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The Beacon Obituaries
March 2015

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


Passed away peacefully at the James Paton Memorial Health Center, Gander on Thursday, March 26th, 2015, Paul G. Bourne, age 56. Predeceased by his parents Gilbert and Madeline Bourne and his first wife Cindy (Nee-Smith). Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife Deborah (Nee- Dawson), son Brandon Matthew Bourne of Gander, step-daughter Hannah Collins of Gander, brother Kevin Bourne of Edmonton, AB; sisters Linda (Carl Feltham) of St. John's, Brenda Bourne of Scarborough, ON; Cathy Bourne of Scarborough, ON; niece Leia Feltham of St. John's, Nieces Kathyrn and Grace Dawson, son-in-law to Fanny Smith, son-in-law to Mary MacDonald, brother-in-law to Thelma (Ken) O'Brien, Debbie (Calvin) Brown, Jean (Scott) Goobie, John (Rose) Smith, Eric Smith, brother-in-law Steve Dawson (Renee) and many relatives and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, March 30th at 11:00 A.M. From St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Donations in Paul's memory may be made to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Clinic, Gander in the form of gas cards. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander.

August 6, 1945 - March 3, 2015

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal…love leaves a memory no one can steal
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Cluney Collins announces his passing on March 3, 2015 at Lakeside Homes in Gander at the age of 70. Cluney passed away peacefully surrounded by members of his loving family. He is predeceased by his parents Phillip and Emily, and his son Terry. He leaves to mourn his partner Linda Kelly; son Juan (Kim) and grandchildren Jennifer, Janine and Crystal. Also left to mourn are his stepchildren: Velma, Amanda, Vanessa, Robbie, Darren, Randy and Joey and their families, including numerous grandchildren. Cluney will be dearly missed by his three sisters: Frances Glover (Sandy), Beulah Courtney (Howard), Glenda Woodford (Pat) and three brothers: Seymore (Beatie), Jess (Gladys), and Derrick (Donna). He will also be remembered by his many nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as ‘Uncle Clune', and extended relatives and friends. Cluney was born on August 6, 1945 to Phillip and Emily Collins and raised in Hare Bay, Bonavista Bay. He attended Gander District Vocational School and worked as an autobody repairman and a welder for most of his life and he also worked in construction - all of which he loved and did so well. He loved to go rabbit catching, ice fishing and berry picking. Cluney will be fondly remembered for his love of life and his family, his easy-going personality, and his great sense of humor. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful nursing staff at James Paton Memorial Hospital and Lakeside Homes for their kindness and exceptional care. And a special thank-you goes out to Dr. Mikhail who provided the utmost amazing care and support during Cluney's illness, along with Captain Corey Pinkson and Major Stan Higdon for the love, support and prayers given to Cluney and his family. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice in Cluney's memory.

COLLINS, Sherman
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear loved one on March 29, 2015 in his residence at Centreville, Sherman Collins age 65 years. Predeceased by his parents; Gordon and Rachel Collins, brothers; Claude and Max, sister; Daphne, sisters-in-law; Lucy and Maud, mother-in-law; Frederica Rogers. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife; Emma, brothers; Sam, Rankin (Peggy), Gordon (Lilly), Michael (Rita), Frank (Mona), Gene (Rebecca) and Terry, sisters; Lilly (Chris Goulding), Linda (Frank Danfield), Donna (Stan Legge), Sheila (Anthony Leo), brothers-in-law; Winston (Jose), Bill (Wendy), sisters-in-law; Jonie (Carson), Jane (Seward) and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service was held on April 1, 2015 at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Centreville with Rev. David Coffin officiating. Interment followed at St. Barnabas Anglican Church Cemetery, Centreville. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/ Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

"Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you."
? Shannon L. Alder

Our hearts are heavy as we share the sadness we feel in announcing Jeremy's passing. His final rest came suddenly and peacefully as he slept in the early morning hours of Friday March 13, 2015 at his residence at Kilbride. At 29 he is taken far too soon, but he exuberantly pursued many adventures, escapades and memories into his three decades. Jeremy was predeceased by his Grandfather, Rev'd Canon John Watkins in 1985; uncles Danny Feltham and Derek Rose. Family members left to mourn his passing, but celebrating his life are parents -Jocelyn and Eli, Pound Cove; Brother -Matthew and Sister-in-law Nicole and his precious baby niece Claire Beth; grandparents - Beatrice Watkins, St John's - George and Joan Cross, Badger's Quay; Aunt Joan Feltham, Glovertown; Uncle John Watkins, Fort McMurray; Uncle Vernon (Germaine) Watkins, Milltown; Uncle Bill (Joanne) Cross, Badger's Quay; Aunt Florence Cross (Irene Woodworth), Badger's Quay; Aunt Dianne Watkins, St John's; cousins Ryan (Allysha) & Devon Cross; Candace (Boyd) and his Godchild Rory, and John Watkins; John (Dani) Feltham, Leah (Craig) White and Laura (John) Feltham; Aaron and Caisie Watkins and a much wider extended family. Jeremy proudly lived independently at Kilbride with a staff as close as family; they too mourn - Amy Furey, Jessica Flynn, MacKenzie Morgan, Andrew Knee and David McDonald. A Memorial Service - Celebration of Life took place at St Albans Anglican Church, Badger's Quay on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with Rev. Tim Graham officiating, assisted by Rev. John Watton. As an expression of sympathy donations in Jeremy's memory may be made to Easter Seals, St John's. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

Passed peacefully away at the James Paton Memorial Hospital on March 09, 2015, John Thomas Dawson of Gambo in his 83rd year. Predeceased by his parents James and May Dawson, brothers Frank, Vincent, and Paul, sisters Genevieve Dawson and Patricia Gillingham. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his sister Margaret Dawson of Mississauga, Ontario, niece Michelle (Eli), nephew Paul, great nieces Terri-Lynn, Ashley, Jessica, great nephews EJ, Maurice, Wilfred, great great nephew Blake and cousin John Morrissey. John will also be missed by his large circle of good friends. Funeral service took place March 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Gambo and was officiated by Father Tom Duffenais and Deacon Mike Timmins. Arrangements entrusted to Pritchett's Funeral Home, Gambo. To sign the online guest book, please visit

FIFIELD, Genevieve
Passed suddenly away at the A. M. Guy Memorial Health Centre, Buchans on Monday, March 2nd, 2015, Genevieve Fifield, age 78. Predeceased by her mother and father, Hilda and Chesley Harris, husband Clarence, sister Jackie Harnett, and brother Gordon Harris. Left to mourn with loving memories are her sons Clarence (Dianne) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Gary (Genny) of St. John's, Donald (Maryanne) of Barrie, Ont, Brian (Lori) of Buchans, daughters Holly (Paul Barnes) of North Carolina, USA, and Denise (Tracy Baker) of Buchans; brothers William of Buchans, James (Ann) of Buchans, Brian (Marilyn) of Buchans, Lloyd (Linda) of Buchans, Robert (Daphne) of Buchans, Beaton (Annie) of Port Blandford, Griffin (Diane) of Buchans, Harold (Linda) of Moncton, NB, Maxwell (Denise) of Fort Mac, AB, sisters Barbana (James) of Buchans, Jessie (Boyd) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Murla Dawn (William) of Buchans; grandchildren Lisa, Jeffrey, William, Jason , Heather, Brian, Mark, Laura, Amanda, Ethan, Caitlin, Wendy, Patrick, Curtis, Taylor; great-grandchildren Carter, Casey, Joshua, Andrew, Jasmine, Sarah, Charo, Dominique, Brandon, Mahleena, Trinity, Taylor; great-great-grandchildren Colton, Jace and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at the United Church, Buchans. Funeral service was held on Friday, March 6th at 2:00 P.M. from the United Church, Buchans. Interment followed at Buchans Community Cemetery. Donations in Genevieve's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

HICKEY, Marguerite
Born In: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: May 26th, 1926
Passed in: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: March 7th, 2015

