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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
May 2013


CLARKE, Martha Jane
The Cape Breton Post, May 11, 2013
Born In: Grand Bank, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed on: May 10th, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear aunt, Martha Jane Clarke, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Northside Community Guest Home. Born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Elias and Elizabeth (Grant) Hause.

Martha was a very kind and generous person who loved children. She was a member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney. Martha was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her nieces, Alice (Phillip) Long, North Sydney, Hazel (Roger) Poirier, Montreal; her sister-in-law, Lila Beazley, Burin, N.L.; her grandnieces, Allison Osborne, Calgary, Janice Day, North Sydney, Linda (Pierre) Courchesne, Montreal; her grandnephews, Craig (Kim) Osborne, Washington, Danny and Benoit, both of Montreal; and by several nieces and nephews in Newfoundland. Martha was predeceased by her loving husband, Reuben, sisters, Jane, Sarah, Lydia and brothers, William, Hubert, John.

A private family funeral service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Wesley United Church in Martha's memory. Funeral arrangements entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney. Online condolences may be sent to

The Cape Breton Post, June 1, 2013
Passed in: North Sydney
Passed on: May 30th, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear stepfather, Claude Courtney, on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the C.B. Regional Hospital. Born in Petites, N.L., he was the son of the late Thomas B. and Florence Courtney. Claude spent his life on the sea. He was employed with CN Marine in North Sydney, working for many years as a steward aboard the vessels until his retirement. He was a former member of Fulton Orange Lodge in North Sydney.

Claude is survived by his stepson, Ronald (Sylvie) Bond, Quebec; his step-son-in-law, Charles Downey, Toronto; his two step-granddaughters, Carol (Steve) Chalmers, Sandra (Jim) Bridges; and his four step-great-grandchildren, Joel, Kristen and Scott Chalmers, Denise Nicole Bridges, all of Toronto. He was predeceased by his wife, Verina Harriette Courtney in 2010, his step-daughter, Barbara Downey in 2012 and his siblings. There will be no visitation by request. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday at W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney, with Rev. Nick Phillips officiating. Burial will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney. Online condolences may be sent to

MacLEAN, Ethel
The Cape Breton Post, May 8, 2013
Born In: Burnt Islands, Newfoundland, Canada
Born: October 6th, 1922
Passed on: May 6th, 2013

We regret to announce the passing of our mother, Ethel MacLean, on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Seaview Manor, Glace Bay, after a brief illness. Born on October 6, 1922 in Burnt Islands, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Catherine and Richard Hardy. She is survived by her children, Donna (Harry) Pitcher, Halifax; Mick (Lorna) MacLean, Sydney; Bill (CC) MacLean, Rothesay, New Brunswick; Barbara (Andy) Pittman, Coxheath. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Trevor (Knickolle) Pitcher, Bible Hill; Jody Pitcher, Halifax; Jan MacLean (fiancé Beth Anne MacEachern), Dartmouth; Alan MacLean (Sue Kauffman), South Bar; Heather (Mark) Reid, Rothesay, NB; Aynsley (Mitchell) Coates, Kelligrews, NL; Sheila MacLean, Halifax; Keith Pittman, Calgary, AB; Cheryl (Ian) MacInnis, Coxheath and 7 great grandchildren, Aiden and Liam Pitcher, Sam MacLean; Cash and Sadie Coates and Carmen and Allie MacInnis. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Michael 'Bud' MacLean in 1985, her step father William Power and two step brothers, Sid and Rudy Power. There is no visitation as per Mom's wishes. Cremation has taken place under the direction of T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church with Rev. Dwaine Devereaux officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of one's choice. The family wishes to thank the staff of 3B, CBRH and Seaview Manor for the excellent care given to our mother. Online condolences to

The Cape Breton Post, May 6, 2013
Born In: Millertown, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed on: May 3rd, 2013

Surrounded by her loving family, Edna MacPherson, 103, on of Glace Bay's oldest residents, passed away on May 3, 2013, following a brief illness. Born in Millertown, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland in 1909, she was the daughter of the late William and Gertie Oldford. At an early age she moved with her family to the Glace Bay area. Following completion of her education, she lived briefly in Boston; while there she married William, the love of her life. Edna and William were among earliest residents of Brookside Street, where they raised eight children. A loving, caring and generous person, Edna was sustained by her Christian faith. She was a longtime member of the United Church, and in earlier years she was a member of United Church Women.

She is survived by daughters Jessie Williams, Glace Bay, Eileen (Bill) Hynes, Cornerbrook, Lestra (John) Jobes, Winnipeg, Alda Leader Swain, Glace Bay; and by sons Robert (Sheila), Courtice, Ontario, Ronald (Karen), Dartmouth, and Arthur (Betty), Bonaventure, Quebec. She shared many precious hours with her thirty-two grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Etta Matheson of Glace Bay, and Ada Fudge, Riverview, NB. She was predeceased by her husband, William, by her daughter and son-in-law Anna and Jay McDonald; sons-in-law Irvin Williams and Bill Swain; grandson Gerald Williams; sisters Beulah Cavers, Muriel Duffett, Eileen MacPherson and Claudine Almon; and by brothers Leslie, Bert, Joseph and Norman.

