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The Daily News Obituaries
April 1955

 

 

The Daily News
April 1, 1955
Page: 20
Jennie Duffy
- Passed peacefully away March 31st, Jennie Flynn, beloved wife of Andrew V. Duffy, leaving to mourn their sad loss, husband, one daughter Joan (Mrs. Fred J. Wadden), and one brother, Eric of the U.S.A. Funeral at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, from her late residence 144 Patrick St. to St. Patrick's R.C. Church. Interment at Belvedere Cemetery. R.I.P.


The Daily News
April 1, 1955
Page: 7
Carbonear, March 29th
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News of the passing of Mrs. Hannah Dwyer, at St. Mary's where she resided with her daughter, Mrs. Yetman, came as a surprise to her family and friends here. The deceased lady was relict of the late Mr. Edward Dwyer and a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Knox, a well known Carbonear family of "the good old days." From what I know, I believe she was the last surviving member of the Knox family, but the name won't die out for some years to come, as long as Knox's Hole, in the Valley, is used for swimming, and the surrounding grounds, as a picnic site. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Yetman, and a son, Richard, of this town. Her funeral was held from her daughter's residence in St. Mary's where interment took place. We extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.


The Daily News
April 1, 1955
Page: 7
Carbonear, March 28 -
Alfreda Oates
- There passed away suddenly on Saturday at 6 p.m., March 26th, Alfreda Oates, beloved wife of George Oates, of South Side, aged 77 years.
Deceased had been suffering from a cold for a couple of days, but she seemed to be in no great danger and was not feeling sick enough to give up. She kept on at her usual work and on Friday was busily engaged in sewing, and without the aid of glasses. On Saturday she didn't feel quite so well and at the insistence of the family she consented to have the doctor. He immediately diagnosed pneumonia and ordered her to bed, where a son carried her, in his arms. However, when he rested her on a chair in preparation for laying her comfortably in the bed, he discovered she was dead. He was greatly shocked, as were the other members of the family, especially the husband, who is well up in years.
Mrs. Oates was a splendid type of woman, endowed with many of the virtues that go to the making of a real Christian, a loving wife, devoted mother and staunch friend and neighbour. Her passing will be mourned not alone by her family, but by all her neighbours and friends.
Besides her husband, she leaves five sons, John, Max, Harold, Earl and David, all of this town; one brother, John Moores, also of this town, and one sister, Mrs. David Janes, of St. John, N.B., to all of whom the writer extends deepest sympathy.
Her funeral takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) from her late residence to the United Church, South Side, and interment will be in the nearby cemetery.


The Daily News
April 2, 1955
Page: 19
Mary Ellen Carter
- Passed peacefully away Friday, April 1st, Mary Ellen, widow of the late Thomas H. Carter; funeral Saturday, April 2nd, from the residence of her niece, 24 Cochrane St. at 9 a.m. to the Cathedral. Requiem Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Belvedere Cemetery. No flowers by request.


The Daily News
April 2, 1955
Page: 5
Fred John Ivany
- Also at Kerley's Harbour there passed away recently another old and respected resident, Fred John Ivany, aged 78 years, leaving wife, sons and daughters to mourn their loss. Mr. Chesley Ivany, a Memorial University professor is a son.


The Daily News
April 2, 1955
Page: 4
Martin & Stevenson - Wedding Bells

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the Oratory of the College of Our Lady of Mercy with Nuptial Mass at 10 a.m., Feb. 15th, when Carmel daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Martin, 15 Allandale Road became the bride of Ronald son of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Stevenson. Rev. Father Hogan officiated. The music for the Mass was played by Miss Nora Martin, sister of the bride singing "Ave Maria" and "Lord I am Not Worthy."
The bride given in marriage by her father, looked charming in strapless gown of white organza with a nylon lace floor length overlay. Her three quarter length veil was caught by a coronet of lace and pearls. She carried a white prayer book with pink and white carnations and streamers of white ribbon and fern.
The bride was attended by her sister, Madonna, who wore a lemon strapless gown of taffeta and tulle; her headdress was a matching tiara with a shoulder length veil. The groom was attended by his brother, Mr. Arthur Stevenson.
The reception was held at Courtney's where the bride's mother received in a navy dress with harmonying accessories and a corsage of pink carnations. The groom's mother wore a navy suit with a corsage of pink carnations.
The honeymoon was spent at the Butter Pot Inn, Holyrood.
The young couple have taken up temporary residence at 15 Allandale Road


The Daily News
April 2, 1955
Page: 5
Emma Jane Miller
- There passed away recently at Kerley's Harbour, an old resident in the person of Mrs. Emma Jane Miller, aged 83 years. She leaves to mourn husband, sons and daughters. Many former rectors of the parish will be sorry to hear this, as Aunt Emma Jane, as she was familiarly known kept the "prophet's chambers" for many years.


The Daily News
April 2, 1955
Page: 7
Mary Murphy
- There passed away suddenly at Bell Island at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Mrs. Andrew Murphy nee Mary Byrne of Holyrood. She was in her 68th year. Her husband predeceased her in 1953. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 4, 1955
Page: 16
Bertram Ronald Blackmore
- Entered into rest at 6:30 p.m., April 1, Bertram Ronald Blackmore of Clarenville. Leaving to mourn his wife, 3 daughters, Carol (Mrs. G. Tibbo), Ruby (Mrs. B. F. Stone), both of Corner Brook, Elinor (Mrs. H. Prieser) of Milwaukee; 4 sons Raymond, Walter, Tom and Dougald; 13 grandchildren, one brother J. K. Blackmore and Mrs. Two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Blandford and Mrs. H. W. Quinton. Interment at Port Blandford on April 4, following service at St. Adrian's Church. Onto life eternal.


The Daily News
April 4, 1955
Page: 3
Patrick Curtis
- Word was received in the city Thursday of the sudden passing of Patrick Curtis at Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Curtis, who is survived by 3 brothers, Thomas, Michael and Alphonusus, was born at Trepassey and left home some twenty-odd years ago to reside in Boston. His remains will arrive in the city on Tuesday's express and will be conveyed to the residence of Mr. Michael Curtis, 53 Craigmiller Ave. At 2 o'clock the funeral will leave for Trepassey. Burial will take place on Wednesday morning following Requiem Mass. To his bereaved relatives we extend deepest sympathy.


The Daily News
April 4, 1955
Page: 16
Catherine Dinn
- Died suddenly, April 3rd, in her 77th year, Catherine, widow of the late James Dinn. Leaving to mourn three daughters and four sons and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 4, 1955
Page: 3
James Moriarty
- Fifty-five year old James Moriarty of Hr. Grace was instantaneously killed early yesterday morning by steam when a boiler exploded at the U.S. base at Argentia. It is believed that the accident occurred at 2:15 a.m. yesterday, but the victim's body was not found until 3:45 a.m. when fellow workers went into that part of the building, where a boiler explosion had occurred. Moriarty was married and the father of seven children. It is not known, at this time, just how long he had been employed at the base. Investigators were probing the wreckage yesterday in attempts to determine what had caused the explosion, but hot pipes prevented their getting results in the morning.