Passed peacefully away in her 89th year on 07-Mar-2015 at Chancellor Park in St. John's, NL, Mrs. Marguerite Hickey of St. John's and Gander. Predeceased by her husband Leo Hickey in 2010, her parents Gertrude and Gerald O'Brien, brothers Edward, John and George and sister Mary Ford. Leaving to mourn daughters Paula, Brenda (Cecil Collins), and Sharon (David Tilley) and sons Greg, Gerard (Catharine), and Patrick (Jenny). Grand-children David (Sophie), Sheilagh, and Kieran Hanley (Jessica), Matthew (Jennifer) and Tony (Tori) Clement, and Barbara Collins. Also her sisters Rosalie Curran and Zita Woodward, and sisters-in-law Patricia Doyle, Betty O'Brien, and Maureen O'Brien. The wake took place at Caul's Funeral Home in St. John's on Tuesday 10-Mar-2015 and the funeral service, celebrated by Fr. Fred Browne of St. Paul's Parish, took place on Wednesday, 11-Mar-2015. Marguerite was laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with her husband, Leo.
All who knew her will remember her gentle and sweet nature.

HOWELL, Clifton
Passed peacefully away at Brookfield Hospital on Sunday, March 29, 2015 Clifton Howell age 93 years of Pound Cove. Predeceased by his parents Mary Ellen and Isaac Howell; first wife Martha Howell(nee Blackwood); grandchildren Tanya Howell, Terry Howell Jr. and Chris Cook; son-in-law Carl Blackmore; brother Alfred Howell (Myrtle - deceased); sisters Letsie Sturge (Jack - deceased) and Maisie Fry (Bill - Deceased). Left with fond and cherished memories are his wife of 65 years Marcella (Marcie); daughters Shirley (Ray Cook) of St. John's, Valeda (Jim Welsh) of Glovertown; Nellie (Ed Tremblett) of Pound Cove and Cindy (Clyde Bungay) of Newtown; sons Leonard (Kate) of Newtown, Terry (Roma) of Templeman, Rick (Anne) of Templeman and Tony (Brenda) of Pound Cove; sisters Minnie Blackwood of St. John's (Edward - deceased) and Greta Stagg of Little Catalina (William - deceased); 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at Trinity United Church, Newtown on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 with Rev. Lorne Bungay officiating. Interment to followed at The United Church Cemetery, Pound Cove. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clifton's memory may be made to The United Church Cemetery Fund, Pound Cove. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove. To send messages of condolence please visit

HUNT, Edgar
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one on March 21, 2015 at Brookfield Hospital, Brookfield, Edgar George Hunt age 69 years of Wareham. Predeceased by his parents; Percy and Louise Hunt and brother; James Hunt, sisters-in-law; Laura Button, Marion Rogers, brothers-in-law; Arthur Keats, Samuel Keats. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are, his wife; Maxine, 3 sons; Churence (Andrea) of Ontario, Jason (Julia) of Gambo, Gordon of Ontario, brothers; Arthur (Arletta), Roland (Diane), Gordon (Rosalind), Percy (Amelia), Kenneth (Edith), Carl (Linda), Leonard (Joyce), Lorne (Pauline), Wilson (Brenda), Kevin (Bernadine), sisters; Lucy (Roland Button), Ann (Malcolm Matthews), Irene (Wilfred Hunt), Emma (Larry Kean), grandchildren; Justin, Harley, Christopher, Kevin, Denika, Cody, Tylar, Harriett, Nathaniel, Ryan, Eryn, Ryleigh, great-grandchildren; Seth, Keanin, Rosalyn, Cayden, brothers-in-law; Lewis Button, Henry Rogers, Norman Keats (Christine), Ellis Keats (Janice), Rheuben Keats (Cathy), Harry Keats, Lester Keats (Vanessa), Gary Keats (Dana), Lewis Keats (Marlene), Brendon Keats (Geraldine), sisters-in-law; Hazel Hunt, Brenda Collins, Katie Canning (Darren), Ada Ahktar (Saaid) and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service was held on March 24, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Wareham with Rev. David Coffin officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Church Cemetery, Wareham. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

