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The Beacon Obituaries
June 2017

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


Some people make the world more special just by being in it.
Passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness at the Health Sciences Center in St John's on June 4th 2017, at the age of 55. Predeceased by his parents, Oliver and Susie Foote and in-law parents Winston and Louise May. Left with loving memories his wife Christine, Son Evan, sister Patty (Joe Noia) of Alabama, step mother Geraldine Foote of Gander, stepsisters Bonnie (Brian Beazley) of Lewin's Cove, Cindy (Greg Moulton) of Burin, Karen (Dexter Gulliver) of Mount Pearl, Ferne (Sheldon Oake) of Burin, sisters in law Madge May (Jude) of Montreal, Mary Lou (Claude Crews) Mount Pearl, and Roxanne May (Glenn Stacey) Point May and uncle Frank (Bernice) Foote of Fredericton, NB - along with a large and fantastic circle of other relatives and friends. Tony had a great love of skidooing and could often be heard to comment that he couldn't wait for the snow to come to start up the machines. He was known to start the machines in the early fall to ensure they started without difficulty. He was also making plans for "servicing the machines" before Santa arrived in case he received snow for being a good boy!
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially any time he could get at the cabin. He loved to travel and experience new adventures with Christine and was known to attend a rock concert or two. The pride he felt for his son Evan was evident each time he spoke about "his boy" .He was good at keeping a secret from Christine about any risky adventure Evan had planned, such as skydiving from a plane at 14 000 feet, until he knew his feet were safely on the ground!
Tony will be truly missed but will never be forgotten.
Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service was held Friday June 9th at St. Martins Anglican Cathedral .In lieu of flowers Donations in Tony's memory may be made to the Gander Rotary Club (Cobbs Pond Rotary Park) C/O Hotel Gander 100 TCH Gander NL A1V 1P5 or to a charity of ones choice. To leave a message of condolence please

GRANTER, Chesley James
Age 87 (1 Jul 1929 - 11 Jun 2017)
It is with profound and heavy hearts that the family of Chesley James Granter announces his sudden passing at James Paton Memorial Hospital 11 June 2017, just weeks short of his 88th birthday. Predeceased by father Samuel, mother Rhoda, wife of 61 years, Mona (Hussey), son Barry, sister Janet, and brother Wilmore. Left to mourn, son Brian (Anne Marie), Foxtrap NL, daughter-in-law Joan, Truro NS, brother Dom (Mary), Gander NL, three grandchildren in Nova Scotia, Karen (Billy Lunn), Adrian (Jennifer), and Nicholas (Marlaina), seven great-grandchildren, Bronwyn, Chantelle, Mattingly, Dylan, Chess, Callum, and Reese. Born in Middle Brook NL, Chesley moved to Gander in 1944 and worked for the RAF until the war was over. He then worked as an airport equipment operator from 1946 until his retirement in 1983. His lifelong passion was fly-fishing, which resulted in many adventures from the Northern Peninsula to Terra Nova River. His favorite fishing place was the Gander River where he used flies he tied to land many salmon. He was proud to teach his first grandchild, Karen, how to tie flies and to take her fishing. Though he admired her greatly, he didn't get to keep many fish, as she wanted Poppy to let them all go so they could go back to their families. As well Adrian, his second grandchild was only too excited to have Poppy carry him on his shoulders and introduce him to the sport of fishing. Adrian still enjoys fishing today and has passed on the skill to his young son Dylan. A great fan of aviation, Chesley was thrilled when his third grandchild, Nicholas, became a pilot. He thoroughly enjoyed the post cards from all over the world that Nicholas sent him. He was always happy to hear from the family in Nova Scotia. He was more than thrilled when Nicholas came home last summer and introduced him to his newborn baby "Chess Granter" - what a privilege to be named after such a great man. Chesley was very saddened by the death of his eldest son Barry whose personality was much like his own - quiet, gentle and loved by all. His other son Brian, also quiet and gentle, spent much of the last few years with his father in Gander, keeping him company and spending quality time watching the Blue Jays and the Leafs. There is no greater gift a son could give his Dad then the gift of time. Brian's wife was very understanding while Brian spent time away from home with his father. Barry's family will be forever grateful to Brian and Anne Marie for all that they have done, especially in recent years. Chesley will always be remembered for his fishing skills, card playing skills, and enjoying a few spirits but mostly for his kindness, soft heart and gentle soul. He will be sadly missed; however, the family is happy that he is reunited with his wife, Mona, and his son Barry. (Give Mom Granter and Barry a kiss from all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.) Everyone should be so lucky to have such a devoted son, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband and brother as Chesley Granter. The family extends their gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander and Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Cremation has taken place and a service will be held in Ladle Cove NL at a later date.

