Farrell, William "Wild" -
February 7, 2008
FARRELL, William Lionel Douglas Lt. Cdr. RCN (retired) W.L.D.
(Wild) Bill Farrell. b. May 28, 1925, d. February 07, 2008. Son
of Catherine (Kit) Ann McCaffrey and Francis (Bub, Bob) Michael
Farrell. Predeceased by wife Trudy (Marshall). Survived by five
children: Doug (Cheryl), Susan (John), Billy, Bobby (Sharon),
Glenda (Jim), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild (all
in the Maritimes). Siblings Frank (Doris), Dan, Marcella, Helen
(Howe-deceased). Numerous nephews, nieces and a few cousings
reside in Ottawa and environs. Bill attended several Ottawa
schools: St. Brigid's, Lisgar, Ottawa Tech and Ottawa U. before
enlisting in the RCN. One of Canada's more colourful aviators,
Bill trained on Fairey Barracudas, and Fairey Swordfish biplanes
in Scotland at the end of WWII before being posted to Canada's
first aircraft carrier, HMCS Warrior, from which he flew in
Fairey Firefly fighter-bombers. He flew, also, from Canada's
second carrier, HMCS Magnificent. Later, Bill served aboard the
destroyer Iroquois during the Korean war. Bill took early
retirement from the Navy. After a brief stint as administrator
first at Moirs and then at the local hospital, Bill returned to
his first love, aviation. Bill flew light twins for several
years from Kelly Lake airport on duties that included ambulance
flights and beach landing on Sable Island. Later, he flew Beaver
aircraft into remote strips of Labrador and Newfoundland. When
that company folded Bill resumed work as an instructor at the
Shearwater Flying Club. He took part in the annual Spruce
Budworm spraying operations in New Brunswick flying Grumman
Avenger aircraft until an engine failure caused him to crash
into the bush demolishing all of the aircraft, except for a
small portion of the aircraft surrounding the cockpit from which
he emerged unscathed. Bill was an ardent advocate for naval
aviation as editor for the Shearwater Aviation Museum's
periodical. Bill also spearheaded a battle to preserve the
Shearwater airport. A proud Canadian and a true patriot, Bill
spent his final years attempting to persuade government
authorities to re-equip our navy with a carrier-based task force
to take part in UN and NATO operations. As well, Bill lent his
talented pen in defence of national and international issues: in
his last days he took on the cause of Omar Kadr. Bill, Wild and
Wonderful! Now with the Angels and the Saints, teasing and
punning and engaging them in heavenly (and possibly outrageous)
adventures. He led, he taught, he supported, he comforted. He
shared his talents and himself. A Somebody. He added glamour and
excitement to our lives. Memories are fixed in playback mode.
Published in the Ottawa Citizen
Louis - Deceased:
May 14, 1999
'Cy" - Deceased: October 30, 2000
Cyril Gilhen passed away of a heart attack at age 76 on October 30, 2000. He started his career as a Mechanical Apprentice at HMC Dockyard Halifax in 1940. He was transferred to the RCN and Naval Air in 1944. He sailed with various air squadrons on H.M.C.S. Warrior, H.M.C.S. Magnificent, and H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. He became a commissioned engineer in 1957 and was based at H.M.C.S. Shearwater. He served as AEO for HU-21 and HS-50 helicopter squadrons in the early 1960's. He retired as a LCdr in 1974 from NDHQ after years of teaching the light blue types about flying!
He is survived by his wife Eileen (Greenwood), daughters Christine (Burlington), Rosemary (Greenwood) and sons Blair (Dartmouth), and David (Halifax).
A. - Deceased: February 2, 2003
Glenn A. Hannah, Retired Warrant Officer, R.C. N., was a veteran of the Korean War and served from December 1951 to April 1972.
Francis Allen Harrington - Deceased:
March 10, 1998
Harley, Francis Allen Harrington. (Lt.Cdr. R.N. and R.C.N.) Passed away at age 80 in Grande Prairie, AB, Tuesday, March 10, 1998, due to comlications with his battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Audrey and father to Barbara Harley (London, England), Keith Harley (Grande Prairie, AB), Lynn Bertrand (Sarsfield, ON), Jill Schill (St. Saveur, PQ) and adoring grandfather to Amanda, Samantha, Jennifer and Jessica. A celebration of his life was held April 4, 1998 at the Navy Mess, Victoria Island, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, a donation of your choice to the Cancer Society or Alzheimers Society.
Clarence Richard (Ted) -
Deceased: March 20, 2002
Born Oct. 3/34 in Learnington, Ont., Ted moved to Niagara Falls as a child. He joined the Navy at H.M.C.S. Star in Hamilton, Feb./1956. He trained with the Huron Division (last of the Black Hats) at H.M.C.S. Cornwallis from Feb.15/1956 to June 26/1956. He was posted to H.M.C.S. Buckingham for a short time, then posted to H.M.C.S. Shearwater Aug./1956, where he was joined in Sept. by his wife Maisie and their 2 small children, Christine Harris 2 yrs, & Michael Harris 2 mos. Ted trained at NAMS as an Aircraft Controlman (AC). He worked at the Crash Tower as a Firefighter and on the Crash Crew at Shearwater. He was then posted to H.M.C.S. Bonaventure working with the various squadrons in Air Maintenance, alternating between Shearwater and the Bonaventure. Ted left the service as an ABAC1 at the end of June/1959. After his release, he spent the rest of his civilian life driving 18 wheeler tractor trailers hauling goods to the U.S.A. until the time of his death. Ted passed away March 20/2002, behind the wheel of his truck at a truck-stop in Flemington, N.J., due to respiratory causes. He was 67 yrs old.
