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The Beacon Obituaries
December 2017

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


BROWN, Emanuel
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Bonnews Lodge, Badge's Quay, Emanuel (Manuel) Brown age 87 years of Trinity B.Bay. Predeceased by parents; Robert John and Elizabeth (Wells) Brown, wife; Mary Louise (Gover) and sister; Daisy (Wells) Rogers. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are sons; Andrew (Debbie) of Wasaga Beach, On, Robert (Margo) of Trinity B.Bay, Kevin of Trinity B.Bay, Jamie (Kathy) of Trinity B.Bay, Eric (Zena) of Ajax, On, Harold (Belinda) of Courtice, On, Ivan (Joy) of Labrador City, Roger of Trinity B.Bay, daughters; Elizabeth (Ben Hiesl) of Orillia, On, Lorraine (Wayne Rowley) of Bowmanville On, Olive (John Lockett) of Wasaga Beach, On, 30 Grandchildren, 32 Great grandchildren and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place on Monday, December 4 at 2 P.M. at St. Alban's Anglican Church Trinity with Rev. Daphne Parsons officiating. Interment followed at St. Alban's Anglican Church Cemetery, Trinity. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made in Manuel's memory to St. Alban's Anglican Church, Trinity. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove / Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

LUSH, Mary Jane
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Mary Jane Lush announce her passing at the James Paton Memorial Health Care Centre on Tuesday December 12, 2017 at the age of 80 years. She was predeceased by her parents Louis & Stella and Anne. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories Robert; sons: Christopher (Rose) of Gander, NL., Robert of Gander, NL., Denis (Nellie) of Lantz, NS., James (Gail) of Gander, NL., Keith (Linda) of Edmonton, AB.; daughters: Karen (Rex) of Gander, NL., Kelly of Gander, NL., grandchildren: Stephen, Colin, Jared, Brieanne, Mark, Shawn, Neil; great grandchildren: Peyton, Jackson, Lexie, Brady, Avery, Ben, Caroline, Lucy, Lukas; brothers: Edward (Joan) of Calgary, AB., Francis (Richard) of Palm Springs, CA., also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Family received friends at Stacey's Funeral Home, 60 Roe Avenue on Friday December 15, 2017 and cremation followed. A small family service was held at Stacey's Funeral Home on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. with interment to take place at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations in Mary's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Reverend Brian Candow and the Staff at James Paton Memorial Health Care Centre. She was loving in her ways, upright and just to the end of her days; sincere and true, in her heart and mind, beautiful memories, she left behind.
Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

PAUL, Susan Elizabeth
May 28, 1966 - December 8, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a dear wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend at the Health Sciences Center on Friday, December 8, 2017. Susan Elizabeth Paul (nee Keough) age 51 years. Predeceased by Grandparents Martina and James Aylward, Andrew and Suzanne Keough, Uncles Alphonse Keough and Thomas Aylward, infant sister Mary and Father in law Harold Paul. Leaving to mourn her loving and devoted husband Darryl, cherished son Christopher (Kailey), parents Thomas and Elizabeth Keough, her sisters and brothers, Deborah Janes (Mark) Linda Little (Lloyd), Tom Keough (Jenesta) Brian Keough (Jackie) Rosemary Brown (Derek) Patricia Boyer (Dean) and Keith Keough (Patti), Mother and Father in law, Margaret and Gerald Kean, brother in law Gerry Paul (Brenda) sister in law Joanne Kelly (Laurie), step sister in law Melanie Abbott (Draper), special friends, Penny Cutler and Karen Butler and a large circle of nieces, nephews and family. The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses of CVICU at the Health Sciences Center for the special care given to Susan over the past six weeks. In keeping with Susan's wishes cremation has taken place. Resting at Stacey's funeral home, Gander on Monday December 11, 2017 from 2-4 p.m with a private family service to follow and interment to take place at a later date. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in Susan's memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation. To leave an online condolence please visit our website at

