he wouldn't take the time for or talk with. The world just isn’t as happy as it was with you in it…We love you!

 

HMCS CAYUGA

MURRAY, Kenneth George, C.M. (17 Oct 1924 - 02 Mar 2019 After a long full life, lived with purpose and generosity, Ken Murray died peacefully in Guelph at Hospice Wellington in his 95th year on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughters, Susan Pearce (Richard) and Leslie Harwood (Fred); his grandchildren, Andrew Harwood (Kristin) and Lauren Harwood; and his great-grandson, James Murray Harwood. He is lovingly remembered by Marilyn's children and the extended Robinson family. Ken was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Volker (1995); his brother, Donald (Margaret); sister, Jean Shetler (Elmer); and parents, George Murray and Vera Irwin. A son of the manse, Ken was born in 1924 in Chatham, Ontario and grew up in small town Ontario - Buxton, Newbury, Zephyr and Keene. After serving two years in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War, he enrolled in the Ontario Agricultural College in 1946, married Helen Volker from Kitchener in 1948 and graduated in 1950 with a BSc (Agriculture). His first job was as a salesman for J.M. Schneider Inc. in Kitchener, and he retired in 1987 as President. Following retirement, Ken played a leadership role for more than 20 years at the Homewood Health Centre, serving as President and Chair, creating the Homewood Foundation and sitting on the Homewood Research Institute Board. Raising beef cattle was a favorite pastime for Ken, both on his home farm in North Dumfries Township and later in Bruce County. Ken lived his life following the example of his minister father. He loved and was proud of his family. He was committed to the communities where he lived. He believed in giving back. He revelled in meeting new people. He found joy in supporting local causes and participating in their activities and special events. He was an active church member in the communities where he lived: Trinity United, Kitchener; Knox United, Ayr; Ellis Pioneer Chapel, Puslinch Twp. and Harcourt Memorial United, Guelph. Many organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and beyond benefitted from his leadership and support. The Universities of Guelph, Waterloo and Laurier have all benefitted from Ken's generous spirit, particularly his support for student scholarships and awards and he has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of those contributions. He received honorary degrees from the University of Waterloo (1995) and the University of Guelph (1996). And one of his proudest moments was in 2001 when he became a member of the Order of Canada. In 1996, Ken married Marilyn Robinson, who has been his soulmate and loving partner for more than 22 years. Together they continued their love of volunteering, travelling and connecting with family and friends. A celebration of Ken's life will take place at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at University of Guelph Arboretum, College Ave. E., Guelph. Burial will take place at a later date at the Ayr Cemetery, Ayr Ontario. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ken, please consider a donation to the Ken Murray Fund at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, Harcourt Memorial United Church, Guelph or Hospice Wellington. (Globe and Mail 09 Mar 2013)

WELLS, Albert (Bud) (15 Jul 1937 - 23 Feb 2019) - Bud passed away Feb 23, 2019 at Luther Court. Predeceased by his wife Lorna, father Fred, mother Vera and infant son Kevin. Survived by son Larry (Dianne), daughter Laurie, grandchildren Raider, Talon and Kelly, sister Lucille (Richard) and many nieces, nephews and friends. Bud served 25 years in the Navy, followed by many years working for the Municipality of Victoria in the paint shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. Thanks to the staff at Glenwarren Lodge and Luther Court, your hard work was very much appreciated. No funeral service by request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 09 Mar 2019)

OXHOLM, Bendt Alexander O'Neil, CMM, Brigadier-General (Pilot), RCN / C.A.F. - Born on September 4, 1930, Seven Sisters Falls, MB and passed away on January 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC.

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1954 as a Lt (P), RCN as Hangar Control Officer

HMCS MICMAC - Served in Micmac in 1960 as a LCdr, RCN as Weapons and Training Officer

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville in 1961 as LCdr, RCN, XO

JACKSON, Kenneth, C.A.F. (Navy) - Passed away unexpectedly at the University Hospital - London on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the age of 59 with family at his side. Loving husband of Elaine. Beloved son of the late Ken and Vi Jackson. Dear brother of Susan Gervais (Noel) and Terry and Jim Parr. Ken will also be missed by his nieces and nephews. Ken served proudly in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 34 years. Friends are invited to visit the the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. E. 705-759-2522) on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 12 pm to 12:45 pm with a memorial service to follow in the chapel at 1:00 pm. Very Rev. James McShane officiating. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

HMCS REGINA - Served in Regina as a PO1

FAIRTHORNE, Gary Thomas, MMM, RCN(R) - Passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 3, 2019 at the age of 76 years, after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy (nee Mailhiot) and was the cherished father of Shelley Mae Spina (Lance), and Randy Fairthorne (Rosa). Proud grandfather of Ashley, Brandi, Gilles (Carly), Jesse, Joscelyn (Zack), Josh (Chantelle), Kristi (Luke), and great grandfather/ ”GG” to 11 great grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Bonnie Fairthorne and sister in law Madeleine Fairthorne. His soul is reunited with his parents Ethel and Murray Fairthorne and siblings Jeannie Webster, and John Carl Fairthorne. Gary was an inspiration throughout his treatment and care. His positive attitude and bravery kept us all going. His spirit and will to live never wavered, even when faced with seemingly endless obstacles. He won the battles but lost the war. GARY LOVED LIFE and truly lived it to the fullest! He will always be our HERO!

Gary worked at Byers Truck and Trailer and eventually became co-owner of Bogar Truck Parts and Service from which he retired. He began a new career delivering for Big V Drug Stores (1992) finishing at Shoppers Drug Mart with coworkers with whom he loved and called family. His customers became his friends and he truly loved his job. Gary was a life-long parishioner of St. George’s Anglican Church and active member at St. John’s Anglican Church. He also loved his 22 seasons of camping at Leisure Lake Camp Ground, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed watching Sydney Crosby and his favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Gary proudly served with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 38 years and received the Order of Military Merit (MMM) in 1992. He was the first of only 2 members of HMCS Hunter to have been awarded this honour. Recently, the Drill Deck in the new HMCS Hunter was named in his honour as a tribute to his dedicated service. Gary’s achievements, honours and community involvement activities were countless. He devoted his life to service and others. A special thank you to the Windsor Cancer Centre at Met. Campus and the Palliative Care Unit at the Y. Emara Centre for all of your compassionate care.

Visiting Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 pm with a service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Naval Association at 7:30 pm. A Funeral Service Celebrating Gary’s Life will be on Saturday 11:30 am at FAMILIES FIRST, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841 Procession to Heavenly Rest Cemetery to follow. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca  (Windsor Star 06 Mar 2019)

 

HMCS HUNTER

JONES, William Forster, LCdr (S), RCN - Born 1924  Died 27 Nov 1965

 

LCdr Jones is buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, UK

 

Headstone for LCdr Jones

MOORE, D.M.L., Able Seaman, RCN - Died 20 May 1957.

 

AB Moore is buried in the Belfast City Cemetery, Northern Ireland.

