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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
January 2013


BOWES, Donald
The Cape Breton Post, January 22, 2013
Passed on: January 19th, 2013

On Jan. 19, 2013, Donald Bowes died, as he lived, with the quiet strength that marked his life. Don was a dedicated husband and father and the most wonderful Grampie a grandchild could hope for. Don leaves to mourn his wife of 45 years, Angela (Kelly); daughter, Kelly (Wayne MacKinnon); son, Robert (Lynette); his four grandchildren, Katherine and Alexandra Bowes, Olivia and Matthew MacKinnon; as well as, his stepfather, Donald Grant. Predeceased by his parents, Thomas Bowes and Sarah Grant and his brother, Robert. A service to celebrate Don's life will be held Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's memory to the Parkinson Society or the SPCA.

BRIAND, Jeanette Sarah (Harris)
The Cape Breton Post, January 7, 3013
Smelt Brook/Neils Harbour

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Aug. 25, 1926, in Trinity Bay, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Germaine and Pynina Harris and was the last remaining member of her family. She was a 58-year CWL member of St. Francis of Assissi Church, Smelt Brook.

Mom was employed at the Carol Ann Restaurant, Ingonish. She was a great cook and baker and loved to make a cup of tea and lunch for her many friends and family at her home in Smelt Brook. Due to poor health she had to move to Neils Harbour in 2002 with her daughter Ivy and son-in-law Roddie. She will be greatly missed by her family, sons, Raymond ( Sheila), Edward (Rita), both of Smelt Brook; daughters, Sylvia (Sam) Dartmouth, Ivy (Roddie) with whom she lived with, Bertha (Billy), Smelt Brook, Judy, Dartmouth, Jacquline (Myles), South Harbour, Sandra (Ken), Ontario, and Loretta (Danny) Neils Harbour; 21 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren. Besides her parents Jeanette was predeceased by her husband Ernest, sons, Blanchard, Raymond, Stewart, and Herman, daughters, Evelyn and Barbra.

In honouring Mom's wishes visitation for family only will be held today (Monday, Jan. 7, 2013), from 7-9 p.m. In celebration of Mom's life, a funeral mass will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m,. both in St. Joseph's Church, Dingwall, with Fr. Ajit Kerketta officiating, burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care, Neils Harbour.

At this sad time the family would like to thank Dr. Buffett, Dr. Murray and Dr. Ritter, nurses, Wanda Barron, Mary LeFriend, Pauline Chubbs and Jackie Morrissey, also to all the home support workers who made Mom's final days so much easier and showed such compassion and care for her and for us, Roddie and Ivy, during this difficult journey. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at

The Cape Breton Post, January 28, 2013
Born In: Rose Blanche
Born: January 9th, 1939
Passed on: January 25th, 2013

It with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph Hatcher on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Glace Bay Hospital. Born in Rose Blanche, N.L., he was the son of the late Thomas and Olive MacDonald, Hatcher. Ralph was a fisherman, then went to work in the coal mines. Ralph was a member of Epworth United Church in Glace Bay. Ralph loved to play darts, sing and playing his guitar in talent shows. He liked going hunting deer and small game, and fishing with his buddy Stevie on his boat. Surviving are his wife, Joan (Dean) Hatcher; brother, Ernest (Shirley), Rose Blanche, N.L.; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, Thomas and Olive, brothers, Phil Dell, Clarence 'Clare', sisters, Vivian Parson, Flora Allen, Nina Syms. Visitation for the late Ralph Hatcher will be held in Patten Funeral Home, 71 Union St., Glace Bay, today (Monday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Burial at a later date in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the palliative care society. Online condolences to

KEEPING, Allan 79
The Cape Breton Post, January 7, 2013
Ball's Creek
Born: Thu May 25, 1933
Died: Fri Jan 4, 2013

With tears in our eyes, we say goodbye to our father, brother and companion, Allan Keeping who passed away peacefully on Friday, January, 4, 2013 at the Northside General Hospital. Born in English Harbour West, Nfld., he was the son of the late Allan and Eliza (Fiander) Keeping.

Allan worked all his life at Sea and enjoyed the boats. When he retired in 2010, he would spend most of his time working in his barn and getting his wood ready for winter. He would let the cats in the barn with him, where he always had food for them and would talk to them as if they were human. Allan and L.B. would make their daily trip to the mail box and the people in the area would call him "Allan's watchdog." Allan always had lots to say, like, which fork in the road to take. Sometimes he would hold his hands up in disgust, and sometimes he would just smile, it was then we knew we were doing the right thing.