MAYO, Randell Frazer
Randell Frazer Mayo
, 65 of Gander, NL passed away suddenly in the presence of his wife of 45 years, Mabel Gladys (nee) Samways, in their cottage, at Square Pond on June 14, 2017. Predeceased by his parents Samuel & Florence Mayo and his brothers Roland and Sydney. Left in fond and loving memories are his two daughters Sheri (Todd), Tanya (William), three grandchildren, Sarah, Stephen, and Olivia May. His brothers Samuel (Elaine), Murdoch (Catherine), Theodore (Marilyn), Wallace, and David. His sister Dorothy (Joan). Many nieces and nephews and a large extended family and friends. Randell was a passionate man who loved fishing, hunting, and spending quality time with his family, especially at his cottage ("The Camp"), and also with his shadow, Angel! He was extremely proud of his daughters, and his grandchildren. A very special thank you to our dear friend John Kenney, and to the first responders for their loving care and support. In keeping with Randell's wishes cremation has taken place. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home Gander. Funeral service was held Monday June 19th at 2 pm at Fraser Road United Church, Gander with Reverend Kathy Brett officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations in Randell's memory may be made to the Mazol Shriners (Transportation Fund) P.O. Box 2385 St. John's, NL A1C 6E7. Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To leave a message of condolence please visit

Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. James Victor Parsons, at the age of 87 years. Beloved husband of Madge (nee Brown) and the late Adelaide (nee Babstock). Father of Stephen (Susan) Parsons and Raymond and Jeffrey. Dear brother of Dorothy Butt. Stepfather to Hope Kinch, Tim and Roger Mott. Also survived by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Margaret and Paul Parsons, a brother Ches, sisters Audrey Schiell, Joyce Parsons, and Peggy Pike and his stepson Allan Jr. Mott. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville on Tuesday, June 13th from 2-4 pm. A ceremony celebrating Vic's life will be held in Brockville Wesleyan Church, 35 Central Ave. West, on Wednesday at 11am. Cremation will follow with interment at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Brockville Wesleyan Church will be gratefully acknowledged. Send condolences, place a donation, light a memory candle or share a special thought of Vic online at

SHEPPARD, Rose Gallagher (McGettigan)
Age 94

It is with great sadness that the family of Rose Gallagher Sheppard (McGettigan) announce that she passed away peacefully at James Paton Memorial Hospital on June 6, 2017 at the age of 94 years. She was a wonderful mother, kind person, dear friend to many, and touched the lives of anyone who knew her. Rose was born in Donegal, Ireland, on May 20th, 1923. She had a vocation to be a nurse. She left Ireland to train in London in 1941. She excelled in her profession and nursed in a number of hospitals in London throughout the Second World War. After the war, in 1953 Rose immigrated to Newfoundland with fellow nurse and lifelong friend Bridget Rice Cheeks to nurse in Gander. Later she was transferred to Placentia to be the supervisory nurse where she was the supervisory nurse responsible for all departments of the hospital, even payroll much to her dismay. This was a very challenging role as there was only one doctor and when the doctor was away all births and minor surgeries were her sole responsibility. Rose's nursing experience also included working in the TB sanatorium in Kentville, Nova Scotia. In her very humorous fashion, Rose told her family and friends many fascinating stories. These stories included tales about her experiences working as a nurse in the cottage hospital system and her more harrowing stories about nursing in London during World War II while bombs were falling on the hospital. Rose met the love of her life, Douglas Sheppard, at the Queen's Coronation Ball in Gander in 1953. They married in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1955 and returned to Gander to raise their family. This was a big decision for Rose, as she was from a very large loving Irish family which she knew she would miss dearly if she moved permanently to Newfoundland. It was a move she never regretted as she made many wonderful friends and loved her life in Newfoundland. Her fondest memories included spending time with her friends and family, playing the odd game of 120's and exploring this beautiful province and Canada. Rose was predeceased by best friend and loving husband of 57 years Douglas Sheppard, parents; Edward and Margaret McGettigan, brothers: Edward, Patrick, John, and Seamus. sisters: Margaret, Kathleen, and Nora. Left to mourn son: Paul (Lori), daughters: Judy Ash (Sean), Mary Rose Blackmore (Brian), Ethna Richters (Fred), grandchildren: Adam Blackmore (Danielle), Seamus Blackmore (Ann), Taylor Sheppard, Evan Sheppard, Madison Sheppard, and great grandchild Rory Blackmore, brother: Anthony McGettigan, sisters: Mary (Paddy) Smith, Ethna (Brian) Healy, and Nuala Russel, brother- in- law: Cyril Sheppard (Millicent) Corner Brook, many loving nieces & nephews, Marion Cheeks and family, and loving god-daughter Gertie & husband Murray Strickland. Special thanks to all the staff of the Nightingale Manor and the nursing staff of James Paton Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care and support of Rose. Visitation was on Thursday, June 8th 2017 from 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. and from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Stacey's Funeral Home. A funeral service celebrating her life was held the following day on Friday, June 9th, 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Street, Gander, NL. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery. A reception will follow at the
McCarthy Centre. Donations in Rose's memory may be made to Cobbs Pond Park Rotary Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at

VIVIAN, Nellie
Passed away peacefully at the James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander on Friday, June 9th, 2017, Nellie Vivian (nee-Smith), age 87. Predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Rebecca Smith, husband Walter, siblings Mary McCormick, Leonie Genge, Marjorie Collins, Belle Brooking and Gordon Smith, grandchildren Jason Smith and Levi Smith. She will be missed by her sons Keith Smith (Tiffany), Wayne Vivian (Cheryl) brothers Hubert Smith (Leona), Ken (Beverley), sisters Florence Barrett, Winnie Belle, grandchildren Rebecca Harbridge (Greg), Melissa During, Dale Smith, Dean Smith, great-grandchildren Caius Harbridge, Alora Smith, Keegan Smith, Mackenzie Smith, Bailey Smith, Riley Smith, a large number of nieces and nephews and a circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander on Saturday, June 10th. Funeral service was held on Sunday, June 11th at 2:00 P.M. from the Fraser Road United Church. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Donations in Nellies memory may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association or The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To leave a message of condolence, please visit



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