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The Beacon Obituaries
April 2008

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.

Filed chronologically as published for the Month of April 2008


DYRKTON, Jacqueline (nee McDougle)
Our beloved Nana suddenly passed away on April 2, 2008 at the age of 65. Beautiful in spirit, she was wife to Olav Dyrkton; mother to Josephine Dyrkton (Majid Kalsi); stepmother to Susan, Stephanie, Ingo and Joerge and devoted grandmother to Azad, Zara, Sabina and Nathan. Born in Northumberland County on September 25, 1942, she grew up on an English farm and later moved to Bergan, Norway. The past 30 years she spent traveling from one end of Canada to the other, enjoying the sea and countryside, her love of gardens, herbs, music and most recently her grandchildren. Family and friends gathered for visitation at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Ottawa on April 11th from 3-5 p.m. The funeral was held at First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, Ottawa on April 12th, followed by private interment. Donations to a charity of your choice. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at

KEAN, Norman
It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic passing of our dear loved one, Norman Kean, age 50 years at Norris Arm North on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Norman was predeceased by his father, Samuel Kean; sister, Pauline Humphries; niece, Lorie Humphries. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his daughters, Vanessa of Grande Prairie, AB, Victoria (Michael Ralph) of Calgary, AB, Nancy of Calgary, AB, Rebecca of Embree; grandchildren, Natasha and Kayley; mother, Sophie and stepfather, David Maclean of Valleyfield; brothers, Robert (Christine) of Badger’s Quay, Chesley (Valaley) of Cold Lake, AB; sister, Doris (Boyd) of Fort McMurray, AB; stepbrothers, James (Debbie) of Ottawa, ON, Kenneth of St. John’s; stepsister, Heather (Donald) of Petawawa, ON; and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place at the Pentecostal Church, Valleyfield on April 13th with Pastor D. Mews officiating. Interment followed at The Pentecostal Cemetery, Valleyfield. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home in Wesleyville/Musgrave Harbour. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

HALLETT, David Watts (October 8, 1920 - April 12, 2008)
Passed peacefully away at the age of 87, a recent resident of Nightingale Manor and one of the original settlers of Gander (Beaverwood) who was often seen raking his well tended corner property at the first site of Spring. Predeceased by his wife, Una Pearl; sons, Donald Ralph and David Albert; brothers, Harold Hallett and Sam Hallett (Molly) and sisters, Maggie Hiscock ( Eugene) and Grace Elliott (Tom). Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his daughters, Carolyn Hallett (Matthew Yeager) of London, ON, Christine Scott (Robert Scott) of Lantz, NS; daughter-in-law, Sandra Hallett of St. John's, NL; grandchildren, Eli Hallett-Yeager, Shannon Scott, Kyle Scott, Heather Hallett and Natalie Hallett; great- grandchild, Ryley Scott; sister-in-law, Belle Hallett. A great husband, dad, father-in-law, poppy, uncle and friend who will be sadly missed. He also left behind his exceptional buddies, John and Gertie Lush, Max and Jane Bussey, Bob and Diane Campbell and Bill and Marilyn Follett. They were his “guardian angels”, who cared for him like family. Funeral service was held on April 18th from St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral, Gander. Interment will be held at All Saints Cemetery, Gander at a later date. Donations in Mr. Hallett's memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Please visit to sign our online guestbook.

HORLICK, Mabel Olive
Passed peacefully away on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home, St. John’s, Mabel Olive Horlick, age 83 years of Trinity. Predeceased by her husband Seward; parents, George and Sarah Anstey; brother, John James; sisters, Martha, Amelia Edith, Elsie and Debbie. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her sons, Earl(Marjorie) of Trinity, Whyte(Mary) of Bloomfield; daughter, Elvie Briffett (Winston) of St. John’s; grandchildren, Gary (Janice), Greg (Kristi), Tracy (Jason), Jeffrey (Julie), Stephen; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Joel, Ashley, Tyler, Sara; sisters-in-law, Frances Barrow, Emma Anstey; and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on April 20th from St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Trinity with Rev. Wayne Short officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery, Trinity. Donations in her memory can be made to the Parkinson’s Society Newfoundland and Labrador. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home in Wesleyville/Musgrave Harbour. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

