101 years young Commander Peter Godwin Chance (ret’d) received his Quilt of Valor at his home in Sidney December 15th.
It was an incredible Honor and Privilege to make this Presentation of this lovely quilt made by Glynis Ballard of Duncan, BC.
Peter served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1938 until 1970. During WWII he served in Seven ships including a battleship, a cruiser and several destroyers operating in the North and South Atlantic and Indian Oceans and was in Singapore following the assault by Japan. His post war sea service included a year in operations in Korean waters, was on board an aircraft carrier, a cruiser, as well as in command of a destroyer and a frigate.
Since retiring, he has been active in the Naval Officers Association of Canada (NOAC) for 38 years, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program for 36 years, the Royal Canadian Legion for 36 years as well as many other ongoing projects in his community.
Since 1987, Peter continues to arrange the Remembrance Day wreath-laying on behalf of the NOAC in Victoria, Oak Bay and Sidney, BC.
In 1986 and 2002 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Admiral’s Medal, and in 2014 received the French Legion of Honor Medal at the rank of Knight.
The last surviving Naval Officer of the long-running, hard fought Battle of the Atlantic had at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum a gallery renamed after him in his honor on his 100th birthday November 24th, 2020. Commander Chance was honored for a career that spanned some of the momentous and turbulent times in world history.
Still living independently, he has written a memoir “A Sailor’s Life” in which he expresses his “great life at sea.”
For your incredible Service to Canada Sir,
Thank You from a Grateful Nation.