 

Headstone for AB Moore

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

STIRLING, William A., ABAA1, 19701-H, RCN - Died 13 Jun 1957 age 22

 

AB Stirling is buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, UK

 

Headstone of AB Stirling

DOIDGE, William Harvey (Bill) (18 Dec 1924 - 22 Dec 2010) - passed away peacefully on Dec 22 2010, at the age of 86, in the Campbell River Hospital. He is predeceased by only child Patricia Smart, and survived by the love of his life, his wife Elizabeth Betty" Doidge, son-in-law Ernie Smart (Trudy), grandchildren, Jennifer Wasilenchuk (Chris), Tricia Campbell (Adam), great grandchildren, Sophie and Heydon Campbell, sisters Doreen Albion, Joan Turner, and many other loving family and friends. Bill was born and raised in Victoria, BC, where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served his country proud during World War II. He was sent to Winnipeg during his service, where he met the love of his life Betty, they were happily married for 66 years. The two returned to Victoria, raised their daughter Patricia while enjoying his career working for Pacific Coach Lines. During his life he spent a lot of time in the Sooke area fishing the Juan de Fuca. He was not only an avid fisherman he loved to hunt, and was able to go one last time at the age of 85. For years his summers were spent with family and friends at the cabin on Lake Cowichan. Bill and Betty were also round dancers, they danced together as one for many years. Bill you will be greatly missed by so many, as you always had a great story to tell, and a smile that everyone loved. Our memories with you will never be forgotten, we love you so much. We were so blessed to have you in our lives. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. You will live in our hearts." The family would like to thank Dr. Proctor, Dr. Daniels, and the nursing staff at the Campbell River Hospital for their medical, personable, and compassionate care. A Celebration of Life will be held on Jan 7 from 1-4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 301-11th Ave Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 30 Dec 2010)

DUNPHY, Joseph Eugene, RCNVR - W.W.II Veteran. Retired Dupont Employee. At the Kingston General Hospital on Friday, December 13, 2002. Joseph Eugene Dunphy, beloved husband of Doris Adeline (nee Knox) Dunphy. Dear brother of Alma Tivy (Norm), Norman (Joyce), Elizabeth Dunphy, Nadine Plumpton (Neil), Gloria Woogh, Virginia Ellerbeck (James), Madeline Stone (Ken), Orval Dunphy (Jean) and predeceased by his brother Howard. Survived also by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Cremation. The family will receive friends at the Robert J. Reid & Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street, (at Barrie Street), Kingston on Wednesday, December 18 for one hour prior to the Memorial Service which will be held in "The Chapel on The Corner" at 11 A.M. followed by inurnment at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Providence Continuing Care Foundation or to a charity of your choice and would be appreciated by the family. (source: Robert J. Reid & Sons Funeral Home)

 

McONIE, Dave, LCdr, C.A.F. - Dave passed away after his long fight with cancer, at the age of 64. On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 he passed surrounded by his loving family. He will be dearly missed by his son Gavin and daughter-in-law Ashley, his brothers and sister Graham, Malcolm and Isla, and his many friends around the world. Friends and family may pay their respects at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home—1411 Hunt Club Road at Albion Road on Saturday February 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Monday February 4th at Rideau Park United Church—2203 Alta Vista Drive at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made in memoriam to either the Iqaluit Humane Society or The Hospice at May Court.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

 

ADAMS, Leslie Anthony Jr., C2BN, C.A.F. (Navy) - of Parrsboro, NS son of Leslie Adams Sr. and Helen Adams born May 16, 1958 in Saint John, NB. Died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 6th, 2019 at Bobby’s Hospice in Saint John, NB.

After joining the Rodney Sea Cadets at a young age Leslie went on to enjoy a 35 year career in the Royal Canadian Navy traveling the world as a boatswain retiring as a Chief Petty Officer Second Class (CPO2) in 2012. Leslie took pleasure in all aspects of his family life. After retirement in the summer of 2012 Leslie continued to teach first aid with the St. John Ambulance while spending time at his family cottage in Shediac, NB with his wife Nancy (Chamberlain) before her passing in 2013. In 2016 Leslie married Deborah Forbes Adams of Parrsboro, NS where they both enjoyed camping in their RV, motorcycling, murder mysteries, and traveling. Most recently started driving school bus for CCRCE. Leslie was one of the most well-loved, respected individuals and honoured by his family, friends, colleagues, and peers.

He is survived by his adoring wife Deborah Forbes Adams and his three children: Vanessa (Tim), Leslie (Nathalie) and Andrew; cherished grandchildren: Carter, Cassidy and Lily who loved their "Grumpy". Leslie is also survived by his parents: Leslie Sr. and Helen (Howe); siblings: Mike (Dawn), Cindy Hutchinson (Danny), Lana Graves (Chris) and Darren (Stacey); along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and other members of his extended family. Leslie was predeceased by Nancy, his loving wife of 32 years.

The Adams family would like to thank Bobby’s Hospice for their compassionate, professional, family orientated care. They would also like to thank the KV extramural Services in NB, the palliative outreach program in NS for their support while at home and all the Doctors and Nurses throughout this journey.

Arrangements are under the care of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424) with visiting on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 91 Waterloo Street, Saint John, NB. Remembrances to the Ovarian Cancer Canada - The Walk of Hope (Team Little Nancy’s Posse) or a charity of the Donor’s Choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY

HMCS IROQUOIS

PHILLIPS, Richard Wayne, Hull Tech, RCN / C.A.F. (14 Jul 1944 - 03 Feb 2019) - 74, of Windsor, Hants County, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019 with his family by his side in the Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. 

Rick (or Tiddly Phil) spent 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy travelling the world and made many lifelong friendships. He then went on to the St. John’s Shipbuilding until his retirement in 1990. Rick’s grandchildren were his world and sole reason for getting up every day and fighting his health battles. Rick enjoyed going for long drives, his meals at Walker’s and spending time with friends and family.

There were many hospital stays over the past few years and many people to thank, but the family would like to thank the Victoria General Hospital, Unit 5B staff for everything they did for Rick. There were many great staff members who made his long stay bearable and worked through some very hard days with kindness and patience. The staff at the Hants Community Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit and Dr. Tim Matheson for letting our family take over the Unit for Rick’s send off. And a special thanks to his niece Karen who always made sure Rick was well taken care of.

Thanks to those who stopped by with love and support to help celebrate Rick’s life; it meant so much to him and his family. Rick will be laid to rest later this year.

Rick is survived by his son, Christopher; daughters, Suzanne (Ryan) King, Pamela (Donnie) LeBlanc, Bea (Mandy) Phillips. His grandchildren, Connor Singer, Emily King (Matt Priestnall), Morgan King, Maddie and JoJo LeBlanc; his ex-wife and friend, Heather Drew; brothers, Frank (Diane), David (Kathy); sisters, Barb (Bob) MacInnis, Paulette Phillips (Sandy Frank), Shelley (John) Mason; sister-in-law, Phyllis; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his maternal mother, Vera, his father, Herb, his mother, Pauline; brothers, Blaine, Graham and sister-law, Shirley.

