News

Last survivor of HMCS Esquimalt dies

The lone surviving crew member of HMCS Esquimalt, the last Canadian ship to be sunk by enemy fire during the Second World War, has died.

Esquimalt council remembered retired chief petty officer first class Joe Wilson, who also served in the Korean War, at Monday night’s council meeting.

“This will be a great loss for our community,” Mayor Barb Desjardins said of Wilson, who died Jan. 1. “He gave (this ceremony) so much more meaning.”

Wilson, 89, regularly travelled from his home in Chase, B.C. to attend the township’s ceremony every year on April 16, held to honour HMCS Esquimalt. Wilson was one of a few dozen crew members who survived after the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine in Halifax harbour on April 16, 1945.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

VIDEO: PM Harper on Sydney, Pakistan attacks
 
Paramedics get tools to fight PTSD
 
Pileated pilferer
Growing pains for police investigation unit
 
Hit-and-run death in Fanny Bay
 
This and That - December 17
Looking Back - December 17, 2014
 
Dance Party
 
Fun, free and on the farm at Christmas

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.