Ted is survived by his wife Lynda (Stewart)-(Dell) Harris, & children, Christine & Michael Harris, & Brian, Roy (Connie), Bill (Sarah), Denise Dell, & Suzanne (Dell) Vorpahl. He had 9 grand-children & 2 great-grand-children.
He is also survived by his 2 brothers Marvin & Dennis Harris, and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Harry & Stella Harris, and a sister Bunny.
Ted is buried in Niagara Falls, in Lundys Lane Cemetary.
"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember him."
George - Deceased:
January 1, 1994
Joined RCN in 1956 at HMCS Chippewa, Winnipeg, MB. Served with VU-32, VS-880, VS-881 and HMCS Bonaventure to 1966 working on board to repair Trackers. Leading Seaman. Private pilot, enjoyed motorcycling, camping and fishing. Born 1933 in Manitou, MB and passed away from cardiac arrest at age 60 in Morden, MB. Survived by his wife Joan, son Rick, and son Randy in Morden, MB and daughter Patricia in Libau, MB.
Henn, Howard "Howie"
Harold - Deceased:
May 25, 1997
Howard Harold (Howie) Henn passed away in Victoria, BC on May 25, 1997 at the age of 73. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean in 1996. A Celebration of Life was held at the 800 (Pacific) Wing, RCAFA, 105 Wilson Street, Victoria, on May 31. Donations to the Cancer Society. Howie served in VT40 in the late 50s with Jack Harral, George Pumple and "Tex" McNab. He was released in 1958 and then joined D.O.T. as a Helicopter Pilot and became Chief Executive Pilot for Transport Canada in 1967, retired 1978.
Hill, Edwin Byard
- Deceased: June 14th, 2008
Hill, Edwin Byard, CWO Navy (Ret'd),
CD - 81, Dartmouth, passed away June 14, 2008. Born in Barrie,
Ont., he was the son of Byard and Helene (Hobson) Hill. Ed
joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946 and retired as Base Chief
Warrant Officer CFB Shearwater in 1972. Postings also included
Summerside, Downsview and HMCS Magnificent and Bonaventure. He
worked in the Architectural Hardware Division at J.W. Bird
Company from 1972-1992. Ed volunteered with the Canadian Red
Cross, Canadian Blood Services and the Shearwater Aviation
Museum until he became ill. He is survived by his wife of 59
years, Lorraine (Cain); sister, Barbara Moore, and brother, John
(Marie); children, Rick (Chris), Janet (Rick) Privett, Kathy
(Roy) Millett, Stephen, Sheila, David (Kathryn), Trish (Robert)
Boutillier; grandchildren, Colin, Lisa, Johanna, Jonathan, Amy,
Kristina, Hannah, Taylor, Andrew, Nicole, Alex, and
Hogg, Robert William
Thomas "Bob" - Deceased:
December 11, 1996
Robert William Thomas "Bob" Hogg, DSM, LCdr RCN (Ret'd) passed away after a heart attack on December 11, 1996. Bob is survived by his wife, 'PJ' whose address is: Miguel de Cervantes 10-(2), Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain, 29640.
Robert Hogg began his career in the RN in 1939 as a telegraphist and an air gunner. He served with 829 Squadron on H.M.S. Formidable in 1940, and with 810 Squadron on H.M.S. Illustrious in 1942 and 1944. He served as an instructor at RNAS Worthy Down, RNAS Shearwater, and Warrior in 1944. He served as an instructor on HMS Excellent for an Air Gunnery Instructor's course in 1946, and at Shearwater as a drill instructor in 1947. He taught for Shearwater's Observer's Mates School in 1951, and for an RN Observer's course in 1952. He commissioned RCN observer's for Shearwater's Observer School in 1956, and served in Shearwater with VX-10 Squadron in 1958 and 1959. He served on Bonaventure as CCA officer and Ceremonial officer and watchkeeper in 1960. He served in Shearwater on the Staff of the Air Operations Officer in 1964, as a LCdr (LD) RCN in 1966. He served for UNTSO for duty in Israel and Syria in 1968, and Shearwater as Acting Air Operations Officer in 1971. He flew Sharks, Swordfish, Osprey, Proctors, Skuas, Rocs, Albacores, Barracuda, Walruses, Widgeons, Ansons, Fireflies, avengers, and trackers.
Thomas Victor - Deceased: March 18, 2007
Holland, John Thomas Victor, b. July 21, 1927 in Montreal, set
sail on his final voyage on July 13, 2007. John is survived by
his daughters Nancy Holland, Susan van Nood, and Pamela Bradley;
sisters Barbara (Hunn), Helen (Sanderson), and Margaret (Green)
; brother Michael; and beloved companion Anne Campbell. He is
predeceased by his wife Dr. Lieselotte Holland and son Thomas
Charles. John's career life took twists from the Argos' farm
team to a long stint in the Royal Canadian Navy to being the
purveyor of books from his shop, Nautica Books. Never a keen
student (he admitted to majoring in football for his two years
at Queen's), he went on to become a voracious reader, supporter
of the arts, historian, user of obscure words (go look up
yclept!), globetrotter, bon vivant, and inveterate foodie. The
one thing he did fail was banjo playing, despite Woody Guthrie's
best efforts. However, John succeeded in achieving a PhD in
Curmudgeonry late in life, after decades of earnest study.
Whether it was gardening, cursing the crossword Puzzle, walking
around the neighborhood, attending some social event, or heading
to the Quarterdeck for some R&R, John immensely enjoyed his
retirement with his good friends. The memorial service will be
held at Christ Church, Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, at 12:00
pm on Saturday, July 21.
- Deceased: January 8, 1999
Lorne Howard, former RA Technician, RCN passed away January 8, 1999 in New Halifax Infirmary, QEII, age 69. Survived by wife Myrtle, daughters Janet, Dartmouth and Susan, Halifax, as well as several brothers and sisters.