The Daily News
April 4, 1955
Page: 16
Bridget O'Brien
- Passed peacefully away Saturday, April 2nd, Bridget, wife of Michael O'Brien, in her 73rd year. Leaving to mourn husband, 3 sons and several grandchildren. Funeral this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from her late residence, Outer Cove. R.I.P.


The Daily News
April 5, 1955
Page: 5
John Young
- On Wednesday, March 23rd, at his home at St. Jacques there passed to his eternal reward Mr. John Young, a lifelong resident of that place. Mr. Young was born at St. Jacques in 1867. For many years he had his brothers, Samuel and Randall carried on a fishery and general business under the name of S. J. Young Bros. Mr. Young was always extremely active. He spent part of every year at sea, and commanded one of their own vessels along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. He also made several trips to Sydney and ports in Prince Edward Island, where he was well and favourably known. Up to two years ago he attended to his own garden, did his own fencing and made repairs to his home.
The late Mr. Young was highly respected and well liked by all who knew him. He and his devoted wife were extremely hospitable and enjoyed entertaining their friends. Strangers, too, visiting St. Jacques for the first time, found a warm welcome awaiting them in the Young home. John Young was a man of sterling character, was deeply religious throughout his entire life, and he will be greatly missed by his sorrowing relatives and his many friends. In 1950 he and Mrs. Young celebrated their Golden Wedding.
Mr. Young suffered a severe illness in February, 1954. Sine that time he was less active, but until recently he was able to walk outdoors for a short distance. Early in March it became evident that he was gradually failing, but it was only during the last days that the end seemed near. During his last illness, as well as during the one he suffered in 1954, he was tended with loving care by his devoted wife and daughter, Sadie. Left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father are his widow, two sons, Gordon at Stephenville and Harry at Toronto; five daughters, Sadie at home, Violet (Mrs. E. Butler) at Edmonton, Alta., Edna (Mrs. (Rev.) J. Young at Canso, N.S., Elizabeth (Mrs. C. Rose) St. John's and Mollie (Mrs. H. Rymer) London, England. One son, Frank, two brothers, Samuel and Randall, and a sister, Bertha M. Young predeceased him.
On Friday afternoon, in the presence of sorrowing relatives and friends the remains of the late Mr. Young were laid to rest in the cemetery surrounding the Church of England at St. Jacques, the Church he had so faithfully attended all his life. To his bereaved widow, sons and daughter we offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.


The Daily News
April 4, 1955
Page: 16
Mary Ann Rolls
- Passed peacefully away at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd, Mary Ann, eldest daughter of the late George and Johanna Rolls, aged 74 years. She leaves to mourn two sisters, Mrs. John Dillon of this city, and Miss Katie Rolls of Montreal; also two brothers, Patrick in Montreal and George of this city. The funeral takes place at 2:30 p.m. today, Monday, from her late residence 21 Field St. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. (Montreal papers please copy)


The Daily News
April 5, 1955
Page: 11
Martha Louisa Butt
- There passed peacefully away on March 8th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Squires, (with whom she had been living the past few years), Mrs. George S. Butt, widow of the late George S. Butt, of Bay Roberts and St. John's.
Before her marriage Mrs. Butt was Martha Louisa Young of Heart's Content. It was after her marriage she moved to Bay Roberts with her husband who was associated with the Cable Company. It was here she brought up her family of three daughters. On Mr. Butt's retirement they moved to St. John's.
To all who knew her, Mrs. Butt was one of "life's unforgettable people"; her life was dedicated to her family and all with whom she was closely associated. She was a person who radiated kindness and happiness wherever she happened to be. To her daughters, Alice, Margaret and Mary she was mother, companion and confidante. To her sons-in-law she was a second mother and loved by all of them.
Many young doctors throughout Newfoundland today who, as interns, at the General Hospital, stayed at her home will remember it as a home away from home, and she herself as one who always had their interest at heart. They, like all who knew her, will remember her charming smile, her kindly manner and her pleasant personality. Mrs. Butt has passed on but, she will be remembered for a long time by all who had the pleasure of knowing her over the years.


The Daily News
April 5, 1955
Page: 5
Mrs. James Jones
- The funeral of the late Mrs. James Jones took place by motor hearse at 10:30 a.m. Monday to St. James' Church where solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated. The officiating priests were: Revd. Fr. O'Dwyer, Revd. Fr. Henry and Revd. Fr. Lawton. Interment was made in the R. C. Cemetery. The funeral arrangements was under the direction of Rideout's Undertaker's Service, and the pall-bearers comprised the following: Messrs. Roger Blackmore, Edward Corbett, Roland Hiscott, James Shaw, Robert Jarvis and Bernard Sweeney. Mr. Chris Parsley acted as undertaker.


The Daily News
April 5, 1955
Page: 32
Peter Tobin
- Passed peacefully away after a short illness in his seventieth year, Mr. Peter Tobin of 83 Campbell Ave. Left to mourn three sons, George at home, Peter in Canada and Richard at Bishop's Falls; four daughters, Mrs. Edward Kavanagh, Mrs. William Wickens and Mrs. Mose Ahee at St. John's and Mrs. Harry Smith, Boston, (one sister Mrs. John Walsh at Grand Falls) and thirty grandchildren. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 6, 1955
Page: 7

"Who knows how near their end may be:
Time speeds away and death comes on,
How swiftly, oh how suddenly,
May death be here, and life be gone!"

Mary Murphy - It was a real shock to hear last Friday, April 1st, that a well known and highly respected resident of the Front, Bell Island, in the person of Mrs. Mary Murphy, beloved wife of the late Andrew Murphy, had passed suddenly within the veil. The deceased lady was born at Holyrood, C.B., and was in her 68th year.
Mrs. Murphy had been in failing health for the past two years suffering from an incurable malady. Hers was a great faith and her passing from the militant to the triumphant was as reaching the summit of her highest climb. She was a woman of prayer and was not afraid of life, nor of death, for she had built her house upon a Rock and was a woman, who "needed not be ashamed." Death clearly shows we really own nothing in this world for a little while we are just the nominal owners. No one understood this more clearly than this good Christian woman.
Gifted with a pleasing personality, she was esteemed and respected for those qualities, which go to make up a noble character. A fine sense of duty, and a willingness to shoulder not alone her own burdens, but those of her neighbours together with an enthusiasm and zeal for any activities that might promote the common good. Charitable and kind, she was always ready to help the sick and distressed and was a devout member of her church.
We shall see her no more but her memory shall remain verdant in our hearts. To her, her Lord has become a reality. She welcomed not Death - but Life Eternal, life, which Christ Himself offered her. Such Christian character as hers, such fine and noble lives live on ever shining before us to guide us to that evergreen shore where she awaits to welcome us.
Left to sustain the sad bereavement are three step-children, Messrs. P. T.; James J., and Miss Annie Murphy, Bell Island; one brother, Felix Byrne of Holyrood.
The funeral which was in charge of Carnell's Funeral Home, took place by motor hearse on Monday morning to St. Michael's Church was very largely attended, including a number of out-of-town friends and relatives, amongst whom were the following: Mrs. John Hammond, a life long friend from Holyrood; Mr and Mrs. Harry Phelan, The misses Bartletts, Hon P. J. Lewis, Noreen and Raymond Murphy, Miss Elsie White, Mrs. Murphy's brother, Felix, and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Browne.
Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated at the Church by the Rev. Fr. Wm. Murphy of Holyrood, with Rev. F. J. L. O'Dwyer, Deacon and Rev. Fr. W. K Lawton, Sub-Deacon. Following the Mass about fifty cars wended their way to the Beach where Mrs. Murphy's gentle remains were forwarded to Holyrood for burial. Her immediate family and a number of other friends and relatives went along to Holyrood to attend the services at the graveside, which was conducted by Rev. Fr. Murphy. And now, as the dove returns as a symbol of peace, so her soul in peace has returned to God who gave it.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.


