This man volunteered for hazardous duties without knowing what they were, after losing two fingers in a training accident ("Only a flesh wound"). These included riding a "human torpedo" into Palermo harbor. As a further distinction, he must be the only resident of Canada to actually leave the tropics to live there. The crest to which the obituary refers can be found here.
This man flew into Normandy on D-Day in one of these, which were often greeted by these.