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The Beacon Obituaries
April 2016

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.

 

BROWN, Suzanne
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of our loved one on Saturday, April 30, 2016, Suzanne Brown age 37 years of Badger's Quay. Suzanne was born March 12, 1979, to Alma and Wayne Brown. From birth onwards, she bravely fought and overcome countless medical obstacles. She resided at the family home, Badger's Quay, but 9 years ago, she moved with her parents to her grandmother's home, Pearl Hunt's at Wareham. Suzanne loved music, always played CD's. Local singers Rick and Alonzo Glover, Mae Feltham along with Peter Jacobs, thrilled her. She loved puzzles, card and board games, dollar stores, but her passion was bingo. She was so proud to help her dad and mom with Beothic Arena Bingo in past summers. It was the current Monday night bingo at Centreville that she loved best because she met so many people she adored. She loved "Special Olympic Bowling" at Badger's Quay Lions Club on a seasonal basis and loved her Co-Olympians and their parents even more. Predeceased by her grandparents; Jacob Hunt, Bertram and Mary Brown. Leaving to mourn with beautiful and loving memories are her parents; Wayne and Alma Brown, sisters, Jennifer (Jason Pearce) of Musgrave Harbour, Jacqueline of Ontario, nieces; Katelynn, Emily and Alexa, nephew; Samuel, grandmother; Pearl Hunt, a large number of uncles, aunts, other relatives and many many friends. Funeral service took place on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2 P.M. at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Badger's Quay with Rev. Tim Graham officiating. Interment followed at St. John The Baptist Anglican Church Cemetery, Wareham. As an expression of sympathy flowers are gratefully accepted. Funeral entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit www.kittiwakefuneralhomes.ca
She was so "special" to all she met - she loved and was loved.

DWYER, Mary
Mary Dwyer,
or as she was christened, Maria Margarita Cochrane, passed away in the early hours of April 27th at James Paton Memorial hospital. Mary, who was in her 89th year, was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland on July 14th, 1927. She was Predeceased by her parents Mary and William Cochrane and infant grandchildren, John Carlos and Charlee Valerie Maloney and her husband of 40 years, Gerald Dwyer. When they moved into their three bedroom bungalow on 23 Read Street in 1959, little did they know their family would one day include 68 people. She leaves to mourn 11 children, their spouses, 19 grandchildren, their spouses, and 18 great grandchildren. Along with her sister Kit McCully of Texas, and special sister in law Mildred Cochrane of Gander and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Her children Wayne/Joan Dwyer, Don/Ann Dwyer, Queen/Dave Blundon, Eileen/John Walsh, Jim/Loretta Dwyer, David/Marilyn Dwyer, Pat Dwyer, Mary/Sam Parsons, Maureen/Barry Clout, Valerie Dwyer/Charlie Maloney, Ness/Dave Skinner and all of their families were by her side during her final few days. Mary's greatest pride was her family, and that was truly mutual. What makes a person unique is their relationship with others. To know her was to love her. She cared deeply for everyone. She had enough compassion and love in her heart not only for her huge family, but all of their friends and just about anyone she met. She left this world the way she came into it, surrounded by love. A life well lived. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home Rowe Ave, with visitation starting Thursday 2pm - 4pm and 7pm-9pm. Friday from 10am-noon. The funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Parish on Bishop Street. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House NL PO Box 28091, St. John's NL A1B 1X0 or The Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation 300 Prince Phillip Dr. St. John's NL A1B 3V6 in honor of her Grandchildren and great grandchildren. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.staceysfuneralhome.ca
Celebrate and remember, don't be too sad, we all have to go.

FISHER, Clarence
Passed away peacefully at the James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, Clarence Fisher, age 86. Predeceased by his parents Norman and Evelyn, wife Doris, sister Marge, granddaughter Grace, step-mother Beatrice Abbott, parents-in-law Roy and Elizabeth Keel, sisters-in-law Irene Keel, Joan Keel, Ella, brothers-in-law Frank White, Rick Keel, Gilbert Reid, Malcolm Stone. Left to mourn with loving memories are his sons Terry (Elsie) of Gander, Paul (Sheila) of Gander, grandchildren Erika and Jake Fisher brothers-in-law Pearce Burry (Phyllis), Roy Keel (Shirley), Ross Keel (Marina), Gary Keel, Ralph Fisher (Daphne) all of Bonavista and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service was held on Saturday, April 9th at 10:00 A.M. from the Fraser Road United Church. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Donations in Clarence's memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Atlantic Division), 71 IIsley Avenue, Unit 12, Dartmouth, N.S. B3B 1L5 Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To leave a message of condolence, please visit, www.staceysfuneralhome.ca