James, "Sandy" W.E.
- Deceased: April 12, 1999
James-O.B.E., Sandy (W.E.) beloved husband, father and grandfather died suddenly on April 12th, 1999. Sandy retired as a LCdr (P) and served in the RCAF, RNVR and RCN.
Stanley William - Deceased: August 23, 2002
Stanley (Stan) William Knowles, C.D., passed away on August 23, 2002 in his 78th year. Stan went to sea at an early age first with H.M. Royal Navy, and later with H.M. Royal Canadian Navy, serving in both WWII and the Korean War. Following this, Stan spent many years with D.N.D. and ended his working career as a Directory of Boeing of Canada (Arnprior Division). Mr. Knowles is survived by his wife Barbara Ellen, his extended family, Darrell and Vivian McCagg, Rick and Margaret McCagg and Laura Andrews (niece).
Deceased: June 19, 2004
Don Loney passed away in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, on Saturday after a lengthy illness. He served in the RCN from 1943-1957 as a Lieutenant Commander. Don served in Shearwater as the Base Physical Training and Recreation Officer for two years, and it was during this period that he coached the senior Shearwater Flyers football teams to Nova Scotia and Maritime championships in 1955 and 1956.
After leaving the Navy, Don went on to St. Francis Xavier University as an athletic director and coach of their senior football programme. He spent many years in this position (1957-1974), bringing numerous championships and football honours to the university.
It is to be noted that from 1946 to 1953, Don had a distinguished career as a player in the Canadian Football League, where he played for the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders, and the Calgary Stampeders. In 1950, he was awarded the Jeff Russel Trophy as the most valuable player in the CFL Eastern Conference.
He is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, and St. Francis Xavier Hall of Fame.
Jim - Deceased: November 27, 1998
Jim MacKenzie (LCdr. A/E) died yesterday in the Veterans Wing of the Middleton, NS hospital. Jim was the AEO in HU21 circa 1954-6 and continued in various air and steam engineering positions until retiring from CFB Greenwood about 20 years ago. He enjoyed outdoor sports, was a scratch golfer and a fine man. He is survived by his wife Evelyn (Ev), three boys and a girl. Cards to 1093 Tufts Ave., Kingston, NS, B0P 1R0.
Thomas J. - Deceased:
September 7, 1997
Tom died with courage on September 7, 1997 after a battle with cancer. A member of the SAM Foundation, he was a great aviation enthusiast. He was a pilot, member of the Shearwater Flying Club and a collector of all things aeronautical. He was a veteran of the Canadian Army, worked for CN Telegraphs and for a number of years Petro Fina/Petro Canada from where he retired. He leaves to grieve, his wife, Florie, three sons, five step-daughters and a step-son. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary. His many friends will miss his many kindnesses and cheerful good humour.
Bruce - Deceased: December 12, 2002
Eric Bruce Mason, LCdr. (Ret'd) passed away December 12, 2002, in Halifax, N.S., at the age of 76. Born in the Head of St. Margaret's Bay, he was a son of the late Asa Singleton and Nellie Maude (Hatt) Mason. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in January of 1945 and retired as a LCdr. in September 1974, serving on HMC ships, St. Boniface, Puncher, York, Warrior, Magnificent, Iroquois, La Mulloise, Haida, Cape Breton, Quebec and Bonaventure. He then worked at Naval Engineering Unit Atlantic as a naval constructor until his retirement in 1983. He was an avid gardener, reader, and woodworker. Surviving are his twin daughters Ellen (Collin, Cdr.) Darlington, Halifax; Karen (Brian) Haverstock, Calgary: sons, Peter (Beverley), Halifax; Roger (Wendy), Vernon, B.C.: brothers, Lionel (Lynda) of Toronto, Ont.; Singie (Shirley), Baddeck: sister, Barbara (Richard) Peart, Head of St. Margaret's Bay; grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Daniel, Laura, Victoria, Christopher and Anna: numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Geraldine; brothers, Darrell and Ralph; and sister, Nellie Juanita.
- Deceased: April 15, 2000
Regret to inform you all, that "Gay/Gabe" passed away peacefully this afternoon at 1730 hrs. His career was well grounded in the RCN, and we flew Seafuries in VF-871 during the mid 1950's, and later in VX-10. A few years ago he was diagnosed with ALS and has spent the past year and a half in the Eagle Care rest centre at Qualicum Beach village.
McBride, Don (D.J.)
- Deceased: January 22, 1999
Don (D.J.) McBride passed away January 22, 1999 following a short illness with cancer. Don was a graduate of RMC ('62) and flew in VS-880 until he left the RCN in the mid-sixties. After a brief stint at Canadair he went to Air Canada and had been with them for 32 years, most recently as an Airbus A-340 captain based in Toronto. A native of Ottawa, he had lived there for many years. Don was a tireless volunteer worker on behalf of his fellow pilots in many respects - he was deeply involved with the relationships of professional pilots (through CALPA) and the regulatory agencies of the government, he assisted Mr. Justice Charles Dubbin during his Royal Commission into aviation safety in Canada and he participated in many internal affairs at CALPA. He was highly respected throughout the industry - we owe Don a lot and he will be sorely missed. His son Jeff is a first officer with Air Canada flying the Canadair Regional Jet.
George Thomas -
Deceased: December 25, 2002
George Thomas Merkley of Indian Point, Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully December 25, 2002, at home after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He was the only son of the late George and Una Merkley (Chesterville, Ontario). He spent 28 years in the Royal Canadian Navy (Fleet Air Arm), followed by eight years as a realtor with Royal Trust Real Estate. Upon retirement from his short second career, he and his late wife spent nine years cruising the Caribbean. Surviving are his dearest partner, Mary Gillies; sons, Scott (Loraine), Moosonee, Ont.; John, Vancouver; Brian, Dartmouth; daughters, Gwen, Dartmouth; Brenda, Lantz; grandchildren, Sarah and Patrick Long, Tanya and Joel Little. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Scarsbrook and second wife, Beverley Kent.
