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The Beacon Obituaries
August 2011

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.

Filed chronologically as published for the Month of August 2011


EASTMAN, Gordon -
. - On August 2nd, 2011 our lives changed forever with the passing of Judge Gordon G. Easton, at the age of 80 years. He has taken the helm of a new boat and has charted a new course. We all wish him a fair sailing. He leaves us filled with love and memories to help us mourn his death and to celebrate his life. He will be missed terribly by the love of his life, his darling devoted wife, best friend and soul mate for 32 years, Beverly (Stafford), who looked after him up until the end. Missing him also his son Geoffrey Easton, of St. John's and his daughter Charmaine Easton (Allan Power), of Toronto. He leaves behind his grandson Graham Candy (Jing Jing) of Toronto. Also left with fond memories are his two stepsons Todd Snelgrove, of Calgary and Robin Snelgrove who has been a tremendous help both to Gordon and his mother over the past 18 months. Thank you Robin. Gordon leaves behind one brother Lloyd (Shirley Feltham) of Gander; and two sisters Marie Gushue (Raymond) of CBS and Millie Andrews of Wesleyville. Also left to mourn his sister - in - law Wanda Stafford (Gerry Pratt); brothers - in - law Carlz Stafford (Ruth), Robert Stafford (Barbara) and Kevin Husk. Numerous nieces and nephews are left with plenty of stories to remember him by. Special nephew Robert Easton who especially loved "Judge Gordon" will miss him dearly. Gordon was predeceased by his parents Captain Richard and Nellie Easton; sister Jean Street and her husband John Street; brother Richard Easton and his brother-in-law Rex Andrews. Gordon was also predeceased by his sister-in-law Debbie Blair Husk (Stafford).
Judge Easton had a very distinguished career. He spent 20 years in Corner Brook where he became one of the province's leading real estate lawyers. He also spent a few years in Gander as a lawyer and legal counsel in his brother's law firm. Gordon was appointed Chairman to the Labor Relations Board and moved to St. John's where he spent many years with the Board and became well known as an Arbitrator, Mediator and Conciliator in the Labor/Management field. In 1989 he was appointed as Justice to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, Trial Division in Grand Bank. In 1991 he was transferred to Gander Court where he remained until his retirement in 2005. His contributions to the legal community, labor relations community and the judicial community are well known and he was very well respected for his work.
As per Gordon's request cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Notification of a memorial service to celebrate his life will be published at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been taken care of by Caul's Funeral Home. Messages or cards of condolences may be done through Caul's. No flowers by request. Gordon would appreciate it if donations in lieu of flowers, be made to the Children's Wish Foundation to help any child's last wish come true.
Last, but certainly not least a very special thank you goes out to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at the L.A. Miller Centre for their exceptional care, kindness and compassion in making Gordon's last few days so comfortable.
In closing we leave you with one of Gordon's favourite poems called "The Sea" by John Masefield:
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I go must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I go must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Saunders (Dykstra), Jane- September 8, 1960 - August 3, 2011
Jane was a strong and determined person who left us way too soon. She was a dear wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband, Derek, children, Michael (Jessica), Johanna, parents John and Aggie Dykstra (Victoria), Calvin and Catherine Saunders (Gander), sister Connie and Marion, (Victoria), Heather and Larry (Twillingate), Jeff and Brenda (Gander), Pam and Colin (Washington, D.C.), nephews and nieces, Stephen, Nicola and Ryan, Alex and Geoff.

CASE, Lloyd (April 27, 1936 - August 5, 2011) -
Passed peacefully away on Friday, August 5, 2011 at the L.A. Miller Center, in the presence of his loving wife. Born in Salmon Cove, Carbonear, Lloyd Case was a former teacher and United Church Minister. Predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Margaret Case. He leaves to mourn, his devoted wife of 48 years, Mildred (nee Pike), and cherished sons: Andrew (Nori), Stephen (Gerry), and Jonathan (Shannon). He took great joy in his grandchildren: Julia, Allison, Megan, Aidan, and Ben. He was brother to: Gladys (Hayward deceased), Clive, Meta, Minnie (Neil), Margaret (Eldon), and Sylvia (Joann). In keeping with Lloyd's wishes, cremation has taken place. No visitation or service will be held. There will be a gathering for family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lloyd may be made to the L.A. Miller Center - 100 Forest Road, St. John's, NL A1A 1E4. To sign the online memorial guest book, please visit
He will be greatly missed

