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The Beacon Obituaries
April 2009

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.

Filed chronologically as published for the Month of April 2009


Passed away in Noggin Cove on Sunday, April 5, 2009, Mr. John Gillingham in his 48th year. Predeceased by his father, Baxter; grandparents, brother, Everette; four nephews and two nieces. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife, Sandra; mother, Juanita Gillingham of Noggin Cove; one son, Tony (Barbara) of Kitchener ON; one daughter, Tanya Goodyear (Jerry) of Noggin Cove; seven brothers, Barry (Carol) of Port Colbourn, ON, Gary (Yvonne) of Corner Brook, Terry (Yvonne) of Musgrave Harbour, Dean (Netta) of Noggin Cove, Craig (Kathleen) of Noggin Cove, Chris (Angela) of St. John's and Eric (Eunice) of Noggin Cove; four sisters, Viola Gillingham (Kevin) of Noggin Cove, Cindy Gillingham (Gerald) of Noggin Cove, Barbara Hancott (Ray) of Noggin Cove and Brenda Tulk (Ross) of Hamilton ON; six grandchildren, Darren, Dwayne, Gavin, Samantha, Jasmine and Victoria and also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Wednesday, April 8th from the United Church in Carmanville. Interment followed from the Salvation Army Cemetery in Carmanville with Majors Barry and Donna Anstey officiating. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Stacey's Funeral Home in Carmanville/Gander.

HARVEY, James Roger -
Passed peacefully away at the Health Science Centre, St. John's on Monday, April 6, 2009, James Roger Harvey, age 53 years of Brookfield. Predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Jane Harvey (nee Tiller); brothers, John and Calvin; father and mother-in-law, Eric and Florence Spurrell (nee Janes); brothers-in-law, Buster Spurrell, Calvin Collins and Roland Kean. Left to mourn with beautiful and loving memories are his wife, Trudy (nee Spurrell); daughter, Beverley (David Whalen) of St. John's; brother, Barry of Musgrave Harbour; three sisters, Marie Kean of Badger's Quay, Joyce Collins of Hare Bay, Molly (Terry Keats) of Surrey, B.C.; step-mother-in-law, Harriett Spurrell of Badger's Quay; sisters-in-law, Bev (nee Spurrell) and husband, Eric Winsor of Brookfield, Shirley (nee Hounsell-Harvey) and husband, Gordon Goulding, Brenda Spurrell (nee Howell) of Musgrave Harbour, Jim was proudly expecting his first Grandchild in October; also leaving to mourn are special friends, Laura and Joe Sheppard of Pool's Island and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service was held on April 10, 2009 at the Salvation Army Citadel, New-Wes-Valley with Captains Sheldon and Ashley Bungay. Interment followed at the Salvation Army Cemetery, New-Wes-Valley. Donations in his memory may be made to the Daffodil House, St. John's, NL. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove / Musgrave Harbour.

NORRIS, Levi -
Passed peacefully away at Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, Levi Norris, age 86 years of Pound Cove. Predeceased by his wife, Maxine; parents, Theodore and Clara; sister, Vernie and brother-in-law Isaac; brother, Noah; nephew, Levi Kean. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his son, Michael (Connie) of Ontario; daughters, Natalie (Earl Cutler) of Centreville and Carla (Ron Coward) of Gander; grandchildren, Marcus and Hayley; and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Pound Cove on Thursday, April 9, 2009 with Rev. S. O'Connor officiating. Interment followed at The Anglican Cemetery, Pound Cove. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Mary's Anglican Church, Pound Cove. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour.

CAYER, Peggy (Nee Butt) -
Passed peacefully away on April 11, 2009 at Kingston, Ontario, Peggy Cayer of Trenton, Ontario, formerly of Freshwater, Carbonear and Gander, age 68. Predeceased by parents, Charles and Laura (Ollie) Butt; brother, Jim Butt and sister, Mabel Noel. Left to mourn are husband, John; sons, John and Darryl; sisters, Florence Noel, Daphne (Bruce) Abbott, Cecily (Alex) Bishop; brother, John (Ruby) Butt; sister-in-law, Lillian Butt; brother-in-law, Edward Noel and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place, inurnment to follow at Freshwater later this year.

Passed peacefully away at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, on April 11, 2009, Fred LeBlanc, age 88 years. Predeceased by his parents, John and Elizabeth LeBlanc (Ellis). Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife, Joan Bernice; sons, John (Marie) of Gander, Rick (Marie) of St. John's; brothers, Dexter of Sackville, N.S., and Vincent (Bessie) of Red Deer, Alta.; sisters, Leona (Ray) of Dartmouth, N.S., and Patrica of Yarmouth, N.S.; grandchildren, Tina and Tracy; great-grandchildren, Amber, Joshua and Shalaine; as well a large circle of other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held from the Kingdom Hall, 9 McKay Street, Gander, on Saturday May 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online memorial guestbook, please visit