William John Bingham "Bill" -
Deceased: February 24, 2001
MOFFAT, Maj. (R) William John Bingham "Bill", C.D. - 66, of Dartmouth, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2001 at the QEII Hospital. Born in Vancouver, B.C. on May 15, 1934, Bill was the youngest of two children born to Grace Wilson of Sheffield, England and William Moffat of Glasgow, Scotland. Bill and his older sister Betty were raised in the North Vancouver community of Lynn Valley. After high school, he attended the University of British Columbia with plans of studying to become a dentist only to end up joining the Royal Canadian Navy (R) as a Midshipman at HMCS Malahat (Vancouver Island) on Nov. 1, 1956. Bill trained as a naval aviator and was awarded his Wings on May 17, 1957. That same year he was transferred to CFB Shearwater where he was based until his retirement from the forces "36 years less a day" later. In 1959, Bill served the first of several tours on board HMCS Bonaventure beginning with VS-880 Squadron. Many other postings and accomplishments followed, most notably: Weapons Officer aboard the HMCS Inch Arron, 1962; awarded Watchkeeping Certificate, 1963; offered a permanent commission, 1963; navigation officer on HMCS Algonquin, 1963; transferred to rotary-wing aircraft, 1970, Officer-in-Charge, Base Maintenance Test Flight, 1983; XO of HS 423 Squadron, 1987; retiring May 14, 1990. Bill accumulated 8,105 hours in both fixed-and rotary-wing military aircraft, including the Avenger, Tracker, Harvard, Expiditor, Hiller and Sea King. He completed over 769 deck landings, of which 114 were made in fixed-wing aircraft. Bill also accumulated more than 700 hours on various civilian aircraft, including the Stearman, Warrior, Twin Otter and Bell 206. After his retirement from DND, Bill went to work for the Ministry of Transportation in 1991 in Moncton, N.B., as an Investigations Inspector in the Regulatory Compliance Branch, retiring in 1998. Bill is survived by his three children, William, Robert and Ann-Marie, his grandson Andrew and granddaughter, Allison, his beloved wife Yvonne Ongo (nee) of North Sydney, Cape Breton, and his sister Betty.
- Deceased: March 13, 1998
Gerry More, LCdr (P), Ret'd, age 66. Loving husband of Shirley Shanahan. Cherished father of Mark, Gail, Kevin, Thomas and Michael. Fond grandfather of Katelyn and Martin. Dear brother of Lois Eggert. Friends paid respects at Kelly Funeral Home, Orleans, ON, Monday, March 16. Funeral followed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for Mass of Christian Funeral.
Gerry More was a close friend to all naval aviators, and in particular all the members of his initial aviation course, #2 Junior Aviation Officers Basic Training Course, consisting of: Jack Walter, Derek Prout (deceased, Banshee accident), Jack Arnott, John Hewer, Geoff Craven, Jeff Cowie, Gord Edwards, Fred Sherwood, Gerry Maloney, Larry Zbitnew, Roger Cavanaugh (deceased, Transport Canada accident) and Red Chandler.
Gerry was one of the best pilots we had, dedicated to every job he ever undertook, a test pilot, and eventually one of Canada's best hovercraft drivers. In his final job he steered the acquisition of new hovercraft for the Coast Guard through Transport Canada, and ensured fruition of that program
before he finally was forced to quit working. He will be long remembered by all his friends, and in particular, for his long, drawn out stories, often with several digressions, always brought to a conclusion by "friendly" persuasion by his buddies.
God bless him and his family.
Morris, Lt. Denis George CD, RCN (Ret'd)
- Deceased: September 8, 2003
Deceased 08 December 2003 in Calgary, AB., at the age of 83.
Denis joined the RCAF in 1941 and served overseas as Wireless Air Gunner in night fighter squadrons. After the war, re-enlisted in the RCN Air Electrical branch and received his commission in 1953. Served in H.M.C.S. Shearwater and H.M.C.S. Magnificent (VS 880, VS 881, VX 881and Avionics Shop) from 1949 to 1961. On exchange with RN Fleet Air Arm from 1961 to 1963, then at NDHQ until his retirement in 1968. Continued his service affiliations over the years as a member of the Canadian Legion, NAOC (Calgary branch) and Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation
Further information can be obtained by e-mailing Mrs. Audrey E. Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Edward Bernard "Spike" - Deceased: January 11, 2005
Edward Bernard (Spike) Morris, CDR, E, AE, P, RCN, P. Eng. (Ret.'d) - 85, Halifax, died January 11, 2005, in the New Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Regina, Sask., he was a son of the late Arthur and Mary (Campbell) Morris. In 1938, he entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a special entry cadet, Engineering. He attended Royal Navy Engineering College, Keyham, England. During the Second World War he served on various ships of the Royal Navy as a marine engineer. He then became an aeronautical engineer and test pilot, becoming the first pilot in the Royal Canadian Navy. In the RCN, Spike served in a variety of positions on sea and on land. He and his family lived in various places in Canada and in the United States, retiring from Naval service in 1969. After retirement he worked with Can Plan Consultant Engineering and at HMC Dockyard. He was an avid golfer, curler, woodworker and bridge player. He loved to travel and had traveled extensively throughout the world. He was also active as a volunteer, and was a founding board member of the Shearwater Aviation Museum, and a trustee of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust H.M.C.S. Sackville. He was a long-term member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada and the Geritol Club. He is survived by daughters, Barbara, Ottawa; Elizabeth (Doug) Buffett, Mira, Cape Breton; grandchildren, Susan (Rob) Jerrott, Bedford; Andrew (Jennifer) Buffett, London, Ont.; great-grandchildren, Emma and Adam Jerrott. He was predeceased by his wife, Valerie (Christophers); and brother, Norman.
