Naval Air Net

For Those in Peril on the Sea

A Tribute to those who served as part of Canadian Maritime Military Aviation

This window commemorates the 50th anniversary of Canadian Naval Aviation and is in memory of those still in "The Delta".
Contributed by the Canadian Naval Air Group (C.N.A.G.).

Window designed and executed by Philip Doucette.
- August 4, 1995 -

We would like to dedicate this section of our site to the memory of those who served in all aspects of Canadian Maritime Aviation. All listings here are input on or after June 13, 1997 and will be arranged alphabetically. If you would like to add the listing of someone you know who would be appropriately honoured here, please send our Webmaster an e-mail with the name, date and a small biography if so desired. You can click here to do so now.


Allen, Ronald Edwin "Moose" Anderson, John E. A. "Hoss"
Armstrong, Clifford "Cliff,""Army,""Chief" Arnold, Bernard Kingsley
Baird, Bob Bays, Rodney Victor "Rod"
Baker, Lawrence Smith  
Bell, Tim Benner, Kenneth Daniel
Birchall, Leonard Joseph Birks, John Henry
Bonneau, Joe Bradshaw, Frederick Blair "Brad"
Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo Cogdon, Noel (Nibs)
Collacutt, Glenn Cox, William
Creeper, J.E. (Jack) Cridland, William
Davis, Sturton Mathwin (Sam) Devlin, Frederick Joseph
Dillon, Rear Admiral Charles Farrell, William "Wild"
Fauteux, Louis Gilhen, Cyril 'Cy"
Hannah, Glenn A. Harley, Francis Allen Harrington
Harris, Clarence Richard (Ted) Helps, Elgin George
Henn, Howard "Howie" Harold Hill, Edwin Byard
Hogg, Robert William Thomas "Bob" Howard, Lorne
James, "Sandy" W.E. Knowles, Stanley William
Loney, Donald John MacKenzie, Jim
MacPherson, Thomas J. Mason, Eric Bruce
McArthur, Gabe McBride, Don (D.J.)
Merkley, George Thomas Moffat, William John Bingham "Bill"
More, Gerald Morris, Lt. Denis George CD, RCN (Ret'd)
Morris, Edward Bernard "Spike" Orr, Neil Edward
Peacocke, Douglas Dennison "Doug" Pinnoy, Peter
Randle, Ron "Randy" Reimer, Louis Elton
Sandes, Michael Hume Schelinck, Anton Albert "Doc"
Sloan, Walter, Lt.-Cmdr. (P) (Ret'd) Smith, Lawrence William "Laurie"
Stokes, John Adrian "Jack" Storrs, Admiral Tony
Strader, Gerald Ray Sutherland, Ron
Telenko, James "Jim" Thomas, Jack
Torrie, Bruce Turner, John A.
Westwood, George D. "Knobby" Willoughby, "Doc"
Winger, Robert Charles Wood, Stanley Charles
Yule, Andrew Campbell  

Allen, Ronald Edwin "Moose" -  Deceased: February 23, 2003

Ronald Allen passed away suddenly Sunday, February 23, 2003, at home. Born in Strathroy, Ont., he was a son of the late Brigidiers David and Mrs. (Mary) Allen. He was retired from the RCN after 30 years (in the Fleet Air Arm). He had served on the Bonaventure and the "Maggie." He also had worked 13 years with Railton House. A lifelong bandsman, he served with the Salvation Army Citadel Band for over 45 years. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy (Lawson); daughter, Tracey (David) Rowley, California; brother, Major Robert (Mary) Allen Ret'd, Petersborough, Ont.; sisters, Katherine (Carl) Allen, Brampton, Ont.; Helen (Kenneth) Brittain, Brampton, Ont.; three nephews and one neice. He was predeceased by nephew Lt. David Allen, R.C.A.F.