Cremation has taken place under the care of the Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0.

In lieu of flowers; the family is requesting that donations be made to one of the following The Canadian Diabetic Association or The Kidney Foundation.

To have a donation card placed, please call Lindsay’s (902-798-2232).

 

HMCS PROTECTEUR - Commissioning crew as an AB.HT2 and later as a P2HT.

HMCS ATHABASKAN

GORMAN, John Ronald (Jack), RCN / C.A.F. (16 Feb 1939 - 09 Mar 2019) - In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we the wife and sons of Jack cannot find the appropriate words to express our deepest sorrow for the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jack passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, from complications due to a long battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma which he kept at bay for many years due to his strong will.

Jack was the son of the late Harold and Eleanor (Roy) Gorman. Jack had a strong work ethic and was gainfully employed from the age of 17 to 79. He joined the Navy in 1956 in which he served honourably and with great passion. Jack was very proud of his three sons, John, Darin and Blair who all served in the Canadian armed Forces. Jack served on many ships during his 23 years in the Navy and loved going to sea which enabled him to see and experience many places around the world. He was equally very happy to return to his home port and his family. In 1974 Jack spent 6 months serving alongside the Air Borne Regiment in Cyprus. Jack retired in 1978 and went to the Canadian Coast Guard. Following his time there he went to the Oil Rigs.

In 1987 Jack and Diane moved to Florida for 14 years where they met many wonderful people who became lifelong friends. A special family came into their lives and made life very happy for them. The Carlyn family became our family when we were far away from our own family. We will be forever thankful for all their help and love. Jack loved to play golf during his years in Florida and in his younger years. He belonged to Avon Valley Golf Club. He eagerly waited for his family from Nova Scotia to visit in Florida so he could take his grand-kids to Disney World. Jack loved to make lawn ornaments in his spare time and spent many hours painting them. He also loved oil painting on Canvas. Jack was known for being very neat and tidy and a perfectionist in everything he did. Jack also loved to travel with Diane. He wasn't much for making plans himself but never turned down the chance to go especially if his sister-in-law Janice and husband Neil called to suggest a trip. He'd say where and when, that's all it took. The last trip on his bucket list was Las Vegas, a wonderful end of seeing many great places. After his return from Florida he joined the Commissionaires retiring in May 2018, due to ill health, after serving 17 years.

Jack is survived by Diane (Clark) his wife of 58 years; sons John (Cathy), Darin (Annie), Blair (Christa). Grandchildren who he loved very much and was very proud of: Christopher (Tuyet), Jared (Lindsey), Julia (Taylor), Alexander (Ashley), Jessica (Kolton), Nicole and D.J. Great grandchildren Cassandra and Liam; Sisters Geraldine Bagnell (Ont.), Barbara Smith (NB), Joan Pierce (Calgary), Veronica Wagner(Halifax), brother Bill (Halifax), Many nieces and nephews. In-laws Wayne & Rita Clark, Mike & Barb Clark, Paulette & Frank Bishop, Janice Clark & Neil Bosch, Marina Gorman and Madeline Lane. Also the Carlyn's “his American family”, Lewis, Tammy, Cody, Serena (Drew & Jameson), Breana ( Justin & Jayden). Predeceased by his parents Harold & Eleanor; brothers Harold, Leo, Tom, Ed; Sisters Shirley Huntley, Sharon Thomas, father and mother in-law Fred and Margaret Clark; brother-in-law Barry Clark. Jack will be loved eternally and never forgotten by all his family.

The family is grateful to Dr. Hasagawa, Dr. Humphrey, Palliative Care, Home Care, and Veteran's Affairs for all their help in making Jack's last weeks as peaceful as possible.

Funeral Service will be held 2 PM, Friday, March 15th in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax with a reception following. Visitation is 1 hour before Funeral Service. Family burial to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. (Halifax Today 12 Mar 2019)

O'NEILL, Michael Paul (Skippy), SG, C.A.F. - It is with sadness that we announce that Mike O’Neill of Lethbridge Alberta passed away suddenly January 25, 2019. Born in 1964 in Toronto to parents Paul and Lynda O’Neill (nee Bush), Mike also lived in Ottawa and then Lethbridge. Mike is survived by his father, step-mother Marilyn, sister Lori (Tim), nephew Matthew, niece Katherine, aunt Colleen, uncle Denis (Susan), and cousins Deborah (Albert), Kathie (John), Kimberley (Jim), Wendy (Neil), Robert, John (Ellen) and (Edward). Mike was loved by all of his family and will forever remain in our hearts. Mike’s dear friends in Lethbridge remember him as a good man and loyal friend. Arrangements will be made for a family service at a later date. In memory of Mike’s love of his service dog Friday, donations may be made directly to the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (Charity Number 839865797RR0001).

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

CURRIE, Michael Malcolm (Mickey) - of Lower Sackville, passed away at age 84 on February 21, 2019 in Dartmouth General Hospital with family by his side. He was a son of the late Clarence and Edythe (Meagher) Currie. Mickey grew up in Bedford, and spent two years in the Canadian Navy Of Lower Sackville, passed away at age 84 on February 21, 2019 in Dartmouth General Hospital with family by his side. He was a son of the late Clarence and Edythe (Meagher) Currie. Mickey grew up in Bedford, and spent two years in the Canadian Navy and was later employed for 20 years with Ports Canada in the Harbour Police Division and sat on the Tenancy Board of Halifax for eight years. Following his retirement, Mickey spent 10 years driving for Nova Charters, where he enjoyed meeting people from around the world and several sports teams. He also spent years as a volunteer driver for CNIB throughout the Maritimes, assisting the vision impaired with a means of transportation. Mick always enjoyed music, in particular, playing the harmonica. In his later years he formed the band the "Kindred Spirits" with a group of close friends. Music was a true passion of his whether it was playing one of his many harmonicas, the accordion or the tin whistle. Mickey loved to play Scottish and Irish slow aires and often played them with the Kindred Spirits at seniors' complexes throughout the Halifax and Dartmouth area where his music was enjoyed by many. Mickey was always happy to share a tune during family gatherings and often enjoyed playing with his son Mark who inherited his love of music. He is survived by his wife, Rita; sons, Phillip Currie (Corinne) of Bedford; Mark Currie of Bedford; Lloyd Currie (Anne) of Milford, Mass.; and daughter, Nancy Currie of Bedford. He is also survived by his brother, Garnet Currie of Nanaimo, B.C.; and sister, Jacqueline King (Morgan) of Halifax; grandchildren, Logan, Gregory, Renee, Lauren, Hannah, Kendra, Maggie and Bella; along with many nieces and nephews; as well as his sister-in-law, Barbara Seeton Smith, and brother-in-law, Ken Smith, both of Ontario. He was predeceased by sisters, Marlene Morrison (of Dorchester, N.B.); Corrine Whitman and Kay Mahoney (both of Halifax); as well as brothers, Lloyd Currie, Clarence "Skip" Currie, and Harold "Jack" Currie (also Halifax). Special thanks to the nursing staff of Dartmouth General 4 East for their care and compassion in Mickey's final hours and to our friend and neighbour Lew Woolaver, as well as Mary MacLean and Charlotte Firth Ramsay for their love, support and assistance over recent years. There will be a celebration of his life in Bedford Legion on Sunday, April 14th, from 3-5 p.m. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Mar 2019)

