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The Beacon Obituaries
August 2017

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


BAIRD, Mary Elizabeth (Mickey)
January 26th 1954 - August 11th 2017

Mickey was born on January 26, 1954 in Gander, Newfoundland, the youngest child of the Baird family of 8 Memorial Drive. She passed from her earthly life on August 11, 2017 with her husband Rick and sister Jane at her side. Mickey graduated from Western Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1986 and spent most of her career at James Paton Hospital in Gander. This was an obvious natural calling. She had an innate ability to empathize and provide comfort to people who are sick and under emotional stress, which made her a tremendous emergency room nurse. Mickey's caring skills really came to the fore as her Mom and Dad got older. In their waning years, both enjoyed a wonderful quality of life that could not have been possible without her love, care and devotion.
Everyone who knew Mickey knew how much she loved animals. She and Rick shared their lives with many pets, mainly dogs but also her horse Ducky. Mickey rescued Ducky from a bad situation, and under her watch, Ducky quickly fattened up and lived a healthy and carefree life to the end of her days.
One of Mickey's most enduring legacies will be how she stayed close to friends over her entire lifetime. Many of these friends are here today to wish her a loving farewell. She maintained her friendships by staying in touch, never hesitating to call on them when they needed it most, and never being reluctant to share her contagious laugh and beautiful smile.
Mickey passed away peacefully in her home in Traytown on August 11, 2017. She was predeceased by her mother Mary (Snartt) and her father Edgar Baird. Left to mourn are her husband Rick Suley and his family Wayne, Donna, Lorraine and Cathy, and Mickey's family William (Cathy), Jane (Richard Sharp) and John, her nephews Tom and Alan, and many friends gained from a lifetime of caring and sharing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gander SPCA. In your mind's eye picture Mickey and Ducky galloping off into the sky to heaven.

BROWN, Claude
Passed away peacefully at the James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander, on Saturday, August 12th, 2017, Claude Brown, age 88. Born June 14, 1929 in Trinity, Bonavista Bay, son of the late Stanley Brown and Martha Brown Gover. He lived with his grandparents Lucy and Sitnah Brown until he was 8 years old when he was adopted by his Aunt Dora and Uncle Phillip and lived there until he married in 1951 to Mildred Cooper of Ireland's Eye. Predeceased by his parents Stanley and Martha, step-brothers Clarence, Israel, Gordon, Hubert and Andrew; step-sisters Mary, Stella, Beatrice. Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife Mildred; son Stan (Lorraine) of Hampton, NB; daughter Lily Jones (Thomas) of Gander, NL; grandsons Tony Clouter (Michelle) of Whitby, ON; Andrew Clouter (Sarah Phelps) of Birmingham, England; grand-daughters Jennifer Lanciault (David) of Calgary, AB; and Alison Kramer (Doug) of Sherwood Park, AB; great-grandchildren Savannah and Makayla Clouter, Sutton Clarke, Lauren, Samantha and Benjamin Kramer; step-sisters Olive, Neta and Annie, brother-in-law James Warren and sister-in-law Phyllis Cooper, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Claude was a very active member of St. Martin's Cathedral, Gander. Having been a businessman for many years, he was well-known in the community and province. He was an avid hockey fan. He was the force behind the Junior and Senior Gander Flyers. Claude was inducted into the Gander Sports Hall of Fame and Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame in June, 2004. He was a big sponsor of all sports in Gander. A big thank-you to the staff of the Nightingale Manor, the staff of the Palliative Care Unit, 3rd Floor, James Paton Memorial Hospital, Rev. Brian Candow and Rev. Dianna Frye of St. Martin's Cathedral. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 15th from St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

CUFF, Johnnie
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear loved one, Johnnie Ivan Cuff, who passed away suddenly at his home in Gander, NL on August 4th, 2017, at the age of 59 years. Predeceased by his father, Lloyd. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his mother, Doreen McPherson, his three daughters, Angie (Corey) of Gander, Tonya (Richard) of St John's, Amy of Peterborough, ON and six grandchildren. His siblings, Jackie, Cecil (Judy), Karen (Wayne), Philly (Gary), Judy (Cordell), Dale (Brian), Chris, Pauline (Barry), Toby, Kim (Glenn), Tammy and Terri-Ann (Dwight). Also, many nieces and nephews and a large circle of extended family and friends. Funeral service took place at The Salvation Army Citadel, Musgrave Harbour on Thursday, August 10, 2017 with Majors Richard and Trudy Mouland officiating. Inurnment followed at The Salvation Army Cemetery, Musgrave Harbour. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Musgrave Harbour/Pound Cove. To send messages of condolence, please visit