BLACKMORE, Martin Philip (1944-2008) Sandy Cove, Eastport
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the sudden passing of Martin in Fort McMurray, Alberta on April 16, 2008. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Lucy Blackmore of Grand Falls-Windsor; beloved husband, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, son-in-law, cousin and special friend. Sadly missed by wife, Sheila; mother-in-law, Anne Kelly of Grand Falls-Windsor; brothers, David (friend Barbara), Grand Falls-Windsor; Anthony (Rosalie), Grand Falls-Windsor, and sons, John, Christopher, Andrew, Paul, Brendan and daughters, Lucy and Sarah of St. Phillips; sisters, Judy (Gerry) Brockie, Harbour Grace and son, Ian; Eleanor Jones and children, Megan, John (Dawn) of St. John’s; sisters-in-law, Colleen Kelly (Terry Buckley), St. John’s; Yvonne (Tom) Courtney and daughter, Yolaunda, Grand Falls-Windsor, Dorothy (Robert) Ryan, USA and children, Kelly-Shea and Matthew; Patricia (Kurt) Bigras of Calgary and children, Serge and Bianca. The family wishes to acknowledge Martin’s very special friends, Bertha Matchim and Queenie of Sandy Cove, Eastport; Gord Lee (Dianne) of Happy Adventure; the large circle of friends of the Eastport Peninsula; former co-workers across Canada from Yukon to Labrador to St. John’s. A sincere heartfelt acknowledgement to Sterling Crane and Waiward Steel Companies; their foreman, Greg King (Paulette) of Conception Bay; his co-workers with whom Martin worked on the Ocean Ranger. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Squires Funeral Home, Eastport. Funeral mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Eastport April 23 rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Cull’s Harbour. For further information, please contact Squires Funeral Home, Eastport. Telephone 677-2201 or 2202.

GRAY, Ruby
Passed peacefully away at Bonnews Lodge, Badger’s Quay, age 85 years of Lumsden. Predeceased by her husband, Chesley; parents, Jasper and Nellie Chaulk; infant son, Bruce; sister, Hazel; brothers, Ray and Ross; son-in-law, Wilson Howell and Donald Winter and granddaughter, Judy. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her two sons, David (Maisie), Ford (Bernice), all of Lumsden; four daughters, Hazel (Seymour) of Lumsden, Joan of St. John’s, Lorna (Eric) of Traytown, Catherine (Peter) of Lumsden; three brothers, Donald Chaulk (Angie) of Don Mills, ON, Maxwell Chaulk of Carmanville; three sisters, Minty Goodyear (Les) of Ontario, Mary Coles of St. John’s; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Wilson Stockley of Lumsden; brother-in-law, Lloyd Barrett of Glovertown and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service was held on April 22nd at the Wesley United Church, Lumsden with Rev. Tim Bowman officiating. Interment followed at the United Church Cemetery, Lumsden. Donations in her memory may be made to the United Church Cemetery Fund, Lumsden. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home in Wesleyville/Musgrave Harbour. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Milton District Hospital in Ontario, April 20, 2008. Donna celebrated 60 years of life, laughter and love with her family and friends. Donna Cutler, beloved wife of Terry; loving mother of Denise (husband, Matt McGarvey) and Joe Ann Cutler (Sheelagh Stevens). Sadly missed by grandchildren, Garret and Tyler, dear sister of Arthur, Ruth, June, Melva, Everett, Lloyd, Carol Ann, Ernest, Joy, Mary, Marilyn. Donna was predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Doris Elliott. Funeral service was held in the funeral Home Chapel April 25th. Memorial donations may be made to the Milton District Hospital Foundation or Credit Valley Hospital Oncology would be appreciated.

SNOW, Ryburn
Passed peacefully away on April 23, 2008 at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, Ryburn Snow, aged 81 years 6 months. Predeceased by his daughter, Ruby; parents, Kenneth and Rosanna; four brothers and seven sisters. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife, Mary; sons, Eugene (Mary) of Stratford, ON, Bond (Glenda) of Cambridge, ON and Dino (Leanne) of Whispering Hills, AB; daughter, Daphne (Jasper) of Noggin Cove, NL; grandchildren, Deanna, Ricky, Laurie, Trevor, Lianne, Nicole, Cameron, Mitchell, Jessie and Jenna; great-grandchildren, Faith, Madison, Ashton and Amber. Funeral service was held at the Pentecostal Church, Carmanville on April 26th followed by interment at the Pentecostal Cemetery, Carmanville. .Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Carmanville-Gander. Please visit to sign our online guestbook.

