GERMAN, Sage (Ley) - WWII - Died peacefully at the Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre in Toronto on September 10, two weeks short of her 92nd birthday.
Born in Victoria on September 28, 1925, she joined the Navy as a Wren in 1944 and after training in Galt and St. Hyacinthe, served in Victoria and then Bainbridge Island off Seattle during the war as one of 50 Canadian and American telegraphists intercepting high speed encrypted Japanese radio messages in Morse code.
For this vital war work, she was awarded the Bletchley Badge in 2015.
Sage left the Navy after the war and married naval officer Tony German in 1948, raising four children as they took up postings in Halifax, London, England, Victoria and Ottawa, where they stayed after Tony left the Navy in 1965.
Over the years, Sage managed a marketing research unit in Ottawa, helped manage political campaigns, assisted at the Canadian Ski Museum and also worked with Tony on various enterprises, from running a hovercraft operation at Expo 67 to establishing a house boating business in the Virgin Islands.
She was also Tony's principal editor and assistant as he authored several books including "The Sea is at our Gates: The History of the Canadian Navy" and the Tom Penny series of children's books.
After they retired, they lived at Kingsmere Quebec and then Port Hope Ontario, where Tony died in 2011.
Sage loved skiing, sailing, raising standard poodles and entertaining on a grand scale; her hospitality and generosity were legendary.
She will be greatly missed by her children Rick (Debra Pepler) in Toronto, Kiloran (Elizabeth Fowler) in Halifax, Sarah in Revelstoke, and Andrew (Alison) in Ottawa, her grandchildren Andrew (Jennifer Lamb), Gillian (Dave Wittenberg), and Matthew German, Isabelle (Phil Garnier), Dennis, Lucy and Zoya Lynch, and Finlay German, by her great-grandchildren Matthew, Katelyn, Knox and Blair and by her amazing circle of extended family and friends.
At Sage's request, there was a private cremation with no funeral service, but her children will hold celebrations of her life in the future, in places she loved.
Her family's sincerest thanks are extended to the medical, nursing and support staff at the Hees Veteran's Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto where she resided following her move from Port Hope.
Donations in her memory to Therapeutic Paws of Canada (www.tpoc.ca) would be appreciated.