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The Beacon Obituaries
May 2018

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


Published: May 31, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Dr. Y.K. Jeon Kittiwake Health Centre, Brookfield, Leo Frederick Blackmore age 56 years of Wesleyville . Predeceased by his mother; Ina, brother; Donovan, grandparents; Ephraim and Elizabeth (Jane) Blackmore and Donald and Louisa Tulk. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife (soul mate) Maisie, father; Jesse (Marcie), special daughter; Shelley, special granddaughter; Avery, brother; Gerald (Susan) of Newtown, sisters; Debbie (Jim) of Ontario, Elizabeth (Gary) of Newtown, Joy (A.J.) of Alberta, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many friends. Funeral service took place on Saturday, May 19 at 1 P.M. at the Beothic Arena, Pound Cove with Reverends Tim and Cindy Graham officiating. Interment followed at St. Luke's Anglican Cemetery, Newtown. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made in Leo's memory to The Blackmore family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

CARTER, Herman
Published: May 31, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one on Friday, May 25, 2018 at his residence in Badger's Quay, Herman Claude Carter age 67 years. Predeceased by his parents Phyllis Marguerite and Stewart Claude. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his wife Edith, son James Carter of Coquitlam, B.C., daughters Denise (Michael Stokes) of Badger's Quay and Darlene (Kristopher Button) of Lead Cove, Trinity Bay, grandchildren Bailey Stokes and Brady Stokes and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 2 P.M. at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Badger's Quay with Rev. Tim Graham officiating. Inurnment to take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy flowers are gratefully accepted or donations in his memory may be made to The Carter Family who will decide on monetary disbursements. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove/Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence, please visit

Published: June 07, 2018

Passed away peacefully at Lakeside Homes, Gander on May 25th, 2018 James Cashin age 87 years of Gander. Predeceased by his wife Mary, parents Patrick and Estelle Cashin, sisters Ann, Madge and Stella and brother Patrick. Left with loving memories are son Ron (Ursula) Cashin of Gander, daughters Estelle (David) Dawe of Hearts Content, Theresa (Ed) Dunphy of Embrun, ON., Sisters Alice Costello of St. John's, Patsy and Madonna, grandchildren Michael, Kenny, Gary, Steven, John, Amanda, great grandchildren Marykate, Quinn, Ronan, Harrison and Malcolm. Also a large circle of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander Funeral Mass was held Monday May 28th at 1:00 pm at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Gander. Flowers are accepted or donations in James memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada PO Box 8032 Stn A St. John's NL A1B 3M7.To leave a message of condolence for a family member please visit    Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander

COLLINS, Marshall
Published: May 18, 2018
Born: December 05, 1935
Passed Away: May 11, 2018
Marshall Collins
fit five lifetimes into one becoming a Fisherman, Teacher, CNT Linesman, Gold Prospector and Justice of the Peace serving the community of Carmanville. His quest for knowledge also resulted in a Legal Assistant and Private Investigator Diploma. Marshall loved Newfoundland and his family especially, Frances Collins, his wife of 62 years. He was proud of his sons Eugene (Pauline), Larry (Constance), Rick (Cindy) and went to join his only daughter, Florence Cull (Boyd), in heaven. Marshall will be missed by his ten Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. Marshall lived life on his own terms and lived life well. Marshall passed away, at home with Frances by his side, at the age of 82.

FORSEY, Ernest
Published: June 07, 2018
Ernest James Forsey
of Victoria Cove NL, passed away at the James Paton Memorial Hospital May 30 after a short illness. Ernest was 76. Predeceased by his parents Winnie and Oswald Forsey, son Derek Forsey and sister Mary Hodge. Left with loving and great memories are his wife Dianna Sensabaugh, Grandson Jesse Forsey of Montreal, brother Oscar and wife Sylvia Forsey of Glenwood, Audrey Boyd of Scarborough Ont., Dianna's sister and brother-in-law Starr and Ken Zawaly of Fonthill Ont., brother Richard Sensabaugh of Welland Ont. As well as a circle of nieces and nephews and friends. Ernest had one wish on his "Bucket List" to sail the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and other exotic destinations -He did just that. May 1998 Ernie and Dianna set from Hamilton Ont. on their sailboat "Gander Bay" for an adventure of a life time. They returned to Ontario in 2000 only to leave again in 2006 to continue the sailing adventure. They settled in Victoria Cove NL in 2010 where gardening and "chickens" became their new hobby! Cremation has taken place. Celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