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loved one Joan Vincent (nee Housnell) age 71 years of Templeman on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander. Joan was born at Brookfield, NL on March 16, 1940 to the late Wilhelmina and Clifton Hounsell. She is predeceased by her husband Cyril; sister-in-law Edith Hounsell; brother-in-law Jethro Stokes; mother-in-law Mary Ellen Vincent and father-in-law Charles Vincent. Joan leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her spouse and companion Ammon Pickett; sons Charles (Cynthia) of Grande Prairie, AB and Harry (Judy) of Grand Prairie, AB; step-son Paul Pickett (Kelly) of Wareham and step-daughter Gwen Kean (Tony) of Clarenville; brothers Caleb Hounsell (Shirley) of Pool's Island, Lewis Hounsell (Eileen) of Grande Prairie, AB, Clifton Hounsell (Bessie)of Ontario, Clyde Hounsell (Linda) of Pound Cove and Glenn Hounsell (Cathy) of Pound Cove, sisters Beatrice Stagg (Clyde) of Lumsden and Reta Stokes of Deadman's Bay; grandchildren Matthew (Karissa), Michael, Mitchel (Cassandra), Angie (Adrian) and Wayne (Stephanie); great-grandchildren Keegen, Kenzie, Cayden and Berkley; and a great circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at Trinity United Church, Newtown on Friday, August 19, 2011 with Reverends Lorne and Roberta Bungay officiating. Interment followed at the United Church Cemetery, Newtown. Donations in her memory may be made to Trinity United Church, Newtown or St. Mark's United Church, Templeman. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

CRUMMELL, Dorothy -
Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Homes, Gander on Monday, August 15, 2011, Dorothy Frances Crummell, age 79. Predeceased by her parents Charles and Alice Pearcey, sister, Sheila, grandson, Adrian. Left to mourn with loving memories are her husband, Walter, sons, Norman of Winnipeg, Daniel (Valerie) of St. John's, daughters, Doreen (David) Tidbury of Maitland, ON; Debbie (Sandy) Stoddard of Charlesville, NS; Donna (Paul) Cybulski of Renfrew, ON; brothers Charles(Irene), Harold (Jean), Edward (Shirley), Leonard (Doris), sisters Margaret Stanford, Lorraine (Leroy) Harden, Elizabeth (Jim) Freeland, grandchildren Heidi, Adele, Kory, Jason, Julia, Sarah, Chrisjon, Jamie, Erica, great-grandchildren Hayley, Connor, Cruz and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Mass, Thursday, August 18th from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online memorial guest book, please visit

DAVIS, Katherine - February 17, 1932 - August 17, 2011
Katherine was born in Sydney Cove on February 17th, 1932. Her parents were Susanna and the late John Ackerman. At the age of eight Katherine moved to Fair Island when her mother married Harold Pickett, who became her adoptive father. It was on Fair Island that she met and married the love of her life, Carl. Together they had one daughter Marilyn. Over the years they lived in various places but settled in Centreville in 1959. Here, Katherine worked side by side with Carl in the family garage. She loved to knit, tell a joke, and spin a story. She leaves to mourn husband Carl of 62 years, daughter Marilyn (Jerdon) Collins of Square Pond, grandsons Carl (Tess) Davis of Toronto, and Gregory (Amy) Collins of Zurich, Switzerland. She was predeceased by parents Susanna and John Ackerman, stepfather Harold Pickett, brothers Howard Ackerman and Lester Bungay, sisters Stella Rogers and Pearl Pickett.

KELLY, Francis (Frank) of CULLS HARBOR -
Passed peacefully away at James Paton Memorial Hospital on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the age of 73 years. Beloved brother of Elizabeth Maher, Delores Doody, Laura Kelly, Geraldine Sims and Margaret Parsons (Martin). Cherished Uncle of seventeen nieces and nephews and a large circle of relatives and friends. Predeceased by Parents: Michael Janes and Nellie Kelly, special loving Uncle John and Aunt Margaret Kelly, and baby brother John, brothers in law Thomas Maher and William Doody.  Resting at Oram's Funeral Home in Glovertown. Funeral to take place on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 2pm from Sacred Heart Church in Culls Harbour.