WOOD, Frederick Kelcie (Woody) - Age 88, of Coldbrook, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Shannex - Blomidon Court, Greenwich. Born in Glenmont, he was a son of the late George "Harold" and Leona Ruth (Ells) Wood. Frederick served with the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as a Age 88, of Coldbrook, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Shannex - Blomidon Court, Greenwich. Born in Glenmont, he was a son of the late George "Harold" and Leona Ruth (Ells) Wood. Frederick served with the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer with 25 years of service. In retirement, he returned to the Navy and was employed as a refit inspector. He later worked with Scotian Gold and Michelin in Bridgewater. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, Kentville. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda (Ken) Morton, Woodville; Sherry (Mark) Pineo, Berwick; Sheila Skidmore, Maple Ridge, B.C.; sisters, Barbara (Gerrit) Faber, Coldbrook; Georgina Taylor, Habitant; brothers, Ronald (Sylvia), Coldbrook; George (Joan), Truro; grandchildren, Ashley (Nathan) Bent, Aylesford; Sarah (Greg) Coolen, Chipman Brook; Jillian (Keith) Horne, Coldbrook; Nissa (Derek) Pleasant, Edmonton, Alta.; Johanna Morton (Leon Dominey), Centreville; Jamie Skidmore and Joel Skidmore, both of Maple Ridge, B.C.; great-grandchildren, Jed Coolen, Lena Bent, Lawrence Bent, Bailey Morton, Lucus Morton-Dominey, Masyn Morton-Dominey, Carter Holmesdale; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lily (Bennett); sister, Helen Nord; infant brother, Frank. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. A combined Royal Canadian Legion and funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Burial will take place in East Halls Harbour Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Mar 2019)

LUCIER, Douglas Harvey, RCN - 82, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at Queens Manor with his wife Linda by his side on Friday, December 21, 2018. Born in Big Point, Ontario, he was the son of the late Valerie (St. Pierre) and Edas Lucier. He was raised in Stoney Point, Ontario. Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy and first arrived in Liverpool while his ship was in refit. He met and eventually married Linda. They were loving partners for 60 years. Doug owned and operated many businesses in Liverpool with Linda. Over the years Doug often volunteered at local community events and was quick to help anyone in need. Doug loved playing sports, including bowling, golfing and curling. After retirement he spent many winters in Florida and Spain, with the second love of his life, the sun. Doug was always trying to make people laugh and had many sayings which his children, grandchildren and friends continue to use today. Doug is survived by his loving wife Linda (Mansfield), daughter Nicole of Liverpool; son René (Krista) of Bedford and his grandchildren Niam Lucier; Georgia Lucier; and Quinn Lucier. His sisters June (William) Bell of Haines City, Florida; and Diane Bechard of Haines City, Florida. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. There will be no service at this time as requested. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com. A special thank you to the staff at Queens Manor for their loving care and support during his time there. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards the many volunteer entertainers that performed over the years at Queens Manor. Your efforts truly enriched his life. Donations may be made to Queens Manor or a donation of your time to comfort a resident senior in your local care home. And Doug would say, “Night, night, termite.” (Chandler's Funeral Service, Liverpool, NS)

LOWE, John Arthur, Petty Officer, RCN - 75, Salt Springs, Pictou County, formerly of Fox Point, Lunenburg County, died February 6, 1994, in Shiretown Rest Home, Pictou. Born in Spryfield, he was a son of the late John and Ethel (Munroe) Lowe. He was a member of Fox Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He served in the medical corps as an x-ray technician and at Lynn Hospital, Massachusetts. He was also a radiation hazard inspector for the Province of Nova Scotia. He was a petty officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on the HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Magnificent. He is survived by seven sons, John (Jackie), Cambridge; Terry, Eastern Passage; Mickie, Cole Harbour; Charles, Salt Springs; Paul, Keith, both of Dartmouth; Tommie, Lynn, Mass.; seven daughters, Sandra (Mrs. Dave Murray), Judy (Mrs. Ernie Snooks), Dorothy (Mrs. Bob Freeman), all of Dartmouth; Shelley (Mrs. Brian Deon), Saugus, Mass.; Janice (Mrs. Ray MacDougall), Warren, Me.; Kathy (Mrs. Allen Jackson), Washington, Me.; Shirley (Mrs. Allen Cormier), Edgefield, S.C.; stepson, Michael Mason, South Carolina; two stepdaughters, Beth Croscup, Eastern Passage; Linda Turner, South Carolina; four sisters, Rita (Mrs. Gus Criethley) [sic], Betty (Mrs. Victor Coolen), both of Fox Point; Dorothy (Mrs. Newton Shaw), Hopewell; Ines [sic] Eisan, Halifax; brother, Clarence, Herring Cove; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers, Herman, George (Sonny), Warren; two sisters, Lena, Helen. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. tonight in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Pastor John Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adventist Development Relief Agency. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald/Mail Star 07 Feb 1994)

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

HMCS BONAVENTURE

ELLIS, Pearl Ester Isabella (née ELPHNSTONE), WRCNS - Born 12 Apr 1952, Dixie, ON. Died 09 Apr 1987, Comox, BC. She was survived by her husband Ronald Ellis, her 3 children, George Henry Ellis (Liz), Diane Margaret Ellis and Stephen Douglas Ellis, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Pearl enlisted in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) in Oct 1944 in Guelph, ON. She was a WREN working in Supply and served at Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland.  It was while she was in St. John's that she met Ron who was a Supply Officer in the RCN. After Ron retired from the navy, he and Pearl ran the family hardware store in Comox, BC.