HALL, Esther
Passed peacefully away at Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay on May 3, 2018 Esther Jane Hall age 88 years of Newtown. Predeceased by her parents Ethel and Timothy Abbott; brother Percy Abbott; and sister Olive Abbott. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are her husband Peter; sons Barry Hall of Lumsden and Peter Hall Jr. (Marina) of Newtown; daughters Elizabeth Hall (Paul) of Wareham and Patricia Sainsbury (Brian) of Newtown; brother Neville Abbott (Clara) of St. John's; grandchildren Steven Sainsbury (Carolyn), Jennifer Hall, Johnny Sainsbury (Lisa), Jeanna Hall, Megan Cooze (Shawn). Melanie Duffenais (Devon), Chelsea Hollett (Jeff), Kyle Hall and Jane Cooze; great-grandchildren Brayden, Phoenix, Xander and Weston; and a large circle of other family and friends. Funeral service took place at St. Luke's Anglican Church, Newtown on Saturday, May 5, 2018 with Rev. Cindy Graham officiating. Interment followed at The Anglican Church Cemetery, Newtown. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove. To send messages of condolence please visit

HOBBS, Beulah Johnson
Born In: Little Catalina, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: June 23rd, 1933
Passed in: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Passed on: May 1st, 2018

It is with profound regret that the family of Beulah Johnson Hobbs announce her sudden passing on Tuesday May 1st 2018 at age 84. She was at peace with her life, one spent loving and giving beyond measure, expecting nothing in return. A beloved teacher of 20 years and successful real estate business owner for 20 more, she merited enormous respect, appreciation, adoration and love by all those whose lives she touched. An avid reader, brilliant story-teller, writer of poetry, and a life-long interest in politics and world news, she was rarely at a loss for words. One of her finest qualities was her sense of humour and her ability to laugh out loud at her own boo-boos and blunders. A social butterfly to the end, she was always ready for Euchre, Scrabble, trivia, learning a new craft, or simply chatting, sharing the stories of her life in her beloved Newfoundland & Labrador, a life for which she was ever grateful. The depth of her love for those she held dear was immeasurable and she seized every opportunity to tell them so Predeceased by her parents Fanny (Stead) and Jim Johnson, husband Allan, infant son Brian, brother Victor, daughter-in-law Margaret, sister-in-law Jean, brothers-in-law Raymond and Karl. Loving Mom to Cheryl (Tom Jordan), Marilyn, Rod (Eileen) and Corey. Proud Nan to Scott (Kayla), Eva, Terri Lynn (Josh), Brittany, Lindsay (Tom) and Kristy-Lee (Nick). Also left with fond and loving memories: sisters Grace Baker (Alvin) and Myrtle Dalton (Lloyd); brother Larry (Joy Maddigan); brothers-in-law Wince (Elsie) and Arthur (Ruby); a long loving list of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends in Newfoundland and Labrador, and many dear friends and fellow residents at Windsor Park Manor. Special thanks to the nursing team, staff and volunteers at Windsor Park Manor who afforded Beulah an incredibly happy, joy-filled, heart-warming final six years of her amazing life. At her request, a celebration of life will take place in the chapel at Windsor Park Manor, 990 Hunt Club, Ottawa, ON K1V 8S8, on Saturday 12 May 2018 at 2:00PM

KEAN, Elsie
Published: May 31, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one at Bonnews Lodge, Badger's Quay on Saturday, May 19, 2018 Elsie "Pearl" Kean age 84 years of Pound Cove. Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Maisie Green; husband Wilfred; son Howard; brother-in-law Wince Blackmore. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her son Ernest Kean of Pound Cove; daughter-in-law Alyce Kean of Pound Cove; sisters Amelia Blackmore of Newtown and Isabelle Cater (Cyril) of New Brunswick; brother Kevin Green (Evelyn) of Templeman; grandchildren Christopher, Cindy (Darrell), Sandy (Lorne), Allison (Mike), Trevor (Vicky) and Robyn (Ronnie); great-grandchildren Tessa, Russell, Kennedy, Maverick, Heather, Julie, Tyson, Ava, Jackson, Cassidy and Addison; and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral service took place at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Pound Cove on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Cindy Graham officiating. Interment followed at The Anglican Cemetery, Pound Cove. As an expression of sympathy donations in Pearl's memory may be made to St. Mary's Anglican Church Cemetery Fund, Pound Cove. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