Following the death of her husband she pursued painting, and became an accomplished artist. In healthier times, she looked forward to her weekly card game with "the girls". She loved to travel, take brisk walks, or stroll in her garden. She enjoyed the company of family and friends who often delighted in listening to her accounts of the family history and the many poems she could recite from memory. The family extends sincere thanks to Edna's many special friends, neighbors and caregivers for their kindness and caring. Special thanks to Dr. Gordon Spencer. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Patten Funeral Home. A service of remembrance and celebration of Edna's life will be held at Knox United Church on Tuesday, May 7 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. Family flowers only. In lieu, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
"You were the wind beneath our wings."
Online condolences may be sent to

MacRURY, Beulah Francis
The Cape Breton Post, May 13, 2013
Born In: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
Passed on: May 11th, 2013

It is with sadness that family announce the peaceful passing of Beulah MacRury on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Corner Brook, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Susan Mae (Decker) Dyer. A long-time member of Sydney Pentecostal Church; she was a loving and devoted Mom and Nan who enjoyed the company of her family.

Beulah is survived by her loving husband, Donald MacRury, Harbourstone; daughters, Shawna (Alex) Barter, Deer Lake, N.L., Sharon MacRury (Alec Phillips), Marion Bridge; son, James (Minnie) MacRury, Sydney; five wonderful grandchildren, Donald, Shawn and Robert MacRury, Ian and Caitlin Barter. She is also survived by her sister, Hazel Watters, Bras d'Or; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth 'Betty' Dyer, Sydney, and Lillian Dyer, Lower Sackville; as well as nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Donna Lee in infancy, sisters, Evelyn and Ruby, brothers, George, Gordon and Fred, mother and father-in-law, James and Jessie MacRury.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 14, 2013, from 2:30-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ron Coole officiating. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to our web page at

McDONALD, Kenneth
The Cape Breton Post, May 31, 2013
Born In: Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on: May 1st, 1925
Passed in: North Sydney on: May 29th, 2013

We, the family of Kenneth McDonald, age 88, are very sad to announce his passing on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Isle Aux Morts, Nfld. on May 1, 1925, Ken was the son of the late Michael and Annie Maud (Knott) McDonald. Growing up in Newfoundland, Ken was always a man of the sea. As a young man, he would fish with his father on their cherished boats, Rose Dorothy and Allan Graham.

Ken served with the Merchant Marine during the Second World War. After moving to North Sydney he worked for a period of time with Irving Oil before continuing on to Navigation School in Halifax and obtaining his Captains Ticket to work with the Atlantic Pilotage Authority on the pilot boat in North Sydney and Port Hawkesbury. Ken was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #19, and a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney.

Ken was very much an outdoorsman, enjoying deer, rabbit and duck hunting. Also an avid fly fisherman, he fished for years in North River, Margaree Valley and Codroy Valley in Newfoundland. Above all though, Ken was a loving husband, the best father and wonderful grandfather. A very quiet and wise man Ken was always thinking and sharing his wisdom with those around him. We are so proud and thankful to have had him in our lives.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Battiste); daughters, Jane (Robert) Black, Dartmouth and Brenda (Arnold) Sparkes, Hammonds Plains; granddaughters, Jane Elizabeth Wood, Pembroke, Ont., Rebecca Anne Sparkes, Victoria, B.C. and grandson, Michael Kenneth Robert Black, Toronto, Ont. Also surviving is his brother, Lorne (Millie), Riverview and many nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by brothers, Tom, Herman, Jim, Allan and sisters, Florence Anne, Cedella and Vivian.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. As per Ken's wishes, there will be no visitation. A private family service will be held in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Carl Fraser officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. The family sends a very special thanks to Northside Homemakers especially Kathy Walker, Northside at Home Care Services, the staff of 4W and 2W at the Northside General Hospital, Dr. John Kirkpatrick, Marilyn and our special angel, Laura, and Dr. Poulos and the palliative care team for their care and compassion during this very difficult time. Ken fought to the very end. Memorial donations may be sent to a charity of choice. 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."

SNOW, Eugene
The Cape Breton Post, May 28, 2013
Born In: Victoria, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: July 1st, 1924
Passed in: Musquodoboit Harbour, Canada

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Eugene Snow in the arms of his family at Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital in Musquodoboit Harbour. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He was born in Victoria, N.L., on July 1, 1924, and was the son of Jen and Job Snow.

Da was well known as the 'best carpenter in Glace Bay'. He was a member and actually built the Pentecostal Tabernacle in Glace Bay. Eugene was a hard working good kind gentle man of few words. He is survived by the love of his life, Sadie (Lambert); and daughters, Judy MacDonald, Diane Rogers (Bruce), Carol Snow (Rick), Debbie Blunden; and sons, Eugene (Wanda Clements) and Dave (Karen Andrews). He was predeceased by daughter, Janet Lee (Robin) Bendell, brother, Bill, sister, Hazel Evely, brothers-in-law, Harold Evely, Bob Francis, Lionel Priddle and Jim Lambert. He will be missed dearly by brother, Bob (Jackie); sisters, Nevie Priddle, Dot Francis and Pat Morris; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews loved Poppy and his playful personality, always planning a little joke. Visitation for Eugene will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Patten Funeral Home, Union Street, Glace Bay. Funeral service will take place Thursday, May 30, 2 p.m. at Bethel Family Church, Reserve Street, Glace Bay. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Glace Bay Bethel Family Church.



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