The Daily News
April 7, 1955
Page: 20
Patrick McGrath
- Passed peacefully way on April 6th, at the General Hospital after a short illness, Mr. Patrick McGrath of Torbay. He leaves to mourn three daughters and one son, Mrs. Alec Lacey of the City, Mrs. Richard King of Boston, Mrs. Edward Houlihan of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral from his late residence at Torbay on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.


The Daily News
April 7, 1955
Page: 20
Elizabeth Mercer
- Passed away at Jay, New York, on April 5th, Elizabeth Mercer in her 88th year, widow of the late Isaac Mercer, Shipwright. She leave to mourn four sons, Isaac, Abram, Chelsey and Herbert, all of St. John's; also two daughters, Mrs. Chester Walton of Jay, N.Y., and Mrs. Stanley Legge of Houston, Texas; as well as 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 7, 1955
Page: 20
Max Whiteway
- Passed peacefully away 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th, Max, youngest son of the late Sir William Whiteway and Lady Whiteway. Left to mourn his loving wife (nee Nellie Netten). Funeral by motor hears from his late residence Whiteway Ave. (off Rennie's Mill Rd.) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to the C. of E. Cathedral. Burial at C. of E. Cemetery, Forest Road.


The Daily News
April 9, 1955
Page: 11
Garf & Simmons - Wedding Bells
Cochrane Street United Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8th when Lorraine, youngest daughter of Mrs. Elsie and the late Walter Garf, became the bride of Raymond Arthur, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Simmons, both of this city.
The beautiful service was conducted by the Reverend Warren L. Langille, while the organist was Dr. David Peters. During the signing of the register Miss Margaret Hennebury sang the very lovely solo "O Perfect Love."
The bride was given in marriage by her eldest brother, Bertram and looked radiantly lovely in a white satin gown covered with hand-embroidered nylon net. Her circular veil was of fingertip length and hung from a dainty cap of scalloped net embroidered to match the gown. She carried a cascaded bouquet of demure rosebuds together with feathered white carnations.
The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Harold Piercey as Matron of Honour, while her bridesmaids were the sisters of the groom, Misses Ruth and Marjorie Simmonds. All were gowned alike in gowns of blue taffeta set off by flared and scalloped layers of tulle. The bridesmaids carried blue velvet muffs covered with pale pink rosebuds with baby mums and yellow mimosa and pink carnations. The muffs matched their velvet capes and headdresses.
Little Miss Sandra Garf, niece of the bride, made a very charming flower girl with her full-length dress of satin with lace embroidered net. Her tiny cape, cape and muff matched those of the bridesmaids and her wonderful demeanor belied her tender age of three years.
The groom was ably supported by Mr. Robert Maunder, a life-long friend, as best man, while Mr. Lloyd Garf, brother of the bride, and Mr. Gordon Thomas, another old friend, served as ushers.
Leaving the church the bride and groom passed between a kilted guard of honour from the groom's Boy Scout Troop - the First St. Andrews. All members looked very smart in full scout regalia and each scout accorded their scoutmaster and his bride a full salute followed by a shower of confetti. All members of the troop were later guests of the bride and groom at a supper followed by a trip to the Stadium for a High School hockey match.
The reception was held at the Old Colony Club where the bride's table was tastefully decorated with flowers and centered with a three tiered wedding cake made by her mother and decorated by her aunt, Mrs. Jane Butler. Guests were received by the bride's mother, who wore a mid-blue gown with grey squirrel furs and a corsage of red roses. The groom's mother wore a dress of air force blue with white accessories. Her corsage was of pink carnations. A short toast list was then honoured with Mr. Harold Piercey as master of ceremonies. A toast to the bride was proposed by Reverend Warren Langille and the response was by the groom, who in turn proposed the toast to the bridesmaids. A suitable response was made to the latter toast by the best man after which the master of ceremonies read a number of telegrams from well-wishing friends of the happy couple.
After a buffet supper, music for dancing was provided by the Rhythmaires Orchestra who delighted the groom by playing "Sweet Lorraine" as their first number. Following an evening spent in dancing and in mingling with their many friends the bride and groom left for their honeymoon, which was spent at the Newfoundland Hotel and at Grand Falls.
For traveling the bride chose a one-piece woolen dress of cherry red with brushed wool trim. Her hat was of white-brushed wool and she carried brown leather accessories with her coat of mink dyed Newfoundland seal. The young couple have since taken up residence at 14 Allan Square where they are surrounded by the many and useful gifts that were showered upon them by their friends at home and abroad. The groom is employed at Harvey and Company Limited as Advertising Manager and Editor of Harvey's News. Flowers by Glenburn Nurseries. Gowns by the Model Shop (for the bride) and Bowring Brothers Limited (for the bridesmaids).


The Daily News
April 9, 1955
Page: 7
Harbour Grace
James J. Moriarty
- A gloom was cast over this town on Sunday morning when the sad news was received here of the tragic death at Argentia of Mr. James J. Moriarty, aged 35 years. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Moriarty of LeMarchant Street, and had served six years in the Navy during the last war, returning home after the finish of that conflict. The late James Moriarty took employment at Argentia where he was held in high regard as a steady, efficient worker and where he continued to be employed until his untimely passing on Sunday.
In the habit of returning home on each Friday evening he spent the weekend with his family, he remained at Argentia for some special work on Sunday, planning to spend Easter at home.
This was not to be for in the serious boiler explosion, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning, James Moriarty met his death.
Of a quiet but friendly disposition he made many friends both here and at Argentia, all of whom deeply sympathize with his bereaved wife, the former Mrs. Nellie Quinlon of Red Head Cove, and family of seven young children; as well as his aged parents and sisters, Marguerite (Mrs. Jerome Ryan of St. John's); Florence (Mrs. Frank Kennedy, Harbour Grace); and Mary (Mrs. George Greenslade, Toronto); also five brothers, Patrick, Leo, William, Ronald and Michael.
The funeral took place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday to the Roman Catholic Cathedral, where solemn requiem mass was celebrated by Father F. Terry. A guard of honour from the Harbour Grace Branch of the Canadian Legion was present and at the graveside its ritual was recited by Comrade E. L. Janes.
The many beautiful floral tributes testified in the esteem in which the late Mr. Moriarty was held and included one from his co-workers at the power plant at Argentia, and one from the Comrades of the Canadian Legion here.


