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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
December 2008


BISHOP, John Edward 'Jack' 81
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, December 20, 2008

It is with great sadness we the family announce the passing of John Edward 'Jack' Bishop, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, on Friday, Dec.19, 2008 at the Northside General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness with cancer.

Jack was born in English Harbour West, Nfld., on February 24, 1927, the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Boult) Bishop. He was employed at H.B.Nickerson and Sons and National Sea Products for 48 years until his retirement. He was a very active member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney. Jack loved to take his daily walk with his dog Maggie, and looked forward to his Tuesday and Thursday meetings with his buddies. He enjoyed spending time working on his model boats. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and the many lives he touched.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Janet (Skinner) Bishop formerly of St. Jacques, Nfld.; one daughter Janet Pearl Douglas, Calgary; three sons Albert (Clare) Bishop, North Sydney, Roy(Ronalda) Bishop, Sydney Mines, Randy (Tracey) Bishop, North Sydney; six grandchildren Scott, Allison, Christopher, Aaron, Suzie and Jaiden and 7 great-grandchildren; his four sisters Sadie Gould, Halifax, Pearl (Tom) Osborne, Block House N.S., Carrie (Launce) Harris, Jack Fontaine, Nfld., Lucy Fizzard, English Harbour West, Nfld.; his three brothers Jim Bishop, Calgary, Bill (Pauline) Bishop, Shelburne and Launce (Jane) Bishop, Beaverbank, N.S., and many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by one brother Eric in infancy. Visitation for Jack will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the W. J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service to be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Gloria McClure-Fraser officiating. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church or the Canadian Cancer Society. On line condolences may be sent to

BRUSHETT, John William
Lake Ainslie
The Cape Breton Post, December 12, 2008

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. John William Brushett, 82, of Lake Ainslie, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late John and Veronica (Newell) Brushett of Burin and Conception Bay, N.L.

John and Bonnie operated Ainslie Village Campground for 18 years. He also owned and operated Soldier’s Cove Gas and Variety for 13 years. John was an avid gardener and took much pleasure in sharing his gardening experiences. He was a sports and history enthusiast. John loved to skate to polka music, listen to hymns and Newfoundland music. He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and going for walks with Breagh.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 48 years, Veronica ‘Bonnie’ (MacLellan); daughters, Deborah (Sheldon) MacKay, Denise Brushett (Joe Rossiter), Deanna Brushett (Andrew Woods); brothers, Charles (Theresa), Fabian (Cassie), Danny (Eileen), Frank (Catherine); sisters, Margie (Willie) Gillard, Shirley MacLellan, Jean (Don) Mitchell; cherished grandchildren, Matthew MacKay (Jennifer MacLean), Amanda MacKay (Vi Tang), Brandon MacKay and great-grandchild, Logan Tang. Also surviving are sister-in-law, Harriet Brushett and best friends, Danny McLennan and Albert Bouchard. Besides his parents, John was predeceased by a brother, Colin Brushett and brother-in-law, Archie MacLellan. Visitation for John Brushett will be held Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Glace Bay, with Fr. Conrad Edwards officiating. Interment will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney. Donations in John’s memory may be made to Victoria County Hospital. Online condolences to the Brushett family are available through

CANNING, Jessie Myra Canning 90
The Cape Breton Post, December 6, 2008
Jessie Myra Canning
, 90, of Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, Sydney, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at home, surrounded by her children. Born in Burin Bay, N.L., on March 31, 1918, she was the daughter of Eli and Mehetabel Dunford and moved to Sydney at the age of eight. Myra had a passion for gardening and enjoyed nothing more than giving away her rhubarb. She was an avid knitter and loved preparing meals and baking for family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved children and was always willing to help friends and neighbours. Myra was a longtime member of First United Church in Sydney.

Surviving are her children, Myrna (Jack) Erickson, Sydney, Susan (Robert) Duchemin, Sydney, Alan (Anna), Lantz, N.S.; sisters, Hettie (George) MacDonald, Sydney, and Dorothy (Hubert) MacKeigan, Sydney. She is also survived by grandchildren, Rob, Australia, Leanne, Sydney, Alicia, Dartmouth, Natasha, Sydney, Meghan, Nantucket, U.S.A., Johnathan, Calgary. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ryan, Australia, Campbell, Drew, Keagen, Kennedie, all of Sydney, Kallum, Calgary. Myra was predeceased by her wonderful husband of 56 years, Harry, her dear son, John, brothers, William, Thomas, Joseph, John, sister, Whila in infancy. There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to a brief funeral service today, Friday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Rev. Wade Reppert officiating. A family interment will follow in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice.

CLUETT, Ethel Elizabeth (Squarey) 69 RN, CIM, HCOM, DTM
Sydney Mines
The Cape Breton Post, December 30, 2008

It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce the passing away of one of the angels of our family, Ethel Elizabeth, on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.She was the beloved wife of Donald (Donnie) Cluett; mother to Grace (Robert Brake), Corner Brook, N.L., Arthur, Halifax, and Brett (Penny), North Bay, Ont.; grandmother to Lauren, Sam, Ethan, Liam and her namesake Sydney Elizabeth.

