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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.

Funeral Details – Cdr Dave Stock

Tuesday, 02 April 2019, 1400 to 1700 – Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock
Wednesday, 03 April 2019, 0930 to 1045, Old St Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, 03 April 2019, 1100, Old St Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock
Oxford Country Naval Veteran’s Association, Navy Club, 959 James Street, Woodstock

Requiescat in pace – Commander David James Balkwill Stock, CD, CStJ, QC

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.

RCNA – Niagara Region

The Royal Canadian Naval Association Niagara Region cordially invites you help us commemorate

The 74th Battle of the Atlantic Memorial

Sunday May 5th 2019                          TIME: 1300 Hours

PLACE: Navy Hall 305 Ricardo St,

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Bob Coles Chairman, Battle of Atlantic Ceremonies

Email: or call 905-934-6372

Chuck Johnston,  President,  RCNA Niagara

Email:  sumitup@cogeco or ca;; Call 905-646-5099

Your response is requested by no later than April 15th ,2018