GAMMON, Gwendolyn Maud (née ELLIS), WRCNS (02 Mar 1918 - 25 Jul 2015) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mom and Grandmother. She left peacefully to join her husband, John, granddaughter, Lindsay, her parents and her siblings. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kathleen, grandchildren, Sean and Stephanie, Stephanie's partner, Yoshi, as well as the extended Ellis family and her friends. Gwen was born in Prince Albert, S.K. And moved to Comox in 1925. She joined the Navy, and was stationed in both Halifax and Scotland during WWII. In the early 50's she moved to Vancouver where she met and married her husband, John, and raised her family. Gwen was an avid golfer and won both the Comox and Musqueam Women's Golf Championships, and was made an honorary Musqueam member in 2011. Gwen also enjoyed playing bridge and played in many bridge clubs throughout her life. She was actively involved in the Vancouver area Ex-WRENS association. Gwen was always ready for an adventure and loved spending time at the Beach House in Comox with her extended family. She lived her 97 years to the fullest. Special thanks to Yoshi and Dr. James for their wonderful care. A memorial service will be held at St. Helen's Anglican Church located at 4405 W 8th Ave, Vancouver on Wed Aug 12 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 08 Aug 2015)

ALLEN, Donald James Robert (1926 - 2019) - Age 92, passed away at the Veterans Unit, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Middleton, NS on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Donald was born in Oxford, Nova Scotia. He was the son of Charles and May (Ryan) Allen. He was a WWII veteran serving firstly with the Merchant Marine and then with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #24, Bridgewater where he spent a fair amount of time playing in dart tournaments and was also a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater, where he served on many committees. Donald was an electrician by trade and worked in Hamilton, Ontario where he and his wife raised their family, Alfred, Ernie, Eddie, Brian, Marie, Brenda and Donald Jr. Upon his move to Nova Scotia he purchased the Lighthouse Motel and after the passing of his wife he sold the motel but continued working as an electrician until he took employment with Hillside Pines as their Supervisor of Maintenance and Housekeeping. By this time he had met a lady by the name of Shirley Oickle and the two were married for 36 years until Shirley's passing in 2018. During this time he had also become a father to Shirley's daughter, Ann-Marie and a grandfather to her son, Daniel. He was predeceased by his brother, Edward; sisters, Florence Fraser and Ruth Johnson; sons, Brian and Donald Jr. His remaining sibling, his sister, Charolette Simone continues to live in Ontario. The service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Burial will be directly after the service at Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Everyone is welcome. Donations to be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #24, Bridgewater. (Halifax Today 16 Mar 2019)

JOHNSTON, Trevor L. (23 May 1951 - 22 Feb 2019) - Trevor Johnston, loving husband to Perry and Rita (predeceased) and wonderful father to Erik (Sara), Kiel (Lindsey), Chelsea (Jared) and Danielle (Adam), left this world on February 22. He leaves behind three grandchildren, Ruby, Owen and Colin as well as many siblings and a clan of cousins. He was born in North Vancouver and lived 55 years on the Sunshine Coast and the past 11 years on Quadra Island. Trevor had a rich variety of careers during his lifetime. He joined the Navy at 17 to see the world, worked as a landscaper and spent many years with the BC Liquor Board, working his way up to product consultant and later as manager. He owned and operated a successful garden centre in Sechelt and spent many years with the Sechelt Volunteer Fire Department serving in many roles, including chief from 1984-1986. When he moved to Quadra, he semi-retired to build his dream home, work as a handyman and at Quadra Builders, putter in his shop and garden and do some "Broga" (brothers yoga) as well as experiencing some wonderful overseas trekking adventures. Trevor was an exceptionally good listener and though his knowledge of many subjects was vast, he wasn't one to impose his thoughts or ideas on others. His humor and the twinkle in his eye are cherished by his family and friends. There will be an intimate service to celebrate his life on Quadra Island in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Victoria Hospice or to a charity of your choice.

HERBERT, Norman Arthur Leo, CPO - of Georgetown, ON. Died Dec 1977

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD

GAUDET, Edgar Adolph Joseph, CPO2, RCN / C.A.F. - Heaven has gained a very special angel. The most wonderful, kindest soul is now at rest. Edgar, born May 20, 1930, passed away in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII at the age of 88. He proudly served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and served in Korea. He is survived by wife, Yolande (Cormier) of 66 years; sons, Roland (Janet), Danny (Tammy), Norman (Arlene Houweling); daughter, Janice (Allan Gaulton); five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sisters, Andrea, Seraphine, Shediac; Lea, Montreal. He was predeceased by parents, Adolph and Lydia (Hébert) Gaudet; brothers, Arise, Emile and Ulric (Joe). Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, they are amazing. Donations in memory can be made to Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 19 Mar 2019)

BASS, Gary Allen, Cook, C.A.F. (1958-2019) - At home on March 17, 2019 of Gary Allen Bass, Charlottetown, age 61 years. Husband of Teresa (McIntosh). Father of Mary, Stepfather of Troy (Natasha) Cheverie, Jeremy (Amie) Cheverie and Shawn (Katherine) Cheverie. Loving grandfather to 17 grandchildren. Brother of Yvette Mead (Bob, deceased), Michael (Karen), Daryl (Elaine, deceased), Greg (Laura). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Resting at Belvedere Funeral Home from where the funeral will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 1 pm. Visitation Monday from 5-8 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1 Charlottetown will hold a service of Remembrance at 4:45 pm.

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS FREDERICTON

MCQUEEN, James (Jim), RCN - Korean War veteran. Jim passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Riverview Health Centre, at the age of 91. Jim was born January 20, 1928 in Avonlea, Saskatchewan. Remaining to forever cherish his memory is Pat Ferens. Jim had two children: daughter Christine (Murray Wayne) and son Paul (Kris), and five grandchildren. Jim was in the Navy for five years during the Korean War and retired from the Bank of Nova Scotia after 37 years service, where he held many positions. Jim was a long serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Pat and Jim enjoyed travelling, playing crib and Jim had the ability to put a smile on everyone's face - his famous line "did you hear the one ....". A private family service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 16 Mar 2019)

BLACKADAR, Seymour Atkins (Blackie), DEMS Gunner - passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the age of 93 and is safely at home with his Lord and Saviour. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth; sons, Jim (Robyn), Gerold and David (Lisa); along with granddaughters, Jenicka (Allan), Kayla, Emmalee and Sarah; in addition to great-grandsons, Trey and Kayn. A native of Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Seymour proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy and Merchant Navy (DEMS) during the Second World War. After the war, he returned to Weymouth briefly and afterwards he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He served in Korea and then was transferred to Germany attached to NATO when he met the love of his life, Ruth. They spent many happy years together in Germany and when posted to Canada, he wrapped up his military career and then was employed in the Public Service sector. Seymour greatly enjoyed visiting family and friends in Nova Scotia (especially his nephew George and niece Bev - they always kept him updated about news in the Maritimes) and in North Carolina. Family get-togethers, storytelling, RCASC reunions and fishing all played a part of Seymour's life. Especially making him happy was his role as an usher at church; he had a ready, welcome handshake and a greeting for both old and new friends. Billy Graham, the great evangelist who died a year ago once said, "Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God." The family would like to send their sincere thanks to Tenise Nolet (Prime) for the kindness and care she has shown, as well as Dr. Russell Albak and Dr. Don Allan (Nephrologist). Seymour's funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Ness Avenue Baptist Church, 2700 Ness Avenue. Following the service there will be a reception at the church, with a light lunch. Seymour is forever in our hearts, we were blessed. In lieu of flowers, we welcome your donation to Union Gospel Mission, Box 1073 STN Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2X4 in memory of Seymour. (Winnipeg Free Press 19 Mar 2019)