Anderson, John E. A. "Hoss" - Deceased:  September 21, 2004

John E. A. (Hoss) of Sidney, B.C., passed away quietly September 21st, 2004 at Royal Jubilee after a short stay. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Vi of 57 years; and his children Brian (Dawne), Neil, Lynn, and Colin (Roni). His family extends to nine grandchildren and 5.75 great-grandchildren. He has a surviving sister, Shirley, in Manitoba. He served in the navy for over 25 years and has been a long-standing member of CNAG, and will be missed by his many friends. A memorial service will be held at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Saanich, Monday, September 27th, 2004 at 10am. A reception will follow.

Armstrong, Clifford "Cliff,""Army,""Chief" -  Deceased: April 10, 2003

Clifford Armstrong passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2003, after a brief illness. Born August 26, 1933, in Wallaceburg, Ont., he was the son of the late Frank and Hazel (Houle) Armstrong. Cliff was a member of Pope John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, and retired as Master Warrant Officer after 32 years of service with the CAF. He served as a naval air crewman on H.M.C.S. Bonaventure and also served with 881 Squadron in Shearwater, 405 Squadron, Sea King Helicopters and H.M.C.S. Nipigon, 449 Squadron in Greenwood, (Argus) and then went to Windsor, Ont. recruiting for the forces and finished his career in Shearwater. Cliff is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Marlene Supple.

Arnold, Bernard Kingsley - Deceased: May 19, 2002

Naval aviator Bernard Kingsley Arnold passed away May 19, 2002, at the age of 66. He leaves his wife Beverly (Higgins), his daughter Noelle-Marie, his sister Elizabeth (Heinz) and his brother John "Stretch". A memorial service was held at St. Barnabas Anglican church in Ottawa May 23, 2002.

Baird, Bob - Deceased: March 18, 2007

Having achieved his final goal of reaching his 77th birthday Bob passed away at home on March 18th. In the past two years he faced his cancer with courage and a strong will to live. He was predeceased by his father G. LeDgerwood Baird of Kitchener, ON and his mother Eileen Ellis of Waterloo, ON. He is survived by his wife Bette Jo, daughter Rebecca, sons: Scot (Lisa) and Drew, all of the Comox Valley; sisters: Rita (Vincent) Carey of Hamilton, ON and Joan (Jack) Riohdon of Brockville, ON; mother-in-law Sarah Spicer and sister-in-law Judith Nicholson of Truro, N.S. Bob was born in Galt, ON and moved at an early age with his family to Kitchener, where he lived until 1952. He then joined the Royal Canadian Navy with the express intention of becoming a fighter pilot flying off aircraft carriers. After flight training with the US Navy, he achieved his dream flying off H.M.C.S. Bonaventure with 871 Squadron, out of R.C.N. Air Station Shearwater. He flew in numerous squadrons and served on several different ships. He loved his flying career and Naval Air. His final flying posting was to 442 Search & Rescue Squadron in Comox, where he flew helicopters. He always felt this was a very rewarding end to his flying career. After a one year posting to the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, he retired in the Comox Valley and vowed he would never leave - except to travel which he and Bette Jo enjoyed over the years prior to his illness. Up until his final weeks he always looked skyward whenever he heard a fighter aircraft, generally saying "lucky devil". There will be a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart R.C. Chapel at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, March 22nd at 2 pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Baker, Lawrence Smith - Deceased: January 19, 1979

Master Corporal Lawrence Smith Baker, helicopter technician with the Royal Canadian Navy was born April 22nd, 1947. He passed away January 19th, 1979.

Bays, Rodney Victor "Rod" - Deceased: August 4, 2005

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

"...slipped the surly bonds of earth..."


Bell, Tim - Deceased: April 1, 1999

Tim Bell passed away after a heart attack on April 1, 1999. Tim is survived by his wife, Louise and so Tim Jr. Tim served with the Merchant Marines on convoy duty before entering the RCN. He was one of the founding members of CNAG. E-mail can be addressed to .

Benner, Kenneth Daniel - Deceased: February 13, 2000

Kenneth Daniel Benner, OMM, CD joined the RCN as an OSNAS on Oct 1, 1952, becoming an air fitter at HMCS Shearwater. In 1956 Ken went on to take up the ministry and served out his years as a United Church minister. Ken passed away at his home in Comox, BC at 17:02 on Sunday the 13th of February, 2000 after a long struggle with cancer. Following Kens' wishes, he was returned to the sea. On completion of the service, his ashes were scattered on the Straights of Georgia.

