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Newfoundland Obits
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Cape Breton Post
September 2000

Cape Breton Post



James W. Ryan
Mr. James W. Ryan
, son of the late William J. and Molly (Keating) Ryan, passed away in Ottawa on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000. Born in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, he was educated in North Sydney. He enlisted in 1940 in the army as a member of the 7th General Hospital unit. He received the British Empire Medal in the 1946 King's Honors List in recognition of meritorious service in the Second World War. He took his arts degree at St. Francis Xavier University, and his law degree from Dalhousie University. He was admitted to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1950 and to the bar of Alberta in 1951. He joined the office of the Attorney General and became Legislative Council in Edmonton. He later worked for the federal government as Legislative Drafting Advisor and consultant in the West Indies, Trinidad, Tobago and Barbados. In 1962 he joined the Department of Justice and in 1966 became Director of the Legislative Section. At the time of his retirement, he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice for Canada. He had a long association with the Conference of Commissioners on the Uniformity of Legislation and as a member of the Statute Revision Commission of Canada (1965-1972). After his retirement from the federal government, he went to St. John's, Nfld. to set up the Legislative Drafting Office for the Newfoundland government. Subsequently, he became UN consultant in Barbados, attached to the Ministry of the Attorney General. He set up the Legislative Drafting office and taught Legal Drafting at the University of West Indies in Barbados. Later he returned to Ottawa where he resided. For some time he did consulting work for the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. He is survived by his wife, Najala Kawaja Head; son, William H. (Rose); daughters, Catherine Offierski (Peter), Peterborough, Joan McNulty (John), Arnprior; nine grandchildren; brothers, Terry, Moncton, Martin, Edmonton; sisters, Joan, Halifax, Maureen Cochrane, Vancouver; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral to be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Ottawa, Ont. Family flowers only. Donations to Shepherds of Good Hope, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

Ludwig Phillip Osmond
92, Florence
Mr. Ludwig Phillip (Lod) Osmond
, 92, of 110 Pitt St., Florence, died peacefully at home on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. Born at Pillys Island, Nfld., he was the son of the late Alexander and Cecilia (Ryan) Osmond. Lod was a member of Trinity Anglican Church and worked in several coal mines, including No. 3 in Florence, Toronto Coal Co. and Franklyn Coal Co. In 1957, he went to work as a stevedore at the CN Wharf, North Sydney, then worked as a steward on the Ambrose Shea until his retirement in 1973. He also worked as a bartender at the Florence Fire Hall, and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Alice (Lawrence) Osmond; five daughters, Edna (Cecil) Hurley, Berenna Waugh, Margaret (Tom) Chisholm, Marlene (Glenn) Carey, all of Florence, Donna (Donald) Gillam, Sydney Mines; six sons, Gordon (Judy), Harold, Fred (Wilma), Lod (Sandra), Bill, Carl (Andrea), all of Florence; 37 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by brothers, Albert (Sadie), Hamilton, Ont., Bill (Marybell), Millville; and sisters, Bess Hott, Ontario, Daisey Costello, Ontario, Minnie MacDougall, Annapolis Valley. He was predeceased by brothers, Fred and George, sisters, Nellie and Lillian, and grandsons, Wade Hurley, Paul Gillam, Gordon Osmond and Billy Waugh. Visitation will be in the Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home, Tuesday, from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Trinity Anglican Church with Rev. Brenda Drake-MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery, Tobin Road.

