Remembering the Telegraphist Air Gunners
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    Remembering Robert “Bob” Aggas, RN, RCN (Ret.) Telegraphist Air Gunner   Robert was born in Lavenham, Suffolk, England, on July 7, 1916; son of Robert and Winifred (Smith) Aggas. Robert joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) during the Second World War. He was deployed as a Telegraphist Air Gunner and saw action in North Africa, Scotland, Italy and the North Atlantic. He was stationed on the Royal Navy’s HMS Suffolk when they located and shadowed the Bismarck, resulting in its sinking. Robert’s future wife Violet Vera Foam was born in Deal, Kent, England, on March 28, 1913; daughter of George and Eliza (Williams) Foam. She had emigrated to Canada at the age of two, but returned to the UK in spring of 1939 to marry Robert, who was on active service with the Royal Navy. They returned to Canada in 1946, residing in Montreal where Robert was briefly employed with Northern Electric. They remained in Montreal until 1954, at which time the family moved to Nova Scotia when Robert re-enlisted, this time in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). During his time in the RCN, he served with the Canadian carrier HMCS Magnificent and then at Shearwater until his military retirement. He was then employed at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography on research ships for several years. The family also lived in Dartmouth, Coldbrook, Fall River and Truro, Nova Scotia. He was a ham radio operator and loved to sail in his younger years. Violet began working with the federal government and retired in 1970 as an administrative clerk. She was a talented seamstress and avid knitter. She loved her garden and spent many days enjoying her flowers in Waverley and Coldbrook, Nova Scotia. Robert and Violet Aggas had two sons, Victor and Robert and a daughter, Bonnie. Robert died at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, on Monday, October 6, 2014, at the age of 98 and was predeceased by his wife Violet, aged 98, July 19, 2011 at the Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. They were married for 72 years before her passing in 2011. Sources: Robert Aggas: Violet Vera Aggas:
Violet Vera Aggas 1911-2011
Robert Aggas 1916-2014