Passed peacefully away at the James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre, Gander on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, Iva Marie Fallon, age 88. Predeceased by husband Reginald Fallon, brothers Danny, Lawrence, Leonard, Bernard and sister Hazel. Left to mourn with loving memories are her sons Michael (Shirley) of St. John's, Gerard, Joseph (Tina) of Gander, daughters Theresa Newell, Mary Primmer (Karl) of St. John's, brother Hazen of Mission, Texas, sister Lucille of Gambo and grandchildren Saphron, Kyla, Daniel, Sam, Alyssa and Nick. Also left to mourn many nieces and nephews and very dear friend Renata. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Mass was held on Monday August 7th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Gander. In lieu of flowers donations in Marie's memory may be made to the Gander and Area SPCA, Gander and Area Food Bank or the Roman Catholic Women's Society. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To leave a message of condolence please visit

KELLY, Alex James
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Alexander James Kelly announce his passing on August 7, 2017. Alex passed away at the Central Newfoundland Health Center, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL at the age of 82. Alex was born in Gambo in 1935. Worked with CN as a telegraph operator until eventually residing in Gander as a postal worker. A consummate lover of life both indoors and out, Alex's infectious and gregarious nature never failed to elicit a smile or a chuckle or for anyone to be left wanting. Predeceased by his parents James P. and Catherine Kelly; brothers Gus (Betty) and Patrick, sisters Monica (Harry), Agnes (Bill) and Muriel (Martin). Left to mourn, loving wife Dora, sons Robert (Karen) of Gander and Craig (Gillian) of Thornhill, On. and daughters Grace (Earle) of Trenton, On. and Sharon (Terry) of Dartmouth, NS. Also leaving to mourn 7 grandchildren, Chad and Kellilyn Ivany, Jacquelyn, Jeff and Brandon Hollohan, and Ryan and Matthew Kelly. 5 great-grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren, Cameron and Scott Snow and also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Parish Church Gander, NL, August 11, 2017 officiated by Father Hearn. Internment All Saints Cemetery, Gander, NL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Alex's memory to The Alzheimer's Society of NL or to St. Joseph's Parish, Gander. He truly was an honest and compassionate human being who was dearly loved by all and will be truly missed. Send a gesture of sympathy to Alex's family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander.

MOORES, Theresa
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Dr. Y. K. Jeon Kittiwake Health Centre, Brookfield, Theresa Moores age 61 years of Badger's Quay. Predeceased by her parents; Roderick and Mabel Moores, sisters, Minnie Parsons (Joseph), Annie Shano (Dermont), baby sister; Linda, brothers-in-law; Ernest Wicks and Ernest Hennebury. Leaving to mourn with beautiful and loving memories are brothers; John Moores (Judy) of Moncton, N.B., Charles Moores (Sharon) of Lewins Cove, sisters; Joan Wicks of Badger's Quay, Marion Hennebury of Badger's Quay and a large circle of nieces, nephews and many, many friends. Funeral service was held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Badger's Quay with Rev. Tim Graham officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

Francis 'Frank' Staples
of Gander passed on August 19, 2017 at his home in Arnprior, Ontario after a brief and courageous battle with cancer in his 65th year. Frank will be missed by his wife Maggie and always loved by his children Giles Staples, Corwin Staples and Robin Giles (Andre Laprairie). Frank was a very proud 'Grampa' of his precious granddaughter Frazetta. Frank is predeceased by his parents Corwin and Violet Staples of Gander and always enjoyed his fishing days at Deadman's Pond with his father and also with their good friend Hiram Keeping. Frank was an avid photographer and had a unique talent for capturing hidden gems in nature. He will be sadly missed but remembered fondly by his cousins Edith Blanchard (Richard), John Staple (Jeanie) and Libby Smith (Gary) all formerly of Gander and Fred Woolfrey (Claire) of Ottawa as well as his special Aunt 'Dot' Georgina Woolfrey also of Ottawa.



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