GOODYEAR, Elizabeth
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one at Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay on April 10, 2016, Elizabeth Louisa Goodyear age 96 years of Lumsden. Predeceased by parents; Ephraim and Mary Stockley, husband; Lloyd Goodyear and sister; Evelyn Goodyear. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are three daughters; Christine Goodyear (Curtis) of Lumsden, Gloria Granville (Frederick) of Gander and Wally Stokes (Les) of Lumsden, sister; Ella Van Allen of Belleville, Ontario, grandchildren; Bradley Goodyear (Cheryl), Craig Granville (Zoe), Robyn Chaulk (John), Darryl Granville (Sandra), Tracy Mouland (Dwayne), Trevor Stokes (Jessica) and Trent Stokes, great grandchildren; Ethan, Chynna, Lucas, Rylie, Jasmine, Rebecca, Bentley and Robbie and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Monday, April 18 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Lumsden with Mr. Frank Goodyear officiating. Interment followed at the cemetery of Jehovah's Witnesses, Lumsden. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence, please visit www.kittiwakefuneralhomes.ca

HARRIS, Millicent
THE MAGNIFICENT MILLICENT HARRIS
1912-2016

On April 24, our much loved Mother, Millicent Dawe Harris, 'slipped the surly bonds of earth [to] dance the skies on laughter-silvered wings'. She lived a phenomenal 103 years and danced on both her 101 and 102 birthdays. Born in 1912 in Summerville, Mother was the eldest of the 10 children of George and Sarah (Butt) Dawe and outlived all her siblings. Predeceased too by Dad, Leslie Harris, and her infant son Donald, her memory will be treasured by her three daughters; Elayne, Sandra (Colin Dorren), and Eleanor (Bob Sutherby), grandchildren Nola (Brian Rideout), Tisha, Nicholas, Joshua, great-grandson Owen, her devoted sister-in-law, Marie Harris (Hector), multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, legions of former pupils, community members, and friends far and wide.
At 17, she realized her childhood dream of teaching, stopped when she married Dad in 1945 (as was expected in that day), and eagerly returned to classrooms when her youngest child was 5. She taught intermittently in 10 different communities over 30 years; from all-grade one-room schools to "special need" children in a larger school. Teaching was a career and a calling; a profession she adored.
In every community and region where she lived, Mother was active in both church and community life; church choir, organist, Sunday School, church suppers, Explorers, C.G.I.T, U.C.W, U.C. Presbytery, (sold the U.C. Observer for 5 decades), Red Cross, Young Voyagers, Girl Guides, NL Retired Teachers Association and numerous other organizations and causes; notably as a nonagenarian, H.A.V.E. Walk for Water (wells for India). She was a super-mom too; nourishing us with three home cooked meals daily, as well as oven-fresh desserts; sewed us costumes for Sports Days, and taught us her favorite songs. She also assigned non-negotiable chores. Berry picking (all kinds), was high among them, and baffling to us, nothing but a delight for her.
Another of her passions was music, and she gave piano and organ lessons to hundreds of children and adults.
Mother was curious about the world. She loved to travel, the Boston States in her 20s, all regions of the island, most Canadian provinces, and later Hawaii, Britain and Europe. Hearing a full orchestra play Mozart and Beethoven in an outdoor park in Austria transported her.
Cremation has taken place. A church service in her honor was held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2 pm, at Faith United Church in Glovertown. In lieu of flowers, contributions were suggested to the Millicent and Leslie Harris Scholarship Fund c/o Bank of Nova Scotia, P O Box 130, Glovertown, NL, A0G 2L0, 1-800-472-6842.
Mother did not like black clothes, for herself or anyone else, and directed us NOT to wear black at her funeral. We love her and we obeyed.
Daughters: Eleanor, Sandra and Elayne
To view the online memorial guest book or leave a message of condolence, please visit www.barretts.ca

KIRBY, GLADYS JULIA KIRBY (nee: Vater)
GANDER, NL
JUNE 2, 1909 - APRIL 4, 2016

Passed peacefully away on Monday, April 4, 2016 in her 107th year in Stephenville. Leaving to mourn, son Glenn (Beverley), granddaughter Heidi, Beverley's parents Elsie and Nelson Bennett, as well as many friends and relatives across Newfoundland and North America. She was predeceased by her husband Norman S. Kirby (North). Gladys was the last surviving member of the Stephen and Elizabeth Vater family of Gambo/Dark Cove, having been predeceased by her sisters Florence, Naomi, Beatrice, Susanna, Dorothy, Emma, Jessie, Annie and brother, Frederick. She was predeceased by first husband Bela Pritchett. Gladys ran the family business in Gambo before moving to Gander in the late 1940's with North where they both became involved in the early development of the Town. She was particularly involved with the church community, a member of the ACW, a member of the choir and organist at St. Martin's Anglican Church. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was held at Stacey's Funeral Home in Gander on Wednesday, April 6th from 7 - 9 p.m. A celebration of her life took place at St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral in Gander at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 7th, followed by a cup of tea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral, Gander. To sign the family guest books you may visit either www.fillatre.ca or www.staceysfuneralhome.ca    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Stephenville Crossing, NL and Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander, NL.

