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The Daily News Obituaries
August 1956


The Daily News
August 4, 1956
Page: 5
Brazil & Butler - Wedding Bells

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bell Island was the scene of a very beautiful wedding on July 4, when Mary Catherine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Butler, East End, became the bride of Bernard Leonard, son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Wm. Brazil of Spaniard's Bay.
The double ring ceremony was performed by Rt. Rev. G. G. Bartlett, D.P., P.P. celebrant of the nuptial mass. The organist was Miss Margaret Ezekiel who also accompanied Mrs. Jean Metcalfe as she rendered very beautifully "Ave Maria."
The bride given in marriage by her father looked radiantly beautiful in a floor length gown of billowing tiers of white lace and nylon tulle over satin. The bodice was fashioned of embroidered lace. The long veil of tulle illusion was edged in chipped Chantilly lace and was held in place by a tiara of sequins and pearls. She carried a white wary prayer book from which hung white ribbons decorated with purple and yellow sweet peas and ferns.
The bride was attended by her sister Miss Helen Butler as matron of honour who wore blue taffeta with nylon net overskirt with matching headdress. She carried a prayer book from which hung matching ribbons. Bridesmaids were younger sister Alice and Miss Kay Kent who were similarly gowned in mauve and yellow taffeta with nylon net overskirts. They too, carried prayer books and matching ribbons. Little Patricia Clarke, the grooms' niece was flower girl and looked adorable in blue nylon lace with headdress consisting of matching band and adorned with flowers. She carried a bouquet of multi coloured flowers.
Gerald Brazil, cousin of the groom acted as best man and ushers for the occasion were Messrs. Gordon Dwyer and Kevin Carroll. Little Keith Perry served as ring bearer.
After a motor tour of the Island, the wedding reception was held in St. James Hall. Receiving with the bride and groom were members of the bridal party and the bride's parents. The bride's mother wore a blue dress with matching accessories and a corsage of white roses.
The toast to the bride and the groom was proposed by Rev. Fr. O'Dwyer and responded to by the groom. The best man proposed a toast to the bride's attendants. After the reception the bride and groom left by T.C.A. for Gander. For traveling the bride wore a pale blue suit with white accessories and wore a corsage of white sweet peas.

The Daily News
August 10, 1956
Page: 7
Spaniard's Bay, August 6
Holy Redeemer Church, Spaniard's Bay, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Saturday, August 4, at 7 p.m., when the Reverend Canon T. E. Loder united in the holy bonds of matrimony, Jessie Louise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erastus Elliott, of Cook's Harbour, and Bertram Gosse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Seymour of Spaniard's Bay.
The bride looked radiantly lovely in a floor length gown of white lace and satin with overskirt of nylon net and long-sleeved lace jacket with tiny collar trimmed with sequins. Her floor length veil of nylon net was held by a wreath of nylon trimmed with pearls and she carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations. She was given in marriage by the groom's father, Mr. Robert Seymour.
The maid of honour was Miss Freda Seymour, sister of the groom, who was attractively gowned in lime green nylon net over satin with short-sleeved bolero. Her bouquet was lime and white mums.
The bridesmaids, Miss Mary Seymour, sister of the groom, and Miss Ann Chipman wore similar gowns of lemon and mauve respectively, with matching bouquets. Their headpieces were identical wreaths matching their gowns.
Little Miss Paula Vaughan, niece of the groom, presented a charming picture as flower girl, dressed demurely in a floor length gown of white satin and nylon with matching bonnet. She carried a basket of pink and white mums.
The groom's attendants were his brother Calvin, who ably performed the duties of best man, and Mr. Robert Harnum and Mr. Robert Moore. The ushers were Hayward Seymour and Ebenezer Strickland.
As the wedding party entered the vestry the hymn "O Perfect Love" was sung by the congregation. During the signing of the register the organist played the ever beautiful "Because" and "I'll Walk Beside You," and as the bride and groom followed by their attendants re-entered the church, the organ pealed forth the strains of the Bridal Chorus and the Wedding March.
After the marriage the guests in about twenty-five cars motored to Clarke's Hotel, Georgetown, where the reception was held and the bride and groom received the good wishes of their guests.
After a delicious supper had been served the usual toasts were honoured. Toastmaster for the evening was Mr. E. H. Vokey who called on the Rev. Canon Loder to propose a toast to the bride and groom. This Canon Loder did in a very capable manner and was responded to by the groom who in turn proposed a toast to the bridesmaids. This was responded to by Mr. Calvin Seymour. Mr. Vokey then proposed a toast to the parents of the bride (who were absent owing to geographical reasons) and to the parents and grandparents of the groom, both of whom were present. It is worthy to note that four generations of the groom's family were represented at the wedding.
After the beautiful wedding cake had been cut and passed around the bride and groom mingled with the guests. Music and dancing brought an enjoyable evening to a close.
The bride and groom were the recipients of many useful and beautiful gifts. We join with their many friends in wishing them "bon voyage" over the sea of matrimony.
Out-of-town guests included: Mrs. Isabel Smith, Mr. Thomas Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, Mr. Giles Smith, Mr. David Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoff, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lane, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Derm Walsh, Miss Elizabeth Bolt, and Mrs. John Lundrigan, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gosse, Miss Berdina Mercer, Miss Stella Osbourne, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Abbott.
Gowns by the Royal Stores.
Cake - by Mrs. Butler
Flowers - Howse of Flowers.

