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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
January 2015


BURT, Catherine 'Beanie'
The Cape Breton Post, January 24, 2015
Born In: Belleoram, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed in: Glace Bay on: January 22nd, 2015

It is with heartfelt sadness that we the family announce the passing of Catherine Robina 'Beanie' Burt, on January 22, 2015 at the Glace Bay General Hospital with loving family at her side. Born in Belleoram NFLD, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude (Munden) Cluett. After the tragic SS Caribou sinking in 1942 which took the lives of her mother and 2 youngest sisters, (Abigail and Vera), she lived in Rose Blanch NFLD with her husband Clyde, then moved to Glace Bay where they raised their family. In her younger years she worked at a senior's home and later at MacKeigan Bakery, also a member of LOBA.

Beanie was a great cook and baker, also well known to the neighborhood for her daily routine of hanging out clothes on the line and her beautiful embroidery. She was a kind and generous person with a great sense of humor, she always enjoyed being around family and friends, she will be forever loved and greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by daughters Marlene (Blair) Small, Kay (Johnny) Zegary and Cassie(George) Melnick who was her caregiver; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister Hattie Francis of Halifax; brother-in-law Jim (Hilda) Burt; sister-in-law Cassie (Fabe) Brushett; along with several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by beloved husband Clyde; son Billy; grandson Johnny; sister Theresa Damude and sister-in-law Nina Wadman.

Visitation for Beanie will be held on Sunday Jan. 25 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., Monday Jan. 26 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at Patten Funeral Home, 71 Union St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday Jan. 27, 11a.m., at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay. Donations in Beanie's name can be made to St. Mary's Anglican Church. Online condolences can be sent to family

DROHAN, Bridget (O'Rourke)
The Cape Breton Post, January 20, 2015
Born In Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on: November 11th, 1921
Passed in Whitney Pier on: January 18th, 2015

We, the family, announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. Bridget was born in Holyrood, NFLD., Nov. 11, 1921, and passed away at the MacGillivray Guest Home on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Mom was the daughter of the late Frank and Sara (Timmons) O'Rourke and was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Charlie in 1998.

'Bride', a longtime resident of 84 French St. Whitney Pier, was the devoted mother and matriarch of her large family. She was always supportive of her children's extensive sporting and educational activities. She was also a devout member of Holy Redeemer parish, actively involved in the CWL. Mom particularly enjoyed family gatherings where her love and kindness were evident. She was an unselfish, caring woman whose smile and sense of humour would light up any gathering. She enjoyed cooking a 'scoff' for her clan and their guests, often on a moment's notice, and her generosity was extended to all who entered her home. She especially enjoyed her 'Club' and playing cards.

Bridget was predeceased by her daughter Ann Marie McNabb; her son Al; her granddaughter Sara; sister Catherine; brothers Jack and Phil as well as her stepmother Susannah Hollohan. She is survived by her daughter Patricia (Donnie) Miller with whom she previously resided; sons Ray, Chuck (Pat), Jerry (Arlene), Donnie, Terry (Nancy); daughter-in-law Nancy; son-in-law Sandy McNabb; her sister Margaret 'Peg' (Charles) Carrie of Oshawa, ON; by her 12 grandchildren, Cristin, David, Jenna, Tara, Jessica, Shannon, Joanna, Liam, Ashley, Meagan, Emma, Ryan; her 4 great grandchildren, Cole, Caden, Rebecca and Rachael. Mom is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Kathleen O'Rourke, Hattie O'Rourke and Bonnie (Gordie MacDonald); brother-in-law John and in-laws: Pat, Margie, Elizabeth Drohan, and Claude Royal.

Visitation for the late Mrs. Drohan will be Wednesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Holy Redeemer Church with Rev. Paul Murphy officiating with interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Donations may be made to MacGillivray Guest Home, 25 Xavier Dr., Sydney, B1S 2R9, Holy Redeemer Building Fund or to the AT Children's Project:    Online condolences may be sent by visiting

LeDREW, Robert George
The Cape Breton Post, January 26, 2015
Born In: Newfoundland on: November 22nd, 1954
Passed in: Sydney on: January 20th, 2015

We regret to announce the passing of Robert Ledrew, 60, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home. Born in Cupids, Newfoundland, on Nov. 22, 1954, he was the son of the late Robert and Annie (Percy) Ledrew, who are laid to rest in Newfoundland. Robert leaves behind his son Shawn; sisters Shirley, Susan and Barbara, all of Ontario, and brothers, William and Alex, both in N.S. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at

LONG, Lucy (Collier)
The Cape Breton Post, January 17, 2015
Born In: St. Alban's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed in: Norh Sydney on: January 15th, 2015

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our mother and grandmother Lucy (Collier) Long, who passed away peacefully in the arms of the Lord, Thursday, January 15, 2015, surrounded by family members at the Taigh Solas Nursing Home, Northside General Hospital. Lucy was born in St Albans, Newfoundland in 1919. She was the daughter of the late Abraham and Ida Mary Collier. Lucy met her husband Lawrence in St Albans, where she lived and raised 12 children before travelling and settling in North Sydney, where she completed her family of 17 children. First and foremost, Lucy was a loving mom to her 17 children. She loved her prayers and she prayed for many friends and loved ones. She enjoyed cooking and baking bread, a good game of cards with family and friends, and enjoyed her Saturday night dances. She never lost her love for her home town in Newfoundland. Lucy had an infectious smile and was a kind and gentle person. Lucy's family extended five generations. She was member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney.