Passed peacefully away on April 13, 2009 at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, May Batson, age 96 years, formerly of English Harbour, Trinity Bay. Predeceased by her husband, William James; daughter, Geraldine Freake; grandson, Douglas Todd Green; brother, Harold Piercey; sister, Beatrice Harris; and son-in-law, Fred Burt. Left with loving memories are her daughters, Dolores Burt of Britannia, NL, Doreen (Lorne) Green of Brighton, ON; son-in-law, James Freake; grandchildren, Beverley (Brian), Tony (Kim), Derek (Nancy), Wendy (Steve), Andrew (Christine), Cheri (Steve); great-grandchildren, Michael, Max, Jonathon, Katie, Aiden, Maggie, Riley, Ethan, Courtney and Mitchell. Also a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 15 at 2 p.m. from Stacey's Funeral Home. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in May's memory can be made to Fraser Road United Church, Gander. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home. To sign our memorial online guestbook, please visit

RICH, Len (1938-2009) -
We regret to announce the death of Leonard Frank (Len) Rich on April 13, 2009, in North Bay, ON following a brief courageous battle with cancer. He was 71. Len was born and raised in the small Upstate New York town of Whitehall. After eight years of US military service he settled in Newfoundland in 1966. His careers spanned more than four decades, from sales rep and sales manager to automative dealer and entrepreneur in the field of tourism. His greatest passions were flying fishing, writing and as a columnist, author and advocate for responsible stewardship. He left a profound legacy, touching the lives of many throughout the writing and fly fishing worlds. Len discovered and later developed a fly-in sportfishing lodge in Labrador he named Awesome Lake Lodge. He operated that business for 10 years before semi-retirement. He authored several books, including Newfoundland Salmon Flies and How to Tie Them, Best of in the Woods, Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics, Rivers and Woods, So You Want to be an Outfitter, Memoirs of a Fly Fisher, Tales of Christmas (Editor), and his latest Bill Bennett; Pioneer Bush Pilot and Outfitter. He also wrote hundreds of magazine articles for various national and international publications. During his careers he was employed by the Newfoundland government as Hunting & Fishing Development Officer and by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) as a manager of Special Events. Len was also employed by Corona College in Grand Falls-Windsor as Director of Communications and Tourism Training. He and his late wife, Ruby, developed and operated a business in Clarenville, NL known as Whitehall Country Inn and The Grapevine. He was predeceased by Ruby in 2004. He served three terms as President of the Labrador Outfitters Association and three terms as Eastern Director of the Outdoor Writers of Canada (OWC). An award winning writer, he was recognized by the New England Outdoor Writers Association and the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his books and articles. In 1991 he received the coveted Canada Recreational Fisheries Award for "writing that influenced a generation of recreational fishers." In 2007 he was selected to receive the OWC's Jack Davis Mentorship Award for his work with up and coming writers. He led the OWC Mentorship Program and for a decade he hosted the Creative Writing forum on the Sympatico Internet site. Throughout his adult life he made Newfoundland his home but recently lived in Orangeville and North Bay, ON sharing his life and love with his partner, Susan Buckle. He is survived by brothers, Wayne, Shrewsbury, Vermont; Keith, Hoosick, NY; sister, Dawn in Massachusetts; Susan and her children, Cameron and Lianne Honeyborne; sons, Len Jr. (Chantal) of Lewisporte, NL and Ken of Summerside, NL; daughters, Lori (Tony) of Fort Nelson, BC and Tammy of Summerside, NL; stepson, Tony Blackmore and stepdaughter, Roxane Bailey (Chris) of St. John's, NL; and grandchildren, Cassidy, Alicia, Evan, Tyson, Tyler, Mallory, Morgan, Rebecca, Daniel, Kennedy, and Andrew. Funeral will be held in Clarenville, NL, Saturday, April 25th at Fewers Funeral Home, Clarenville, NL. 709-466-3468. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Margaree Salmon Museum, Margaree Centre, NS BOE 1Z0 or a charity of your choice.

FELTHAM, Daisy Olive -
Passed peacefully away at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, on April 14, 2009, in the presence of her family, Daisy Feltham of Glovertown, formerly of Deer Island, aged 90 years. She is predeceased by her parents, Walter and Julia (Perry) Feltham; sisters, Pearl and Ella; brothers, Ephraim, Samuel and Caleb; four nephews, Earl Oram, Winston Feltham, Eli Glover and George Mercer. Left with many wonderful memories are her sisters Beatrice Oram, Greta Glover (George Blackwood), and sister-in-law, Susie Feltham, with whom she resided for 73 years. Remembering her also with love are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. A celebration of her life took place at Faith United Church, Glovertown, on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Donations in her memory can be made to the Janeway Children's Foundation.

