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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
November 2011


BARRETT, Anna Mary
The Cape Breton Post, November 7, 2011
Born In: Lourdes, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed in: Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: November 5th, 2011
With sadness, the family announce the passing of Anna Mary Barrett at the Glace Bay Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Born in Lourdes, N.L., she was the daughter of the late John Archibald MacIsaac of Grand River and Annie (Young) Lejeune of Clam Bank Cove, N.L. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a life-long member of Holy Redeemer Church in Whitney Pier. She was predeceased by her husband, Victor Laurier Barrett, sons, Wayne (the late Karen Hawco), Robert (the late Theresa Martin), daughter-in-law, Barbara Kane Barrett, grandchildren, Deanna, Robert, and Susan Barrett, Paul Warner, sisters, Sarah Hynes and Angela Sweeney, and brothers, John, Alexander, Hugh, William, Daniel and Angus. Surviving are sons, Donald (Tish), Dennis (Viola), Ross (Valerie); daughters, Mary (the late Charles Warner), Diane (John) MacDonald; daughter-in-law Gloria Barrett; as well as 19 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation by request, a private family service has been held. Donations in her memory may be made to Holy Redeemer Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent to

GUSHUE, Dorothy 'Dot'
The Cape Breton Post, November 7, 2011
Born In: Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: November 5th, 2011
Dorothy Mae Gushue
, 91, of Ashby passed away suddenly Saturday, Nov. 5 2011, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with her family by her side. Born in Holyrood, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Targett) Whalen. She was a member of St. Theresa parish, Sydney. Dot was a devoted mother who raised her large family placing them above everything else. She is survived by seven daughters, Carol (late James) Lahey, Ontario, Theresa (Joseph) Gale, Sydney, Jeanette (late Jack) Fletcher, British Columbia, Marlene (John) Dixon, Sydney, Kim (Albert) Harriet, Sydney, Brenda (John) AuCoin, Reserve Mines, and Dotti (Andrew) MacNeil, Ontario; and five sons, Tom (Addie), Ontario, Raymond, David, Terry and Robert, all of Sydney; also by her sister, Mary Josephine 'Dodie' Wall of Sydney; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Cassie Whalen. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas, a son, Patrick, three daughters, Florence, Debbie and Linda, by brothers, Mike, Edward and Patrick, her sister Mary Smith and by a grandson in infancy. There will be no visitation by request. A funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the the Canadian Cancer society or the Heart and Stroke foundation. Online condolences to

KEAN, Capt. John 'Jack'
The Cape Breton Post, November 8, 2011
Born In: Pound Cove, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed in: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: November 6th, 2011

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father, Capt. John 'Jack' Kean, age 95, on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Harbour View Hospital in Sydney Mines, where he recently resided. Born in Pound Cove, N.L., Dec. 9, 1915, Jack was the eldest son of Capt. Llewellyn and Delilah Kean. He was a member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Audrey (Hill) Kean in September 2007 and his brother, James (Olive) in September 2006.

Jack spent over 55 years at sea, starting in 1929 at age 14, working onboard various fishing schooners captained by his father during the summer cod fishery off Labrador and as a sealer during the annual seal hunt off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. During this time Jack honed his seafaring skills and proceeded to obtain his watch keeping and mate's tickets and in 1942 obtained his master's certificate.

From 1939 until 1944, during the Second World War, he served in the Merchant Marine as an officer on various ships. Over the next 36 years, Jack captained many steam ships and motor vessels owned and operated by the Newfoundland Railway, CNR, CN Marine and Marine Atlantic. These ships provided a vital link to the outports of Newfoundland and Labrador and served as an extension of the Trans-Canada Highway between North Sydney and Port aux Basques after Newfoundland joined Confederation. The ships and vessels he captained during his career included the SS Clyde, SS Clarenville, SS Glenwood, SS Baccalieu, SS Burgeo, SS Random, SS Cabot Strait, MV Nonia, MV Patrick Morris, MV Leif Eriksson, MV Marine Cruiser, MV William Carson (1966-1977) and the MV Ambrose Shea (1977-1980). Upon his retirement, in August 1980, he continued to work another four years as an ice pilot in the Gulf of St. Lawrence guiding ships to Montreal.

