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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
April 2009


North Sydney
The Cape Breton Post, April 4, 2009
Claude E. Ashford 86, North Sydney

It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved father, grandfather and brother Claude E. Ashford, age 86, long time resident of Margaret Street, on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Rose Blanche, Nfld., Claude was the son of the late John Thomas and Annie (Best) Ashford.

In his earlier years Claude was employed with H.B. Nickerson & Sons Ltd, North Sydney, he then sailed on iron ore boats for the Dominion Coal Company, later worked as a stevedore with C.N. Marine, and retiring as a steward with Marine Atlantic vessels on March 1, 1986. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney and a long time member of the Fulton Orange Lodge.

He is survived by his loving wife Florence "Flossie" (Lewis) Ashford, his daughter Ann Ball, Balls Creek, his son Wayne (Gail) Ashford, Georges River, one brother Russell (Gladys) Ashford, North Sydney, three grandchildren Geoffrey, Andrew and Melissa and by three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother James Ashford, and his son-in-law Charlie Ball. Visitation for Claude will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service to be held Monday at 3:00 p.m. 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 Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to

BROWN, Alfreda May 88
Glace Bay
The Cape Breton Post, April 21, 2009

It is with great sadness that we, the family announce the epassing of Alfreda May (Courtney) Brown on April 19, 2009, at the Glace Bay Health Care Facility, at the age of 88 yrs. Born in Petites, Nfld, in 1920, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Florence (Anderson) Courtney. Alfreda was a member of Epworth United Church. In earlier years, she loved to bowl and travel to visit her children and grandchildren of whom she was so proud. Knitting became her passion in later years, providing socks and mittens for all who needed them and teaching the finer points of "turning a heel" to many novice knitters.

She will be sadly missed by her sons, Donald (Sandi) of New Brunswick, Robert (Colleen) of British Columbia, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Freda also leaves behind sisters, Nina Ashford of Glace Bay, and Claude (Vera) Courtney of North Sydney, several cherished nieces and nephews and devoted family friend Debbie (Fowler) Brown. Besides her parents, Freda was predeceased by her loving husband, George, sisters, Cedella and Betty and three grandchildren in infancy. Visitation for the late Alfreda Brown will take place on Wednesday, april 22, 2009, at Patten Funeral Home, 71 Union Street, Glace Bay, 849-7520, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 1 pm. Interment to follow in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney-Glace Bay Highway. Family flowers only please. Donations in Freda's memory can e made to the Diabetes Association or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be emailed to:

CARTER, Emily Jane
Born in 04/08/1920 at Fox Island, Newfoundland, Canada
The Cape Breton Post, April 22, 2009

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother Emily Jane Carter, Monday, April 20, 2009, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fox Island, N.L., Aug. 4, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Minnie (Bunter) Coley. Emily was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, Louisbourg. Mom had a love of nature and the outdoors. She was dad’s helpmate in everything they did together. She will always be remembered for the love she gave to everyone.

Emily is survived by her only son, Samuel Jr., (Barbara), Sydney, his children Sammy and Jason; her daughters, Eva Leona and her son, Reginald Stewart; Marjory, her children, Daniel, Quinn and Lori-Ann; Minnie (John George) MacKeigan, their son, Alexander; and Doris (Brian) Dean, their daughters, Charmaine, and Kimberley. She is survived by her sister, Ester Bussey; many great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by the love of her life, Samuel James Carter, who was lost at sea, Dec. 23, 1968, her brothers, George, Ivan and her granddaughter, Deborah. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the memorial service at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 23 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Louisbourg, with Rev. Fred Rhymes officiating. Interment to follow in the church cemetery, Louisbourg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Breton Palliative Care or charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at

FRICKER, Susanna
The Cape Breton Post, April 13, 2009
Susanna Fricker 1917 - 2009 - Mrs. Susanna Fricker
, 91, of Mulgrave, passed away peacefully, Saturday April 11, 2009 in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, NS. Born in Isle Aux - Morte, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of John and Lucy (Poole) Knott. She was a member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Neil's Harbour. She was a retired Nursing Assistant at Buchanan Memorial Hospital. She is survived by daughter Norma (Bill), one son George (Marg) Fricker; four grandchildren, Kelvin (Maria) Hussey, Keith (Ann) Hussey, Kevin (Megan) Fricker, Dorothy (Graham) Best; five great-grandchildren, Shoshanna MacKinnon, Cohen and Cole Hussey, Karlie and Tanner Best; two great-great-grandchildren, Johnathan and Kelvin and one sister Lillian Hagel. She was predeceased by her husband John C. Fricker, daughter Elizabeth Hussey and grandson Graham; four sisters and two brothers. Visitation will be 12 noon, until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home in Ingonish. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Neil's Harbour. Burial to follow at a later date. The Reverend Carl Fraser officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Buchanan Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Born in 09/10/1933 at Conception Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada
The Cape Breton Post, April 21, 2009
John Patrick Woodford
, 75, Bedford/Kempt Head, passed away April 18, 2009. Born October 9, 1933 in Conception Harbour, Nfld., he was the son of the late Theresa and Michael Woodford. He is survived by his daughters, Mary Lee (Leonard) Stephenson, Calgary and Jane (Paul) Tolson, Bedford; his sons, Michael (Angela Frank) Woodford, Bedford and John (Teresa) Woodford, Fall River; brothers, Michael (Margaret) Woodford, Holyrood, Nfld. and Phil (Josephine) Woodford, Holyrood, Nfld.; sister, Mary (John) Brophy, Holyrood, Nfld.; grandchildren, Michael (Tracy), Karen, Jillian, Zane, Aidan and Katharine; great-grandchild, Rogan; former wife, Gladys MacNeil; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Aiden, Leonard, Msgr. Richard, and his sister, Sr. Isabel.

Dad began his career as an RCMP officer stationed in North Sydney and New Waterford where he was married and subsequently joined the New Waterford town police. During his time as a peace officer, he recognized the need for a social welfare system, which he established in New Waterford.

He later became the director of the Community Residence Program for Cape Breton. He oversaw the care and transfer into the community of the mentally and physically disabled from the institutions of the day. He spent his professional career helping those who could not help themselves and was the recipient of the Municipal Social Services Award for 31 years of service. He was a board member and past president of the Eastern Family Services Association. He served on the board of Directors of the Sydney Kinsmen Resource Centre as well as numerous other community organizations. He retired to the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes in Kempt Head in 1994. As a master mariner he spent many summer days sailing the Bras d’Or Lakes with family and friends on his beloved sail boat the Mary Jane.

Dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease a little over a year ago and lived at the Berkley Retirement Home at first in Halifax and, most recently, in Bedford. We would like to thank those at the Berkley who cared for dad over the last year. We would especially like to thank Dr. Howard Conter and Dr. Kenneth Rockwood and their staff who provided dad with extraordinary care in his battle with Lewy Body Disease.

A private family service was held on April 19, 2009 and cremation took place April 20, 2009. As Dad wished, a service will be held this summer on the Bras d’Or Lakes at Saint Joaquin’s Church. Donations can be made in his memory to the Alzheimer Society. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 8901 Station A, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5M6 or online to
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.



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