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The Compass Obituaries
April 2015

The Compass is a community newspaper
for the Conception Bay North/Trinity Bay areas.
It is published weekly on Tuesday.

 

 

AVERY, Ralph Olsen
Born In: Grates Cove
Born: October 1st, 1925
Passed on: April 7th, 2015
Ralph Olsen Avery passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, surrounded by his family. A son of Newfoundland, Ralph studied and began his career in Winnipeg, Ontario, worked and lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and retired to Marco Island, Florida. Ralph was born in Grates Cove, Newfoundland on October 1, 1925 to William Bertram Avery and Elsa (Martin) Avery, one of six children. Growing up in a small fishing village, he was fascinated by his family's business, which bought and sold cod and cod liver oil and was a supplier of groceries, fishing supplies, and general merchandise to Grates Cove and several surrounding communities. A proficient student, he was sent to St. John's, Newfoundland to begin his studies at Memorial University College. Then, at 19, he transferred to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg to study medicine. After interrupting his education for a stint in the Canadian Army, he returned to school for several years until a part time job with the Canadian National Railroad rekindled his business mind. He began what was to be a successful career in railroading, first with the CN, and then with what eventually came, through mergers, to be the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He retired from BNSF as an Assistant Vice President in 1989 after 36 years.
Ralph met his true love, Betty Kilfoyle, in Winnipeg. They eventually married and produced a daughter, Donna. When he was recruited by the Northern Pacific Railway, they emigrated to Minnesota, where Ralph took on his new position in transportation sales. They settled first in Saint Louis Park, and joyfully added a son, Brian. Ralph was transferred to the company's headquarters in Saint Paul, and the young family moved there and resided on the East Side near Lake Phalen for many years. They built a house at Evergreen in Woodbury in 1980, where they lived until Ralph's retirement. Then they packed up and moved to the paradise that for them was Marco Island, Florida.
Ralph loved large bodies of water, fish and fishing, and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of species and behaviors. He and his family spent many happy summers at the family cabin on Big Stony Lake near Park Rapids, Minnesota, where he shared his knowledge and passion with his children and grandchildren. Regular trips to his beloved Grates Cove were exotic experiences for his citified children, where the family house facing the ocean looked toward Ireland, and jigging for cod was a required and memorable experience. He enjoyed golf, and was a long time member of the Minneapolis Golf Club and then of the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island.
Ralph took a leadership position in almost every endeavor. He was chair of the Prosperity Heights PTA and later of the Parents Association of Johnson High School in Saint Paul. He was treasurer of the Arlington Heights Presbyterian Church. He was on the Board of Lakewood Community College in Saint Paul. He served on the Board of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Ralph and his spouse Betty lived at South Seas Northwest on Marco Island for 25 years, where he served for 20 years on the Board of the SSNW Condominium Association, eventually as its president and, until his death, its treasurer. He also represented the Association on the board of the South Seas Club. Gregarious, he was well-known and respected by staff, management, owners, and guests.
Ralph loved railroading and was an expert in grain and transportation issues. He specialized in grain shipping and pricing and in marketing. He taught a course in transportation economics at Lakewood and at Saint Paul College, and was a frequent lecturer on the topic. He was a popular speaker and master of ceremonies at industry functions. He will be remembered for his insatiable curiosity, his interest in politics local and global, his willingness to take any side of an argument, and his stories of Grates Cove. He tenaciously loved life and he loved people.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ben and Roy, and his sisters Phyllis (Strong) and Sarah. He is survived by his wife Betty; his older sister Rhetta (Mattinson) and his dear niece Bengenia (March); his daughter Donna, her husband Tom Kigin, and their daughters Mackenzie and Elizabeth; his son Brian and his wife Katherine (Pine), and their sons William and Connor; and a large circle of treasured nieces, nephews and dear friends.
There is a memorial website where you can contribute your stories, memories and condolences at www.dignitymemorial.com
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation to help prevent and combat the universal problem of heart disease, or to the charity of your choice. RIP

