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Lawrence Ovid (Smitty) Allard

1916-1994. Born in Sardis, BC. Served 1939-45 Canadian Army. Descendant of Ovid Allard of Hudsons Bay Co. Loved his “maple leaf forever.” Was/is loved with much affection by his niece Naydeen.

Thomas Nahanee Almojuela Thomas N. Almojuela

Felix Almazan Jr.

Entered the US Navy at the age 17. He was stationed in San Diego before serving in Japan.

Juanita Almaz!n US Armed Forces

Now serving with the US Embassy in Monte Visio, Uruguay. A ’66 grad of the US Military Academy. Senior Army Aviator is 22 year veteran. Awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and other citations.

Edward Harry Ange Edward Ange WWII Vet. Motorcycle Dispatcher. Killed in Action.

Oliver Ange

WWII Veteran. Canadian Army Infantry.

Welcoming all the the Public and Veterans to all of our Remembrance Day Ceremonies All members of the public are welcome to any of our Branches and the Army, Navy and Airforce after the services.

West Vancouver Branch 60 580 - 18th Street, West Vancouver

North Vancouver Branch 118 123 W. 15th Street, North Vancouver

Lynn Valley Branch 114 1630 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans in Canada Unit 45 119 East 3rd St. North Vancouver

We welcome all veterans and the public to any of our ceremonies at: Saturday MEMORIAL ARCH ARCH Marine Drive at 20th Street, WestWest Vancouver at 10:30 am, Wednesday Marine Drive at 20th Street, Vancouver at 10:40 am Monday Saturday VICTORIA PARK Keith at Lonsdale Avenue, Vancouver at 10:30 am Monday VICTORIA PARK Keith at Lonsdale Avenue, NorthNorth Vancouver at 10:30 am,, Wednesday LYNN VALLEY Pioneer Park, Lynn valley Rd & Hwy, North Vancouver Plaza, 3205 Institute Road, Lynn Valley, North Vancouver at 10:30 am, Saturday LYNN VALLEYCAIRNVeterans Library Square, Lynn Valley Village atMountain 10:30 am, Wednesday Ceremony to be held at Veterans Plaza, 10:30 am Tuesday We would like to thank all the contributors to the Poppy Campaign and thank the volunteers for all their hard work.

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2017 Remembrance Day Events on the North Shore NORTH VANCOUVER ceremony and parade


Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Victoria Park Cenotaph at Keith Road and Lonsdale Avenue

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At 9:20 a.m., the JP Fell Pipe Band will march from the armories at 15th Street and Forbes Avenue, and proceed east to 15th Street across Lonsdale Avenue, southbound and up to the RCMP detachment. .8 )5// 1($(* 89? :7A? ,1#B* 4+-: 1#B @=? B?A1=8$?#8 &7%% A=!"??B south on St. Georges Avenue down to the assembly point at the corner of East Keith Road and St. Georges Avenue. With the completion of the ceremonies at approximately 11:30 a.m., veterans and remaining participants will march off from the cenotaph 18 07"8!=71 :1=3( 29? @#1% ;81<? !> 89? A1=1B? =!68? &7%% $!'? northbound on Lonsdale Avenue, turning westbound on West 15th Street and proceeding west on 15th Street up to the armories on Forbes Avenue.

WEST VANCOUVER ceremony and parade

Saturday, November 11, at 10:45 a.m. Memorial Arch in Memorial Park at Marine Dr. between 19th and 20th streets The parade starts at 10:45 a.m. and the service starts at 10:55 a.m.

Rosabel Sinclair plans a special service every year for residents who can no longer attend outdoor services at other locations. Family members are welcome to attend this special service, which includes: readings of letters and poems, singing of “O’Canada” and other songs, roll call for Kiwanis Care Centre veterans, “Last Post” bugle call, minute of silence, pinning poppies to a ceremonial cross and more.

John Anthony Antone Johnny Antone Jr. Jr. US Marine Corps.