-The Halifax Herald Limited (January 13, 2005)
Deceased: July 6, 2002
LCdr. (Ret'd) Orr passed away July 6, 2002, in the Trenton Memorial Hospital. Mr. Orr graduated from McMaster University in 1951 where he earned a degree in education before joining the RCN. Mr. Orr and his wife Eleanor enjoyed many postings across Canada and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. His last appointment before retiring was at CFB Trenton during which time his interest in bee keeping began. Mr. Orr was also an apiary inspector for the Dept. of Agriculture for many years. Mr. Orr is remembered by his wife Eleanor, his son, four daughters, and twelve grandchildren.
Douglas Dennison "Doug" - Deceased:
December 19, 2000
PEACOCKE, Lcdr. (P), Douglas Dennison "Doug", RCN Retired passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, after a brief but valiant struggle with cancer, on Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at the age 76. Doug is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Marie White Lynch. Treasured dad of Judy Adelberg (Peter), Ottawa; Dr. Larry (Dr. John), Moncton; Dr. Sandy, Ottawa; Jacqueline MacDonald (Ian) and Jennifer Dort (Paul), Dartmouth; Cpl. Ray (Cathy), Red Deer, Alta.; Ken (Debbie), London, Ont.; Jeannette (Cst. Kevin), Castor, Alta. Dearest brother of Audrey Carleton (Alton Higgens) High River, Alta.; Thomas Peacocke (Judy), Edmonton. He was predeceased by son, Cmdr. Jerry Peacocke (Barbara) and wives Helen McDonald and Jean Mossman McDonald. Fond uncle/stepdad of John McDonald (Shaaron), Toronto; Margo McDonald Bassarab (Rob), Valleyview, Alta.; and devoted stepdad of Laura Lynch Ullyott (Kevin), Calgary; Mona Lynch, Halifax. Special uncle to Ross MacMillan, Halifax and dear brother-in-law of Florence McDonald Fitzgerald. Loving granddad to 23 grandchildren. Son of the late Thomas W. Peacocke and the late Henrietta Munro, Doug was raised in Barons, Alta. He then served in the RCAF 1942-45 as a flying instructor, transferring to the RN Fleet Air Arm in 1945, then to the newly-created RCN Fleet Air Arm the same year. He saw service in all three of Canada's aircraft carriers, namely: Warrior Magnificent, and Bonaventure as well as Shearwater base in various capacities, including as Commanding Officer of 825 Firefly Squadron and 03/870 Sea Fury Squadron. Doug also served three years with the US Navy in its ASW Air Development Squadron VX-1 at Key West, Florida. Retiring from the Navy in 1968, he joined the Medical Society, the oldest medical association in Canada. This was in recognition of his "signal service" to the Society in successfully meeting all the challenges of a rapidly growing membership and the demands for new and more services. Doug is also well known for his active interest and support in preserving the history of Canadian Naval Aviation which, brief as it was, that period will remain the highlight of the history of the RCN. His
favorite quote: "Carrier flying-always exciting, often terrifying. The memories of it and the friendships I made will be with me to 'til the end of my days."
- Deceased: August 22, 1983
Peter Pinnoy, P1AM, came to Shearwater in 1953 and trained at NAMS as a Safety Equipment technician. Through the years he worked in several squadrons and detachments. With amalgamation of the SE & AC trades Peter willingly took on all new tasks. He sailed on H.M.C.S. Magnificent to Egypt and served on H.M.C.S. Bonaventure on several occasions. With integration Peter wound up his career in CFB Edmonton where his wife and family still reside.
"Randy" - Deceased:
December 5, 1998
Ron "Randy" Randle (P1AT) passed away on 5 December 1998, in the Dartmouth General Hospital, after a lengthy illness. He resided at 16 Harbour Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 3N9, and is survived by his wife, Ruby, 2 daughters, 3 sons and several grandchildren. Other details will be posted as they are known. Randy was a stalwart supporter of CNAG and the Shearwater Aviation Museum.
Elton - Deceased: February, 2002
Louis Elton Reimer passed away February, 2002 in Steinbach, Manitoba. He was 65. Lou had served as a pilot with VT-40 and VU-32 Squadrons and later with VC-922.
Michael Hume - Deceased: April 13, 2003
Lt. Cdr. Michael Sandes, Royal Canadian Navy Veteran, died peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2003. He was beloved husband for 59 years of Marion Louise, dear father of Christopher (Rosa), Richard (Paula) and Michael (Pierrette). Loving grandfather of Andrew, Stephen and Tyler. Predeceased by his grandson Geoffrey. Retired navy pilot in the Canadian Navy Air Branch after 25 years of service. He will be sadly missed by many friends and family.
Anton Albert "Doc" - Deceased: December 4th, 2007
SCHELLINCK, Anton Albert "Doc" (Lt. Cmdr., Ret'd)SCHELLINCK, Anton
Albert "Doc" (Lt. Cmdr., Ret'd) - Died on Tuesday, December 4,
2007, in Fort Erie, Ont., after a brief illness. Born in 1925 in
Kindersley, Sask., he was a son of the late Henri and Lucy (Vandermoor)
Doc was an extraordinary pilot. He managed to enlist in the RCAF
and graduate as a pilot officer by age 17. He then served in the
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm in England. He then continued his
career in the RCN. As an exchange pilot in the USN, he flew in
elite squadrons, piloting the most advanced jet aircraft in the
world at that time. He served aboard all three Canadian aircraft
carriers: the Warrior, the Magnificent and the Bonaventure. A
navy pilot to the end, he flew the last plane off the
Magnificent. As one of the original pilots in the young Canadian
naval air arm, he was frequently put in the role of test pilot.
