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The Beacon Obituaries
September 2011

The Beacon
is a community newspaper for Gander.

Filed chronologically as published for the Month of September 2011


LUSH, Bertha May, September 9th, 1934 - September 5th, 2011 -
After a brave battle with cancer, Bertha passed away on Monday, September 5, 2011 at her home in Gambo, Newfoundland, peacefully, with family by her side. Bertha was born on Bragg's Island September 9, 1934, the eldest child of George and Eliza Ann Oram. She leaves behind sisters Effie (Ralph) of Port aux Basques and Geraldine (David) and brothers Clyde (Margaret), Elias (Evelyn) of Glovertown and Harry (Agnes) of Keswick, ON. Predeceased by husband George, Bertha also leaves to mourn her three daughters, Geraldine (Sherry) Lush of Mount Pearl, Nita (Ken) Abbott, Debbie, and her eight sons, Lloyd (Mae), Wilfred, Larry (Velma) Glovertown, Carl (Gwen), Alex (Paulus) and Dwight, Perry (Louise) Ajax, ON, Craig (Susie) and two very special friends in this life and the next, Emma Bennett and Mildred Barclay. She was a dearly loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Her spirit and vitality for life were remarkable, especially as she waged her final battle against cancer. Bertha was so very grateful for the love and compassion shown by family and friends through their visits and assistance as her health failed. Special thanks to Betty and George Badcock, Pearce Mullett, Florence Lush, and Phyllis Pritchett whose visits warmed her heart and brightened her days and of course to Neta Hunt whose compassion and care carried her through her final days. The expertise, kindness and support provided by Neta was exceptional and meant so much to all of us. Funeral Service will take place at the Salvation Army, Gambo Thursday, September 8th at 2:00pm.

STYLES, Bertha Louise (Rowsell), 77, Halifax (formerly of Gander) -
With heavy hearts, we announce Bertha's peaceful passing on September 7, 2011 at the QEII (VG Site), Halifax, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born in Beaumont, NL, Bertha was a daughter of the late Wesley and Elsie (Paddock) Rowsell. She grew up in St. Anthony, NL, and in 1957 moved with her husband Ken to Gander, where they raised their family, before moving to NS in 1991. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Ken (2001), daughter Marion (2010), brother Ross (1988), and a number of sisters- and brothers-in-law. Missing her dearly but left with many wonderful memories are her daughter Janice (Miller), Halifax, granddaughter Kimberly Miller (Halifax/St. John's), sister Dorothy (Dot) Acreman (Ben), Gander, sisters-in-law Carrie Rowsell, St. Anthony, Emily Rodenhiser, Bridgewater, NS & Elizabeth Rose (Will), Kentville, NS, brothers-in-law Albert Styles (Vickie) & Bruce Styles (Menie), St. John's, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and other dear friends & relatives. Bert enjoyed many interests over the years and experienced much throughout her life. She enjoyed many an evening in Gander over the years playing darts, bowling and playing cards with friends. Her family was always her first concern, and she enjoyed quality time with family & friends, dining out, nights with the Crib Group, and a glass of red wine. During her illness she was an inspiration to many for her amazing spirit, courage, determination & humour. She will be forever missed & remembered. Many thanks to all who helped in any way during this journey - especially dear friends Rosie & Tom Raymond, Drs. Rittenberg, Bentley, Rattray, Thelma, Jodi & the rest of the team at the NS Cancer Clinic, family Dr. B. Clarke, Dr. Natarajan, as well as staff of 5A, VG. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held on Sunday, Sept 18, 2 pm, Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lr. Sackville. A memorial service for Newfoundland family and friends will be held in Gander on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 pm, Salon D, Albatross Hotel, TCH, Gander. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to any cancer-affiliated organization, the SPCA or charity of choice.
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