Birchall, Leonard Joseph - Deceased: September 10, 2004

"Saviour of Ceylon" Air Commodore Leonard Joseph Birchall (CM, OBE, DFC, and CD with 5 bars) passed away on Friday, September 10th, 2004, at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Kingston, ON, in his 90th year. Born in St. Catharines, "Birch" graduated from RMC in 1937 and was commissioned in the RCAF. On April 4th, 1942, while on patrol southeast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he and his crew gave the warning that prevented the Japanese fleet from surprising the Allies as they had done at Pearl Harbour. For this action, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was named the "Saviour of Ceylon" by Winston Churchill. Shot down, he spent the remainder of the war in prisoner-of-war camps in Japan. His gallantry and constant concern for the welfare of his fellow prisoners led to him being made a member of the Order of the British Empire. Following the war, he held many postings culminating in the positions of Chief of Air Operations, RCAF and Commandant, RMC. At the time of his death, he had completed seventy years of military service; in 1996 he was the first member of the Canadian Forces to receive the fifth clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration. In February, 2000, he was made a member of the Order of Canada, and in 2001, was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. A member of the United States Legion of Merit, he was made an "American Eagle," in 2003.

Birks, John Henry - Deceased: October 29, 2002

John Henry "Jake" Birks, LCDR, CD (Ret'd), passed away October 29, 2002, at the age of 71. Born in Montreal, he was a son of the late Hobart McNeil and Constance Beatrice (Parker) Birks. Jake was brought up in Montreal, where he worked during school breaks at Henry Birks and Sons Ltd. and on his brothers farm in Ontario. Prior to joining the Royal Canadian Navy, he attended Lower Canada College in Montreal. Jake's service career began in 1951, when he mistakenly went into H.M.C.S. Donnacona in Montreal believing he was signing up for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Never one to miss a beat however, he proudly wore his naval uniform through a celebrated career as a naval pilot. His first posting was on board H.M.C.S. Ontario, as a midshipman where he began some of the many long friendships that sustained him over the years. In 1952 he received his naval pilot training from the USNAC in Pensacola, Fl., and graduated as one of the first post war pilots trained. One of the many highlights in Jake's career came in 1955 when he was asked to be one of the nine Canadian test pilots to do flight testing on the McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee. He often talked about the sea trials of "touch and goes" from the "Bonnie". Equally notable was his stint as a "Gray Ghost." His many postings included: VF870,  871, VX10, and VU32 Squadrons; Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Ontario, Magnificent, Bonaventure, and Cayuga; Canadian Forces Bases Summerside, Shearwater, Uplands, Portage LaPrairie, Moosejaw, North Bay and Trenton. He also performed International Commission of Control and Supervision peace keeping duties in Vietnam. Upon retiring from the regular force, he was actively involved with the Sea Cadet Corps in Trenton, Ont., as a reservist. During his illustrious 25 year career in the navy, Jake touched many people's lives in countless ways. He will long be remembered for his sense of humour, his talent for entertaining, his loyalty to his shipmates and his charm with the ladies. Family memories revolve around times spent at the summer cottage in Ontario and on hunting and fishing trips. His involvement on the Shearwater football and Moosejaw volleyball teams made attendance at sporting events a must. He was a member of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping and the Shearwater Aviation Museum. Surviving are his children, Michael, Sherman, Brenda Sanford, Barbara, John Jr., Stephen, Stacy Levesque; sister, Eileen Jaillet; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his older brother Karl.

Bonneau, Joe - Deceased: April 21, 1998

Joe Bonneau, CPO1, Ret'd, passed away at the age of 68 due to cancer. He was a Naval Aircrewman and retired after 25 years of dedicated service and reaching Chief Petty Officer First Class. It should be noted that he was one of the original Observer's Mates when the branch began in the 1950's and is considered one of the branch's Founding Fathers together with Bob Hogg, Harvey Mills, Bob Geale and Paul Martin. He also served in the Shearwater Air Traffic Control as GCA Controller where he was recognized as one of the top controllers on the base. Following retirement from military service, he worked as a financial advisor for restructuring small businesses as part of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDBC).

