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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
May 2002


GIOVANNETTI, Gerald Adrian
May 14, 1916 - May 21, 2002
Cape Breton Post, Thursday, May 23, 2002

We regret to announce the passing of Gerald A. Giovannetti, DDS, at Foothills Hospital in Calgary on May 21, 2002, at the age of 86 years. Dearly beloved husband of Alex (ina) (nee MacKinnon) Giovannetti, and cherished father of Donald in Holland Landing ON, David (Lynda) in Dartmouth NS, Laureen (John) MacKenzie and Jane (Ken) Stothers, both in Calgary AB, Gerry will also be missed by his nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Giovannetti was born on Bell Island NF, on May 14, 1916, the son of the late Dr. Humbert A. Giovannetti and Dr. Katherine (nee Driscoll) Giovannetti. Gerry is also survived by his twin sister, Jean (Don) MacGregor, and by his sister-in-law, Jo. He was predeceased by his brother, Louis; by sisters, Mary and Delores; by his sister-in-law, Kay; and by a daughter-in-law Wendy.

Gerry was a graduate of dentistry at McGill University, Montreal, and practised in Sydney NS for 38 years, retiring in 1979. He was Past-President of the Sydney Kiwanis Club, Past Commodore of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club and, for many years, a member of the Sydney Mines Legion Centennial Band. He will be fondly remembered by many family members and friends for his contagious sense of humour, his love of musical performance, and happy times with his sailing buddies.

A devoted family man, he and his dear Ina spent the last nine years residing in Calgary. We wish to thank the staff of Foothills Hospital, Units 37 and 61, for their caring, loving support throughout Dad's lengthy illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Parkinson's Society of Southern Alberta, 480D - 36 Avenue S.E., Calgary AB T2G-1W4. Following cremation, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 541 Silvergrove Drive N.W., Calgary, on Thursday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at the family grave in Nova Scotia. Expressions of condolence may be e-mailed to: Heritage Family Funeral Services "Calgary Crematorium chapel" (1-888-862-7448).

LOCKE, Jessie, 99,
Cape Breton Post, Saturday, May 25, 2002
Glace Bay

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jessie Locke, Friday, May 24, 2002, at Seaview Manor, South Street, Glace Bay. Born in Botwood, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Clara (Hancock) Walker. Jessie was a member of the Salvation Army Citadel, Union Street, Glace Bay.

Jessie is survived by six sons, Leslie (Betty), David (Shirley), Leonard, all of Glace Bay, Arthur (Karen) New Brunswick, James and Thomas, both of Glace Bay; seven daughters, Deborah Kopinto, U.S.A., Lucy (William) Digout, St. Peter's, Martha (Gerald) Bartlette, New Brunswick, Gloria (William) Kucherwy, Ontario, Doris Devison, Sydney, Beulah King, Margie (Ralph) Moore, both of Glace Bay; 51 grandchildren; 91 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters in Newfoundland. Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Stanley, sons, John, Sam, and Sonny, daughter, Lovelette and two grandchildren. Visitation for Jessie will be held Sunday, May 26, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union St., Glace Bay, with Capt. Jamie Hillier officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Glace Bay. By request, family flowers only. Donations in Jessie's memory may be made to the Salvation Army Citadel or Seaview Manor.

MCNEIL, Elizabeth (Bessie), 86,
Glace Bay
Cape Breton Post, Monday, May 20, 2002
Bessie McNeil
, 86, of Seaview Manor and formerly of Phalen Road, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2002 at the manor, surrounded by family. Born in Harbour Maine, Nfld., she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Elizabeth (Mullowney) Murphy. Bessie was employed at the former St. Joseph's Hospital from where she retired. Bessie was a member of Holy Family Parish. At one time she was a member of the ladies auxiliary. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Bessie is survived by her daughter, Esther (Howard) MacDonald, of Dartmouth; son, Duncan (Marcella), Glace Bay; grandchildren Lillian, Elizabeth, Lydia, Tracey, Stacey, Heather Grace, Mark, Brad, Shauna, Janice and Pamela; great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Jewel, Samantha, Nicole, Avery, Halleigh and Luke. She is also survived by special niece, Dean (Walter) Walsh of Holyrood, Nfld., and other nieces and nephews, along with special sister-in-law Christy MacLellan of Lower Sackville, N.S.; and Annie Murphy, of Newfoundland. Bessie was predeceased by husband, John; brothers Jim, Bill, George and Patty; sisters, Esther and Annie. Visitation will be held at Curry's Funeral Home, Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Mass of Resurrection celebrated Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish with Rev. Francis Cameron officiating. Burial to follow at St. Anne's Cemetery. Donations in Bessie's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.

RILES, Roy, 76,
North Sydney
Cape Breton Post, Wednesday, May 22, 2002

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Roy Riles, a resident of Brook Street, North Sydney after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lapoile, Nfld., he was the son of the late William and Beatrice (Chant) Riles. Roy was an employee of CN Marine and later with Marine Atlantic for 36 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney, and a former member of the Fulton Orange Lodge.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, the former Rita Osmond. Also surviving are six sons, Clifford (Carol), Edmonton, Alta.; Clyde (Leslie), Oromocto, N.B., and Terry (Joan), Duchess, Alta., Lloyd, Edmonton, Shane (Lori) and Bob (Felicia), both of North Sydney; three daughters, Genesta (Mrs. Francis Smith), Big Bras d'Or, Marilyn (Mrs. Joey Hollingsworth), Sydney Mines, Sherry MacEachern, North Sydney; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gord, Frank, Ken and Russell, all of Halifax; two sisters, Audrey Belair, Halifax, and Dorothy Billard, Sudbury, Ont., one uncle, Clifford Chant, North Sydney. He was predeceased by two brothers, Cyril and Reg. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service will be Friday, 2 p.m. from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Stacey Renouf officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Palliative Care of Cape Breton.

VATCHER, Mary Patience, 92,
Cape Breton Post, Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Mary Patience Vatcher, 92, of Sydney, N.S.
, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, N.S. Born on May 11, 1910, in Little Harbour, Trinity Bay, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Sarah Jane (Clarke) Vokey. Mary was a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and will always be remembered by her family and friends for her kindness and her sweet spirit.

Surviving are her two daughters, Elizabeth Wiseman, Mount Pearl, Nfld. and Olive George, Trinity Bay, Nfld.; one son, Louis (Jean) Vatcher, Sydney, with whom she resided for the past eight months; one sister, Sophie (Vokey) Duffney, Coxheath; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren, and a large circle of nieces, nephews and friends. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Elias John Vatcher, three sisters, Charlotte, Clara, and Emily, four brothers, Aaron, Henry, Samuel and Joseph. Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Alban's Church, Thursday, 11 a.m. with Rev. Doug Chard officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Memorials to St. Alban's Church or the Kidney Foundation of Nova Scotia. Condolences may be sent to the family at



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