PAULSON, Clifford Lowell
May 4, 1931 - December 22, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving father, Lowell Paulson. Dad was born in Bawlf, Alberta on May 4, 1931, the third child of Lars and Inga Paulson. When dad was three months of age, the family moved to the Peace River Country in a horse covered wagon, and later made their way to Kimberley where dad attended school and went on to work as a carpenter for his father. Upon leaving home, he joined the air force as an aircraft mechanic and served for three years. He always told us that he joined up to be an aerial photographer and was quite shocked to be told there was no such thing after he graduated boot camp. He met our mom when he was 25 and soon fell in love and they married on August 3, 1957 and resided in Calgary. Dad took a job as an aircraft mechanic in Montreal in 1960 and lived there for a year and a half until his move to Gander, Newfoundland. It is there that he and mom raised their four children. He worked for Eastern Provincial Airlines as an aircraft mechanic and soon took the job of shop steward for his union. When a job became available as a union organizer for the IAMAW he jumped on it and worked for them until his retirement in 1992.
Upon his retirement, he and mom moved to Kimberley where they enjoyed many happy years, traveling and working on their home. He was a tireless volunteer for the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, acting as the vice-president for many years. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching ESL to adults and housing international students. Dad was always very involved in politics and ran several times as a candidate for the NDP when he lived in Newfoundland and helped with countless campaigns during his retirement in Kimberley. He was given an honorary lifetime membership to the party.
Dad loved life and loved people. He loved spending time with his family and wouldn't hesitate to help someone in need. He had a wonderful disposition and loved to tell stories, many of which became quite embellished as his Alzheimer's progressed. His life became more and more interesting as each day passed. He always had a smile on his face and always rolled with whatever life presented to him. Dad was an inspiration to us all and we will miss him dearly. He truly was one of a kind. We were so very lucky to have him as ours.
He was predeceased by our mom, his loving wife of 53 years, Arlene Joyce on July 5, 2011, as well as his parents and four siblings. He leaves behind his four children, Chris Paulson (Susie) of Burnaby, BC; Jim Paulson (Cindy) of Gander, NF; Jennie Frost (Bruce) of Kimberley, BC; and Sandy Paulson of Kimberley, BC; his grandchildren Christopher, Amanda, Danielle, Brad, Michael, Matthew, Todd and Martika along with his many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and countless other family and friends. Everlasting thanks to his wonderful care workers who became his dear friends and the staff at the Kimberley Special Care Home.
A celebration of his life will be held in March; date and location to be determined. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

Passed away peacefully at the James Paton Memorial Health Center on December 30, 2017 Wayne L. Pligrim age 67 years. Predeceased by parents Sidney and Stella Pilgrim, brother-in-law Job Canning, sister Joan Simms, brother-in-law Reg Simms and father and mother -in-law Alex and Viola Campbell. Left to morn with loving memories are his wife Bernette (Campbell) Pilgrim, son Brian (Yvonne) of Grand-Falls Windsor, grandchildren Travis, Tyson, Danielle, Chantelle and Janelle, great grandchildren Bentley, Callie and Aubree, special niece Sandra (Lorne) Pilgrim, sisters Jean Canning of St. Anthony, Cavell of Ontario, sisters-in-law Pat (Clyde) Patey of St. Anthony, Belinda (Ray) Richards of Middle Sackville, NS. Also a large circle of family and friends. In keeping with Wayne wishes cremation has taken place with a committal service to take place at the United Church Cemetery, St. Anthony in the summer of 2018. Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Please visit www.staceysfuneralhome to leave a message of condolence for the family

SIMMS, Elizabeth
November 23, 1928 - December 17, 2017

Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Homes, Gander on Sunday December 17, 2017 at the age of 89 years, Mrs. Elizabeth Simms, formally of Hermitage. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her husband of 63 years, Reg Simms; son David Simms (Colette) of Nova Scotia; daughters: Nancy Loveless (Lloyd) of Seal Cove, Patsy Matthews (Peter) of Gander; grandchildren: Janice (Neil), Jackie (Todd), Jonathan (Tonya), Ryan (Julie), Susan, Russell; great grandchildren Anna, Sarah, Cassie, Claire, Nathan, Evan; sister Maude; sisters-in-law Kitty & Irene. She was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Ellen Roberts of Hermitage. Visitation has taken place at Stacey's Funeral Home, 60 Roe Avenue, Gander on Wednesday December 20, 2017 between the hours of 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service took place on Thursday December 21, 2017 from the St. Martins Anglican Cathedral at 3 p.m. officiated by Reverend Brian Candow with interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers donation's in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the St. Martins Anglican Cathedral. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander/Carmanville and to leave an online condolence please visit our website at

STOYLES, E. Lester
February 10, 1921 - December 28th 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving father E. Lester Stoyles age 96 years at the James Paton Memorial Health Center on December 28th 2017. Predeceased by his parents James and Blanche Stoyles, wife Trixie, son Max and brother Alfred. Left to mourn with very fond and loving memories are his daughters Glennis and Wendy (Wayne), son Scott (Lynda), grandsons Cameron and Keegan (Yan), sisters Leonie, Marguerite, Ruth (Charles), brother Ray (Lillian) and many nieces, nephews and friends. He spent 5 ½ years with the Newfoundland Forestry Unit in Scotland during WW II and settled in Gander early 1946.
He was an active member of Fraser Road United Church, Royal Canadian Legion, Masonic Lodge and he collected for several charities well into his 80's. He really enjoyed 12 years of volunteering with the Vera Perlin School taking the children swimming. We wish to thank the wonderful staff of the James Paton Memorial Health Center, who were so kind and caring to him on his visits, as well as Dr. P. Matthews and Dr. E. Collins, who always treated Dad with such great respect. He appreciated all of you. Visitation and funeral times to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion - Gander Branch, Fraser Road United Church or to a charity of one's choice. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be greatly missed. Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Please visit to leave a message of condolence for the family.



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