SPRINGALL, Gerald Joseph (Popeye), C.A.F. (Navy) (1958-2019) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gerald Joseph "Popeye" Springall, 60 years of Springhill, formerly of Halifax, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Born in Glace Bay, NS, he was a son of the late David and Amelia (Stefura) Springall. Gerald was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, serving in the Navy for 25 years. Gerald, fondly known as Popeye, was very active with the Legion in Halifax. Despite his ailments, he was always fun loving and friendly to all. After his time with the Navy, Gerald went to the School of Hairdressing and learned the trade. Upon their retirement, he and his wife Betty settled in Springhill, NS. Gerald is dearly missed by his wife the former Betty Hogan, Springhill, NS; children, Kevin (Saydee), Woodstock, ON, Meaghan Johnson, Guelph, ON and Jonathan (Jenna Taylor), Kitchener, ON; grandchildren Tessa and Owen; siblings David, Howard, Peter, Mary and Angel; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane Street, Springhill, (902 597 2361). In keeping with Gerald's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A strong Navy man, Gerald's ashes will be spread at sea during a Naval Memorial Service. Those wishing to make a donation in Gerald's memory may do so to the charity of your choice. (Halifax Today 22 Mar 2019)

 

HMCS NIPIGON

MATTEAU, Rene Joseph, Radar Plotter, RCN / C.A.F. - Age 73, of Eastern Passage, passed away on March 21, 2019 in the VG Site, QEII Hospital. Born in Shawinigan, Que., he was the son of the late William Matteau and Jeanne-d'arc Lafreniere. Rene was a radar operator with the Royal Canadian Navy and Age 73, of Eastern Passage, passed away on March 21, 2019 in the VG Site, QEII Hospital. Born in Shawinigan, Que., he was the son of the late William Matteau and Jeanne-d'arc Lafreniere. Rene was a radar operator with the Royal Canadian Navy and served 13 years on over 4 ships, including HMCS Hochelaga, Cornwallis, St. Laurent and his last ship, HMCS Algonquin. He then spent 33 years with the Halifax Regional School Board, most of this time as Head Custodian at Caldwell Road School before retiring in 2011. He was an avid moderator on the AIRGUN Forum and was an active photographer and birdwatcher. Rene is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane Matteau; daughter, Adrienne (Kevin) Hatt; sisters, Carmen Matteau and Julie Matteau, both of Quebec; brother-in-law, Justice Michel Deziel, Quebec; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Ghislaine Deziel. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date; details to be posted on Rene's Facebook page. Thanks to all of the hard working nurses and doctors who looked after Rene during his illness. (The Chronicle-Herald 23 Mar 2019)

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

HMCS ALGONQUIN

WELLS, John Richard (Jake), LCdr, CD, RCN / C.A.F. - 61, Topsail Boulevard, Dartmouth, died March 28, 1998, in QEII Health Sciences Center, VG Site. Born in Fort William, Ont., he was a son of Vera (Slater) (Wells) Pudas and the late Herbert Wells. He served with the navy in excess of 42 years in both the ranks and as an officer. He commanded the naval radio station in Mill Cove. He was a long-serving member and past president of the Austinville Owl's Club, a member of Royal Canadian Legion and a past member of the Atlantic Chief's and Petty Officers' Association. He is survived by his wife, the former Sylvia Balmer; sons, Scott and wife Nina, Doug and Cherri, all of Dartmouth; daughter-in-law, Dawn, Victoria, B.C.; brother, Harvey and Linda, Thunder Bay, Ont.; sister, Marlene (Mrs. Murray Russell), Thunder Bay; half-sisters, Gail (Mrs. Ed Snyder), London, Ont.; Carol and Audrey, Timmins, Ont.; stepmother, Julie Wells, Timmins; grandchildren, Cassandra, Thomas and Lauren. Besides his father, he was predeceased by son, Cory; stepfather, Ray Pudas. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in J. Albert Walker and Sons Funeral Home, Cole Harbour. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in Stadacona Chapel, Rev. Vincent Ihasz officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Halifax Mail-Star 30 Mar 1998)

FORRESTER, William Douglas (Bill), RCN (29 Jul 1932 - 17 Mar 2019) - passed away at Grace Hospital after a battle with mesothelioma. He will be missed by his wife Jean, and brother-in-law Jack Templeman. He was predeceased by his sister Barb. Bill was employed by the CPR for two years before he joined the Navy for five years. When he returned to Winnipeg, he started his career with the City of Winnipeg, holding various positions until he retired in 1989 as a Project Officer in Civic Properties. Bill and Jean were married in 1962, and, after Bill's retirement, they spent winters in Arizona and summers sailing and golfing. After 40 years of playing the bagpipes, Bill retired from the band at ANAF Unit 303. Cremation has taken place, and, at Bill's request, there will be no service. For those who wish to sign the online (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Mar 2019)

ELWELL, John Lloyd, RCN / C.A.F. - 51, 19 Stairs Street, Dartmouth, died Sunday in Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax. Born in Hamilton, Ont. he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Elwell. He served 32 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and retired in 1973. Besides his wife, Marie, he is survived by a daughter, Carol, (Mrs. Harold Knickle), CFB Mill Cove; three grandchildren, three sisters, Thelma (Mrs. Patrick Tolman), Hamilton, Ont,; Mary (Mrs. William Bell), St. Williams, Ont.; Florence (Mrs. A. Wooton), and a brother Joseph, both of Hamilton, Ont. The body is at Mattatall's Funeral Home, Portland Street, Dartmouth. Funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. Pauls Church, Dartmouth. Rev. W.D. Campbell will officiate. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven cemetery. (Halifax Mail-Star 25 Mar 1974)

VAN'T HAAFF, George Edward, CD, C1.ST, 21663-E, RCN (1920-2007) - suddenly July 31, 2007. He leaves his devoted wife of 60 years, Patricia, sons John, Owen, Lloyd. Much decorated WW 2 and Korean war veteran, mentioned in dispatches. Memorial celebration of his life, Friday, 7 Sept. 2 pm, RC Legion 411 Gorge Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to C & POs Ass'n., 418 Admirals Rd., V9A 2N7 or St. Andrews 49, 650 Fisgard St., V8W 1R6 for their charity work. (Victoria Times Colonist 01 Sep 2007)

 

Headstone for CPO1 Van't Haaff

 

HMCS SIOUX - Served in Sioux in 1952

CROSS, Ronald Thomas - Former member of Legion Branch 101 and served in the Navy Peacefully at the Campbellford Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 22, 2019. Ron, beloved husband of Elizabeth Jane Elcome-Cross. Loving father of Dana, Tracy, Laurie, Carey, Joe, Blaine and their families. Dear brother of Arlene and brother-in-law of John and Doreen. Mr. Cross is resting at the funeral home of Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.), Mississauga, on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Followed by a funeral service in the chapel Friday at 1 p.m. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. (Toronto Star 26 Mar 2019)