LYNN VALLEY LEGION SERVICE “We Will Remember Them” Royal Canadian Legion Lynn Valley Branch 114 REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE

Saturday November 11, at 10:30 a.m. VETERANS PLAZA 3205 Institute Rd., North Vancouver

(Entrance at rear off of Mountain Highway north of Lynn Valley Road) The bar and food service will be open immediately afterwards at your local Lynn Valley Legion, 1630 Lynn Valley Road. All Are Welcome!


Need a ride?

Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. Cates Park 4141 Dollarton Hwy.

Hollyburn Funeral Home staff will be volunteering once again this year driving veterans from Legion #60 to the cenotaph for the services and wreath presentations.

A public ceremony hosted by Burrard Yacht Club – participate on the land or on the water.

Johnny AntoneSr. Sr. John Antone

Served in the US State Maritime Service. He was wounded twice while serving in the South Pacific. He was decorated with several medals, including the Purple Heart.

On Remembrance Day, teachers and students remember those who are serving and those who have served.


Honouring sacrifice in war. Teaching for peace in the future.

November 11, 10:45 a.m. at the Memorial Arch Reception at the Library immediately following the service The Friends of the Library fund and host the reception with cookies, juice, tea and coffee

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A message from the public school teachers of North and West Vancouver.


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Virgil Billesberger

Steven Antone Wright

Awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry in Action. This medal was presented to him by Field General Montgomery.

Joe Antone Joseph Antone United States Army

Rudy Baker

WWII Veteran. Canadian Army Private-K-7439

Sgt. William (Bill) Cathcart

Albert Carnelley Brook

Flight Lieutenant Albert Carnelley Brook, Distinguished Flying Cross Served RCAF as Navigator based in England World War II. Died, Winnipeg January 26, 2010, age 93.

Arnold Bro

Canadian Army Private

Age 94, born Cudworth Saskatchewan. Served WW2, from 1943-1946 with the Calgary Highlanders infantry France, Belgium, Holland. He resides in North Vancouver with his wife Mary.

Darick Dion Cailing US Armed Forces

Born Winnipeg 1900, died 1979 N. Van. Bugle Boy 1915-17. Served in England and Europe 1939-1945. Regina Rifles Regiment. Enlisted with 7 Brothers and 1 Sister; aka “The Fighting Cathcarts.”

Chuck Billy

Joined the army at age 17 in 1943. He trained at Camp Borden, Ontario as a Machine Gunner. Chuck was on Embarkation leave when V.E. Day was declared May 7, 1945.

Daniel Ted Cheer

Volunteered at age 18 in 1943 with the Sea Forth Highlanders. He served in France, Germany, Italy and Holland. He was killed in action in 1944.

Philip F Blades

March 24th 1924-December 16th 2006 Served in the Canadian Army World War II, 2nd Field Regiment, 10th Battery First Canadian Division 1942-1946 front line service as a Dispatcher in Sicily and then in occupied Germany.

Thomas Cole

Served in France, Belgium & Holland. Taken prisoner in ‘44, 10 miles from Nijmegan. Eventually delivered to Poland where he remained a POW until liberated by the Russian army. Received 4 medals and was discharged in 1945.

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Tom Robert George Cole III

Born in 1936, NV, BC. Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1954. Retired in 1975. Tom was stationed in Sea Island, Downsview, ON, Germany and Cold Lake Al. Now re-sides in French Kwen, ON.

Henry Downer WWII



Reginald Dominick

James Daniels

Pascal Cortez

Joined the Canadian Army at age 27 in 1942 and was discharged in 1945.

WW I Vet. Joined the Army when he was only 15 years old and was not honest about his age.

Fred Downer



Art Eggros

Peter Garcia

1885-1917 Killed in action in WWI and buried in France. He said, unless he offered his services to his country he could not occupy the same place in his community. With Love and Respect, Norm Duplissie

Born October 21st, 1920. Died December 31st, 1986. She drove for the Red Cross in 1944 and 1945.


Buzz Downer

Harry Pascoe Pascal Duplissie Duplissie

Dorothy Donalda Duncan

John Downer

Volunteered at age 21 in 1941. He served with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in England, France and Holland. Reginald was killed in the line of duty in Holland in 1945.

