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Patrick McCanney (1923-1945)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Grave of Patrick McCanney at the Pioneer Cemetery in Whitehorse

A Watery Grave - Drownings in the Yukon & Alaska

The Whitehorse Star

June 1, 1945

Drowning Fatality Occurs Near Local Shipyards Last Night

  A sad drowning fatality occurred last night at about 9 o'clock near the local shipyards. Two members of the R.C.A.F. staff here boarded a boat to cross to the east side of the river. They were Patrick McCanney and a companion. Somehow the boat got out of control and both jumped out. Bestwick was successful in reaching shore but McCanney was drawn under a barge by the fast running water. The Air Force authorities and also the R.C.M.P. were notified and were quickly at the site of the tragedy but up to the time of going to press the body had not been recovered.

The Whitehorse Star

June 29, 1945

Body of P. McCanney R.C.A.F. Recovered at Foot of Lake LeBarge

  After hope had been abandoned of recovering the body of Patrick McCanney, R.C.A.F., who was accidentally drowned on May 31, it was sighted at the foot of Lake LeBarge Wednesday morning by Emil Forrest, skipper of the Loon. No inquest will be necessary. After the body has been viewed by the coroner, Mr. J. Aubrey Simmons, it will be handed over to the officer commanding the local detachment of the R.C.M.P. for burial.