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The Beacon Obituaries
July 2017

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


BURTON, Calvin David
Born In: Glovertown, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: May 31st, 1938
Passed in: Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Passed on: July 5th, 2017
May 31, 1938 - July 05, 2017

Calvin passed peacefully away at home in the arms of his lifetime love, soul mate, and wife amid the warmth and love of their family.
Calvin was born in Glovertown, Newfoundland, and found love within his family at day one; the same love he shared with all that knew him over the next seventy-nine years. His passion for woodworking, his unwavering optimism and love for nature were an inspiration to his family and many friends. If one was fortunate enough to meet Calvin, there was always a desire to see him again. His unique personality was a magnet and always attracted positive energy.
Survived by his loving wife, Queen, of over fifty years, his daughter and son in law, Penny and Darryl, and daughter, Tracy. He will be especially missed by his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Lucas, Nicole, Brandon, Olivia and Ashley. He will also be missed by his brothers and sisters; Joe, Vince, Bill, Mona and Rosemary and, in particular, his nephew, Jim.
Calvin was a well-accomplished professional electrician for forty years. He began his career in Glovertown; wiring homes in the 1960's and then on to commercial wiring in Ontario in the 1990's. Upon retirement, Calvin turned to his true passion, nature. For over a decade he passionately managed a family owned fishing lodge in rugged and beautiful Labrador. Guests that revisited Labrador year after year could not wait to be greeted by his contagious smile & colorful humorous stories. He was a champion storyteller. Somebody once said we should make at least one person smile every day, Calvin made everyone who met him smile. He was known for his unfailing courtesy and desire to help others create positive memories wherever he went. In the winter months, he could always be found whistling in his workshop, ready and excited to pass on his superb woodworking skills to his grandchildren at the drop of a hat.
Calvin was a doer of deeds and a dreamer of dreams. He often made things happen when others gave up. Life gives us all some special gifts…Calvin was one of ours.
A service in celebration of Calvin's life will be held at the United Church in Glovertown, NL on August 29th at 2pm.

GOFF, Roderick B.
August 16, 1916 - July 27, 2017
Roderick B. Goff
, long-time resident of Gander, passed peacefully at JPM Hospital on July 27, 2017. Born August 16, 1916 in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton and raised in Carbonear NL. Predeceased by wife Alice in 1978 and brothers James, Leo, Bernard and John and sisters Kathleen and Patricia. Rod leaves to mourn two sons: Gregory (Gillian) and Colin (Helen), 8 grandchildren: Danielle Goff-Beaton, Alicia Cooper, Brendan Goff, Peter Goff, Meaghan Ciotti, Brian Goff, Gregory Goff Paul Goff and 8 great grandchildren. Visitation has taken place at Stacey's Funeral Home, Saturday July 29th 7- 9pm, Sunday July 30th from 2- 4 and 7- 9pm. Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Monday July 31st at 4pm to be followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery. Rod arrived Gander in 1940 to work at the Office of the Meteorological Service of Canada. In 1946 he was employed by Pan American Airways and received his Federal Aeronautical Authority (FAA) flight dispatcher's license. He later accepted employment with Eastern Provincial Airways in 1961 where he worked until retirement in 1981. Following retirement Rod returned to university studies in the Humanities at Memorial University, St. Paul's University and the University of Ottawa, from which he received his third degree in June 1991. He was active with the Knights of Columbus and the Canadian Kidney Foundation in NL. At age 89 he published his first book. He lived in his own home on Fraser Road Gander until age 95 when he moved to Golden Years Estates seniors home in Gander.

GRANVILLE, Frederick
Passed away at the James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Frederick Henry Austin Granville, age 70. Predeceased by his father George Granville, mother Dorothy (Stuckless) Granville, step-father Robert Rideout, father-in-law Lloyd Goodyear and mother-in-law Elizabeth Goodyear. Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife Gloria (Goodyear) Granville, sons Craig (Zoe) of Gander, Darryl (Sandra) of Barrie, ON; daughter Robyn Chaulk (John) of Gander, brothers David (Goldie) of Twillingate, Earl Rideout (Carolyn) of Twillingate, sisters Audrey (Lorne Jenkins) of Twillingate, Donna (Harold Osmond) of Twillingate, Sisters-in-law Christine Goodyear (Curtis) of Gander, Wally Stokes (Les) of Lumsden, his grandson and his pride and joy Lucas and a large circle of relatives and friends. Family accepted friends at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander on Thursday, July 27th. Funeral service was held on Friday, July 28th at 1:00 P.M. from the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witness, Gander. Interment followed at The Jehovah's Witness Cemetery, Lumsden. Donations in Fred's memory may be made to the Central Northeast Health Foundation (Palliative Care Unit), P. O. Box 222, Gander, NL. A1V 1W6. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay, Mary Jane Rodgers age 75 years of Pool's Island. Predeceased by parents; Emmanuel and Maggie Winsor, husband; Edward Rodgers, soul mate; Fred Janes, brothers; Gordon Winsor, Arthur Winsor, sister; Edith Ricketts, brother-in-law; Thomas Ricketts. Leaving to mourn with beautiful and loving memories are son; Craig (Michelle) of Courtice, Ontario, daughters; Pauline (Alex Kean) of Labrador City, Mildred (Clarence Sheppard) of Pool's Island, sister; Millie (Charles Goodyear) of Lumsden, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11 A.M. at St. James Anglican Church, Pool's Island with Rev. Tim Graham officiating. Interment followed at St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Pool's Island. As an expression of sympathy donations in her memory may be made to the Rodgers Family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Dr. Y.K. Jeon Kittiwake Health Centre, Brookfield, Wanda Ferne Stokes age 52 years of Cape Freels. Predeceased by her grandparents; Job and Annie Stokes, Stewart and Minnie Brown. Leaving to mourn with beautiful and loving memories are; her parents, Frank and Hazel Stokes of Cape Freels, sister; Joanne (Bill Cross) of Valleyfield, nephews; Ryan Cross of St. John's, Devon Cross (Teanna) of St. John's, great -nephew; Carter Cross , two very special Angels , her Caregivers; Rose Vincent and Amanda Goodyear and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 2 P.M. at Trinity United Church, Newtown with Rev. Larry Noseworthy officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy donations in her memory may be made the the Stokes Family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit



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