Denis Richard Boyle

 

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(From the internet listing of Cdn Navy flag officers where they list all of his appointments.)

Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Denis Richard Boyle, CMM, CD2

Denny joined the naval reserve as an ordinary seaman in 1952 in London, ON. He then transferred to the regular force as a Navy cadet at Royal Roads on 11 Sep. 1953 when his Class of ‘57 classmates joined the Forces. In 1955 he opted to follow the UK marine engineering program and attended the Royal Naval Engineering College at Keyham. On commissioning his early sea appointments were as Assistant Engineer Officer in HMCS Saguenay and as Engineer Officer in HMCS St. Laurent. After a tour in MARCOM HQ as Senior Staff Officer Ship Maintenance and Management, a field that he would return to, he attended the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto in 1968. Denny then had a succession of appointments at NDHQ, first on the DDH 280 project, then as a Commander he was Senior Staff Officer Naval Maintenance Management Systems. Denny was a great exponent in pushing hard for what he believed needed to be done. Despite detractors from those who as yet were not prepared to trust the control of essential records to folks using computers, he basically fathered that new computer management system whose derivative still functions today. On promotion to Captain(N) in 1975 he was the Director Marine and Electrical Engineering. Under his guidance, his staff developed with industry two new, key shipboard systems for machinery control and internal communications that were retrofitted in the fleet as well as installed in the Canadian Patrol Frigate that was then under construction.

After attending the National Defence College Course in 1978-79, Denny had a respite from engineering and moved into the personnel world. As Chief of Staff Personnel and Training at MARCOM HQ, over considerable turf-war resistance, he established a highly successful joint headquarters working group with NDHQ to address the restructuring of Navy trades and officer qualifications to cater for the new technologies and establishment structure for the upcoming Canadian Patrol Frigate. Back at NDHQ in 1984, he was promoted Commodore as Director General Recruiting Education and Training. His last two tours were back in engineering as Director General Maritime Engineering and Maintenance when he was awarded the CMM, followed by promotion to Rear Admiral in 1988 as Chief of Engineering and Maintenance. After Denny’s retirement in 1990, he continued to be very active in defence and naval affairs including setting up with the Naval Association of Canada a suite of assistance documents for spouses of the deceased that provided to-do guidance complete with contact information to deal with the various government agencies.

Denny met his wife, Jo, while training in the UK as a midshipman. They were married for about 50 years before she died several years ago. They had two sons, Kris and Marcus (Gus) and one granddaughter, Stephanie.They
had two sons, Kris and Marcus (Gus) and one granddaughter, Stephanie. I knew the boys names, but not fully or correctly spelt; and I knew that there was at least one grandchild, but had no names.

