Death of Rear-Admiral (Retired) Frederick William (Fred) Crickard

[Saturday, 28 July 2012] Dr. Richard H. Gimblett, Acting Director - Navy History and Heritage in Ottawa, has forwarded the following 'Maritime General' (MARGEN 033/12) message sent to the navy on Friday announcing the passing of Admiral Crickard.

The obituary for Admiral Crickard is printed in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald today.  You can read it here.

The text of the message to the navy is transcribed as follows:

Subject: Death of Rear-Admiral (Retired) Frederick William (Fred) Crickard, OMM, CD2, RCN.

1. The Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, regrets to announce the passing of Rear-Admiral (Retired) Frederick William (Fred) Crickard in Halifax on Saturday, 21 July 2012.

2. Born in Vancouver, B.C., on 28 November 1930, Rear-Admiral Crickard joined the RCNR as an officer cadet at the Royal Canadian Naval College Royal Roads in 1949, and transferred to the RCN in 1950 as a midshipman for training in HMCS Beacon Hill.  Upon graduation from the Sub-Lieutenant's Technical Course at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich in 1952, he was appointed to HMCS Magnificent as a divisional officer.  Specialization at HMS Excellent for the 'Long' Gunnery Course in 1955 was followed by appointment to HMCS Stadacona as a gunnery instructor.  Other early appointments included Flag Lieutenant to Flag Officer Pacific Coast (1957), Executive Officer in HMCS Beacon Hill (1960), Executive Officer and Operations Officer in HMCS Terra Nova (1961), and the Projects Section Head of the Weapons Division at Fleet School, HMCS Stadacona (1963).

3. Promoted commander (1966, with seniority of 01 August), his command appointments included HMCS Sussexville (1965), OIC of the Weapons Division Canadian Forces Fleet School at Halifax (1966), Commanding Officer HMCS Fraser (1968) and HMCS Provider upon promotion to captain (1972).  Senior staff appointments included Course 25 of the National Defence College (1971), Chief of Staff (Operations) to the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific (1974), and Deputy Chief of Staff (Sea) to the Commander of Maritime Command (1976).  Upon promotion to commodore (1979), he moved to NDHQ at Ottawa as Director General Personnel and Careers, Other Ranks.  Promoted Rear-Admiral (1983) he was appointed Deputy Commander of Maritime Command.  He retired on 28 November 1985.

4. Rear-Admiral Crickard remained active in his retirement and is recognized as having been influential in the academic revitalization of the navy in the post-Cold War period.  He joined the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax where his research interests included oceans policy, maritime enforcement and navies and foreign policy.  He was a mentor to students in and out of uniform, and was the catalyst for the long and continuing series of annual CFPS conferences on naval issues.  A promoter of public education on naval issues, he was the founding editor of the CFPS Maritime Security Working Paper series and the Niobe Papers series for the Naval Officers' Association of Canada.  Further to this regard, he played an important role in the 1994 Defence Policy Review in drawing all the various naval associations together in presenting a strong case for the retention of a robust Canadian navy, able to operate freely in home waters and "alongside the best" internationally.  It is no small observation that the Royal Canadian Navy essentially was his life's work.

5. Rear-Admiral Crickard is survived by his loving wife Margaret and daughter Nancy Munro.

6. There will be a memorial service held at the Stadacona Chapel on 14 September 2012, at 14:00.