Deaths

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3548 Cdr Ret’d Ron Mace – Class of 1956 (was proud to have a stone at the Mast site at RRU)

MACE, Ronald Thomas (Cdr- Retired) Passed away in Ottawa surrounded by family on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Patricia Mace. Loving father of Suzanne Buntain, Julie Perlanski (Edward), Paul Mace (Catherine), David Mace (Bonnie). Cherished grandfather of Matthew Buntain (Elizabeth), Jasmine Buntain (Ian), Jeffrey Perlanski, Bryanne Brucato (Joseph), Adrian Mace and Ryan Mace. Great-grandfather of Lauren, Manaya, Holden and Emelyn. Son of the late Thomas Mace and Esther (Ellam) Mace. Influenced by his father Tom, a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy, Ron joined the RCN with a desire for adventure, travel and a need for a challenging career. Ron graduated from Royal Roads Military College in 1954 and from Royal Naval Engineering College, Plymouth, UK in 1959. He then went to sea where he served on HMCS Bonaventure, Restigouche, Haida and Annapolis. He later served as Staff Officer at SACLANT in Norfolk, VA; and Production Officer, HMC Dockyard, Halifax, NS. Ron ended his Naval career in London, UK as Asst Naval Attache and Sr Engineering Staff Officer. He went on to work in private industry with Pratt & Whitney, Sperry Corp and Paramax in Montreal. After retirement, Ron continued to satisfy his love of adventure while travelling extensively with his lovely wife of 63 years, Patricia. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa). Service details to be released at a later date. For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Ronald, you may do so to Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation. Messages of condolence may be left at www.beechwoodottawa.ca

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R.C.K. Peers

RCNC199 PEERS, Capt. R.C.K. CD, RCN (retired) March 17, 1927 – April 14, 2017 Bob was born in Vancouver, B.C. to W.J. and Kitty (Hill) Peers of Burnaby Lake. His early years were in Burnaby, Vancouver and Winnipeg before moving to Victoria in 1941. He went to Oak Bay High School where he excelled academically and athletically; playing rugby and soccer, winning the track and field championship, and graduating as Student Council President and Valedictorian. He attended the Royal Canadian Naval College (Royal Roads 1944-46) and was awarded the Sword of Honour on graduation. Bob then went overseas to train with the Royal Navy and was posted to HMS Vanguard, the last of the 15″ gun battleships. In 1947 Bob participated in the Royal Family visit to South Africa with their Majesties and the Royal Princesses. Sadly he was the last surviving Canadian Naval Officer from this deployment. In 1950 he joined HMCS Sioux and completed two tours in Korea. On March 12, 1952 Bob married Cleone Kathleen Thompson of New Westminster, spending their early years in Ottawa, England and Halifax. He was honoured to be 1 of 3 Canadian Naval Officers to attend the 1953 Coronation of Elizabeth ll. In December 1956 he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Trinity and subsequently HMCS Chignecto. From 1958-60 Bob was seconded to the U.S. Navy to the Commander Carrier Division 16 (USS Valley Forge). After a posting to RCN HQ in Ottawa Bob commanded HMCS Annapolis on her commissioning in 1964. Thereafter he commanded the Sea Training Unit (Halifax) and the Second Escort Squadron (Esquimalt). In July 1970 Bob was appointed Commandant, Royal Roads Military College. In this capacity he negotiated with the Province of BC, giving the College a Charter to grant degrees. Captain Peers retired in August 1976 and subsequently participated in various non-profit endeavours including the Goldstream Salmon Hatchery and the Charter Fishing Association. Bob spent his last years at the Lodge at Broadmead in Victoria. The family wish to thank the Lodge staff for the love and care they gave Bob. Our thanks also go to Dr. H. Domke and Wendy Smith for their support. Bob leaves his two sisters, Anne Latham, Babs Jeffrey (David) and three children, Lorna Peers, Brian Peers (Millie) and Carol Mitchell, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Cleone, (2010), son-in-law Bob Mitchell and brother-in-law Russ Latham. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, April 28, 10:00 am at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria.

Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2017

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3384 CHARLES William KINGSTON – Class of 1955

CHARLES William KINGSTON

KINGSTON, CHARLES William April 23, 1932 – May 3, 2018. Following months of warm and compassionate care by the staff at Inglewood Care Center in West Vancouver, Charlie passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, shortly after his 86th birthday. Born in Fort William, Ontario, Charlie graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick. Following 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he completed his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. His business career included executive work for various companies and consulting internationally in many industries. Following retirement he volunteered with Canadian Executive Services Overseas (CESO) in Malaysia, Romania and Honduras. Family and friends remember Charlie for his sense of humour, his love for story telling and for being an incorrigible prankster. He was an accomplished long distance runner, setting Masters Marathon records across western Canada. A handyman who could fix anything, he loved to putter on endless projects around the house and at the family cabin in the Pasayten Valley. Charlie loved socializing with his many friends and family, who will have fond memories of canoeing, hiking, fishing, camping, and skiing with him and getting soaked by his cannonballs. He will be missed by his loving and tolerant wife of 54 years Ann, daughter Kathy (David) Williams, son Greg (Beth) Kingston, son Jamie Kingston (Lara Kelly) and five grandchildren, Mitchell, Madelyn, Luke, Gemma and Juniper. A Celebration of Charlie’s Life, will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Marine Room at the West Vancouver Seniors Center, 695 21st Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.

Published in The North Shore News from May 9 to May 11, 2018

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