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The Beacon Obituaries
March 2009

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.

Filed chronologically as published for the Month of March 2009


O'QUINN, Cpl Kenneth Chad
It is with great sadness that the family of Corporal Kenneth Chad O'Quinn announces his death while serving in Afghanistan on March 3, 2009. Born January 25, 1984 in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, NL, he was the son of Kenneth and Rhonda (Decker) O'Quinn of Rusagonis, NB and fiancé to Naomi Holder of Ottawa, ON. Chad was a great individual who took tremendous pride in being a member of the Canadian Forces. A loving son, Chad cherished his family. Throughout his two tours in Afghanistan, he telephone, emailed and messaged his family each and every day. He highly valued his faith, his health and loved ones. He challenged life and encouraged others to do the same. A member of the signals Branch, he was a dedicated soldier who believed in the value of his contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. Chad is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Rhonda; his fiancée Naomi; his brother, and best friend, Adam O'Quinn (Myriah) and their daughter, Alexis of Rusagonis, NB, maternal grandmother, Dorcas Jane (Jean) Decker of Centreville, NL; paternal grandparents, Alex and Rosaline of South Branch, NL as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins and his beloved pit-bull, Onyx. Chad is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Alfred Decker. Visitation was held at the Oromocto Select Community funeral Home on March, 2009. A funeral service was held on March 14, 2009 at St. Luke's Chapel, CFB Gagetown with Padre Darryl Levy and Rev. Bruce McKenna officiating. For those who wish, donations in memory of Chad may be made to the SPCA or charity of the donor's choice.

OCTOBER 10, 1975 TO MARCH 9, 2009

Passed away peacefully at the Agape Hospice in Calgary, Alberta after a two-year courageous battle with cancer, Tonya Nicole Kelly-Lepe age 33. Left to mourn with treasured memories are husband, Juan; children, Pamela, Brianna, Sebastian, Diego and Joshua all of Calgary, AB; father and stepmother, Tony and Roslyn Kelly, Fort McMurray, AB; mother and stepfather, Juanita and Rick Mckenzie, Sydney, NS; sister, Michelle Sydney, NS; stepbrother, Jason (Lucy) Fort McMurray, AB and stepsister, Rhonda (Allan) Sydney, Nova Scotia; mother and father-in-law, Maria Guadalupe and Juan Lepe, Mexico; brother-in-laws, Eduardo (Rosy), Cesar (Montserrat), and Tony (Isabel); sister-in-laws, Flavia (Eduardo) and Maria (Horacio) all of Mexico; grandparents, Cyril(Joan) Kelly, Glenwood, NL and Jack (Lillias) Laite, Sydney, NS; friend, Cecil Marsman, Calgary, AB; special friends, Elizabeth Noseworthy and Jennifer Manning, St. Johns, NL; as well as a large circle of family and friends. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service was held at the Calgary South Funeral Centre on March 12, 2009, Calgary, AB. Special thank you to Dr. Scott Dowden, The Tom Baker Cancer Centre, The Salvation Army Agape Hospice, her employer, Westjet Airlines, and the many family and friends who remained a constant source of support for Tonya and her family throughout her illness.

ROGERS, Samuel James
Passed peacefully away on March 10,2009 at the Health Science Centre, St. John's, Samuel James Rogers, age 58 years of Wareham. Predeceased by his father, Reginald; three infant brothers; one infant sister; brother-in-law, Chesley Noble. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his two sons, Robert and Adam (Carol) all of Toronto, Ont.; mother, Florrie Rogers who resides at Bonnews Lodge, Badgers Quay; eight brothers, Norman (Brenda) of St. John's, Reginald (Doris) of Toronto, Ont, George (Doreen) of Wareham, William (Patrica) of Centreville, Elvis (Eileen) of Wareham, Freeman (Margaret) of Centreville, Austin (Georgina) of Wareham, Chesley (Kelly) of Gander; five sisters, Susie Noble of Centreville, Cassie (Aubury Brown) of Trinity, B. Bay, Wanda (Joe Corbett) of Fort McMurray, ALB. Daisy Rogers of Labrador City, Doreen Best of Fort McMurray, ALB; six grandchildren, Micheal, Scott, Christlee, Breinne, Carol-lee; and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service was held on March 14th at St. John The Baptist Anglican Church, Wareham with Rev. Margaret Hall officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Church Cemetery, Wareham. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/ Musgrave Harbour. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at

