A sea cadet at RCSCC LION from 1963 to 1968, I joined the Naval Reserve at HMCS STAR in 1968 as a Bos'n. I was an Officer Cadet in the ROUTP, commissioned in 1971, and awarded my watchkeeping ticket in 1973. I served at sea, at one time or another, in all five Gate Vessels and HMCS FORT STEELE & CHAUDIERE as well as the Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent and served as OIC of the patrol vessels RALLY and RAPID. At STAR from 1968 to 2007, I served as XO twice and then as CO from 2002 to 2005. I rounded out my career by serving as SSO Training at NAVRESHQ in Quebec City in 2008, retiring in 2009 as CO of HMCS HUNTER in Windsor. I was Executive Director for the Friends of HMCS HAIDA till 2011 and have been an active volunteer onboard HAIDA since she arrived in Hamilton in 2003.
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Received from Jack Germa, a Leading Seaman Radar Plotter in HMCS HAIDA 1958-1959. A gill (pronounced jill) is five ounces. A half gill of rum mixed with two gills of water formed the grog that was issued in the RCN until 30 March 1972 – Black Tot day.
A ceremony was held in Woodstock on Saturday, 28 September, to honour the late Commander (Retired) David Stock, who served as Executive Officer of HMCS STAR during 1971 and 1972. He subsequently went on to be instrumental in establishing a STAR detachment in London which was recommissioned as HMCS PREVOST in 1990.
The Woodstock Navy League building in South Side Park in Woodstock, home to RCSCC #153 Woodstock and NLCC Unicorn, was renamed the “Commander David J.B. Stock, QC, CD Centre” in his honour.
Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett, herself a former STAR officer, was the reviewing officer. Other guests included Lt (Ret’d) Terry Meloche, a family friend, and Trevor Birtch, the Mayor of Woodstock.
A reception followed at the Oxford County Naval Veterans Association, normally known as the Woodstock Navy Club.