April 29th 2016 – Sidney C Gould  Lt Cdr RCN CAF Retd


March 2106 -Vice-Admiral Henry Allan PORTER, CD porter

Porter, Henry Allan, CD, psc (b. Chemainus, BC 17/08/1920). Ordinary Telegraphist RCNVR 1939. HMCS Naden for training 1939. Transferred to RCN 1940. Telegraphist RCN 1940. HMCS Prince Robert for seamanship training 1941. A/Petty Officer RCN 1941. HMS Collingwood for Upper Yardsman’s Course 1941. A/Sub-Lieutenant RCN (seniority 01/08/1942). HMCS Niobe for commissioning crew of HMCS Kootenay 1942. Sub-Lieutenant RCN (seniority 01/08/1942). HMCS Kootenay as Signals Officer 1942. Lieutenant RCN (01/01/1944 backdated to 01/12/1942). HMCS Kootenay as First Lieutenant 1944. HMCS St Hyacinthe for Long Signals Course 1944. HMCS St Hyacinthe on Staff of Signals School 1945. NSHQ on staff of Signals Division 1945. HMCS Niobe for pilot training with RAF and RN 1946. RAF Perth for Elementary Flying Training (Tiger Moth) 1946. RAF Church Lawford for Service Flying Training (Harvards) 1946. RNAS Lossiemouth for Conversion to Firefly 1946. RNAS St. Merryn for Weapons Training 1946. RNAS Culdrose for Weapons Training 1946. RNAS Lossiemouth for Deck Landing Training (HMS Vengeance for qualification) 1946. RNAS Eglinton for Royal Navy 17th Carrier Air Group (Firefly IV) 1947. HMCS Stadacona for Flag Officer Atlantic Coast as Staff Communications Officer and Staff Officer (Operations) 1948. HMCS Stadacona as Officer-in-Charge Communications School 1949. HMCS Niobe for RN Staff Course 1950. Lieutenant-Commander RCN (seniority 01/12/1950). HMCS Magnificent as Communications Officer and Captain’s Staff Officer 1951. HMCS La Hulloise in command 1952. HMCS Lauzon in command 1953. HMCS Cornwallis as Officer-in-Charge Communications School 1954. Commander RCN (seniority 01/07/1954). NSHQ as Director Naval Communications 1955. RCN Depot Esquimalt as Coordinator Armed Forces Participation in BC Centennial 1957. A/Captain RCN (seniority 09/1958). Commander Fourth Canadian Escort Squadron and Commander Cadet Training 1958. Captain RCN (seniority 01/01/1960). NSHQ as Director Naval Training 1960. NSHQ as Naval Assistant to Chief of the Naval Staff 1962. CFHQ as Naval Adviser to Chief of Personnel 1964. HMCS Bonaventure in command 1965. Commodore RCN (seniority 01/08/1966). CFHQ as Director-General Equipment Requirements 1966. Senior Canadian Officer Afloat 1968. Rear-Admiral (seniority 11/09/1969). Commander Maritime Forces Pacific 1969. Commander Maritime Command 1970. Vice-Admiral (seniority 11/01/1971). CFHQ as Comptroller-General Canadian Armed Forces 1971. CFHQ as Assistant Deputy Minister (Evaluation) 1972. Retired 1974.