The Daily News
April 12, 1955
Page: 16
Frances Janes
- Entered into rest 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9th, Frances, widow of the late Sidney Janes, leaving one daughter, Maud (Mrs. Edmund Noel), one brother, Samuel Stokes, Corner Brook, one sister, Mrs. Abner Blackwood), Safe Harbour, B. B. Funeral took place at 2:30 Monday, from her late residence 288 Pennywell Road.


The Daily News
April 12, 1955
Page: 16
Dr. William H. MacPherson
- Entered into eternal rest at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital on Easter Sunday at 1 a.m., Dr. William H. MacPherson, beloved husband of Alice Maud Kennedy and eldest son of the late Samuel and Sarah MacPherson. Funeral at 2:30 this afternoon from his late residence 15 Atlantic Avenue. R.I.P. (American papers please copy).


The Daily News
April 12, 1955
Page: 5
Matthew Power
- The mortal remains of the late Matthew Power were reverently laid to rest in the picturesque R. C. Cemetery on the hillside overlooking the deep blue water of Conception Bay on Good Friday afternoon. The funeral which was by motor hearse was very largely attended, showing the esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held in the community.
The last prayers for the dead were recited at St. Michael's Church by the Parish Priest, Rt. Rev. Monsignor G. F. Bartlett, D.P. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Murphy's Undertaking Service, with Mr. P.T. Murphy, undertaker and the following acting as pall-bearers: - Messrs. Walter Jackman, J. A. Harvey, William Thistle, Albert Miller, Patrick Myers and John Vokey.
"God buries His workman but carries on his work."


The Daily News
April 13, 1955
Page: 16
Frederich Coward
- Passed peacefully away yesterday, April 12, Frederich Coward, son of the late Captain and Mrs. Samuel Coward, leaving to mourn wife, 2 children, also 2 sisters. Funeral Thursday 2:30 from 11 Atlantic Avenue.


The Daily News
April 13, 1955
Page: 16
George H. Pike
- Passed suddenly away at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12th, George H. Pike (former Chief Engineer with the Newfoundland Railway), in his 68th year. He leaves to mourn three daughters, Grace (Mrs. C. D. Gaudet) of Kingston, Ont.; Jean and Ann at home; also four sons, John, George, Roy and Frank; one sister, Mrs. John Moore in Manitoba, and two brothers, Frank and Strat., in California. The funeral will be held from his late residence, 172 Topsail Road on Thursday, April 14th at 2:30 p.m. by motor hearse.


The Daily News
April 15, 1955
Page: 2
Bay Roberts, April 11
Robert S. Mercer
- On Good Friday morning April 8th, death came to Robert S. Mercer at Mount Pearl, St. John's; a former resident of Coley's Point, after a short illness in his eighty-second year. After finishing his school career he worked in the general store of his grandfather, Robert Parsons. One afternoon in August 1891, he went with his grandfather to put out a herring net in the harbour off from the store. They had only put out the first mooring when suddenly and without warning the grandfather dropped back in his arms and passed away. This most unexpected event gave young Robert quite a shock. He immediately prepared to return home. Practically all the men of the place were away on the Labrador or elsewhere in these years, and it was impossible to remove the corpse until his father Capt. Edward Mercer, and crew of the schooner Hebe came over from Bay Roberts to take the body to their home.
The business carried on under the name of Robert Parsons was shortly afterward changed to R. S. Mercer. He continued the business at the old premises until about the year 1901, when he purchased the property on the west end of Coley's Point, commonly known as Bareneed Road. A new store was built and he continued his business until the fall of 1953, when due to failing health, he sold out his business and property and went to Mount Pearl to live with his son, Bertram. One daughter Mildred Gwendolyn (Mrs. Charles Russell) predeceased him in 1940, and his wife, the former Sarah Calpin in August 1946.
Left to mourn their sad loss are his daughter Lolita Mercer, R.N., of Gerrish, U.S.A., Reginald, at Boston, U.S.A., Bertram at Mount Pearl, two grandsons, Gerald Russell and Roy Mercer; one sister Mrs. George Pepper at Bell Island and one brother A. E. Mercer, Bay Roberts; also a large circle of relatives and friends.
The late R. S. Mercer was a faithful member of St. John the Evangelist Church at Coley's Point until failing health prevented him from attending the church services. His remains were conveyed from Mount Pearl to the church at Coley's Point by motor hearse at noon on Saturday, and the burial service, which was conducted by the rector, Rev. Guy Fowlow, was held at 2:30 p.m.
We join with readers in extending deepest sympathy.


The Daily News
April 15, 1955
Page: 2
Bay Roberts, April 11
Thomas Saunders
- We regret to report the death, on March 30, of Mr. Thomas Saunders (of John), of Shearstown. Left to mourn their sad loss are his widow; two sons, Edward and Thomas at Shearstown; two daughters, Mrs. Latimer Sharpe of Shearstown and Mrs. Fred Dawe of Bay Roberts; one brother, Mr. Robert Saunders, Sr., Bay Roberts. The funeral took place at Shearstown on Saturday, April 2. Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.


The Daily News
April 16, 1955
Page: 20
J. J. Connolly
- Passed peacefully away at his late residence, 2 William Street, J. J. Connolly (Undertaker), aged 78 years, left to mourn their sad loss six daughters and one son, Stan in Ontario; also 19 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and a large circle of friends. Funeral will take place Monday morning at the Cathedral with Requiem Mass. Interment to Belvedere.


The Daily News
April 16, 1955
Page: 20
Gordon Field
- Passed away suddenly April 13th, Gordon Field, in his 54th year. He leaves to mourn wife, three sons, Robert, Gordon and Eric, three daughters, Marjorie, Audrey and Millicent (Mrs. W. H. Taylor of Davenport, Fla.), also one brother, Jack and one sister, Rose (Mrs. H. Ellis), and one grandson. Funeral takes place today, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence, 216 Empire Avenue, to St. Thomas' Church and thence to the Church of England Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 18, 1955
Page: 16
David J. Power
- Passed away suddenly April 16, at midnight, David J. Power, age 62 years, leaving to mourn his sad loss, wife, one son, four daughters and seven grandchildren. Funeral will take place Tuesday by motor hearse from his late residence, 10 Allan Square to the R. C. Cathedral with Requiem Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Belvedere Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 18, 1955
Page: 16
Margaret Vicars
- Passed peacefully away at St. John, New Brunswick, on April 17th, Margaret, beloved wife of James Vicars of 17 Smith Ave., this city, aged 67. She leaves to mourn besides her husband one daughter, Kitty and four sons, William, Patrick, Cecil and Bernard; 2 sisters and one brother, at Coachman's Cove, and 22 grandchildren. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 19, 1955
Page: 5
Jenny Duffy
- It is with sincere regret we record the passing of Mrs. Duffy, beloved wife of Andrew V. Duffy, of this city, whose death occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning, March 31st, fortified by the rites of the Catholic Church of which she was a devout member. Deceased had been in failing health for some time, but her sudden and unexpected demise came as a severe shock to her family and friends. Always of a happy and kind disposition, devoted to her family, deeply religious and charitable, it is difficult to realize that Jenny Duffy has gone from us. Many a tear has been shed at her passing, and her gentle and kindly ministrations will be missed. Her funeral took place on Saturday morning with Requiem Mass at St. Patrick's Church and was largely attended. Thence to the family plot at Belvedere. Many floral tributes and sorrowing mourners testified to the esteem in which she was held. To her devoted husband and sorrowing daughter deepest sympathy is extended.
May the earth rest lightly on her, and as we have loved her in life let us not forget her in death. - M.