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Harvey Gonzales

Isabelle Garcia Phillips WWII Vet. Canadian Army

WWII Vet Canadian Army 1st Battalion

Joined US Army at age 18 in 1940. Served with the 101st Airborne Division in England, France, Italy and Belgium. Harvey started out as a Medic, then retrained as a Paratrooper in England. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Discharged in 1947.

Edward “Jock” James

Jimmy E. Johnston

Nadine Joseph

Domingo Gonzales

Joined the Canadian Army at age 18 in 1944. He took basic training in Saskatchewan, then switched over to the Medical Corps. Jock was discharged in 1946.

Joined the Canadian Army at age 21 in Nov. 1944. Trained with the #11 Platoon, C Coy Petawawa Regiment. He was in transit on the Atlantic Ocean when the war was declared over.

After leaving St. Paul’s Residential School she volunteered at age 18 in 1941 to serve with the Canadian Women’s Corps. She trained in Vermillion, Alberta. She was stationed in Victoria until 1945.

John T. Hoyle

Beverly Guerin WW II Vet.

Served in WW II as an RCAF Lancaster Pilot with #434 Squadron at Croft, Yorkshire. Now 93, John has been a West Vancouver resident since 1966.

Roman Joseph

Seaforth Highlander Cadet Corps (19821986) and rose to rank of officer. Currently still in service. Sarajevo/Bosnia campaign Peace Keeper for United Nations. Veteran of Afghanistan Confl ict as a member of RCAF and was in charge of his own platoon during Afghanistan Conflict. Current rank held is Master Corporal in Signal Corps (RCAF).

Paddy Kelly

Jack Kelly

Willy Kelly Canadian Army

Norman Lewis WW II Vet. Joined in April 1945 at 24 years of age.

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Henry Ferguson Lopez US Army. Stationed in West Berlin

Canadian Army

WW II Vet (Kelly Boys)

Sammy Lewis

Served in France, Germany, Italy and Holland. He was active in the “D” Day Invasion and was awarded 5 medals. Wounded in ’44. Pretended to be dead while Nazi’s ripped off his “Dog” tags and went through his pockets. Crawled back to Allied lines, his only ID was his Cdn. uniform.

Larry Jack

Volunteered in ’39, age 29. Served with the Westminster Regiment in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, North Africa & Italy. Received 6 medals. Served with the 5th Canadian Division, under the 8th British Army.

Anchil “Ducky” Mack

Volunteered at age 40 on Dec. 6, 1941. He was trained in small arms and demolitions, but served with the Canadian Forestry Corps in Glasgow. The C.F.C. produced railway ties.

Lawrence McGrath

Served in the Royal Canadian Army in WWII as a Tank Gunner in the 28th Armoured Regiment. Fought in the invasion of Normandy to liberate France. Always remembered, always missed.

“Honouring the sacrifices of our men and women in the spirit of Peace and Freedom.”

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Honouring the brave Men and Women who have served us past and present



Milton Miranda

Volunteered at age 18 in 1941. He served with the Sea Forth Highlanders in Italy and France. Milton drove a supply truck in the convoys and was also an ambulance driver. He was wounded when his truck went over a land mine.

Jim Miranda

Donald Moody

Volunteered in ’42 age 22 with the Algonquin Regiment in England, Belgium, France and Germany. Was stretcher bearer in Medical Corps when wounded & his buddies killed. Later recalled a dream his friends were calling him to go with them.

Joseph Moody

Volunteered at age 27 in 1941. He served in Canada, The United Kingdom and Europe. He was discharged in Vancouver in 1946.

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Edward Nahanee

PVT. 1st Class, 334th Infantry. Volunteered ’42 at 20, served with the American 9th Army in Europe. Received Bronze Star in ’44, Silver Star and the Purple Heart. Fought in Battle of the Bulge, killed in action in Holland, February 28, 1945.

James P. Nahanee

Served in England, France, Belgium & Holland. Medals awarded: Cdn Voluntary Service Medal, Civilian Medal, Cdn Centennial Medal (’67), Outstanding Service Medal in organisation work among the Native Indian Communities in BC.