February 12th 2015 – WARMAN, Lt. Herbert Edgar, CD

1925 – 2015. An officer and gentleman crossed the bar on February 12, 2015, due to Parkinson’s disease. Born in Oriole (now Vaughn), Ont., February 4, 1925, Herb was the youngest of eight children (now deceased) born to the late Gertrude (Barnett) and Harry Warman. Graduating from North York Collegiate in Toronto, Ont., Herb worked briefly at Marconi Radio prior to enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a leading seaman in 1944. He was following his three older brothers who were already serving in the RCA and RCAF. In 1946, Herb undertook a special assignment in Philadelphia, with the USN JAN Program, SOE-OSS. More importantly, he met and married his wife Jane while there and they returned to Halifax in January 1948. Ship time followed and after completing some additional training, Herb was stationed at Albro Lake Radio Station, Dartmouth prior to sea assignment again. He sailed on several ships – HMCS Iroquois, Huron and Haida among them. Du ring this time, he fought in the Korean War. After the Korean War, Herb was stationed at HMCS Gloucester in Orleans, Ont. He returned to HMCS Stadacona in Halifax at which time he was posted to the DEW Line in Labrador. More ship duty and courses led to receiving his officer’s commission in 1960. The next posting was to DND HQ in Ottawa and from there to Commanding Officer of Newport Corner Radio Station. Retiring from the RCN in 1972 in Dartmouth, Herb embarked on a second career by joining HMCS Dockyard in the Industrial Engineering Branch, Ship Repair Unit, finally retiring for good in April 1988. An avid hunter and fisherman, Herb dearly enjoyed cottage life at Three Fathom Harbour and later, Mockingee Lake where he revelled in beautiful sunsets, starry skies, campfires and early morning canoe paddles on the lake. He was also an extraordinary beachcomber, with many treasures salvaged! Herb was a dedicated family man to his four children (and many assorted pets), supp orting and encouraging his children’s educational and life accomplishments. He was proud of our many successes and adventures. Herb also had a very creative flair painting, making pottery, wood carving, gardening and fixing everything with anything at hand! Herb was an original member of the restoration team for Corvette HMCS Sackville, a project near and dear to his heart. He was a kind and gentle person, a favourite daily feeder of the garden blue jays, wearing their dropped feathers in his hat band. We will miss him so very much. Herb was a member of: Stairs Memorial United Church; life member of the RCL Somme Branch (Dartmouth); Korea Veterans Association of Canada; HMCS Sackville Trust; Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association; retired director of Atlantic Credit Union. Herb is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jane (Timmings); daughters, Wendy Sullivan of Dartmouth and Sandra (Hal) McKinstry of Toronto; twin sons, Colin of Dartmouth, and Ian of Chicago; granddaughte r, Amy (Scott) Harris, Dartmouth; grandson, Nicholas Warman of Winnipeg; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Cameron Harris of Dartmouth; plus nieces and nephews across Canada. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 19th at 11 a.m. in Stairs Memorial Church, 44 Hester St., Dartmouth, Rev. Sarah Raeburn and Rev. Vincent Ihasz officiating. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome to: HMCS Sackville National Naval Memorial Trust, 3 West Unit, Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, and Brain Repair Centre on Summer Street, Halifax. The family gratefully thank the staff of 3 West, Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Hospital for their excellent, compassionate care of our father and husband, and also to all the family and friends who supported Mom and Dad through this journey. On-line condolences may be made by visiting the Dartmouth Chapel at:

DUNBAR, Charles Irving

Age 88. Died August 23, 2014, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born October 16, 1925 in Montreal, Que., he was a son of the late Sidney Irving Dunbar and Gertrude (Maguire) Dunbar (of Mulgrave). He was also predeceased by his stepmother, Nora (Keating) Dunbar; his brother, John Allister Dunbar and sister, Eleanor Grant Humby. Charlie was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch No. 31, the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Peregrine Branch and HMCS Sackville – Canada’s Naval Memorial. Growing up in Mulgrave and the town of Guysborough, Charlie developed a lifelong love for the sea and sailing. Shortly after his 18th birthday the pull of the sea took him to Halifax where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. His sea time was spent in the engine room of the corvette HMCS Chicoutimi and for a short period of time in the frigate HMCS Stone Town before returning to civilian life. He soon joined Foundation Maritime Co. with their oceangoing tug boats. Several years later he returned to settle in Montreal. There, he worked with Construction Equipment Co., another branch of Foundation Co. Charlie never lost interest in sailing. The joy and challenge, always present from Lake St. Louis, Pointe Claire, Que., to the unlimited waters of Nova Scotia. The Eastern seaboard, Newfoundland and the Caribbean were always for him a source of renewal. Charlie is survived by his wife, Martha (Meeks); his brother, Robert George Dunbar, Calgary; nephews, Sidney Humby, Hubbards; Robert Dunbar, Halifax; and nieces, Susan Evans, Toronto; Mary Walsh, Richmond Hill, Ont.; Nancy Humby, New Germany; Karen Logan, New Glasgow. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Church of Our Saviour, 255 Portland Street, Dartmouth, Rev. Andrew Cooke officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HMCS Sackville – Canada’s Naval Memorial, PO Box 99000, Stn. Forces, Halifax, NS B3K 5X5 or to a charity of choice. The Chronicle Herald – Metro Edition 09/03/2014, Page A15

