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The Compass Obituaries
December 2016

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



BUTT, Dawn E.
Passed in: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: December 10th, 2016

Passed peacefully away at the Carbonear General Hospital on Saturday, December 10, 2016, Dawn E. Butt of Harbour Grace, age 51 years. Predeceased by her father: Jeremiah Haire. Left to mourn, husband: Peter; one daughter: Emily; one son: Kyle; three step-daughters: Keeley, Shalynn, and Jaimee; mother: Alice Haire, Harbour Grace; one brother: Jerry (Trudy) Haire, Harbour Grace; three sisters: Michelle (Dave) Brett, Fogo Island, Jackie (Wade) Luffman, and Danette (Dave) Slade, both of Harbour Grace; a number of nieces, nephews and a large number of other relatives and friends. The family received relatives and friends at Noel's Funeral Home, Harvey Street, Harbour Grace. Father Emmanuel Osuagwu conducted the Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 15 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Riverhead, Harbour Grace. Inurnment was held in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Harbour Grace. Donations in her memory may be made to the Autism Society of NL, P.O. Box 14078, St. John's, NL, A1B 4G8 or to donate online    Please visit to sign the memorial guest book.

Born In: Cape Town, South Africa
Born: January 1st, 1926
Passed in: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: December 4th, 2016
passed away peacefully on December 4 at Long Term Care, Carbonear, aged 90.
Sadly missed by family and friends.

GORTON, Martha Elizabeth
Passed in: Oswego, New York, United States
Passed on: December 5th, 2016
OSWEGO, NY - Martha Elizabeth Gorton
, 77, a resident of Scriba, passed away on Monday December 5, 2016, at her home. Born in Newark Valley, NY, on June 20, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Sylvia (Beers) Mackey. She graduated from the Newark Valley High School in 1957. Martha was employed with the J.P. Newberry's Department Store in Owego and the United States Post Office in Richford NY. She was a resident of the Oswego area for 35 years. She bred, showed and trained Newfoundland dogs for many years. She traveled throughout the Northeast and Midwest attending seminars and educating the general public about the Newfoundland breed. In 1997, she was part of the Newfoundland Breed Honor Guard that met Queen Elizabeth in St. Johns, Newfoundland. She volunteered for the ARC of Oswego, as well as many local schools and various festivals educating the public about what she considered her breed, the Newfoundland. She was a member of the Genesee Region Newfoundland Club and Newfoundland Club of America. She was an avid motorcyclist beginning in the mid-1960s before many women rode, she even had her own motorcycle. In 1986, she and her husband rode their motorcycles to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back home to Oswego. She enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, fishing, quilting, knitting, gardening and crafting. She was a musician that loved to sing, play the piano, organ, drums or auto harp. She was a freelance writer for several publications at her summer home in Islington, Newfoundland where she enjoyed the local music and culture.
She loved to travel, most recently visiting Brazil in South America with a close friend. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and aunt. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, LeRoy Gorton of Oswego; her son, Leo (Cathy) Gorton of Oswego; two grandchildren, Leo and Caitlin Gorton; a sister, Cindy Wilkowski of Humble, Texas; a sister-in-law, Linda Mackey of St. Johns, Newfoundland; and nieces and nephews, Don Wilmot, Ed Wilmot, Jennifer Mackey, Connor Mackey and Caroline Mackey. She was predeceased by her brother, Roger Mackey.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to, Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego NY 13126, the Newfoundland Club of America, NCA rescue network, or the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 45 W. Fourth St. S., Fulton NY 13069.

Passed in: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: December 9th, 2016

Passed peacefully away at the Carbonear General Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2016, Gerald Tetford of Harbour Grace, age 88 years. Predeceased by wife: Olive Jean 'Ollie'; parents: Robert and Lily; brother: Robert; sisters-in-law: Betty and Frances. Left to mourn, two daughters: Thelma (Alex) Harris, Harbour Grace and Roxan (Danny) Cromwell, Sydney, NS; three sons: Gregory, Gary, and Kenneth (Kathy), all of Harbour Grace; a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother: Gordon, Harbour Grace; sisters-in-law: Anita Morgan and Rose (Wilson) Downey, both of Harbour Grace; brother-in-law: Gerald George, Kelligrews; also a large number of other relatives and friends. Rested at Noel's Funeral Home, Harvey Street, Harbour Grace. Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher conducted the Funeral service on Monday, December 12 at Coughlan United Church, Harbour Grace. Interment was in the United Church Cemetery, Harbour Grace. Donations in his memory may be made to Coughlan United Church, P.O. Box 209, Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0. Please visit to sign the memorial guest book.



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