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The Beacon Obituaries
December 2015

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


Passed peacefully away in the presence of her loving family at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, December 17, 2015, Allison Bowering (Nee Janes) of Gander, age 88 years. Predeceased by her husband Clarence, sister Julia and brother Robert Janes. Left with fond memories her children Reginald (Doreen) of Mount Pearl, Elizabeth (Neil) Bishop of Halifax, Sandra (Jack) Butt of Iroquois ON, Gary (Alice) of Gander and Robert of St. John's; grandchildren Karen, David, and Daniel Bowering, Brian and Allison Bishop, Rodney and Douglas Butt, and Robyn Bowering; great grandchildren Aidan and Ella Jourdain, Keenan, Kensington and Reagan Butt, Morgan and Rachel Reynolds, Emily and Austin Butt and Toby Bishop. Also leaving to mourn, sisters Myra (Keith) Andrews of L'Etete, NB, Shirley (late Merlin Mills) of Clarenville and sister-in-law Linda Janes of Mount Pearl, as well as many other relatives and friends. Resting at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander with visitation on Saturday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service at 1:00 PM Sunday, December, 20, 2015, Fraser Road United Church, Gander. Interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery, Gander. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Allison's memory to Fraser Road United Church Building Fund or Central Northeast Health Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, James Paton Memorial Hospital. To leave a message of condolence please visit    Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home Gander- Carmanville

BURT, Aubrey Lloyd

When Aubrey's cherished wife, Mona, celebrated her 90th birthday in Heaven, on November 29th, Aubrey, joined her in the celebration. "O, what reunion on streets of gold." Left with loving and cherished memories are his children, Grace, Mary, Dennis (Ivy), Donna (Marvin), and Bonita (Darrell). Special Pop to Gregory (Carol), Stephen (Gale), Heather (Neil), Sarah (Steve), Stephanie (Jason), Andre and Melanie. Loving Great-Pop to Jane, Griffin and Aiden. Fondly remembered by stepsister, Brenda Bartlett (Ron) and sister-in-law, Vina Burt. Predeceased by parents Lizzie and Claude Burt, brother, Herman, granddaughter, Susan Burt, sons-in-law, Reg Pretty (Grace), Larry Profit (Mary). Aubrey`s family express deepest thanks and appreciation to all the staff at Bonnews Nursing Home for their devotion to his care and well-being; thanks from grateful hearts. Visitation at Pritchett's Funeral Home, Gambo, on Tuesday, December 1st, 3:00 - 8:00 PM; Wednesday, December 2nd, 9:30 - 10:15 AM. A service for the celebration of his life will be held at The Salvation Army Citadel, Gambo, on Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:00 AM, with Captains David and Melanie Rideout officiating. Interment to follow at The Salvation Army Cemetery, Gambo. In lieu of flowers, donations in Aubrey's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society or donor's choice. To send message of condolence, visit

BUTT, Leslie
Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Homes, Gander on Sunday, December 6th, 2015, Leslie Butt, age 87. Predeceased by his wife Edith. Left with fond and loving memories are his brother Graham (Joan) of New Harbour, Trinity Bay, a number of Nieces and nephews, also dear friends and longtime neighbors Marjorie and Tom Crann of Gander. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. A small family service was held on Tuesday, December 8th at 11:00 A.M. from Stacey's Funeral Home. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

HICKS, Thomas
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one, Mr. Thomas Hicks, age 76 yrs of Musgrave Harbour. Thomas passed away at James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Predeceased by his parents Raymond and Myrtle, sister Patsy, brother Hector and daughter Debbie. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife Syretha of 50 years, two sons Brad (Tammy) of Embree, Irving (Jennifer) of Lower Sackville, N.S., three daughters Dianne of Musgrave Harbour, Theresa (Brad) of Lloydminster, A.B., Anita of Musgrave Harbour, five grandchildren Ashton, Addison, Nora, Ashley, and Rhyan, one great-grandchild Micah. As well as a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from The Pentecostal Church in Musgrave Harbour with Pastor Rex Boone officiating. Interment followed from The Pentecostal Cemetery in Musgrave Harbour. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Musgrave Habour-Pound Cove. To send messages of condolence please visit