KNOWLES, Murray William

Age 97, passed away on June 3rd, 2014, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Predeceased by his wife, Josephine ‘Jodie’ Armstrong Tilton; brother, Walter and sister, Hazel Capson. He is survived by son, Stephen (Christine) of Gatineau, Que.; daughter, Meredith Westlake (John) of Ottawa; grandsons, Scott Westlake (Marisa) of Ottawa; Craig Westlake of Canmore, Alta.; and Christophe, Martin and Marc Knowles (Shoko), all of Montreal; great-granddaughters, Emma and Keira Westlake; step great-grandsons, Aiden and Owen; nephew, Allison Capson (Janet) of Saint John; and niece, Cindy Knowles of Markham, Ont.

Born in Saint John on July 2nd, 1916, son of the late Walter and Lillian Knowles, he was employed in a sales and engineering capacity by T. McAvity and Sons until 1940 when he joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve at HMCS Brunswicker. He remembers attending a lecture by Captain Fogarty Fegan, V.C., on board HMS Jervis Bay before proceeding to Halifax for officer training and subsequent appointment to HMS Rajputana, a former P&O liner requisitioned by the Royal Navy and fitted out as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. On the morning of April 13th, 1941, while on patrol in Denmark Strait, Rajputana was struck by two torpedoes fired by U-108 and sunk with the loss of 42 of her company. Command of one of the lifeboats devolved to Sub-Lieutenant Murray Knowles until survivors were rescued 12 hours later by the destroyer HMS Legion and landed in Iceland.

After survivors’ leave Murray served in minesweepers out of Sydney, Halifax and St. John’s. In July 1942, he was promoted to lieutenant, received his first command, HMCS Suderoy V, and married his beloved, Jodie, daughter of the distinguished Tilton family of Saint John.

Having become an expert ship handler and experienced leader, in autumn 1943, Murray was appointed First Lieutenant of the new corvette HMCS Louisburg II then being fitted out in Quebec City. Louisburg II proceeded overseas the following spring and was assigned to escorting ‘Mulberries’ through the English Channel to the Normandy beachheads. 17 days after D-Day he was informed by cable that Jodie had given birth to Stephen on June 6. Following many months of operations which included a vigorous night action fending off an E-boat attack on a convoy in the English Channel, Murray was appointed commanding officer of Louisburg in early 1945. On return from overseas Murray was promoted to lieutenant-commander and appointed Staff Officer (Operations) in HMCS Scotian, then the shore establishment responsible for disposing of Canada’s wartime fleet and transitioning to peacetime configuration. During the Bedford Magazine fires and explosions which shook the north end of Halifax over July 18th and 19th, 1945, he was one of the few naval personnel ordered to remain on duty in the Dockyard to monitor and report developments to Naval Service Headquarters in Ottawa.

Although recommended for a permanent commission, Murray decided, after six years of naval service, to take up the challenge of re-adapting to civilian life in 1946 when he joined the Ford Motor Company in Saint John as a district sales representative, ultimately becoming responsible for dealer development in the Maritimes. Daughter Meredith was born in September of that year. He managed automobile dealerships in Yarmouth, Sydney and Moncton from 1950 to 1967 when he and Jodie moved to Halifax. After arriving in Halifax in 1967, he began a new career in longterm care administration with the Stevens Group of Companies and renewed his connection with the Navy, eventually becoming President of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association and an Honorary Life Member. He was one of the key individuals who in the early 1980’s were successful in acquiring and restoring HMCS Sackville as the Canadian Naval Memorial. In recognition for his services he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. During his years in business he was active in such organizations as the Masonic Order, the Rotary Club, the Navy League, the Royal United Services Institute and the Missions to Seafarers for which he served as Chairman of the Board. He served the Anglican Church as warden and was a long-time parishioner of St. Paul’s in Halifax.