NICHOL, Mary Frances
Passed peacefully away on March 11, 2009 at Lakeside Homes, Gander, Mary Frances Nichol, aged 83 years. Predeceased by her husband, Lemuel; daughter, Daphne; son, Dennis; parents, Frank and Martha Kinden; grandchildren, Terri-Lynn and Tiffany Sheppard, Ashley Nichol; sisters, Alvie Barnes and Hazel Freake; son-in-law, John Sheppard. Left with loving memories are her sons, Stanley (Rosalind) of Gander, Norman (Carol) of Gander, Terry (Dale) of Stoneville, Eugene (Alice) of Horwood, Rodney (Tina) of Gander; daughters, Della of Stagg Harbour, Fogo Island, Sadie (Bill) Coles of Fogo, Donna (Wayne) Sheppard of Gander, Eileen (Alfred) Barnes of Brampton, ON, Elsie (Gilmour) Barnes of Gander, Elizabeth (Dwayne) Gilliam of Ottawa, ON; brother, Scott (Evelyn) Kinder of Horwood; sisters, Emily Hodder, Effie (Joseph) Spencer of Carmanville; twenty-five grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; also a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on March 14th from the Salvation Army Citadel, Horwood. Interment at the Pentecostal Cemetery, Horwood. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to Lakeside Homes Nursing Care Unit, Gander or Horwood Cemetery Fund. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at

GLOVER, Mollie
Passed away on March 11, 2009, Mollie Glover, aged 62 years. She was predeceased by parents, Edgar and Dorothy Glover. Leaves behind brother, Boyd (June); sister, Glenda (Tyrone); nephew, Andre (Chrissy); nieces, Danielle, Colleen (Craig), Gigi (Duane), Jennifer (Doug); uncle John (Norma); aunts, Evelyn (Karl), Shirley, Sue, Molly and Elvira. She also leaves behind nine great nieces and nephews, as well as a large circle of extended family and friends. The funeral service was held on March 13 at 2 p.m. at Faith United Church in Glovertown, followed by interment at Faith United Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Oram's Funeral Home in Glovertown. A note of thanks to all involved has been posted on the local community cable channel for the Glovertown area.

HUSSEY, Mervin
Passed peacefully away at his residence on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, Mervin Hussey, age 62 years. Mervin was predeceased by his parents, Dora and Stanley Hussey. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife, Mary; daughter, Kim (Terry) Marshal; son, Lester (Gaylene); brothers, Fred (Mary), Allister (Jocelynne), Leo (Alice); brothers-in-law Max (June) Baggs, Roy (Sharon) Baggs, Mike (Verna) Baggs, Frank (Terri) Baggs, Brian (Eileen) Baggs, John (Madeline) Power, Clyde Baggs, Reuben Baggs; his dog "Buddy"; also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Thursday, March 19 from St. Martin's Church, Gander. Interment at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at

POND, Arthur D
Passed peacefully away on March 17, 2009 at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, Arthur D. Pond of Gambo, age 81. Predeceased by parents, Stephen and Nellie Pond; sister, Pearl Snelgrove; brothers-in-law, Allan Efford and Herbert Snelgrove; sister-in-law, Daisy Pond. Left to mourn his wife of 59 years, Ena (nee Lane); two daughters, Marilyn Tucker and Gwen (Boyne) Drover; two sons, Larry (Debra) and Craig (Darlene) Pond; seven grandchildren, Kris (Jocelyn) and Karla Tucker, Richard (Nancy), Joshua (Amanda) and Janna (Jason Orr) Drover, Daniel and Caleb Pond; one great-granddaughter, Andrea Tucker; one brother, Murray Pond and four sisters, Marion Pond, Ada Efford, Maisie Pond and Betty (George) Badcock; brothers-in-law, Frank (Audrey), Ray (Marina), Lawrence (Laura) and Ralph (Marina) Lane; sisters-in-law, Audrey James, Shirley (Dave) Simms, Nina Cashin, Debbie (Clarence) Pritchett; special friends Karen and Kris Ropson; as well as a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral service was held March 20th at the Salvation Army Citadel in Gambo. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. To leave a message of condolence to the family, visit our website at

