John Walter Dawson
Obituary for John Walter Dawson
Dawson, John Walter Petty Officer 1st class CD RCN (Ret’d)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad age 87 on Wednesday February 10, 2021.
Loving husband for 63 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Dad passed away peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans Building after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s with his children by his side. Born in Welland, Ontario he was the son of Bill and Mary (Johnstone) Dawson. Dad was a proud veteran of the Canadian navy which he served in from 1951 until his retirement in 1976. He served in the Korean War from April 1953 until February 1954 on HMCS Iroquois. He was a member of the Korean Veterans Association of Canada, Chief and P.O’s Association, Calais Branch 162 Royal Canadian Legion, and S.S. Atlantic Heritage Park Society. He was particularly proud of his involvement on the committee which saw the statue “The Sailor” located on the Halifax waterfront come to be realized. He was so proud and loved his grandchildren always looking forward to the family gatherings and the fun and laughter that came with them.
Daily drives with Mom helped fill in their retirement days especially their trips to Cape Breton to visit Matt, Lori, and the kids. They visited so often they were honorary Cape Bretoners. Dad was an accomplished horseman, in his teen years, who loved to tell stories about his childhood and adventures during his years in the navy.
He is survived by his daughter Crystal (Kevin) Forbes, sons Mark (Vanda) Dawson, Duane (Wendy) Dawson all of Lower Sackville, Daughter-in-law Lorrie (Matt) Dawson Gardiner Mines, grandchildren Liam Dawson, Samantha (Sam) Dawson, Amy Dawson (Shari), Aaron Dawson, TJ (Marissa) Dawson, Kelly (Sean) Monk, Great Grandchildren Amber Monk and Logan Monk. Dad is predeceased by his wife Dorothy, son Matthew (Matt) Dawson, and sister Jo-Anne Drinkwater.
Our gratitude goes to the Doctors, nurses, and staff of 6E at Camp Hill for their compassion and exceptional care of our father over the last 5 1/2 years.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Donald K Walker Funeral Director. A celebration of Dad’s life and internment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to
Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
112-2719 Gladstone Street
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