HARRIS, Leslie -
Passed suddenly away on April 14, 209, Leslie Harris, age 95. Leaving to mourn, Millicent, his wife of 64 years; daughters, Elayne, Sandra (Colin), Eleanor (Bob); grandchildren, Nola (Brian), Tisha, Nicholas and Josh. Also, remembered by sister-in-law, Marie Harris and his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was born at Ragged Head and grew up and was educated in Glovertown. He attended Memorial University College than taught in man Newfoundland outport schools. He was first principal of the integrated high school in Glovertown and was pleased to welcome students of all faiths. He particularly enjoyed his time teaching at Buchans High School. After retiring he was active in the Retired Teachers' Association and was instrumental in establishing the Central Division. He was proud of his role in founding the children's charities project. He was also active in the community and was the first town clerk of Glovertown. Later, he was involved with the planning of the first library and medical clinic. He enjoyed travelling and visiting the nooks and crannies of Newfoundland as well as visiting his daughters across Canada. He was an avid reader but also spent many pleasurable hours doing crossword puzzles, trouting, berry picking, and setting rabbit slips. Funeral service was held at Faith United Church, Glovertown on Sunday, April 19th at 2 p.m. Internment of his ashes followed immediately after the service. Donations in his memory can be made to the Leslie and Millicent Harris Scholarship Fund through the Bank of Nova Scotia in Glovertown.

RALPH, Neville -
A memorial service for the late Neville Morgan Ralph will be held on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. in Holy Cross Anglican Church, Eastport, NL. Mr. Ralph passed away on January 14, 2009 following a short illness. He was born July 17, 1926 on Flat Island, BB, NL, the son of the late Aaron and Susie Ralph. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Trixie (Pike) and sister, Amelia. Left with fond and loving memories are his daughter, Clara (David) Smith of Ottawa; son, Gerald (Theresa) Ralph, Richmond, BC; two brothers, Charles (Ida) and Albert of Eastport; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Eastport. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Persons so wishing may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Mr. Ralph's memory. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

WHITE, Graham Martin -
Passed peacefully away on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at his residence, Graham Martin White, age 66 years of Greenspond. Predeceased by his parents, Louisa and Llewelyn White. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories is his wife, Margaret; son, Justin; daughters, Beverley Bragg (Derrick) and Trudi Rideout (Rodney) all of Greenspond; grandchildren, Tristan, Allison and Shane; sister, Ivy Tong of Greenspond; brother-in-law, NormanWoodland (Cavell) of Greenspond; sister-in-law, Heather Ward (Calvin) of Gambo; several nieces, nephews and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place at Greenspond United Church on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 with Rev. Heather Sandford officiating. Interment followed at the Interfaith Cemetery, Greenspond. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

Passed peacefully away at Brookfield Hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, John Marshfield, age 89 years and 10 months of Greenspond. Predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret Marshfield; his wife, Lucy; infant daughter; brother, Joseph; sister, Rebecca Coward. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his two sons, Allan (Eileen) of Main Brook and Gordon (Ruth) of Greenspond; daughter, Minnie Wheeler (Roland) of Greenspond; grandchildren. Tracy Reardon (Dale) of Pasadena, Trent Marshfield (Barbara-Ann) of Main Brook, Natasha Burry (Todd) of Badger's Quay, Stephen Marshfield (Genee) of Sudbury Ont., Paul Wheeler (Amy) of Gander, Christa Marshfield of Botwood; great-grandchildren, Terryn, Brooklyn, Victoria, Holly, Jacob, Alex John, Brady, Claire; several nephews and nieces; and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at the St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Greenspond on Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Shaun O'Connor officiating. Interment followed at the Interfaith Cemetery, Shambler's Cove, Greenspond. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Stephen's Anglican Church Restoration Fund Greenspond, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

LANE, Clyde -
Passed peacefully away on Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his home in Gambo after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by his father, Eli Lane. Leaving to mourn his wife, Linda (Lush); son, David (Jodie Granville); mother, Mildred; brothers, John (Joan), Dwight (Philomena) and Derek; sister, Judy (John) Moore; father and mother-in-law, Jesse and Louisa Lush; brothers and sisters-in-law, Abram (Yvonne), Douglas (Janice), Clifford, Bonnie (Ron) Locke, Barry, and Dale (Craig) Landry; and also a large circle of nephews and nieces, relatives, friends and acquaintances. Funeral was held at the Salvation Army Citadel at 2 p.m., on Thursday, April 30. Donations can be made to a charity of choice in his memory. To sign our online guestbook, please visit

FELTHAM, Bertram Steward -
Passed away peacefully on April 27, 2009 at Lakeside Manor, Gander, Bertram Steward Feltham of Gambo, NL, in his 91st year. Predeceased by his son, Verden Job Feltham of Nova Scotia. Leaving to remember him with fond and loving memories are his wife, Minnie; daughter, Bernice (Winston) Bennett of Lower Debert, N.S.; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Feltham of Bible Hill, N.S.; his son, Gary (Bernadette) of Churchill Falls, and son, Leslie (Patricia) Rodgers of Centerville; his brother, Peter of Toronto and sister, Alfreda Paul of Gander. Nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great- great-grandchild. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Funeral service was held Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m., at Emmanuel United Church in Gambo. Burial followed at the United Church Cemetery in Gambo. Any donations may be made to the United Church Fund in Gambo. To sign our online guestbook, please visit



Page contributed by: Carol Walsh

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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