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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
August 2008


CHIASSON, Rowena Cora
The Cape Breton Post, August 13, 2008
Rowena Cora Chiasson
of Dartmouth, formerly of Ontario, passed away peacefully at home on August 10, 2008. Born in Brig Bay, NL, she was the daughter of Austin and Elsie (Samson) Hoddinott. Beloved mother of Gladys, Danny and Todd; mother-in-law of Anna and loving grandmother of Daniel, Arthur, Steven, Stephanie and Tommy; sister of Hazel, Helen, Alfreda, Wannie, Ivy, Ruby and Angus. Rowena dearly loved her family and her friends. Funeral service will be held in Corner Brook, NL on Friday, August 15 at 2 p.m in Saint John the Evangelist Church.
Forever in our hearts

DRAKE, George 88
The Cape Breton Post, August 26, 2008

George passed away at Harbourview Veterans Hospital, Aug. 25, 2008. Born in Lally Cove, Nfld., he was a son of the late John and Ellen (Matthews) Drake. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939-1945. He fished out of Louisbourg for many years before joining Parks Canada at the Fortress Louisbourg, from where he retired in 1985. He is survived by daughter, Rose (Chal), Louisbourg; son, George, Marion Bridge; great- granddaughter, Katherine Rose Thomson, Louisbourg; his sister, Mrs. Dorothy Mills Sydney; brother, Murdock, Dartmouth; and grandson, David Neal, Oakville, Ont. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Drake, brothers, Lawrence, Jack, Charles, Willoughby and George (in infancy). He was also predeceased by grandson, Drake Denomme. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to play cards and time at the casino looking for the royal flush. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brenda Drake officiating. Online condolences may be send to our webpage at:     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chant's.

EAVIS, Ellen J. 90
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, August 07, 2008

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ellen Jane Eavis, 90, resident of Sunrise Drive, George's River, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Ramea, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Timothy and Suzanna (Sibley) Hatcher and she was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a lifelong member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney.

She is survived by three daughters, Lana (Cordell) Brown, George's River, Karen (Eugene) Benac, North Sydney, Lucille (Skip) Colwell, Dartmouth; four sons, Clayton (Joan) Eavis, Oshawa, Glen (Noreen) Eavis, Chesley Jr. (Jean) Eavis, both of North Sydney, Edwin (Judy) Eavis, Newmarket, Ont. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Chesley Eavis, an infant son, Wayne Eavis, sisters, Jessie (Dominic) Augustus, Carrie (Bill) Keeping, Florence (Wallace) Kendall, Olive (George) Payne, brothers, Joe (Violet) Hatcher, George (Olive) Hatcher, Clem (Melita) Hatcher and Russell Hatcher. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at St. Matthew Wesley United Church with Rev. David Luker officiating. Burial to follow at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Reception following burial at church hall. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent to

FARRELL, Adrian K. 'Sam' 61
The Cape Breton Post, August 22, 2008

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of Adrian Kevin 'Sam' Farrell who passed away peacefully at home Aug. 21, 2008. Born in Bay Du Nord, Fortune Bay, Nfld., on Nov. 26, 1946, he moved to Sydney at an early age where he resided until his death. He was the son of Eileen (Farrell) of Whitney Pier and the late Lawrence Farrell. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice (McIntyre) Farrell; sisters, Marguerite Pittman, Lillian (Bruce Andrews), Sydney River; brothers, Bernie (Margo), Newport Station, David (Margie), Sydney, Larry (Kim), North Sydney, Maurice, at home. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a special brother-in-law, John Pittman.

In his earlier days, he was quite involved with the Holy Redeemer YCW. Adrian was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves since Oct. 2, 1972, and spent two terms as commanding officer 45 Field Engineer Squadron and held various staff appointments at the Cape Breton Militia District Headquarters. Adrian retired from 45 Field Squadron with the rank of major and served a term as honorary lieutenant-colonel of the squadron. Adrian worked for a number of engineering consulting firms and for the last number of years was employed with Gillis Building Supplies until sickness forced him to retire.

