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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
July 2008


BONNAR, Rebecca Elizabeth 92
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, July 21, 2008
Rebecca Elizabeth (Betty) Bonnar
, 92, a resident of the Northside Community Guest Home, died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at the residence. She was the daughter of the late James and Beatrice (LeRiche) Kettle. She was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and a devoted member of the church choir for over 60 years. She was a life member of St. Andrew's AMS, a past Explorer leader, a former Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible school teacher at St. Andrew's.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Jack Billard), George's River; granddaughter, Angela (David Measher), granddaughter, Anita (Kenny Mountain); great-grandchildren and lights of her life, James and Claire Measher and Brandon Mountain. She is also survived by her stepson, Freeman (Margie Serroul), Sydney Mines; step granddaughter, Mary (Jake Rendell), George's River; step great-granddaughter, Stacey (Jamie Billard), Sydney Mines; step grandsons, Jamie Rendell, Sydney Mines, and Shaun Rendell, George's River, step great-granddaughter, Abigale; and step great-grandson, Max Billard. Also surviving are sisters, Amelia Bird, Halifax, Jean Kettle, Grand Bay, N.L., Rita Collins, St. John's, N.L.; and brother, Arthur(Jean), Grand Bay, N.L. She was predeceased by her loving husband, James, sister, Myrtle Kettle, brothers, Walter, Cyril, Harold and Oscar Kettle. Visitation for the late Mrs. Bonnar will be in Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be celebrated Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Rev. Ritchie Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. No flowers please due to family allergies. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

COLLINS, Joseph G.
The Cape Breton Post, July 24, 2008
Joseph G. Collins
, 77, of ProTem Health Services and formerly of Dickson Boulevard, Moncton, N.B., with his family at his side, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday morning, July 23, 2008. Born in Placentia, N.L., he was the son of the late Reginald and Mary (Hopkins) Collins.

Joe was retired from Marine Atlantic (Systems Analyst) and attended Holy Family Roman Catholic Church. He was a life member of Holy Family Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Member Msgr. Roy MacDonald Assembly. He was a former usher, Eucharistic minister, lector, sacristan, altar server and parish manager; former scout and cub leader; past district commissioner of Keltic District (Nova Scotia); former member of St. Pat's Family Centre board of directors and he was a former volunteer with many organizations in the local community.

Joe will be sadly missed by his daughters, Gail Collins, Dartmouth, N.S., Carolyn Jessome (Derek), Lower Sackville, N.S.; sons, David (Catherine), Sydney Mines, N.S., Gerard(Suzanne), Moncton, N.B., Chris (Judy), Sherwood Park, Alta., Raymond(Michelle), Moncton, N.B.; grandchildren, Jonathan, Michael, Matthew, Christopher, Gail, Sean, Patrick, Meaghan, Daniel, Katelyn; great-granddaughter, Saoirse; sisters, Alice Cooper, St. John's, N.L., Rosemarie Mullins (Peter), Placentia, N.L.; brothers, Raymond (Patricia), William (Loretta), both of Placentia, N.L.; sisters-in-law, Anne Collins, Corner Brook, N.L., Theresa Collins, Placentia, N.L.; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Collins (1996), sisters, Adelaide, Molly, brothers, Alexander, Austin, Eugene, Reginald. Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Rd., Moncton, N.B. (506-858-1995) is today (Thursday, July 26), 7-9 p.m. and Friday, July 26, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers and sharing of memories, Friday, 8:30 p.m. Funeral mass, Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Saturday, July 26, 2008, 10 a.m., Rev. Phil Mulligan officiating. Reception following the mass. Interment, Alderwood Cemetery, Riverview, N.B. In Joe's memory, donations to NB Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Online condolences at

DAVIES, Elizabeth Jean   91
Sydney/Glace Bay
The Cape Breton Post, July 23, 2008

It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing or Elizabeth Jean Davies, 91, of Harbourview Enhanced Care, formerly of Glace Bay, on July 22, 2008, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Victoria, Nfld., she was the daughter of Edward and Bess (Butt) Clark. Elizabeth was employed at the Seaview Manor. She was an active member of Warden United Church, the Ladies Guild and UCW. She was also an active member of Cullum LOBA Lodge and also a Past Mistress.

