Eric Lerhe

Obituary of Eric James Lerhe

Cmdre Eric James Lerhe OMM, MSC, CD, PhD Ret'd died suddenly in Halifax on 21 November

after some months of declining health. Eric was a naval officer of a generation which deeply

loved the Navy, and he was profoundly committed to the Service, and to Canada until the end.

He enjoyed a splendid career, commanding HMC Ships SAGUENAY and NIPIGON, the CF

Maritime Warfare Centre and Canada's Pacific Fleet. He also served with distinction in National

Defence Headquarters as Director of NATO Policy and in other senior roles. Eric possessed a

fine mind and a quick wit. His lightning repartees and hilarious stories, generally at his own

expense, were legendary. In retirement, he completed a PhD, wrote extensively on naval and

international security issues, and was an ongoing and committed champion for the Navy and

for Canada's international interests. Eric's hobbies and interests were diverse and eclectic: from

skilled woodworking and construction to diving, kayaking, target shooting, drawing and

watercolour painting. Eric was a gentleman, a term we hear little of these days, and his life was

marked by respect and care for others. He was a great and memorable friend to many. Eric will

be forever loved and missed by his wife Nancy Lerhe of Blue Rocks NS, his brother Michael

Lerhe of Victoria BC, his sister Margaret Lerhe of Ottawa ON and all members of the family. Eric

was predeceased by his parents Spencer and Viola Lerhe of Galiano Island BC.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, 35 York Street, Bridgewater.

At Eric's request there will be no funeral or memorial service. 

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To everyone who paid tribute here to Eric -

Your expressions of love and respect for Eric touched our hearts and provided some comfort to us during this difficult time.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness.  Sincerely, Nancy Lerhe for Eric’s family.