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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
March 2003


ASHFORD, Elizabeth 97,
North Sydney
Cape Breton Post,     Saturday, March 1, 2003

Loved, Elizabeth (Bessie) Ashford, 97, passed away, Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at the Northside Guest Home. Born in Hermitage Cove, Nfld., to the late John Rose and Suzanna (Meade) Rose Vardy. She left home at seven years old to work in Harbour Breton, Nfld. Followed was a hard and difficult young life. She returned home at times but never to stay. The deaths of a young Father and John, her baby brother, were spoken of sadly and lovingly throughout her life. Elizabeth married William Ashford in 1922 at Harbour Breton, Nfld. He passed away in 1965, after they had been living in North Sydney for a number of years. A kind, loving, hardworking, independent woman, it took little to make Elizabeth happy and anything given to her was very appreciated. Church, knitting and watching TV were among her passions. Possessing a keen sense of humour, she loved to talk and have company especially her family.

Elizabeth is survived by daughters, Emily, with whom she resided most of her life, Ernestine Noseworthy, North Sydney, Tryphena Hodder, St. Bernard's, Nfld., Melita Skinner, Harbour Breton, Nfld.; son, Arthur, North Sydney; daughters-in-law, Lucie, Lincoln, N.B., Clara, Duncan, B.C.; her nephew, John Rose, Ontario, and sister-in-law, Dora Rose, Newfoundland. Also 39 grandchildren; 99 great-grandchildren and 47 great-great-grandchildren; her extended family, Joan Billard, Tommy Keigan, Ted and Elaine Hatcher, family and those at the Guest Home who cared for and about her. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, William, sons, George and John, brothers, Charles, Arthur and John, granddaughter, Maggie (Skinner) Baker, grandsons, Peter Ashford, Thomas George Ashford Jr., sons-in-law, Ross Noseworthy, Henry Hodder, Jim Skinner, nephew, Rev. Merrill Rose, close friends, Barbara Hodder and Molly Bambury. Funeral services were held Feb. 18, 2003, in St. John's Anglican Church, North Sydney, with Archdeacon Reg MacDonald officiating. Cremation followed (by request). Burial arrangements were under the direction of the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney.
Remember, you don't need a great excuse or special day to visit or tell your mom or dad you love them. Thank-you Lord for Elizabeth and William Ashford.

BAGGS, Bertha 85,
North Sydney
Cape Breton Post,     Monday, March 10, 2003
Bertha Laura Baggs, 85
, a resident of the Northside Guest Home, died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at the Northside General Hospital. Born at Rose Blanche, Nfld., she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Elsie (Cox) Hatcher. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney.

She is survived by two daughters, Rosella (Emmanuel) Keagan and Mildred (Robert) MacLean, both of North Sydney; two sons, Cecil (Yvonne), Port aux Basques, Nfld. and James (Pauline), Margaree, Nfld.; three sisters, Naomi (Joseph) Apestiguy, Elsie (Gerard) Apestiguy, both of North Sydney and Georgina (Raymond) Dowling, Port Hawkesbury; three brothers, Fred (Jane), Amherst, Daniel (Shirley), Dartmouth and Alex (Florence), Port Hawkesbury. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She will be lovingly missed by her many nieces and nephews and by her friend and companion, Hugh Richards. She was predeceased by her husband, John R. Baggs; sisters, Ethel, Mary and Cora; brothers, Freeman, Walter, Charles and Clayton. Visitation will be held today (Monday), 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Church with Archdeacon Reg MacDonald officiating. Burial to take place at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of ones choice.

GORMAN, Margaret
Cape Breton Post,     Monday, March 24, 2003

On Saturday, March 22, 2003, Margaret Gorman of Applecross Drive, Westmount, and formerly of Bell Island, Nfld., passed away peacefully at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. She was the daughter of the late William and Jane Neary of Bell Island. Margaret is survived by two sons, Michael (Mary), Vancouver, Leo (Catherine), Bell Island; and daughter, Donna (Vernon), with whom she resided for the past five years. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Sis), Bell Island and Leo (Anita), Toronto. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Patrick; infant son, William; and daughter, Gertrude Penney. She was also predeceased by her two sisters, Gertrude Doyle and Mary Penney. She will always be remembered by her family and friends as a caring and loving person who always had a friendly smile for everyone. Visitation for Margaret will be held today (Monday), 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney. Funeral mass will take place Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church, Westmount at 10 a.m. with Fr. Sandy MacNeil officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery, Bell Island, Nfld., at a later date. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent to