Lulu Jean March
78, Whitney Pier
Lulu Jean March
, 78, St. Ann's St., Whitney Pier, passed away suddenly, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Jessica Taylor (nee Collins) and Walter Cameron Taylor, her husband, Joseph Louis March, and her brother, Otta Winston Taylor. Born in St. John's, Nfld., Lulu worked as a telephone operator during the Second World War, in St. John's, Nfld., after which she moved to Sydney, N.S., as a war bride. Surviving are her three sons, Joseph (Dorothy), Westmount, Leonard (Denise), Pictou and Peter (Jacqueline), Coxheath; seven grandchildren, Robert, Jason, Patrick, Nicholas, Jordan, Rebecca and Evan. She is also survived by her sisters, Shirley Ferguson and Florence Parsons. Lulu was a member of session of Trinity United Church, a valued member of many community and church organizations, including Whitney Pier Historical Society, Seniors Club, Club 55, Pier Pensioners/darts, secretary of UCW and Bethany Unit, secretary of Board of Stewards for many years, and a member of Trinity Church Choir. Visitation will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel, Thursday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Trinity United Church, Whitney Pier, Friday 2 p.m., with Rev. Donald MacDonald officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Donations to Trinity United Church.

Rowena Mitchelmore Joseph
Rowena Mitchelmore Joseph
of Sydney formerly of Green Island, Nfld., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at home. Born at Green Island, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Norman and Lavenia (White) Mitchelmore of Green Island Cove, Nfld. She is survived by her husband, Arnold Joseph; four daughters, Sheila Genge (Wallace), Rose Samson (Andrew), Amanda Samson (Claude) and Collette Samson (David); three sons, Donald Samson Jr. (Myrtle), Maitland Samson (Marilyn) and Aaron Joseph. Also surviving are one sister, Bernette Hankison (Bob), and two brothers, Winsor Mitchelmore (Virtue) and Byron Mitchelmore (Emma). She is survived by six grandchildren, Sheldon, Philip, Kelly, Sean, Mitchell and Nicholas and two great-grandchildren, Sheldon Jr. and Austin. She was predeceased by a brother, Maitland and a sister, Amanda. The late Mrs. Joseph will have visitation at the Church of the Advent, Plum Point, Nfld. Friday and Saturday with funeral to be held at 12 p.m. Saturday at the church. Interment in the Anglican Cemetery, Green Island Cove, Nfld. Donations may be made to Palliative Care.

Laura Porter
75, North Sydney/Mississauga
Laura Porter
, 75, a resident of Mississauga, Ont., formerly of North Sydney, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Mississauga. Born in Rose Blanche, Nfld., she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Collins) Bess. Laura was a former member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church and of the Fulton Lodge LOBA. Surviving is a son, Ron (Yvonne) Porter, Mississauga; two sisters, Ruth Pyke and Allie Billard, both of North Sydney; a brother, Norman Bess, Ajax, Ont.; grandchildren, Sheila, Scott, Laura and Lorraine and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, George Porter, a daughter, Caroline Benoit and a sister, Susie Kendall. Visitation 7-9 p.m. tonight (Saturday) 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Church with Archdeacon Reg MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to the CNIB Children's Fund.

Edward (Eddie) Sterling Thorne
83, South Bar
Edward (Eddie) Sterling Thorne
, 83, of South Bar, passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Cape Breton Regional Health Complex. Born in Bishop Falls, Nfld., he was a son of the late Albert and Jessie (Osmond) Thorne. Before his retirement in 1981 he worked in the Open Hearth Department of Sydney Steel. He was a member of the Salvation Army Citadel, Whitney Pier. Eddie is survived by his wife, the former Caroline (Carrie) Head; a daughter, Irene (Brian) Rush, Prince Edward Island; two sons, Edward (Ann), New Waterford, and Robert, Sydney; grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer Rush, Wendy (Todd) McSavaney and Janice Thorne; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rileigh and Morgan Rush, Ceilidh, Holly, and Ryan McSavaney. Also surviving are two sisters, Hazel Morris, New Brunswick, and Daisy Plante, Brantford, Ont.; four brothers, Arthur, Patrick, and George, all of Ontario, and Albert, Halifax, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister Ann, in infancy; two brothers, Gordon and Gilbert. Visitation for Mr. Thorne will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel Monday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in Salvation Army Citadel, Whitney Pier, Tuesday 2 p.m. with Capt. Morris Vincent officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.



Contributed by Jeri Keough
Revised: December 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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