We are going to miss you Allan, your spirit will always be with us. He has now gone home to be with his daughter little Vera, his son Troy and all his family in heaven. Enjoy your journey, Allan, until we see you again. Allan is survived by his companion, Anna Martin, special son Ryan; sons, Crawford, Ball's Creek, Cyril Robert (Cheryl) of Dartmouth; sisters, Ettie (Peter) Kendall, Burgeo, NL, Georgina Drake, English Harbour West, NL; brothers, Clyde (Kathleen), Grand Bank, NL, Norman(Eileen), Sydney Mines, Cyril (Margie) and Brian (Mildred), both of North Sydney. He was predeceased by his daughter, Vera, son Troy; sister, Vivian Ruth; brothers, Wilfred Donald and William.

There will be no visitation by request. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Salvation Army Sydney Community Church, 55 Inglis St., Sydney, with Ret. CSM Cyril Keeping officiating and assisted by Major Kent Hepditch. No flowers by request. Donations can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Allan's memory. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney. Online condolences may be sent to
We can feel the wind
We can see the waves,
My ship has come in
For the final time.

The Cape Breton Post, January 28, 2013
Born In: Ramea, Canada
Passed on: January 25th, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother and friend, Harold Keeping, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Ramea, N.L., he was the son of the late Norman and Ethel Jane (Crewe) Keeping.

Harold spent his life on the sea, first as a young fisherman in Newfoundland, and later aboard CN Marine and Marine Atlantic vessels, until he retired in 1985. During that time, and after his retirement, he spent every moment he possibly could aboard his own boat, sailing and fishing for the pure pleasure it brought him.

Harold is survived by his six children, Una (Harold) Sibley, Ramea, N.L., Brian (Kim), Shirley (Greg) Wozniak, both of Guelph, Ont., John (Darlene), Dartmouth, Jim, Moose Jaw, Sask., Robert, Kentville, N.S.; his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his siblings, Onslow (Edie), P.E.I., Vera Hinks, Port Aux Basques, N.L., Nora Pink, Marion Bridge, Ruth (Doug) Stevens, Catalone, Marie Ayre, Sydney, Eileen (Arch) Pink, Ramea, N.L.; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Billard) Keeping and a brother, Emmanuel.

Visitation for Harold will be 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A private family funeral service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to the Renal Dialysis Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital or the Nova Scotia Kidney Foundation, in Harold's memory. Online condolences may be sent to

O'ROURKE, John William
The Cape Breton Post, January 7, 2013
(2013-01-04; 1925-2013), Whitney Pier

It is with heavy hearts, that we the family announce the passing of John William O'Rourke of East Street, Whitney Pier. 'Jack Rabbit' as he was fondly known by family and friends passed away surrounded by his loving family at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on January 4, 2013. Born in Holyrood, Newfoundland, Jack was the son of the late Frank and Sarah (Timmons) O'Rourke.

Jack worked for Sydney Steel Corp. for 42 years in the Blast Furnace and was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. Jack was the 'Dad of all Dad's' with his kind and patient manner, always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He would always welcome visitors with a smile and a pot of tea. Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter and spent much time outdoors fishing and hunting with his sons and son-in-law. Jack was a "Jack of all trades" able to fix anything from an electrical problem to the many cars he worked on fixing both electrical and body work in his spare time.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (Reynolds) O'Rourke of 63 years; sons, Kevin, John (Gracie), Francis, Michael (Anita) and daughter, Betty (Blair) Melanson all of Sydney; sisters, Bridget (the late Charlie) Drohan, Sydney, Peg (the late Bud) Carrie, Oshawa; and 10 grandchildren, Stacey, Natasha, Kevin, John, Jason, Janine, Reilly, Corson O'Rourke and Michelle and Jonathan Melanson. Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his step-mother, Susie Hollohan; brother, Phil and sister, Kate.Visitation for the late John William 'Jack Rabbit' O'Rourke will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 7-9 p.m.

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Alex MacLellan officiating. Reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Family flowers only, donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society or Cancer Care Patient Fund.Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

The Cape Breton Post, January 30, 2013
Born In: Ramea, Newfoundland, Canada
Born: August 7th, 1923
Passed on: January 29th, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Isaac Warren on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Ramea, N.L., he was the son of the late Sarah (Keeping) and William Warren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Isaac spent most of his life on the sea. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Catalone at the lake fishing, boating and working in the garden.

Isaac is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Edith (Carter) Warren; his four children, Bill (Mary-Lou), Vancouver Island, Rita (Jimmie) Price, Louisbourg, Ike Jr. (Germaine), Hammonds Plains, and Carter (Ivy), Windsor, N.S.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Shirley, grandson, Gregory Price, brothers, John, Garland, Matthew and Wilson, sisters, Dora Waters and Susan Walters.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at St. Bartholomew's Church, Louisbourg, with Rev. Laura McCue officiating. Reception to follow in the church basement. A private family burial will take place in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Bartholomew's Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be sent to our web page at



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