FOLLETT, Erin M.
Passed in: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: April 7th, 2015
Passed peacefully away after a courageous battle with cancer at the Carbonear General Hospital on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Erin M. Follett of Harbour Grace, age 35 years. Predeceased by grandparents: Duncan A. Hunt, George F. and Mary Lilly; grandparents-in-law: Edison and Laura Follett, Lawrence and Mary Mercer. Left to mourn, husband: Wally; two daughters: Alexandra and Abigale; one son: Matthew; parents: Wayne and Barbara Lilly, Harbour Grace; two sisters: Janine (Wade), Georgetown and Kimberly (Matthew), Conception Bay South; grandmother: Marie Hunt, Harbour Grace; parents-in-law: Walter and Veronica Follett, Harbour Grace; sisters-in-law: Lori (Chris) Mercer, Harbour Grace, Sherry (A.J.) Champion and Tanya (Chris) Lilly, both of Barrie, ON; niece and Godchild: Rebekah, eight nephews and two other nieces; also a large number of other relatives and friends. Rested at Noel's Funeral Home, Harvey Street, Harbour Grace. Rev. Moses Tucker conducted the funeral service on Friday, April 10 from St. Paul's Anglican Church, Harbour Grace. Interment took place in St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Harbour Grace. Donations in her memory may be made to the Erin M. Follett Memorial Fund, c/o Noel's Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1001, Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0. Please visit www.noelsfuneralhome.com to sign the memorial guest book.

HEARN, Mary O.
Passed in: Harbour Grace South, Newfoundland and Labrador
Passed on: April 21st, 2015
Passed peacefully away at her residence on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Mary O. Hearn of Harbour Grace South, age 81 years. Predeceased by husband: John; son: William; parents: Arthur and Elizabeth Hutchings; sister: Joyce and brother: William. Left to mourn, seven sons: Terry (Christine), Wayne (Ann), John (Mary), Wally, Tony (Joyce), Greg and Gerald (Tina); thirteen grandchildren: Christopher, Wayne, Angeline (Stephen), Jennifer, Jonathan, Tony (Erika), Billy, Christina, Cory, Mitchell, Joshua, Justin and Chantel; five great-grandchildren: Hannah, Hailey, Cohen, Peyton and Ciara; sister: Daisy Parsons, Bryant's Cove; two brothers-in-law: Vincent (Helen) Hearn, Riverhead, Harbour Grace and Adrian Hearn, Harbour Grace; also a large number of other relatives and friends. Rested at Noel's Funeral Home, Harvey Street, Harbour Grace. Fr. Clem Flaherty conducted Funeral Mass on Friday, April 24 from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Riverhead, Harbour Grace. Interment took place in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Harbour Grace. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Riverhead, c/o Immaculate Conception Parish, P.O. Box 299, Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0 or a charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Noel's Funeral Home, Harbour Grace. Please visit www.noelsfuneralhome.com to sign the memorial guest book.

McCARTHY, Justin Jr.
Passed in: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: April 17th, 2015
Passed peacefully away at the Carbonear General Hospital on Friday, April 17, 2015, Justin McCarthy Jr. of Riverhead, Harbour Grace, age 88 years. Predeceased by wife: Elizabeth; daughter: Peggy Martin; parents: Felix and Alice; two sisters and five brothers. Left to mourn, four sons: Chris (Nancy) and Pat (Wendy), both of Ontario, Victor (Judy) and Bernard, both of Harbour Grace; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister: Nellie (Gerald) Russell, Goose Bay; also a large number of other relatives and friends. Fr. Clem Flaherty conducted the Funeral service on Wednesday, April 22 from Noel's Funeral Home, Harbour Grace. Inurnment took place in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Harbour Grace. Donations in his memory may be made to the Justin McCarthy Memorial Fund, c/o Noel's Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1001, Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0. Funeral arrangement were entrusted to the care of Noel's Funeral Home Harbour Grace. Please visit www.noelsfuneralhome.com to sign the memorial guest book.