He piloted 27 types of aircraft including Seafires, Cougars,
Seafuries, Vampires, Hellcats, Fireflies, the Bell 47G and the
Consolidated PBY 5A converted for water bombing. He launched the
first Banshee initial deck trials on the Bonaventure and was the
first pilot to survive a carrier overshoot and ditching of a
Seafury. He was squadron leader of the first Trackers to fly
across the Atlantic. From 1963-1965 he was the commanding
officer of VU33 in Pat Bay, Vancouver Island. Following his
retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1972, he served as
Director of Economics for the Nova Scotia Medical Society from
1973-1989 and Executive Director from 1989-1990. Doc was
predeceased by his first wife, Genevieve (McDonnell) in 1976;
brother, Edward, and sister, Henriette in infancy. He is
survived by his wife, Lorraine (Pickrem), sons, Tony (Heather
MacIntosh), Halifax; David (Janice Walton), Vancouver; daughter,
Karen (David Hills), Bermuda; stepsons, Rick Parker (Darlene),
Toronto; Frank Parker (Deb), Bedford; grandchildren, Jennifer
Schellinck, Ottawa; Trevor Schellinck, Halifax; Rebecca Kilcup,
Halifax; sisters, Elodie Robinson, Victoria; Yvonne Baker,
Regina; Mary Moreau, Victoria, and brother, Henry, Courtenay,
B.C. A man who made friends easily, he will be remembered by
many people from all facets of his life across Canada and the
Donations in memory of Doc may be made to The Salvation Army or
a charity of your choice. A funeral service will be held on
Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the Fort Erie Chapel of
Davidson Funeral Home, 21 Wintemute St., Fort Erie, Ont. On-line
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Sloan, Walter, Lt.-Cmdr. (P) (Ret'd)
- Deceased: April 27, 2004
Deceased 27 April 2004, Dartmouth, N.S., at the age of 73
Walter passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Rockburn, Que., he was a son of the late Joseph and Pearl (Goldie) Sloan. Walter was a retired naval aviator and was a volunteer at the Shearwater Aviation Museum. Golfing was his joy and flying his passion. Walter is survived by his wife, the former Muriel E. Tannahill; son, Daniel (Kelinda) and grandson, Kenneth; also son, David; brother, Malcolm (Mary), Alma, Ont.; sisters, Margaret (Harold) Percy, Hastings, Ont.; Eleanor David (Roger Clary), Constable, N.Y.; Marion Sloan, Cambridge, Ont.; sister-in-law, Ruth Sloan, Cambridge, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Clark, John "Jack", Nelson; sister Alice. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday and funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow in Atlantic Funeral Home Family Reception Centre. A second reception will commence at 5 p.m. at the Shearwater Aviation Museum. A donation in Walter's memory to the Shearwater Aviation Museum or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:
Taken from the Thursday, April 29, 2004, edition of The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, N.S.
Lawrence William "Laurie" - Deceased:
June 15, 1999
Lawrence William (Laurie) Smith, DSM, CD, LCDR,RCN, Ret'd passed away on June 15, 1999 at home in Bridgetown, NS. He had a distinguished career in the RN and RCN which is well documented in Canada's Naval Aviators. He joined the RN in 1939 as a Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG) and retired from the RCN in 1967 as a LCDR. He will be remembered by those who served with him as a gentleman.
Stokes, John Adrian "Jack"
- Deceased: September 24, 1997
John Adrian "Jack" Stokes, LCdr (O), RCN (Ret'd), (b Victoria, BC, 3 May 1918) died of cancer on 24 September 1997. After joining the Merchant Navy as a cadet in 1934, Jack was ordered to active service in the RNR in 1939. Volunteered for Observer Training in 1940. Awarded wings in June 1940 and joined 820 Sqn serving in "Formidable". Transferred to RCNVR in 1944 and joined 828 Sqn as Senior Observer. Served several appointments in NDHQ, as CO of 825 Sqn, OIC of the Observer School and retired 3 May 1963. Afterwards, Jack worked as a financial analyst for Richardson Investments in Vancouver, retiring again 1989. He is survived by his wife, Gerry, residing at 4058 Ripple Place, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3L4, (604) 922-2014.
Admiral Tony -
Deceased: August 9, 2002
Rear Admiral RCN (ret'd) Antony H.G. Storrs, DSC & Bar, Legion of Merit, Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre, Honorary Commodore, Canadian Coast Guard, died on the 9th of August, 2002, at age 95. He is survived by his dearly beloved wife of 62 1/2 years Joy, sons Andrew (Renee Ouimet) and Robin (Cheryl Sullivan), and grandchildren Alexandre and Sabina Ouimet-Storrs.
Rear Admiral Tony Storrs started his sailing career in windjammers, and went on to clear mines off the Normandy coast before the Americans landed at Utah and Omaha beaches on D-Day. As senior officer of the Canadian 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, Storrs was aware of the doubts expressed about the Royal Canadian Navy's competence earlier in the war. But he trained his crews so relentlessly between March and May 1944 that the British were eventually forced to admit that they were "efficient, keen and competent". Although minesweepers normally withdrawn when they come under attack, Storrs told his ships to hold their formation even under bombardment. The operation required superb seamanship as Storrs led his ships close to the German guns under cover of darkness in a strong cross-tide and in poor weather. Only when German shells started falling around him did he order "in sweeps", although his own ship, the Bangor class Caraquet, was caught on a wreck and had to be cut clear. Storrs's zeal, patience and cheerfulness, together with the skill and judgement he displayed in the execution of this complex task, contributed significantly to the success of Operation Neptune, the naval contribution to the invasion, according to the citation for the first of the two DSCs he was awarded early in 1945; the Americans also recognised his achievement, with the Legion of Merit.