After his retirement in 1983, Murray and Jodie enjoyed 15 winters in Florida, their grandchildren and a busy social life. For several years he was commodore of the yacht club in their Florida community. Travel frequently involved cruises in a motor yacht, belonging to his late friend Philip Emerson, along the coast of Nova Scotia, the American seaboard, the Bahamas, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and the Labrador coast. Always active, he was an avid walker and golfer and, in his younger years, speed skater. He enjoyed the stimulating speakers of the Probus Club of Halifax. For quiet times he enjoyed listening to classical music. As a proud resident of Halifax and its tree-lined streets, he and Jodie enjoyed their walks along the Halifax waterfront and in Point Pleasant Park. When Jodie’s health declined Murray transformed himself into a caregiver, revealing once again an incredible ability to adapt to demanding circumstances. In April 2010, in his 94th year he ! moved into Cameron Hall to be close to Jodie who, after courageously living with Alzheimer’s disease, passed away in November of the same year. Early in 2014 he settled into the Veterans’ Memorial Building where his network of friends and admirers young and old continued to grow.

Throughout his life Murray thrived on responsibility and community service. In the many organizations which benefited from his participation he inevitably rose to leadership positions. Well into his 80’s he was elected president of his condo association. He was always available for veterans’ causes, cutting a commanding presence in his blazer and medals. He was chosen to represent the naval service in the official Canadian delegations commemorating the 50th and 65th anniversaries of the D-Day landings in Normandy. After the Halifax Royal Fleet Review commemorating the Canadian Naval Centennial in June 2010 he was presented to her Majesty the Queen and made a presentation to HRH Prince Philip on behalf of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust .

His family is grateful to the friends and to the staff at Camp Hill who accompanied him in his final weeks. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust of which Murray was a life memb er.

Visitation will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax on Sunday, June 8th, from 2-4 p.m. and Monday, June 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1749 Argyle St., Halifax, on Tuesday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. A reception will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home following the service. For on-line condolences, please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com


April 16tth 2014
Edward Stanley Smith     May 23, 1920 – April 16, 2014
045905ba-d322-4b08-91b7-d7ef7e3069c0Smith, Edward Stanley (Ted), Commander RCN ret’d, a remarkable man and proud naval veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic crossed the bar April 16, 2014. Son of Stanley Alfred Smith and Edna Borough Smith (Wright), brother of Kenneth (all deceased), Ted was born on May 23, 1920 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While a student, Ted served in the Militia Signal Corps from 1939-1943.

Ted married Elizabeth Lochhead Cochran, Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), in Cambuslang, Scotland on June 1, 1946. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary onboard RMS Aquitania, a Cunard vessel which carried war brides and their children to Canada. Together with their infant son Jack, they disembarked at Halifax’s Pier 21. The east coast became home where their children Jack, Ken and June were raised and where Ted and Betty enjoyed entertaining their many loyal friends in their homes on Wenlock Grove and Allen Heights.

Predeceased by Betty (2007), Ted is survived by his children: Jack (Kathy), Ken (Kim), and June; grandchildren: Andrew, Lauren and Evan; and Caroline Scott, a steadfast friend. All of Ted’s old colleagues and friends, particularly Kevin Power and Rolfe Monteith, remember him with immense love and respect. Ted and Betty’s lives were enriched through the camaraderie of their extended navy family.

Following graduation from university, Ted was one of 50 Canadian engineering graduates who signed up to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy. Following brief training at HMCS Stadacona in Halifax he was posted to England. While serving as Engineering Officer (EO) in the corvette HMCS Moose Jaw he was appointed to the Royal Naval College, Manadon, England where he undertook aeronautical engineer training. He served at Fearn Air Station in Scotland and was involved in forming the Canadian Air Squadron for service in the Pacific. This was followed by a similar appointment in London. Ted returned to Canada in 1947 and at that time was involved in bringing Firefly aircraft from Britain to the Shearwater Air Station. Later appointments included postings to HMCS Warrior, EO at Shearwater, EO in HMCS Ontario, EO #18 Carrier Air Group, Officer-in-Command Marine Training and Aeronautical Engineer Training at Stadacona, Staff Officer Engineering at Defence Liaison Staff, Washington, DC, EO and Aeronautical Officer in HMCS Magnificent and Flag Officer Atlantic’s Maintenance Officer. Following retirement from the navy in the 1970’s, Ted then joined the Bedford Institute of Oceanography as the Engineering Superintendent of the oceanographic fleet.