As per his wishes, there will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. A mass of resurrection will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church by Rev. Anthony O'Connor and Rev. Charles Cameron, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at 10 a.m. Reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12. Memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital or to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be forwarded to the family at:

The Cape Breton Post, September 2, 2008
Alvin Fifield
, 68, formerly of James Street in Whitney Pier, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bonavista, Nfld., he was a son of the late William and Susan (Stagg) Fifield. Alvin was a long time resident of Whitney Pier. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid fan of harness racing and the Boston Bruins.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Edith (Antinello); two daughters, Susan (Lee) Stewart and Debra (Geoff) MacLeod; a son, Wayne (Kimberlee) Fifield; four sisters, Jessie Farr, Shirley (Ronnie) Lorway, Edith Hrynick and Susanne Fifield and stepmother, Annie Fifield. Alvin will be also missed by his by five grandchildren, Christopher, Megan and Brandon Stewart; Benjamin and Nicholas MacLeod and his beloved dog, Morgan. Besides his parents, Alvin was predeceased by a brother, George Fifield. Visitation and funeral service for the late Alvin Fifield will take place in the All Faith Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. with entrance on Church St., Whitney Pier. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. with funeral service to follow with Major Dan Roode officiating. A reception will be held following the service in the funeral home reception area. At this time the Fifield family would like to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff at the Cancer Centre as well as to the nurses and doctors of Palliative Care. Special thanks to Palliative Care Nurse Michelle Curtis, Dr. Gracie, Dr. D'Intino and Dr. Ritter for their care and compassion. Donations in memory of Alvin may be made to Palliative Care. Online condolences may be sent to

HANRAHAN, Veronica
The Cape Breton Post, 25, 2008
Veronica Hanrahan 90, Glace Bay

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Veronica Hanrahan, on August 22, 2008 at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Catherine (MacIntosh) Aucoin. She was a member of Holy Family Parish. Veronica is survived by her two daughters; Diane Romard, Patsy (Fred) Warren; daughter-in-law, Linda Hanrahan; two sons, David (Mary), Michael (Debbie); son-in-law, Guy Viger; one sister, Sharon (Billie) Clarke; one brother, Steve (Beef) Aucoin and by her special cat, Callie. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Veronica was predeceased by her husband, Alonzo Hanrahan; daughter, Annette Viger; sons, Lonnie and Roger Hanrahan; son-in-law, Joe Romard; sisters, Stasia, Merrill Aucoin, Mary Reed, Jennie Hurley; brothers, Kenny, Lawrence and Johnnie Aucoin. Visitation for the late Veronica Hanrahan will be on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. in Patten Funeral Home & Chapel, 71 Union St. Glace Bay, 849-7520. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Reserve Street Glace Bay. Internment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery, McLeod's Road, Glace Bay, with Father Gerald Campbell officiating. Online condolences may be sent to

MATTHEWS, Ivan Lambert 79
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, August 15, 2008

It is with heartfelt sadness the family announce the sudden passing of Ivan Lambert Matthews, 79, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Port aux Basques, Ivan was the son of the late Ernest and Mylida (Kendall) Matthews. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney and also worked there as a janitor for a period of time. For many years Ivan operated the canteen at the North Sydney Community Forum. He was a member of the Fulton Orange Lodge, North Sydney and an Honorary member of the North Sydney Fire Department and the Kinsmen Club of North Sydney.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah (Dodge) Matthews; his daughters, Lila (Joe) Howell, Marilyn Matthews, both of North Sydney; and son, Ivan (Nadine) Matthews, also of North Sydney; his pride and joy, his five grandchildren, Rachel Arneil, Alicia and Michael Howell, Kailin and Kelsey Matthews; his sister, Mary Sheaves, North Sydney and brother, Richard (Sharon) Matthews; sister, Ernestine (Walter) Jesso, Winnipeg; his two stepsisters, Madeline (Banks) MacLean, North Sydney, and Gloria (Ray) Rolfe, Sydney; stepbrother, Garland Lily, Sydney and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon Matthews, sister-in-law, Claretta Matthews, brother-in-law, Eric Sheaves and stepmother, Alice Lily Matthews. Visitation for Ivan will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Carl Fraser officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hospice/Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to

McKAY, Georgina (Collier) 58
Ben Eoin
The Cape Breton Post, August 11, 2008
Georgina McKay
, 58, of Ben Eoin, passed peacefully away Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the presence of her family after a courageous battle with cancer, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Palliative Care Unit. Born in St. Albans, Bay D'Espair, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Laura (Hoskins) Collier.

Georgina was a member of St. Mary's Church, East Bay and the Vincent Massey Chapter, IODE. From 1978 to May,1986, she was employed with the Bank of Nova Scotia, Sydney. Surviving are her husband, Wayne; daughter, Barbara Ann (Saleem), Sydney River; sisters, Mary (Gerard, deceased) McIsaac, St. John, N.B. and Madeleine (David) Peddle, Gander, Nfld.; brother, Kenneth (Ivy) Collier, Head of the Bay, Bay D'Espair, Nfld; nieces, nephews, relatives and many dear friends. Georgina was predeceased by her sisters, Frances and Barbara Ann and brother, Martin. Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, August 12, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's Church, East Bay, on Wednesday, August 13, 11 a.m. with Rev. Frank Abbass officiating. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney N.S.