Elizabeth is survived by two sons, Robert (Dorothy), James (Martha); daughter-in-law Myrna; one sister, Frances; two brothers, Harold and Lorne; and also by six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and aunt, Beatie MacDonald, New Waterford. Elizabeth is predeceased by her husband, Charles, son, Fred, sisters, Mary, Doris and Viola, brothers, Fred, Marcilln and Jim, great grandsons, Matthew James and Douglas and great-granddaughter, Emily. Visitation for the late Elizabeth Jean Davies will be held Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Patten Funeral Home & Chapel, 71 Union St., Glace Bay, 849-7520. Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Martha MacDonald officiating. Burial to take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Glace Bay-Sydney Highway. Donations in Elizabeth's memory may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at

DOBSON, David Allan
Age 52
The Cape Breton Post, July 9, 2008

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dave Dobson at home in Cull's Harbour, N.L., on Saturday, June 28, 2008, after a short illness. Left with loving memories are his wife of 26 years, Claudine (Burgess) and son, David; brothers, Jim (Esther) P.E.I.; Doug (Linda), Niagara Falls, Rick (Mary), Sydney; 12 nieces and nephews and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Edna (Nichols) Dobson. Dave was employed with Parks Canada at Terra Nova Provincial Park, Newfoundland, for 25 years. A memorial service was held at the park on July 3, 2008. Family and friends will gather at St. Alban's Hall, St. Alban's Avenue, Whitney Pier, on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. to celebrate Dave's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory.

DWYER, Maxine (Freid) 61
The Cape Breton Post, July 8, 2008
Maxine (Freid) Dwyer
passed away peacefully at home with her mother by her side on Saturday, July 5, 2008, after a short illness. Born in Newfoundland, Maxine was the daughter of Mary (Fitzgerald) Freid and the late Jerry Freid. At one time, Maxine was an interior decorator and her article was published in the Cape Breton Post weekly. She is survived by her mother and best friend, Mrs. Mary Freid, Sydney; and son, Jerry Dwyer, Newfoundland. Maxine was predeceased by her father, Jerry Freid and brother, Melvin. Cremation has taken place and burial will be held in Newfoundland at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at

MacINTYRE, C. Bernice
The Cape Breton Post, July 9, 2008

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Bernice on Monday, July 7, 2008, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Corner Brook, N.L., June 16, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Clara Dwyer and Bernard O'Hearn. She was a loving, kind and gentle woman who inspired her family to choose goodness, faith and honesty in every aspect of their lives. Her understanding and dedication to family values coupled with a positive, caring attitude were key strengths that molded a family and created lasting memories. She loved life and found the greatest satisfaction in helping others. We will deeply miss her unconditional love and the 'motherly' knowing smile and her unique sense of humour.

Bernice is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jerry; brother, Gerald O'Hearn, U.S.A.; daughters, Carol (Bud) Streeter, Fall River, Lynn (Kenny) Pitchuck, Petawawa; sons, Kent (Madeleine), Halifax, Mark (Norma), Lower Sackville, and Ted, Pemberton, B.C. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Patricia. Bernice was a past president and lifelong member of St. Anthony Daniel CWL; a founding member of St. Anthony Daniel parish council; a former volunteer with palliative care and an active member of a small and dedicated prayer group. Thank you to family and friends near and far for calls, cards, visits, food and prayer. Special thanks to VON nurses. An Cala Palliative Care staff and notably Fr. Norman MacPhee, Fr. Neil McKenna and especially Dr. Glenn Gracie. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2008, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony Daniel Church, Thursday, July 10 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Donald MacGillivary officiating. There will be a reception in the Saint Anthony Daniel parish hall following the service. Family interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery. Donations may be made to the An Cala Palliative Care Unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to or

NOSEWORTHY, Theodore “Ted” 97
The Cape Breton Post, July 14, 2008

Please join us on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at 11 a.m. in a celebration of the life of Theodore 'Ted' Noseworthy, a husband, father, and best friend. He passed away July 10, 2008, at the age of 97. Family and friends look forward to sharing memories, stories, laughter, and tears at the service taking place at the United Protestant Church, Sydney River.

