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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
February 2007


ASHFORD, Arthur 70
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, February 26, 2007

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Arthur Ashford, 70, of Columbia Street, North Sydney, on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Harbour Breton, N.L., he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Rose) Ashford. Arthur was employed with C.N. Marine for several years, and later as a fisherman.

He is survived by five sons, Jerry, Stewart, Albert, Kenny and Artie; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Emily Ashford, North Sydney; Melita Skinner, Harbour Breton, N.L.; Tryphena Hodder, St. Bernard's, N.L. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret (Phalen) Ashford, whom he cherished; a son, Peter; sister Ernestine; and brothers, John and George. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his grandson Devon, who spent many nights watching hockey games with Art. There will be no visitation or funeral service by request. A private graveside committal will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney. Online condolences may be sent to

CREWS, Melvin 1932-2007
The Cape Breton Post, February 22, 2007

It is with sadness and regret that that we announce the unexpected loss of Melvin Crews, who passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre, Halifax, N.S. 'Melve' as he was fondly known to his family and friends, was born Oct. 7, 1932, in North Sydney, where he grew up and lived most of his working life.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 15 years, Shirley (Dunphy) Crews and children, Michael Yurczyszyn (Jessica) and Chrissy Yurczyszyn (Pagan) and by Nathan, Kendra and Ashley, who will miss their “Poppy”. Melvin is also survived by his brother, William, North Sydney; and his sisters, Carolyn (Burton) Bridge, Kingston, Ont., and Madeline Crews, Timberlea, N.S.; his mother-in-law, Betty Dunphy, brother-in-law, Mike Dunphy and sisters-in-law, Florance (Herbie) Steele, Mary (Darren) Card and Elizabeth Dunphy, all of Cape Breton. He will also be missed by a large circle of nieces, nephews and cousins, who live in many communities across Canada and the United States. In addition to his parents, George and Gertrude (Pike) Crews, who were born in Newfoundland, Melvin was predeceased by his brothers, John, Jesse, Willard, Gerald and Ronald.

Melve's immense kindness and generosity of spirit will be forever treasured by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his unwavering loyalty and devotion to his family, his easy laugh, and of course, without a doubt his storytelling. He truly loved people and enjoyed making them laugh. In honour of Melvin's personal wishes there will no visitation; however, the funeral will be held Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, 11 a.m., at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Parker Street, Halifax, N.S., with a reception to follow at the church. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Atlantic Funeral Homes, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3L 2B3. Donations, cards and letters of sympathy may be sent to this address or online at

MADER, Florence Jane Mader 88
The Cape Breton Post, February 10, 2007

It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the peaceful passing of Florence Jane Mader, 88, of Sydney, Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Newfoundland, she was the eldest daughter of the late John and Mary (Clarke) Budden.

Florence was a longtime member of First United Church and an avid member of the UCW. She was also a member of Club 55 and their bowling league. For over 50 years, she enjoyed her get-together on Tuesday nights with her club members. Florence always looked forward to family reunions and her many visits to Mira. Her door was always open to welcome family and friends. She will be ever loved and missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Florence is survived by daughters, Carole (Livo) Nicoletti, Dominion, Linda Mader, Calgary, and Gail (Robert) Thompson, Halifax; sons, Kennie (Janice) and Ronnie, both of Sydney, and Jerry (Robin), Edmonton. She is also survived by sister, Anne (Earl) Johnson, Glace Bay; brothers, Jack (Olive), London, Ont., Art, Halifax, Dodie, Glace Bay, and Jerry ( Judy), Sydney; 14 loving grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Dougie Mader, Edmonton, Ernie and Eileen Mader, Bedford; sister-in-law, Mary Mader, Ingonish. She was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy, brothers, Albert, Leonard, Abe and Bob and sister, Edith Smith. Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at First United Church, Rev. Wade Reppert officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, First United Church or a charity of choice.Online condolences may be sent to the family at

SYMES, James Edwin 81
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, February 16, 2007
James Edwin Symes
, 81, North Sydney, was reunited with his precious wife, Janet in heaven on Valentine's Day. Born in Parson's Harbour, Nfld., he was the son of the late William and Ida Maude (Hardy) Symes. Edwin worked for Marine Atlantic for 18 years and then for National Sea Products until his retirement in 1990. He was a quiet, kind and gentle man who was a friend to all he met.

He is survived by daughters, Rose and Ida, son, Calvin, all of North Sydney, son, Roy (Colleen), Sydney Mines; and his only grandchild, Josh. He is also survived by stepbrothers, Calvin, Quebec, Ernest, Lunenburg; stepsister, Mary, Newfoundland; and his dog, Buddy. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Janet, brother, Jack, stepbrothers, Mark and Harry. Visitation for Edwin will take place Friday, Feb. 16 from 7-9 p.m. in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, North Sydney, with Archdeacon Reg MacDonald officiating. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Online condolences may be sent to
"We love you and we will miss you Papa Smurf "

Glace Bay
The Cape Breton Post, February 13, 2007

It is with great sadness that we, the family announce the passing of Meta Wareham which occurred Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex, South Street, Glace Bay, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fortune Bay, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Harold and Amelia (Wicks) Ayres. Meta is survived by her daughter, Betty (Dan Jim) White, with whom she resided; son, Gerry (Barbara) Wareham, Paris, Ont.; also by two sisters in Ontario and a sister in Newfoundland; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Sam Wareham and a number of sisters and brothers. Visitation for Meta Wareham will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, from 1-2 p.m. in Patten Funeral Home and Chapel. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Eric Lynk officiating. Interment will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney-Glace Bay Highway. No flowers by request. Donations in Meta's memory may be made to a charity of ones choice. Online condolences may be sent to

WELLS, Cedella 103
Whitney Pier
The Cape Breton Post, February 1, 2007

Longtime resident of Whitney Pier, Cedella passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. She was a resident at MacGillivray Guest Home for a year and a half. Prior to the nursing home, Cedella lived with her granddaughter, Noreen(Kevin) Nicholson for 11 and a half years in South Bar. Born in Margaree, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Elizabeth (Osborne) Warren.

Cedella had five generations and loved them dearly. She will be missed by her daughters, Bernice(Raymond) Lumsden, Westmount, Bula Patterson, Sydney, Thelma Higgins, Sydney, Sheila King, Whitney Pier; two sons, Randolph(Joyce) Wells, East Broadway, Earl Wells (Shirley Romard), she is also survived by her 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, John Wells, daughter, Sarah(Cletus) Hollohan, sons, Edward, Lorenzo and one infant son, two sisters, Rebecca and Susan, two brothers, Walter and John, granddaughter, Alana Genevieve, grandson, Robert. Visitation will take place today (Thursday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Whitney Pier, with Rev. Brenda Drake MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at



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