Lucy is survived by 15 children; daughters; Roseleen (the late Tom) Collier, Mary (Alex) Campbell, Phyllis (Steven) Clarke, Carrie (Tom) Boutilier, Christine (Melvin) Devoe, Betty (Sheldon) Burton, Louise Smith; and sons; Lawrence (Judy), Garf (Louise), George (Elaine), Gerald (Sharon), Simon (Mary), Bernie (Cecilia), Paul (Glenda), and Kenny (Susan). She was also survived by a brother Paul Collier and sister Bernie Organ from St Albans, Newfoundland. Lucy is also survived by 46 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Lucy was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Lawrence Long; son Eric Long; daughter Mabel (Connie) Scott; and grandson Chad Smith; her sisters Susan House, Mary Davis, Nora House, all from Newfoundland and Margaret Cox, North Sydney; her brothers John, Simon and Abe all from Newfoundland.

The family would like to send special thanks to the staff of Taigh Solas and Dr. Hickey for their loving and caring support. They treated mom as their own and went above and beyond her expectations. Visitation for Lucy 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 Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church, North Sydney with Rev. Patrick O'Neill officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney at a later date. Reception to follow in the church hall. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to

McNEIL, Mary Margaret (Keating)
The Cape Breton Post, January 31, 2015
Born In: The Block Port au Port NL Born: May 9th, 1917
Passed in: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada on: January 29th, 2015
Mary Margaret (Keating) McNeil
passed away peacefully Jan. 29, 2015 at Hillside Pines Home for Special Care, Bridgewater in her 98th year. Born May 9, 1917 in The Block Port au Port, Nfld., she was a daughter of the late James William Keating and Mary Julia Hynes. She was the last surviving member of her family. She was a long time resident of Dominion, Cape Breton and Sydney River, Cape Breton and spent the last 10 years in Bridgewater. Margaret was a talented and accomplished seamstress. She was an active member of the CWL for more than 60 years and will be remembered for her strong faith.

She is survived by her children, Corinne (Al) MacKay, Oshawa Ont.; Keating (Leona), Summerside, P.E.I.; Charlene (Gerry) Nixon, Ottawa, Ont.; Paul (Pam), Eagenville, Ont.; Catherine Julia (Michael) Cullen, Dartmouth; Joseph (Gaylene Pittman), Labrador City, Nfld; Carmelitta (Michael) McNeil, Caledonia; Colina McNeil, Coldbrook; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles William McNeil; son, Donald and his wife, Doreen MacIntyre; brothers, Harold, Hynes, Cyril, Raymond and Richard; sisters, Marion MacDonald, Mildred Aubert, Kathleen MacIntosh and Moia Kelliher.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Funeral to be held at Immaculate Conception Parish, Bridgeport, Cape Breton at a later date under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Memorial donations may be made to Hillside Pines Home for Special Care, St. Joseph Parish, Bridgewater, Immaculate Conception Parish, Bridgeport or Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney River. Special thank you to the staff of Hillside Pines and to Pauline and Walter Gregg. Online condolences may be made by visiting or by messaging

SLADE, Major
The Cape Breton Post, January 27, 2015
Born: September 22nd, 1932
Passed in: North Sydney on: January 25th, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our awesome husband, father, and grandfather, Major Slade on January 25, 2015. Born in Newfoundland on September 22, 1932, Major was the son of the late Margaret and Ernest Slade. He will be greatly missed by his wife Ruth; his sister Unetha; his children the Slades: Donna (Michael), Blair (Jennifer), Wendy (Garnet), Kevin (Donna), Sharon (Russell). Grandchildren: Leanne (Ronnie), Terri-Lynn, Holly, Stefani (Adam), Nicholas, Samantha as well as great-grandchildren Ben and Belle. Stepchildren (Ruth's Children): Vernice (Kenny), Joey (Teresa), Melody (Lonnie), and their families (eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren). Stepchildren (The Browns): Ralph (Valerie), Linda (Mike), Diane (Carl), Clarence and their children (Corey, David, Marie). He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his dearly loved dog Chippy. Besides his parents, Major was predeceased by his siblings Angus (Nick), Don, Jack, Bob, Bill, Effie, Florence, Annie, and Ernestine as well as other loved ones: Florence Dove, Joyce Slade (Brown), and his stepdaughter Ruby Brown Robinson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 28th 7 - 9 p.m. at Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home, 10 Clyde Ave., Sydney Mines. Funeral Service to be held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Campbell St. in North Sydney on Thursday, January 29th at 11a.m. with Rev. Richie Robinson officiating. Donations in memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or charity of choice. Messages and memorials may be directed to Major's family by visiting

TURNER, Frances Selena
The Cape Breton Post, January 30, 2015
Born In: Grand Banks Newfoundland on: July 28th, 1916
Passed in: North Sydney on: January 28th, 2015

"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again"
It is with deep and overwhelming sadness, that we the family of Mrs. Frances Turner, announce her sudden passing on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Northside Community Guest Home. Fran lived a wonderful and fulfilling life, and for 98 years, was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Fran was young-at-heart, and can only be described as a confidante and even a co-conspirator, especially when it came to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren! The important 'life lessons' that we all learned from our beautiful and knowledgeable mother, especially how to keep proper records of any and all daily events in our lives, no matter how important, continually showed us her unconditional love. We all will carry these special memories with us from now until we meet again.