HUNT, Arthur
Passed peacefully away after a lengthy illness with cancer at Dr Y.K Jeon Kittiwake Health Center on December 7th, 2015, Arthur Hunt age 64 years of Indian Bay. Predeceased by parents Percy & Louise Hunt. Brothers Edgar George Hunt & James Hunt, In Laws George & Josephine Easton. Left to mourn wife Arletta Hunt, sisters Lucy (Roland) Button, Irene (Wilfred) Hunt, Annie (Malcolm) Matthews, Emma (Larry) Kean. Brothers Roland (Diane), Gordon (Rosalind), Percy (Amelia), Kenneth (Edith), Carl (Linda), Leonard (Joyce), Wilson (Brenda), Kevin (Bernadine), Lorne (Pauline). Brothers In Law, Thomas (Renee) Easton, Edward (Greta) Easton. Sisters In Law Hazel Hunt, Maxine Hunt, Lydia (Charlie) Parsons. Special friend Vondale (Andy) Cook & family. And a large number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends. Funeral service took place at St. John The Baptist Anglican Church Wareham on Thursday December 10, 2015 with Rev. David Coffin officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, Indian Bay. As an expression of sympathy donations in his memory may be made to the Hunt family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/ Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

PINSENT, Nehemiah
Born In: Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: January 23rd, 1940
Passed in: Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: December 27th, 2015

The death of Nehemiah (Neh) Walter Pinsent of Grand Falls, occurred on Sunday December 27, 2015 at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Center. Born on January 23, 1940 in Grand Falls, NL. He was the son of the late Nehemiah and Elsie Pinsent. In the early years Neh was the soft drink distributor for Bond Beverages before starting a lengthy career with the NFLD provincial government. Starting first as a Park Ranger for Catamaran Park, then Park Officer he then moved to the position of Regional Supervisor of the Eastern Region for Parks Division before finally retiring as the Maintenance Supervisor for Transportation & Works for the Central Region.
Neh was the proud father of 3 daughters and two sons and truly believed no one ever had grandchildren as wonderful as he did. He was beyond thrilled when he became a great grandfather to little Georgia in October 2014. He often said he never saw a more beautiful and happy child as his Georgia. Neh enjoyed spending time with family and friends and welcomed every opportunity to have a party, sing a song and especially to dance. And could he ever dance. Neh and Barb were amazing to watch on the dance floor and the entire Pinsent clan loved to see them "perform" at the many weddings and celebrations over the years. Neh also loved a good meal and especially a late night snack; he was well known for saying to us kids during our teenage years whenever we went out "on your way home if you want to pick up some chicken, I won't mind".
Family and friends would travel from Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and St. Johns every year in the fall to go to Dad's cabin for the annual moose hunting trip. While they were there to "hunt", the laughter, the food, the drinks and the stories; especially the stories were what brought everyone back year after year. No one could tell a story like Neh Pinsent - he was a master story teller. Neh was well known as a very kind person and often went out of his way for others, especially those on hard times or who were disadvantaged in some way. Many people benefitted from his kindness over the years.
In addition to his wife Barbara, Neh is also survived by daughters, Laurie Gale (Glenn) of Rothesay, NB, Kelly Pinsent of St. Johns, NL, Penny Wells of Grand Falls, NL; sons Nehemiah (Lisa) of Grand Falls, NL and Mark of Dartmouth, NS. Neh was adored by his loving grandchildren, Lyndon Knott (Paul), Shane Knott (Kristy), Marissa Gale (Nathan), Megan Wells, Courtney Pinsent, Marc Wells as well as great granddaughter Georgia Knott and son in laws Glenn Wells, and Lyndon Knott. He also leaves behind his older brothers Frank, Harry and sisters Elsie, Marian (Mick), Neta, Josie, and many nieces and nephews and cousins. Besides his mom and dad, he was also predeceased by sisters stepmother Ethel Bursey, Viola, Eileen and baby girl Pinsent (in infancy). Resting at Hoskins Funeral home; as per Neh's request there will be no funeral service or visitation; a celebration of Neh's life will be announced at a later date. For those who wish, donations to the Newfoundland and Labrador Children's Wish Foundation would be appreciated or to a charity of the donors choice.

Passed peacefully away on December 2, 2015 at Dr. Y. K. Jeon Kittiwake Health Centre, Brookfield Olive Yetman age 83 years of Centreville. Predeceased by her husband Ralph Yetman; son Ralph Yetman Jr., parents Llewellyn & Sadie Parsons; sister Dora Boland and brother Eric Parsons. Left with fond and loving memories are her sons Eric (Cynthia) of Centreville, Bruce (Phyllis) of Fort McMurray, AB, daughter Ann Marie (Trevor McKay) of Fort McMurray, AB; daughter-in-law Heather Snow; grandchildren Melanie, Jennifer, Sherry, Vanessa, Jason, Alisha, Sasha, Nikki, Robyn and T.J.; great-grandchildren Jayden, Jake, Eva, Alana, Avery, Blake, Rylan, Ocean, Zachary, Austin, Verina, Adrienna, Joshua, Lincoln; and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Centreville on Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 11 a.m. with Rev. David Coffin officiating. Interment followed at The Anglican Church Cemetery, Indian Bay. Donations in her memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, NL or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, NL. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send message of condolence please visit



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