Never idle, Ted’s immense curiosity took him on adventures “just for fun”. Late in life, his thirst for knowledge led him to worldwide travel. Recently, he devoted a year exploring forty local churches. He lived fully and with honour. To the end, he was always concerned with the well-being of others.

In keeping with Ted’s wishes and on the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, his ashes will be committed to the deep from his beloved HMCS Sackville. This private ceremony takes place on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Ted was a key member of the team that acquired and restored HMCS Sackville – Canada’s Naval Memorial in the late 70’s and early 80’s and he maintained a keen and loyal interest in the ship and all she stood for. If you wish to contribute a donation in Ted’s memory we would be grateful for your support of The Canadian Naval Memorial Trust HMCS Sackville, PO Box 99000 STN Forces, Halifax, NS B3K5X5. On-line donations at www.canadanavalmemorial.ca.

Jan 9th 2014

MURRAY, Arthur William ‘Bill’

Halifax, passed away January 5, 2014. He was born in Halifax, October 22, 1920, to the late Arthur Vincent Murray and Mary (Mae) Elizabeth Murray. Prior to the Second World War, he graduated from Halifax Academy and attended Nova Scotia College of Art 1939-1940. In early 1941, he joined RCN, graduated as a Sub Leiut., RCNVR from Royals Roads Naval College in August 1941, 2nd officers training class. He saw service in examination vessels and minesweeper HMCS ‘Kelowna’ in North Pacific waters; joined new construction Fairmile Q097 in fall of 1942, operating with 76 Flotilla in North Atlantic; commanded Q093 October 1943- April 1944; joined the historic corvette HMCS ‘Sackville’ and served as Executive Officer up to November 1944. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander RCN(R) on reserve list 1952 and saw reserve time in HMCS ‘Haida’ and ‘Micmac’.
Following his discharge in January 1946, he resumed his education at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Ill. He graduated in 1948 and followed up with studies in advertising at Northwestern University. He met his wife, Vera (Hansen), in Chicago where they were married on August 7th, 1948. He worked with Drake Studios, The Daily Newspaper, Chicago American, and for many years with Geyer McAllister Publications. He joined Wall Street Journal in 1960 and, in 1963, was appointed regional advertising manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio office.
In 1972, he and his wife returned to Halifax where he took up his appointment of supervisor of advertising, Nova Scotia Department of Government Services. He retired in October 1984, and he and Vera settled in Vero Beach, Fla. Following the death of his wife in May 1998, he returned to Halifax in September of that year.
He was an active member of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association and was awarded the N.O.A.C. Bronze Medallion in 1980 for service to N.O.A.C. and Canada. He was also a member of RUSI (Royal United Services Institute); a trustee! of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (HMCS Sackville); and, for several years, was a member of AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists). He was active in newspaper work in Cincinnati. Bill is survived by sister, Mrs. W.L. Garrison, several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. (477-5601). Abiding with Bill’’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Donations in memory may be made to the SPCA or the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. Online condolences may be sent to www.walkerfh.com
The Chronicle Herald Metro 01/09/2014, Page D10

October 2013

Don Wilcox – Life Trustee

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 1st at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dartmouth, his regular place of worship, with a reception to follow.  On May 4th, Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, Don’s ashes will be committed to the sea in a private ceremony onboard HMCS Sackville.