Born July 28, 1916, in Grand Banks, Newfoundland, Frances was the daughter of the late Harry and Rachel (Price) Witherall. As the eldest of fourteen children, Fran left school at an early age to help her parents raise and support her 13 brothers and sisters. This dedication to family carried on to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a good example of this was when even in her 80s she could be found in a pup tent with her great-grandsons Michael and Mark.

Fran is survived by her only daughter Frances (Mrs. Charles Seymour), North Sydney, son David (Collette Parsons), Louisbourg and daughter-in-law Norma Turner, Whittier, Ca., also by grandchildren, Raylene (Jim Bowerman), LaHabra, Ca, Catherine Turner, Whittier, Ca, Charlene (Mrs. Paul Perry), Sydney, Rayanne Turner (Timmie LeMoine), Sydney, Norma Jean Turner, Whittier, Ca, David Turner (Judy Musgrave), Sydney. Also surviving are her beloved and cherished great-grandchildren Michael and Mark Perry, Shayna and Savannah Turner, Brian Ingram, Garrett, Jacob and Rachel Van Dyck, Stephanie and David Turner, by her sisters, Mildred (Donald) Inder, North Sydney, Pauline (Steven) MacKeigan, Sydney Mines and godson James Inder, North Sydney. Frances was predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years David, Dec. 11, 1996, her son Raymond, Nov. 17, 2014, as well as six brothers George, Charles, William, Benjamin, Frederick, Raymond and five sisters Olive, Beatrice, Edith, Annie and Muriel.

Frances was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and a former member of the North Sydney Senior Citizens and Pensioners Club. She was an avid card and bingo player; she enjoyed a good game of 45s and particularly going to the Sealanes Bingo Hall with her sisters Annie and Dot and her dear friend Helen Perry. There will be no visitation by request. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney with Rev. Ritchie Robinson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent to
"Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you."

VOUTIER, Thomas 'Skipper'
The Cape Breton Post, January 17, 2015
Born In: Petit Forte
Passed in: Glace Bay on: January 15th, 2015
Thomas 'Skipper' Voutier
, age 97 of Main Street, Glace Bay, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Petit Forte, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Philip and Beatrice Voutier. In his younger years, Thomas left Newfoundland and came to Glace Bay to fish. He then moved to Sudbury, Ontario where he was employed for many years with the International Nickel Company. Upon retirement, he decided to come back to Glace Bay as he missed the ocean. Thomas was a member of the Orange Lodge in Newfoundland. He will be remembered as a very pleasant, easy going man who loved his family. Skipper also enjoyed recalling his old fishing days.

He is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Voutier (Lloyd), Glace Bay, Ruby Larocque, Sudbury, Ont., Alma St. Martin, Glace Bay, brothers, sisters, grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Thomas was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte (Purchase) Voutier, one son, Norman and siblings. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m., both in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Rev. Donald MacDonald officiating. Interment in Chalmers United Cemetery, Ocean Avenue, Dominion. Memorial donations in Thomas's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences to the family can be expressed at:

YOUNG, Sarah Alvina 'Vina'
The Cape Breton Post, Januuary 30, 2015
Born In: Jacques Fontaine Fortune Bay NL
Passed in: North Sydney on: January 28th, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Vina Young, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Jacques Fontaine, Fortune Bay, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Martha (Miles) Johnson. Vina lived most of her life in North Sydney before moving to Carefield Manor in Whitney Pier for 10 years and then settling in at Cara House in the Northside Guest Home until her passing. Vina was a dedicated wife and mother and took great pride in caring for her family. Her hands were always kept busy, whether it was cooking and baking, the endless hours spent sewing clothes for her children, or quilting and crafts. Vina was a member of St. Joseph parish in North Sydney.

She is survived by her five daughters, Sharon (Archie) Forrestall, Mulgrave, N.S., Beverly (Doug) Currie, Dartmouth, Bernice Masters, North Sydney, Marlene (Peter) MacLean, Port Hawkesbury, Charmaine (Victor) Sakalauskas, New Minas; two sons, Greg (Chris) Oshawa, and Grant of Peterborough, Ont.; by her 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Hazel Smith of Nfld. and her brother, Claude (Lena) Johnson of Labrador City, N.L. Vina was predeceased by her husband, Michael G. Young; her son, Michael James Young; her daughter-in-law, Theresa; an infant granddaughter, Susan Currie; sisters, Ida and Vivian and by two childhood brothers.

Visitation for Vina will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday from St. Joseph Church, with Rev. Patrick O'Neill officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the N.S. Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to



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