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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
August 2007


BUDGELL, Clara Frances
The Cape Breton Post, August 7, 2007

It is with great sadness that our family announces the death of our mother, role model, friend and devoted family member, Clara “Frances” Budgell, 91, of Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck, formerly of Ingonish Beach, who passed away on August 3, 2007, in Victoria County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Victoria, Nfld., on October 19, 1915,she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Lavinia (Sansom) Clark. At the age of three, her family moved to Birch Grove, Cape Breton, where she later married Walter Budgell of Glace Bay and owned and operated Clara's Grocery store, both there and in Ingonish. Clara came from a family of 10 siblings and was surrounded by the love of her brothers and sisters. She attended Birch Grove School,where she graduated with Grade 12 and a full business course. She was a longtime member of the United Church in Birch Grove, Glace Bay, St. Catharines, Ont. and Ingonish. She was active as a Sunday school teacher who loved to quote from the Bible the verses that she had learned. She co-ordinated concerts and bazaars and was a life member of the UCW. Clara had been active in politics and elections, served on community boards and took part in local events. She loved music, doing crafts and of course a little joke now and then.

She will be lovingly missed by her son, Lorne Budgell, Listowell, Ont.; daughters, Clara 'Betty' and Fred Beaton, King City, Ont., Diane Budgell, Kentville, Elva Budgell, Gorrie, Ont.; brothers, Charles (Joan) Clark, Ontario, Harvey (Chris), Glace Bay; sisters, Margaret Shel and Mina Livingstone, both of Toronto,Minerva MacDonald and Elva Black, both of St. Catharines, Ont.; grandchildren, David, Nancy, Elburn Jr. and Murdy; great-grandchildren, Sara, Tyler, Shaun and Tannis, as well as many nieces and nephews. Clara was predeceased by her husband, Walter; son, Elburn "Ebb"; grandson, Paul Beaton; brothers, Stead, Lloyd and Bern.Cremation has taken place. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2007 in Greenwood United Church, Baddeck, Rev. Donna Turner officiating, with a reception to follow. A private family burial will take place in Highland Cemetery, Ingonish, at a later date. Donations may be made to the charity of ones choice. Arrangements under the direction of MacAskill Funeral Home, Baddeck.

LA FAVE, Catherine Mabel “Babs” (Moulton)
The Cape Breton Post, August 30, 2007
Catherine Mabel "Babs" (Moulton) La Fave
Peacefully rejoined her beloved Arthur on Aug. 25, 2007, in her 88th year. North York General Hospital (Toronto), with her loving family at her side. After a long illness and battle courageously fought. Daughter of the late William Moulton of Carbonear, Nfld. and Mary Catherine Greene of St. John's. Dearly beloved wife of the late Arthur La Fave (d. Aug. 20, 2006). Loving mother of Ronald and his wife Marilyn. Dear grandmother of Chantal and Michael and his wife Samantha. Predeceased by her brothers, Randal, Burt, Gordon and Sidney. Survived by her sister, Louise O'Connell, Dartmouth, as well as many cousins and nieces.

Born 1919 Burgeo, Nfld. Moved to and grew up in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, N.S. She was a Sydney telephone operator and Arthur was an RCAF wireless operator who had to meet "that beautiful voice." Married Arthur Sept. 7, 1942 and accompanied him to Botwood, Nfld. and Winnipeg. At the end of the war moved to Toronto and gave birth to Ronald, 1946. Built a loving and beautiful home themselves in Willowdale (Toronto) and resided happily there for over 50 years.

Catherine was actively involved with the Catholic Women's League at St. Edward's parish. She continued strong in her faith as a parishioner at St. Gabriel's Passionist parish. Worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years and enjoyed maintaining that interest throughout her retirement. Catherine, like Arthur, learned many of her life lessons through the ravages of the Great Depression. Always very independent and determined she modelled for her family, those same strong moral and social values carried throughout her life. Also blessed with lifelong friends since childhood. She died as she lived, never wavering, ever loyal to her family and friends, doing it her way and always with refinement and integrity.

The La Fave family would like to express their thanks to the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at North York General Hospital, Wilma who assisted with her care and Esther, Victorian Order of Nurses. Special and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Linda Saunders and her caring staff. Catherine very much appreciated your tireless caring compassion and special relationship over all these years. Thank you Fr. 'Paul' (Cusack C.P., Pastor) for always being there for Catherine. We are so very grateful to have participated in her life. Good-bye dear Catherine, you are with Arthur and the Lord, forever in our hearts. A funeral mass will be held Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at the new St. Gabriel's, 670 Sheppard Ave. E., North York. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

MACLEOD, Theresa 81
Sydney River
The Cape Breton Post, August 23, 2007

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Theresa MacLeod of Sydney River on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. Born in St. Andrew's, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Martin and Frances (Chiasson) Hynes. She was a member of the United Protestant Church of Sydney River and the Retired Teacher's Association of NSTU. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, who will be missed by all who knew her.