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R 271347Z AUG 14
FM NDHQ C NAVY OTTAWA
TO NAVGEN
BT
UNCLAS NAVGEN 024/14 RCN 018/14 SECTION 1 OF 2
SIC WUA
SUBJ: DEATH OF REAR-ADMIRAL (RETIRED) DENIS RICHARD BOYLE, CMM, CD
1. THE COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, VICE-ADMIRAL MARK
NORMAN, REGRETS TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF REAR-ADMIRAL (RET D)
DENIS RICHARD BOYLE, CMM, CD IN OTTAWA, 14 AUG 2014
2. KNOWN TO MANY AS DENNY, REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE HAD A DISTINGUISHED
CAREER IN THE RCN AND CAN IN MANY RESPECTS BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF
THE PIONEERS OF THE MARITIME ENGINEERING BRANCH
3. BORN IN LONDON, ONTARIO, REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE JOINED THE ROYAL
CANADIAN NAVAL RESERVE IN 1952 AS AN ORDINARY SEAMAN IN HMCS
PREVOST. HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN 1953 AS A
CADET AND ATTENDED ROYAL ROADS MILITARY COLLEGE AND HMS THUNDERER,
THE ROYAL NAVAL ENGINEERING COLLEGE, FOR TRAINING. PROMOTED TO
ACTING SUB-
LIEUTENANT (E) IN 1957, HE JOINED HMCS NOOTKA AS JUNIOR ENGINEER
OFFICER IN 1958. IN 1959, HIS PROMOTION TO LIEUTENANT (E) BROUGHT
HIM BACK TO HMS THUNDERER FOR THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
SUB-SPECIALIST COURSE. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A POSTING TO HMCS
SAGUENAY AS ASSISTANT ENGINEERING OFFICER IN 1960. LATER, IN 1962,
HE ARRIVED IN HMCS STADACONA IN THE ENGINEERING DIVISION AS THE
MARINE ENGINEERING TRAINING OFFICER AND EVENTUALLY BECAME THE
ENGINEERING OFFICER OF HMCS ST. LAURENT. PROMOTED TO
LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER (E), HE WAS THEN ASSIGNED TO MARCOM HQ AS
SENIOR STAFF OFFICER SHIP MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT 1966. IN 1968,
HE ATTENDED THE CANADIAN FORCES STAFF COLLEGE AND REMAINED IN THIS
UNIT AS DIRECTING STAFF UNTIL 1971. HE THEN CAME BACK TO THE
MARITIME ENGINEERING COMMUNITY WITH A POSITION IN CFHQ DIRECTOR
MARITIME SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AS A PROJECT OFFICER ON THE DDH-280
PROJECT. THIS WAS FOLLOWED IN 1972 BY HIS PROMOTION TO COMMANDER
AND POSITIONS IN NATIONAL DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS DIRECTOR MARITIME
MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS AS SECTION HEAD MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT
SYSTEMS AND SECTION HEAD MARITIME MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS SECTION. IN
1975, FOLLOWING PROMOTION TO CAPTAIN(N), HE BECAME DIRECTOR MARITIME
ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT. AFTER ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AT THE NATIONAL
DEFENCE COLLEGE OF CANADA IN 1978 HE RETURNED TO MARCOM HQ AS
COMMAND PERSONNEL AND TRAINING OFFICER IN 1979. ON PROMOTION TO
COMMODORE IN 1983, HE WENT BACK TO OTTAWA IN NDHQ AS DIRECTOR
GENERAL RECRUITING EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND, THREE YEARS LATER, AS
DIRECTOR GENERAL MARITIME ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE 1986. HE
COMPLETED HIS ADMIRABLE CAREER WITH A PROMOTION TO REAR-ADMIRAL IN
1988 AND A LAST APPOINTMENT IN NDHQ AS CHIEF ENGINEERING AND
MAINTENANCE 1989. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE RETIRED IN JULY 1990
4. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE WAS A TRUE LEADER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE
EVOLUTION OF THE MARITIME ENGINEERING BRANCH OVER THE YEARS AND THE
PROGRESS OF THE CANADIAN PATROL FRIGATE AND TRUMP PROJECTS. HE WAS
PRESENTED WITH THE COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT BY THE
GOVERNOR GENERAL. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE REMAINED VERY ENGAGED IN NAVAL
AFFAIRS AFTER RETIREMENT AND COMMITTED HIMSELF FOR A LONG TIME AS
DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SUPPORT FOR THE NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA AND A
MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGINEERING. HE WAS ALSO
A TRUSTEE IN THE CANADIAN NAVAL MEMORIAL TRUST: HMCS SACKVILLE.
REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE WAS OFTEN HEARD SAYING QUOTE HIS LIFE BEGAN WHEN HE
JOINED THE NAVY UNQUOTE
5. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD 6 SEP 2014 AT THE BEECHWOOD
NATIONAL MILITARY CEMETERY IN OTTAWA. A RECEPTION WILL TAKE PLACE
FROM 1330 TO 1530 FOLLOWED BY A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT 1530
6. MARLANT AND MARPAC INCLUDING THEIR LODGER AND INTEGRAL UNITS ARE
TO HALF MASTS BETWEEN COLOURS AND SUNSET ON 6 SEP 2014. THIS DOES
NOT APPLY TO SHIPS AT SEA

(My thanks to Bill Broughton, John Plant and Don Lamarre for providing the above information. WIH)

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Bill Campbell: Here is Denny’s obituary which was in The Ottawa Citizen on 30 Aug 14.

BOYLE, Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Denis Richard April 10, 1935 - August 14, 2014 Predeceased by his wife Joanna (Jo to all those that knew and loved her). Denny passed away peacefully in the home that he had shared with Jo during their retirement years. Survived by sons Kris and Marcus; granddaughter Stephanie and daughter-in-law Michelle. Denny is also survived by his two "best-friends" Ozzie and Ben (the three legged wonder dog). Many thanks to Denny's neighbours who have been so supportive during his declining years. Denny served for 39 years in Canadian Navy and was a very proud member of that family. Many friends and memories were made during this long career serving the cause that was so close to him. Friends are invited to visit at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (East of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1330 hours until time of a Memorial Service at 1530 hours. Donations in Denny's name to National Service Dogs, 286 Cedar Creek Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S5 would be appreciated.

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