The Daily News
April 20, 1955
Page: 20
Florence Morris
- Passed away at Vancouver, B.C., on April 18th, Mrs. Charles Morris in her 70th year. Formerly Florence LeDrew, R.N. of Kelligrews. Leaving to mourn husband and 1 daughter, Florence.


The Daily News
April 21, 1955
Page: 14
Margaret Costello
- Passed way suddenly at her late residence, 208 Hamilton Avenue, Mrs. John Costello (nee Margaret Collins); leaving to mourn are her husband and two daughters, Mary and Joan, also one sister, Mrs. (Dr.) J. J. O'Connell, Curling, three brothers: William, John and Bernard, all residing in St. John's. Funeral tomorrow, Friday following Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. to St. Patrick's Church.


The Daily News
April 21, 1955
Page: 14
George Davis
- Passed away suddenly on April 20th, George Davis in his 40th year. He leaves to mourn wife, one daughter, two sons, mother and father, two sisters, four brothers. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 21, 1955
Page: 5
Spaniard's Bay, April 21 -
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coombs
were tendered a gala party on last Friday night in honour of their marriage which took place on Easter Monday (April 11th, 1955) at Freshwater, Placentia. The bride was the former Miss Anne Teresa Dunphy, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Dunphy of Freshwater, while the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coombs of Spaniard's Bay.
About fifty guest attended and the night was taken up with the usual jollities associated with weddings. In the wee hours of Saturday morning a delicious meat and salad supper was served to all, and this was followed by a square dance, in which old and young alike participated.
Mr. and Mrs. Coombs were the recipients of very many beautiful and useful gifts, and if their married life is as happy as the way they have started out, then their happiness is assured, as their many friends here and in Freshwater wish for them all that is good. May we add our good wishes, too. Bon Voyage!


The Daily News
April 22, 1955
Page: 20
John James (Tiny) Noonan
- Died suddenly on Thursday, April 21st, John James (Tiny) Noonan in his 41st year. Leaving to mourn wife, the former Joan Gear. Funeral on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. by motor hearse from his late residence, 17 Cornwall Avenue to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 25, 1955
Page: 16
Chesley Raymond Moore
- At the General Hospital on Friday, April 22nd, Captain Chesley Raymond Moore, the son of the late Frederick and Julia Moore, leaving to mourn his wife Gertrude Burden, one son and two daughters. Funeral took place on Sunday, April 24th from his home, 10 Pine Bud Avenue, to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 25, 1955
Page: 16
Naphen Roberts
- Passed peacefully away Saturday, April 23, in Peter Bent Brigen Hospital, Boston, after a short illness Naphen Roberts in his 62nd year. He leaves to mourn one sister, Miss Rita Roberts, Lakeview Ave. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
April 25, 1955
Page: 16
Mark Wesley Stevens
- Passed peacefully away at 7:05 p.m., Friday, April 22, 1955, Mark Wesley Stevens, age 82, beloved husband of Alfreda Stevens, leaving to mourn beside his wife, 2 sons, Archibald and Llewellyn, one daughter, Phyllis (Mrs. Walter Jones), 20 grandchildren (16 in St. John's and 4 in New York), 3 great grandchildren (one in St. John's and two in New York), and a large circle of friends. Funeral will take place Monday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m., from his late residence, 48 Gower Street to the Church of England Cathedral and from there to the Church of England Cemetery. (New York papers please copy)


The Daily News
April 26, 1955
Harbour Grace
- Mrs. Ernest Sheppard received the sad news on Saturday last of the passing at Verdun, P.Q., of her sister, Winnifred, wife of Mr. Alex Noel, at the age of 62 years.
The late Mrs. Noel was a native of Spaniard's Bay and was the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smith. Her husband formerly belonged to Harbour Grace South.
Death came after a short illness of about two months and was a shock to her surviving relatives, viz. her husband, one daughter, Winnifred and one son, Donald, all of Verdun, P.Q., as well as three sisters, Mrs. Ernest Sheppard of this town, Mrs. Hedley Wilson of Corner Brook, Mrs. Harry Snow of Toronto, and a brother Chesley Smith, of Cambridge, Mass., to all of whom deep sympathy is extended in their bereavement.


The Daily News
April 26, 1955
Page: 16
Edward Norman Noseworthy
- Passed away April 24th, Edward Norman Noseworthy, in his 38th year: leaving to mourn his wife, three sons, mother, father, four brothers and one sister. Funeral at 2:30 today from his mother's residence 305 Pennywell Rd.


The Daily News
April 26, 1955
Page: 16
Robert W. Kelly
- Passed peacefully away on Monday, April 25th, Robert W. Kelly, aged 57 years. Leaving to mourn his wife, 2 sons, R. Graham of the R.C.A.F., and Lloyd, 3 daughters, Doris (Mrs. Andrew Jamieson), Jean (Mrs. Bruce Perry) and Nancy; 1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral from his late residence, 152 Signal Hill Road, on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to St. Joseph's Church for Solemn Mass of Requiem.


The Daily News
April 27, 1955
Page: 16
Mrs. J. B. Hearn
, widow of the late J. P. Hearn, died in her 84th year at Brigus on Friday, April 22nd, leaving to mourn three sons, one at Brigus, and two in New York; two daughters, one in New York and one, a Sister of the Franciscan Order at Iowa; and also nine grandchildren.


The Daily News
April 27, 1955
Page: 7
McLeod & King - Wedding Bells

The marriage of Gladys Marguerite, daughter of Mr. Ernest Frederick McLeod of St. John's, and Vernon Stan King, son of Mr. Richard John King, took place at the Church of St. John the Evangelist at New Bonaventure on Tuesday at 11 a.m., followed by Nuptial Eucharist, by the Rector of the Parish. The bride, was very becomingly attired in bridal veil and accessories, was given away by her father. The best man was Sidney King, brother of the groom. The maid of honour was Miss Carol McLeod, sister of the bride. The reception was held at Kerley's Harbour Monday afternoon. The bride's parents, her brother and sister came by train on Monday to attend the wedding. A short, pleasant and comfortable ride by car from here to Bonaventure had to be abandoned because of the condition of the road, made impassable by the recent snowstorm. They had to go by motorboat instead, a rather unpleasant trip at the best at this time of year. However, all's well that ends well.