KELLY, Raymond Michael, November 22, 1944 - August 18, 2011 -
Passed peacefully away at James Paton Memorial, Gander August 18, 2011. Raymond Kelly of Glenwood, age 66 years. Ray was a very strong man who decided early in life he was going to do things his way and that's the way he lived his life. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, and friend who loved and lived nature to the fullest. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his son Adam, granddaughter Jessica, sisters Agnes, Philly (Tommy) and Rita and his brother Greg. He leaves behind a large circle of family and friends who will always remember his sense of humor and manners. He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Martha (McDonald) Kelly, brother-in-laws Wilfred Warren and Harry Pynn.
For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself - then he is naught. To say the words he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows and did it my way.

CUFF, Tryphina
Passed away at the James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander on Friday, August 19, 2011, Mrs. Tryphina Cuff on Musgrave Harbour in her 74th year. Predeceased by her husband Roland, son Roy and sister Alvena. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her two sons Levi (Maxine) of Gander, Paul (Roxanne) of Musgrave Harbour, two daughters Wanda (Eugene) Rumbolt of Gander and Paula (Craig) Taylor of Gander, daughter-in-law Cathy of Musgrave Harbour, sister Dorothy Abbott of Musgrave Harbour, seven grandchildren Sylvia (Victor) Goodyear, Sheri Rumbolt (Adam Hill), Joshua Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Melissa (Paul) King, Shalon Cuff, Anthony Francis, three great-grandchildren Parker Goodyear, Reid Goodyear and Brooklyn King, and also a large of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Sunday, August 21st from the Pentecostal Church in Musgrave Harbour with Pastor Rex Boone officiating. Interment followed from the Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Musgrave Harbour. Funeral arrangements to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home in Musgrave Harbour - Wesleyville. To sign our on-line guest book, please visit

Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Center on August 20, 2011, Ivy Downer, age 77 years. Predeceased by parents John and Jane Sparkes, sister Daisy Sweetapple, daughter Jacqueline, grandson Eugene. Left with fond and loving memories are her husband Raymond, sons Eugene (Trish) of Bonavista, Ronald (Kay) of North Sidney, NS., John (Verna) of London, ON., daughters Janet (Billy) Clark of Port Union, Marina (Bryant) Pennell of Bonavista, brothers Calvin Sparkes of Grand Falls- Windsor, Bill Sparkes of Glovertown, sisters Mitchie Dyke of Eastport, Lily Stokes of Terra Nova, Dorothy Cooper of Alberta, Louise (Donald) Sweetapple of Glovertown. Grandchildren Trevor, Tammy, Tanya, Ada and James, great grandchildren Hayley, Dustin, Gabriel, Isabella and Jaxson. Also a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Service was held from St. Martins Anglican Cathedral, followed by Interment at All Saints Cemetery, Gander. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville. To sign the memorial on-line guest book please visit

GREEN, George -
George Green
passed away at J.P.M Hospital, gander on Sunday, August 21, 2011, George Green of Gambo in his 84th year. Predeceased by his wife, Minnie; parents, James and Alice Green; sisters, Winnie and Jessie, and son, George Jr. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories, his brother, Howard (Gander); daughters: Alice (Boyd Arnold) Traytown, Ann (Bill Mindach) Gambo, Meta (Don Robertson) Ontario, Sarah (Albert Maher) Cull's Hr, Shonaine (Eric Button) Hare Bay; sons: William (Annette) Gambo, and Melvin (Melissa) Gambo, who for the last couple of years he resided with and was taken care of by them; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grand children and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 2:00pm from St. George's Anglican Church, Gambo with Rev. David Coffin, officiating, interment following at the St. George's Cemetery, Gambo. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Pritchett's Funeral Home, Gambo.
He will be greatly missed.