BRIFFETT, Eric, September 20, 1916 - September 11, 2011-
Passed peacefully away at James Paton Memorial Hospital on September 11, 2011, Eric Briffett of Glovertown, age 94 years and 11 months. Predeceased by his wife Blanche (1968) and daughter Audrey (2010). Leaving to mourn his close friend Marie Harris, daughter Eliza (Terry), sons Phil (Linda) and Derek (Darragh), son-in-law Bill Coward, grandchildren: Neil, Debbie, Amanda, Paul, and Michelle, step-grandchildren David, Brian, Shelley and Natasha, also four great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren. Visitation at Oram's Funeral Home, Glovertown on Wednesday 7-9 and Thursday 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral service on Friday, September 16th at 2 p.m. at Faith United Church. Interment to follow. Donations can be made to The Eric Briffett Small Business Scholarship Fund (MUN)

MANKO, Kathleen -
Kathleen Manko
passed peacefully away on September 10, 2011. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Karol in 2002, her brothers Alan and Gordon and her parents William and Gertrude Eccles. Kathleen was born on Walney Island, Barrow-in Furness, Cumbria, England on January 29, 1919 and educated in Haslingden, Lancashire. Towards the end of WW II she met and married Karol Manko, a member of the Polish Air Force. In 1952 they emigrated to Canada, settled in Ontario and then moved to Gander in 1961. They worked together to ensure a good life for their four daughters and instilled a strong sense of family and their English/Polish heritage. As well as being employed in various office administrative support positions throughout her career, Kathleen always enjoyed her community involvement. She was an enthusiastic member of the Gander Avion Players, Home and School Association, Beta Sigma Phi and Gander Library Board. She was a lifelong supporter of the arts and enjoyed acting and writing from a very young age. After retirement Kathleen travelled extensively and looked forward to spending time with family and friends. Left to mourn with loving memories are her four daughters and their families: Diane and Gerald (Lomond) Michael and Deanne (Lomond) and Sarah, Julia and Paul (Blake) and Noah. Elizabeth and Bill (Foster), Jennifer Foster, Stephen and Tanya (Foster) and Stone and Jersey. Kathie Manko and Doug Lutz and Rachel Lutz. Carolyn and Jim (Benninger) and Logan Benninger. Kathleen also leaves to mourn, her brother Jack, her nieces Valerie and Jacqui and nephew John. Kathleen was a special lady. Like the string of pearls she often wore, her life was clasped firmly with the love of family. The funeral service was held at St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 15th. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Our family would like to thank friends and homecare workers who have supported us enabling Kathleen to remain at home with those she loved and who loved her.

BEST, Cyril -
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one Cyril Best, age 70 years of Wesleyville on Monday, September 12, 2011 at Brookfield Hospital. Cyril is predeceased by his parents Samuel and Beatrice Best; brother Tom; sisters Shirley Best, Marguerite Tuff, Blanche Starkes, Gertrude Cooze and Lucy Collins. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Emma; son Calvin (Vida) of Wesleyville; daughters Linda (Dave Gill) of Gambo and Kathy (Wayne Bruce) of Wesleyville; sisters Madge Saunders of Deer Lake and Dulcie(Hedley Vivian) of Scarborough, ON.; mother-in-law Elsie Stacey of Point May; grandchildren Travis Winter, Troy Winter, Andrew Best(Sarah), Michael Best and Stacey Best; and a large circle of other relatives and many friends. Funeral service took place at Jubilee United Church, Wesleyville on Thursday, September 15, 2011 with Rev. Brian Hannon officiating. Interment followed at The United Church Cemetery, Wesleyville. Donations in his memory may be made to Jubilee United Church or The Salvation Army, New-Wes-Valley. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Kittiwake Funeral Home, Pound Cove - Musgrave Harbour. To send messages of condolence please visit