KNEE, James
Passed peacefully away at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 James Noah Knee age 89 years of Greenspond. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Trixie Knee; sister Muriel; brother Gerald; and nephew Lloyd. Left with fond and loving memories are his wife Violet; daughters Audrey (Wade Clarke) of Mt. Pearl and Diane (Kris Ivey) of Dartmouth, NS.; sister Margaret Cooze of CBS; sisters-in-law Susie Knee of Greenspond, Winnie Burry of Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay; several nieces, nephews, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Greenspond on Friday, April 8, 2016 with Rev. Paul Thoms officiating. Interment followed at The Interfaith Cemetery, Greenspond. As an expression of sympathy donations in his memory may be made to St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Greenspond or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit www.kittiwakefuneralhomes.ca

MASON, Tom
Passed away peacefully at the James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander on Friday, April 29th, 2016, Thomas Mason, age 81. Predeceased by his parents Vincent and Ellen Mason, sister in law Iowna. Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife Bessie, sons Keith of Vancouver, B. C., Tommy, Glen (Donna), Raymond (Lisa), daughter Karen (Phil) all of Gander, Brother Bernard of Vancouver, B. C., sister Bride (Paul) of Catalina, grandchildren Alexia (Christopher), Michael, Matthew, Brendan, Jonathan, Vincent, Kalen, great granddaughter Amyah, nephews Paul, Sean, niece Paulette, brother-in-law Mike (April), sisters-in-law Bride (Jack), Ann (Jim) and a large circle of relatives and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, May 2nd at 10:00 A.M. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander. Cremation will follow. Interment will take place at a later date. Donations in Thomas's memory may be made to a Charity of one's choice. To sign our online memorial guestbook, please visit www.staceysfuneralhome.ca Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville

MYRDEN, Gerald
Passed peacefully away on April 4, 2016, Gerald Myrden, formally of Corner Brook. Predeceased by the love of his life Mona (2004) and son Walter (2009), brothers Joe, Jack, Byron, Derek, and sister Lorraine, sister in law Patricia, brothers in law Dave Brown and Doug Penney. Left with wonderful memories of a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather are daughter Vicki (Art Bull), sons Gary (Sharon) and Chris (Debbie), daughter-in-law Janet, as well as Grandchildren Jeff (Kerri), Sean, Douglas (Janice), David (Sally), Scott (Jenny), Melissa (Brad), Jerrod, Matthew and Brendan; Great grandchildren Evan, Lydia, Rebecca, Andrew, Holly-Rae, Riley and Max. Also left to mourn are brother Jim, sisters Dorothy and Dallas. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home Gander. Funeral service was held Friday April 8th, 2:00 pm at St. Martins Anglican Cathedral, Gander. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gander and Area SPCA, Gander Shrine Club or a charity of ones choice. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.staceysfuneralhome.ca    Arrangements through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville

PENNELL, Hardy Everett
October 19, 1942 - April 5, 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Hardy Everett Pennell announce his passing at the James Paton Memorial Hospital on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at the age of 68 years. He was predeceased by his father Chesley Pennell and brother Lloyd Pennell. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Maxine; mother Alma of Gander, son Todd (Kim) of Carmanville; grandson Ryan; sister Sylvia of Fort McMurray, AB; special nephew Andrew Collins of Paradise, NL, also a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service was held on Friday April 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. with interment followed at the Carmanville United Church cemetery. As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Hardy's memory to a charity of one's choice. To leave an online condolence please visit our website at www.staceysfuneralhome.ca

TUCKER, Pearl
Passed away peacefully at the Health Science Center, St. John's, on Saturday, April 16th, 2016, Pearl Tucker, age 82. Predeceased by her parents Frank Francis Clarke and Hilda Winifred Bailey, husband Stafford Frederick Tucker, sister Ivy Anne White and brother Garfield Clarke. Left to mourn with loving memories are her sons David of Gander, Jerry (Vi) of Gander, Alvin (Madeline) of Gander, Laurie (Kimberley) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Rodney (Elaine) of Gander, daughter Vivian (Robert Hunt) of Appleton, brother Bert Clarke (Elaine) of Corner Brook, sister Jean Banks (Woodrow) of Gander, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Evangel Pentecostal Church, Gander. Funeral service was held on Thursday, April 21st at 2:00 P.M. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Donations in Pearls memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 10 Pippy Place, Suite 102, P.O. Box 8032, Station A, St. John's, NL. A1B 3M7. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.staceysfuneralhome.ca

WEST, Sandy Dorman
May 27, 1929 - April 16, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Sandy Dorman West announce his passing at the James Paton memorial Health Centre on Saturday April 16, 2016 at the age of 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife Blanch. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories his 2 sons: Winston (Joan) of Halifax, NS, Wayne (Bernice) of Logy Bay; 3 daughters: Bonnie (Bruce) of Happy Valley Goose Bay, Gay (Mark) of new Mings, Susan (Harry) or Labrador City; special friend Beryl West; 4 granddaughters: Kilmeny, Cindy, Michelle, Samantha; 6 grandsons: Kyle, Maurice, Charles, Marcel, Tyler, Christopher and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Friends may visit the United Church, Ladle Cove on Monday April 18, 2016 between the hours of 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. from where the funeral service will take place on Tuesday April 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at the church cemetery. As expressions of sympathy flowers are graciously accepted or donations may be made in Sandy's memory to the Ladle Cove United Church. To leave an online condolence please visit our website at www.staceysfuneralhome.ca

 

 

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