Foster was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on 7 April 1920. His father, Fred McCarthy, was a painting contractor and his mother, Florence nee Hamilton, was a nurse’s aide at Colchester Hospital. He was number six in a family of ten which included six boys and four girls. Foster, like his Dad, was a painter and worked with his father prior to the war and on his own most of the time after the war.
Foster joined the Royal Canadian Regiment on 10 February 1943 and completed Advanced Training in Aldershot #15A1(R)TC on 26 June 1943. His ship was torpedoed en-route from England to Italy and the survivors were picked up by another ship off the coast of Africa and taken in to Africa.
Foster served in the United Kingdom and Central Mediterranean Area. He was wounded in action (shot in the leg) in Italy on 3 September 1944. Foster was hospitalized in Italy and from there was transferred to England for approximately eight months.
He was discharged “On Demobilization” 28 July 1945 and received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp.
Foster married Helen nee Hamilton on 4 October 1939 and raised two daughters, Carol and Beverly. They have four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Foster passed away on 11 April 2000 and his dear Helen still resides in Truro, N.S.
Foster was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Colchester N.S. Branch No. 026.