JOHN NEVIL HORSFALL Veteran WWII On August 3, 2014 at Headwaters Health Care Centre (Orangeville, ON) in his 94th year. Survived by his dear wife Joyce, by Joyce's sons Timothy, Mark (and Susan) and Robert and by her six grandchildren. Predeceased by his dear wife Amy. Survived by their children Jennifer (and Frank) Assinck, Pamela (and Dale) Jewell and Michael (and Wendy) Horsfall. Also by their six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and by his sister-in-law Mary Horsfall. Predeceased by his brothers Eric (and Valerie) and Alan and his sisters Winifred (and William) Grimshaw and Joan. Nevil was born in Sale, Cheshire, England, and attended Manchester Grammar School and the College of Technology. He volunteered as a Motorcycle Despatch Rider in the British Army in September 1939 and served in all ranks until he was commissioned in 1943. He subsequently served in the Royal Signals as a Captain with a joint British/American unit providing communications for Supreme HQ, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) for the 1944 Normandy invasion and subsequent operations in Europe and finally as Adjutant of Berlin HQ Signals until May of 1946. He was mentioned in Despatches for Distinguished Service in 1945. He was a Life Member of both the Royal British Legion and the Royal Signals Association and a member of the British Normandy Veterans Association. In later years he was also a Life Member of the Orangeville Art Group. After WWII, he was employed in various manufacturing management capacities by Renold Ltd. in England and later in Canada by Westinghouse Canada and Camco Inc. in Brantford and Orangeville until his retirement in 1982. At Nevil's request, there will be no service. A family celebration of Nevil's life will be held at a later date.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13, 2014