The son of a doctor, Antony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, was born at Overton, Hampshire, on April 1 1907 and taken to Rhodesia, where both his parents died before he was 15. He returned home to go to Weymouth College, then trained in the merchant navy school ship HMS Worcester, sponsored by P&O, leaving as chief cadet captain with two first-class extra certificates.
He signed indentures with John Stewart & Co to serve in the William Mitchell, one of the last British-owned sailing freighters to ply her business between America and Australia. Her longest voyage lasted 150 days, and for protracted periods the crew never saw another ship. They amused themselves, when becalmed, by trying to capture albatrosses. This would involve extending a piece of wood with a sardine can attached to the end; when an albatross dipped in its beak, a twist of the wood would enable the crew to hoist the bird aboard, measure its wingspan, then set it free. There was little water for washing, but a talented Chinese cook managed to produce a small loaf of fresh bread for each man every day. Even so, Storrs could not resist the temptation to steal an egg which had been laid by the captain's chicken. In Australia, Storrs found a qualified examiner to pass him as a master mariner in sail, though he afterwards received the advice: "Never command a sailing ship."
After the William Mitchell was sold, Storrs rejoined P&O and served in various ships until the onset of the Depression. He then joined the Chinese Maritime Customs which placed him in command of revenue cutters. When it became clear that Japan was going to invade China, Storrs and his wife Joy, whom he married in 1940, set off from Foochow. This involved a long walk to reach a sampan, sleeping in a junk for several nights and taking a blockade runner up to Shanghai, where a ship took them to Victoria, British Columbia.
On joining the RCNR, Storrs first assumed command of the trawler Armentieres at Esquimalt, then was appointed to the destroyer Gatineau. His next command was the corvette Dawson, which proceeded to Dutch Harbour, Alaska, as part of an operation with the US Navy - after war with Japan began - on convoy duty between Dutch Harbour and Adak in the Aleutians.
In 1943 he was switched to the Atlantic Coast, where he was appointed commanding officer of Drumheller, which protected convoys at a critical stage of the Battle of the Atlantic in September 1943. They were subjected to repeated U-boat attacks. For this service Storrs was also awarded the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre avec palmes.
At the end of the war Storrs took command of the frigate Antigonish, then was given shore jobs, ending up at naval headquarters as director of naval plans and operations. In 1953 Storrs's career took a new direction when he was appointed commanding officer of the air station at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he was soon offered the command of the carrier Magnificent.
Storrs had started taking flying lessons in a Gipsy Moth while in Shanghai, and now began again in a Piper Cub fitted with floats. But Naval Headquarters in Ottawa declined to authorize him to be trained, like other Canadian flyers, by the US Navy.
His last naval appointment was as commandant of the National Defence College at Kingston, Ontario, when he became the first naval reserve officer to reach admiral's rank in the RCN. Later, he became Director of Marine Operations for the Canadian Coast Guard, and was involved in the founding of the Canadian Coast Guard College at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Storrs was then asked to lead 35 officers in setting up a similar Coast Guard service in Iran, though the project was scrapped shortly before the Shah fell.
Storrs spent his retirement in Victoria.
Gerald Ray - Deceased: March 22, 2002
Gerald Ray Strader, 59 years, of Lawrencetown, Annapolis County
died March 22, 2002 at home. Born in Toronto, he was a son of
Gordon Strader, Winchester, ON and the late Doreen (McKercher)
Strader. He served in the Merchant Marine and later the R.C.N. as
Air Wing on H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. He was stationed in Greenwood,
Summerside and returned to Greenwood, retiring as an Air Tech and
Observer/AESOP. He was involved in the scouting movement. Besides
his father, he is survived by his wife the former Colleen Jones;
daughters Edith and Sarita both of Ontario; stepdaughter Cindy
Mills, Shubenacadie; stepsons Byron (Kathleen) Mills, Edmonton,
NB; Mark Mills, Comox, BC; seven grandchildren, several brothers
and sisters. Memorial service 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2002
at World Missions Centre, 10443 Highway #1, Paradise, Pastor
Stephen Wade officiating. Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation
of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.
Ron - Deceased: May 2002
Naval aviator Ron Sutherland, C2EA4, passed away in May of 2002 in Victoria, B.C. He left behind his wife Emily, his son Allan, his daughter Cheryl, and two granddaughters. He served in Naval Air for 21 years before retiring.
James "Jim" - Deceased:
August 14, 1997
Jim Telenko, CPO (Ret'd), passed away on August 14, 1997 at the age of 77. Jim served on 19th C.A.G. in Ireland and also for years was in charge of the welding shop at Shearwater.
- Deceased: April 29, 2002
Born on August 24, 1909, Jack Thomas, C2AT4, passed away April 29, 2002 in Victoria, B.C. He served the Navy from 1939 to 1966. He was honoured with numerous medals, including: Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp. He never married but was touched by many individuals. Among these were Joe Scletta, Peggy, Sandra, Tara, and the entire nursing staff at St. Charles manor. A graveside service took place at the Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive on May 10th, 2002.
- Deceased: May 19, 1999
LCdr Bruce Torrie, RCN(Ret'd) passed away in Victoria, BC on May 19th. Bruce a long time bachelor had no close relatives since his own family members had predeceased him.
Bruce will best be remembered by naval aviators as a long-serving Fighter Direction Officer aboard Magnificent, Bonaventure and at Shearwater. His high professionalism and dedication to his Branch specialization was greatly admired by all who served with him.
