Tom Abrash (1926-2016)
Born on January 14th of 1926, Thomas D. Abrash served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He wrote that being in the destroyer escort HMCS Kootenay for convoy duty was one of his most eventful experiences. He was also commissioned to serve in the HMCS St. Stephen K454, a frigate that travelled from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
He was awarded many medals such as the France and Germany Star as well as the 1939-1945 War Medal, which depicts a crowned face of King George VI.
On January 27th, 2005, the WHS-VMP conducted an interview with Tom Abrash. He explained that the swaying of the boat and the ice-cold water were personally more terrifying than the planes that flew over the frigate. In addition, his fear of heights made climbing over a 77 foot rope ladder felt like a life or death task.
Along with his service in the war, we are eternally grateful for his role in reiterating his story to the students of Masse High School, alongside many more World War II veterans: Stan Scislowski, Bill Vivan, and Larry Costello. Abrash passed away on January 24th, 2016.