HERRIDGE, John C. 94,
Sydney Mines
Cape Breton Post,     Wednesday, March 19, 2003
John (Jack) Charles Herridge, 94
, a resident of Shore Road, Sydney Mines, died Monday, March 17, 2003, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney. Born in Port aux Basques, Nfld., he was a son of the late William and Olivia (Ford) Herridge. In his early years he worked with the Reid Newfoundland Railway as a telegraph and wireless operator. When the CN Railway took over he worked in various offices throughout the island until his transfer to the North Sydney office, where he remained until his retirement as office manager. He served during the Second World War with the Signal Corps. He was a 50-year gold medal member of the Royal Albert Masonic Lodge, a member of the Victory Chapter from which he received a gratuitous medal for services rendered. He was a member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church and former member of the Seaview Golf Club, North Sydney, and was involved with for some time with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Surviving is his wife, Elizabeth (Langwith) Herridge; two sisters, Lillian and Ada and also a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Thomas, three sisters, Mrs. Duncan Grant, Mrs. Elbourne Borstein and Mrs. Dr. J.A. Hickman. Mr. Herridge's body has been donated to the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. At a later date, cremation will take place and a private family service will be held at his residence.

HISCOTT, Jeanette 85,
North Sydney
Cape Breton Post, Monday, March 10, 2003
Jeanette Hiscott, 85
, a resident of Cleary Avenue, North Sydney, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney. Born in Isle Aux Morte, Nfld., she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Rose (Lawrence) Harvey. She was a member of St. Joseph Church. Surviving are three sons, Jack (Betty Ann), Gerald, both of Dartmouth, and Michael, North Sydney; three daughters, Mary (John), North Sydney, Linda, Frenchvale and Colleen Hiscott, North Sydney; one brother, Jack (Gerlyn), Port aux Basques, Nfld.. Also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Augustus Hiscott and by a sister, Alma. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today (Monday) in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Tom MacNeil officiating. Burial to take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.

SPEARING, John Alfred 85,
Glace Bay
Cape Breton Post,     Monday, March 3, 2003
John Alfred Spearing
, 85, of Taigh Na Mara formerly of Dorchester St. and 119 Fifth St., Hub, Glace Bay, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Taigh Na Mara, Main St., Glace Bay. Born in St. Mary's Harbour, Labrador, he was the son of the late George and Hazel (Chubbs) Spearing. He was a member of the Salvation Army Citadel, Glace Bay. John was employed by Devco for 30 years before retiring in 1970. He served with the Cape Breton Highlanders and was a member of Branch 119 Legion, Tower Road. John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary (Clarke) Spearing; daughters, Jane (Al) MacCuish, Glace Bay, Emily Taylor, Moncton, N.B.; son, Chuck (Heather) Spearing, Glace Bay; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, John was predeceased by a son, George; and a sister, Martha Ann. John will be sadly missed by his family and friends and fondly remembered for his quiet manner, his smile and for his blue eyes. His family would like to thank the staff of Taigh Na Mara for their kindness and care over the past 15 months. Visitation for the late Mr. Spearing will be held Tuesday, March 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Captain Jamie Hillier officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

WALSH, Vincent, Sydney
Cape Breton Post,     Monday, March 3, 2003

Passed peacefully away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003 in his 88th year, after a long bout with cancer. A former Newfoundland fisherman and carpenter, he also worked on Civil American Air Forces bases in Newfoundland before migrating to Sydney, his adopted home. He worked for the merchant marines as a merchant seaman during the Second World War. He spent most of his life, 35 years, at the Steel Plant in Sydney until his retirement at 62. Predeceased by wife, Mary B. (Walsh). Sadly missed by his eldest son, Tobias J., son, Peter (Fred) and his wife, Rose and their four children and three grandchildren; and only daughter, Nora Keough and her husband Dan (Leonard) and their three children and two grandchildren. He will be missed by other relatives and numerous friends. Funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Sydney with time to be announced.

WALTERS, Eric (Kirk)
April 8, 1938-March 1, 2003
Cape Breton Post, Monday, March 3, 2003
Eric (Kirk) Walters, 64
, of Crescent Street, Sydney Mines, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2003, at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Port aux Basques, Nfld., he was the son of the late Howard and Annie Walters. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish, Sydney Mines. He was a retired chief cook at Marine Atlantic. He is survived by his wife, Theresa MacMullin; his daughter, Ann (Calvin) Petrie, Mississauga, Ont.; his sons, Howard (Darlene), Michael (Eva) and Kevin (Bonnie), all of Sydney Mines; and nine grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Frank (Linda), Albert (Jean) and Arthur (Barb). Visitation today (Monday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in G.R. Francis and Son Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. Daniel MacLennan officiating. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.



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