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Memorial on artificial reef off Nanaimo ties two B.C. families together – BC

Bob McCauley is gearing up for one more to dive to HMCS Saskatchewan.

His father as soon as served on the ship, which was bought and sunk on June 14, 1997, to be used as a synthetic reef. The Mackenzie-class destroyer can now be discovered about three kilometres off of the coast of Nanaimo, B.C., 30 metres under the floor.

It’s the ultimate resting place of one other sailor who served on the vessel.

“His title was Seaman Raymond Good,” mentioned McCauley informed World Information. “For years, I’ve been cleansing up (his) plaque, scraping off the marine life that had made it nearly unreadable.”

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Good spent three years within the Royal Canadian Navy and died in 1995 of problems after a coronary heart assault. Preparations have been made to put Good’s urn aboard HMCS Saskatchewan earlier than it went down in 1997.

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“My brother’s spouse requested him earlier than he handed what he wished carried out along with his ashes,” recalled Good’s brother, Barry Scow. “He mentioned, ‘You’ll know when that day comes.’”

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McCauley has cared for Good’s memorial there each time he dives right down to HMCS Saskatchewan.

Finally, Good’s household observed his efforts — contacting McCauley to thank him after seeing photos he posted on-line.

“I informed my mom about this man Bob and what he was doing, and she or he was fairly touched that somebody was taking care of her son,” mentioned Scow.

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Scow and McCauley have but to fulfill however are related by means of the ship.

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McCauley’s father had as soon as took him for a tour of the ship he sailed on.

“He confirmed me a spot the place he had written his title on the wall within the radio room,” mentioned McCauley.

Scow, too, was taken aboard HMCS Saskatchewan when he was 12, by Good.

“I assumed that day he owned the ship,” Scow recalled. “It was one in all probability one of many happiest days of my life.”

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Scow was not current, nevertheless, 25 years in the past in June when HMCS Saskatchewan was despatched to its last resting place.

“I didn’t need to see it go down and I didn’t need to see him go down with it,” he mentioned.

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Someday, Scow plans to fulfill with McCauley in Nanaimo and make him an honourary member of the household.

“I used to be nearly pondering that we must always make Bob one among us you understand,” he mentioned.

Scow mentioned he would really like go to the location and presumably, dive right down to say goodbye to his brother.

“I nonetheless miss him lots. I nonetheless haven’t actually let him go.”

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