The Wheel of Life When we have passed the test we were sent to Earth to learn, we are allowed to graduate.
We are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul the way a cocoon encloses the future butterfly, and when the time is right we can let go of it.
Then we will be free of pain, free of fears, free of as a beautiful butterfly returning home to God...which is a place where we are never alone, where we continue to grow and to sing and to dance, where we are with those we loved and we are surrounded with more love than we can ever imagine.
Eliza Beth Kubler-Ross, MD Condolences may be sent to the family at

SEAWARD, James Peter 74
The Cape Breton Post, August 19, 2008

It is with great sadness that we the family announce the passing of James Seaward which occurred Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Port aux Basques, he was the son of the late Martin and Elizabeth (Strickland) Seaward. James is survived by his sisters, Alice (George) Janes, Halifax, Delphine (John) Emmett, Alberta; brothers, Bill Seaward, St. John's, N.L., Ablsom (Joan) Seaward, Wimbly, Alta. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Stephen and George in infancy. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment will take place at a later date in Port aux Basques. Donations can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or Palliative Care Unit to honour the exceptional care they provided James during his illness. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at

SIDNEY, John L. 75
Doyles, Newfoundland
The Cape Breton Post, August 16, 2008

With heavy hearts and great sadness, we the brothers and sisters of John Sidney announce the passing of our dear brother Jack at Western Memorial Hospital, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on Aug. 9, 2008, following a lengthy and courageous battle. Born in Port Credit, Ontario, on May 24, 1933, he was the son of Leonard and Edna Sidney. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Dorothy, his sons Glen (Linda), Oregon, USA, David (Gail), Winnipeg, Man., stepson Dorman (Cathy), Pasadena, Newfoundland, brothers Bill (Irma), Sydney, N.S., Leonard (Myrtle), Dominion, N.S., and sister Eleanor (Leo), Mississauga, Ont. John was a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, having served in many locations in both Canada and the USA. Upon leaving the navy, he resided in Sydney, N.S., for a time before moving to Newfoundland where he operated Scottish Aluminium Products in Corner Brook for many years. John will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour and his strong personality. Remembrances may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial was held for family and friends. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 824, R. R. #1, Doyles, Newfoundland, A0N 1J0.

VERGE, George Henry (Sr.) 67
Glace Bay
The Cape Breton Post, August 20, 2008
George Verge
, 67, of Warren Street, Glace Bay, passed away suddenly Monday, Aug.18, 2008, at his residence. Born in Harbour Grace, N.L., George was the son of the late George Peter and Annie (Taylor) Verge. George was a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay. He was a Third Degree member of The Thistle Number 36, Masonic Lodge, Port Morien. George was an iron worker welder for over 30 years and belonged to Local 721 in Toronto. He worked all over Canada and eventually retired from Dominion Bridge Co. in Toronto. George was very proud to have worked on the construction of the Sky Dome and CN Tower. He loved walks on the beach with his grandchildren, fishing, gardening, hanging out at Tim Hortons and doing some small welding.

George will be remembered as a very compassionate man who would go all out for his family and friends. A unique man with a quick wit, hardy laugh and a smile that was piercing would be other personal traits he possessed. George was also a great lover of animals and will be missed by his dog, Toby and his cat Smokey. He is survived by his wife, the former, Nola Anita Hibbert from New Waterford; two daughters, Kathy (Al) Goulet, Calgary, Helen Verge, Port Perry, Ont.; and his son, George Henry Verge Jr. (Karen), Glace Bay. George is survived by his four brothers, Les Verge (Anita), Frank Verge (Lucy), Billy Verge (Audrey), all in Ontario, Llewellyn (Karen), Vancouver; two sisters, Bridget Verge and Angela (John) Porter, both in Newfoundland. George will be sadly missed by his five grandchildren, Adrian, Brandon, Carly, Adam and Emily. He was predeceased by one sister, Frances Oldford from Newfoundland. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, Aug. 21 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. The funeral service officiated by Rev. Vernon Reid will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay, followed by interment in St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Port Morien. As an expression of sympathy for George, donations in his memory may be made to the Glace Bay Food Bank. Condolences to the family can be expressed through the funeral home website at

Members of The Thistle No. 36 Masonic Lodge, Port Morien, will hold a service at the funeral home Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. The Verge family would like to extend sincere thanks to Const. Wayne Crowe and Const. Michael Burns, Glace Bay paramedics and Rev. Vernon Reid.



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