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The Beacon Obituaries
October 2017

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.


BRADBURY, Millicent
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Millicent Bradbury announce her peaceful passing at James Paton Memorial Hospital, surrounded by loved ones, on October 11, 2017, at the age of 98 years. Millicent was predeceased by her husband Wilfred; her parents, Richard and Sarah Annie French; her brothers Malcolm French (S.S. Caribou), Rev. Watson French (Nan), Graham French (Helen), and James French (Janet); and also the brothers of her late husband (Pearce, Malcolm, George, Raymond and William). Leaving to mourn but celebrate her life with fond, loving and lasting memories, her three children, Marilyn Hounsell (Emerson) of Gander; David Bradbury (Peggy) of Burlington, Ontario; and Bill Bradbury (Danielle) of Gander. Also leaving five grandchildren, Susan Hounsell (Kevin), Robert Hounsell (Leanne), Davina Bradbury, Jason Bradbury and Jennifer Bradbury (David). Also, five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Charlotte; Kaymen, Kenyen and Kiara. Millicent also leaves a large circle of friends and extended family in Gander, Bay Roberts, and Ontario. Millicent will be especially missed by her extended family in Bay Roberts with whom she maintained regular contact, particularly her sister-in-law Nellie Bradbury and niece Evelyn Cave, who sang like a nightingale to her almost every evening over the phone. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 14th at 2:00 P.M. from St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Special gratitude is expressed to Millicent's loving and devoted home care providers, Mary Lou Hodder and Hazel Durnford. Thanks, are also expressed to special friends Nick Soper and Marie Matheson who visited her frequently. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of JPMH for their care and compassion. Millicent led a healthy and active life. She continued to drive and walk into her 90s and was able to remain in her home throughout her lifetime. Millicent particularly enjoyed the fellowship of her church and church community. Donations in Millicent's memory are gratefully accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

MESH, Walter C.
August 7, 1932 - October 1, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Walter C. Mesh announce his passing at his residence on Sunday October 1, 2017 at the age of 85 years. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Avice Mesh (nee Weir); sons: Jim Mesh, Derek Mesh (Valle); daughters: Deb Borona (Hal); grandchildren: Sarah (Howard) of British Columbia, Jamie Lee (Ashley) Stuckless of British Columbia, Corey Mesh (Isabelle) of New Brunswick, Alex Mesh (Cody) of Nova Scotia, Janie Gillingham (Dustin) of Newfoundland; great grandchildren: Kaia, Khloe, Hunter, Brody, Sadie, Owen, Lincoln, sister Maisie of Louisiana, also a large circle of nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Walter & Carrie Mesh; sisters: Daisy, Phyllis and brother Ivan. Visitation has taken place at Stacey's Funeral Home, 60 Roe Avenue, Gander on Tuesday October 3, 2017 between the hours of 2-4 & 7-9 p. Funeral service was held on Wednesday October 4, 2017 from the Fraser Road United Church at 3p.m. officiated by Reverend Cathy Brett with interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy flowers are graciously accepted or donations in Walters's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander to leave an online condolence please visit our website at

SMITH, Alex Maxwell
February 16th, 1927 - October 7th, 2017

Passed away peacefully at The James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, Alex Maxwell Smith, age 90 years. Predeceased by his parents Allan and Gertrude Smith, 2 brothers Melvin and Hubert. Left to mourn are his wife Carrie, sons David (Nina), Danny (Gloria), Douglas, daughter Donna (Clarence), sisters Ethel Rose, Hilda Young (Ray), Grace Butler, Stella Hughes (Mike), Loretta Brinson (Edwin), grandchildren, Crystal Smith, Carolyn Smith, Allan Smith, Ryan Smith (Bambi), Jeffrey (Barbora), Nicole Denty (Hedley), Jennifer Denty and Elizabeth Denty, great-grandchildren Kalee Smith, Sophia Smith, Jackson Smith, Isabella Smith, Josefina Smith, Evangelina Pritchett and Tyler James Denty. Also, a large circle of relatives and friends. Alex was born at Bay Bulls Arm, Trinity Bay. He moved to Gander on March 20th, 1943 and later met the love of his life Carrie Smith (Powell). Together they raised 4 children. Alex Maxwell enjoyed life to the fullest with his family. Many camping trips across Newfoundland/Canada accompanied by his K-9 best friend Chipper. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping and he also was an experienced carpenter building his own house, boats, his father's house (Allan Smith), along with helping build his brother Hubert's house.
Alex and Carrie Smith were happily married for 65 years where every afternoon, later in life, they sat down and enjoyed The Young and The Restless together in their living room. He also enjoyed watching his hockey games (his favorite team was The Chicago Blackhawks). He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and pet owner. He loved to sit in his rocking chair with his little AM/FM radio by his ear jamming to Newfoundland music including his favorite tune All Fly Away. In his earlier years, he took a ride on the wild side, burning down the road on his motorcycle with his brothers Melvin and Hubert. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on Monday, October 9th at 2:00 P.M. from Fraser Road United Church, Gander. Cremation will follow. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To leave a message of condolence, please visit



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