Bradshaw, Frederick Blair "Brad" - Deceased: January 22, 1979

Joined the RCN 30/01/1950; Magnificent & Shearwater for 18th Carrier Air Group in 825 Squadron 1950, 826 Squadron 1950, Magnificent & Shearwater for 30th Carrier Air Group in 881 Squadron 1951, LCDR (O) 20/11/1953, Athabaskan 1955, Shearwater as Officer-in-Charge Observer School 1957, Shearwater for 30th Carrier Air Group in 881 Squadron 1952, Shearwater as Assistant Operations Officer 1952, Shearwater for 31 Support Air Group in VS-880 Squadron 1954, Athabaskan 1955, Venture (Oficer Training Establishment) 1956, Ontario 1957, Venture (Officer Training Establishment) 1957, Shearwater as Officer-in-Charge Observer School 1957, Chippawa, as Staff Officer Administration 1961, Retired 11/02/1966. Surviving family: Daughters: Sharon Greenberg, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lynda Buckman, Deroche, BC; Dawne Gillies, New Westminster, BC; Rayna Bowles, Terrace, BC.

Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo - Deceased: May 9, 1999

Antonio Vincenzo "Chico" Ciccolella, age 52, of Dartmouth, NS passed away May 9th, 1999 at the Stadacona Hospital, CFB Halifax after waging a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 7th, 1946 in Rome, Italy, he was the son of Teresa (Recco) and the late Giuseppe Ciccolella.

After immigrating with his family from Italy in 1956, he spent his teen years in Toronto, Ontario finishing high school and working at various jobs. At the age of 21 he heard the call of adventure and in 1967 chose to travel the world as a sonarman in the Royal Canadian Navy. He enjoyed tours on several of Her Majesty's Canadian Ships including the Skeena, Assiniboine, Ottawa, Huron, Athabaskan and Protecteur. It was while serving on the HMCS Skeena in June of 72 he met and subsequently married Peggy Embrett of Halifax. In 1973 he again felt the urge to expand his horizons and remustered to the Observer Trade later to become a member of the Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator cadre and served with distinction on Maritime Patrol Squadrons 404 and 405 as well as Maritime Helicopter Squadrons 423 and 406. His 32-year career with the RCN and Canadian Air Force saw him amass ten years of sea duty and nearly 4800 hours of flight time on several aircraft predominantly the Sea King! helicopter. He was recognize for his exceptional service by attaining the rank of Master Warrant Officer and being inducted as a Member of the Order of Military Merit in 1993. A devoted family man with a strong sense of community he volunteered for several years as a Beaver Leader and a coach in the Soccer program in Cole Harbour.

He is sadly missed by his loving wife Peggy, sons Joseph, Stephen and Michael all at home and three sisters Victoria Holwell (spouse Kevin) of Brampton, Ontario, Tina Castronaro (spouse Mario) and Maria Fazzari (spouse Luciano) all of Toronto, Ontario.

Cogdon, Noel (Nibs) - Deceased: February 22, 2000

COGDON, Commodore Noel (Nibs) CD, RCN Retired died suddenly at Sunnybrook Hospital on Tuesday, February 22, 2000. Beloved husband and best friend of wife Marion (nee Redfern), brother of Joan (London), father of David (Halifax), Donella Wilson (Brockville), Ann (Toronto), and grandfather of eight grandchildren. Born in Sunderland, England, and raised in London, Ontario, he spent his working life as a naval officer. During WW2 he saw action during the fighting for Singapore, survived the sinking of the British heavy cruiser Dorsetshire in the Indian Ocean, and took part in the Battle of the Atlantic and the Normandy invasion, contributing to the destruction of three German submarines. After the war he held several key appointments including command of 803 Sea Fury Squadron, command of the 19th Carrier Air Group, command of HMC Ships Huron and Micmac, Naval Attaché in Tokyo, command of the Fifth Escort Squadron and command of the Canadian Atlantic Fleet. His last naval appointment was Commander, Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, London, England. In retirement he kept busy with home renovations, photography, genealogy, his computer and especially winemaking. Seamanship is airmanship at ten knots.