July 11th 2013

William (Bill) Andrew Hughes Rear-Admiral (Ret’d) RCN, CF
Died on 11 July 2013, his ten-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer ended. Born 24 Oct 1927 in Quetta, India. The Admiral was very proud of his family’s military heritage as the son of the late LCol. L.M. Hughes, RCHA, and the late Betty Hughes (Gray of Victoria). Grandson of the late BGen. William St. Pierre, PWOR (CO 21st Battalion CEF). Survived by his wife of almost sixty-two years, his everlasting friend and joy, Miriam (nee Carter); by sons Laughlin and Roderick (Barbara); granddaughters Jessica, Amy, Diana, and Victoria and great-grandson Owen. Also, brother BGen. Robin L. Hughes (Ret’d)(Diana), Jack M. Hughes (Susan). Pre-deceased by his sister Ann Carmichael. Raised in Kingston, ON he was a Wolf Cub, Boy Scout, Sea Scout, and Sea Cadet. Admiral Hughes entered Royal Roads Naval College in 1944 to start his thirty-eight year naval career. He served in ten RCN ships, five RN, and one USN submarine. He served in HMCS SIOUX during the Korean War. The Admiral served in eighteen shore establishments and Headquarters. During this period, he visited sixty countries, all Canada’s provinces, and twenty-seven US states. The Admiral never stopped loving the Navy, its sailors, and fellow officers. He was proud of his sea-going commands HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS GATINEAU, and the 1St and 5th Destroyer Squadrons. He retired as the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, and to make a political point he was rowed ashore in a navy blue Admiral’s uniform, not a CF green uniform. In retirement, he and Miriam moved to the Bahamas for a four-year adventure before returning to Victoria, BC. Tennis, investing, and philanthropy were his interests in retirement. In 2012, the Admiral was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service for his work creating the Naval Memorial Window for the RCN’s Centenary in 2010. A special thanks goes to the Admiral’s excellent oncologist Dr. Adrian Yee, the compassionate care of our family physician, Dr. Elizabeth Grant and the professional and sensitive staff of Victoria Hospice for making the final days so comfortable.

A service of remembrance will be held at St. Peter and Paul Naval and Garrison Church, 1379 Esquimalt Rd, on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at the Wardroom, CFB Esquimalt. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 6V5 for research into a cure for multiple myeloma. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

June 28th 2013

In Memory of Commodore. Andrew C. McMillin CD

MCMILLIN, Andrew Clark, Commodore, CD***, RCN (Ret’d) – 87, passed away peacefully at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, NB on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Born in Toronto in 1926 he was the eldest son of the late Robert and Helen (Clark) McMillin. Growing up he attended Malvern Collegiate and with a desire at an early age to become a career Naval Officer he entered the RCN College, Royal Roads (Victoria) in 1943 as a Cadet. After service overseas with the Royal Navy in WW2 and post war activities in Palestine he returned to Canada in 1948 and served in HMC Ships Haida, Huron and New Liskard. In 1952 he completed the specialist course in gunnery at HMS Excellent and subsequently served in HMCS Magnificent and as Gunnery Trials Officer on the staff of Flag Officer, Atlantic Coast. This was followed by appointment as Executive Officer in HMCS Forte Erie and as Commanding Officer of HMCS Beacon Hill at Esquimalt. After an exchange appointment with the USN in Pearl Harbour, then Cdr. McMillin took command of HMCS Columbia in Halifax in 1965. Following attendance at the Joint Services Staff College in England he was appointed Chief of Staff CANCOMFLT.

Promoted Captain in 1972 he commanded the First and Fifth Destroyer Squadrons followed by two years as Commandant of Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare School and on promotion to Commodore he became Base Commander, CFB Halifax (1976). Commodore McMillin finished his active naval career as Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations at Maritime Command Headquarters in 1980.

Cmdre. McMillin retained his interest and association with the navy as a Naval Reserve Officer on the Convoy Commodore’s List and until 1989 worked at Maritime Command as Director, Maritime Coastal Defence Organization. He was actively involved with the restoration of HMCS Sackville and was the Chairman of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. He was the National President of the Naval Officers Association of Canada and had a keen interest in maritime affairs.

After retiring from the navy, Cmdre. McMillin was fund raising organizer for the IWK Hospital for Children and was involved with the South Shore Regional Hospital Foundation as Chairman. Cmdre. McMillin also had a great interest in heritage conservation and was chairman of the Heritage Advisory Committee for the City of Halifax for many years.

Through all of his many activities Cmdre. McMillin still found time to add a degree in history from Saint Mary’s University to his accomplishments.