MERCER, Gerald  -
Gerald (Gerry) Cuthbert Mercer,
87, passed peacefully away on September 14, 2011. Born in Bay Roberts on September 3, 1924 of the late Bob and Fanny Mercer, Gerry moved to Gander at the age of 14 becoming an Electrician with Transport Canada servicing Airports, Lighthouses, Power Plants and Remote Sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Gerry had many fond memories and stories of the places and friends he met in his 37 year career. An early pioneer of Gander, a member of the Masons and the Canadian Legion, Gerry has left to mourn his loving wife of 64 years, E. Corinne (nee Rees) of Bell Island and a large circle of family and friends including Sons Robin (Bernice Philpott) Gander, Arthur (Audrey Curtis) Twillingate, Lorne (Barb Snow) Appleton and Daughter Candy of Gander. Grandchildren, Penney Mercer, Allison Mercer, Gerry Mercer, Michael Mercer, Dara Curle (Bobby), Nicholas Mercer and William Ford. Great grandchildren Carmen, Jessica and Jasmin. Pre-deceased by brother Lewis of Gander, sister Lilla (Cranford) and brother Reg of St. John's, Left to mourn are brothers Eric in Bay Roberts, Neil in St. John's, sister Marina (Ted James), Kippins and brother-in-law, Ed Cranford of Harbour Grace. Donations be made out to the Masonic Charities Foundation or a charity of ones choice. Funeral was held at the Anglican Church in Gander on Saturday September 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

CLOUTER, Bernice -
Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Center, St. John's on September 15, 2011, Bernice Lillian Vineham Clouter, age 71 years. Predeceased by parents Leonard and Emily Vineham. Left with loving memories are her husband Wallace, son Craig (Wanda) of Halifax, NS., daughters Rosalyn (Ernest) Leyte of Rocky Mountain House, AB., Edwina (Allan) Osmond of Fort McMurray, AB., brothers Terry (Angela) of Botwood, Bruce (Cindy) of Botwood, Gil (Donna) of Moncton, NB., Wallace (Jean) of Botwood, John of Charlottetown, PEI., sisters Joan of Botwood, Shirley (Claude) House of Gander, Wavey (Ed) Evans of Botwood, Rita of Corwall, ON., . Grandchildren Amy, Courtney , Christopher, Shakira, Chad, Chelsea, Stephen, Cassidy, great grandchildren Brady, Jayden, Rylan, Keyaira, Neveah, Kingston, Grace, Kate, Julie. Also a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Service was held Monday September 19th from Fraser Road United Church, Gander. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the H. Bliss Cancer Care Foundation or a blood donation in Bernice's memory can be made to the Canadian Blood Services. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign the memorial online visit

CHAULK, Boyd Glydon, December 17, 1927 - September 24, 2011 -
Peacefully passed in Toronto on Sunday, September 25, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of the late Jean Chaulk, his wife of 51 years. A terrific dad to Glenda and her husband Ernie Dyball and Laurie Chaulk. "Pop" to Brad Dyball and his wife Lisa, and Jaqueline Dyball. Boyd was a proud 60 year member of the IBEW and longtime member of the Humber River Yacht Club. Boyd will always be remembered by all his family and friends and will be in our hearts forever. "Born in Carmanville, Newfoundland, always a Bay Man." As expressions of sympathy, donations to Carmanville Emmanuel United Church, Carmanville Nfld, A0G 1N0 Attn. Jim Blackwood, would be appreciated.

Passed peacefully away at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander on Sunday, September 25, Mary Freeman, age 92. Mary was born in Cat Cove, NL on January 18th, 1919.  Predeceased by her parents Eber and Ada Short, brother and sister-in-law Wilson and Rose Short, brothers-in-law John Goodyear and Ed Trudel. Left to mourn with loving memories are her husband Allan, sisters Grace Trudel of Edmonton, AB; Evelyn Goodyear of Don Mills, ON; Eileen LeDrew (Walter) of Traytown, NL; and a large circle of family and friends.  Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander, and again at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Terra Nova, NL on Tuesday, September 27th. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 28th at 2:00 P.M. from Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Terra Nova. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery, Terra Nova. No flowers by request. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online memorial guest book please visit

Passed away at Lakeside Homes, Gander on Sunday, September 26, 2011, Mrs. Ivy J. Hancott of Fredericton in her 81st year. Predeceased by parents Wilson and Eva Brinson and sister Winnie. Left with loving memories are her husband Leslie, sons Gilmore (Donna) of Gander, Everett (Audrey) of Kitchener, ON; Derrick (Freddie) of Mornville, AB; brothers Walter (Jacquline) Brinson of Gander, Ford (Shirley) Brinson of Davidsville, sister Gertrude (Mervin) Wheaton of Gander, grandchildren Nadine (Kunle), Adrian (Catherine), Jamie (Kathy), Jeff (Crystal) and 10 great-grandchildren. Also a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Carmanville. Funeral service was held Thursday, September 29th at 2:00 P.M. from the Pentecostal Church, Carmanville. Interment Pentecostal Cemetery, Carmanville with Pastor Durdle officiating. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Carmanville - Gander. To sign our online memorial guest book, please visit