Robert Nahanee

Enlisted at 17. Assigned to Germany with NATO Forces. Transferred in ’67 to Edmonton, then to Cyprus in ’68 for 6 months. Stationed in Calgary from ’68-’74. Back to Cyprus in ’71. Trained on navy ships. Disharged in ’74. Received the Cyprus Medal.

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Served with the United Nationes peacekeeping forces in Cyprus.

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Andy Natrall

Private 826846 B.C. Bantams. Andy volunteered at age 18 in 1917. He trained as a sniper/gunner and his accuracy was 90 percent.

Albert Newman WWI WW I Vet Vet.


Charles Newman Newman Charles

Carole Newman

WWVet. I Vet.37th 37thBattalion Battalion C.E.F. WWI C.E.F. Born: April 3rd,1866. 1929. Died: April 3, 1929


Joined Canadian Navy in January ’57. Basic training, CFB Cornwallis NS, then Esquimalt for medical training for nursing. Worked at military hosp. in Esquimalt, then transferred to HMS Stadacona military hosp., Halifax. Served in the military for 2 years.

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On August 4, 1914 Walter Draycott’s life changed forever. A Lynn Valley resident, Walter answered the call for men at the start of World War I and was thrust into combat on the Western Front with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.


Follow his personal experience of the “Great War” through his daily diary entries and drawings.

“We Remember”

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The Poppy and Remembrance Day By Mick Webb CONTRIBUTING WRITER

George Newman

Volunteered at age 17 in 1914. He became a Machine Gunner. Served in France & Germany for four years.

Sgt. Terrance John O’Rourke

Having recently celebrated Thanksgiving Day, it is coincidentally appropriate that Canadians now prepare for another annual tribute of gratitude, one we know as Remembrance Day. In recognizing our indebtedness to those (2! 3,"509"8; 3! &/"2 that we might live in peace and freedom, we honour their memory with Remembrance Day services across our land, from the largest city to the smallest hamlet. Poppies too, are respectfully worn in appreciation of our fallen heroes.

However, what are the !5040#3 ,#; 304#09",#"8 !6 the emblematic poppy? Devastated by the thundering destruction !6 0#"833,#1 ,510''85% 958+ 128 $,11'898';3 !6 128 First World War (191418) were wastelands virtually barren of plant life. Yet inexplicably, thousands of springtime .',#;853 :!::083 7!(858; across those grey, hellish landscapes of shellcraters, churned smoking mud, and blood-soaked carnage. It was while grieving the $,11'898'; ;8,12 !6 , friend, and treating the wounded at Ypres in May of 1915, that Canadian

Born Jan 24th, 1921. Died Jan 7th, 1999. He was a Navigator. His wings were awarded to him in October 1942 in Chatham, Ontario. Course #62 Air Observers, Also completed his Gunnery and Bomber course in Jarvis, Ontario in 1942.

army surgeon Lt.-Col. John McCrae – inspired by the poppies’ vibrant colour amidst such cruel desolation – wrote arguably the most familiar, and beloved war poem of all time, In Flanders Fields. Far from war-torn Europe, American academic Miss Moina Belle Michael, deeply moved by the poem’s poignant opening words – “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row upon row …” – commenced wearing a red poppy until the signing of the armistice brought an 8#; 1! 128 94210#4* After the war, while teaching disabled veterans at the University of Georgia, Michael, realizing their need for 9#,#"0,' 3/::!51+ "58,18; a program of selling silk poppies to help provide that necessary assistance. Her efforts led to America establishing the poppy as a symbol of remembrance

for their war veterans. Shortly thereafter, Britain and its colonies also adopted this emblem, and its principles of supporting veterans and their families. In addition, a French woman, Madame Anna E. Guerin inspired France to embrace the poppy for the same reasons. Until her death in 1944, Moina Belle Michael – affectionately known as “the Poppy Lady” – devoted 26 years of her life to having the poppy recognized as an emblem of remembrance. In Canada, an Act of Parliament in 1948 granted trademark copyright to the Royal Canadian Legion, that they may preserve the poppy as a sacred symbol of the 3,"509"8 !6 !/5 )8185,#3* Today, in a direct link to Michael’s humanitarian vision, money raised by the Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign

