How could you be so stupid after high school as to join Canada’s wartime navy? Guess you didn’t know you’d be seasick every day you were on the high seas? Strange, you were born the son of parents whose families for generations had never served in any conflict – exempt from service because they farmed. Yet, you volunteered. You may not have realized it when you donned a natty naval uniform but, at that moment you achieved complete emancipation – release from family, escape from farming and freedom from school. It probably felt great until…

Portrait by Angela Durante Dukát