The Daily News
April 28, 1955
Page: 1
John William Morris
- His many friends and business associates in St. John's were shocked yesterday to hear of the sudden death in Montreal of John William (Will) Morris, which occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
A distinguished electrical engineer, the late Mr. Morris came to Newfoundland from Nova Scotia in 1901, with the Reid Nfld. Co., Electric Power and Tramway Division, and remained with the Reids and their successors until 1942. He then became manager of the City Service Company here, and entered retirement in 1950.
He was identified with almost every social effort in St. John's both as an executive and personal worker, and was a charter member of Rotary here. He was on the Board of Management of the Presbyterian Church.
H leaves his wife, Mary (Mollie) Robley, formerly of Pictou, N.S., and two daughters, Mrs. (Dr.) Robert G. Baxter of Montreal, and Elizabeth, Mrs. (Lt.) William Pearce of Moncton. A son, Gordon, died in action as a member of the R.C.A.F. in World War Two.
The sympathy of the entire community will go out to the bereaved relatives in their sudden loss.


The Daily News
April 28, 1955
Page: 16
Michael Murphy
- Passed peacefully away after a short illness, Michael Murphy, son of the late Michael and Mary (Dempsey) Murphy; leaving to mourn their sad loss, one sister, Mary, and also two brothers, James and Wallace. Funeral on Friday morning at 9 a.m. from his late residence, 4 Alexander Street, with Requiem Mass at St. Patrick's Church. Interment at Belvedere Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page - 8

Spaniard's Bay News
Laid To Rest With Military Honours
Gunner William Crane
Spaniard's Bay - April 25
The little community of Tilton was saddened on Wednesday, April 20th to hear of the sudden passing at the General Hospital St. John's, of one of it's most respected citizens, in the person of Mr. William Crane, at the age of fifty years.
The late William Crane was well and favourbly known, not only in Tilton and Spaniard's Bay, but in many adjacent places - particularly on Bell Island where he worked upon until a week ago, when, on the advice of his doctor he entered the hospital for a surgical operation from which he never recovered.
Mr. William Crane was more than just an ordinary citizen, for, early in 1940, after the outbreak of hostilities, he offered his services for King and country on March 31st. of that year and left his native soil on April 14th., just two weeks later. He served with the 166th. (Newfoundland) FD Regt RA and served for six years, and was discharged on March 26th., 1946, with the rank of Gunner. For three years during his service, he was batman to (now Major C. A. Sheppard who was commanding Charlie Troop, Queen Battery in North Africa and Italy.
For his service he was awarded the following medals: 1939 - 1945 Star; Africa Star and Bar; Italy Star; Defense Medal; War Medal 1939 - 1945.
His funeral, which was held at Tilton on April 23rd. was perhaps the largest ever held there. A guard of honour, under the direction of Comrade Gordon Young, Branch Number 9 of the Canadian Legion, B.E.S.I. was in attendance, as well was a firing party from "H" Company, Church Lads Brigade Bay Roberts; and as the cortege wended it's way to All Saints Church, the polished casket, which was draped with the Union Jack, drew from bystanders that solemn stillness which benefits such occasions. At the church, the service for the burial of the dead was read by Canon T. E. Loder, (who was a chaplain in World War I), and the hymns "Now The Labourer's Task Is O'er" and "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" were sung by the congregation. At the conclusion of the service, the organist, Mr. Taylor, played the "Dead March In Saul" while the congregation stood in silence. After the committal in the family plot, the Legion Ritual was read by Major C. A. Sheppard, R.A., District Commander of the Canadian Legion. Bugler William Sheppard sounded the "G" and two minutes silence were observed, after which the Last Post was sounded and following that the firing party fired three volleys. Thus the Legionnaires laid to rest their comrade in a very dignified and reverend manner until the Last Great Roll Call.
Gunner William Crane, Number 9703661, leaves to mourn his widow, two brothers, John at Tilton and Nathan at Bell Island, two sisters: Mrs. Helen Smith and Mrs. Isabella Roberts of Tilton; two stepsons, Thomas and Nicholas Young and three stepdaughters, Mary (Mrs. Bert George of Stephenville), Irene (Mrs. George of Dunville) and Shirley Young at home, to all of whom our deepest sympathies are extended.
Pallbearers were comrades Lincoln Mercer, John Smith, Arnold Smith, Heber Kennedy, William Smith. The Firing Party was under the command of Captain John Noseworthy, Second-In-Command "H" Company, Church Lads Brigade and was made up of Cpl. Eric Churchill, Cpl. Munden Bradbury, L/C Harold French, Pvt. Ron Churchill, Pvt. Wallace Murrin and Pvt. Robert Dawe.
"Unto Our Minds Give Freedom and Uprightness
Let Strength and Courage Lead O'er Land and Wave
To His Soul's Armour Great Celestial Brightness
Love In Our Hearts, and Faith Beyond The Grave"


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 16
Harry B. Fraser
- Passed away suddenly Tuesday, October 4th Harry B. Fraser in his 66th year, leaving to mourn his wife, one daughter (Mrs. Campbell Eaton), his sister, Mrs. J. A. Cochrane and brother, Donald in New York. Funeral from his late residence, 268 Duckworth Street, Thursday at 2:30 p.m.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 2
Spaniard's Bay, April 25