BOURNE, Gilbert -
Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Homes, Gander On September 29, 2011 Gilbert Bourne age 85 years. Gilbert was a retired employee with Air Canada, where he worked for 38 years. Predeceased by wife Madeline, daughter-in-laws Cynthia and Bobbi. Left with loving memories are his sons Paul of Gander, Kevin of Edmonton, AB., daughters Linda (Carl) Feltham of St. John's, Brenda and Cathy Bourne both of Toronto., sisters Clara Wells of Toronto, grandchildren Brandon and Leia. Also a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service was held Tuesday October 4th at 11:00 A.M. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or donations in Gilbert's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To sign the memorial on-line guest book please visit

Passed peacefully away at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander on September 30, 2011, after a short illness, Amy Louise Peyton (nee Anstey), in her 91st year - pioneer resident of Gander, author, craftsperson, florist, and beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Predeceased by beloved husband Ernest, parents, Dunley and Kate Anstey, sisters, Mabel Dickson, Lucy Keeping, and Flora Broderick (Francis - deceased). Left with wonderful memories, her family, daughters, Carol (Gerry Fitzpatrick), and Evelyn (Joe Murphy), St. John's; sons, Dunley (Ann), and Brent, Gander; Kent, St. John's; cherished grandchildren: Grant Fitzpatrick, Mount Pearl; Leigh (Marilyn) Fitzpatrick, Regina, SK; Dana Murphy (Jeff Power), Mount Pearl; Andrea Murphy (Tim McGrath), St. John's; Bradley Peyton, Los Angeles, CA; Amanda (Brian) Noseworthy, Yellowknife, NWT; cherished great-granddaughter Maria Fitzpatrick. Sisters: Marjorie Haynes (Wilfred - deceased); Rose Walsh (Aiden - deceased); Daphne (John Chafe); brother: John Anstey (Julia - deceased); and brother-in-law, Hiram Keeping; a large circle of other relatives and friends, especially her friends at the Golden Legion Manor and the Nightingale Manor, Gander. A special thank you to her caregivers at the Nightingale Manor; Dr. Carmel Casey; and the paramedics, doctors and nursing staff at the James Paton Memorial Hospital. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service, Monday, October 3rd at 2:00 P.M. from St. Martin's Cathedral, Gander. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery, Gander. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. To sign the on-line guest book, please visit

SMYTH, Josephine -
Passed peacefully away at Lakeside Home, Gander on Friday, September 30, 2011, Josephine Smyth, age 73. Predeceased by her loving husband Richard, sister, Eileen Hookey, sister-in-law, Doris Cashin and nephew, Blair Rendell. Left to mourn with loving memories are her son Karl (Elana) of Ottawa, ON; daughter, Joanne (Darren) Feltham of Paradise, brothers, Michael Cashin (Mary) of Fredericton, NB; Francis Cashin of Mount Pearl, brother-in-law, Doug Hookey, sister, Julia (Leslie) Rendell of Gander, grandchildren Matthew, Victoria, Timothy and Daniel and a large circle of family and dear friends. Rested at Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service, Monday, October 3rd at 11:00 A.M. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Donations in Josephine's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of NL and Lab, St. Joseph's Parish or A Charity of One's Choice. Arrangements entrusted through Stacey's Funeral Home. To sign our online memorial guest book, please visit

PARSONS, Gregory Scott, November 12, 1967 - September 30, 2011 -
Scott was born in Scarborough, Ontario on November 12th 1967. His parents were Edwin and Dorothy Parsons. Over the years he lived in various places but never really far from his hometown of Indiana Bay. He leaves to mourn his parents, Edwin and Dorothy, his Brother Ivan and Sister-In-Law Lisa along with his 3 nieces (Wendy, Brianna, and Tara) and his Great Nephew Ethan. Scott was known and loved by many dear family members and friends.



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