Collacutt, Glenn - Deceased: October 1997

Cox, William - Deceased: March 1999

Creeper, J.E. (Jack) - Deceased: August 26, 2000

Group Captain J.E. (Jack) Creeper, DFC, CD, died in Halifax on 26 August 2000. Jack grew up in Owen Sound, ON. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1940, became a pilot and after two years as a Flying Instructor in Canada, went to England flying Halifax and Lancaster bombers in 429 and 433 squadrons in the RCAF Bomber Group, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he transferred to the permanent RCAF and held a number of flying and administrative appointments including command of 405 Maritime Patrol Squadron Greenwood; CO of #2 Maritime OTU Summerside; RCAF Director of the Joint Maritime Warfare School, Halifax; Training Officer on the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, Norfolk, VA; CO of RCAF Summerside; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Maritime Command, Halifax. Following his RCAF career, he was with the Federal fisheries and Oceans department. He maintained his interest in military affairs and was active in the Air Cadet League, the Air Force Association, the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, the United Services Institute and CFB Halifax Officer's Mess. Jack was a distinguished Maritime aviator, a friend to Naval Aviators, and a true gentleman. We will miss him.

Cridland, William - Deceased: March 1999

Davis, Sturton Mathwin (Sam) - Deceased: October 28, 1998

Engineer RAdm Sturton Mathwin (Sam) Davis, Ret'd, RCN passed away at the age of 80 in Kingston, ON. Father-In-Law of LCdr Ted Cruddas, Ret'd. Survived by daughter Deborah (LCol) and Diane. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to: c/o Ted Cruddas / 602 - 77 Finch Ave E / North York, ON / M2H 6H8.

Devlin, Frederick Joseph - Deceased: January 10, 2003

"Fred" Devlin passed away peacefully at home in Dartmouth, N.S., on January 10th, 2003. An active member of the Canadian Naval Air Group and a supporter of SAMF, Fred was commissioned CPO-2 in 1957 and retired as a LCdr. (L) in 1974.

Dillon, Rear Admiral Charles - Deceased: October 2002

Rear Admiral Charles Dillon, born in 1912 in Montreal, proudly served his country and the armed forces for 37 years. He was particularly proud to have served with his shipmates on H.M.S. Nabob. He is survived by his wife Winsome of 60 years, his two sons Patrick in Ottawa, Timothy of Vancouver, daughter Andrea of Vancouver and granddaughter Emma of Ottawa.

Farrell, William "Wild" - Deceased: 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 on 2/16/2008.

Fauteux, Louis - Deceased: May 14, 1999

Gilhen, Cyril '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).

Hannah, Glenn 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.

Harley, 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.

Harris, 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."

Helps, Elgin 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 great-grandchild Ethan.


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.

Holland, John 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.

Howard, Lorne - 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.

Knowles, 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).

Loney, Donald John - 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.

MacKenzie, 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.

MacPherson, 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.

Mason, Eric 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.

McArthur, Gabe - 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.

Merkley, 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.

Moffat, 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.

More, Gerald - 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 .

 Morris, 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)

Orr, Neil Edward - 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.

Peacocke, 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."

Pinnoy, Peter - 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.

Randle, Ron "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.

Reimer, Louis 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.

Sandes, 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.

Schelinck, 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) Schellinck.
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 United States.
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 condolences and guest register available at:

Sloan, Walter, Lt.-Cmdr. (P) (Ret'd) - Deceased: April 27, 2004

Deceased 27 April 2004, Dartmouth, N.S., at the age of 73

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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.

Smith, 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.

Storrs, 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.

Strader, 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.

Sutherland, 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.

Telenko, 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.

Thomas, Jack - 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.

Torrie, Bruce - 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.

Turner, John 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: . 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.

Willoughby, "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.

Winger, 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.

Wood, Stanley 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.