Captain Peter John Ady

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ADY, Captain Peter John 82, passed away suddenly in Halifax on Saturday, March 26th, 2011. Born in Motherwell, Scotland on June 28th, 1928, the son of Clifford John Ady and Winifred Annie (Course), Peter was educated at boarding schools in the UK before attending the Thames Nautical Training College HMS Worcester. In 1944 he joined the British Merchant Navy as an Apprentice Deck Officer where he served on merchant vessels in the famous convoys that sailed between the port of Halifax and the UK during the height of the Battle of the Atlantic, thus beginning his long association with Maritime Canada. Just before the end of World War II Peter's ship was torpedoed and sunk and at the tender age of 16, he spent 24 hours adrift in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic before being rescued. In later years one of the proudest moments of Peter's life was the eventual recognition of the merchant seamen who had risked their lives during this time as World War II veterans. After the war Peter met his wife Betty in Leeds, Yorkshire and they married in September 1949. Betty also had a naval connection as she had served in the WRENS during World War II. Peter spent much of the 1950s in Kenya and South Africa, two countries that were very dear to his heart for the rest of his life. During his African sojourn he sailed aboard vessels on Lake Victoria and for Safmarine (South African Marine Corporation), but his most colourful stories are from the time that he spent as an assistant game warden in Kenya. In 1964 Peter joined Black Star Line of Ghana and in 1965 travelled the West Coast of Africa from Senegal to the Cameroons with wife Betty and children Bridget and Laurence aboard the Merchant Vessel Oti River. Peter emigrated to Canada with his family in 1966 and settled in Saint John, New Brunswick where he served in command of ships of the Kent Line. Peter "swallowed the anchor" in 1969 by working in several administrative positions in the shipping industry in Montreal. During this time he briefly took time out to return to sea to skipper a deep-sea tuna fishing boat off the coast of West Africa. He returned to Saint John in 1972 where he operated a small shipping company as President and General Manager before rejoining the Irving Group as Personnel Manager for the Kent Line. In 1980 Peter joined the Federal Government Service in Ottawa as Chief Registrar of Ships until his retirement in 1996. In this position Peter proudly represented Canada at several United Nations conferences. While in Ottawa Peter was active in the Company of Master Mariners of Canada and the Ottawa Welsh Society. He was also a keen and talented gardener. In 2001 Peter and Betty returned to the Maritimes and settled in Halifax where he continued to be active with the Company of Master Mariners and the Halifax Welsh Society and where he became a regular member of the St. Peter's Anglican Church congregation. For the last three years of his life Peter was a selfless and devoted husband and caregiver to his wife Betty who, following a serious illness, has been a resident of the Drummond Hall nursing home in Halifax. Peter will always be fondly remembered by his friends and family for his unique charm and keen intelligence, which the years had not diminished. He is survived by his wife Betty of Halifax, daughter Bridget Elizabeth (Richard) of Calgary, daughter Pero Jane (Ivo) of Sydney, Australia, sister Pauline Mary of Swanage, Dorset, UK, and grandsons Laurence Rhys of Halifax, Peter Evan of Saint John, New Brunswick, and Marcos and Nicholas of Sydney, Australia. Peter was predeceased by his son Laurence Donald in 1990. A visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Friday, April 1st at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Dr., Halifax (902) 455-0531. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 3 Dakin Drive, Halifax on Monday, April 4th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Halifax Mission to Seafarers or a charity of your choice. Please visit
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 31, 2011
Peter J. Ady
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