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  • Name Ivan Edward CHAMBERLAIN 
    Born 29 Jan 1925  St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 017180F66581A0489602C81E14453CC08997 
    Died 5 May 2013  St. Catharines Ont,. Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Victoria Lawn Cemetery , St. Catharines, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I18  Chamberlain Family
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2017 

    Father Edward CHAMBERLAIN,   b. 27 May 1902, Bexley Heath, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1967, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Mary Uraina Olga VAUGHN,   b. 12 May 1901, Port Dalhousie, Grantham Township, Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1982, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1923  St. Catharines,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    _UID 0BB890790019F441B130F002E12EE94E3311 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marjorie Lois BOYD,   b. 10 Dec 1923, Detroit,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 2014, St. Catharines Ont Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1946  St. Catharines,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 12CE4EF68C50D84F928CCFA523DD4DC5CB24 
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     2. Living
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    Last Modified 15 May 2022 
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Family home on York Street
    Family home on York Street
    Photograph of the family home on York Street, St. Catharines, Ontario.

  • Notes 
    • Ivan Edward Chamberlain (1925-2013)

      It is with great sadness the family of Ivan Edward Chamberlain announce his passing Sunday May 5th 2013 at Pioneer Elder Care in St. Catharines Ontario. Fittingly Dad passed away on the Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic a date in history that was close to his heart since his Military Service during WWII.
      After his varied and interesting life making friends wherever he went he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and the magnificent staff at Pioneer Elder Care.

      As a veteran of WWII Ivan served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the Corvette the "HMCS Lindsay" and also saw service on the Frigate "Swansea". During WWII he saw action in the North Atlantic and Europe and he and his shipmates were involved in preparations and landing for the D-Day invasion on Juno Beach.
      Ivan returned home to St. Catharines at the end of the war and in 1951 joined the St. Catharines Police Department. His marksmanship was exemplary and after years on “the beat” he became a Patrol Sergeant as well as becoming the Firearms Instructor for the Niagara Regional Police Service at the training facility on Cataract Road in Fonthill. As a police officer he faithfully served the people of St Catharines for 34 years.

      In addition on his return home from WWII he married his childhood sweetheart Marjorie (Marnie) (nee Boyd). Together they raised four children and he eventually became the proud Poppa of 10 Grandchildren, 9 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.
      Ivan will be tremendously missed and remembered by his four children: A.E., (Ted) Chamberlain (Janet Lindley Bates) of St. Catharines, Ivan David Chamberlain, (Connie Pepin) of St. Catharines, Janis Boston (Barry Spinner) of Fredericton N.B. and Laura (Jerry Martin) of Stoney Creek Ontario.
      With great pride in their achievements Poppa leaves behind his 10 Grandchildren Tim Boston (Christine Ferguson) of London Ontario, Scott Edward Chamberlain (Rochelle Radu) of Roatan Nicaragua, Denise Chamberlain, Stacey Chamberlain, Daniel Chamberlain, Lisa Chamberlain each of St. Catharines, David Chamberlain (Samantha Pie) and Kevin Chamberlain of St. Catharines, Isaac Terry (Emily) of Calgary Alberta, and Julia Terry MacNeil (Greg) of Innisfil Ontario. Ivan also leaves behind his 9 Great Grandchildren: Taylor Chamberlain of Ottawa, Abby Boston and Jordan Boston of London Ontario, Major MacNeill of Innisfil Ontario, Carter and Jackson Chamberlain Lorge of St. Catharines, Sienna Irene Chamberlain Haycox, Kayden Daniel Ivan Chamberlain Ford of St. Catharines, Tyr Laffrenier of Haileybury along with his three Great Great Grandchildren, Ostara May Laffrenier, Alexander (Zander) Laffrenier and Jace Laffrenier of Haileybury Ontario, along with his Foster Daughter Marcia Ellis and her daughters Danica and Natasha in Langley British Columbia.

      Ivan was an involved citizen in his hometown throughout his life. He was an active member in many Civic organizations, and contributed much to his community through them. Among other positions, Ivan served as the President of the Carribean Club, was an original member and President of the Niagara Twinning Association, formed his own steel band - the Sunburst Steel - and was active in the Frontier Pistol League. Until recently Ivan, as a veteran, was a National Director and the Supply Officer for the Royal Canadian Naval Association Niagara Chapter. On November 24th 2002 Ivan received The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition to his significant contributions to Canada and his community.
      Dad was a Past Executive Member of the St. Catharines Game and Fish Association and an Honourary Executive Director of The Sporting Clubs of Niagara. As recently as last week he received his 40 year pin as one of the longest serving members of the International Police Association. He had also served as a Regional Director of the Royal Canadian Naval Association. Dad was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion on Spring Street, Niagara Falls.

