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The Beacon Obituaries
January 2018

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


MOORCROFT, Muriel Ann Penney
Muriel Ann Penney (Wilcox) Moorcroft (1945-2018)
passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018 at the Upper River Valley Hospital in Hartland, NB. Muriel was happily settled in Bedell, NB for the past several years with the love of her life, her devoted husband, Herb. Herb will mourn her loss along with their daughters, Lesley Ann (Dwayne) Andrews of Sydney, NS, and Kelly (Scott) Richardson of Ottawa, ON. Her grandchildren, the light of her life, David, Ian and Meredith, will miss their grandmother's love, sewing, knitting, cooking and spoiling. Muriel was predeceased by her parents, Leslie Wilcox and Janet (Penney) Wilcox and leaves behind her brother Fred (Sandra) Wilcox, along with extended family.
Muriel spent the majority of her life in Gander, Newfoundland, where she worked for Newfoundland Telephone, took care of many children, and eventually owned and operated Moor-Crafts and Gifts, a business she took to new levels with her dedication, pride and outstanding customer service. Muriel loved to sew and knit and was known for her beautiful quilts and hand knit socks. Muriel faced several health issues throughout her life and fought through many battles with a will beyond her small size. She now no longer suffers and is at peace. The family would like to thank the incredible kindness that was shown to Muriel and the whole family during her illnesses from the many community members, neighbors and incredible healthcare team. Donations in Muriel's memory may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Canada or to a charity of one's choice. Muriel's family invites those who knew her to a visitation at The Carleton Funeral Home & Crematorium 337 Lockhart Mill Road Jacksonville on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 2 PM to 4 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 2 PM from St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church with Fr. John Beaumaster. Interment will be held at a later date. A reception will follow in St. Gertrude's Hall. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Canada 600-60 St. Clair Avenue East Toronto, ON M4T 1N5
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
From an Irish headstone
"Serving All Faiths & within the Means of All"

Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Homes, Gander Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Mrs. Erma Pinsent of Ragged Harbour in her 89th year. Pre-deceased by her husband Roland Pinsent, parents Allan and Effie Smith, great-grand daughter Natasha. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her two daughters Judy Hicks of Musgrave Harbour, June Banks (Austin) of Gander, sister Rosiland Faulkner of St. John's, four grandchildren Tammy Wilfing (Kevin), Jamie Hicks (Connie), Cory Banks, Wanda Lee Moyles (Shane), seven great-grandchildren Zackery, Landon, Addison, Abilgail, Andrew, Gracie Anna and Vincent. Also, a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Friday, January 5th from The Salvation Army Citadel in Musgrave Harbour with Captains Laura and Tim Jenkins officiating. Interment followed from The Salvation Army Cemetery in Musgrave Harbour. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Musgrave Harbour-Pound Cove. To send messages of condolence please visit

TRICCO, Patricia (Patsy)
Born: October 17th, 1943
Passed on: January 24th, 2017

My grandma was the most loving and most selfless person I have ever met. Although nan and I lived across the country from each other, in our hearts; we were closer than two peas in a pod. She dedicated her life to others; whether that be with her everlasting love and support she brings through the positivity to achieve your maximum potential or her always having her eggs and bologna on the table at 9am sharp. She is the one person I wanted to know all my achievements because she was able to help me to love and find who I am through what I can do best. She has spread generosity to our whole family and we are all filled with endless amounts of luck to have even a fraction of her selflessness. Every day that goes by makes me miss her more, but also gives me extreme optimism for the endless guidance she's given me and gives me still. She is always supporting me in my heart and telling me to study in my head, but every time I have accomplished something I know she is the one who is most proud. She is the most lovely grandmother and best friend a girl could ever want. I am blessed to have had such an inspiring role model as a child. If i grow up to be even the slightest bit like my grandmother I will be more than grateful.
God bless you Nan I love you.
Noelle XO



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