MOSDELL, Mr. Oscar
Passed in: Clarkes beach, Newfoundland and Labrador
Passed on: April 4th, 2015
of Bay Roberts passed away peacefully at the Pentecostal Senior Citizens Home, Clarkes Beach on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Mr. Mosdell was 85 years old. He leaves to mourn his loving family: son Arthur, grandson Arthur Jr., and great-granddaughter Sierra. Predeceased by wife Louise Mosdell and daughter-in-law Marie. The funeral service was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from St. Matthew's Anglican Church and Cemetery, Bay Roberts. The family received relatives and friends at Slade's Funeral Home, L.T. Stick Drive, Bay Roberts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oscar Mosdell Memorial Fund. Condolences may be written to the family at: sladesfuneralhome.ca for any further information please call Slade's Funeral Home, Bay Roberts 786-2323. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Slade's Funeral Homes, serving Carbonear, Upper Island Cove, Bay Roberts and areas

MULLALY, Andrew M.
Passed in: Clarke's Beach. NL
Passed on: April 23rd, 2015
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear father and grandfather, Andrew Morgan Mullaly who passed peacefully away at Callingwood Downs Seniors Complex, Clarke's Beach on Thursday, April 23, 2015, age 80 years. Predeceased by 1st wife: Daphne, 2nd wife: Margaret, parents: Stephen and Elizabeth, brothers: Dominic, Lawrence, Michael, Bill and Arthur, sister, Catherine. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories, one daughter: Karen (Tom) Jones, California, USA; one son: Keith (Avis), London, ON; four grandchildren: Lauren, Morgan, Alexander and Laura, also a number of step-children and step-grandchildren; one brother: Thomas, Northern Bay; sisters-in-law: Belle Mullaly, Northern Bay, Ursula Mullaly, Gander and Louise Mullaly, St. John's. He was a proud former master, including 3 years as Master for Newfoundland and Labrador and faithful navigator Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1960, Monsignor McCarthy Council # 5902. He also faithfully served as Grand Knight. Rested at Noel's Funeral Home, Water Street, Carbonear. Fr. Michael Barker conducted the Funeral Mass on Monday, April 27 from St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Carbonear. Interment took place in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, St. John's. Donations in his memory may be made to the Children's Wish Foundation, 31 Peet Street, St. John's, NL, A1B 3P8 or to donate online visit childrenwish.ca. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Noel's Funeral Home, Carbonear. Please visit www.noelsfuneralhome.com to sign the memorial guest book.

SMITH, Gordon Lloyd
Passed in: Carbonear, Canada
Passed on: April 25th, 2015
Passed peacefully away at the Carbonear General Hospital on Saturday April 25, 2015 Mr. Gordon L. Smith of Bishop's Cove, age 73 years. Predeceased by wife Flora, and parents George and Viola. Leaving to mourn: his loving partner Winnie, children: Wanda (Corey Bussey), Lorna (Brian Kee), Douglas (Anna) Dean (Da), Gordie (Renee), four grandchildren: Kayla (Mitch) Taylor, Courtney, Carter, 2 great-grandchildren: Ashlynn and Colton. One brother Mark (Jean). Also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Rested at Lynch's Funeral Home, Spaniard's Bay. Funeral service was held on April 30 from St. Johns the Evangelist Anglican Church Bishop's Cove. Inurnment at St. Johns Anglican Cemetery. No flowers by request. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

WHEELER, Miriam Rose
Passed in: Clarke's Beach, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: April 30th, 2015
Passed peacefully away at the Pentecostal Seniors Home Clarke's Beach on Thursday April 30, 2015 Mrs. Miriam R. Wheeler, age 91 Years. Predeceased by husband Bertram, brothers and sister; Ken Reid (Margarette), Angus, Merriba, Georgie and Ollie. Leaving to mourn: two sons Bruce (Anne), Paul (Donna), grandchildren Kim, Melanie, Justin and Kristin, great-grandchildren Zachary, Parker and Isaiah. As well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. Rested at Lunch's Funeral Home Spaniard's Bay. Funeral service was on Sunday May 3 from Lunch's Funeral Home. Interment at United Cemetery Spaniard's Bay. Flowers gratefully accepted. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. You may visit and sign our online guest book at www.lynchsfuneralhome.ca

 

 

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