Ted was born Nov. 4, 1910, in St. Anthony, N.L. to the late Charles and Patience (Brown) Noseworthy. In June 1935, he was united in marriage to Clara May Annesty, who passed away in 1973. They had two children, Ralph and Clifford. Ted later married Margaret (Andrews) Noseworthy who survives him. He is also mourned by his sister, Dora MacDonald, and his sister-in-law, Chris Noseworthy, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and friends. Ted worked in he Sydney Steel Plant's nail mill for over 40 years. He was a very active member of the United Protestant Church and IOOF (the Independent Order of Odd Fellows) and well known for having painted his home in Howie Center Cape Breton tartan. Visitation will take place Monday, July 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July, 15 in Sydney River United Protestant Church, with Rev. Dana Feltmate officiating. Burial to follow in Alfred E. Smith Cemetery. The family would like to send a very special thank you to the Harbourstone Enhanced Care Center for their incredible care and support. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at

OLIVER, Dorothy 'Dot' Margaret (Gale) 82
New Waterford
The Cape Breton Post, July 5, 2008

It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Dorothy 'Dot' Oliver, 82, of New Waterford who passed away at home on Thursday, July 3, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Millville, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Afra and Catherine (Gillis) Gale.

Dorothy was a member of St. Leonard Parish, Mount Carmel Church and a member of the New Waterford Pensioners' Club where she enjoyed a good game of cards with her friends. She also enjoyed a good dance. A faith-filled woman, Dot gave of herself unceasingly for family and friends. She was a wonderful mother and an exceptional grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving are daughters, Rita (Rick) Hanes, Gail (Wayne) Power, both of New Waterford, Cathy (Dale) Caume, River Ryan; sons, Rev. James, Sydney, Raymond (Gertrude), Halifax, Gordon (Marlene), Charles (Cheryl), both of New Waterford; brother, Robert (Maybelle), Stephenville, N.L.; sisters, Rita Doyle, Stephenville, N.L., Gertrude Gillis, Codroy, N.L.; grandchildren, Joey, Mark, Jeffrey, Janet, Raymond, Scott, Greg, Chris, Aimee, Tony, Christa, Lindsay, Melissa, Josh, Haley, Joseph and Madison; great-grandchildren, Emiley and Neely Rae; aunts, Sr. Gertrude Caroline Gillis, Wellesley, Mass., Margaret 'Maggie' Doyle, Stephenville, N.L. and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, daughter, Diane Bates, two children in infancy, and three brothers, Johnny, Peter and Gordon. Visitation will be held Saturday, 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, July 7, 2008, at 10a.m. in the Parish of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Church with Dorothy's son, Rev. James W. Oliver, officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Luncheon to follow at St. Agnes parish hall. All are welcome. Donations in her memory may be made to the Parish of St. Leonard, Hospice/Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton, or a charity of one's choice. A special word of thanks to Palliative Care and Victorian Order of Nurses for their great care and concern for mom. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at:

ORGAN, George
March 16, 1930 - July 26, 2008
North Sydney
Cape Breton Deaths July 28, 2008 Monday

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of George Organ, 78, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend. He was a resident of Campbell Street, North Sydney, he passed away Saturday July 26, 2008, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born in LaPoile, N.L., and raised there, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Ann Louise (Taylor) Organ. George spent his working years at sea, starting with his father at age 15, and also helping him raise the family. He left home at an early age and fished with many skippers, until he took over as a skipper himself. He owned and operated several boats of his own until 1972 when he joined the Canadian Coast Guard ship the John A. MacDonald. He called her the pride of the fleet, the best leading the rest. He was saddened when she was decommissioned.