Theresa is survived by her sons, Gary Gnatiuk (Janet), Sydney Forks, David (Connie), Kingston, Ont., and Ken (Rita), Sydney River; daughters, Sandra (Robert Marshall), Simcoe, Ont., Dianne (Brian Shaheen), Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Gwen (David Farquhar), Timberlea; grandchildren, Stephen and John Gnatiuk, Sheri (Rob) MacLellan, Glenn, Michael (Jessica), Jennifer (Tim Schifflet), Lindsay and Peter Shaheen and Daniel and Matthew MacLeod; great grandchildren, Jenna and Logan MacLellan; brother, Leonard Hynes and sister, Annie Leamon; as well as many nieces and nephews. Theresa was predeceased by her husband, King MacLeod, brothers, Pat and Earl Hynes and sisters, Kay Bishop, Mame MacIsaac and Margaret Aucoin. In her early years, Theresa worked as a waitress at the Isle Royal Hotel, then became a teacher at the Adult Vocational Training Centre in Point Edward, eventually accepting a position at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines, from which she retired after 22 years of dedicated service. Theresa cherished time with her family and friends, knitting, cooking and crafting. She will always be remembered for her selfless devotion and kindness. Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel today (Thursday), 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a funeral service at United Protestant Church, Sydney River, Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Alfred Smith Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to United Protestant Church of Sydney River, the N.S. Lung Association or the Canadian Arthritis Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at

The Cape Breton Post, August 8, 2007
Emily Pitcher
, 81, of Riverview, passed away surrounded by her loving family at The Moncton Hospital, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007. Born in Parsons Harbour, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Peters) Knott. She is survived by her loving husband Malcolm Pitcher; two daughters, Diane (Daryl) West, Dartmouth, N.S., Cathy (James) Cook, Riverview, N.B.; four grandchildren, Keri, (Mike) Hart, Matthew Cook, Riverview, N.B., Erin and Sara West, Dartmouth, N.S.; one sister, Evelyn Shirley, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; and brother, Leonard (Florence) Knott, North Sydney, N.S. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Hilda and Irene, and her two brothers, Maxwell and Edward. There will be no visitation prior to the memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 28 Woolridge Ave., Riverview. Family flowers only. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. Interment in Fairhaven Memorial Gardens. In Emily's memory, donations may be made to The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation or a memorial of the donor's choice. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the oncology department of The Moncton Hospital. Aarrangements are under the direction of Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Rd., Moncton, 506-852-3530. The family invites you to sign the book of condolences at

ROSE, Clara May 86
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, August 27, 2007

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and sister, Clara Rose, on Saturday, August 25, 2007 in the Northside General Hospital. Born in LaPoile, Nfld., she was a daughter of the late Albert and Elsie (Bond) Read. Clara was a very devoted member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church North Sydney, the A.C.W. and the Altar Guild. She was an avid card player and enjoyed the card games with friends at the North Sydney Senior Citizens and Pensioners club. Clara is survived by her son Sheldon (Judy), of Truro; granddaughter Andrea, of Halifax, grandson Scott (Iesha), of Rocky Hill Connecticut; sisters, Geraldine (Jack) Harvey and Lorraine (Gerald) Anderson, both of Port aux Basques, Nfld., and Thelma Piccott, of North Sydney. She was predeceased by her husband Wallace, sisters, Mildred and Gertie, and a brother Max. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service will be held Tuesday 1 p.m. from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, with the Reverend Dennis Hayward officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church or any charity. Online condolences may be sent to

SKEARD, Freda 90
MacGillivray Guest Home
The Cape Breton Post, August 24, 2007 Friday

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, our beloved mom, Freda Skeard went home to be with Jesus and dad. Those who knew her witnessed a devoted and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Born May 16, 2917, in English Harbour West, Fortune Bay, N.L., she was the daughter of the late William and Ettie (Cox) Keeping. She was a member of the Cape Breton Christian Fellowship Church. Mom dearly loved her grandchildren and expressed it to them and to all through her sewing, baking and other selfless acts, one being her famous "Barbie Doll" clothes.

Surviving are her three loving girls, Charlene (Leroy) Petrie, Linda (Bob) Ryan, Barbara (Maurice) Tobin, all of Sydney; her five grandchildren, Jason, Robert (Donna), Liana (Ray), Mark (Amy), Scott (Stephanie); eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and her favourite pet, Ruby. Mom was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Lou in 2001, brothers, Alan, her twin, Clyde, Cyril, Otto, Arthur and a sister, Violet Muise. Visitation will take place Friday, Aug. 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 in S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kevin Mattatall and Pastor Bruce De Young officiating. Cremation to follow. 'Absent from the body, present with the Lord.' In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Breton Christian Fellowship Church Building Fund or the MacGillivray Guest Home. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at



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