KING, Robert
Published: June 07, 2018

It is with great sadness the family of Robert (Bob) King, age 82, announce his passing at Bonnew's Home on May 30, 2018. Born March 20, 1936, originally from Hickman's Harbour Random Island, Bob was the son of the late Ralph & Myra King. Bob is survived by Margaret, his wife of 57 years, daughters Beverley King (Lyndon), Lisa Abbott (Eddie), Jennifer King; sons Greg (Paula) and John (Desiree); grandchildren Russell Bursey, Robyn Bowering, Blair Bursey, Riley King, Jonah Richard, Jake Abbott, Rebecca King, Ryan King, Gabriel King, Blake King; great grandson Oliver Bursey; twin brother Bill (Ruth) and sister Ruby Kelly. All who knew Bob agree he was a kind gentleman who worked hard and above all loved his family. In the 1970's, Bob formed King's Jewellery, and with his wife by his side, built this family business into one which was recognized and respected throughout the industry. Bob worked in the store with passion and enjoyment until age 70, when he broke his neck in a fall which subsequently necessitated closure of the business. Despite his neck injury, Bob continued on as a dedicated member of community groups and on his 82nd birthday, Bob was presented with a 50 year service award from the Gander Masonic Lodge. Though slight in stature and quiet by nature, Bob had incredible strength of character and morals. His dry sense of humor, wit and optimism helped him through 15 years of various life threatening sicknesses, with Margaret as his caretaker throughout it all. Bob's integrity and eternal optimism inspire his children, grandchildren and many who knew him to face life's challenges with a positive attitude and without complaint. Bob's family would like to thank the staff of James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre, Bonnews Home, Dr. Dicks, Dr. Ojo and Dr. Hickey for their kindness and care they provided our dad/husband throughout his illnesses, especially over the past 3 months. Bob is rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 2nd at St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral in Gander. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Shriner's Patient Transportation Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home. To leave a message of condolence for a family member please visit

LLOYD, Shirley
Published: May 31, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Shirley Yvonne Lloyd, age 79, of Bedford, NS, announce her peaceful passing on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, just shy of her 80th birthday. Born in Port Hope Simpson, Labrador, Shirley was the daughter of the late Hayward and May Pike. Left with fond and loving memories, are her husband John, children, Elizabeth (Morgan Peat), Toronto, ON; Peter, Vancouver, BC; Bronwen (Roy Bourgeois), Halifax, NS. She cherished her relationships with each of her grandchildren, Bronwyn and Johnathon Peat, Dylan and Cameron Lloyd; Shirley also leaves her sister Doreen Carter, Botwood, NL and her sister-in-law June Pike, St. John's, NL., as well as nieces and nephews, cousins, and a large circle of friends. Beside her parents, she was predeceased by sister Jean Lorenzen, brother Lancelot Pike, daughter-in-law Linda Lloyd, brother in-laws (Winston) Joe Carter and Jim Lorenzen. Shirley was a fantastic cook who loved to entertain. She enjoyed decorating her home and took great pride in gardening in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. She and her family shared many special memories over the years at home, the cabin, and on vacations. She loved her winters in Florida prior to her illness. She had a great sense of humour and will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all of us.Shirley's family would like to express their appreciation to Bill and Janice Lorenzen for their many years of care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Canada.   Cremation has taken place under the care of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists (902-835-4212). Words of comfort and condolence can be made to the family by visiting