YOUNG, Angus R. (Gus), CPO2 - Died Nov 2018

BÉDARD, Cécilien - Born 1937  Died 2013

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure as an LSET2

HMCS CHAUDIERE

HMCS FRASER

HMCS SKEENA

HMCS MARGAREE - Commissioning crew as a PO

HMCS PROVIDER - Commissioning crew as a PO

LeBLANC, Julien, RCN - Born: 01 May 1941.  Died: 15 Aug 2002

 

Photo of Julien Leblanc (Courtesy of Steve McInnis)

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

HMCS SAGUENAY

THOMPSON, C.H., RCNVR / C1CK, RCN - Born 1925  Died 2009

 

HMCS WASKESIU

HMCS WARRIOR

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

HMCS BONAVENTURE

HMCS CHAUDIERE

WINDSOR, Cedric Agustus, LS, RCN - date of passing unknown

 

HMCS REVELSTOKE

HMCS BONAVENTURE - 3 badge Killick on Bonaventure 1967-1968

DYER, Kenneth Lloyd, Vice-Admiral, RCN

 

HMS FROBISHER

HMS HOOD (1934)

HMCS FURIOUS (1934)

HMS ENTERPRISE (1935)

HMCS SAGUENAY

HMS DOMINION (1941)

HMCS NIOBE (1941)

HMS WALKER (1942)

HMCS SKEENA

HMCS KOOTENAY

HMCS ACADIA

HMCS SOMERS ISLES (1944)

HMS GLORY (1945 as LCdr, RCN)

USS INTREPID (1945 as LCdr RCN)

HMCS WARRIOR - Served in Warrior in 1945 as LCdr, RCN, XO

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 5th Commanding Officer

HENSHAW, William Stuart, RCN - Born 1925  Died 1999

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

JAMER, Dick - Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

KIDD, Denzill - Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

HMCS HAIDA

LUSK, Gord (Lucky) - Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS NOOTKA

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

OWENS, Mick - Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

SPROXTON, John (Jack) - Born 1920  Died 1980

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1949-1950

SUTHERLAND, Bob (Suds) - Date of passing unknown

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

TISDALL, Ernest Patrick, Commodore, RCN - Born 29 Oct 1906, Newchwang, China.  Died 19 Mar 1965, Victoria, BC

 

HMCS VANCOUVER - Appointed to Vancouver 15 May 1929 as SLt, RCN

HMCS FRASER - Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as Lt (G), RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Drafted to Ontario on 22 Mar 1944 as Cdr, RCN, Standby / 26 Apr 1945 as Cdr, RCN. 2nd Commanding Officer. 7th Commanding Officer

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1952

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - 7th Commanding Officer

HMCS SKEENA - 7th Commanding Officer

STANDING, Kenneth (03 Apr 1925 - 21 Mar 2019) The family of Dr. Kenneth Graham Standing is sad to announce that he died Thursday, March 21, at the age of 93. Ken is survived by his children, Mike and wife Brenda Janz, Tim, Liz and husband Clarence Jackson, Jon and wife Andrea Jackson; as well as grandchildren, Willem, Tannin, Rachel, Luke and Corin, and a large extended family. Parents, Graham and Elsie Standing, his brothers, Harold and John, and his sister Kathleen Taylor predeceased him. Ken was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Winnipeg's West End and attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. It was there that a science teacher inspired him to pursue a career in Physics. He entered the University of Manitoba on an Isbister Scholarship, but after one year of university felt the call to serve his country in the Second World War. He joined the navy and was posted to run the freshwater pumping station at an inland lake, for the navy base at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. After the war, he was fortunate to be able to return to U of M and complete his undergrad degree. He then went to Princeton University and completed his A. M. and PhD in Nuclear Physics under Dr. Rubby Sherr. Ken joined the faculty at U of M 1953; here he designed, built and commissioned the Cyclotron Particle Accelerator, serving as Director from 1959 to 1974. In the late 1970s, he completely changed the focus of his research to Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry and its applications to study biological macromolecules, particularly proteins and peptides. Ken is widely regarded as a pioneer in this area, which is an essential component of the new field of proteomics. His collaborations with biologists focused on the solution of a wide range of biological problems. A notable example was the collaboration with the National Microbiology Lab during the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003. Ken's group made significant contributions to characterizing the virus by providing sequence information for much of the protein structure before the genome was sequenced. He received many awards and accolades during his distinguished career, including the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mass Spectrometry, the Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics, the American Chemical Society Field and Franklin Award for outstanding achievement in mass spectrometry, and the Encana Principal Award from the Ernest C. Manning Foundation, known as 'Canada's Nobel Prize'. Ken was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Royal Society of Canada. He served as Member or Chair of various US National Institutes of Health Special Study Sections. He and his research team were awarded NSERC's Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. The sponsors of the annual Enabling Technologies Symposium have also established the Ken Standing Award, in his honour. In 2009, Ken was awarded the highest honour the university can confer upon an individual, the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the University of Manitoba. Ken donated the personal prize money from the Manning award to further fund his research. Despite his accomplishments, he remained a modest man, sharing the limelight and recognizing his colleagues for their contributions, including as inventors on patents. Ken also mentored and welcomed many young Canadian scientists to his lab, as well as those from all over the world, including Russia, China, the US, Brazil and Sri Lanka. He was very proud of all of them and their accomplishments. Ken loved travel, and through his work he had the opportunity to spend a year in Bristol, England, as a Nuffield Fellow, and two separate years in France on sabbatical. His work also took him throughout Europe, the United States, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Uzbekistan and Russia. Ken retired as a professor in 1995 but continued his research as Emeritus Professor well into his 80s, and continued his routine of walking to the university and going to his office/lab every day until his early 90s. He loved downhill skiing, enjoying many family ski trips, skiing well into his 70s. Our Dad was a proud eccentric, and a loving, kind and patient Father and Grandfather. He especially loved spending time with his family at the cottage he designed and helped build on his beloved Lake of the Woods. Grandpa adored his Grandchildren and loved to spend time with them, playing cards, doing puzzles, eating good food, reading to them and attending their school and sporting events. Our Dad had a curious mind, a wide range of interests, and was always interested in people and politics. He had an impish sense of humour until the end. He will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank the staff at Tuxedo Villa for their care and support for our Dad. A celebration of Ken's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on May 6, 2019 at the Pavilion Atrium in Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent. (Winnipeg Free Press 30 Mar 2019)

TURVEY, Edward Albert (Ted), AB, RCNVR - Ted was born on 01 Apr 1925 in Vancouver, BC. He enlisted in the RCNVR in Aug 1943 and served on convoy duty. Ted passed away on 22 Jan 2006.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

