Word has just been received of the death of David Stock. David joined the Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet in the University Naval Training Divisions (UNTD) in 1955 at the University of Guelph (U-71420). He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant in 1958 and Lieutenant in 1960.
He served at HMCS PREVOST from 1962 to 1964 when the unit was closed and subsequently at HMCS STAR. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1967 and served as Executive Officer of HMCS STAR from 1971 to 1972. He was promoted to Commander in 1975.
In 1977, he was assigned the task of establishing a detachment of HMCS STAR in London specifically to train Diesel Mechanics. This unit was subsequently recommissioned as HMCS PREVOST in 1990. He transferred to the SRL in 1984.
In civilian life he was a lawyer, graduating from Osgood Hall in 1962, called to the bar in 1964 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1976. He maintained a practice in Woodstock and Oxford County.
He and his wife Gloria had three children and two grandchildren.
He was involved in many aspects of his community, being a Campaign Chairman for the Woodstock Cancer Society, Chairman of Woodstock St. John Ambulance, and a member of the Naval Officers’ Association of Canada, Royal Canadian Legion, Oxford County Naval Veterans, Royal Canadian Military Institute, Tavistock Lodge No. 609 AF & AM and was active both politically and in his church.
He received the Special Service Medal with NATO bar, Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977, Commander Maritime Command Commendation 1978 and the Canada 125 Medal 1992. He was made a Commander of the Order of St. John in 2000.
He was the author of A Brief History About HMCS PREVOST.
David was a true gentleman, humble and self-effacing, and a good friend of HMCS STAR and to many in the naval community. He served as Executive Officer but never as CO. In my personal opinion, he was the best Commanding Officer that STAR never had.