LUSH, Dr. Norman MD
Published: May 31, 2018

Passed peacefully away at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital on May 11th, 2018 in the presence of family and friends, Dr. Norman Lush, age 88. Dr. Lush was born in St. John's, NL and grew up in Harbour Grace and Gander. Leaving behind with cherished memories his daughters: Nancy, Sandra Simpson (Malcolm), Janet Lush Graham and Joanne MacDonald (Leslie); grandchildren who he enjoyed immensely: Griffin, Alex and Zoe Simpson, Amanda and Mackenzie Graham; brother Max (Nora) and their family, Gander. Predeceased by wife Greta (nee Wrathall); parents John and Henrietta Lush; sisters: Ruth and Blanche and brothers: Fred and Peter. Dr. Lush completed his Pre-Med at Mount Allison in 1954; Post Graduate St. John's in 1962 and in 1963 entered the Montreal Neurological Institute Hospital graduating with F.R.C.P. (C). He returned to Newfoundland where he had a distinguished career as Neurologist spanning several decades. He worked in all the major hospitals on the island and was President of the NL Medical Association in 1993. His long time friend Dr. Mark Stefanelli described him as "The father of Neurology in Newfoundland & Labrador" Dr. Lush was a founding member of Wheelchair Sports and The Hub. He was a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen's Jubilee Medal. He was a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, a leader, a visionary and someone who cared deeply about his community and province. His contribution to the medical community has been significant, and to the disability community outstanding. He was a passionate man who loved his family, pets, fishing, working in his greenhouse and gardening. He loved the simple pleasures of life and enjoyed a good joke, telling stories and sharing a cup of tea with friends. For many years enjoyed his annual rabbit catching trip with his brothers and friends across Gander Lake. The Family of Dr. Lush would like to thank his close friend Danny O'Neill for his ongoing support as well as caregivers Vince Bezanson and Carson Bastow and staff of 6 East St. Clare's Mercy Hospital. A very special thank you to Dr. Mark Stefanelli for his long time friendship and medical support. Funeral service was held May 14th.

PARSONS, Elvis Dawes
Published: May 31, 2018
October 14, 1961 - Newtown, Newfoundland
May 21, 2018 - Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce that Elvis, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the age of 56 years. His sisters Joan and Mary, his niece Dinah and his brother-in-law Douglas were at his bedside during his final living days. Born to Samuel and Levetia Parsons, Elvis made his home in Newtown, Lumsden, Labrador City, Halifax and the last ten years in Calgary. Elvis faced many obstacles but was able to master most life skills with immense help from his family, friends and mentors. He worked his entire adult life in various jobs in the greenhouse industry and for Loblaw's Superstores in Halifax and Calgary for fourteen years prior to his illness. A backyard party, mornings at the Farmer's Market and hikes around the park were a few of the many past times Elvis enjoyed. He loved all animals especially dogs. Elvis loved travelling, visiting friends and family in Newfoundland, taking trips to Florida and Las Vegas, or spending a weekend in the Rocky Mountains. He traveled through eight of the ten provinces of Canada. Elvis was very inquisitive about the places he visited and while touring the parliament buildings in Ottawa once asked, "What do the workers do here in this building?" Certainly a question we've all asked once in a while! Of course his biggest passions were supporting his beloved Montreal Canadiens, his love for country music and roast chicken dinners with the family. Elvis required extra help in many areas of life but it was not a one-way street. He helped with his nieces and nephew in their younger years and he was never a person to say no to a small favour that usually turned into a big help. We all learned life lessons from this great man. Never give up, try to be kind, love your family, and take a little time to have fun.
Elvis will be missed by his sister Joan (Winston) Goodyear and their children, and his sister Mary (Douglas) Watt. Elvis' large circle of relatives, friends and co-workers will remember him fondly. A day of remembrance and celebration of Elvis will take place at a later date. Thank you for the loving care of the staff, Dr. Albuquerque and Dr. Bland at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary. Thank you Dr. Mirza, Elvis' family physician, for your expertise and friendship. Condolences may be forwarded through    If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Elvis Parsons, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

Published: May 17, 2018

Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Homes, Gander, May 7, 2018, Harold Pritchett, formerly of Gambo, aged 82 years. Predeceased by his parents Job and Susanna Pritchett, brothers Willis and Ted, sisters Bernice, Vera and Gloria. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Bonnie; daughters Penny (Neville Wells) and Pam (Ken Billinghurst) both of Calgary; sister Marina (Ford Matchim) CBS; sister-in-law Kathleen (Peter Hogan) Gander; nephew/brothers Scott Pritchett (Geraldine, d.) Gambo and Monty Pritchett (Joyce) CBS; special great-grand-son Xavier (Toronto) and a large number of extended family and friends. Donations in his memory may be made to Lakeside Homes, Gander or a charity of your choice. The staff at Lakeside Homes deserve special mention. We thank them most sincerely for their compassionate and professional care during Harold's time with them, but especially during the past few weeks. From all our family, to all at Lakeside thank you for all you have done for us. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander - Carmanville. To leave a message of condolence please visit



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