News was received here last week by relatives of the death of Winnie, beloved wife of Alex Noel of Verdun, Quebec. The deceased was the former Winnie Smith, daughter of the late Robert and Rose Smith of Spaniard's Bay, and she was 63 years old. Her husband was a former resident of Harbour Grace.
Deceased had been in failing health since the death of her son, who died about two years ago at the age of 26, and in whose memory she had placed in her parish church a beautiful stained glass window. The shock of his death was such that she never fully recovered.
The late Mrs. Noel was a loving wife, a good mother and an excellent citizen whose works of christian charity were noteworthy. She was a person of whom it can be said, "she went about doing good".
She leaves to mourn, beside her husband, one son and two daughters, three sisters (Mrs. Annie Sheppard of Harbour Grace, Mrs. Hedley Wilson o0f Woody Point, and Mrs. Harry Snow of Verdun) and one brother, Chesley Smith of Boston. Mr. Nath Barrett of Spaniard's Bay and Mr. W. E. Barrett of Bishop's Cove are cousins.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 8
Smith - Barrett Wedding Bells
A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Bishop's Cove, on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m., when Miss Verna Frances Norris, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Barrett of Bishop's Cove became the bride of Moses Rhodie, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Smith, also of Bishop's Cove. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H. M. Batten, Rector of the Parish.
The bride, on the arm of her father, entered the beautiful church to the strains of Wagner's Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin) played by Mr. E. H. Vokey, and was preceded down the aisle by her bridesmaids, matron of honour and flower girls. She was charmingly attired in an exquisite floor-length gown of billowing nylon tulle over shimmering satin, and silk lace bolero with long pointed sleeves and Peter Pan collar trimmed with rhinestones and simulated pearls. Her fingertip veil was of silk lace, held in place by a coronet of simulated pearl trim. She carried a white lace-covered Bible attached to streamer of white silk.
Her matron of honour was her sister-in-law, Mrs. John R. Barrett, who was dressed in a strapless gown of ice-blue net over satin over which was a lace bolero with long sleeves of Peter Pan collar.
The bridesmaids, Miss Marina Young and Miss Joyce Bray (niece of the groom) were attractively gowned in lemon and pink, respectively, and carried bouquets of chrysanthemums and fern. Each wore a halo of tiny flowers.
Little Misses Annie Barrett (niece of the bride) and Donna Crocker (niece of the groom) presented a delightful picture in identical floor-length gowns of lemon with matching bonnets, and carried baskets of multi-coloured roses.
The groom was ably supported by Mr. Moses Barrett and Mr. John R. Barrett (only brother of the bride). Mr. Haig Young ushered.
During the ceremony, the hymns, "O Perfect Love" and "Lead Us, Heavenly Father" were sung by the congregation, and at the signing of the register the organist played "O Promise Me" and "I'll Walk Beside You." As the bridal party re-entered the nave from the vestry, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was played and as they left the church, wedding bells appropriately lent joyousness to the occasion.
After the motor drive in which over twenty cars participated, the bridal party and guest were served a delicious super at Pike's Hotel, Harbour Grace, and at which place the usual toasts were honoured, with Mr. Haig Young was toastmaster. The toast to the bride was proposed by Rev. Batten, who spoke of the bride in a very complimentary manner as the bride had spent several years teaching in the parish. This toast was responded to by the groom. The toast to the bridesmaids was proposed by Mr. C. Hatcher and responded to by Mr. J. R. Barrett, while the toast to the parents which was proposed by Mr. E. H. Vokey, were responded to by the father of the bride and the father of the groom.
After supper, all joined in dancing and merry making.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have taken up residence at Bishop's Cove, and we wish for them many happy years of health, happiness and prosperity.
Gowns by The London New York and Paris; flowers by Howse of Flowers and the three tier cake by Mrs. West of Harbour Grace.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 16
Margaret Wood
- Died after a long illness, Margaret, eldest daughter of the late W. E. and Bessie Wood, aged 52 years. Surviving are one brother, Edward, and two sisters, Marion (Mrs. W. H. Davison of Montreal) and Helen (Mrs. Evan Whiteway). Funeral on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from her brother's residence, 10 Empire Avenue. No flowers by request.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 20
Mother M. Bernard Dooley
- Passed peacefully away at the Convent of Mercy Military Road, at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, Mother M. Bernard Dooley. Left to mourn are two nephews, Michael and John Tobin of St. John's. Funeral after Requiem Mass at Cathedral 10:30 a.m. Saturday April 30. May her soul rest in peace.


April 29, 1955
Page: 16
Carbonear, April 26
Mr. Stephen O'Brien
, a highly respected resident, passed away early Sunday morning, at the age of eighty years. His funeral takes place at 10 a.m. today, following Requiem High Mass, at St. Patrick's Church. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Dorothea and Jennie, and one son, Frank, three brothers, Rev. E. J. O'Brien and John, of Northern Bay, and James of this town. We tender deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives. Further reference to Mr. O'Brien will be made in our next notes.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 20
Stephen O'Brien
- Died at Carbonear, April 24th, Stephen O'Brien in his 80 year, leaving to mourn besides his wife, one son Frank at Buchans, two daughter: Dorrie at Argentia and Jennie at home, also three brothers: Father Ed O'Brien and John at Northern Bay and James at Carbonear.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 16
Carbonear, April 26th -
Mrs. Alfred Pike
- It is hard to die at the age of forty five and especially so when you have a family of children to leave behind and it is a kind Providence who veils our eyes, shutting out the inevitable. Mrs. Alfred Pike, one of the best known and from what we hear, one of the best beloved women of the South Side, passed away at the Grace Hospital, at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday last, April 19th, at the stated age, leaving behind her husband and seven children. Mrs. Pike had been suffering silently for quite some time and friends, guessing something of her condition, tried to persuade her to seek Dr's advice, but she never felt she could leave her little family long enough to go to the hospital for treatment and she just kept putting it off. However, time came when she was forced to go but, alas, it was too late and despite the best of medical care and attention, she succumbed to the disease that had been making headway for quite some time. She was a Christian in name and spirit, and good church worker and on Sunday last Rev. Mr. Johnson, of the United Church, paid a tribute to her life and work. She was a regular attendant at church and, said he, we missed her today. She was a wonderful worker, leaving nothing undone that she could do, a devoted mother and wife. She was beloved by all who knew her and we have yet to hear anyone speak a disparaging word about her. It is refreshing to hear of someone of whom everyone has a good word, such a person was Mrs. Pike. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. F. P. Pike Jr., of this town, and Ann and Christine, at home, four sons, George, John, James and David at home; also father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James Snook, at Sagona Island, Fortune Bay, three brothers and three sisters and a wide circle of relatives and friends, to all of whom the writer extends deepest sympathy. Her funeral was held from her late home, Park Lane, to the south Side United Church, on Thursday, and was very largely attended. Rev. Mr. Johnson conducted the funeral services at the home, church and graveside and interment was in the nearby cemetery.


The Daily News
April 29, 1955
Page: 20
William J. Walsh
- Passed peacefully away Thursday William J. Walsh, leaving to mourn two sons, Gerald and Richard, also on brother, Robert. Funeral from his late residence 42 Mullock Street at 9:30 a.m., Saturday with Requiem Mass at the Cathedral. Interment at Belvedere Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 9
Martin L. Fraser
- The death of Martin L. Fraser, widely known and respected Nova Scotian and retired Manager of The Nova Scotia Accident Prevention Association, occurred recently at the Halifax Infirmary following a lengthy illness. He was 68 years of age.
Mr. Fraser was well known throughout the province, particularly by those associated with industry and industrial relations who came in contact with him during his 35-year association with The Scotia Accident and Prevention Association. He was also active in church and community affairs both in New Glasgow and Halifax.
A native of West River Station, Pictou County, he was a son of the late Captain and Mrs. Colin Fraser. He attended school at Truro Academy, Lunenburg Academy and later attended Dalhousie University where he studied science. He was first associated with the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Corp., as a chemical engineer prior to 1929 and was employed at Sydney and Wabana, Newfoundland.
Shortly after the First World War he joined the Nova Scotia Government as a field officer for The Nova Scotia Accident Prevention Association. During his many years with this organization he became well known throughout the province. He became manager of the Association in 1951 and although he retired from that position last year he was kept on staff in an advisory capacity. He was scheduled to officially retire next month. Mr. Fraser was active in Masonic circles for many years and was Past Master of Euclid Lodge, AF and AM, of New Glasgow, and for a time was Grand Master of Masonic in Nova Scotia. He was a member of the Board of Stewards of Westminster Presbyterian Church at New Glasgow, where he resided for more than 25 years, and later a member of the same board at Saint David's Presbyterian Church at Halifax. He moved to Halifax in 1947 and resided at 1 Second Street. Mr. Fraser was also active in community affairs and was an ardent sportsman, particularly hunting, fishing and baseball. Surviving are his wife, the former Minnie Haddon of St. John's, Newfoundland, three sons, John Haddon Fraser, Sydney; Colin Fraser, Hamilton; and A. Frank Fraser, Truro; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Batement, Hantsport; and Mrs. Ella Irving, Rutherford, N.J. He was predeceased by two brothers, Dr. Alexander Fraser and Dr. Frank Fraser, both graduates of Dalhousie University who practiced in New York City. The remains rested at the Halifax Funeral Home. Funeral services took place from Saint David's Presbyterian Church, with the Pastor, Rev. Frank Lawson, officiating. Interment was in the family plot, New Glasgow.