In his younger years Jack was an avid sports fisherman and hunter and enjoyed very much the outings that took place around these activities, especially with his family and friends in Newfoundland. Prior to Newfoundland joining Canada in 1949, Jack was very active in the Orange Lodge. He was also a past member of the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney. In retirement, Jack enjoyed reading Western fiction novels, doing crossword puzzles, playing cribbage, 120s and 45s with Audrey, family and friends, going out jigging for fish with his closest friends, puttering around in the yard on Caledonia Street and cooking up a scoff of traditional Newfoundland food. Known for spinning a good yarn, Jack loved sitting down, having a few drinks with family and friends to reminisce about the many experiences and people he encountered during his 55 years at sea.

Left with fond and loving memories are his daughters, Ruby (Boyd Parsons), Long Island, with whom he resided the past 8 1?2 years, Joan (Les Howie) and his son John, both in Halifax; three grandchildren, Andrew, Adrian and Kathryn; one older sister, Frances Winsor, St. John's, N.L.; and two special nephews, Mun and Bud, Wesleyville, N.L.; and also a large circle of other relatives and friends. He will be sorely missed by his family, many relatives and friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Paul Hickey, for care and concern shown to Jack over the years, and also to Tena Williams, Mary Jackson and Bernadette Finney and the nursing staff at Harbour View Hospital in Sydney Mines. Visitation for Jack will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Tuesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. David Luker officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to Harbour View Hospital Veterans Wing. Online condolences may be sent to

MOULAND, Lorraine Elizabeth (Druggett)
The Cape Breton Post, November 10, 2011
Born In: Lark Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada
Born: July 3rd, 1940
Passed in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: November 8th, 2011
Another angel slipped into heaven Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011. It is with mixed emotions we announce our Mother is finally at rest after many years of illness. Mom passed away at the An Cala Unit of the CBRH. Born Lorraine Elizabeth, she was the eldest daughter of John and Eliza (Wheeler) Druggett, Lark Harbour, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. Surviving and holding her memory close are her children, Philip (Pam), Marion (David Humphrey), and Brian (Barbara MacGillivary) all of Sydney; Grandchildren, Amy (Laurent Jeunet), Rebecca (Cruise Slater), Justin (Nicole Porter) Sarah and Avery; Siblings, Lillian (Gordon Dunn) Prime Brook, John Druggett (Carol) Kippens, Newfoundland and Debbie (Brian MacLeod) Howie Centre as well as many loving nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Mom was also a "Special Nanny" to Meghan, Andrew and Patrick. Beside her parents, Lorraine was predeceased by her husband Rudolph (Rudy) Mouland, her long time friend and companion Selby Gosse, and sisters Isabel Wheeler and Loretta Wheeler. Lorraine was a member of First United Church, and The Sydney Steelworker's Pensioner's Club. After raising her family, Mom worked as a PCW at the "old" Cove Guest Home and the Spring Garden Villa until illness necessitated her early retirement. For many summers she enjoyed the company of her family, friends and visitors at the summer cottage in Sangaree where everyone was welcomed at her door. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A funeral service celebrating her life will take place 11:00am Saturday, Nov. 12/11 Sydney Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cape Breton Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Hospice Palliative Care of Cape Breton, or the charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sydney Memorial Chapel.

VARDY, Samuel
The Cape Breton Post, November 9, 2011
Born In: Fox Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed in: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: November 7th, 2011
It is with broken hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of Sam Vardy on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, Sydney. Born in Fox Island, N.L., he was the son of the late George and Hannah (Hayman) Vardy. Sam was a fisherman by trade. He fished on the dragger boats for many years. He enjoyed life to the fullest and will be greatly missed. He was a member of Stella Maris parish, Louisbourg. Sam is survived by is wife, Dorothy (MacKeigan); daughter, Cavelle Vardy (Frankie), Louisbourg; sons, Curtis Vardy, Calgary, Dexter Vardy, New Waterford; one precious granddaughter, Alexis; sister, Minnie Hayman, Louisbourg; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Florence, brothers, Stan, Abe and Louis in infancy. The family would like to thank the staff of Harbourstone MacDougall's Court for their care and compassion and especially Gordie in the kitchen. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Stella Maris Cemetery, Louisbourg. Online condolence may be sent to our web page at



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