STOCK, David James Bakwill, CstJ, CD, RCN(R) / C.A.F. - died suddenly in Woodstock, Ontario on March 29, 2019. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; children Mary Rea (John), Anne (Tim), and Ken (Paula), and step son Matthew (Laurie); grandchildren Macarther, Isaac, Sawyer, Ryder, Aude, Eloise, Miriam, Amanda (Quinn), Nick (Andrea), Evan (Sydney), and Alicia; great- grandchildren Hannah, Haden, Avalei, Mateo, and Gavin; and many nieces and nephews. David was predeceased by his parents, Fred W. Stock and Velma (nee Balkwill) Stock, as well as his sisters Helen Mackie and Mary Sanders. Born in Timmins, David moved as a young child to Hillstead Farm near Tavistock where he grew up. David lived at RR 6 Woodstock until recently, continuing the farm operations until 2017, and proudly serving the people of, and contributing to the growth and development of Tavistock, Woodstock and Oxford County. He also spent many happy summers in Port Burwell, on the shore of Lake Erie, and had many close friendships there. David attended the University of Guelph where he earned a degree in Agricultural Science in 1959, eventually obtaining a Professional Agrologist designation. He then attended law school at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, earning an LL.B. (JD) in 1962. David practiced law in Woodstock and Oxford County for many years, having served as President of the Oxford County Law Association and having been designated Queen's Counsel (QC). David enrolled in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1955 as an officer cadet. In 1975, he achieved the rank of Commander. During his naval career, David served at sea in more than a dozen frigates and destroyers on both the Atlantic and the Pacific. He served in NATO operations on the North Atlantic and in Maritime Command Headquarters in Halifax. He served as Executive Officer of both HMCS STAR and HMCS PATRIOT. After 29 years of continuous service with Canada's Navy, David transferred to the Supplementary Reserve. David was particularly dedicated to the Sea Cadets and the Navy League Cadets, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and the Oxford County Naval Veterans' Association. He was the recipient of the Canadian Forces Designation (CD) and the NATO Special Service Medal. Service to community, country and family was a core value for David. In his lifetime he served countless groups, always with pride. Included in the organizations to which David devoted his efforts were St. John Ambulance, Oxford Liberal Association, Old St. Paul's Church Woodstock, Trinity Anglican Church Port Burwell, Probus Club of Woodstock-Oxford, Royal Commonwealth Society, Tavistock Lodge No. 609 A.F. & A.M., and the Tavistock Men's Club. For his service to his community and country, David was recognized with the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Commander of the Order of St. John. A visitation will be held in Tavistock on Tuesday, April 2nd, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Francis Funeral Home. On Wednesday, April 3rd at 11:00 a.m., in Woodstock, there will be a funeral at Old St. Paul's Anglican Church Woodstock, preceded by a visitation at the church at 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow at the Woodstock Navy Club, 959 James Street, Woodstock. A private family burial will be held at a later date. To honour his memory, please consider donating to the to the RCSCC Woodstock Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, or the Oxford County Naval Veterans' Association. Donations may be made through the Francis Funeral Home. (Globe and Mail 01 Apr 2019)

 

HMCS STAR

WILDER, William Price (Bill), Lt, RCNVR - respected business leader and philanthropist, passed away peacefully in Toronto on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the age of 96 years. Among his many achievements, Bill was a former chief executive of Wood Gundy, one of Canada's most prestigious securities firms and now part of CIBC, and of Consumers Gas, at the time the country's biggest natural-gas distributor. He served on the boards of numerous other blue-chip companies and, as a philanthropist, was among the biggest individual donors to Upper Canada College in Toronto. A building at Harvard University is named after him. As Bill himself once noted: "I have been guided by the philosophy that you can't take everything out of life without putting something back in. With the help of my wife, my family and many friends and business associates, I have been fortunate to accomplish both." Bill will be greatly missed by Billie, his devoted wife of 65 years; and by their four children, Martha; Bill Jr.; Tom and his wife, Sylvie; and Andy and his wife, Lori. He is deeply mourned by his five grandchildren, Elle (Jeff), Mac, Meaghan, Justin and Neal, who affectionately knew him as Buck, the nickname given to Bill during his wartime service aboard a Royal Navy destroyer. Bill will also be remembered with respect and affection by a wide circle of friends and business associates across Canada, and in the U.S. and England. Bill was born in Toronto on September 26, 1922 to William Edward and Marjorie Mary Wilder. He attended Upper Canada College and had planned to become an architect. But the depressed housing and construction industry in the late 1930s encouraged him to enroll instead for a commerce degree at McGill. However, his studies were interrupted by the Second World War. After officer training at Royal Roads Naval College on Vancouver Island, he was seconded to the Royal Navy and saw active duty as a sub-lieutenant on the destroyer HMS Whitshed. One of Whitshed's final war-time duties was to escort U.S troopships to the landing ground at Utah Beach in northern France on D-Day, June 6 1944. Bill returned to McGill after the war to complete his studies, and then joined Wood Gundy, where his father had been a vice-president. He started as a bond salesman, but decided in 1948 to pursue an MBA at Harvard. He often described his two years at Harvard Business School as a life-changing experience that was invaluable in equipping him for his future career. Back at Wood Gundy, he was promoted to executive vice-president in 1961 at the age of 38, and six years later was named president and chief executive. Under Bill's leadership, the firm came to play a dominant role in financing Canada's big energy companies and their projects. At the same time, it catered to a growing demand among individual Canadians for professional portfolio management. A group of leading Canadian oil and gas producers persuaded Bill to leave Wood Gundy in 1972 to head the Canadian Arctic Gas consortium, which planned to build a natural gas pipeline along the Mackenzie River Valley. But the multi-billion-dollar project was put on hold five years later when a Royal Commission recommended that construction be delayed for at least 10 years. Bill moved on to become chairman and chief executive of Consumers Gas, Canada's biggest natural gas distributor. He also served on the boards of Royal Bank of Canada, Canada Life Assurance, Noranda Mines and Maclean-Hunter, among others. Following his retirement in 1984, he became an investor in and chairman of Creemore Springs Brewery, one of Ontario's most successful craft breweries. Outside the corporate world, Bill was a life member of the Toronto Club, and served a two-year term as chairman and president of the York Club. The Toronto Club bestowed its annual honouree award on him in 2014. He also served on the board of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for 16 years, and chaired the corporate division of the United Way. In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Canada and was also inducted into the Investment Hall of Fame, and in 2018 he received The Legion of Honour from France in recognition of his war service. Bill was a lifelong and active member of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. He said that his faith played a crucial role "in instilling the sense of purpose and discipline that I believe are essential elements in a life well lived." Bill found tranquility and relaxation at Silo Hill, his farm near Uxbridge, north-east of Toronto, and at his summer cottage in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. He spent most weekends, especially during his retirement years, at the farm, where he enjoyed raising beef cattle, and walking his dogs -- most recently, his devoted black Labrador Bob. Bill's family wishes to thank Jenny Lee Biso and Elmo Romano for their outstanding home care. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto) on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at The York Club (135 St. George Street). (Globe and Mail 29 Mar 2019)

 

HMS WHITSHED

HOUGHTON, Frank Llewellyn, RAdm, O-34210, RCN

 

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HMCS FESTUBERT - Appointed to Festubert on 01 Jul 1929 as LCdr, RCN

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