POHL, Arnold
AUGUST 20, 1942 - MARCH 20, 2015

The family of the late Arnold Pohl is saddened to announce his passing at James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander. Arnold passed peacefully away in the presence of his daughter Renate and her mother Rhyna on Friday, March 20, 2015 in his 72nd year. He is predeceased by his parents Julius & Ida (nee Schmitke) Pohl; brother Waldemar Pohl; son Ian Gordon Pohl and brother-in-law Helmut. He leaves to mourn son Daniel (Karen); daughters Jennifer (Doug) Johnston, Renate, Tracey (Kerry) Branford, Erika (Vitali) Zdorovetskiy; brother Arthur (Meta) Pohl; sister Irma Pfeiffer; grandchildren Kara, Kendra, Keegan, Faith, Kaylee, Conor, Danny, Brayden, Michael; great grandchild Daniel Pohl; Rhyna Cutler mother of Jennifer, Renate and Ian; Beulah Keefe mother of Tracey, Daniel and Erika; sister-in-law Helene Pohl wife of deceased brother Waldemar. Visitation was held at Sincerely Yours Funeral Home in Centreville on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:00pm. Cremation took place on Monday, March 23, 2015. Inurnment will take place at St. Barnabas Anglican Cemetery at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jennifer Pender of Sincerely Yours Funeral Home.

WHITE, Annie
Passed peacefully away at Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay on Thursday, March 26, 2015 Annie Geraldine White age 88 years of Pool's Island. Predeceased by her parents Alexander and Ester-Ann Hoyles; husband Hubert; sisters Rita Hoyles, Elvey Hoyles and Nina Hoyles; brothers Raymond Hoyles, Hubert Hoyles and Stanley Hoyles; sister-in-law Marjorie Dalton. Left with fond and loving memories are her daughter Shirley Knight (Douglas) of Pouch Cove; sons Samuel White (Rose) of Consecon, ON. and Raymond White (Anne) of St. John's; brother Percy Hoyles (Marguerite) of St. John's; brother-in-law Fred Dalton of Toronto, ON.; sister-in-law Mary Hoyles Starkes of Pool's Island; grandchildren Paula (Rob), Penny (J.J.), David (Crystal), Holly (Jonathan), Meghan (Shawn), Justin (Alison) and Doug (Gina); great-grandchildren Jonathan, David, Devan, Aliyah, Mya, Cole, Felicity, Patrick, Olivia, Allison and Heather; and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at St. James Anglican Church, Pool's Island on Monday, March 30, 2015 with Rev. Tim Graham officiating. Interment followed at The Anglican Church Cemetery, Pool's Island. As an expression of sympathy donations in Annie's memory may be made to The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, St. John's, NL. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove. To send messages of condolence please visit

(AUGUST 23, 1933 - MARCH 16, 2015)

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of Melvin Woodward, who passed peacefully away this morning at his home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. He leaves to mourn his wife and life time partner, Sibyl, his children; Peter (Nicole Powell), Tana (Mike Whitehead), Melvin Jr. and five grandchildren; Erin, Gillian, Mac, Luke and Andrew.
Dad was born in North Boat Harbour, Newfoundland and moved to Goose Bay, Labrador in 1957 to work. Followed by his bride to be Sibyl Coles, they married at the RCAF Chapel in Goose Bay on Remembrance Day of that year.
From his early beginnings of pulling seal pelts to the shore and teaching at a sole room school house for $65/month, Mel went on to build an enterprise with 800 employees and $750 million in sales; a testament to his outstanding contributions to business growth and the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The companies he has created include Woodward's Oil Limited, Woodward's Limited, Coastal Shipping Limited, Woodward Motors Limited, Labrador Motors Limited, Labrador Marine Services and Arctic Fuel Delivery. He was particularly proud of his ability to re-establish Newfoundland and Labrador's role in the Arctic, and he won all contracts through competitive tendering with the Nunavut Government to provide fuel distribution in the territory.
In addition to business our father had a distinguished career in public and community service in our province. Twice elected as a member of the House of Assembly; he served as minister of Labrador Affairs; Director for the Bank of Canada; founding member and President of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce; President of the Liberal Association; chairman of the Federal Enterprise Development Board for Industry, Trade and Commerce; member of the Memorial University Board of Regents; and chairman of the St. John's Port Corporation. Other significant honours included an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Memorial University, the Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and being named to the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame.
Our father never forgot his roots. He loved Boat Harbour and continued to share his love for his hometown and for Labrador. Like few other of his generation he saw the north as a land of opportunity, and while others went south to settle and invest, he made the north his home. A man of integrity and hard work, he was loyal to those around him.
Today we celebrate our father's accomplishments and mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and a true son of Newfoundland and Labrador.
His wake took place at Fillatre's Funeral Home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Funeral Service was held at St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Thursday, March 19, with interment following in Boat Harbour.



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