Passed peacefully away on March 21, 2009 at the Health Science Center, St. John's, Stanley Eveleigh, age 73 years. Predeceased by his father & mother Albert and Bessie Eveleigh; sister Eva; brothers Simon, Victor, Gordon, Lloyd. Left with loving memories are his wife Catherine; sons Larry (Kathleen), Shawn (Michelle) of Gander, NL, Maurick (Maryann), Darren (Debbie) of Kitchener, ON; daughters Sarah (William) of Gander NL, Melissa (Gord) of St. John's, NL; brothers Harvey of Glenwood NL, Cyril (Yvonne) of Gander NL; sisters Dorothy of Glenwood NL, Edna (Hardy) of Lewisporte NL; grandchildren Shawn, Murray, Justin, Malory, Tyler, Brandon, Shane, Kyle, Robert, Sharlene, Scott, Ashley, Sheldon, Robyn; 7 great grandchildren. Also a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 from St. Martins Anglican Cathedral, Gander. Donations in Stanley's memory may be made to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Clinic, Gander. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander

SPURRELL, Esau Llewellyn
Passed peacefully on March 24, 2009 at Brookfield Hospital, Esau Llewellyn Spurrell of Valleyfield at the age of 72 years. Predeceased by parents, Sandy and Edith; wives, Marion (Jones) and Mary (Stokes/Hillier); brothers, Laurence, William, Herbert, Eric, John and twin brother, Jacob; sisters, Drucella, Maisie, Lydia and Irene. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his stepchildren, Mollie Barbour (Wayne), Ellis Hillier, Donna McGrath (Phil) and Valerie Howe (David). Lovingly remembered by his step grandchildren, Sherri Rowsell (Chad), Lori Barbour (Chad Howell), Andrea Gillespie, Allison O'Keefe (Charlie), Emily and Ashley Howe and step great-grandchildren, Matthew, Julia, Jason and Samantha Rowsell; Joshua Barbour and Katie Barbour-Howell and Caleb Gillespie-Hanlon. Left with lifelong memories sister, Hilda Winsor (Alex) of Delta, Ontario; sisters-in-law, Emma, Effie, Elizabeth and Hattie Spurrell; Clara Howell, Minnie Russell, Greta Stagg, Sybil Hillier (Thomas) and Mary Stokes; and brother-in-law, William Jones (Myrtle). Esau will be dearly missed by nephews and nieces, Laurence and Carla Feltham; Eric and Randy Humphries; Marjorie Dawe; Edith Tucker; Irene Bell; Paula, John, Lydia, Margaret, Nita, Patricia, Larry, Hubert, Tony and Calvin Spurrell; Jeanette Kennington; Beverley Winsor; Trudy Harvey; Paulette Lally; Diane Winsor; Susan and David Russell; Beverly, Michael and Craig Jones; and Fraser and Cheryl Ann Howell. Esau will also be remembered by his large circle of other family members and loving friends. He was a devoted husband and proud stepfather, grandfather and uncle, loyal friend and dedicated member of his church. Funeral service took place on Thursday, March 26 at Grace Pentecostal Tabernacle, Valleyfield with Pastor D. Mews officiating and Rev. R. Trevors assisting. Interment followed from St. Alban's Anglican Cemetery, Badger's Quay. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/Musgrave Harbour. Donations in Esau's memory may be made to Daffodil Place or a charity of one's choice. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at