Passed suddenly away on April 27, 2008 at the James Paton Memorial, Gander, Harry Doucette, aged 59 years. Predeceased by his parents, Nina and Harold Doucette. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife, Joyce; son, Harry (girlfriend, Deanne) of Gander, NL; daughters, Tina (fiancé, Ian) of Gander, NL, Suzanne (boyfriend, Joe) of Winnipeg and Sherri-Lynn (fiancé, Jamie) of Gander; grandchildren, Ryan and Emily; brother, Tony (Carol) Doucette of Sarina, ON; sisters, Debbie (Rob) Bunn of Toronto, ON, Yvonne (Ed) Townsend of Petawawa, ON, Lori (Craig) Smith of Petawawa, ON, Betty (Bob) Mercer of Whitehorse, NWT and Marlene Doucette of Ottawa, ON. Funeral service was held Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander on April 30th followed by cremation. Donations in Mr. Doucette's memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Provincial Office, P.O. Box 5819, St. John's, NL, A1C 5X3. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Please visit to sign our online guestbook.

FELTHAM, Leo James Graham
Missing and presumed drowned in the Churchill River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. He went skiing on Sunday, April 27th and did not return. Leon was born in Gander, May 26, 1970 and moved to Labrador City where he lived for seven years before he returned to Gander with his family. He leaves to mourn his mother, Marilyn (Crisby); father, Graham; one sister, Dee Anne and her husband, Darren Scott; and two cherished nieces, Regan and Georgia. We cannot forget his dog, Buddy. He also leaves to mourn grandparents, Fannie and Llewellyn Crisby of Eastport and Lester Feltham and the late Hannah Feltham of Glovertown; a large circle of aunts, uncles and cousins; his true friends, Peter and Richard Lee, Andrew Goulding, Paddy Penney, John Keeping, Kevin Osmond, Don Ficzere and many more. A celebration of his life was held at the Fraser Road United Church on Friday, May 9 th with Reverend Stephanie McClellan officiating.
“He who takes no risk does not enjoy the true value of life.”

Passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2008, following a short illness, R. Lorne Shepherd, retired businessman, artist, avid sports-fisherman and long-time resident of Gander. Lorne was active in community affairs having served many years on the Board of Directors of the Gander Chamber of Commerce and as it's President in 1977, and was awarded a lifetime Honorary Membership in 1985.
In 1989, following many years of service to Gander Lions Club, as both it's President, and on the Board of Directors, he was made Lifetime Honorary Member. Lorne served on the Vestry of the St. Martins Anglican Parish, and provided many Gander residents a sample of his bad acting ability in the uproariously funny annual St. Martins Spring concert. Predeceased by his son, Wayne and brother, Reginald.
Sadly missed by his wife, Eileen Margaret, son, Reid of Fredericton, NB, brother, Harry (Eda) of South River; grandchildren, Doug of Charlottetown, PEI, Robert of Halifax, NS, Susan of Halifax; great- grandchildren, Cassie and Ava of Charlottetown, PEI. Also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service was held April 30th from St. Martins Anglican Church, Gander. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Shepherd's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our memorial on-line guest book please visit

King, June (nee Norris)
Passed peacefully away on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Dorothy June King of Gander, age 77 years. Left to mourn her husband, Graham; sons, Gary (Jacquie) and Glen (Sharon); daughters, Fern (Robert) and Holly (Jim); grandchildren, Allan, Philip, Kristi, Ryan and Matthew; sister, Rose (Al) Ingleson, sister-in-law, Olga Tweedie and special cousin, Sadie Thistle. Predeceased by grandson, Bernard Jack Johnson. Funeral service was held Friday, May 2nd from Fraser Road United Church, Gander. Interment All Saint's Cemetery. Donations in June's memory may be made to Daffodil Place, P.O. Box 8921, St. John's, NL, A1B 3R9. To send a message of condolence or sign the memorial guest book, please visit

CASHIN, Catherine (Kathleen) Marie (Kelly)
Passed away on April 30, 2008, Catherine, born in Sweet Bay on August 22, 1922. Catherine moved to Gambo as a young woman to care for the Cashin family. She married Patrick Cashin and his children, Anne, Alice, Stella, Jim and Madge. They added to their family, Patricia, Madonna and Patrick and moved to Gander. Catherine spent her days raising her family and being involved in many organizations such as the Royal Purple, CWS, Lions Club and Seniors Club. She loved playing darts and lived for the next card game. She thrived spending time in Sweet Bay at the cabin because she loved the great outdoors and all God’s creatures and children. Catherine will best be remembered by her great sense of humor and jokes that she always enjoyed sharing. Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Patrick in 1982 and continued to live at their home until 2004 when she moved to the Gold Legion Manor. Her last few years were gratefully spent being lovingly care for by her daughter, Patsy from Calgary. Catherine leaves behind her children; brother, Mark, sisters, Anne and Mary; grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many great-grandchildren who have been filled with her love and were told to always say their prayers. Catherine was laid to rest on May 3rd. The family would like to thank everyone for all the flowers, cards, food and prayers throughout this difficult time.



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