1926 – 8 March 2019
Mary joined the RCN in 1944 as a nursing assistant. After the war, she qualified as a nurse and joined the RCN(R) as a SLt at HMCS YORK, later transferring to STAR. In 1962, she became the first woman naval reservist to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In civilian life, she was a nurse at Hamilton General Hospital. Mary, along with Surgeon Captain Hugh McCoy, was the mainstay of the Medical Department at HMCS STAR for years. Fondly remembered.
There will be a Time of Remembrance at Woods Park Care Centre, 110 Lilian Crescent, Barrie on Sunday 28 April 2019 at 14:00 with interment at Dunk’s Bay Cemetery, Tobermory.
The Hamilton Half Company RCNVR marching up James Street North past the intersection of King William Street on June 7th, 1939, in the parade to welcome King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who had arrived by train at what is now LIUNA Station. The visit was the occasion for the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth Way.