SHORT, Rupert Carl
June 9, 1941-March 25, 2009

Passed peacefully away at the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre at St. John's NL, Rupert Carl Short. Predeceased by his father, Lewis; brother, Everett Short and brother-in-law, Bob Critch. Left to mourn son, Andy (Deneen Gatehouse); daughters, Paulette (Gordie Carter) and Valerie (Gilbert Swain); and their mother, Pinah Short (nee Blackmore). Adored grandchildren, Blair and Amy Carter and Deneen's children, Nigel and Nathaniel; mother, Mabel Short; brother, David (Hilda); sisters, Joan (Raymond Bennett), Geraldine Critch, Patsy (Fred White) and sister-in-law, Sue Short; as well as his special friend, Mary St. Croix (nee Yetman) and the entire Yetman family; lifelong friends Rick Hale, Terry Hart, Don Manuel, Harry Steele; plus a multitude of close friends too numerous to name but not forgotten. As well as a large number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Rupert was born in Beaumont, Long Island and had a long and memorable career as a teacher and high school principal in St. Anthony, Virgin Arm and Lewisporte. He was a long time member of the P.C. Party, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Irish Newfoundland Assoc., Wessex Society and Historical Society of Newfoundland. Rupert was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt as well as visit his cabin in Millertown. He loved to watch his grandson, Blair play hockey and granddaughter, Amy perform at her dance recitals. He leaves many friends, teachers and students with fond memories to last a lifetime. Visitation was held at Barrett's Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Avenue, on Friday, March 27, from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at Barrett's Chapel. A memorial service will also take place at St. Matthew's United Church, Lewisporte on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. Donations in Rupert's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Please visit to sign the memorial guestbook.

STAGG, Larry Oswald
With saddened hearts our family announce the passing of our loved one, Larry Oswald Stagg, age 55 years of Cape Freels at Brookfield Hospital on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Larry is predeceased by his grandparents, Gertrude and Joseph Stagg and Louise and George Goodyear. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 25 years Judy( Brown); son, Joshua of Cape Freels; daughters, Dawn (Mike Hefferton) of Cape Freels, Joy (Brandon Mercer) of Cape Freels, Kayla (Clinton Burt) of St. John's; very special grandson, Charles "Pop's Boy"; parents, Edgar and Leon Stagg of Cape Freels; sister, Hilda (Edwin Gray) of Grand Falls; nieces and nephews, April, Wendy, Chad, Tara, Jacinda, David, Tyler, Janel, Darren, Genessa, Kaleb, Travis, Jordan, Meagan, Tristen, Emily, Rachael and Rebecca; also a very important part of Larry's life was Judy's family, her parents, Donald and Ferne Brown of Gambo; grandmother, Theresa Ford of Hare Bay; sisters, Shelley (Terry), Paula (Bill), Gaye (Tony) and Robin (Keith); brothers, Donnie (Janice) and Wilburn (Mabel); and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at The Salvation Army Citadel, New-Wes-Valley on Saturday, March 28, 2009 with Majors Darryl and Cathy Simms officiating. Interment followed at The United Cemetery, Cape Freels. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at

RIDEOUT, Olive - 69 of Newtown
Passed away peacefully on March 27, 2009 at Brookfield Hospital. Predeceased by parents; Alexander and Florence (Blackmore) Gill; brother, Frederick Gill and mother & father-in-law, Chesley and Eliza Rideout. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are husband, Gordon; sons, Gordon Jr. (Anne) of Brampton, Ont., Terry (Norma-Lynn) and Fred (Pamela) all of Newtown; brother, Eli (Olive) of Newtown; sisters, Eleanor of Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay, Laura of Lakeside Homes, Gander and Kate (Leonard Howell) of Newtown; grandchildren, Samantha, Kassandra, Marissa, Kyle, Brady, Cameron, Nikita and Cody; sisters-in-law, Alice (James Norman) and Rita (Gerald Burry); and brother-in-law, Lindburgh (Elizabeth Rideout) and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Monday, March 30 from Trinity United Church, Newtown with Rev. T. Bowman officiating. Interment followed from the United Church cemetery, Newtown. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/Musgrave Harbour. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at

LEGROW, Phyllis
Passed peacefully away on March 29, 2009 at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, Phyllis Legrow, age 75 years. Predeceased by her parents, Max and Elsie Pottle; granddaughter, Alicia Norman and niece, Cynthia Pottle. Left with loving memories her husband, Mark Legrow; sons, Cabot of Gander, Trevor of Dartmouth, NS; daughters, Deborah (Wilson) Reardon of Glenwood, Cynthia (Gary) Murphy of Appleton, Sherry Norman of Gander, Melanie (Jerry) Kearney of St. Lawrence, Kerry-Ann (Matthew) Wheaton of Gander; brothers, Eric (Sharon) Pottle of Almont, ON, Reginald (Catherine) Pottle of Goose Bay; sisters, Vera Marshall and Muriel Cole of St. John's; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; also a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. from Fraser Road United Church. In lieu of flowers donations in Phyllis's memory may be made to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Clinic, Gander Unit. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online guestbook, please visit our website at



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