continues to provide support for veterans and their families. While not mandatory, the correct protocol in wearing a poppy is for it to be on the left lapel – closest to the heart – in recognition !6 128 3,"509"83 &,;8 0# times of war. John McCrae did not survive the war. Weary and weakened, and far from home, he died in France of pneumonia and meningitis on Jan. 28, 1918. The year in which, impassioned by In Flanders Fields, Moina Belle Michael responded by writing an equally beautiful poem, We Shall Keep the Faith* -28 9#,' verse addresses why we wear the “Poppy Red.” And now the Torch and Poppy Red We wear in honour of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields.

Cpl. Willard Pat

Joined the US Marine Corp. in 1989. Willard did his basic training at Camp Pendleton, CA. He Served at 29 Palms, CA. In 1991 he served 88 days in the 1st Gulf War and was discharged in March of 1993.


Remembrance Day


The public is invited to join members of the

Burrard Yacht Club

in a Remembrance Day Maritime Ceremony on the water at Cates Park on

November 11th at 10:30 a.m.


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Joined the US Army in 1987. Undertook basic training at Fort Knox, Texas. Served in Scheinsurt, Germany and Fort Hood, Texas, Saudi Arabia (six months during Desert Storm). Discharged in 1991.


Peter Rivers

Robert Paull

Flight Sgt. Fred Rannard Sr.

Enlisted in Lethbridge AB. Flew with the RCAF during World War II, over the Pacific, as a wireless air gunner. Passed away September 9, 2015 at the age of 92.

Fred Stokes

Gerald Smith

Served in the Royal Canadian Navy 963-1965. Weapons Underwater on the HMCS Skeena, Qu’Appelle and New Glasgow.


North Vancouver resident (age 9!) proudly served in the Second World War and is the last living member of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in this area. Long standing member of Branch #8 Bornewest and Branch 118 Legion of North Vancouver.

Volunteered at age 33 in 1943 with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He arrived in Liverpool on Jan. 17, 1945, on the SS Mauritania. In the early morning hours he heard the bombing of V-2 rockets in the distance. Peter served in England for 20 months.

Private Catherine N. Schaff

Served in the Canadian Army during WWII. Bomb Girl in Ajax Ont., Motor Pool Halifax and Vancouver. Residing in West Vancouver, age 91. Honoured by her 8 children and a husband of 59 years.

Jam!" Thomas

Enlisted with US Marine Corps in 1986. Stationed in Camp Lejeune N. Carolina, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Div. where he was a TOW Gunner. 3 months in Panama. Medals – Good Conduct & Rifle Expert. Honourable discharge in September 1990.

F.O. L. Earl Smith

Cpl. John J. Schaff

1920 to 2005. Served in the Canadian Army during WWII. Member of 16th L.A.A. Battery, RCA. Remembered by his 8 children and wife of 59 years.

R.C.A.F., Squadron 434. Served in WW II. Was shot down over Germany, was a P.O.W 1943-1945. Currently enjoys living in the lower Lonsdale area.

William R. “Sam” Thomas

Lorne Thomas

WWII Vet. Canadian Army

Served with Sherbrooke Fusiliers, 27th Armored Div. in France, Holland & Germany. Received the Croix de Guerre w/ Crimson Star in ’47. “For exceptional service rendered during the war for the liberation of France.” The medal was the highest military award for Gallantry in Action.

Sgt Rochford Underhill

Served in the RAF as a Link Trainer during World War II, 1940 to 1946. Lived to the ripe old age of 95. What a life!

Thomas Williams

We Remember the sacrifices made by all who serve our country

Volunteered in ’42, at 20 w/ the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada in England, France, Holland and Italy. Wounded carrying a message across front lines. Slept for 3 days, awoke with scars on hip where doctors removed shrapnel. Received 7 medals.

Walter Williams Canadian Army ‘Died in Action’

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