THILLAYE, Captain Bernard C.
(RCN) Captain Thillaye died Monday, Sept 24th, 2012. Born June 16th, 1921 in Epernay, France, the Captain (as he was often called) began his military career with the French Navy in 1939. Escaping a France fallen to the Germans, he signed on with the Royal Navy. During his service, Captain Thillaye survived being torpedoed twice in 24 hours, as well as both the Allied and D-Day Landings. His many decorations include the War Medal, and Mention-in-Dispatches. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1949 and went on to command HMCS Restigouche. He retired from military service to become the Director of Strategic Policy and Planning for National Defence. Bernard is survived by his wife Alina, his children, Peter, Benn and Jacquie, step-children Gillian, Michael, and Anna, and by his grandchildren, Simon, Dexter, Mattia and Rowan. He will always be remembered for his intelligence, charm, joie- de-vivre, and love of good wine and cheese. Bernard can be remembered by visiting the Bernard C. Thillaye Facebook page: http://www. facebook.com/pages/Bernard- C-Thillaye/370404903038211
Saturday September 29, 2012
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