      Ivan is predeceased by his brother Alan Chamberlain, (Sonja ) of St. Catharines ) (Eileen), of Tumbler Ridge British Columbia and by his brother Ross Chamberlain (Shirley) of St. Catharines. He will be remembered by his brother Earl Chamberlain (Joan) of St. Catharines and his sister Norma Chamberlain Didemus (Bill) of St. Catharines. Ivan will be sadly missed by his family, extended family, many friends and shipmates. He will be remembered forever in our hearts.
      Details for his Memorial Service will follow at a later date.

      he legacy of Ivan Chamberlain's training talents lies evidenced in the cases full of shooting trophies he left behind.

      There are two of them, said son Dave Chamberlain, laden down with what he figures are no less than a hundred awards for marksmanship won by his father, a former St. Catharines cop. Officer after officer trained under Ivan's watch as a firearms instructor for the Niagara Regional Police, Dave said.

      But teaching cops how to shoot was only one stop in a life that saw Ivan at sea as Allied troops stormed the nearby beaches of Normandy in 1944.

      The retired police officer and former navy anti-aircraft gunner died May 5. He was 88.

      "He shook the door handles up and down St. Paul St. for years. He knew all the shop owners," said Ted Chamberlain, one of Ivan's four children. He said beat cops didn't get paid much in those early days, so shopkeepers would thank him with gifts like soup and cigars.

      Dave said Ivan was born on York St. in St. Catharines.

      During the Second World War, he served on a Canadian corvette, HMCS Lindsay, mostly in the North Atlantic. There, Ted said, Ivan was aboard ship in the English Channel as Canadian troops stormed Juno Beach on D-Day.

      "They had to run escort for supply ships and whatnot," he said.

      "The English Channel is as wide as Lake Ontario. All kinds of stuff could happen out there."

      On another occasion, Dave said, Ivan helped rescue an Allied pilot who had been shot down. He said they managed to pull the American to safety - though not before someone on the rescue team accidentally took the man's eye out with a boathook.

      But, Ted said, their father didn't share much about his life during the war. "I don't think he wanted to relive that experience."

      Back in St. Catharines, Dave said, Ivan joined the St. Catharines police. He joined up in 1951 and served for about 34 years, spending the last 10 to 15 years teaching other officers to shoot at the Niagara Regional Police training facility in Fonthill.

      He went to recreational shoots often, Dave said. His sharpshooting skills filled a pair of trophy cases back home.

      "I think he was very rigid in his ways, mind you," he said. "I think he wasn't popular for his being so rigid in his ways. But I think he earned the respect of his peers."

      For Ivan's sons, he said, being the son of a cop came with downsides. "Every time you got in trouble, the police were right there," he said.

      There was little grey area with Ivan, said Ted. He said his father held to a strong sense of right and wrong.

      "He had a very gruff manner about him," he said.

      "When he was a police officer, he saw a lot of stuff. He saw the part of society that most people don't see, and that kind of wears you down after awhile. So he always looked at everything with a jaundiced eye."

      "He still had time for laughs. What I remember most is he had a big laugh."

      But it wasn't all policing, said Ted. He said Ivan was an original member of the Niagara Twinning Association and was so inspired by the city's sister-city relationship with Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, he started his own steel band here.

      He was involved in a raft of community organizations, among them the Royal Canadian Naval Association. Just two weeks ago he was awarded a 40 years service pin from the International Police Association.

      And every year, he said, Ivan would be involved in the commemorations of the Second World War's Battle of the Atlantic.

      He died this year on the date of the commemoration.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Certificate of registration of Birth, Registrar for the County of Lincoln, Ontario at St. Catharines, (Name: Not published;).
      In possession of Earl Lorne Chamberlain.

    2. [S133] Church Register, Anglican Church of Canada, (Name: Not published;), St. Thomas, Port Dalhousie, Ontario.

    3. [S16] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928, 1933-1934, and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), (Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 653.