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The Beacon Obituaries
August 2016

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


DOOLEY, Patricia RN, BN, MTS
Born: May 4th, 1950
Passed on: August 1st, 2016
May 4, 1950 - August 1, 2016
Pat Dooley
was born in Sweet Bay, Newfoundland and passed peacefully away at the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta following two years of living courageously and inspirationally with cancer. She loved and was loved and will be dearly missed by a large circle of family, friends and colleagues, all of whom were touched by her vivacious spirit. Pat was predeceased by her mother Annie, her father Jim, her sister Wynn Elder and her brother-in-law Harold Goulding. She leaves six siblings behind to mourn and to celebrate her life her sisters Mary Goulding, Bride Quinlan and Gertie Granter and her husband Lloyd, brothers Jack Dooley and his wife Lorraine, Phonse Dooley and his wife Irene, Jim Dooley and his wife Lynn. In addition to her siblings, Pat is survived by numerous nephews and nieces and their spouses and children as well as cousins, aunts and uncles. The family would like to sincerely thank everyone for all the expressions of sympathy from near and far.

FAHEY, Philip
Philip Leo Fahey'
s beautiful and innocent heart is now resting after a lifetime of sharing his laughter and smile with a legion of family and friends fortunate enough to have known him. Philip was a lifelong inquisitor and loved solving puzzles of any kind and discovering how things worked. His eyes would light up when telling stories, looking at photos and reminiscing of days gone by. His hard work was done in silence for those in the community that needed a helping hand but the noise of his success is heard in the admiration whispered by those that loved him. Philip was the seventh child born into the Fahey family of the late Winifred (nee Brazil) and Edward Fahey, Glenwood. He is predeceased by his sisters Irene (Tom), Genevieve (Jim), Phyllis (George) and three brothers Alphonsus (Mary Olive), Edward Jr. and Don (Susie), three brothers-in-law John Carrol, Owen Collier and Andrew Higgins. He is mourned by sisters Marina, Floss (Guy), Pat and Monica. Philip is also mourned by a large circle of extended family and friends, especially his nieces whom he cared for since they were babies Kimberly, Beverly, and Jolene. He also leaves behind five small children that he considered his grandchildren Declan, Aislin, Caitlin, Sarah, and Emily. Rested at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Glenwood from where Mass of Christian Burial has taken place on Monday August 8, 2016 at 11 am officiated by Father William Hearn. Interment followed at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Glenwood. As expressions of sympathy flowers are graciously accepted or donations in Philip's memory may be made to St. Anne's Cemetery Fund. To leave an online condolence please visit our website at
(Published August 25, 2016)

SIMMS, David
Born In: Badger, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: April 28th, 1936
Passed in: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: August 23rd, 2016
David Allan Simms
, passed peacefully away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Queen's Park Care Home, New Westminster, BC surrounded by his family and friends. He was a husband of 61 years to the love of his life Shirley (Lane) Simms. David was born in Badger, Newfoundland on April 28, 1936, son of the late Waldo and Annie (Hayden) Simms. David had worked 35 years for Eastern Provincial Airways mainly in Gander, NL (which he often proudly credited as the turning point to a better life for his family), later in Nova Scotia retiring from Air Canada in Vancouver, BC. David a noted singer, and the life of a party, had lived most of his life in Gambo, NL where he was an avid hunter and fly fisherman. He spent his later years in New Westminster, BC following his two favorite sports teams, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays. He will be missed by his wife Shirley, his children, a large extended family and friends. Interment will take place 11:00am, Sept 30th, in the chapel courtyard at Ocean View Burial Park, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC and will be followed by a Celebration of Life at 100-1185 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC. Condolences can be sent to:

SKINNER, Launcelot R.
Born: August 15th, 1931
Passed on: August 11th, 2016
August 15, 1931 - August 11, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Launcelot R. Skinner announce his passing at the James Paton Memorial Heath Care Centre on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the age of 85 years. He was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Cora (nee Vatcher) Skinner, brother Robert Skinner, sisters Hilda Strowbridge, Gladys McDougall and Sadie Roberts. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Frances Skinner, son David (ness) of Fall River, NS, daughters Lois (Jeff Milley) of Labrador City, NL and Sandra (Mike Morgan) of Elmsdale, NS, grandchildren Mark Skinner, Rachel Skinner, Michelle Milley, Kayla Milley, Jack Morgan and Shannon Morgan, brother Steven Skinner (Ethel) of Salmon Arm, BC, brother-in-law Ronald Billard of Clarenville, NL, sister-in-law Marie Spracklin of Yorkton, SK also a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family received friends at Stacey's Funeral Home, 60 Roe Avenue, Gander on Saturday, August 13, 2016 between the hours of 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service has taken place from St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral, Gander on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Launcelot's memory to a charity of one's choice. To leave an online condolence please visit our website at



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