Ethel was born in Channel, N.L., Nov. 2, 1939, to Grace and Baxter Squarey, and moved to North Sydney to attend St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated with her RN in 1963. Over the years, she managed to raise three children while obtaining her CIM from UCCB, her HCOM diploma from the University of Ottawa, her diploma in theology and ministry from the Atlantic School of Theology, and a diploma in rehabilitative care. She was also a member of the Lay Readers Association of the Anglican Church of Nova Scotia. Ethel received her life membership from the Nova Scotia College of Registered Nurses in May of 1996. Ethel nursed in St. Elizabeth Hospital, now Northside General, and Harbour View Hospital and was director of nursing at Miner's Memorial Manor when it opened. Ethel gave of her life freely to all who needed her help. She had to curtail some of her activities in later years due to heart problems and, just recently, a courageous fight with cancer.

Ethel is survived by her husband; her three children; five grandchildren; her brothers-in-law, Harold Cluett and Gordon MacDonald; four sisters, Leona, Sade, Roberta and Florence; and a brother, Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Harry and sister, Alice.

She was an active volunteer for the Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Salvation Army. She was also involved with church work over the years, with hospital visitations and serving communion to shut-ins. She was an active member of Mother's Union of St. John's Anglican Church, North Sydney, and a 44-year member of Cann Rebekah Lodge. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her best friends, Thelma Grant and Lexie Reid, with whom she worked over the years.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines, with funeral service to follow Friday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, King Street, North Sydney, with Bishop Ron Culter officiating assisted by Rev. Gloria McClure-Fraser and Rev. Carl Fraser. The burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Sydney Mines. A reception will follow at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or St. John's Anglican Church.

DEAN, Rita Helen (Farrell)
June 7, 1909-Dec. 18, 2008
The Cape Breton Post, December 19, 2008

Passed away peacefully at the Harbourstone Enhanced Care, Kenwood Drive, Sydney River, N.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2008, Rita Helen Dean in her 99th year. Born in Port aux Basques, N.L., June 7, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Arthur George and Sarah Ellen (Lomond) Farrell. Rita was predeceased by her husband, Edward Maxwell Dean (1979) of Sydney, and four brothers and a sister of Port aux Basques, N.L., Thomas (1993), Russell (1997), Albert (1997) and Bradley Farrell (2004) and sister, Melida Bragg (2004). Rita is survived by her youngest brother, John Farrell, 87; and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends, who mourn her loss and by special friend, Ron Lother of Sydney, whose late mother was a very early and dear friend of Rita.

In 1925, at the age of 16, Rita left Port aux Basques, N.L., courageously gaining passage alone on the SS Kyle ferry to North Sydney, N.S., Canada, a separate country at that time. A harbour shuttle, Job Dobson's Little Mary, running a North Sydney-Westmount-Sydney route, took her to Sydney for 15 cents, where she became employed at the Canada Customs Office at 535 Charlotte St. She met and married Max Dean in 1934, whose father had emigrated from Fogo, N.L., in 1896 to Henry Street, Whitney Pier, her home for nearly 50 years. After his death, Rita preferred independence in apartments until finally becoming a notable and creative icon of Harbourstone in 2005. Rita has served as a well-known, longtime volunteer worker and organizer in Sydney, particularly for hospital funding campaigns, which raised several hundreds of thousands of dollars for building, maintenance and equipment and to which she contributed her own work in related craft sales. Rita's organizational skills also extended to travel and many excursions for Club 55 seniors down the U.S.A. eastern seaboard were planned, carried out and accompanied by her in the 1950s and 1960s. In her own words . . . "Lord keep me working, keep me fit. At windows I do not want to sit watching my friends, hurrying by. Let me stay busy 'til I die Grant me strength and breath and will some useful job in life to fill a need to serve, a task to do. Let me each morning rise anew eager and glad that I can bear my portion of the morning's care. Lord I do not want to sit aboutbroken and worn and all tired out afraid of rain and wind and cold.Let me stay busy when I am old.Although I walk at a slower pace,still let me meet life face to face. This is my prayer as time goes by:Lord keep me busy 'til I die." - Rita Dean, 1979

Visitation will take place from Sydney Memorial Chapel, Welton Street, Sydney, Saturday, Dec. 20, from 2-4 p.m. Funeral services are withheld upon Rita's expressed request. Private interment will take place at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. Condolences may be addressed to 375 Carleton Rd., Lawrencetown, B0S 1M0, or to for inclusion in a Book of Remembrance and later recognition by mail and e-mail.
"Requiescat in pace, Rita."

PELLERIN, Jeffrey Mitchell 18
Beaver Bank
The Cape Breton Post, December 13, 2008

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jeffrey after a short hard fought battle with cancer on December 7, 2008 in the VG BMT Unit. Jeffrey was the beloved son of Jennifer and Bill; big brother to Kristen and Justin. He will also be sadly missed by grandparents, Gerald and Dolores Pellerin of Main-A-Dieu, Cape Breton; Cecelia O'Quinn, South Branch, NL; Vincent O'Quinn (Dale), Port Aux Basque, NS; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends across Canada.

Jeffrey has spent the last five years as a member of the RCMP Stetson & Spurs. He was an employee of the Bedford/Sackville Walmart for the past two years. He was a graduate of Lockview High School in 2008. Jeffrey was planning a career with the RCMP once he reached the age of maturity. Jeffrey leaves us as one of the most avid Toronto Maple Leaf fans.

Visitation was held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Mass of Christian Burial has taken place at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church. Burial in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Reception followed in the church hall. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the QEII, BMT (patient and family support fund) (T335), QEII Foundation, 1278 Tower Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 2Y9. Online condolences may be sent to



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