The Daily News
August 10, 1956
Page: 10
Spaniard's Bay, August 6
We knew Thomas Fitzgerald for a long time and liked him, and so it was with genuine regret that we heard of his entering the General Hospital about two weeks ago to receive medical attention. We did not think then that within ten days we would know him no more in the flesh and that his soul would have returned to God who gave it. He passed away on Thursday, August 2, as he lived - peacefully, and in the faith of the Catholic Church of which he was a devout son.
Thomas Fitzgerald worked for several years on Bell Island but left there in the early forties for employment at the U.S. Naval Base, Argentia, where he was accidentally injured in such a degree that he classified as permanently and totally disabled. Since then he had to be content with his lot, and although he spent many months in hospital during this period he always had a ready smile we felt that it took a great deal of courage to "put the best side out." But, knowing him, we realize that he could do no other, and the little community of Tilton where he lived will miss him.
Tom was ever ready to lend a helping hand and we had many occasions to be grateful to him for kindnesses rendered. When times were not as prosperous as they now are, we taught school at Tilton. We needed more classroom space and money was hard to come by and so much of it was raised by social gatherings. Tom never once refused to bring his violin to supply music for a dance, often at great discomfort to himself and without remuneration, and ours was an Anglican School. Tom was as generous as he was kind and courteous. May his soul rest in peace.
His funeral took place on Saturday morning to the Church of St. Anne at Spaniard's Bay where Solemn Mass of Requiem, followed by the Burial Office, was sung by Rev. Fr. F. J. Terry of the Cathedral Staff.
To those who mourn his passing we offer our sincerest sympathy.

The Daily News
August 10, 1956
Page: 10
Spaniard's Bay News
Samuel French
- Relatives here have been advised of the death of Samuel French at Toronto, following a brief illness. Deceased was in his fifty-eight year. Interment was at Toronto.
The late Samuel French was a resident of this town for several years, before moving to Toronto to reside. He was a foreign going sea captain and was one of the youngest to command a three masted sailing vessel out of this port. He took his first command, a three masted vessel to Portugal at the age of eighteen years.
To the members of his family at Toronto, and other relatives here and elsewhere we extend the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

The Daily News
August 17, 1956
Page: 9
Spaniard's Bay, August 13 -
Greeley & Cain - Wedding Bells
Miss Joan Evelyn Greeley
, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leander Greeley of Tilton was united in marriage with A-2C Robert Sherman Cain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Cain of Tipton, Indiana, at Pepperrell Air Force Base Chapel on Tuesday, July 31. The double ring ceremony was performed by Chaplain Schoeder. Appropriate wedding music was supplied by the chapel organist.
For her wedding the bride chose a floor-length gown of white nylon net over shimmering satin and a lace jacket with long sleeves buttoned from the waist to the wide collar. Her fingertip veil was of nylon net trimmed with lace and was held in place by a coronet. She carried a bouquet of roses, and she was given in marriage by her father.
Attending the bride were Miss Melvina Branton and Miss Barbara Ralph and they wore pretty gowns of aqua and pink respectively. The groom was supported by A-2C Paul Henry and Tech. Sgt. William Knight. Following the ceremony a reception was held in the N.C.O. Club where supper was served and the usual toast honoured.
The honeymoon was spent on the Avalon Peninsula.
Mr. and Mrs. Cain will in a few months take up residence in the United States and we offer them our best wishes for all that is good in life.

The Daily News
August 30, 1956
Page: 9
Spaniard's Bay, August 20 -
Barrett & Roberts

A pretty wedding was solemnized at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Bishop's Cove, on Saturday, August 18 at 7 p.m. when Queenie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Barrett of Bishop's Cove became the bride of Stephen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Roberts of Spaniard's Bay. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H. M. Batten, rector of the parish and the organist was Mr. E. H. Vokey.
The bride entered the church on the arm of her father who gave her in marriage. She looked lovely in a light blue suit with white accessories and carried a white hymnbook, from which hung white satin streamers, decorated with rosebuds.
The maid of honor, Miss Sue Mercer wore a suit of pea green with white accessories and carried a bouquet of lilies and fern. Miss Shirley Lane as bridesmaid wore a suit of mottled whine. Her accessories also in white with bouquet of lilies and fern.
The groom was attended by his brother Samuel and the brides' brother, Moses. During the ceremony, the hymns, "The Voice That Breathed o'er Eden" and "Lead Us Heavenly Father" were sung by the congregation.
After the ceremony the guests in twenty-eight cars motored to Bay Roberts then back to the L.O.L. Hall at Bishop's Cove where a reception was held. After a delicious supper of cold meats and salads the usual toasts were honoured. Toastmaster for the evening was Mr. John R. Barrett. The toast to the bride and groom was proposed by the Rev. Batten and responded to by the groom. Mr. E. H. Vokey proposed the toast to the bridesmaids, which was responded to by the best man. The toast to the parents of the bride and groom was proposed by Mr. John R. Barrett and responded to by the father of the bride, Mr. Nathaniel Barrett.
The remainder of the evening was spent in dancing and a good time was enjoyed by all. We join with their many friends in wishing the bride and groom all that is good in life.



Page contributed by Bob Vokey

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit ( Thursday May 16, 2013 )

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