Quilt of Valour

Quilt of Valour presented to Navy veteran at Richmond Terrace

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A resident of Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Home has been honoured with a Quilt of Valour.

Roy Grant, who served in the Canadian Navy the latter part of World War II, received his quilt Thursday morning in a ceremony held at Richmond Terrace. It was an honour that the 93-year-old Grant was happy to receive.

“It feels good,” he said, adding he was also proud to receive it.

Grant served in the Navy from 1944-46.

“I was out of Halifax on a frigate,” he said.

Roy Grant receives his Quilt of Valour from Pauline Gaudette last Thursday morning. In the back row are Capt. Richard Girard, Quilts of Valour regional representative Janet Bergeron, Grant’s son-in-law Carl King and Tim Girard.

During WWII, Grant was a cook on the HMCS Stettler and was later assigned to the tug Glen Eagle after the war until he was discharged.

“After the war was done, they weren’t done with me, so they put me on the Glen Eagle,” he quipped.

While stationed on the HCMS Stettler, Grant recalled several instances when the seas were rough, and his shipmates weren’t always ready for it. One day while the ship was on the north Atlantic, he recalled seeing his shipmates laying about on the deck seasick. He joked that he thought it was his cooking.

Another time, while he was peeling potatoes, a wave came up and sent the pot of potatoes overboard, he recalled with a laugh.

Janet Bergeron, regional representative with Quilts of Valour, noted that it was local member Pauline Gaudette who created the quilt for Grant. All quilts made locally have a red maple leaf sewn onto a corner of them.

Bergeron explained that the program started in Edmonton in 2006 when several quilts were distributed to injured veterans.

“In 2009, it became a registered charity,” she said.

Bergeron added that Quilts of Valour have reached its goal for the number of quilts created and distributed to veterans.

“Our goal for 2018 was to get 10,000 quilts distributed across Canada,” she said. “We succeeded in that.”

The quilts are intended to provide some comfort for veterans as well as existing members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“It’s to say thank you for your service,” stated Bergeron.

Grant was also presented with a Chief’s Award of Excellence, an award which came through the Amherstburg Police Service.

Roy Grant (left) received a Chief’s Award of Excellence from his son-in-law Carl King.

For more information on Quilts of Valour, visit www.quiltsofvalour.ca, e-mail janet.bergeron@quiltsofvalour.ca or info@quiltsofvalour.ca or call Bergeron at 519-726-5016.

Quilts of Valour is also on social media with their Facebook page being found at www.facebook.com/groups/QOV.Canada and their Twitter page being found at www.twitter.com/QuiltsofValour.

Local WWII veteran receives Canada 150 medal and Quilt of Valour

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local World War II veteran has been honoured with a Canada 150 medal as well as a Quilt of Valour.

The presentation was made last Tuesday to Private Kenneth Gordon Farrow, who is now 97-years-old and a resident at Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Facility. The quilt was made by Jan Bergeron and the medal was presented by Capt. Richard Girard CD Ret., the branch service officer with Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, and Don Nantais, the Zone A-2 branch service officer and second vice president of Legion Br. 157.

Farrow served in World War II for the duration of the conflict, enlisting in his hometown of Haileybury, Ontario with stops in Quebec and Halifax before eventually being sent to Europe.

“I signed up the second day of the war,” Farrow recalled.

World War II veteran Kenneith Farrow (centre) received a Canada 150 medal and a Quilt of Valour last week. Richmond Terrace unit manager Ryan Kehoe (far left) and director of care Matthew Summerfield (far right) hold the quilt while Don Nantais and Capt. Richard Girard present the medal.

World War II veteran Kenneith Farrow (centre) received a Canada 150 medal and a Quilt of Valour last week. Richmond Terrace unit manager Ryan Kehoe (far left) and director of care Matthew Summerfield (far right) hold the quilt while Don Nantais and Capt. Richard Girard present the medal.

Upon arriving in Great Britain, Farrow said they were greeted by the mayor of Glasgow, who took the soldiers to dinner at city hall. His tour of duty lasted right through until 1945 and he returned home after World War II had ended.

“They went one way and I went the other because I had the points to get home,” he said. He returned home with his war bride Catherine and they had two children Gordon and Sheila.

In the meantime, he served in nearly every European country and earned many Canadian medals, roughly ten in total.

Farrow was also injured in Belgium thanks to the result of a bazooka blast.

After being a guard at the Kingston penitentiary, Farrow came to southwestern Ontario and served with the Windsor Police Service for 30 years. He retired as an inspector.

“I was 30 years on the police department,” he said. “I stayed on the police force until I retired.”

Farrow joked “they kicked me out” but he had reached the mandatory retirement age of 60. He was also president of the International Police Association for 27 years.

The medal and quilt presentations were something he didn’t see coming.
“They surprised me tremendously,” said Farrow. “It was a great surprise.”