Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Able Seaman Raymond Gard

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes / April 29, 2021

By Commander (ret’d) Bill Gard

My father, Raymond Gard, was born on June 18, 1918, in Toronto. He was the third of eight children, with two siblings and five half-brothers and sisters. 

In 1942, he joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) at His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) York in Toronto and proceeded to Cornwallis, N.S., for his naval training. He trained as an engineering stoker and sailed primarily in the corvette HMCS Rosthern, K-169, as an able seaman.

He served until the end of the war, making a number of convoy crossings to Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Dad’s four brothers served in the Second World War in different services, and they all returned home after the war.

He and my mom, Marion Gard, (née Parton from London, Ont.) were married on December 30, 1944, in Halifax. They raised five children in the community of Alderwood in Toronto.

Before the war, Dad worked for Anaconda Copper and Brass in Toronto. After the war, he returned to the company and worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1983.

He passed away in 2000, and his ashes were buried on Battle of the Atlantic weekend in 2001 off of Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, from the stern of HMCS Sackville, K-181.