Perhaps the most dramatic display of his and professionalism and ingenuity was in 1950 when as FDO aboard Maggie he blatantly wrested radio control from the USN Fighter Direction officers of the large CAPS of the USS Phillipine Sea and vectored their Bearcats away from the incoming RCN 826 squadron strike on the USN fleet, resulting in an unopposed Firefly attack on the Essex carrier while she was refueling and respotting aircraft.
A. - Deceased: February 9, 1998
Please be advised that Cdr John A. Turner (Retired) passed away 9 Feb 98 at 1840. His last days were quiet and his family was by his side. His email address has been returned and a new one for Phyl will be forthcoming. Thank you for your sympathy and support. To all the toast of the day
-- Our Ships - May fair winds and following seas be with you... --
The following email address may be used for final condolences: email@example.com . A ceremony of remembrance will be held at the Wardroom CFB Esquimalt and announcement will be forthcoming.
-- John F. Turner, Leesa Easterday, Phyllis Turner, Jim Easterday -- Ph/Fax: (250) 847-4802/847-6156
Westwood, George D. "Knobby"
Deceased: December 29, 2000
Westwood -(Lt.Comdr) George D. (Knobby), born in Medicine Hat January 15th, 1926. Died suddenly December 29th 2000 in Victoria, B.C. George was a patriotic Canadian serving from 1941 with the Southern Alberta Regiment (SARCY), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and the Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve (RNVR) until the end of the Second World War. Subsequently he served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a fighter pilot, flight instructor and staff officer. On two occasions he served as commanding officer of naval air squadrons. He retired in Victoria in 1973. On discharge he served as a water tanker pilot for Con Air. Afterwards he devoted his life & skills to the community serving as alderman, mayor, and regional director for North Saanich. George was a founding member of the Saanich Penninsula Recreation Commission, and founding member and chairman for the Saanich Penninsula Water Commission. He was also an original member and chairman of Mount Newton Society for the elderly. Recently he was a director of Sidney Federal Superannuates National Association. (FSNA) and deputy regional director of (FSNA) for Vancouver Island. He was census commissionaire, federal returning officer for veterans hospitals and chairman for a court of revision. Throughout his life he was involved in numerous associations. He was a member of the Naval Aircrew Association, Airforce Officers Associaton (AFOA), Naval Officers Association (NOAC), Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and the Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG). He was also involved with the Naval Museum, Shearwater Museum and the Union Club in Victoria. He will be greatly missed by his many longtime friends and relatives, the community, and most of all his loving wife and friend Alvina, his son Donald, daughters, Donna (Len) Kathy, his beloved grandchildren, Matthew, Andrea and Daniel. His sister Olive Foss and her family, daughter Sandra (Ray) son Jimmy (Vicki) and children Krystle, and Dorian.
"Doc" - Deceased:
February 20, 1998
"Doc" Willoughby, age 72, of Halifax, died February 20, 1998 at the QEII Health Science Center. Survived by his son Scott of Halifax and brother Douglas of Toronto. Predeceased by his wife Barbara A. Mackell and brother Ross.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 24 in St. Thomas Aquinas (RC) church. Cremation followed the service. Donations to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Bonny Lea Farms, Chester, NS or Charity of Choice.
Robert Charles - Deceased:
December 5, 1998
WINGER, Robert Charles, MWO (Ret'd) - 56, 8649 Highway #10, Nictaux South, passed away Saturday, December 5, 1998, at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton. He was a son of the late Benton and Elizabeth (Schoenals) Winger. He was born in Stevensville, Ont., on June 23, 1942. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy on January 24, 1963, and completed 32 1/2 years of military service as an airborne electronics sensor operator, flying Tracker, Argus and Aurora aircraft. He had postings at CFB Shearwater, CFB Greenwood, CFB Summerside, Ottawa, CFB Greenwood, (MAG) Halifax, CFB Comox, again in Summerside and back to CFB Greenwood where he retired in June, 1995. Bob was a former employee at Greenwood Curling Club and member of Middleton Lions Club. He enjoyed curling and darts and especially had a love for working on cars. Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Rita (Gibbons); daughter, Carol, Maple Ridge, B.C.; son, David (Shelly), Kingston; grandchildren, Jessica Winger, Ryan and Craig Clark; sister, Constance Leaver (Charles), Thorold, Ont.; brothers, James (Theresa) and Thomas (Cora), both of Port Colborne, Ont.; Uncle Leroy (Hazel) Winger, Stevensville, Ont.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Charles - Deceased:
December 28, 1997
Wood, Stanley, Charles, LCdr (P), RCN (Ret'd), born Vancouver, BC on 17 December 1922, died 28 December 1997. Stan had been slowly deteriorating from the ravages of cancer over an extended period, but was upbeat to the end. Funeral Services at Unitarian Church, Vancouver, at 49th Avenue and Oak Street, Saturday 10 January, 1988 at 3 pm.
Stan joined the RCAF in 1943, transferred to the RCNVR in 1945, and the RCN in 1946. Among other appointments, Stan served in Rivers as OC RCAF Tactical Fighter Flight in 1950, Niobe on the RCN Technical Team for Bonaventure Project, Senior (P) VS-880, Shearwater as OIC Aircrew Division, retiring in 1968. Afterwards, Stan joined Conair for Budworm Spraying in New Brunswick and Firebombing in BC. He is survived by his wife, Peggy residing at #1-1820 Bayswater Street, Vancouver, BC, V6K 4A4.
Yule, Andrew Campbell
- Deceased: June 11, 2002
Born November 3, 1916, CPO Andrew Campbell Yule passed away June 11, 2002. He served with the R.C.A.F. during WWII and then with the RCN from 1945-1966 during which time he served on both the H.M.C.S. Magnificent and the H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. A memorial was held June 22, 2002.