Rear Admiral William Moss Landymore set out to sea for a final journey Friday, his ashes scattered into the Atlantic Ocean from HMCS Toronto following a full military honours memorial service recognizing his long and illustrious career with the Royal Canadian Navy.
The celebration of Landymore’s life was one of several events held over the past few days in Halifax to mark the 66th Anniversary of the Victory at Sea and the Battle of the Atlantic.
Landymore, who died Nov. 27 at The Veterans’ Memorial Hospital, served during the battle to keep shipping routes between North America and Europe open, which the Navy calls the longest single campaign of the Second World War.
Landymore, 92, lived long past the Battle of the Atlantic, but 4,234 Canadians died between September 1939 and May 1945 for their country and its allies.
Lt.-Cmdr. Bruce Hayes reminded the large crowd gathered inside St. Brendan’s Chapel at the CFB Halifax Faith Centre that Landymore survived the sinking of two ships during the world war. He became commanding officer of HMCS Iroquois for the Korean War and received the Order of the British Empire for his “gallant service,” Hayes said. Landymore continued to climb the Navy ranks and was promoted to rear admiral and appointed to flag officer in 1962.
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Hayes said Landymore ran his life “like a ship’s routine,” adding “sailors will always be sailors; the sea will always be at our door.”
“Rest Rear Admiral, you have stood your watch, always with dignity,” he said.
But serving his country with perseverance and pride wasn’t Landymore’s only passion. The Brantford, Ont., native was an accomplished golfer, an American baseball fan, enjoyed working on model ships and adored his family. He was predeceased by his wife Joan “Judy” L.G. Hall and is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, his second wife Eleanor Fairn and several stepchildren and step grandchildren, a Globe and Mail obituary stated.