PEARCE, Rita -
Born June 26, 1937 passed away suddenly at home August 21, 2011. Predeceased by husband, Henry, son Paul, grandson Gregory and sister Mary. Left with loving memories daughters Helen (Paul), Kit (Greg), Geraldine(Bernard), Kathleen (John), Liz (Perky) and Joan (Glenn). Sons Andrew, Dominic, Clarence (Mary Lou), Brian (Evelyn), David (Shelley), John (Melinda), Kevin (Angela), and Dennis (Debbie). Brother Tom, sister-in-law Jean, 28 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a large number of friends and relatives. Waking at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Boyd's Cove Tuesday August 23, 2 p.m. Funeral to take place at St. Anne's Thursday August 25 at 2 p.m. Internment to follow at St. Anne's Cemetery Boyd's Cove. Funeral arrangements entrusted to New World Island Funeral Home. Donations can be made in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

KELLY, Janet, August 8th, 1962 - August 24th, 2011
August 24, 2011 is a day that will be etched in our memory forever as we lost our treasured loved one in a tragic accident. On that day a beautiful mother, sister, aunt, daughter, niece, cousin, friend and neighbour left us forever.  Janet was predeceased by her mother Julia (Tuttle) Butt of Shearstown and devoted and loving father Leonard, who was also taken from us on that tragic day.  Leaving to mourn her loss is daughter, Charlene Kelly of Gambo, sister Glenda, brother-in-law Duane, nephew Lorne and niece Sarah Ann Sutherland of Grand Falls-Windsor, extended families of her parents Leonard Butt & Julia (Tuttle) Butt who truly admired and adored her. As well as close relationships with Charlene's dad Des Kelly of Wabush and his extended family. Janet will be sadly missed by the community of Gambo and all that knew her as she had many close friends who loved her dearly and treated her as family. She was a gentle soul with a big beautiful heart. We loved her dearly and she loved us. Funeral services will be held at the Emmanuel United Church in Gambo at 1:30 pm on Sunday, August 28, 2011. Committal will take place at the Pentecostal cemetery in Shearstown, where she will be resting with her mom & dad.
"Wishes, hopes and dreams come true when blessed with a mother as sweet as you"

BUTT, Leonard, March 1st, 1937 - August 24th, 2011 -
On August 24, 2011 our lives were forever changed as a cherished father, grandfather, brother, uncle and respected friend was tragically taken from us. Predeceased by father John Cecil, mother Sarah, brothers William, Jim & Donald. Devoted and loving wife Julia Juttle of Shearstown and loving daughter Janet Kelly who was taken from us, by his side on that day.  Leaving to mourn this tragic lose are his daughter Glenda (Sutherland); son in law Duane Sutherland and grandchildren Lorne and Sarah Ann of Grand Falls-Windsor; granddaughter Charlene Kelly of Gambo; brother John (Phyllis) Butt of Toronto; sister Gladys O Keefe of Pouch Cove, and their families. Also leaving to mourn are Julia's extended family in Shearstown, and the community of Gambo who respected and embraced him, as were as the many friendships he has made throughout the years. He was a beautiful man who touched many lives and our memories of him will be cherished forever.  Funeral services was held at the Emmanuel United Church in Gambo. As his wish the committal took place in Shearstown where his wife Julia is resting.
"What we have in memory is ours to keep forever."

PRICE, Chesley Wayne -
Passed away suddenly at his residence in Labrador City on August 25, 2011 Chesley Wayne Price, aged 61 years. Left to mourn with loving memories are his mom Effie of Gander, friend Betty Ann, sons Todd of Calgary, Wally (Kim) and grandson Carter of Edmonton, sisters Gertie (Lloyd) Collins of Calgary, Shirley (Sam) Nolan of Gander, Daphne (Ross) Bussey of Port de Grave, brothers Cliff of Calgary, Terry (Deila) of Gander, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service was held from Fraser Road United Church followed by inurnment at All Saint Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our on-line memorial guest book please visit

McDONOUGH, Dennis, Leroy - Retired RCMP -
Peacefully surrounded by his family after a brave and courageous battle with cancer on August 28, 2011 in his 49th year. Predeceased by his father Patrick McDonough and mother Zita (McPhee) McDonough. Loving husband of Denise (Cull) McDonough, dearest father of Dayna McDonough and Zita McDonough. Brother of Mike (Sandra) McDonough and sons Dennis and Jonathan. Brother of Martin (Glenda) McDonough and daughters Melissa and Amy. Special thanks to Dr. St. Croix and staff at the Gander Cancer Clinic. As well, special thanks to Dr. Blundell, Dr. Casey and nursing staff at James Paton Hospital. Family and friends may pay respect on Tuesday August 30th 2011 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Stacey's Funeral Home, 60 Roe Ave, Gander. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Evangel Pentecostal Church, Gander for "Gander House in Africa". Online condolences may be made at



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