Samuel Alfred Jennings

March 16, 1926November 2, 2018
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Jennings, Samuel Alfred C.D. CPO 1st Class RCN (ret’d), age 92 of Halifax, passed away on November 2, 2018 at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland to the late Frank and Lucetta (Bailey) Jennings. Sam served in the RAF during WWII and immigrated to Canada following the war. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and in 1954 was part of the First Block Draft of Canadian personnel on an exchange program so as to train and serve in British submarines. In 1955 when serving in HMS/m Sidon in Portland, UK he survived a torpedo explosion with the loss of 13 lives that included a fellow Canadian submariner. Sam was to serve in other ‘S’ Class submarines running from Faslane Scotland, Gosport and other locations including a stint aboard an RN submarine running from Sydney, Australia. Sam then came back to Canada and served in HMCS Bonaventure. He then returned to submarines and joined HMCS/m Ojibwa. His favourite boat would soon follow with a draft to the newly commissioned HMCS/m Okanagan as the Chief ERA. Sam was a proud submariner. Following his retirement from the RCN, he worked as the Senior Engineer aboard CFA Vessel Quest. Sam served over 40 years as a trustee at United Memorial Church and volunteered at Northwood. His favourite pastime in retirement was at working on his property in Queensland. Sam is survived by his son Alfred (Sandra); daughter Vivian; his sister, Edna (Bill) Blair, Toronto; grandchildren Sean (Elyss), Tara (Logan Delaney), Samantha and Emma; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Vera, brothers Thomas, Gerald; sisters Lucetta Kelly and Vivian McClure. Service will take place at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax on Saturday, November 24th at 11:00am with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QEII Hospital Foundation. Special thanks for the wonderful, caring staff at Camp Hill 6 East.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Ed Dugas

November 26, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.
My deepest condolences.

Debbie Tomlinson

November 23, 2018

First, when I was very little, about 1970, and Uncle Sammy visited Gran (his mum) and brought a huge salmon that we all shared. I cant forget how large I thought this fish was and how stunned I was by my uncle just bringing it.
Second, Uncle Sammy made a special one day trip from Halifax, to Toronto,just to attend my son's christening. We we're honoured and we we're naming my son Sam, also.
To a special uncle, so proud to be your niece. Love from, Debbie, wee Vivian, wee Sam, Suzanne and Angus. X

Carolyne Hadley

November 21, 2018

Alfred & Vivian and Families
My sincerest condolences.
Never easy to lose your parents at any time in your life.
Will always remember Sam for his dry humour and wealth of knowledge.


Carolyne Hadley
(daughter of Bernadette Sinclair)

Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers Association

November 21, 2018

Dear Alfred and Vivian,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. As he crosses the bar; we hope the wonderful memories that you and your Dad have made together will help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all his family.

Joan Garden

November 19, 2018

Vivian, and family, so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was such an important part of your life, & I know how much you adored him. Our warmest thoughts are with you.
Joan & John Garden

John & Isabel Caldwell

November 19, 2018

So many memories of Sam over the 65 + years I knew him His wry sense of humor was so delightful and we shared many a good laugh together. I always admired his ability to fix anything and his willingness to share this gift freely with his Church and his family, greatly appreciated.
Our deepest sympathies Alfred, Vivian and family