Andrew (Andy) was pre-deceased by his 1st wife of 42 years, Valerie, and is survived by his loving wife Rosemary (McCain) McMillin with whom he discovered the world through their many travels. An avid reader and master of crossword puzzles he enjoyed golf, classic music and quiet times with the loves of his life, both in Florida and at the lake.

Andrew (Papa) is survived by his brother Bob, his four children Robert, Fiona, James and Alex and 8 grand-children and by his extended family, Beth, Andrew, Mary and a further 9 grand-children and 3 great grand-children.

A memorial service was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fredericton, N.B. 12 July, 2013 at 2pm. Burial of his ashes at sea, will take place at a later date.

Donations in his memory, if desired, may be made online to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust at www.canadasnavalmemorial.ca
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March 15th 2013

Mother navy.  In memory of Janet Piers who passed away in Chester yesterday at the age of 99.  Janet was the widow of Battle of the Atlantic veteran Rear Admiral Desmond Piers, and was a life-time member of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust.

February 21st, 2013

John Jay CD, P Eng – 77 Obituary from The Chronicle Herald

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in Windsor United Church at 2:00 PM Monday, February 25 followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in his memory would be appreciated by the family.

February 1st, 2013

HAULT, John Arthur €” 65, passed away February 1st, 2013, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in 1947, he was the son of George Christie Hault and Lillian Veronica Hault (Steele). John attended Dalhousie University and graduated in 1969. After a period of teaching he became Director of the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium in Edmonton. In 1973 he became Director of the Edmonton Space Science Centre and is credited with being the visionary behind what is now the Telus World Science Centre. He later returned to Nova Scotia as founding curator of the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton. On leaving the museum he entered the private sector with the acquisition of Design Group Displays, a Halifax based exhibit-building display house. When he retired, he continued consulting under the name of Hault and Associates. During his career he was active in the Royal Astronomical Society and Rotary International. He was happiest sailing ‘Nutmeg’ out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron where he was a senior member and dock master for the Marblehead to Halifax yacht races. John has the distinction of having an asteroid named after him, asteroid 85200 John A. Hault, for his services to science. He was also a Trustee and volunteer curator for the Canadian Naval Memorial, HMCS Sackville, in Halifax. Survived by his loving partner, Clare Lane; sisters; Mary (Bob) Hanrahan, St. Catharines, Ont.; Dorothy (Peter) Sullivan, Regina, Sask.; nieces and nephews, Tom (Maureen) Hanrahan, Catherine and Margaret Hanrahan, Margaret Trias (Bob Budgell), Ingrid Trias (Youssef Ismael), Caroline Trias, (Jordi Vives), Sean Sullivan, PeÂter (Melissa) Sullivan. Predeceased by his mother and father; sister, Joan and brother-in-law, Antoni Trias. John will be remembered for his kind, loving spirit, generosity, laugh ter and willingness to help anyone. He will be missed by family, friends and the lives of everyone he touched. Grateful thanks to the doctors, nurses and all of the staff of QEII Heath Sciences Centre involved in John€™’s care, also to family doctor, Dr. Jana Wieder. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. Please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences and contact details for further information on the above celebration of life.
The Chronicle Herald Metro 02/16/2013,

 August 25 2010

Kenneth Alleyne MEDFORD


MEDFORD, Kenneth Alleyne, DSM, RCNVR, B.Comm. December 14, 1917 – August 25, 2010 Ken passed away after a short illness. He is predeceased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Medford of Montreal, brother Austin and sister-in-law Beverly. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, sons Gary (Karen) and Brian, nephews Kenneth and Gordon (Sylvia) and sister-in-law Edith. He was born in Montreal and was a long time employee of the CNR at Headquarters. He served for 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, participated in the Battle of the Atlantic in many convoy battles during WW2 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. At his request, a private Anglican service was held September 1st at Boundary Bay Cemetery in Delta.
 Ken Medford sailed in SACKVILLE in 1942 with Alan Easton. Ken was Captain of the 4 inch Gun mounting when the ship put a round through Eric Topp’s conning tower as she was diving off of NFLD.  Alan Easton was awarded the DSC and Ken the DSM for that action on 3 August 1942.







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