Today, I received a sad email informing me of the passing of Merlyn Kinrade, a true Canadian hero and a patriot.
A great Canadian patriot, naval veteran, peacekeeper, father, husband, friend of Israel and a tireless force for justice in Caledonia has been called home.
I am saddened to report that Merlyn Kinrade, Caledonia resident and co-founder of CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality), died after a long battle with cancer at 2pm yesterday – Saturday, October 06, 2012.
Funeral details:LOCATION:Bay Gardens Funeral Home
947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton L8W 3M2 (just east of Upper Gage Ave.)905.574.0509VISITATION: Wednesday 2-4 pm, 7-9 pmSERVICE: Thursday 11 amANNOUNCEMENT: to appear in Hamilton Spectator on Tuesday
About Merlyn Kinrade
Merlyn Kinrade lived more than 60 years of his life in Caledonia. He is a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy who served on one of the most famous ships in Canadian naval history, HMCS Haida. His service included a tour of duty in Port Said, Egypt on a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the 1956 Suez crisis.
He has been a steadfast contributor to the community through sponsorship of various sports teams and significant financial generosity that made construction of the original arena possible for the town. He also coached hockey and baseball teams, and made a special effort to include needy children from the nearby Six Nations Reserve by providing transportation to and from practices and games, purchasing skates and other equipment for them and ensuring they were well fed during their time with the team.