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About Dinger

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.

Requiescat in pace – Cdr Mary Alice Greenwood, CD, RN

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.

A serious looking Mary as a Commander in greens.
A more jovial Mary at a wardroom sing-along in blues.

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.

Royal Visit 1939

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.