George spent many summers in the Arctic, high Arctic and winter months patrolling Canadian waters. His wife stayed at home to raise the family and was left with an empty nest. Then, to get closer and spend more time at home, he joined the search and rescue ship Alert until his retirement in 1995. Over the years, like most seamen, he faced many raging storms and many close calls, but he was fearless and seldom spoke of any events. He also spent a year with captain Tom Edmunds on the M.V. Mayfall going from Halifax to the West Indies and Caribbean Islands as mate. His happiest days were at sea, the Arctic was his favourite. George also liked woodworking, he built several small boats and the family home.

Surviving is his wife, Patricia Organ; his children, Donnie (Kim), Elaine Ongo (Peter Townsend), both of Halifax, Wayne and Craig, North Sydney, and Glen (Trina), Calgary; six granddaughters, Erin and Nicole Ongo, Ainslie and Ashlan Organ, Patricia and Emma Organ, three sisters, Rose (Jim) MacDonald, Balls Creek, Clara Bennett, Sydney Mines, Maud Miles, Corner Brook, N.L.; also a half sister, Vera Herrit, Burnt Island, N.L.; and many nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by brothers in law Frank Bennett and Gerald Miles. Toll No More, Dad, Rest in Peace Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral service will be held Wednesday 3 p.m. at St. Matthew Wesley United Church with Rev. David Luker officiating. Burial to follow at Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Palliative care Cape Breton or the St. Matthew Wesley Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent to

RICHARDSON, Ralph Laurie 74
North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, July 10, 2008 Thursday

It is with heartfelt sadness the family announce the peaceful passing of their father, grandfather and brother, Ralph Richardson, age 74, a resident of Catherine Street, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Rose Blanche, Nfld., Ralph was the son of the late Matthew and Hilda (Styles) Richardson. He was employed with National Sea Products until his retirement. He is survived by his loving children, Barbara Richardson (Eugene Cunningham), Matt (Lois) Richardson, Darlene Richardson (Peter Carver), Corinne (Howard) Moore, Deanna (Charlie) Plowman, Darren Richardson; his nine beautiful grandchildren; his two sisters, Violet (Fred) Vouden and Mary (John) Snow; by sister-in-law Beatrice Richardson; brother-in-law, Percy Leyte and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased just three weeks ago by his loving companion, Frances MacTaggart and also predeceased by a brother, Charles Richardson and a sister, Shirley Leyte. A special thank you to the MacTaggart family for their loving support shown to our father for many years, and especially Mary Elizabeth MacTaggart for all her hard work, love and support she gave to our father during his illness. Visitation for Ralph will be held today (Thursday, July 10) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A graveside committal will be held 11 a.m., Friday at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney, with Charlie MacGuigan officiating. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to

WILLIAMS, Mary Violet 88
Alder Point
The Cape Breton Post, July 5, 2008

It is with great sadness the family announce the sudden passing of their beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Mary Violet Williams, age 88, a resident of Alder Point Road, on Friday, July 4, 2008, at her home. Violet was born in Rose Blanche, N.L., on June 28, 1920, the daughter of the late Jacob and Olive (Courtney) Buffett, and resided most of her life in Alder Point. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church, Halfway Road, Sydney Mines. She is survived by her three sons, Brian (Jocilyn), with whom she resided, Clifton (Nora), Joey (Louise); and three daughters, Sylvia (Fran) Jessome, Carol (Louis) Stubbert, Debby (Bobby) Woods; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margie Deveaux, Lily (Gerald) Devoe, Magdaline Dick; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael, a son, Kevin, brothers, Gordon and Bill, half-brother, John Joe Arsenault and a sister, Miriam Dugas. Visitation for Violet 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 will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Northside Baptist Church, Sydney Mines, with Pastor Jason Homan officiating. Burial in Point Aconi Cemetery, Point Aconi. Memorial donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to



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