Nova Scotia Historical, Vital Statistics
Name: Martin Luther Fraser
Date & Place of Birth: October 18, 1886 @ West River Station, Nova Scotia
Father: Colin Fraser
Mother: Annie MacGillivary


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 20
Richard A. Hayes
- Died suddenly midnight April 27 of Cerebral Hemorrhage, Richard A. Hayes; leaving to mourn wife, one son, Thomas in Montana, S.A., five daughters, Mother M. Paula and Sister M. Genevieve of the Presentation order, Corner Brook, Eleanor (Mrs. Thomas Brownrigg) Florida, U.S.A., Irene (Mrs. Albert Falcon), New Jersey, U.S.A., and Catherine of this city; one brother, Thomas J. of Sydney, N.S., one sister, Mrs. B. Callanan, 71 Pleasant St., where the remains will rest from 4 p.m. Sunday. Burial with Requiem Mass at St. Patrick's Church 10:30 a.m., Monday. Funeral by motor hearse, Interment at Belvedere.


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 2
Margaret Hickey
- There passed peacefully away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Orthopedic Hospital, St. John's, a highly respected lady, Miss Margaret Hickey, aged 67 years.
The late Miss Hickey was born at Harbour Grace, the daughter of the late John and Susanna Hickey. Some weeks ago she met with an accident which, necessitated treatment at the General Hospital, St. John's, from where she was removed to the Orthopedic Hospital for treatment. However, her condition grew worse, and fortified by the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, of which she was a devout member, this gentle soul entered into rest.
Her quiet manner and industrious life will be remembered by a large circle of friends for whom she was a faithful, conscientious worker. The deceased leaves no near relatives, but three cousins survive: Mrs. Ellen Healey, Higgins Line, St. John's; Mrs. John King, St. John's; and Mrs. James Hennessey of this town, from whose residence the funeral took place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Requiem Mass being said by Rev. Father Hogan. Interment was at the R.C. Cemetery.


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 11
Maher & Porter - Wedding Bells
The beautiful new St. Joseph's Church, St. John's East was the scene of a very pretty wedding, April 18th, at 7:30 p.m. when Patricia Thelma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Maher, 64 LeMarchant Road, was united in the Holy Sacrament of marriage to Edgar Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Porter, 128 Circular Road. The church was beautifully decorated with gladiolas and Rt. Rev. Monsignor E. Maher performed the double ring ceremony.
To the strains of a wedding march, played by Ignatius Rumboltd, the bride entered the church on the arm of her father. She wore a beautiful gown of white satin and tulle. The bodice was simply designed with a skirt of billowing tulle with front lace insertions, a redingote of matching lace, with tiny Peter Pan collar and long sleeves ending on points at the wrist-line, was worn over the dress. Her veil was a cloudy silk tulle illusion caught with a pearl studded fitted cap. The bride carried a bouquet of white gladiolas embedded with tiny pink roses.
Miss Margaret Organ, as maid of honour, wore a floor-length gown of pink tulle with matching jacket and white gloves. Her headdress was composed of a tiny pink hat with veil and she carried a bouquet of white carnations clustered with pink roses. The bridesmaids, Mrs. Nelson Ash, Miss Mary Dohey, R.N. and Miss Patricia Inder, R.N., were similarly attired with matching bouquets.
The mother of the bride wore a lovely floor-length dress of dusty rose lace with many accessories and a corsage of pink roses. The mother of the groom looked lovely dressed in navy with pink accessories and matching corsage of pink roses.
Mr. Thomas Baird performed the duties of bestman and Messrs. William Power, George Adams and Nelson Ash served as ushers.
Miss Joan Connors gave a beautiful rendition of "Ave Maria."
The reception was held at The Old Colony Club. Deputy Major Mr. James Higgins, Q.C., most ably performed the duties of toastmaster with Monsignor Maher proposing the toast to the happy couple. The groom proposed a toast to the bridesmaids and Mr. Thomas Baird responded.
Mr. Leo Michael's and his orchestra provided the music. The first dance was a solo of the bride and groom and the orchestra played "My Wonderful One."
The bride selected a tailored suit of deep raspberry with white and navy accessories and a corsage of pale pink orchids as her going away costume.
The couple left the following day for Corner Brook to spend their honeymoon at the Glynmill Inn. They will reside in Corner Brook where the groom is resident manager of D. H. Gosse Ltd. The bride has been attached to the pediatric staff of the General Hospital for the past year.
Gowns by London, New York and Paris. Flowers and floral arrangements - Flowers and Cakes, and cake by Central Bakery Ltd. Photos by Ruggles.


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 1
John William Morris
- Funeral service will be held today for John William Morris, 83, general manager of the Newfoundland Light and Power Company until his retirement 12 years ago. He died Tuesday.
A native of Wallace, N.S., he was well known in engineering circles and played an important role in the construction of Montreal Street Railway.
Mr. Morris was later associated with the Royal Electric Company's hydroelectric installation at Drew Fall, Ont., and at Chambly, Que.
He was also superintendent of street railway construction in Kingston, Jamaica and Georgetown, British Guiana.
Mr. Morris was associated with the Reid Newfoundland Company in St. John's for many years before becoming general manager of the Light and Power company there.
Surviving are his widow, the former Mary Thurston Robley of Pictou, N.S.; two daughters, Mrs. Robert G. Baxter of St. Lambert, Que., and Mrs. William Pearce of Moncton, N.B.

Nova Scotia Historical, Vital Statistics
Name: John William Morris
Date & Place of Birth: September 2, 1872 @ Wallace, Nova Scotia
Father: John William Morris
Mother: Kate Steele
Parents Marriage: November 16, 1871 @ Wallace, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Historical, Vital Statistics
Marriage Date & Place: July 11, 1910 @ Truro, Nova Scotia
Groom: John Wm. Morris, 37, bachelor, Electrical Engineer
Groom's Parents: John & Kate
Bride: Mary T. Robley, 25, spinster
Bride's Parents: Thomas & Georgina
Witnesses: J. W. Morris & S. J. Robley
Officiating Clergy: Rev. A. J. MacDonald


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 20
Mary Ann Murphy
- Passed peacefully away after a long illness, Mary Ann Murphy, widow of the late John Murphy, leaving to mourn their sad loss two sons, William and Peter, and five grandchildren. Funeral on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. from her late residence, Kilbride, by motor hearse.


The Daily News
April 30, 1955
Page: 20
Ellen Murray
- Passed peacefully away April 29th, at St. Mary's, St. Mary's Bay, Ellen, wife of the late Daniel Murray. She leaves to mourn their sad loss two sons and two daughters, John residing in Quebec, Richard with the Department of Education, Margaret (Mrs. John Foley, Summerville, Mass.) and Katherine at home, also five grandchildren.

 

 

 

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