Vice-Admiral Edmond Rollo Mainguy, OBE, CD, RCN
Vice-Admiral Edmond Rollo Mainguy was born on 11 May 1901 in Chemainus, BC. At the young age of 14, Mainguy entered the Royal Naval College of Canada. After graduating, he served in various posts until 1939, when he took command of the destroyer ASSINIBOINE. Following a year as Captain (Destroyers) Newfoundland, Mainguy became the Chief of Naval Personnel in 1942 and ended the war in the command of the cruiser HMCS UGANDA. A capable and well-liked officer, he chaired a comission in 1949 investigating several mutinies in the fleet. The resulting "Mainguy Report" recommended improvements in the handling of lower-deck grievances.
On 1 December 1951, Rear-Admiral Mainguy was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and was simultaneously appointed to the position of the Chief of Naval Staff. Vice-Admiral Mainguy was further awarded the Order of the British Empire "For the Gallantry and Distinguished Service before the Enemy" during the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War.
In January of 1956, Vice-Admiral Mainguy retired from the Navy.
Over the course of the next 9 years, Vice-Admiral Mainguy (ret'd) would serve as the Executive Director for the Ontario Mental Health Association and then as President of the Great Lakes Shipping Corporation until he retired in 1965. Upon his retirement , Vice-Admiral Mainguy (Ret'd) returned to British Columbia and settled down in Qualicum on Vancouver Island not far from his hometown.
Vice-Admiral Mainguy (Ret'd) passed away on Sunday 29 April 1979, at the age of 77.